Scarlet Tanagers are secretive and mostly heard rather than seen. They prefer to live in forests but I had the pleasure of seeing one fly from our woods across the prairie to the other woods and occasionally we can listen to their “chick-bur” in the mornings. They prefer wasps, bees, caterpillars, moths, and beetles for food.
Males molt into yellow feathers when it is not breeding season. Without knowing this, it would be difficult to ID one of these beauties!
In 2014, I saw 2 male Scarlet Tanagers and 1 female looking for food along the edge of the Savanna Prairie.