Scarlet Tanagers may be common elsewhere but definitely not here in southeastern Minnesota. As a matter of fact I had only seen two in my life. The first was on our senior high school trip to Washington D.C. and specifically near George Washington’s tomb at Mt. Vernon. The other occurred during flyfishing in the spring on a local trout stream. So there I was this spring checking out the local horse camp at Forestville State Park not too far from our home in Spring Valley. In a wooded area a red and black bird landed on the gravel road right in front of me. Getting my little point and shoot camera out of its case and aimed gave Mr. Tanager time enough to mosey right toward me and out of sight with the hood of my truck blocking a view. Now what? A long sought opportunity to photograph a scarlet tanager stymied by the fact that he was apparently sitting beneath my truck. I decided to wait him out. And waited. And waited. Till finally two more flew across the road in front of me. Then two more followed to my right. Within five minutes five were putting on an aerial show all around me. Sitting in a truck with my little camera wasn’t really adequate for the task at hand but it was quite the thrill nevertheless.