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 Sorry for the bad photo, this guy went to fly away fast.

I was walking today (may)1570770616_received_4529580654547712.thumb.jpeg.bc9a36bb64026ceafc96b58b919074a0.jpeg in northern Illinois on a college campus, can't find a look alike for out.

Saw it in a wooded area, there's both a lagoon and field in easy flying distance.

Bird has a red/ pink head and body is a greenish brown. The red and green splotch together on the breast, very distinct but not symmetrical. Looking back at the picture it looks like it might have a capped head? 

Any help is appreciated, haven't seen this one before so I probably can't get another picture.

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2 hours ago, akandula said:

Molting Scarlet Tanager?

I must be a complete newbee, wasn't aware that birds could have such a drastic color change in unless it was the juvi to adult molt.

Based on more research with molting color, it looked more like a molting Summer Tanger. Can anyone confirm?

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If you remember the wing color, that would help. Scarlet tangers have black wings.

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19 minutes ago, meghann said:

If you remember the wing color, that would help. Scarlet tangers have black wings.

'Scarlet' and 'Black' both have the letter 'A' in them.  'Summer' does not.

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26 minutes ago, meghann said:

If you remember the wing color, that would help. Scarlet tangers have black wings.

I don't remember, and in the only picture I can't tell if it's black or the brown/green pre molt

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My gut says it's a Summer, but I'm not sure I'd bet money on that based on this photo.

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