Detail showing the Scarlet Tanager of the Laurel District with mural in background.
The accompanying text read as follows:
Scarlet Tanager, Piranga olivacea
Western sightings of the Scarlet Tanager are rare. Especially since, despite their bright color, they are heard more often than seen. The Scarlet Tanager of the Laurel District is the only known Tanager to reside in a suburban area. The specific environment of the Laurel (in an area known for its micro-climates) has led to a year-round colonization by these birds. Due to relatively mild weather conditions in Oakland, this Tanager has prolonged its mating season so that the males (who no longer molt to their non-breeding colors), keep their bright red plumage throughout the year.