Red-eyed Vireo

A few weeks ago we had White-eyed Vireos swinging through on their spring migration. Currently their red-eyed cousins are having their turn.

It’s not hard to catch the Red-eyed Vireo with its beak open. It frequently vocalizes, saying two phrases every two seconds or so. The first phrase is on a straight or slightly falling tone. The second phrase usually goes up in pitch.

It took me about ten minutes following this bird to get this shot. The whole time I was chasing it, it was saying: “here I am” “in the tree?” “over here.” “see me?” over and over again.

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