Ghost Bird: White-eyed Vireo (Sound!)

[Can’t hear anything?: Open this post in your favorite browser…and turn up the speakers.]

It took a few months (maybe a year?) before we actually saw the elusive White-eyed Vireo. They frequent Brazos Bend State Park — year-round residents I believe — and as they are most usually heard not seen, many of my local birding friends also had no idea which bird was making the ruckus (which I would record then share).

White-eyed Vireo

Adult White-eyed Vireo
(See the eyes?)

It wasn’t until we heard Mr. Chatterbox while viewing him through field lenses in dense foliage of our own yard were we able match the song with the bird. In the recording, you can hear Scott in his enjoyment of seeing the singer with his own eyes. Hard to contain excitement for birds over here!

Like other vireos, once heard and seen, they are locked into memory, easy to recall at a future time. This first-hand field knowledge is how experienced birders are made. Perhaps one day I’ll become one.

We have seen a total of 8 Vireo species this year — a record.
Go ahead…have a look at our list to-date.

14 thoughts on “Ghost Bird: White-eyed Vireo (Sound!)

    1. We became very familiar with local birdsong with a North American bird app, iBird Pro. Many recordings helps ‘lock it in’ when in the field. You should check to see if there is something similar for your region! Thanks for coming by.

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    1. Viral indeed! Three of them were vocal vireo visitors, the Blue-headed being our fav for that audible treat (https://dirtnkids.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/wishing-and-hoping-blue-headed-vireo/).

      The Black-whiskered was accidental, got blown way westward usually in Florida) and we stumbled upon him at a favorite spring birding hot spot (https://dirtnkids.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/spring-migration-when-birds-give-you-butts/). Don’t get me started on the smorgasbord that was the Four Corners. Viral!!

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    1. It’s been a vireo great year for birds, Tanja. 😀 I can’t believe we topped 300 already.

      We are going to try for one more national park before the year is out, our tenth for 2017: Big Bend NP. We should see some more birds we wouldn’t otherwise see how big our annual number can actually get.

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  1. That song is so familiar. I often hear birds at the Dudley Nature Center that I can’t find, and can’t identify, but the songs are lovely — especially the burble-y ones. I laughed at myself this weekend. I heard a familiar bird that clearly wasn’t any more than a few feet away. I spent about five or ten minutes looking, and then there they were: a pair of wrens, for heaven’s sake!

    I saw something this afternoon that I’ve never seen: a group of maybe two dozen swallows running a hawk out of the neighborhood. I never thought I’d see a hawk flee from birds like that, but when they formed that group, he took off — with them in hot pursuit.

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    1. Wrens have so many different sounds. I love it when they scold. Such personalities.

      Swallows chasing a hawk! How divine. If he’s a bird-eater like Cooper’s, no one wants him hanging in the hood. Best to gang up on those guys. Hope you’re having a great summer, Linda.

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  2. Cool. I have heard those birds.. my back door is open right now and I can count at least 5 different sounds coming from birds. I believe one of them is the Ghost Bird! There is a poor blue bird that keeps flying into one of my windows trying to get in. I am afraid it is going to give itself brain damage!! LOL! 😉

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