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Blue-headed Vireo’s arrived!


Blue-headed Vireo (photo from Oct 2004)

I was working in the same area today and just after noon heard the call! CHECK . . . first for the year Blue-headed Vireo!   I went looking for the Louisiana Waterthrush after work today . . . didn’t see them and maybe they will return tomorrow??

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22 responses

  1. Lisa at Greenbow

    Well. I must say it just isn’t fair that you get Blue-headed Vireo before me. WHINE… I will get out tomorrow morning and try to catch up. Work does get in the way of fun things doesn’t it.

    16 April 2008 at 8:37 pm

  2. Tom


    I was just reading BOTB and he hasn’t seen a LW this year yet, and he’s pretty far south in Ohio. I heard my first yellow throated warbler today. Can’t wait for more things to start showing up! Are things late for you? Everything is pretty late as far as birds go here in Ohio.


    16 April 2008 at 8:41 pm

  3. @ Lisa – Sorry! It sure does!
    @ Tom – I just looked back and I had my first Blue-headed Vireo and Louisiana Waterthrush on the 24th of April last year! But I normally see them this time of the year (weather pending)! Typically when I see/hear the Vireo . . . I also find the waterthrush! I hope to find it tomorrow!

    16 April 2008 at 9:20 pm

  4. Now that’s a beautiful bird. It sounds like it’s uncommon. I’m still a beginning birder. I went to the banks of the flooding Wisconsin River and spotted 12 of your better-basic songbirds. Thanks for this great close-up.

    16 April 2008 at 10:11 pm

  5. Beautiful bird portrait Tom, lots of color in this little guy, very nice 🙂

    16 April 2008 at 10:45 pm

  6. The Blue-Headed Vireo sure has pretty shading. They have been reported this week on Presque Isle so I’m hoping I’ll get to see one this weekend.

    17 April 2008 at 12:16 am

  7. Jochen

    Blue-headed Vireos are phantastic!! Their white “glasses” together with their head that seems to be one size too big for the rest of the bird make them absolutely unique.

    17 April 2008 at 2:42 am

  8. Congrats on the Vireo. I went looking for Louisiana Waterthrush the other day and had the added bonus of 2 Blue-headed Vireos too! They are great birds. Hope you can say “Check” for LOWA soon.

    17 April 2008 at 6:02 am

  9. What a sweet bird!

    17 April 2008 at 6:46 am

  10. That’s an interesting bird–I hope I see one.

    17 April 2008 at 9:24 am

  11. Marg

    Blue Headed’s are such great little guys!! Congrats and where’s mine? LOL

    17 April 2008 at 11:22 am

  12. What a beautiful little vireo. We don’t see them here in the northwest. This morning I saw my first warblers, a Yellow-rumped, and a Wilson’s on its way to somewhere else.

    17 April 2008 at 1:37 pm

  13. Awesome. 🙂 What a pretty little bird!

    17 April 2008 at 2:50 pm

  14. Bo

    I have never been a birder before but now with a 70 -300mm lens on my camera, I see hints of the opening of a whole new natural world.

    17 April 2008 at 4:48 pm

  15. Tom–thank goodness I have bookmarked What Bird, so I can go, read about, see a sketch and listen to the calls of all the birds you see and write about.

    17 April 2008 at 4:57 pm

  16. Dear Tom,
    A very pretty little bird!
    Not in my area! I really will have to get out of my backyard one of these day.
    This Vireo is charming!

    17 April 2008 at 5:07 pm

  17. Love those little guys! (I know I say that about everything you post LOL.) Do you like this newer name better than the old one?

    We’ve had waterthrushes for a few weeks now… I’ll send one up. 🙂

    Heard the first of the year Wood Thrush yesterday.

    17 April 2008 at 9:41 pm

  18. @ Caroline – Thanks and they actually are common!
    @ Bernie – Thanks and they kinda do have a blue head!
    @ Linda – Thanks and they are all over the park right now!
    @ Jochen – Thanks and never heard about their White Glasses! I plan on using that in the future!
    @ Vern – Thanks and I also didn’t find any LOWA’s today!
    @ Jayne – Thanks
    @ Joan – Thanks and I hear more than I see!
    @ Marg – Thanks and you should see them soon!
    @ Robin – Thanks and sorry you don’t find them! They are such great birds! I had another yellow-rump today and wilson’s should be soon!
    @ Lana – Thanks
    @ Bo – I sure hope you do! 300mm will be helpful!
    @ KGMom – Thanks and many more great birds coming by the start of may!
    @ Sherry – Thanks and many great birds out in the woods right now! More will be coming soon!
    @ Rurality – Thanks and actually Blue-headed Vireo was the older name! They change it to Solitary and then back to Blue-headed! I do prefer it! Wood Thrush and Waterthrush will be here soon! Actually any day now!

    17 April 2008 at 10:48 pm

  19. What a pretty bird – never seen one myself, but I’m glad you saw it 🙂

    18 April 2008 at 12:38 pm

  20. Awesome picture, congrats on the bird sighting!

    18 April 2008 at 3:54 pm

  21. That is a stunning picture of the vireo…such good detail…can’t wait to see more of your birds….we found a lot of yellow rumped warblers at the lake…more of our birds are coming in now also.
    Hope you had a good trip.

    19 April 2008 at 12:17 am

  22. jojourneys

    I love your site so much. This is my second visit, and I just seemed to be scratching the surface. I am a new blogger, working on developing my site. Please take a look at mine if you can, I would love some input as I create the meat of my site. I am an avid backpacker, diver, and kayaker and will be developing pages around these journeys. I am an underwater naturalist, and will be sharing some photo’s of the creaturs I have and will encounter.

    21 April 2008 at 11:41 am

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