permagrinphoto: Warbling Vireo #215 🙂Saw my first of the…

Monday, March 19th, 2018


Warbling Vireo

#215 🙂

Saw my first of the season after work today at the Bates Road bridge, right on the Santa Barbara / Ventura county line. The bird was helpfully foraging in a willow tree on the Santa Barbara side of the bridge.

I also heard a FOS Pacific-slope Flycatcher a couple of times, but the only time I could unambiguously locate where the call was coming from it was on the Ventura side, so I didn’t count that one in my SBA list. But it would have been #216.

And _then_ late in the afternoon I briefly thought I heard a FOS Hooded Oriole in the palm trees a few doors down from our house. The oriole chatter didn’t continue, and I wasn’t able to find the bird after I grabbed my binoculars, so I didn’t list it. But in conclusion it’s a very exciting time to be obsessing about one’s county year list in SoCal.

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lberghol: Guys Fall Birding is HARD there are all sorts of…

Friday, October 6th, 2017


Guys Fall Birding is HARD there are all sorts of juveniles around and all the warblers have lost their spring colors…I can’t tell them apart anymore!! HALP! #warbler #vireo #birdidentification #warbler #nycaudubon #nycnature #nycparks #nycbirds #bird #birding #brooklynbirding #brooklyn #greenwoodcemetery #whodis #fall #migration #urbanbirding #urbanwildlife #nycwildlife #audubon #wildnyc (at Green-Wood Cemetery)

I think there’s a good chance that’s a Warbling Vireo. I’ve been seeing a lot of them lately out here in California, and that’s pretty much what they look like.

Out your way a drab Philadelphia Vireo would also be a good possibility, but I think this one looks a little more like Warbling. But maybe that’s partly because I’m familiar with the first and not so much with the second?

Either way, though, it’s a great picture of a cool bird.

And omg; I know, right? I’ve been making a push this year to really buckle down and get better at the fall migrants, and it is So. Hard.

Also: sparrows. Also: shorebirds. Also: immature gulls.

They all look the same! And especially with the warblers you get, like, a split second during which you can see one side of the flank, or maybe a piece of the tail, or the wing. And you you really want to see the eye, and the bird just won’t stop fiddling around in that thick clump of leaves and you’re waiting and waiting and waiting and… it flies off.

Aaaaaaahhhhhh! 🙂

Which is why I really love these photos. Because while it’s a little frustrating to just have that one view and nothing else, at least I *have* that view.

Thank you for the effort and patience that it must have taken to get this photo, and for sharing it.

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