Tag Archives: Yellow-throated Vireo

You’re welcome to our bugs, little migrating friends!

When you are looking up at birds…

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…the bird butt is a pretty common shot.

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Also the partly obscured shot.

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I think this is a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

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Yellow-throated Warbler.

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I checked Birdcast early this morning for the Migration Forecast and it looked like last night was a big night for migration. I found a mixed flock of warblers right down the street from our house, in a big live oak tree.

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The well-named Yellow-throated Warbler shows off its bright yellow throat in the canopy of forests in the southeastern United States. It hops up branches, working its way high into the canopy probing for insects in crevices and clumps of pine needles, much like a Brown Creeper or Black-and-white Warbler. Unlike those birds, the Yellow-throated Warbler is gray above with a black triangle below its eye and a white eyebrow. It is also one of the few warblers that can be found during the winter in the U.S.

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American Redstart.

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Sweet.

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This bird was calling very loudly for such a small bird. It’s a Yellow-throated Vireo.

A bird of open deciduous forests and edges, the Yellow-throated Vireo is one of the most colorful member of its family. Not only does this bird have a bright yellow throat, it looks as if it’s wearing bright yellow spectacles. This small heavyset songbird slowly hops through the canopy picking insects off branches and twigs. Males sing a burry three eight, on repeat throughout the day. Females join the males with a harsh scolding chatter during aggressive encounters.

Good morning, vireo

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Yellow-throated vireo was in our neighbor’s banyan around 9 a.m. this morning. I heard it singing a song I did not recognize as being a normal part of the neighborhood… “a broken series of burry two- and three-syllable phrases.”

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So I found my bird camera that has been on a shelf getting dusty for much of the summer and headed out to stand in the driveway looking up. I was rewarded with a few pics of this bright bird wearing little yellow spectacles, a new species for me and my 60th Florida bird. (We moved here in December.)

A bird of open deciduous forests, the Yellow-throated Vireo is the most colorful member of its family in North America.

They are neotropical migrants and this little fellow is probably headed to deep south Florida, Mexico or Central America.

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Here is the tree that plays host to resident and migrating birds through the year. It’s a bit of a mess for humans to deal with, dropping a variety of fruit and nut things on the driveway, but the shade is nice.

Check out the eclipse moons cast through its leaf shadows last Monday!..

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Posted to Facebook Monday afternoon.

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Also falling from the tree onto the driveway earlier this summer… a huge Cuban Knight Anole! It actually made a thump when it landed behind me after a dog walk. It stayed frozen in place for a few minutes, long enough to put the dog in the house and get my camera.

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Looks like my little visitor is finding plenty to eat up in that messy tree.

Safe travels, vireo!