Sunday, November 22, 2015

White-eyed Vireo - Vireo griseus

If you have been following my blogs.  You know, I have been reviewing to old files.  In 2002, I had returned from a great week at the New River Birding and Nature Festival in Fayetteville, West Virginia.  By the way slightly off the subject.  This is a great birding festival to visit.  It is in huge, the people a wonderful and the excellent trips which are will allow you to see and photograph a large number of species, especially warblers.  You can find information at http://www.birding-wv.com/

While at the festival, I was able to photograph a White-eyed Vireo, which was very friendly and I was able to capture the Vireo singing.
White-eyed Vireo singing
The next week, I friend Doug and I went birding in Newport, Rhode Island.  Guess what another friendly white-eyed vireo.  What made this vireo interaction even better, we watched it and I photographed it building its nest.  It came in went bringing material to fit into the nest.  Even though the nest was at eye level, as the leaves grew wild.  It would be hidden from view.  In fact, if it was not far us catching a glimpse of the vireo moving, I doubt we would have found the nest.

The Nest Description is from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology:  "Nest an open cup suspended by rim from a fork of a small branch in a tree. Made of leaves, bark, plant fibers, rootlets, or bits of paper held together with insect silk and spider webbing and decorated on the outside with lichens, moss, or leaves. Lined with rootlets, fine grass, or hair. Placed low to the ground."
White-eyed Vireo - nest

White-eyed Vireo building its nest

White-eyed Vireo building its nest

White-eyed Vireo building its nest

White-eyed Vireo building its nest

White-eyed Vireo building its nest