Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Warbler and the Vireo

I took a quick walk this morning in the Ojibway Prairie. Today was much more quiet than yesterday, but I was only there for a 1/2 hour. I basically saw nothing until I heard an Eastern Towhee off the beaten path, so I walked in its direction and I could not help but notice the looping flight of an Eastern Peewee Flycatcher. I snapped a few photos of it.

Then, in the same oak tree I noticed a Black Capped Chickadee, so I tried 'pishing' it to bring it closer into view. Then suddenly, a few tiny birds started flying around very actively and I took a few shots. I think I've photographed a female Blackburnian Warbler along with a Philadelphia Vireo (lifer). According to Tom Hince's book on birding this area, Vireos start returning in Mid August to Mid September. I think these two birds are jumping the gun a little!

***Update: This is a Warbling Vireo! Thanks Blake!

As usual, I might be mistaken on the identification so please let me know what you think (It could be a Warbling Vireo as well). Please excuse the lackluster photos. I should use flash more often, and whenever I point my lens up beyond parallel to the ground skyward, I get these grossly underexposed photos.

Good Birding! And Save Ojibway!


  1. I thought you were going to talk about a duel between two birds!

  2. Blake, the title was a little dramatic sounding... I agree. But really I was not sure if I correctly identified them, so I just refered to them by their obvious bird grouping. The Warbling and Philadelphia Vireos are quite similar. Do you think that is a Philly?

  3. Dwayne, I was just being funny!
    Actually I think the vireo may just be a fall-plumaged Warbling. They tend to show more yellow and green in the fall. There is not enough yellow on the throat for Philly, and the eyeline seems more like Warbling.

  4. :-) Thanks Blake. Arhhh ... I'm working around the house so my Sibley Field Guide was not easily found when I made this posting. I'm continually amazed by your keen observation. I've since found my field guide and see the subtle differences you pointed out.

  5. Hi Dwayne,

    I agree with Blake on the ID of the Vireo. It is also worth noting that Philly Vireos don't usually show up till later in August (3rd or 4th week). Cheers!

  6. Thanks to all for the updates. I should update the posting. :^)



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