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It took a few months (maybe a year?) before we actually saw the elusive White-eyed Vireo. They frequent Brazos Bend State Park — year-round residents I believe — and as they are most usually heard not seen, many of my local birding friends also had no idea which bird was making the ruckus (which I would record then share).
Adult White-eyed Vireo
(See the eyes?)
It wasn’t until we heard Mr. Chatterbox while viewing him through field lenses in dense foliage of our own yard were we able match the song with the bird. In the recording, you can hear Scott in his enjoyment of seeing the singer with his own eyes. Hard to contain excitement for birds over here!
Like other vireos, once heard and seen, they are locked into memory, easy to recall at a future time. This first-hand field knowledge is how experienced birders are made. Perhaps one day I’ll become one.
We have seen a total of 8 Vireo species this year — a record.
Go ahead…have a look at our list to-date.