It’s in the Eyes…

It’s in the Eyes…

Birds get their names for sooooo many different reasons. Some of their names are so obvious, while others make you grab your computer and look up just how the name came to be!

Here are a couple of Vireos that I caught peeking at me the other day, can you guess what their names are?

Zoom in and take a good look at its eye. Yup, this is the White-eyed Vireo. This bird is very bold, it will actually come out of the dense cover to check you out if you are birding near it. They are very vocal and common in the Southeast. In Bermuda they are know as the “chick-of-the-village” because that is what it sounds like when it sings.

Now zoom in and take a good look at this one’s eye… It’s the Red-eyed Vireo! They are one of the most numerous birds in the eastern woods during the summer. Not as bold as the White-eyed Vireo, it will usually stay out of sight, but you will hear it singing over and over again.

Remember to stay healthy and stay safe!

Lucky Find…

Lucky Find…

During the bird migration, sometimes you’ll find birds that appear in your area that will stay and breed there. Other times birds will be just passing through on their way further north.

Here is a Solitary Sandpiper that I recently spotted…

They breed up in Canada and winter mostly in South America and unlike most all other sandpipers that migrate in flocks, the Solitary will usually be alone.

Also, most other sandpipers will nest on the ground, but not the Solitary, it will use old songbird nests that are high up in trees…

The Solitary was definitely a lucky find…

Can you tell which bird this is? Take a good look at its eye. It’s the White-eyed Vireo! You can just make out its white eye peaking around the branch at me.

They seem to have exploded into the woods, swamps and fields recently! I’ve been hearing them everywhere. They are very loud and aren’t afraid to let you know that they are around!

These birds will stay and breed here, so I’m sure to be hearing them for months to come…

Remember to stay healthy and stay safe!