Saturday, September 17, 2011
I was not surprised by its its facial markings but I was surprised by the soft lemon yellow color around the side of the neck, sides and under tail coverts. This little bird is about as perfect as they get.
Now knowing what I was looking at, I could tell that the other little bird that was hopping around the alders was also a Red-eyed Vireo but it never came out. In a flash both were gone.
I hurried back to my car to compare my pictures with ones in my bird guide and was so pleased with the encounter and the ID.
Note: On a return to Cape Spear two days ago, I saw one Red-eyed Vireo in the distance in one location and I think that was also the bird that we heard singing behind the treeline but could not sight it. The Red-eyed Vireo winters in the tropics and should be moving on soon.