Monday, September 19, 2011
On the drive out to the Cape I spotted a bit of movement on a side road and quickly pulled off the road to take a look. It turned out to be about 40 birds flitting everywhere. They were mostly Yellow-rumped Warblers and sparrows. They began to move back in the woods, and I followed in the hopes of finding something different among them. A water covered trail made me turn back. I was sure that I had missed something good.
I could only tell that I had a vireo and I knew it wasn't a Red-eyed Vireo that I had seen earlier in the week. It was different. I had all of about three minutes before a car came roaring by and drove the bird into the woods. I waited patiently for it to come out again but I never saw it again.
I eagerly waited for the birders who were surely out for the day to go home so that I could ask for help with the ID. Late yesterday I got word that this is indeed a Warbling Vireo.
A birder from British Columbia found a Warbling Vireo on the road to Cape Spear on September 4th. I looked at his pictures that he posted and this bird does not look like the one he saw. Perhaps it is a new arrival brought in on the winds of the last two days.
I will try again to find my target bird but will surely keep my eyes open for everything else as this is the prime time for migrating birds to come to check out our North Atlantic island resort.
P.S. This bird is a rare vagrant to Newfoundland.