White-eyed Vireo

Vireo griseus Order: Passeriformes Family: Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, and Erpornis)
Vireo griseus Order: Passeriformes Family: Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, and Erpornis)
White-eyed Vireo

This handsome, persistent singer breeds in the Southeast and winters in the Gulf States down into Mexico. It likes to stay out of sight in a tangle of vegetation, but patience can be rewarded, and his constant singing, even into the heat of day, at least gives you the sense that he’s somewhere in there.

I just happen to have seen and been first to identify the first one ever reported on a Wisconsin Christmas Bird Count, in Madison in 1979. Intriguingly, the man with me, who had pooh-poohed my ID even after he got his first look at it, took all the credit.

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