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Took a few photos of a Red-eyed Vireo in the back yard today. I love their constant song. They are medium sized within a bright red eye and so hard to spot up in the tree canopy. These are several photos of the same bird moving about a Box Elder branch.

Size & Shape
Red-eyed Vireos are large, chunky vireos with a long, angular head, thick neck, and a strong, long bill with a small but noticeable hook at the tip. The body is stocky and the tail fairly short.

Color Pattern
Red-eyed Vireos are olive-green above and clean white below with a strong head pattern: a gray crown and white eyebrow stripe bordered above and below by blackish lines. The flanks and under the tail have a green-yellow wash. Adults have red eyes that appear dark from a distance; immatures have dark eyes.

Behavior
They forage in deciduous canopies where they can be difficult to find among the green leaves. They move slowly and methodically, carefully scanning leaves above and below for their favored caterpillar prey. However, their habit of near-incessant singing in summer, even in the heat of midafternoon, helps draw attention to them.

Habitat
Large expanses of deciduous forest, particularly deciduous trees with large leaves (such as maples), typify Red-eyed Vireo habitat during the breeding season. On migration, look for them in nearly any type of forest, woodland, or woodlot (particularly in deciduous stands). It is often the commonest of vireo migrants.

 

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I posted a few photos of the nest building about a week ago. I went back today and the female is laying and incubating this clutch of eggs. In the first photo, you can see them switch positions on the nest and the the following few you can see the hen on the nest; taken with a Canon 50D and the EF 400L f/5.6 Lens by Canon also:

 

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The past 10 days have been beautiful; just like May is supposed to be (unlike last May). The rivers have plenty of water, everything is green, we had nearly 2.0 inches of gentle rain in 30 hours last week. Most of the migratory birds are busy raising their hatchlings and are not so active at this time. However, the Vireos are still busy calling and mating. I got a nice picture of a White eyed Vireo in a tussle with Blue-gray Gnatcatcher next to the Little Buffalo River over (I could not figure that out). Everyone has heard a White eyed Vireo sing, but if you dont look you probably have not seen one (taken with a Canon 50D and a EF400mm f/5.6L Lens (notice the stunning white eyes):

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I got several photos of this diminutive migratory bird. Not only are they small (very small) they are packed with energy and never, never stop moving about the tree limbs and leaves in search of insects. The tail is always up and fanned. They seem not much larger to as hummingbird to my older eyes.

Right next to Little Buffalo River this Saturday morning I found one in a squabble with a Vireo, and gnatcatcher, perplexed had to stop a few times to think. Taken with a Canon 50D and a 400mm Canon DO IS lens:

 

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