Yellow-throated Vireo

Hey guys welcome back. Today we have another vireo species; the yellow-throated vireo. The yellow-throated vireo is pretty typical of a vireo species. They’re warbler-like, but slightly large, and slightly slower. The yellow-throated is a mostly gray bird with darker gray wings, and a white wing bar. They have a dark yellow head, and a bright yellow throat. They also have the typical vireo “spectacles” featuring a bright yellow eyering, connecting to their bill.

An eastern vireo species, their range is a line almost down the exact center of the country and everything east.They breed throughout the eastern US, extending only to extreme southern Canada, and winter in the Caribbean, and Central and South America. To date, I’ve only ever seen two yellow-throated vireos. Although common, they aren’t extremely widespread. I still remember my first one. I was working in Central Park, roving and birding in the North Woods. I came upon a mixed flock of songbirds gleaning insects from the trees. They were working their way through the forest. While scanning, I came upon it. I was so excited! I had at that point only had 3 vireo species, and was trying to get the other 3 eastern ones. My second sighting came last week! That’s also when I got that terrible picture seen above lol. It was a particularly active day, and I stopped by a place known as Shipman’s Pond, near Headlands State Park. A local birder I know told me he had just seen one. I searched for 15 minutes, and finally saw it. A friend was coming to try and get it as well. Unfortunately I lost track of it as she approached. It was spotted a couple more times, but not by me. Oh well, I was still excited. Next up, we head back to the world of warblers. See you then!

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