Thursday, July 24, 2008

Bell's Vireo

The most exciting bird news this summer was finding a Bell's Vireo at Pheasant Branch in early June – it's my first time recording this species at the conservancy. Recently, I confirmed two adults repeatedly carrying food items to a central location. The apparent nest is well off the trail in scrubby habitat. Naturally I'm not going to try to see it in order to further verify their breeding status. Instead, I'm checking the site every few days to try and glimpse the fledged vireos – hopefully they haven't been bringing food to a cowbird all this time!

Bell's Vireo Distribution in Wisconsin

Bell's Vireo © 2008 Mike McDowell

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