[Tweeters] Hutton's Vireo Question

Vicki Biltz vickibiltz at gmail.com
Tue Jul 7 20:31:58 PDT 2015


I've had them calling here in Buckley as well, and also had about 5 Evening
Grosbeaks show up last night and spend most of the day here. I've never
seen them at this elevation before this late in the game. I wonder if its
my forest that keeps everyone active?

Vicki Biltz
Buckley, WA 98321
vickibiltz at gmail.com
http://www.flickr.com/photos/saw-whets_new/


On Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 6:39 PM, <earthman1950 at whidbey.com> wrote:


>

> I have read the same thing about Hutton's Vireos, but I keep track of bird

> vocalizations, and during the 4 years we've lived here on south Whidbey

> Island, I have heard them sing in every month but December. This year I

> have heard Hutton's Vireos singing starting on the 15th of January and at

> least several times every month since then including one bird in mid-May

> that sang and sang after they are supposedly no longer singing. I have

> also learned that they are more likely to sing when the weather is sunny,

> especially early in the year. I have watched a male singing over and over

> near an active nest while young were still in the nest when birding at

> Larrabee State Park. Recently in late June, I heard two birds singing in

> our yard, one of them likely a young male trying out his new songs. It's

> hard to figure out when/why they sing. They can be silent for hours and

> then sing strong songs for 20 minutes or only for a few seconds before

> becoming silent again.

>

> George Heleker

> Whidbey Island

> earthman1950 at whidbey.com

>

>

> ----- Original Message -----

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> [Tweeters] Hutton's Vireo Question

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> Hello Tweets,

>

> Someone once told me that Hutton's Vireos only sing "a couple months" out

> of the year. Is that true? If so, is a singing HUVI in early July anything

> unusual? I hear one singing

> and calling outside my window right now, and I got a couple recordings.

>

> Good birding, Joshua Glant

>

> Mercer Island, WA

>

> Josh.n.glant at gmail.com

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