[Tweeters] Blue-headed vireo, Clark Co, Wa

Randy Hill re_hill at q.com
Sun Apr 15 20:25:56 PDT 2018

One of the warblers in question was an Orange-crowned Warbler. The other
sounded more like a Wilson's Warbler than any other expected species that I
can come up with, but with my ears don't book it.


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From: Randy Hill [mailto:re_hill at q.com]
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Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Blue-headed vireo, Clark Co, Wa

I hung out for another hour or so, hoping to run into the vireo that Bob
found but without success. The Cassin's Vireo that we saw was an easy ID
and obviously a different bird. I did run into warbler flocks a few times
after and made the rounds to areas I seldom visit, hoping to find even the
CAVI that we saw together. Did hear FOY House Wrens singing in two
locations and a couple of warbler calls that I need to refresh my early
season memory banks. I should get an ebird list posted tonight but still
have other things that are a higher priority.

After leaving Frenchman's Bar Park I did find the continuing Ross's Goose
with Cacking Geese across lower River Road. Also visited Shillapoo Wildlife
Area and found 2 Black-bellied Plovers (assumed continuing from earlier
sightings) with the 100+ flock of Dunlin there (and more than 140 G
White-fronted Geese, which have been pretty sparse this winter and spring.)
Afterward I got a note from Russ Smith with photos from flyovers at Sauvie
Island of both species; likely the same birds.

Randy Hill

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[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Bob
Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2018 1:14 PM
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Subject: [Tweeters] Blue-headed vireo, Clark Co, Wa

Sorry for late report. This morning at light I went to Frenchman's Bar Reg
Park it was somewhat slow I found a good number of ruby-crowned and one
golden-crowned kinglets. Also had a hermit thrush a single yellow-rumped
warbler and lingering fox sparrow. The weather was a light off and on
misting rain. Then about 10:15 the rain picked up and this is when I found
the blue-headed. It is a beautiful adult plumaged bird. The head showed the
bluish hood, the sides were bright yellow, it's eyering, specs, throat and
wing bars are bright white. The bird was about ten yards from me about 6-8
feet high my look only about ten seconds. I knew exactly what it was when I
first saw it. It was not seen again I stayed looking in the rain until
12:30. Randy Hill showed p after I had contacted me he is still there. After
seeing the vireo the rain picked up considerably and so did the birds. From
that time Randy and I had about 50-75 yellow-rumped, 1 orange-crowned and 1
Townsend's warblers. Also a single Cassin's vireo and very drab looking bird
and should not be confused with the blue-headed. Hopefully Randy will add to
the list I have a commitment and had to leave.

Bob Flores
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