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Notes & Observations
5/22/22 – As I started to study and practice IDing birds by song over the past two years, the White-eyed Vireo stands out as one that I was particularly interested in. As I began to hear it regularly at my resident park, I would scan it repeatedly with Merlin and watch the spectrogram. This vireo usually does a CHK-melody-CHK pattern. That pattern helped me commit it to memory as I heard it over and over.
This is important because learning this song is crucial to getting it on your checklist. In my experience, you will rarely see this bird. It’s very elusive and likes to hide in the branches and remain a mystery.
We spent the weekend in South Padre Island, a small barrier island off the west coast of Texas. I decided to visit the Birding and Nature Center located on the southern end of the island and found a reported rare visitor, the “Mangrove Warbler.”