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Red-eyed Vireo at last!

Posted by Liron on Monday, June 30, 2014
On June 20 2014, I went to finally track down one of my nemesis birds: the Red-eyed Vireo. Seeing Mike's photos the day before made me want to give it a go, so I got some great directions from him and set off to Burnaby Lake.

Within minutes after arriving (at the Avalon entrance), I heard what I was 99% certain was a Red-eyed Vireo singing. I heard it singing non stop from the top of a tree that was right into the sun. I tried to spot it, but I didn't have any luck.

After staring up in the treetops for a long time, a bird flew down to the other side of the trail fairly low in the tree. It was the Red-eyed Vireo! I snapped away, and got a nice shot of it singing:


The vireo then came even closer and lower down, and it caught an insect for breakfast:




I was very happy with the shots I had gotten! That was good because after that, though I heard and got brief glimpses of 5 more Red-eyed Vireos, the birds just didn't wan't their photos taken.

It was a great morning! Later on the other side of the lake at Piper Spit I ran into Nick, and we walked together and got to see many other good birds like Western Tanager, Pileated Woodpecker, Cinnamon Teal and more.

Thanks for looking! :)




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