Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2007-25
|Scientific name:||Vireo solitarius|
|Length of time observed:||5-10 seconds|
|Location:||Garr Ranch, Antelope Is.|
|Distance to bird:||20 feet or less|
|Optical equipment:||10x50 Nikon Binoculars|
|Description: Size of bird:|
|(Description:) Basic Shape:|
|(Description:) Overall Pattern:|
|(Description:) Bill Type:|
Field Marks and
Bold white spectacles (no eye line), blue head, white throat & breast,
small, blunt bill. About 5 inches in length. Darkish-colored back.
The contrast between the head & white throat & breast was distinct. It was
facing me at a lower elevation in a vine & I did not see flanks.
(see photos by Tim Avery)
|Song or call & method of delivery:||None|
|Behavior:||Foraging in vegetation at about four feet high along fenceline.|
were they eliminated:
Wasn't a warbler because of bill shape.
Wasn't a Plumbeous or Cassin's Vireo due to head color. Both of these have gray heads. The bird I saw had a distinct blue head.
this & similar species:
|Only once in Minnesota about 3 years ago.|
|References consulted:||Kaufman's Birds of No. America, Pg. 291|
|Description from:||From memory|
|Observer's address:||1063 E. 400 No. Orem, UT 84097|
|Observer's e-mail address:||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:||None|
|Additional Comments:||Was with Glenn Barlow who was about 30 yards away. I hollered at him 3 separate times, each time a little louder because he didn't hear me. The 3rd time when he finally heard me, it scared the bird into the trees & we could not relocate it. Frustrating.|