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Yellow-throated Vireo

Posted on May 31, 2016

The Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons) seen here did plenty of singing and foraging for me on a recent spring morning while his mate tended to their new nest. They were located, as always, on the edge of a large forest, and while they love the cuts they do need sizable, unbroken woodlands. If you take a look at them from afar you may wonder why they have such a plumage…but if you look at some of my photos you may not have to ponder that anymore. What a perfect camouflage, especially in the spring!

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I have no doubt those looks help the species coax their insect prey into easy targets while hopping among the leaves. You can also tell that this bird was a lot more interested in food than me, searching out snack after snack and ignoring my snapping. Tomorrow is June 1 and we are definitely in the breeding season now – my best to them!

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator