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This Morning Outside

by Diane Porter

September 16, 2010
At Birdwatching Dot Com
Fairfield, Iowa

As I walk along the edge of the woods, I hear a funny, energetic little song in the thicket. It's distinctive, instantly recognizable. Sort of like a small explosion, with a pop at the beginning and at the end. It's unusual, because few songbirds are singing in the middle of September in Iowa. But the white-eyed vireo goes at it as if this were spring.

White-eyed Vireo
Photo copyright 2010 Michael and Diane Porter

He's a busy little bird. By where the sound comes from, I can tell that he's moving around pretty fast. Once in a while he emerges from the vegetation, coming into view for about half a second.

White-eyed VireoSometimes, in some individuals, especially adults, the iris of the eye really does look startlingly white, as in the photo at right. (The vireo is hanging from the under side of a twig, probing for insects.) In other individuals, the iris looks more tan than white, as in the photo above. That one is probably a juvenile bird.

—Diane Porter

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