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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Nerdy Birdy: El Segundo Library - Chasing the Whited Eyed Vireo

I have connected with some local birders over the past few weeks and started getting on the chain when new or unique birds show up. When I got word that there was a White Eyed Viero found at a local park I wanted to try and find it. Thankfully I had an empty day. I got to the El Segundo Library Park around 10am and I was surprised that there wasn’t a few birders there looking for the bird. I searched for a half hour and I kept seeing Bushtits... everywhere everywhere bushtits, and the Pacific Slopped Flycatcher fooled me a few times.

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BUSHTIT

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PACIFIC SLOPED FLYCATCHER

Of course I didn’t spend a ton of time taking their photos, they weren’t new birds after all and I was on a mission. Finally after looking what felt like FOREVER I finally found the White Eyed Vireo high up in the trees. Yea a new bird for me to cross off of my Nerdy Birdy List. I was so excited. Over the next three hours I focused solely on the bird and it shows in the photos. I was able to get some stunning shots. Never before have I gone to a park and spent so much time taking pictures of just one bird. Normally I just hike and get what I see. But since he was such a rare little guy I wanted to stay focused.

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WHITE EYED VIREO

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WHITE EYED VIREO

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WHITE EYED VIREO

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WHITE EYED VIREO

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WHITE EYED VIREO

Finally around lunchtime a group of birders joined me and I totally enjoyed pointing out the bird to them and reveling in their excitement. White Eyed Vireo’s are supposed to be an east coast bird with only occasional sightings in California. One woman said in her twenty years of birding this is only the second time she saw this little guy. In the four hours I ended up being at the park 9 birders showed up and then there were countless of passerby’s that wanted to know what we were all looking at.

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This is a pretty small parklet but there were a few other birds I got photos of. Of course the star of the day took most of my attention. So excited that I got to find him.

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BABY CROW

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WESTERN TANAGER

4 comments:

Jennifer Arens said...

Seriously, who came up with all these names of birds? He obviously had a sense of humor......Thanks for delivering!

paul peggy zeus said...

The White Eyed Vireo was a pretty bird, but I especially loved the shot of the mama crow feeding her baby. NICE SHOT!

Anonymous said...

Hi there,
I live in El Segundo, and today in my backyard, saw a bright, almost turquoise bird in a distant tree.
Like a parakeet coloring. Any thoughts on that, other than an escaped pet?

Rogue Woman said...

There are not that many bright blue birds. My first guess would be an escaped parakeet but wild birds that could show up are The mountain bluebird, the western bluebird or the blue grosbeak. Thankfully all three are pretty different. Key me know if that helps.

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