Red-eyed Vireo

A Red-eyed Vireo sang this afternoon as it traveled through the young green leaves of oaks – here I am; where are you; over here; up in the trees – a familiar refrain that brings another piece of summer’s music to the woods again. The first Red-eyed Vireo I’ve heard or seen this season, it was high and moving constantly, so I couldn’t see it well, but caught glimpses of its cream-white breast, green-gray back, gray crown bordered in black, and white stripe over the eye. The day was warm and sunny, the air hazy with pollen.

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