Listen... what was that?

Proverbs 1:5 Let the wise listen and add to their learning...

White-eyed Vireo
Photographer: William Wise | iNat Observation: 80639369 - White-eyed Vireo; Walton County, Georgia. May 30, 2018. ©

Journal entry from May 30, 2018... Having heard a strange bird call while lunch-break birding in a small patch of woods near my office a few weeks ago, I kept after the little bird until I spotted his spooky white eyes. I looked up this White-eyed Vireo and listened to the call a few times to commit it to memory for future reference. Birding by ear opens up entire new realms. Often, you can’t get a clear look on the myriads of little birds flitting about the bushes, but if you listen, you can certainly hear them all around. Bird lists get even longer if you can identify their calls.

Walking in the same area again today and listening to the various calls and songs, I could hear the little Vireo in a Bradford Pear tree. I did a little playback on my phone. He was listening and popped out to the edge of a branch long enough for a photograph! I have a few previous photos of White-eyed Vireos, but this one was finally close and clear enough for a high resolution shot. Glad he listened!

Walton County, Georgia Wednesday, April 30, 2018, 12:47 PM

  • Partly sunny with a chance of thunderstorms; high 86°
  • Sunrise 6:24 AM, sunset 8:38 PM
  • Day length: 14 hours, 14 minutes
  • Moon: waning gibbous, 99% illumination
Posted on May 30, 2024 09:52 AM by williamwisephoto williamwisephoto


Great tip and even better photo!

Posted by notacluegal about 2 months ago

As silly as it seems, only in the last two years have I really been utilizing the Merlin app for sound ID. It really took birding to a whole new level of enjoyment for me. I also didn't realize just how many calls the northern cardinal had! Thanks for sharing :)

Posted by cadeal03 about 2 months ago

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