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Vireo (?), northern Virginia, April 6, 2021 (1 Viewer)

howiewu

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Hi, I took this picture today in a stream valley in northern Virginia. At the time I thought this was a Red-eyed Vireo. I hears it sing too, and I thought it was the incessant, persistent song of a Red-eyed Vireo. But now I have some doubts.

But surely this is a Vireo? Does it look like a Red-eyed?

Thanks in advance,
Howard


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Blue-headed Vireo for me. Even from this angle, it looks to me like the white "spectacles" are set off against a slate-gray/blue head. The soft off-white underparts with slightly darker flanks, as well as an apparently short tail, also seem to support BH Vireo.

Blue-headed Vireo's song is surprisingly similar to Red-eyed at times! Generally the phrases are more slurred and delivered less frequently, but there are exceptions.
 
I'm also in the Blue-headed Vireo camp, for reasons outlined by birdmeister. The lack of white on the underside of the tail also rules out Pine Warbler.
 
Thanks, after some research, I concluded that it is a Blue-headed Vireo too. Its song is similar (to an extent) to the Red-eyed, and it's early in the season, my ears are not tuned yet ;-)
 
I'm also in the Blue-headed Vireo camp, for reasons outlined by birdmeister. The lack of white on the underside of the tail also rules out Pine Warbler.

I took a look at picture and that it was a eye-ring along with the pale supraloral. Plus, picture is pretty poor and grainy so I thought lack of white was just due to lighting issues. I'm clearly mistaken, it's BHVI.
 
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