It’s the first week of June in Harrisburg, Pa and one can still find many active neo-tropical migratory birds almost anywhere. Some have moved farther north to nest, but we still have plenty of activity. This morning, I had not walked 1/4 of a mile into Wildwood Park and I came across a small symphony of songbirds in progress. To the left I had a Willow Flycatcher with the fast Vireo-like song which is two burry notes with a sneezing quality: “fitz-bew”. Here is a link to the song – short and sweet. http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/112678/play
On the other side of the trail were two Warbling Vireos. If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing their song, I would put it on your to do list. The song is happy and conversational. They chatter away and they seem to just be talking about their day. Or perhaps, they are complaining about The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website description of a Warbling Vireo. Copied from the website:
A drab bird of riparian woodlands, the Warbling Vireo is more easily heard than seen. It has no distinctive field marks, but its rapid warbling song with a accented, high-pitched last note is relatively easy to recognize.
Ok…can you blame them? Here is a link to a clip: http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/49793/play Which makes up for the lousy remarks about their appearance:)
Great morning Birding!