Date: 6/20/18 7:15 pm
From: Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...>
Subject: Re: urban Bell's Vireo (Fayetteville/Washington Co.)
I agree!

On Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 8:36 PM Judy & Don <9waterfall9...> wrote:

> I love seeing weeds crack up through the sidewalk and learn that birds
> come back to abandoned urban sites.
> Thank you.
> J
> On Jun 20, 2018, at 8:20 PM, Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...> wrote:
> Every year I hear Bell's Vireos in what I think are the strangest places
> here in Fort Smith. Abandoned industrial areas that were once prairie seem
> to be popular. Nature starts to take over these places again, and sometimes
> the birds come back.
> Sandy B
> On Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 7:27 PM Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...>
> wrote:
>> A pleasant and unexpected sound as I biked back from a friend's house in
>> Fayetteville, this evening I heard a Bell's Vireo singing multiple times
>> from an apparently abandoned area--abandoned by humans, at least. It's a
>> shrubby area with young trees and probably has few human visitors. It's the
>> area on the west side of Leverett Avenue where it dead-ends, and is just
>> south of the bike trail that runs on the south side of the UA farm.
>> On my bike ride home I thought "How strange for a Bell's Vireo to be in
>> such an urban setting!" By and large my experiences with the species have
>> been in rural sites seldom visited by people, and often in much larger
>> tracts of (relatively) undisturbed shrubby habitat. But then I remembered
>> way back to one of my earliest observations of Bell's Vireo, circa 2006,
>> which was actually in a very small (smaller than the Leverett patch) of
>> shrubbery along a Minneapolis lake!
>> So I suppose it's one of those species that prefers quiet sites but
>> occasionally shows up in higher-traffic settings. Good thing I decided to
>> bike instead of drive today.
>> Alyssa DeRubeis
>> Fayetteville (Washington Co.)

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