Date: 9/26/18 5:05 pm From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Yong Comment - Confirmed report of yellow-green vireo in Cape May
OK, time for me to fess up.
Quick check on the eBird indicate confirmed sighting og Yellow-green vireo at Plum Island in Massachusetts on 9-5-2011, and at Charleston County, South Carolina on 9-27-2016. Now the NJ's *first* record. All three confirmed documentations have one thing in common. They were all positively Id'ed at a banding station where these vireos were held in hand.
I have seen my share of red-eyed vireos this fall, mostly in high above the tree canopy and partially hidden by leaves, but have little trouble on the id them as red-eyed. Reason for it is who cares as it is my id and my bird find.
If I had seen this very special NJ's own Yellow-green vireo under the similar *difficult* viewing conditions at Cape Island, especially at Higbee, most likely I would have Id'ed it as nothing but a odd looking red-eyed vireo.
Even If I had taken some decent photos with my cheap point-n-shoot camera in auto mode, and was able to capture some id features such as its bright yellow ventral region and yellowish flanks, I would have blamed on the camera for the *false* camera artifact or photo lie, and most likely moved-on as odd looking red-eyed. Reason ? My lack of bird ID knowledge and afraid to ask questions to those who know.
Besides Marty's questions, I am wondering if there are/were other birders who saw this very special vireo in high canopy of trees, and moved on as if it was a just the usual red-eyed vireo as I would most likely would have.
Another question I have is, what if this vireo was never caught in the net, if it would have been id'ed via live view thru bins or sound at the Meadow.
Self confession is always embarrassing but I rather go thru with it, and at the end, learn something from this listserve that have countless expert birders that mostly remain silent.
Yong Kong Camden County
From: Marty DeAngelo Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 1:42 PM To: <JERSEYBI...> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Confirmed report of yellow-green vireo in Cape May
The question is - has it been around for a while and no one saw it, or is it a recent storm bird from Florence?
On Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 12:53 PM Susan Treesh <sktreesh...> wrote:
> A YELLOW-GREEN VIREO was banded and released this morning (9/26/18) in > Cape May according to the Cape May text alert. Great find, and the bird > is probably still around at least for a while. Looking forward to > seeing the pictures on the CMBO website or blog. 1st State Record > > Susan Treesh > Somerset > > > > How to report NJ bird sightings: see < > www.njbrc.com/index.php/reporting-rare-birds/> > or e-mail to <njbrcreport...> > List help: <jerseybi-request...> > List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi >