Date: 12/6/18 5:44 am
From: Dwayne Martin (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Red-eyed vireo still around and "vireo" song cautionary note
If you have the new Sibley phone app, he actually has this "Vireo like
song" for Purple Finch.

On Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 7:24 AM Kent Fiala <carolinabirds...> wrote:

> Thanks Kevin, this timely advice prevented a New Hope Audubon group from
> making a misidentification after we noticed Purple Finches in a tree where
> we thought we had just heard a Blue-headed Vireo. Also, later Norm Budnitz
> pointed out that if you have the new Sibley app (v2, not the original
> version), it has a recording of a longer version of the vireo-like song,
> which I was not familiar with. Well worth listening to.
> Kent Fiala
> On 11/18/2018 12:43 PM, Kevin Metcalf (via carolinabirds Mailing List)
> wrote:
> It is late for Red-eyed Vireo - but stranger things have happened. Of the
> vireos, Blue-headed is the most likely vireo to be around in late
> fall/winter, that might cause confusion with Red-eyed (if not seen).
> However, for heard only "vireos" this time of year and into the winter,
> birders should be aware of the potential confusion of a vireo song with
> that one song variation of Purple Finch. Purple finches will do a shortened
> "song" of just a couple phrases. I have heard this a couple of times this
> fall, and have witnessed local birders get tripped up by it - thinking it
> was a Solitary Vireo (probably based on time of year). I've also done a
> double-take and sought out the singer to be sure of what I am hearing.
> Aside from the simple, wooden "tik" or "tek" call note of Purple Finch
> which is often heard as they fly over or perch in treetops, they will also
> give a sort song phrase or two that sounds a bit like a part of a vireo's
> song. It is like the tempo of a vireo - a slurred, two-parted "cheer-up" or
> "see-me" or something like it. With the finch, it will usually just give
> one or two of these phrases. Sometimes they will give one of the slurred
> phrases, then a pause and then add a little more to it. The quality of this
> song is a bit more like red-eyed (lower pitched, and more burry) than
> Blue-headed Vireo.
> Since this is a year with higher than usual numbers of Purple Finches in
> the south, just something to be aware of. Check that "vireo" to make sure
> it is actually a vireo.
> Kevin Metcalf
> Huntersville, NC
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Helen Kalevas
> Sent: Nov 18, 2018 12:03 PM
> To: <carolinabirds...>
> Subject: Red-eyed vireo still around
> Had one singing yesterday in Southern Pines, NC. Is it late for them to
> still be around?
> Helen
> <> Virus-free.
> <>
> --
Dwayne Martin
Hickory, NC

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