Date: 12/6/18 5:48 am
From: Dwayne Martin (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Red-eyed vireo still around and "vireo" song cautionary note
Sorry, I didn't read all of Kent's reply since he mentioned the app. Oops.

On Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 8:44 AM Dwayne Martin <redxbill...> wrote:

> 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
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> Dwayne Martin
> Hickory, NC
> <redxbill...>
Dwayne Martin
Hickory, NC

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