Bell’s Vireo and others

The spring migration has started and we are beginning to see the arrival of our spring and summer birds.  One of them is the Bell’s Vireo.  We saw our first of the year a couple of days ago, right on schedule according to our Concho Valley Birding Checklist.

We were driving out near the Twin Buttes Reservoir and as we neared some brushy habitat, Ann said she could hear the singing of some Bell’s Vireos.  We could hear them, but we couldn’t see them.  Ann had her iPad with her, where we have an iBird Pro Birding app, that we use for bird identification.  It also has recorded bird songs.  She decided play Bell’s Vireo’s song to see if it would answer.   And answer it did.  It came farther into the open so we could get visuals of it.  It also perched a few times while it was singing and I was able to get some photos.  We then left the area after I got several exposures.

Playing recorded calls to lure birds, has always put me into a quandary.  I don’t believe in baiting birds or any wildlife to get photos.  But putting my purist beliefs aside, I feel that as long as  person doesn’t overdo it, or put the bird in any stress,  playing the songs should be fine.  Personally, as soon as I get the pics to satisfy me I leave the wildlife alone.

So, anyway, here are the most recent photos of the shy Bell’s Vireo.


Bell’s Vireo


Bell’s Vireo

Here are some more photos of other species that I have gotten since my last post.

We spotted this Great Horned Owl in the crotch of a large pecan tree.  She may have been sitting eggs, but that we have not been able to confirm.  She was high up and only this face was visible to me.  I was able to set up about 75 feet away, to give me a good shooting angle with my long lens.


Great Horned Owl

The Bullock’s Orioles are making themselves visible again, but so far this is the only photograph that I have been able to get.


Bullock’s Oriole

This female Ladder-backed Woodpecker was poking her head in and out of this hole.  Could there be young ones in there?  Stay tuned.


Ladder-backed Woodpecker, female

I hope you like this shot of an Ash-throated Flycatcher.  I must say that I love the pose.


Ash-throated Flycatcher

I think that is it for this post.  I hope all of you have a Happy Easter weekend.  Be safe.




9 thoughts on “Bell’s Vireo and others

  1. The vireo is a pretty little bird! And the owl eyes are great! The oriole and mama woodpecker are just doing their thing but that flycatcher was ready for your closeup! I still think you and Ann have some type of power over birds-your photos are might near perfect, sir! hugs

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