To my surprise I heard the thin, wiry song of a Blue-headed Vireo. I tracked the singer down in a tree near the outhouse and was further surprised to see a Magnolia Warbler darting among the branches! I started pishing to see if either the warbler or the vireo would come closer, and was delighted when the Blue-headed Vireo responded. He came down to the lowest branch of the tree to check me out.
These are the best photos I have taken of this species yet, and I was thrilled when I saw them on the computer. I don’t think the vireo was as thrilled with the view he had of me!
A light rain began falling then, but I was still eager to walk the loop. A Brown Creeper and a couple of Golden-crowned Kinglets were present in the woods, and at the observation dock I was happy to see some Blue-winged Teals with the resident mallards.
Although a short and somewhat drizzly outing, I was happy to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and the autumn woods. The cooperative vireo definitely made my day, and as a result I think the Blue-headed Vireo now ranks among my top favourite birds!