The Case of the Migrating Warbling Vireo

While we sitting at our patio table with friends on August 17 and enjoying some of Chris’s blueberry crisp, a Warbling Vireo landed near us in our cedar tree. Unfortunately, I was the only one at the table who got a good look at it. It was nice to see it in our yard and it was the first one I have seen in Yakima County this year.

Image - Warbling Vireo - Oak Creek Canyon, May 23, 2015
Warbling Vireo - Oak Creek Canyon, May 23, 2015

This was certainly a bird that is just starting its migration to wintering areas in central to southern Mexico and Central America. That is a long, perilous journey for such a small bird but it is one that is undertaken by many of the species that nest in Yakima County, including the hummingbirds. May they all have a safe journey!

-Denny Grandstrand