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A Different Bird!

This Blue-headed Vireo is a Winter migrant here in my neighborhood.  This bird was new to me when I first saw it a couple of weeks ago..  From what I have read about Blue-headed Vireos, they prefer to be with just one or two other Blue-headed Vireos, and then hang out with other kinds of small birds.

The Blue-headed Vireo has a grey head, greenish-grey and white back, a white throat, and yellow areas on its lower sides.  Blue-headed Vireos have white eye rings that somewhat resemble eye glasses.  Blue-headed Vireos eat insects and seldom will eat berries or seeds.  I saw this Vireo across the street from my home, on Jan. 27, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!


A Juvenile Sapsucker!


This is a young Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, probably a female.  This juvenile was with several other woodpeckers and small songbirds that quickly flew from tree to tree, all down the street here yesterday morning.  The juvenile has no red at all. Adults have a bit of red on their head.  Males are brighter with more red areas.  Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers have, like their name implies, a yellow chest.

This sapsucker is likely a Winter migrant.  Here in Marion County, Florida, we are seeing more birds arriving from Northern states.  I am excited to see which birds will visit!  The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker drills holes in trees and drinks the juicy sap.  They also eat insects but depend on sap quite a bit.  I took these pictures on December 1, 2013 from street in front of my home.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see each larger photo of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  Enjoy!


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