30-B-2017 White-eyed Vireo

STATUS
Accepted
DATE VOTING COMPLETED
1ST ROUND
7-0
HOW MANY OBSERVED?
1 In Molt
DATE SIGHTING OCCURRED
DATE REPORT PREPARED
REPORTER
Steve Butterworth
OTHER OBSERVERS
Darren Clark
LOCALITY OF OBSERVATION
Camas National Wildlife Management Area, Idaho
HABITAT WHERE THE BIRD WAS OBSERVED
Grasslands, Marsh and Riparian
SIGHTING DURATION, CONDITIONS, and EQUIPMENT USED
Mostly Overcast and Smokey with some sun. Temperature around sighting was around 75°
DID YOU TAKE NOTES?
No, not at all
DID YOU CONSULT A FIELD GUIDE OR OTHER REFERENCE WORK?
No, not at all
WHICH GUIDE(S) OR REFERENCE(S): DID YOU CONSULT?
DESCRIPTION OF THE BIRD(s)
Vireo with a large bill for size, Gray Neck and head with Yellow Lores and a white Iris. Bill was dark with yellow on the flanks and Back with two white wingbars. White throat.
BEHAVIOR OF THE BIRD(s)
Methodically feeding along the dry bed of Camas Creek in Willows. Not real active and would of sit for short periods of time.
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE BIRD, AND WHAT CLINCHED THE IDENTIFICATION FOR YOU?
I recognized the distinct face pattern of the vireo with the large long bill, yellow lores, white Iris and gray neck and head. First look was in pretty good view and I also quickly noted the white wing bars and yellow flanks. I called to Darren that I had found a White-eyed Vireo which he came down and confirmed for himself. I have observed White-eyed vireos in numbers locations such as Florida and Texas on several occasions.
HOW DID YOU ELIMINATE SIMILAR SPECIES? WHAT WERE THEY?
Cassin’s vireo are common to this area and also have yellowish flanks and gray head but their bill is smaller and they lack the yellow lores and white iris. Bell’s Vireo is not common to this area and also has similar traits but lack the yellow spectacles, white eyes and their wingbars are faint rather than bold like a White-eyed Vireo
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS (AND SIMILAR) SPECIES?
Second observation of a white-eyed Vireo at Camas. I have observed them during migration on several occasions in both Texas and Florida.
DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL BIRDING EXPERIENCE
Actively birded over the last 15 years with numerous trips to Montana, Florida, Texas and Arizona.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (If any)
Pictures taken by both myself and Darren Clark
WERE PHOTO(S), VIDEO, AND/OR AUDIO OBTAINED FROM THIS SIGHTING?
Photo
SUPPORTING IMAGES

FIRST ROUND VOTING:

Carl Lundblad
Accept

Excellent documentation including written description, discussion, and excellent diagnostic photos. No provenance issues.

Jay Carlisle
Accept

well documented (pics & description of field marks)

Doug Ward
Accept

Decent write up with great, diagnostic photos. Good bird!

Dave Trochlell
Accept

There's no doubt about the ID for this one. What an incredible find in Idaho!

Cliff Weisse
Accept

Photos leave no doubt this was a White-eyed Vireo.

Shirley Sturts
Accept

Well described and good photos - similar vireos eliminated

Jon Isacoff
Accept

The photo is diagnostic of White-eyed Vireo.