~A New Bird Book & a New Bird~


Red-bellied Woodpecker (female).
Red-bellied Woodpecker (female). Photo taken at Silver Springs State Park in Ocala, Florida.

I have been looking for the book The Sibley Guide to Birds Second Edition for awhile now. Today, I finally found and purchased this lovely birding guide. I was specifically searching for the re-printed second edition.

I am very happy to add this book to my birding library. Howard kiddingly asks me, “How many bird books do you need?” I reply, “One can’t have too many!”


Blue-headed Vireo


On February 27, 2015 I saw and photographed the little song bird in these photos. It was flitting around hunting for bugs and didn’t stay still long. At first I just assumed it was a Solitary Vireo, which I first saw in Colorado in 1986.

Tonight, while looking through my new bird book, I discovered that the Solitary Vireo as been divided into three separate species:

(1) Plumbeous

(2) Cassin’s

(3) Blue-headed

This Blue-headed Vireo has been added to my Birding Life List at number 385.

Large head, short bill, dark gray head, white spectacles, belly and throat, yellowish flanks.

Until next time…

Sing your heart out!

Beautiful little song bird; averages one phase every 2.5 seconds.



8 thoughts on “~A New Bird Book & a New Bird~”

    1. This will be my first Sibley’s Birding Guide. I have a National Geographic book that is about as old as me, which I love and it holds fond memories of birding with a now deceased friend.

      ! also have several other birding guides. I wanted to try Sibley’s and waited until the re-print of the Second Edition to purchase.

      Very soon we will be heading back to Anahuac and High Island for a visit before we head home. I can’t wait to see the area again and hope to see many nesting and migrating birds.

  1. Judy had recommended the Sibley Guide for me I not sure if it is a re-printed second edition…I will have to check that out.

    The song birds can sure put a smile on my face! Thanks for sharing 385…what great photos of the blue-headed vireo.

    1. Hi Gay! So far I am enjoying Sibley’s. I remember reading an article about how the publisher messed up with the printing of the Second Edition – the text was too light. So a re-print was done and I believe the date for this re-print was March, 2014. I have looked, in a lot of stores along our travel this winter, and just found the “corrected” version yesterday. Thanks for always stopping by; enjoy sharing my love of birding with you!!

    1. Thank you Charlotte. I remember your interview with the author and the trouble he had with the publisher. I was so thrilled to finally find this reprinted version. I am already loving the book. Happy Birding!

    1. It looks like a great book to add to a birding library. I showed it to a friend today and she liked it as well. Take care, chat with you soon!

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