~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.

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

Until next time…

Sing your heart out!

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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!

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