This may very well be the prize of migration for me. While hiking Saturday at Peach Hill, I heard a very strange song from one of the birds in the park. I didn’t recognize it at all.
It was singing in a tree completely hidden, so I slowly walked around hoping to find in opening in the leaves to see what it was. Finally, I had a small gap in the leaves to take a few pictures. He quickly moved, but I got a good luck at it. It was a white-eyed vireo, a bird that is labeled in the Sibley guidebook as a rare sighting to this area. I was overjoyed to even get a glimpse!
Even better? I got a few photographs as proof! I don’t think I’ll be forgetting his song anytime soon either. This vireo is now the 137th bird photographed in Dutchess County.