From what I can gather from the Vermont bird list maintained by the records committee, the White-eyed Vireo has been recorded in Vermont often enough so that it does not need a rare bird report to be filed. Even so, most Vermont birders have not seen the bird within the state's borders. One is currently hanging out in the alders of an old beaver pond near by home, first found by a neighbor. The vireo's distinctive song finally led to some decent photos this morning. I can only hope that he successfully attracts a mate, but since he is well north of the usual range for this species, his chances of breeding may not be very good. As healthy and enthusiastic as he appears, I can only wish him good luck.
In Vermont, winter is a constant present. The last patch of snow disappeared from behind the barn on April 26. Nine days later, I began preparing for next winter by stacking the first delivery of fire wood. But at least the task was attended by bird song, and all the habitats are welcoming the return of the migrants. Just a few images of the past couple of days. .