Field Notes

David Fix
52. by David Fix on July 03, 2011 at 04:22 pm

As well as giving a song of repeated upslurred notes, Hutton's Vireos also downslur their songs: "ZEEoom," etc. I have never yet heard one alternate up- and downslurred elements; has anyone, ever? These are among the most responsive woods-birds in their range to pishing and pygmy-owl imitations. They will approach so closely that you don't need bins to see their distinctive blue-grayish feet and legs, with toes thicker than those of Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Once in a while this mark actually serves to ID a glimpsed bird in dense foliage, unheard and otherwise not well seen. Like other vireos, these little guys move their heads with an oddly incremental series of motions. The stuttering call--a peeved upslur followed by a deliberate, penetrating set of rapid notes--is something to learn and listen for; it's useful to know on CBCs and Big Days.

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Citation: Personal Experience. I observe this regularly, highly confident.

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Steven Mauvais added Hutton's Vireo to their Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge smart list 6/19/2013 at 1:51PM
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