Anna Page Vireo-Flycatcher Fest

Anna Page Park

Sunday was another excellent day of birding. I was able to bird again with Dan Williams and his wife Barbara. We birded Anna Page Park, a great piece of land of the Rockford Park District. I had only birded the park a couple times before but will return many more times for sure!

My goal was to get a picture of a White-eyed Vireo that was just recently found by the Williams. The vireo was rediscovered but decided to spend his time singing high up in the trees instead of skulking down low. No photograph was possible.

Our hike yielded many wonderful birds including a Bell’s Vireo, a bird I have only seen once before (also in Winnebago County). In total we saw all five possible July vireos (Red-eyed, Yellow-throated, Warbling, White-eyed, & Bell’s) and six flycatchers (Acadian, Willow, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Wood-Pewee, & Great-crested).

Willow Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher

Acadian Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird Nest
Eastern Kingbird Nest

Eastern Kingbird, annoyed that we were walking below nest (on trail)
Eastern Kingbird

– Birdfreak

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