I have featured Bell’s Vireo on this site before, but it is one of my favorites and I never get tired of hunting, watching and photographing this grassland cutie.
Birds of the wetlands are definitely the primary attraction and our focus for our visit to Quivira NWR. But, of course, we had to keep an eye out to see what “land birds” we could find. Quivira has a few wood lots to explore on foot, but is setup splendidly for birding from a vehicle. Driving near some shrub, we heard that familiar song. It took Steve and I a couple repetitions, but we eventually ID’d the singer by voice and waited for him to make an appearance. This one turned out to be one of my favorite images of the trip.
Steve and I came across this pair at RMBS this summer. When disturbed, males of this species can almost be intimidating with their nasal calls and angry sounding song.