I happened upon a pair of White-eyed Vireos today that were working diligently on their nest. It would be fascinating to know how long it took them to get this far. (All About Birds says it takes 3-5 days to complete.)
They brought all sorts of little bits and took turns working them down into the bowl of the nest.
One of them got right down in there, presumably smoothing out the interior.
A lot of the pieces looked like shredded leaf or lichen.
They were flying into the woods and on most trips landed in this nearby tree…
On my recent trip to Maine I was amazed to witness some warbler migration. I grew up near where these were taken and don’t remember ever seeing anything like the hundreds of birds I saw in the vicinity including a variety of warblers and finches.
The mowed lawn seen above was backed by a field of “weeds” that were bursting with all sorts of seeds and flying insects–a song bird buffet.
I had not taken my long lens on this trip and could not get close enough to most of them with the 18-200mm; this one fellow seemed a bit more curious.
A very busy Yellow-throated Warbler was working the Spanish Moss.
He was having some pretty good success…
and took the time to squeeze his prey before attempting to swallow.
An oft told tale around the low country of SC is of Ford motor company recalling Model T cars that had seats stuffed with Spanish moss. Small bugs crawled out of the seats and bit drivers and passengers alike.