|Red-eyed Vireo - digiscoped with a Swarovski ATX 85mm spotting scope and handheld iPhone 4S.|
Returning with my 12 year old son from a week of Scout Camp in McCall, ID, we stopped at Porter Creek Road to see the Red-eyed Vireo. I have not seen one for a couple of years and I've never been able to get a photo before either, until now! Oh man...I love the opportunities digiscoping opens up for me!
We drove up the road to the large pull-out and I could hear the Red-eyed Vireo singing even before I opened the door. We watched it eat several caterpillars. After plucking it off a leaf it would beat it against the branch, hold the tenderized caterpillar down with one foot and eat the juicy guts. That was cool to see, even for a 12 year old boy.
Red-eyed Vireo sightings in the Pacific Northwest in 2013 per eBird.
2013 sightings as reported to eBird showing the range of the Red-eyed Vireo.
Learn more about the Red-eyed Vireo at AllAboutBirds.org.