Bell's Vireo at Big Pine & other unexpecteds from Deep Springs

Observers: Tom, Jo, & Darrin Heindel
Verification: MONO
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Date: 06/03/2008
Time: 05:22 PM -0400


On 3 June a Bell's Vireo was still on territory near Big Pine. It was first found 30 April by Steve Glover, heard again 10 May by Tom Heindel, and heard again today. This breeding attempt in the Owens Valley is the first known record since the 19th Century! No attempt was made to determine if there was a pair, if there was a nest, or if there were fledglings. Hopefully he's found a girlfriend and they are doing what the species used to do where the species used to do it! A stop at Tollhouse Spring produced a male Indigo Bunting while a walk around Deep Springs College yielded a male Blue-winged Teal, 1 American Bittern, 1 American Crow (with food), and 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, all unexpected late or non-breeding birds.