White-eyed Vireos (Vireo griseus) have been expanding their range northward. This one was banded during the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage (Allegany State Park, NY) on the morning of Sunday, June 1, 2014. The Pilgrimage is always the first weekend after Memorial Day. eBird checklist at ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18650828 More info at www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/white-eyed_vireo/id -- Photo number: D085972 (cropped, plus resolution reduced for faster web use; original available by request)
Patuxent Ponds Park, A. A. Co., MD June 1, 2014
I would have loved to get a better look of this bird than I did. Originally, I thought this might be a yellow-breasted chat, but the wingbars and pale neck exclude the chat. Then I thought blue-headed vireo because of the prominent eye pattern and the double wingbars, but I think the white-eye vireo is an even better match. Even in this incomplete view, the white eye is still visible.
The White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) is a small songbird. It breeds in the southeastern USA from New Jersey west to northern Missouri and south to Texas and Florida, and also in eastern Mexico, northern Central America, Cuba and the Bahamas.