Call of the Blue-headed Vireo (Gail Menk)
- posted for Gail Menk:
RE: CALL OF THE BLUE-HEADED VIREO
On 12 FEB I heard the call of a Blue-headed Vireo at
Black Swamp Nature Preserve, i.e., "shu-shu-shu-shu"
which I have heard not infrequently during fall/winter
in the Big Bend Region. Years ago Henry M. Stevenson
identified that call for me which was later cited in
the Stevenson/Anderson "The Birdlife of Florida" (S & A).
It is a clue to the unseen presence of the Blue-headed
Vireo UNTIL around the second week of March, when the
Yellow-throated Vireo arrives in our region and renders
a most similar call which perhaps is indistinguishable
from that of the Blue-headed.
I cannot reconcile myself aurally to the phonetical
transcription in the Sibley "Guide to Birds" (c. 2000)--
--"ship shep shep shep shep shep shep shep" which the
author in turn likens to that of a Yellow-throated Vireo.
S & A credits "shu-shu-shu-shu" of the Blue-headed
to Aretas Saunders ("A Guide to Bird Song", 1935)
and I wonder (as I wander) as to why said call has not
been cited in such field guides as those of Peterson,
Robbins and Kaufman.
(Mr.) Gail E. Menk