Hi everyone and welcome back to our bird of the week, which has been missing for a couple weeks. Anyway, today we have the “Philadelphia Vireo”, so named because the first one was identified in that city back in 1851. It breeds mainly throughout Canada’s Boreal forest, but also a bit into Maine and the northeastern tip of Minnesota, and they winter in Central America. They are one of the later birds to return here in the spring and one of the first to leave by about late August. They generally nest higher in trees like aspen, birch, and maple, but also spruce and balsam fir, generally in the fork of a branch close to the trunk of the tree about 50 feet off the ground normally, but will nest lower or higher too. They eat a variety of insects, especially caterpillars, but also ants, bees, wasps, beetles and spiders, plus many others. During fall and winter they will eat berries and seeds as well. The female mainly builds the nest but the male stays close to guard her. Both sexes look after the young. Thank you for reading, have a great day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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