Warbling Vireo With Autumn Colors In Northern Utah

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Back in August I complained about not getting the high quality images of vireos that I had wanted to get and just a few days later I was able to take a few photos of a Warbling Vireo I was happy with. Yesterday the Bird Photography Gods smiled down on me again…

Warbling Vireo perched on a Chokecherry branch, Morgan County, UtahWarbling Vireo perched on a Chokecherry branch – Nikon D500, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 800, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I was taking images of a Plumbeous Vireo and hoping that it would come out into the open so I could get better images of that vireo species when I caught some movement with my peripheral vision above the Plumbeous and I decided to take the chance and look up to see what it was thinking I’d have my eyes back on the bird I had been photographing in no time.

I looked up and spotted a Warbling Vireo not only out in the open plus it had gorgeous fall colors in the background. I locked focus onto the vireo and started taking images in a long burst!

Autumn colors with a Warbling Vireo, Morgan County, UtahAutumn colors with a Warbling Vireo – Nikon D500, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 800, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I couldn’t believe how fortunate I felt that the chokecherry leaves in the background had already started turning to the colors of fall and that the Warbling Vireo picked a branch to perch on that had very few obstructions or out of focus branches and leaves in front of it.

Plus, the vireo gave me views of it looking in two directions.

Warbling Vireo in front of fall colors, Morgan County, UtahWarbling Vireo in front of fall colors – Nikon D500, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 800, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I mentioned in my post yesterday that I have grown quite fond of vireos and after looking at these photos I’ve decided why, Warbling Vireos have “puppy dog” looking faces. Soft, innocent, sweet faces.  Yeah, maybe that is a stretch for some people but for me it isn’t a stretch at all.

Perky Warbling Vireo in the Wasatch Mountains, Morgan County, UtahPerky Warbling Vireo in the Wasatch Mountains – Nikon D500, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 800, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I only took forty-nine images of this Warbling Vireo before it flew off but this vireo made my morning and the rest of my day too!

Life is good.


Warbling Vireo information:

  • Warbling Vireos are small songbirds with gray to olive-gray upper parts, white to cream underparts and some may have sides washed with light yellow. They have dark brown eyes with white to light eyebrows and faint dark eye lines.
  • Warbling Vireos are migratory and they have a wide breeding range.
  • The preferred habitats of Warbling Vireos include open woodlands, riparian habitats, shades trees and isolated groves.
  • Warbling Vireos consume spiders, insects and some berries.
  • Warbling Vireos lay 3 to 5 eggs which hatch in about 12 days. Both sexes incubate and they are monogamous.
  • A group of vireos can be called a “call” of vireos.
  • Populations are in decline because of sprayed pesticides.
  • Warbling Vireos can live to be 13 years of age or older.


  1. Marty K September 4, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Such wonderful shots to look at. What a treat after a loooooong day with middle-schoolers. Happy sigh… 🙂

  2. Greg Gillson September 4, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Very nice! Love the and pose and background.

  3. Rosemary Harris September 4, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Very beautiful images.

  4. Dorothy Pugh September 4, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    I’ve often felt recently that I’m just tired of looking at bird photos until I see yours, so well-done in every way, and with complete camera information, the location seen, and a helpful backstory. You have a superior blog, and I hope you keep it going! (This page, of course, is no exception.)

    • Mia McPherson September 4, 2018 at 12:28 pm

      Dorothy, thank you for your very kind words.

      I get it, I’ve seen you mention your struggles with staying on Facebook, know that you are not alone. I know you take you photos for yourself and I do too. I hope you will keep taking them. I don’t say much on Facebook but I enjoy seeing the photos you share, especially of the tiny insects that most people don’t ever see. Thank you for sharing them.

  5. Liz Cormack September 4, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Great photos! The detail is fantastic.

  6. Kathy September 4, 2018 at 6:13 am

    Wow…each photo is beautiful! that background is to die for. Lovely.

  7. David Sparks September 4, 2018 at 5:01 am

    Wow! Isn’t it great when the Bird Photography Gods smile down on you. Awesome background.

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