Friday, July 15th, I went back to check the Red-eyed Vireo nest and found it empty. The nestlings had fledged. So, after discovering the Vireo sitting on the nest, Monday July 4th, it only took 11 days for the baby birds to develop the ability to fly, at least enough for them to leave the nest and go into the cover of the tree canopy for protection. The parents will continue to feed the fledglings, and they will travel together as a family group as they learn how to fly and how to feed themselves.
For a bird that is primarily heard but not seen, the Red-eyed Vireo may be one of our most common birds. Except for the dry desert of the west and the extreme north, they occur all over North America in the summer time. As autumn comes, which begins around August 1st in the “bird world”, the Vireos begin to work their way south. Red-eyed Vireos spend the winter east of the Andes in the Amazon basin of South America. The spectacle of migration is amazing, it boggles the mind. I hope to some day join the Vireos in a southern paradise somewhere, but I will need mechanical means to get there (not to mention money), and I can’t just pick a juicy worm off of some tree branch for sustenance — or could I???