Least Bell’s Vireo

These little guys were listed as a state endangered species in 1980 and a federally endangered species in 1986.  Happily, they seem to be making a comeback.  The largest populations occur on Camp Pendleton and in the Prado Basin.  You can find them at Prado Regional Park and San Joaquin Marsh in Irvine.  They have a distinct song described at “tweeedle-deedle-dum? tweedle-deedle-dee!”  First phrase up, second phrase down.  This picture was taken by Kim Moore of a vireo in Seal Beach, singing with the passion of a miniature mockingbird.

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