It is 11 O’Clock. Do You Know The place Your Purple-eyed Vireos Are? – 10,000 Birds

I have not watched nightly information shortly, really, by no means actually watched it as a child both. Nonetheless, I keep in mind it, even when not for any of the information objects. As a child, I had extra essential issues to consider than native happenings being divulged by somebody in a go well with. If a reporter would have rambled on about fishing or hen migration or the most important, oldest timber within the space, I might have been all ears however no, I do not recall any reporting on such esteemed topics as these.

What I do keep in mind is Irv Weinstein, Buffalo’s favourite information man. He was nicely favored, was a part of our group and seeing him on the TV display was a necessary piece of rising up in 80s WNY. I can nonetheless image him sitting there, sporting some 80s or late 70s go well with and tie and carrying glasses. His nightly information present would begin with both him giving the digicam a severe look and declaring, “It is 11 o’clock. Have you learnt the place your youngsters are?”, or, the identical curious proclamation being issued by some disembodied and equally severe voice. Both approach, it made an impression, a minimum of on me. I might suppose, “Properly, how would you not know the place your youngsters are? It is so late, I imply, how may a child not be at residence and already in mattress, or a minimum of in pijamas making an attempt to sneak a peek at late evening TV?”

Because it seems, from the 60s to the 80s, lots of information stations posed that query however they have been most likely referrring to “youngsters” a lot older than my pre-teen self. The apply appears to have began with the arrival of nightly youth curfews in giant cities, maybe at stopping riots. Since this evocative phrase turned out to be an efficient consideration getting assertion, it was nonetheless used lengthy after the curfews had been lifted. At any time when I heard the nightly query, I used to be puzzled and could not assist however think about some drugged out or drunk dad or mum staring on the TV display and out of the blue realising, “Oh crap! Irv’s proper! The place the heck are my youngsters!?” They’d sober up and with nary a change of their crumpled and stained live performance tee-shirt, would leap into motion. They’d run upstairs to verify their youngsters have been in mattress and if not, would seize their jean jacket and run to the Buick. They’d yell their child’s names out the window as the large, inefficient car combed the streets, yelling for Jamie or Tony or Heather.

After they lastly discovered their misplaced progeny they’d slam the automobile into “park”, soar out and with the door nonetheless educate and the automobile nonetheless rumbling softly, would run to their youngsters and embrace them with aid. The dad or mum would say, “Thank God you might be alright! If it weren’t for the information reminding me, I may have misplaced you!”

There could be crying and tears of happiness below the pale mild of the road lamp. The child could be grateful that they had been discovered, after which they’d head again residence as one glad household. If the child had been a birder, although, they may have mentioned, “You recognize the place I used to be! It is fall migration and I received birds to hearken to. Fall Migrants! warbler chips and sparrow seeps, Bobolink notes and faint yellowleg whistles. Sure, it’s 11 o’clock however I am questioning the place my birds of summer time have gone. You recognize, all of these Purple-eyed Vireos and pewees that sang from the inexperienced woods of June? All gone now. The place can they be?”

One in all very many Jap Wooden-Pewees that fly by way of Costa Rica.

If there was such a child, and if anybody else was questioning, I may inform you the place the vireos and pewees are, particularly the Purple-eyed Vireos. Proper now, primarily based on latest birding, a heck of lots of them are in Costa Rica. The previous week, whether or not birding dense and mossy foothill rainforest or woodland patches close to city zones, Purple-eyed Vireos have been a relentless presence. See a small pale hen flit into view? Yep, that is one other vireo, Purple-eyed and the twelfth of the morning. What’s that pale hen with this bunch of tanagers? Oh proper, extra vireos. And people ones close to the Blackburnian? Purple-eyed once more.

I am not complaining, I really like seeing each single one. In Costa Rica, Purple-eyed Vireos won’t sing they usually will not do a manakin dance however they’re nonetheless cool birds But; birds that entertain lovely northeastern woods with lazy phrases, small birds that fly all the best way to the Amazon after which again once more. That appears past unbelievable and filled with perils and but they do it. Costa Rica is simply the half approach level, I am glad to see them, glad to see Purple-eyed Vireos discovering meals in protected forests. If these vireos and I may speak, I might inform them to provide my regards to the cover timber of the Amazon, to watch out and to make it again north and say hey to outdated maples and beech timber close to Lake Ontario.

Extra might be passing by way of Costa Rica in the course of the subsequent month, hopefully heaps extra. I stay up for seeing them as they fly my approach, all a number of million of them.