Sightings listed for the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

Friday, June 17, 2016

{BIRD NOTES ~ June 17, 2016}

Bird Notes





If anyone is hearing or seeing Whip-poor-wills please let me know. 

We are doing a census.

---Susan James, Guilford, VT



Woodpecker Eatery with Visitor Wren

The Downy, the Hairy and the Red-bellied Woodpeckers visit my suet feeder

regularly.  Plus a very loud Carolina Wren that calls from the trees, and then

feeds under the suet feeder.  

---Lynn Martin, West Brattleboro,VT



West B. Bobolinks in Trouble

Bobolinks that were nesting in the farm fields along Abbott Road probably

have been destroyed with the early mowing by local farmers.. The two fields

belonging to the Land Trust are still intact and have a few birds taking

advantage. But it is only a fraction of the local population.


Because of the drop in numbers of this and other grassland species due to

habitat loss, the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife had urged

landowners not to mow their fields until August 1st. Fields other than the Land

Trust fields were mowed the first week in June. ! ! ? ?


---Al & Barb






S V A S   P R O G R A M


Ranger Life in Yellowstone:



Tuesday, June 21


Wendy Redlinger grew up in Yellowstone Park for the first 13 years of her life,

daughter of Frank Anderson.Frank left his New Jersey home in his late 20's for

a seasonal park ranger position one summer and never turned back! Wendy will

share some of her dad's slides of birds/wildlife and daily ranger life - summer

and winter - as well as a few of his 'log' entries and her own personal

reminiscences of that special childhood.


This is presented by Audubon Society of Southeastern Vermont

and will be held in the Brattleboro Library's conference room at 7:00 pm.







PLEASE share your birding news and photos with us, so we

 can all enjoy reading about your birds and birding experiences.


Al Merritt


Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society:



Tuesday, June 14, 2016

{BIRD NOTES ~ June 15, 2016}

Bird Notes





Mary wanted me to send you a picture of a mother Common Merganser

and her six ducklings. We were paddling at the Lily Pond here in

Vernon. We stopped to eat breakfast on an island when they swam by.

When we first saw them the little ones were riding on the mother’s

back. Sorry the image isn’t more clear, but they were going away

from us .

Thanks for your sending the bird news.

---Paul Miller, Vernon, VT



I saw a Great Blue Heron fly over the Retreat Meadows (6/9)

---Kevin O”Keefe


Yellow Warbler heard, then seen sitting on fence post along Abbott Road in West Brattleboro. (6/10)


Hildene - Lincoln Family Home, Bennington, Vermont,

May 28, 2016 6:45 AM - 9:25 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

Comments:  70 degrees, sunny, 36 species:

  1. Canada Goose  2
  2. Ruffed Grouse  1    (heard only)
  3. Mourning Dove  1
  4. Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
  5. Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
  6. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
  7. Pileated Woodpecker  1
  8. Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
  9. Eastern Phoebe  2
  10. Great Crested Flycatcher  2
  11. Red-eyed Vireo  9
  12. Blue Jay  3
  13. American Crow  9
  14. Tree Swallow  1
  15. Black-capped Chickadee  2
  16. Tufted Titmouse  4
  17. White-breasted Nuthatch  2
  18. House Wren  1
  19. Eastern Bluebird  2
  20. Veery  3
  21. Wood Thrush  2
  22. American Robin  7
  23. Gray Catbird  4
  24. Ovenbird  8
  25. Black-and-white Warbler  5
  26. Common Yellowthroat  6
  27. Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
  28. Black-throated Blue Warbler  3
  29. Pine Warbler  1
  30. Black-throated Green Warbler  1
  31. White-throated Sparrow  3
  32. Song Sparrow  3
  33. Northern Cardinal  M&F   (Female carrying long piece of grass)
  34. Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
  35. Indigo Bunting  3
  36. American Goldfinch  1

---Submitted by Ruth Stewart, E. Dorset, VT



A Thoughtful Offer by Marj and Malcom Wright

We are downsizing and going through books that we no longer need. I have a nice

copy of Eliot Porter’s “Birds of North America: A Personal Selection”. It’s a

first edition from 1972 and in decent condition. Beautiful color and black and

white photographs.  I thought that someone in the Audubon group might like to

have this, for free,  and that you could post this offer in your next email, if not

a bother.



Marj Wright


Malcolm & Marj Wright



PLEASE share your birding news and photos with us, so we

 can all enjoy reading about your birds and birding experiences.


Al Merritt


Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society:






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Field Walk on Black Mountain

Monday, June 20th, 6:00 p.m.

Explore signs of Glacial Lake Hitchcock.

Meet at Dummerston covered bridge parking lot to carpool to site.





Monday, June 06, 2016

{BIRD NOTES ~ JUNE 06, 2016}

Bird Notes




Photos taken in March here in Marlboro.  

Above is the reason why I had to take down my bird feeder: this guy tried to climb

up the side of the house to reach the 2nd story deck where I thought it would be

safe to feed the birds! ---Malcolm & Marj Wright   


Saw one Pileated Woodpecker today

working on the same tree as shown in

blurry photo. Photo not clear because

taken with a point and shoot, but it is

exciting to see these great birds.

---Malcolm & Marj Wright




Saturday, May 21, 2016 - Hinsdale Setbacks Field Trip #5
recorded by Chris Petrak
53 species

Am Goldfinch    5
Am Robin        20+            breeding
Am Redstart        12            breeding
Baltimore Oriole        12+        breeding
Black-capped Chickadee    8        breeding
Belted Kingfisher    1            breeding
Black-and-White Warbler    1        breeding
Blackpoll Warbler    2
Blue Jay        2            breeding
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    20+        breeding
Brown Thrasher    2            breeding
Canada Goose    4            breeding
Chestnut-sided Warbler    1        breeding - probable
Common Grackle        8        breeding
Common Yellowthroat    4        breeding
Downy Woodpecker    1            breeding - probable
Eastern Kingbird    9            breeding-probable
Eastern Phoebe    2            breeding
Empid species    1
falcon species        1
Gray Catbird        16            breeding
Great Blue Heron    1
House Wren        5            breeding
Least Flycatcher    2
Mallard        4            breeding
Marsh Wren        4            breeding
Mourning Dove    8            breeding
N. Rough-winged Swallow    8        breeding
Nashville Warbler    1            breeding-probable
Northern Flicker        3
Northern Cardinal        4        breeding
Ovenbird        1            breeding-probable
Osprey        2            breeding
Peregrine Falcon    2            breeding
Red-bellied Woodpecker    1        breeding-probable
Red-eyed Vireo    2            breeding-probable
Red-winged Blackbird    20+        breeding
Rose-breasted Grosbeak    2        breeding
Ruby-throated Hummingbird    2
Sharp-shinned Hawk    1
Song Sparrow        9            breeding
Swamp Sparrow    5            breeding
Tree Swallow        4
Tufted Titmouse    2            breeding-probable
Turkey Vulture    2
Veery            2
Warbling Vireo    8            breeding
White-breasted Nuthatch    4        breeding-probable
Willow Flycatcher    3            breeding
Wood Thrush        10            breeding
Yellow Warbler    11            breeding
Yellow-rumped Warbler    3
Yellow-throated Vireo    8        breeding

breeding - clear evidence of breeding such as courtship display, nest building,

carrying food.
breeding-probable - such as territorial singing.





Whip-poor-wills Heard in Vernon

I heard 2 Whip-poor-wills last night. Would they be migrating or is it possible they might stay. I haven't heard them before. In New York we would hear them once and that was it.
---Judy Farley, Vernon, VT

**Since they are rather vociferous, if they are staying around you will hear them every night.



A Bear at Chipmunk Crossing

I must confess that we have been throwing handsful of bird seed on the ground in the backyard for the 15+ species of birds that have been showing up here each day and a small wire suet holder that hangs from a wire about 8 feet above said feed. We were bringing the suet in each night to avoid getting a “bear” visit. A few days ago while having breakfast and checking out a beautiful Indigo Bunting on the ground beneath the willow bush, there suddenly appeared a bear lumbering along in the yard with two very small cubs in tow. It headed directly for the hanging suet swatted it down and headed up the bank toward the thickly wooded area with suet feeder clenched in its mouth. I quick grabbed the camera to get a picture of the three, but I was much to slow to match their speed and they disappeared into the thicket. So much for bringing in your feeders at night. This occurred at 10 o’clock in the morning!

---Al & Barb, West B., VT









S V A S   F I E L D    T R I P



American Bittern at Phyllis’ Marsh – © Phyllis Benay


“Phyllis’ Marsh”

Saturday, June 11 – 7:30 a.m.

Join SVAS birders for a walk through a private reserve with

mixed edge, forest and wetland habits and a potential for a

wide variety of species on the cusp of their breeding season.

Meet in Hanaford’s parking lot on Putney Road.






PLEASE share your birding news and photos with us, so we

 can all enjoy reading about your birds and birding experiences.


Al Merritt


Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society:


Friday, May 27, 2016

{BIRD NOTES ~ May 27, 2016}


Bird Notes


A Life Bird and More

For the first time, I had a Yellow Warbler hopping around in my Shadblow-in-

bloom.  Then I saw a flash of orange in my Flowering Crabapple. It turned out to

be a Redstart, which I have never seen before. He flitted around there for quite

awhile. Later, I heard, then saw a Pileated Woodpecker fly by my window. Wrens

are building nests in two of my houses, while the Tree Swallows have again taken

up residence in another house.  A red-letter day!

---Mary Ann McLeod, Wilmington, VT


Hawk & Falcon

Birding at 60 MPH today passing thru the Rt 5/I91 Mass Pike toll booths. There

is a nesting Redtail inside one of the cloverleafs so we alway peel our eyes for

one when passing by. Saw one soaring yesterday and today there also was one

soaring over the toll booths and nearby woods. We were not the only ones paying

attention. Judging from the relative size, wing shape and vertical stoops with

quick elevation rebounds I think a local Peregrine was taking exception to the

Redtail's presence. There was another bird flying top cover to the one stooping

who got close enough for the Redtail to need to wingover and present talons.

Thanks to banning some nasty pesticides and the Cornell/Tom Cade/And Many

Others work we are being treated to scenes not seen in 50 years.

---Tom Prunier



A Cerulean Warbler was reported from Mount Wantastiquet in Hinsdale on May

20th and 21st and 2 Red-Necked Grebes and an American Wigeon were seen on the Connecticut

River in Hinsdale on May 22nd.

---New Hampshire RBA




The following is a list of species encountered on the 4th of 5 Saturday field

trips to the area in and around the Hinsdale setback, during Spring migration.


Saturday, May 14, 2016 - Hinsdale Setbacks
recorded by Susan James
45 species plus 4 species reported by Hector Galbraith

Am Goldfinch                       15
Am Redstart                          4
Am Robin                              15
Baltimore Oriole                   15
Belted Kingfisher                   2
Black-capped Chickadee         8
Black-and-White Warbler      4
Blue Jay                                

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher          25
Brown Thrasher                     2
Canada Goose                        16
Chestnut-sided Warbler          1
Common  Grackle                    10
Common Yellowthroat              3
Eastern Kingbird                    10
Eastern Phoebe                       2
Gray Catbird                          12
Great Blue Heron                    1
Hairy Woodpecker                  1
House Wren                            3
Least Flycatcher                     2
Mallard                                   2
Marsh Wren                           3
Mourning Dove                       2
N. Rough-winged Swallow       5
Nashville Warbler                  1
No Cardinal                            2
No Flicker                            10
Osprey                                  2
Peregrine Falcon                    2
Red-bellied Woodpecker       1
Red-eyed Vireo                     2
Red-necked Grebe                1
Red-winged Blackbird         25
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     2
Scarlet Tanager                   1
Song Sparrow                      8
Swamp Sparrow                   5
Tree Swallow                       4
Turkey Vulture                     2
Warbling Vireo                   15
Wood Thrush                      2
Yellow Warbler                  50
Yellow-rumped Warbler     40
Yellow-throated Vireo         5

Reported by Hector Galbraith:
Black-billed Cuckoo           1
Orchard Oriole                 1
Tennessee Warbler           1
Whip-poor-will                  1


West B. Birds

  1. Cardinal M&F
  2. Indigo Bunting  4 M
  3. Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2M 2 F
  4. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker M
  5. Red-bellied Woodpecker M&F
  6. Hairy Woodpecker M&F
  7. Downy Woodpecker M&F
  8. Bobolink (Abbott Rd. farm fields) several  M&F
  9. Ovenbird
  10. Red-eyed Vireo
  11. Warbling Vireo
  12. Veery
  13. Wood Thrush
  14. Chipping Sparrow   2
  15. Yellow Warbler   2
  16. White-breasted Nuthatch M&F
  17. House Finch M
  18. Catbird M&F
  19. Barn Swallow (several)
  20. Broad-winged Hawk
  21. Great Blue Heron (Ray’s Pond)
  22. Red-winged Blackbird
  23. Cowbird
  24. Goldfinch





Indigo Bunting


PLEASE share your birding news and photos with us, so we

 can all enjoy reading about your birds and birding experiences.


Al Merritt


Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society: