Birdnotes

Sightings listed for the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

Friday, June 19, 2015

{BIRD NOTES} ~ June 17, 2015

Bird Notes

 

On May 28 my friend had this Great Egret visit her pond in Manchester Village.

She said it stayed for the picture but then flew off towards Dorset, Vermont.

---Barbara Powers, Manchester Center 

 

 

Great Egret © Kimet Hand

 

  Immature Pied-billed Grebe

 

Another baby that's fun to see is Pied Billed Grebes. They look like they

have prison garb on. I have seen them a few years ago at Dead Creek.
---Barbara Powers

 

 Black Vultures

 

A BLACK VULTURE was seen along the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on June

9th. There was another sighting of possibly the same bird in Walpole on the

10th. (These are file photos)

 

A male INDIGO BUNTING shows up in our willow bush frequently. 

It is believed to be nesting somewhere across the street near Ames Brook.

A pair of Catbirds are also nesting nearby. They love to bathe in our little

improvised bird bath, made from a tractor hubcap. We watched them taking

turns splashing and fluttering their wings and then come back for seconds.

We have never known Catbirds that loved to bathe as much as these two.

 

FIELD TRIP:

Discovering Lake Hitchcock ~ Monday June 22 @ 6p.m.

This geology field trip with Roger Haydock will examine the history of

the last 12,000 years in the West River Valley. We will look at evidence

of glacial Lake Hitchcock in abandoned river channels, terraces,and beach.

Meet at the Dummerston Covered Bridge on Rt. 30. (Rain date ~ June 23)

 

PLEASE share your birding news and photos with us so we

 can all enjoy reading about your birds and birding

 experiences.

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Al Merritt  chpmnkx@sover.net

Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society:   www.sevtaudubon.org

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

{BIRD NOTES} ~ June 2, 2015

Bird Notes

 

Connecticut River at Hinsdale

A CASPIAN TERN, a COMMON TERN, a BRANT, and 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on 5/20.

 

 

THE SVAS HINSDALE SETBACK FIELD TRIP # 5, MAY 23, 2015

This was the last trip of the Hinsdale setback series.   39 species were observed.
Migration was clearly over. No obvious transients were seen. Birds were in breeding mode with territorial singing, territorial disputes,courtship behavior, nest building and related activities. Oriole males were in full-throated splendor when not chasing off an intruding male or chasing after a female.

 

Highlight for me was the Bank Swallow. About 12 birds were involved in aerial courtship display and/or mate disputes. Close views were possible when the birds alit. (See photos)

---Chris Petrak, South Newfane, VT 

 

Here is the list in taxonomic order:    

25 Canada Goose

1 Mute Swan

1 Great Blue Heron

2 Osprey

1 Bald Eagle

1 Red-tailed Hawk

1 Mourning Dove

16 Chimney Swift

4 Ruby-throated Hummingbird

2 Belted Kingfisher

1 Downy Woodpecker

1 Peregrine Falcon (seen early by photographer)

2 Willow Flycatcher

1 Great Crested Flycatcher

8 Eastern Kingbird

10 Warbling Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo (Numerous)

12 Tree Swallow

2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow

12 Bank Swallow

4 Barn Swallow

3 Tufted Titmouse

4 Marsh Wren

Blue-grey Gnatcatcher (Common)

2 Wood Thrush

American Robin (Numerous)

Grey Catbird (Numerous)

1 Brown Thrasher

1 Black and White Warbler

Common Yellowthroat (Common)

10 American Redstart

Yellow Warbler (Common)

1 Chipping Sparrow

10 Song Sparrow

2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Red-winged Blackbird (Numerous)

8 Common Grackle

12 Baltimore Oriole

5 American Goldfinch

 

Bank Swallow in flight (above) perched ( below) © Chris Petrak

 

 

I am just back from Brazil where there are so many great birds but

I don't have a bird book or a good enough camera. Can someoneID

the dark blue bird? The other might be a Green headed Tanager?

---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  chpmnkx@sover.net

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society:   www.sevtaudubon.org

 

 

 

Friday, May 22, 2015

{BIRD NOTES} ~ May 22, 2015

 

 

 

Bird Notes

                                            

Here is a picture of the European Goldfinch which continues to come to my

feeder every day with other American Goldfinch. What a treat!

---Barbara Powers, Manchester Center, VT

 

European Goldfinch © Barbara Powers

 

 

 

Spring Bird Walk: Saturday, May 23
Experience the spring migration with Southern Vermont Audubon Society. We’ll

meet at 7:30 am in the former Walmart Parking lot off Rt. 119 and proceed from

there to the Parking lot near the Hinsdale Causeway. We will walk along the Fort

Hill Rail Trail, which is flat and accessible for walkers of all capabilities.  We

should see spring migrating birds and nesting Eagles, Ospreys, and possibly

Peregrine Falcons.  This will be our 4th bird walk using the same Fort Hill Rail Trail.

This will be the last of the 5 field trips scheduled for the Rail Trail.

 

Next bird walk will be on Sunday, June7, “Whip-poor-wills Calling”. Watch for

announcement in future Bird Notes.

 

 

 

THE SVAS HINSDALE SETBACK FIELD TRIP # 4, MAY 16, 2015

Here are the birds we saw at our 4th (of 5) Hinsdale Setback spring bird walks:

(2.5 hours, 9 people, overcast, 50-64 degrees, 50 species)

 

Species in orange are new this week and have not been seen on previous walks

this spring,

---Susan James,

 

6 Double-crested Cormorants

2 Great-blue Herons

15 Canada Geese

2 Wood Ducks

2 unidentified flying ducks (probably Mallards)

2 Osprey

1 Peregrine Falcon – (on VY tower by nest box)

1 Spotted Sandpiper

3 Ring-billed Gulls

1 Mourning Dove

1 Kingfisher

1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

1 Northern Flicker

1 Eastern Pewee

4 Willow Flycatchers

6 Least Flycatchers

1 Eastern Phoebe

4 Eastern Kingbirds (1 gathering nesting materials)

LOTS OF Tree Swallows

2 or more Northern Rough-winged Swallows

20 or more Bank Swallows

1 Blue Jay

2 Carolina Wrens

3 Marsh Wrens

2 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers (actively working on a nest)

2 Veerys

12 or more American Robins

5 Gray Catbirds

2 Cedar Waxwings

6 Warbling Vireos (2 with nests)

2 Yellow-throated Vireos

3 Red-eyed vireos

5 American Redstarts

1 Canada Warbler

6 Yellow-rumped Warblers

1 Chestnut-sided Warbler

8 Black and White Warblers

10 Yellow Warblers (one pair with a nest)

2 Blackpoll Warblers

15 Common Yellowthroats

1 Northern Waterthrush

1 Scarlet Tanager

1 Northern Cardinal

1 Eastern Towhee

2 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks

2 American Goldfinch

9 Song Sparrows

2 Swamp Sparrows

LOTS OF Red-winged Blackbirds

10 Baltimore Orioles

 

 

West Brattleboro Birds, Hawks & a Bear

Bobolinks are back in the fields on Abbott Road. A male Indigo Bunting and a

pair of Catbirds have arrived in our backyard. They are sharing the handsful

of bird seed that I have been scattering beneath the willow and pine trees.

Feeders have been put in storage since the visit by a bear on Sunday night.

The Red-eyed Vireo and Ovenbird have been sounding off for several days.

 

I watched two large birds walk out the main limb of a locust tree that

stretches out over and high above our driveway. At first I passed them off

as crows since I was seeing them as silhouettes because of the sun’s position.

Then as they walked out further I could see that they were brown backed and

long tailed.  About that time they took off flying. Then I could distinguish the

bars in the tail. Because of their long tails I believed them to be of the Cooper

family. Perhaps a parent with a fledging, that was most likely taking flight training.

 

 

Bob-o-link (male)

 

PLEASE share your birding news and photos with us so we can all enjoy reading about your birds and birding experiences.

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Al Merritt  chpmnkx@sover.net

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society:   www.sevtaudubon.org

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

FW: {BIRD NOTES} ~ May 13, 2015

Bird Notes

 

 

 

Burt Tepfer writes that he has heard the song of a Carolina Wren in the Hospital’s parking area and is enjoying the chorus of Wood Thrush singing near his home in Putney. Here at Chipmunk Crossing we have two pair of very active Ruby-throated Humming Birds vying for their sipping syrup and several pairs of American Goldfinch taking over the bird feeder, along with 3 Tufted Titmice, and a pair of Cardinals. Our nesting Phoebe must have young in the nest as it has become very active snagging insects and swooping in and out of its nest high atop the second floor bathroom window. We spotted an American Redstart male in the Cottonwood tree yesterday and a “Teacher, teacher, teacher” (Ovenbird) has been heard for the past week, calling from a remote area of the wooded hillside.

---Al

 

 

 

Here are the results of Hinsdale Setback Walk #3 of 5/9 (approx. 2.5 hours; south breeze, overcast, avg. T 55 Degrees)  40 spp.

 

Species shown in blue are birds observed today, that were not seen on previous walks #1 and #2 in this same area.

 

5 Double-crested Cormorant

20 Canada Goose

1 Mute Swan

1 Osprey

2 Mourning Dove

1 Belted Kingfisher

1 Red-bellied Woodpecker

2 Downy Woodpecker

2 Eastern Kingbird

25 Tree Swallows

4 N. Rough-winged Swallow       

4 Bank Swallow

2 Blue Jay

1 Black-capped Chickadee

2 Marsh Wren

6 Catbird

4 Robin

2 Wood Thrush

4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

3 Yellow-throated Vireo

1 Red-eyed Vireo

6 Warbling Vireo

2 Black-and-White Warbler

2 Northern Parula

25 Yellow Warbler

25 Yellow-rumped Warbler

2 Blackpoll Warbler

1 Northern Waterthrush

3 Yellowthroat

1 American Redstart

25 Red-winged Blackbird

8 Common Grackle

8 Baltimore Oriole

1 Cardinal

8 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

3 American Goldfinch

1 Savannah Sparrow

1 Chipping Sparrow

3 Song Sparrow

2 Swamp Sparrow

 

 

 

 

Least Bittern

 

Spring Bird Walks: May 16, May 23
Experience the spring migration with Southern Vermont Audubon Society. We’ll

meet at 7:30 am in the former Walmart Parking lot off Rt. 119 and proceed from

there to the Parking lot near the Hinsdale Causeway. We will walk along the Fort

Hill Rail Trail, which is flat and accessible for walkers of all capabilities.  We

should see spring migrating birds and nesting Eagles, Ospreys, and possibly

Peregrine Falcons.  This will be our 4th bird walk using the same Fort Hill Rail Trail.

Total species observed for the three Saturday outings stands at 66 species.

 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  chpmnkx@sover.net

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society:   www.sevtaudubon.org