Sightings listed for the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

Monday, May 02, 2016

{BIRD NOTES ~ May 02, 2016}

Bird Notes


© Chris Rimmer                                              


Sandhill Cranes in Windsor, Vermont

Several birders were lucky enough to see 3 Sandhill Cranes (2 adults and a
yearling) that stopped over on the Windsor Correctional Facility property

this morning. I chanced upon them in an open hillside field along Marton
Road, where they were foraging ~75 yards away. Over the next 35-40 minutes,
a few other birders assembled, as the birds moved steadily away from the

road. They bugled several times - an impressive and unlikely sound in VT -
then lifted off in unison, headed northward in a straight line, bugling as

they went, and disappeared. Canada beckoned.  I managed to digiscope

a few photos.

---Chris Rimmer (VTBIRD)



Herricks Cove, Bellows Falls

This a.m. April 24. Two Great Egrets, Eastern Kingbird and Green Heron.

---Joanne Russo



More on Bears

Thanks for the note Al - We have someone in our neighborhood who still doesn't

get the message.  It dragged their whole feed barrel into the woods last weekend. 

The bear checks out our compost bin after it knocks over their feeder.  Our bin

is very resistant to bear intrusion with a locking lid.  All the bear can do is roll it

around til it gets bored with it.  Got to talk with our neighbor again. 

---Tom Prunier



Busy spring along the Rock River, helped by having our feeders

out during the day (in at night.)


Red-bellied Woodpecker, pair

Hairy Woodpecker, pair

Downy Woodpecker, 2 pair

Northern Cardinal, pair, with occasional intrusion by second male

American Goldfinch, 20-30

Purple Finch, pair

Black-capped Chickadee, 2 pair

Tufted Titmouse, pair


European Starling, 2 pair

American Crow, probably pair plus helper

Song Sparrow, 2 pair

Eastern Phoebe

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-throated Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow


Indefinite numbers of:

Mourning Dove

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Blue Jay

House Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

American Robin

Tree Swallow

Rock Pigeon


Along the river:

Common Merganser

Belted Kingfisher


Rose-breasted Grosbeak, arrived Friday

---Chris Petrak, S. Newfane VT



Retreat Meadows (5/2)

This morning there were 5 COMMON TERNS sitting on the sandbar off Spring

Tree Road. They were later seen flying back and forth over the main body of water. 

A mature Bald Eagle sat high in a tree on the island near the osprey platform. 

At the Marina docks a mother Canada Goose watched over her 8 goslings taking a swim.. In the

brush off Springtree road we spotted our first of the year Catbird.

---Al & Barb, West B. VT







4/27 & 4/28 at Phyllis’ Marsh

A couple of very exciting days at the marsh and surrounding area:  flushed an

American Bittern both days, but on the second followed him to a second smaller

pond where he stood among the reeds.  I was watching two male Wood Ducks vying

for the attention of one female--never would have seen the Bittern if it wasn't for

them. Also had an Eastern Towhee beneath the bird feeders and in and around the

marsh the following:  at least 6 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 1 Pileated, 2 Northern

Flickers, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, pair of geese, the female clearly visible on

her nest with male protecting her, FirstOfYear Hermit Thrush on the wooded side

of the marsh, 2 bluebirds on the edge of the field, 1 Marsh Wren clearly

identified from our recent instruction on the Hinsdale bird walk, and 3 tree

swallows.  All that in addition to the usual suspects around the feeders made for a

good few days.  ---Phyllis Benay






  Bring in Your Feeders at Night © P.Benay


















 Rufous-sided Towhee © P.Benay










American Bittern © P.Benay





Second Setback Walk (4/30). 

Clouds became sun.  55 degrees.  No wind.


Canada Goose                   3

Mallard                            2

Red-tailed hawk               1

Osprey                             1

Great blue heron              2

Belted kingfisher             1

Red-bellied woodpecker   1

Hairy woodpecker            1

Downey woodpecker         1

Tree swallows                  >25

Blue Jay                           >25

Black-capped chickadee   4

Tufted titmouse               1

Marsh wren                      1

Robin                               5

Blue-gray gnatcatcher      2

Warbling vireo                 2

Black and White warbler  3

Yellow warbler                 2

Palm warbler                    1

Yellow-rumped warbler    >25

Yellowthroat                    1

Red-winged blackbird      >25

Common Grackle               10

House sparrow                 1

Cardinal                            2

American goldfinch          10+

Eastern towhee                1

White-throated sparrow  10+

Song sparrow                   11

Swamp sparrow                1

Dark-eyed junco               1


Total:32 species


What is becoming clear with some species like Yellow-rumped and Palm warbler

(some populations of both winter in the U.S.) is that within the two to three-week

migratory surge of the species as a whole, mini-surges also occur.  Some days

are quiet; some days are full of that species. Next week should add several new neotropicals.

---Bob Engel, Marlboro, VT         =



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:



Saturday, April 23, 2016

{BIRD NOTES ~ April 23, 2016}


Bird Notes



I’m pretty sure we’ve got two Purple Finches at our feeder in West B.

---Kevin O’Keefe, West Brattleboro, VT


Endangered Species


Blanding’s Turtle © Dale Martin


This afternoon while driving to a photo location, I noticed a turtle

crossing the road. So I stopped to get it across the road and

noticed is was a Blanding’s Turtle! This North American turtle is

considered to be an endangered species throughout much of its

range, including here in Massachusetts. After moving it to a safe

location I spent the next hour photographing this very rare turtle. 

Please feel free to share.

---Dale Martin, MA  (Submitted by Paul & Mary Miller, Vernon, VT)


Bird list for FIRST HINSDALE SETBACK walk. 

55-60 degrees F., NW breeze,  Mostly clear.


Mallard                   1

Canada Goose         4

Bald Eagle               1

Osprey                    1

Peregrine falcon       1

“Sandpipers” (Sp?)   3

Belted kingfisher      2

Common flicker       1

Pileated woodpecker 1

Red-bellied woodpecker  1

Hairy woodpecker    3

Downy woodpecker  2

Tree swallow           >25

Blue jay                  6

Black-capped chickadee  8 (two excavating nest cavity in W. birch snag)

Brown thrasher        1 (nice singing)

Robin                      2

Blue-gray gnatcatcher 5

Warbling vireo         1

Yellow-rumped warbler 7

Red-winged blackbird >25

Common grackle      4

Brown-headed cowbird 1

Cardinal                   2

Song sparrow          8

Swamp sparrow       4

American goldfinch >25


27 species (vs. 38 last year on 4/26)


The big difference this year was fewer residents (P. finch, Titmouse, C. wren, M. dove, Crow, etc.) and a few early arrivals (E. phoebe, other swallows, R-crowned kinglet) that we did not see. There were 2 red-tails near the old Wal-Mart parking lot and 1 singing chipping sparrow there, too. Might have heard E. towhee on setbacks, but lots of traffic noise.  Y-rumped and Palm warbler numbers down from last year.  Are they mostly through or were we between surges?  Many more yellow-rumps seen on recent days.

---Bob Engel, Marlboro, VT



Hildene Meadows & Marsh, Bennington, Vermont, (April 17, 2016)

  1. Canada Goose  15    
  2. Turkey Vulture  6    
  3. Broad-winged Hawk  1    
  4. Virginia Rail  3    
  5. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1    
  6. American Kestrel  2    
  7. Eastern Phoebe  2    
  8. Blue Jay  1
  9. American Crow  4
  10. Common Raven  1    
  11. Black-capped Chickadee  2
  12. Tufted Titmouse  1
  13. White-breasted Nuthatch  1
  14. American Robin  10
  15. Chipping Sparrow  2
  16. Dark-eyed Junco  6
  17. Song Sparrow  12
  18. Swamp Sparrow  2    
  19. Northern Cardinal  2    
  20. Red-winged Blackbird  26    

---Ruth Stewart, E. Dorset, VT



Hinsdale Setback (4/22)

  1. Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
  2. Palm Warbler 8
  3. Red-wing Blackbird
  4. Goldfinch 6
  5. Northern Flicker 2
  6. Cardinal
  7. B-C Chickadee (several)
  8. Downy Woodpecker
  9. Canada Geese 2



Chipmunk Crossing, West B.

  1. B-C Chickadee (several)
  2. Tufted Titmouse 2
  3. Phoebe 2
  4. Goldfinch 5
  5. Slate-colored Junco 2
  6. Mourning Dove 2
  7. Blue Jay 4
  8. White-breasted Nuthatch
  9. Cardinal (m&f)
  10. Chipping Sparrow



Pileated Woodpecker

We watched a Pileated attack a tree on Gibson Rd. . . And observed many elongated feeding holes in dead trees around the Brattleboro area. Quite frequently there is a flyover at the Price Chopper parking lot.



North Pond, Marlboro

There were many Yellow-rumped Warblers acting like flycatchers in the over-hanging brush at the dam.




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:





Thursday, April 21, 2016

{BIRD NOTES ~ April 21, 2016}

Bird Notes



Don’t forget the Spring Bird Walks start this Saturday!



APRIL 23,& 30 and MAY 7, 14, & 21

Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the former Walmart parking area off Rt. 119 and proceed to the parking area near the Hinsdale causeway.

We will walk along the Fort Hill Rail Trail, which is flat and accessible for walkers of all capabilities.

Join this Citizen Science adventure as we follow the arrival and passage of birds on their Spring migration


Yellow Bird (4/17)

This morning I was in the house with the side door open and heard this loud beautiful song coming through the door. I love to identify the songs so went over to look out to see but it must have been on the side and couldn't see, but it kept singing then flew down back but still singing on its way. I thought it was a warbler sound and when I checked it out I believe it was a yellow warbler has anyone else seen one? I can't remember if this is too early but there is always those who break the rules. I'll keep an ear out for him.  Happy birding.      

---Judy Farley, Vernon

**Hi Judy, It is not only possible it is probable and I think you are right about it breaking the rules.



White-throated Sparrow here a couple of days early (for LEW…Land of Eternal Winter).  No big deal.  But his yellow lores occupied almost half of his head.  He was a beaut!  I love being stuck in the “right” part of an omega block.  Happy sun!

---Bob Engel, Marlboro, VT



A BLUE-HEADED VIREO was reported from Hinsdale on the 18th.

---New Hampshire RBA



Firsts for me this evening, (4/13) were a Snipe in the southeast corner of the Marina fields in Brattleboro, a Savannah Sparrow on the edge of the same field a little further north and an Osprey gliding east along Rt. 9, probably headed for the CT River

---Pieter van Loon, Marlboro, VT



FOY singing Louisiana Waterthrush on Henwood Hill Rd (just up the hill from Allen's Marsh) in Westminster this morning. (4/17)

---JoAnne Russo, Saxtons River, VT




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: