MAY – Migrant Arrival Dates
Week 1- Lesser Yellowlegs, Common Tern, Black Tern, Whip-poor-will, Ruby-throated Hummingbird,
Least Flycatcher, Great-crested Flycatcher, Veery, Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird, Yellow-throated Vireo,
Warbling Vireo, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia
Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Northern
Waterthrush, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, White-crowned Sparrow, Bobolink
Week 2 - Snowy Egret, Semi-palmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Swainson’s Thrush, Philadelphia
Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue-winged Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Cape May
Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Canada Warbler,
Indigo Bunting, Grasshopper Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Orchard Oriole
Week 3 - Least Bittern, Black-bellied Plover, Semi-palmated Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher, Bonaparte’s
Gull, Black-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Common Nighthawk, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Eastern
Wood-Peewee, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Gray-cheeked Thrush,
Cedar Waxwing, Blackpoll Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat
Week 4 - Ruddy Turnstone, Sedge Wren, Common Yellowthroat
*Taken from the Vermont Daily Field Card, published by the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (1994)
Herrick’s Cove (5/2)
Birds are finally starting to trickle in. FOY Chimney Swift, Nashville Warbler & E Kingbird at Herricks Cove, Rockingham this morning.
Black Mt. Road (5/2)
A FOY male rose-breasted grosbeak showed up on my crab apple tree this morning.
---Hilke Breder, Brattleboro
Vernon Dam (5/2)
A nice reward for birding in the rain this evening was being able to observe a loose raft of 40 waterfowl above Vernon Dam. The raft consisted of 24 Red-necked Grebes, 8 Horned Grebes, 6 Long-tailed Ducks, and a pair of Ruddy Ducks.
---Dave Johnston, W. Brattleboro
Yesterday and this morning I have a couple of Myrtle Warblers that are coming on my deck and even the suet.
I have never seen them this close up. Pretty exciting. I am sure they are hungry, but not finding much of interest at my feeder.
---Eleanor Temple, Brattleboro
A SPOTTED SANDPIPER, a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, a GRAY CATBIRD, a BANK
SWALLOW, and a CLIFF SWALLOW were all reported from near the Connecticut
River in Hinsdale on April 26th, and a MARSH WREN was seen here on the 28th.
---New Hampshire RBA
April 22 at the Retreat Meadows
A Glossy Ibis was feeding around the pool inside of the water treatment plant on Rt 30 this morning in Brattleboro between 7:40- 8:00. It was still there when I left
Chipmunk Crossing, West B. (5/5)
6 White-throated Sparrow
2 Song Sparrow
Hairy Woodpecker M-F
Down Woodpecker M-F
About a month ago when there was three and a half feet of snow on the ground I had some very large and old cherries and maples cut. The snow finally disappeared just two weeks ago. Just last Thursday I decided to do some clean up where the trees had been cut which is swampy and wet most the year.
As I was picking up branches and putting them in the brush pile I spooked a female woodcock off her nest. When I looked down my foot was three inches from her nest in which she had four eggs. I immediately said, "Oh my goodness, I am so sorry I disturbed you." I quickly ran into the house and got my camera and took a picture. About an hour later I went down in the vicinity of the nest with my binoculars to make sure she had returned. Happily, she had!! I think the eggs will probably hatch sometime around May 7th or so since I had seen the male in my yard doing his mating dance and flyby just the week before.
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