Birdnotes

Sightings listed for the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

FW: {BIRD NOTES ~ February 9, 2016}

Bird Notes

 

 

A Kingfisher is calling here in E. Dorset on this lovely "Spring"  day.  Why not? 

The chipmunks are out and daffodils are coming up too.
---Ruth Stewart, E. Dorset, VT

 

Black Vultures Over Bennington (2/7)

Today soaring over Harwood Hill in Bennington : 2 Black Vultures!
I got a very good look with Binoculars: Short tails with feet covering the length,

white patches on outer primaries (at the hands). No dihedral, circling up on  a

thermal and then gliding south toward Mt Anthony.
Quite a pleasant surprise. First I have ever seen.
---Terri Armata, Bennington., VT

 

Turners Falls, MA (2/5)

The BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, LESSER SCAUP, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL

and ICELAND GULL all continue at Turners Falls


Tufted Duck and More at Champlain Bridge (2/3)

As with Cat Abbott on Wednesday, both Ian Worley and I got lovely views of
the Tufted Duck yesterday. Of all the many ducks by the bridge it stayed
obligingly close! Fantastic views, and if it weren't for the chop there
would have been lovely photo opportunities - that's how close it was
(though a scope is still your best bet). It's tuft was crystal clear, being
blown around so it didn't even matter that it was actively feeding part of
the time.  There were good numbers of Scaup (both), Bufflehead, Ring-necked

Ducks, Common Goldeneye, Common Mergansers, and a surprising number of

Redheads! Those were the more interesting, but there were Mallards,

American Black Ducks, Canada Geese, a decent number of Bald Eagles,

and a mix of gulls. Best of luck and calm waters if you try for them,
---Isis Erb, Burlington, VT

 

Cape Ann, MA Sightings

Reports from the waters off Andrews Point and Halibut Point in Rockport this

week included 3 KING EIDERS, 72 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, a BARROW'S

GOLDENEYE, a PACIFIC LOON, and 2 THICK-BILLED MURRES, and at

Halibut Point State Park a BARRED OWL was seen.  At the Jodrey Fish Pier

in Gloucester, a GLAUCOUS GULL and a THICK-BILLED MURRE were

observed. Noted at Parker River Refuge on Plum Island were 50 GADWALLS,

10 NORTHERN PINTAILS, a BALD EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and

8 LAPLAND LONGSPURS.

 

So, if you feel inclined to do a little driving, there seems to be plenty within

a couple of hours drive to add to your year list.  Not too much going on in the

bird world locally. However, we counted 10 Cedar Waxwings sitting in the tree tops

behind the Thompson House facility as we sat in our car in the BMH back

parking area. Here at home we have all the regulars plus a Carolina Wren

and a Red-bellied Woodpecker that frequent our suet feeder.

 

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

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Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society:   www.sevtaudubon.org

Barred Owl

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

{BIRD NOTES ~ February 3, 2016 }

Bird Notes

 

The following photos and check lists have been submitted

by Suki Russo and Lani Wright from the field trip they

led to Cape Ann, MA. on January 23.

 

 

European Black-headed Gull, Gloucester, MA (1.23.16)

 

Gloucester--Fisherman's Monument, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 23, 2016 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary
16 species

Greater Scaup  38
Lesser Scaup  2
Common Eider (Dresser's)  25
Surf Scoter  8
White-winged Scoter (North American)  4
Black Scoter  2
Long-tailed Duck  2
Bufflehead  5
Common Goldeneye  3
Red-breasted Merganser  10
Common Loon  2
Horned Grebe  1
Great Cormorant (North Atlantic)  1
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull (American)  20
Great Black-backed Gull  35

 

Jodrey State Fish Pier, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 23, 2016 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary
9 species

Canada Goose  1
Greater Scaup  2
Common Eider (Dresser's)  30
Surf Scoter  5
Red-breasted Merganser  6
Herring Gull (American)  30
Iceland Gull (kumlieni)  1
Great Black-backed Gull  20
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  70

 

Halibut Point, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 23, 2016 11:30 AM - 12:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
4 species

 

Mallard  20
Harlequin Duck  45
Herring Gull (American)  4
Great Black-backed Gull  6

 

The Himalayan Forest Thrush is a new species of bird that has

been described in north-eastern India and adjacent parts of

China by a team of scientists from Sweden, China, the US, India

and Russia, led by Professor Per Alström, Uppsala University

and Swedish University of Agricultural Science.

Himalayan Forest Thrush, Yunnan Province China, (Credit: Per Alström)

 

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

 

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

{BIRD NOTES ~ Jan.26, 2016 }

Bird Notes

 

 

 

Hello Al,

Happy New Year!

Friday, 15 January 2016 W. Brattleboro, VT (Open water at confluence of Ames and Whetstone Brooks)

Mallard - 21

Wood Duck - 1 (female plumage, smaller and darker, long tail, white around eye, light rear tertials)

I always read and appreciate your BIRD NOTES.

---Whitney Nichols, W. Brattleboro

 

 

We have been watching Bluebirds going into one of our nesting boxes. They have been here off and on all winter, but tonight there are Nine of them. That is the most we have seen go into a box at one time.

Hope your bird watching is going well.

---Paul Miller, Vernon, VT

 

 

I had the thrill of seeing an adult Bald Eagle today. Initially I saw it in the trees near a fresh coyote deer kill and didn't recognize it. Thought it might be a buzzard. Shortly after I saw it soaring over our open field. No doubt--white tail and head. Didn't think they would venture this far away from the river. We're in the far SW corner of Dummerston off of Sunset Lake Road

---Greg Moshetti, Dummerston, VT

 

 

Ermine carrying a fat mouse meal. I know this isn't a bird but thought it was fun to see. It was sent to me by my sister who lives in Jackson, Wyoming.
---Barbara Powers, Manchester Center, VT

 

 

 

 

Bird Walks at Hildene in Manchester, VT  The following is not an SVAS scheduled thing, but I thought that some might be interested in attending a walk or two. We have been there a few times (in warmer weather) and have enjoyed the area, the birders and the birds. Here are the coming dates for the monthly bird walk at Hildene in Manchester, Vermont. We meet at 8:00 am in the winter months at the Welcome Center parking lot. In April the time we meet switches to 7:00 am which goes to September when we switch back to 8:00 am.   All are welcome. If you need additional information, you can contact me. Barbara Powers, barkiepvt@hotmail.com  Hope you come and have fun.

Jan 16th  -starting at 8 a.m.
Feb. 13th
March 12th
April 9th


April 23rd - starting at 7a.m.
May 14th
May 28th
June 18th
July 16th
August 20th


Sept 17th - starting at 8a.m.
October 8th
November 9th
December 10th

 

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

 

 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

{BIRD NOTES and a Program Note}

 

Bird Notes

 

 

Previous local sightings:

A local Raven has been heard each day in the vicinity of Mather Road & Greenleaf St.

 

Saw a Bald Eagle perched in another treetop this morning, (Dec.14) high above I-91 near Kurn Hattin Homes.

---Malcolm Moore

 

A BLACK SCOTER was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on December 13th.

---Bird East report

 

Bald Eagle fly-over at the Retreat Meadows (Dec. 12)

 

A small flock of Robins was digging for worms in the fresh pile of topsoil in a property along Greenleaf Street.                                                                         

 

Frequent visitors of not so common birds at our feeder at Chipmunk Crossing:

Red-bellied Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker and Carolina Wren,

 

Bob Engel has reported brief stopovers at his crabapple tree by a flock of marauding Cedar Waxwings

 

SEE NEXT PAGE

 

 

 

 

 

P  R  O  G  R  A  M

 

“Three Deserts”

7 p.m. Tuesday, January 19, 2016

 

Dr. Robert Engel, Professor Emeritus of Biology, Marlboro College,

will acquaint us with the three United States deserts (Chihuahuan,

Sonoran, and Mohave) each almost as different from one another as tthey

are from the forests of Vermont. They are also teaming with life. This slide

presentation will try to demonstrate the austere beauty of these

unappreciated natural systems.

 

 

Community room of Brooks Library.

FREE and open to the public.

Sponsored by Southeastern Vermont Audubon

 

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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

 

 

 

 

Monday, December 14, 2015

{BIRD NOTES } ~ December 14, 2015

Bird Notes

 

 

 

 

 

A Blue-headed Vireo was reported in Hinsdale on December 5.

 

An adult Bald Eagle was spotted perching in a treetop along the West River at the Retreat Meadows and when we arrived at home in West B. there was a first of the season Tree Sparrow feeding on the ground beneath the feeder. The Carolina Wren was singing down the hill and is an infrequent visitor to our suet feeder.  Also had a pile of feathers that appeared to be those of a Mourning Dove.  Evidently the “Sharpie” had stopped by.

---Al & Barb Merritt

 

There is still lots of open water in the West and Connecticut Rivers due to the warmer temperatures, so check them out for waterfowl. It holds mostly Canada Geese right now, but you never know. There is a cold front soon to move through the area that may push them in.

   A Snowy Owl has been reported in the Lake Champlain area as well as a Pacific Loon near the NYS bridge.

 

Don’t forget this Saturday is the annual Christmas Bird Count.

 

Audubon’s 116th CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT will take place for the Brattleboro area on Saturday December 19th.

 

There will be 25 to 30 people divided into 7 teams that will scour our 15 mile diameter circle and list the species and the numbers of each. At 6:00 p.m. we will all gather at Hollie Bowen’s and Paul Love’s beautiful home at 19 Whipple Street in Brattleboro to compile and talk about all the great birds while enjoying a wonderful pot luck supper. Please join us and bring a dish to share. Even if you didn’t participate this is for ALL members.

 

If you wish to participate in any manor, please contact our compiler, Bob Engel: bengel@marlboro.edu

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

{BIRD NOTES} ~ November 25, 2015

Bird Notes

 

 

Audubon’s 116th CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT will take place for the Brattleboro area on Saturday December 19th.

 

There will be 25 to 30 people divided into 7 teams that will scour our 15 mile diameter circle and list the species and the numbers of each. At 6:00 p.m. we will all gather at Hollie Bowen’s and Paul Love’s beautiful home at 19 Whipple Street in Brattleboro to compile and talk about all the great birds while enjoying a wonderful pot luck supper. Please join us and bring a dish to share. Even if you didn’t participate this is for ALL members.

 

If you wish to participate in any manor, please contact our compiler, Bob Engel: bengel@marlboro.edu

        

 

I Just saw a Carolina Wren at my suet today. It loudly announced its arrival. As the feeder is very close to my window I managed to see him very well. He wasn't as dark as the pictures but his tail and eye stripe and his big voice gave me all the clues I needed. First time bird. Anyone else  seen him around? Have a great Thanksgiving. 

---Judy Farley, Vernon by the Miller Farm

 

A Greater Yellowlegs, a Brant and a Bonaparte Gull were seen at Turners Falls,MA.

 

An immature Red-tailed Hawk dropped into our yard not 6 feet from where we were standing, then quickly took off again. It was probably chasing a feathered meal. A Fox Sparrow (WITH NO TAIL) has been hanging out with a couple of White-throated Sparrows enjoying the white millet seeds. Also a Carolina Wren has taken a liking to our suet feeder and stops by nearly every day for a snack. A Red- bellied Woodpecker shows up now and then for that same reason. A Sharp-shinned Hawk tried unsuccessfully to grab a perched Slate-colored Junco last Wednesday.

---Barbara Merritt, West B. VT

 

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

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