Sightings listed for the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

{BIRD NOTES ~ April 22, 2015}

Bird Notes



I drove to the Miller Farm this afternoon (4/21) to check out the river from the overlook. There was nothing but a few Canada Geese in the river. But, the Osprey was sitting in the nest atop the electric tower and the Peregrine Falcon was seen circling the smoke stack at Vermont Yankee.





Good morning!  (4/22) Just had an evening grosbeak come to the feeder that's suctioned to the window of Paul's second floor office.  First I've seen here in several years! Looking out I can also see Red & White-breasted Nuthatches, Purple Finches, Chickadees, Juncos, and Pine Siskins.  What a treat to be home during the day & have the opportunity to observe this activity!

---Hollie Bowen, Marlboro, VT


A CASPIAN TERN was reported at Turners Falls on (4/21)


Hi, there.  We just got back from a walk in Hinsdale (4/19) and spotted numerous Yellow-rumped Warblers and a pair of Palm Warblers, along with a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  The birding only got better when the Bald Eagle flew over and then plummeted into the water to catch a fish, which he enjoyed while sitting on a log across the way!  

---Mary Anne Deer


Had a nice late afternoon walk around the fields by the Marina in Brattleboro (4/14).  Many Palm Warblers, and tons of sparrows including Savannah, Song, Swamp, Chipping, and Field. Also a second year Bald Eagle and a young Peregrine that had me confused for a bit because it was so brown.
---Pieter van Loon, Marlboro, VT


Seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on April 14th








.---NH bird report



April 22, 2015


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 16, 2015

{BIRD NOTES ~ April 16, 2015}

Bird Notes





Retreat Meadows

We stopped by the Retreat Meadow parking area atop the hill overlooking the partially iced water and scoped an immature Bald Eagle standing on the ice feasting on a large dead fish mostly eaten at that time. A second eagle showed up. This one a mature bird that circled high above the feeding bird. Then with an adjustment of the wings swooped down and buzzed the bird on the ice. The immature eagle ducked low but continued feeding and eventually finished off the carcass while the mature bird landed on the ice nearby and watched. Six Turkey Vultures arrived shortly and soared back and forth in hopes of getting some leftover entrails, but they left disappointed.



Sightings in Wilmington

In the new beaver meadow a REDHEAD DUCK was swimming around Monday. There are a few Mallard Ducks and a Belted Kingfisher The overwinter Cardinal still here but the female is gone and as of 4/7 we still have  Redpolls and Goldfinches,   A Song Sparrow is singing, four or five Mourning Doves are regulars and there is a large flock of Dark-eyed Juncos . Always seem to have the usual contingent of both Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers and Red and White Breasted Nuthatches and plenty of Blue Jays and Chickadees.  A Barred-Owl sat for some time near the house, four grackles. the first Fox Sparrow and White- Throated Sparrows appeared today 4/14.

 Three big flocks of Canada Geese flew over and a group of Wild Turkeys sauntered through the yard

---Barbara Cole, Wilmington, VT



Hinsdale bluffs by Vernon Dam, Cheshire, US-NH
Apr 3, 2015 1:30 PM - 4:50 PM
I did have a wonderful afternoon along the Hinsdale rail trail and bluffs.  There were birds everywhere - way too many to accurately count.  Any open water was full of birds, including thousands of Canadas!  I am forwarding my ebird list to you, but I would add that many of the species were undoubtedly undercounted.  Also, I heard a Chipping Sparrow, but did not include it on my list because I could not see it. Happy spring!
---Nori Howe, West Brattleboro, VT


Followed rail trail south from lower fishing access to bluffs by dam. Ducks and geese present in large numbers in any open water above dam. Numbers probably undercounted.
35 species:


Canada Goose X
Mute Swan 1
Wood Duck 42
American Black Duck 18
Mallard 26
Northern Shoveler 2
Northern Pintail 2
Green-winged Teal 14
Ring-necked Duck X
Bufflehead 3
Common Goldeneye 5
Hooded Merganser 9
Common Merganser 13
Turkey Vulture 3
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 3
Ring-billed Gull 3
Herring Gull 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
American Kestrel 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 3
Tree Swallow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 2
American Robin 30
Fox Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 24
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Common Grackle 1



Accipiter Dinner Guest

We had a bit of excitement right outside our living room, this afternoon (April 15). A friend who’s staying with us saw a smallish Accipiter swoop down and absolutely nail a male Cowbird. The raptor then took its kill and stood on the ground on the edge of our field of view, starting to pluck the Cowbird. We got quite a look, and the unanimous opinion was that it was a Cooper’s Hawk rather than a Sharpie. In any event, we approved of its taste in feeder birds.   Cheers,
---Ned Pokras and Meg Kluge, W. Brattleboro, VT



West B. Foxy

We’ve had a Fox Sparrow around today, singing from a lilac bush this morning (4/8) and foraging on the ground this afternoon.
---Ned Pokras, West Brattleboro, VT.



Foreign Visitor at Hinsdale Setback

We got a phone call from Dave Johnson informing us of a Eurasian Wigeon being seen near the setback in Hinsdale. Barb was heading out for a doctor’s appointment so I dropped her off and drove to the spot. Ring-necked ducks were prevalent. Just too many to count. But picked out a small group of American Wigeon and carefully checked each one. No Eurasian. I spent many minutes scoping before finally spotting it standing and preening on the ice off the far shore. It had an unmistakable rufous head in comparison to the gray heads of the American nearby. I returned with Barb that late afternoon but no luck.


Glossy Ibis

The Ice has Melted and Migrants are Arriving

Late yesterday afternoon we swung by the Retreat Meadows to the driveway of the water treatment plant. Upon scoping the water past the field to the right we counted 5 pairs of Mallards and a pair of Wood Ducks along with good numbers of Canada Geese. But,there were other very dark birds feeding in the grass nearby. Out came the scope. They were GLOSSY IBIS, nine of them.  Gorgeous birds in the late afternoon sun that reflected different colors of the spectrum.  The high water inside the fence at the plant gave us good looks at several pair of Wood Ducks. The males were sooo handsome and one pair of Green-wing Teal walked the shoreline. When we looked up there was a mature Bald Eagle flying over and a Red-tailed Hawk flapping by over route 30.

               Here at home we have a few new additions to our feeder bird list:

Fox Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Tufted Titmouse




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, April 07, 2015

{BIRD NOTES ~ April, 07, 2015}

Bird Notes


A stop at the Marina cornfield this afternoon was very productive. While checking for sparrows along the eastern edge I came up with 8 Song Sparrows in one bush. BUT! The bird of the day, maybe of the spring, was a handsome male NORTHERN HARRIER tipping back and forth over the south end of the cornfield before flying low over the rail trail and out of sight to the west.




As of Monday I have Red-winged Black Birds at my Feeder (9) and singing in the trees.  Also two Common Grackles feeding with them.

Somebody must think spring is coming!

---Marshall Wheelock, Brattleboro


Heard and saw my first of year Broad-winged Hawk today (3/22).  They are back!! Heard and saw my first of year broad winged hawk today.  They are back!!

---Diana Lee, Westminster, VT


Bev Burkett and I watched and counted 11 mallards, 2 American Black Ducks, and 8 Common Mergansers on the Connecticut River under the pedestrian walkway over the Connecticut River at just east of the round about at Exit 3 off 91. 

---Connie Woodberry


I've been throwing birdseed off the back porch steps all winter and have had a horde of gray squirrels, deer, and birds--a pair of cardinals, a couple of hen turkeys, and blue jays. I also hang suet on the pulley clothesline, and the woodpeckers have been after it all winter--I can never remember the difference between the Downy and Hairy woodpeckers.    But, Spring MUST be coming, because I hear crows which don't overwinter here, and today I saw chipmunks eating the birdseed, and I never see them during the winter either. Can't count on the weather reports, but seeing certain animals at this time of the year seems to be more accurate to my way of thinking.

---Susan Herbert, Dummerston, VT


Great blue heron yesterday (3/31) on the Green River Road beaver dam and Mr and Mrs Merganser were on the river today.

---Carol Schnabel, Guilford, VT


We saw our first of the season Killdeer yesterday (4/5) along the Connecticut River near the Brat. water treatment plant off of Rt.142. Peck Road produced 2 Phoebes, a Bluebird, and a Red-tailed Hawk. A male Cardinal and a small group of Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds were feeding streamside along Blodgett Road. Otherwise it was just a beautiful sun shiny day without much action.

---Barb Merritt, Brattleboro, VT

Be aware that the Woodcock are “peenting” and flying!



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:




Monday, March 23, 2015

{BIRD NOTES ~ March 23, 2015}

Bird Notes




 Today (3/16)  at 1:18 in the after noon my first sighting of a Turkey Vulture this spring.  It came in low over the trees behind Price Chopper like a great streaming galleon with a fair wind in it's sails.

---Marshall Wheelock, Brattleboro, VT



A small flock of Pine Siskins (9) and Goldfinches (5) were at my backyard feeders this morning along with a couple of Downys, a Hairy and a pair of Red-bellied WoodpeckersFive Juncos, 2 Chickadees, a pair of House Finches, 2 White-breasted Nuthatches, 2 Titmice and several Mourning Doves also stopped by.  A single male Cardinal checked things out, but didn't appear to stay.   Maybe he'll be back when the activity quiets down.

---Molly Martin, Oak Grove Ave., Brattleboro, VT




On Saturday the 14th I looked out and sitting on the top of one of our bluebird houses was a lovely little MERLIN.   A first for us!

---Carol Barber, Brattleboro, VT



Anhinga On Our Deck This Morning

We thought this poor bird was injured as it lay motionless for a while on our deck this morning.  We got within a couple feet of it trying to ascertain if it was even alive.  Gradually it started peering back at us, fluffing its feathers and eventually, flew off.  Must of been taking a morning nap!


These pictures are from my friend Sharon Kropa who lives in Manchester but is now in Hilton Head, S. Carolina where these photos were taken..

---Barbara Powers, Manchester Center, VT

Anhinga © Sharon Kropa





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:





Monday, March 16, 2015

{BIRD NOTES ~ March 16, 2015}

Bird Notes

Flocks of redpolls, flocks of goldfinches, and tufted titmice hammer at sunflower seeds on the shelf. Chickadees and occasional nuthatches grab sunflower seeds to carry away to more protected perches. Both hairy and downy woodpeckers regularly hammer at the frozen suet. Nuthatches too occasionally.

---Malcolm Moore, Marlboro, VT


Wilmington feeder: nice mixed flock of over 40 Redpolls, a dozen Goldfinches, a couple  Pine Siskins, six Mourning Doves, a few Juncos, many Chickadees, pairs of Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers,

Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches, goodly amount of Bluejays. Have not heard or seen the Barred Owl for awhile, also no fox tracks in the heavy snow.

---Barbara Cole 2/21, Wilmington, VT


At around 3:15 this afternoon (3/5) there were 74 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS gorging on cherries in the center of Marlboro on South Road.
---Pieter van Loon


We had a chipmunk pop out of the snow for a few minutes and climb up an oak tree yesterday.  And last night a raccoon left prints in the snow under our feeder.  When will the bears decide too that they are hungry enough to walk out of the woods?  Going to pull up all of the ground and deck mounted feeders tomorrow. 

---Tom Prunier


Flock of  25 Bohemian. Waxwings in Marlboro yesterday, 3/11.  They were trying to talk themselves into some tired crabapple fruit that everyone else has ignored.

---Bob Engel


The following poem by John Swales was submitted by Lance Tanino who is now offering, among other things, birding tours in Hawaii.      

Letter from a Tufted Titmouse

by John M. Swales


Between you and me, 

I’m not exactly enamoured 

Of the name you know me by. 

This ‘tufted’ moniker invokes, 

I fear, a possible lack of grooming, 

While the noun only brings to mind 

Some silent furry denizen 

Of the dark and dreary underworld. 

So when, on my branch, you see me 

All dressed up in orange, white and gray, 

Returning your look with my Black penetrating eye, 

And when, in the distance, you hear me 

Petering away with my pure whistles 

Cascading through the winterscape, 

And when, somewhat closer, you note 

My rich underscore of sibilants and nasals, 

You may understand that I 

Would prefer to be known as 

The Orange-flanked Crested Whistler.

So, when you next revise 

The bird names on the official list, 

Please remember this. 

Thank you for your support.

---Lance Tanino, M.S.  Manu Conservation

Birding and Nature Tours / Environmental Consulting

Kamuela, Hawaii Island, Hawai'


Richard Foye reports that he has a small flock of Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls visiting his feeder each day. The Siskins have been singing a song that he had never heard them sing before. He says it would remind you of a Purple Finch.



Bohemian Waxwing  ©  Hilke Breder


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, February 20, 2015

{BIRD NOTES ~ February 20, 2015}


Bird Notes


Vernon Waterfowl

A few photos from this week in Vernon. Thought you might enjoy.

---Don Clark, Grafton, VT


Barrows Goldeneye, drakes, Vernon


                    Horned Grebes, Vernon

















   Snoozing Mallards & Blacks in Vernon, VT farm field



     Close up of above photo, Mallards & Blacks



Marlboro Finches

We've had a large (80 to 100 sometimes) mixed flock of Pine Siskins/Goldfinch/Purple

Finch but have only seen 1 Common Redpoll one time!  This seems to be a big woodpecker

year here....anywhere else?

---Hollie Bowen, Marlboro, VT



Ames Hill Finches

A small flock of Pine Siskins and Goldfinch, 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker and a

lone Common Redpoll have been coming to our feeders.

---Tom Lewis, Marlboro, VT



Robins at Chipmunk Crossing

8 Robins showed up in the yard on Valentines Day. They were in their bright Spring

plumage devouring rose hips from a small wild rose bush that grows at the eastern

perimeter of our little acre.

---Barb Merritt, West Brattleboro, VT



Nice Additions to My Bird Feeders

I have a Flicker at my feeders again here in Brattleboro. Haven't noticed
one since Christmas break. Now it's Feb. break and I'm around more often
during daylight hours. It's been here two days in a row now. Really
whacking at that frozen suet. Nice addition to a cold, sunny winter day.
Have had Pine Siskins only once, that I know of. Red-bellied woodpecker and
Carolina wrens continue to be regulars.
---Charlie La Rosa, Brattleboro, VT



West Brattleboro Birds

Bill and I saw a flock of Cedar Waxwings and Robins in a crabapple tree at

the top of the hill on Carriage Hill Road today (Wednesday). There were still

a lot of those tiny apples on the tree !

---Lerna, West Brattleboro 




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: