Sightings listed for the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

Sunday, June 29, 2014

{BIRD NOTES} ~ June 13, 2014


Bird Notes





West Brattleboro’s BEAR is back and up to his old tricks. If you live in West B. bring in your feeders.



P  R  O  G  R  A  M

Vermont’s Rattlesnakes”

7:00pm June 17

in meeting room of Brattleboro's Brooks Library

Doug Blodgett will present this program.  Doug is a wildlife biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and has worked extensively on game and non-game management programs. He was leader of the Vermont Wild Turkey Project Team, and assisted on the black bear, deer, moose, furbearer, and peregrine falcon research projects. Most recently, Doug's professional interest has focused on reptiles, and specifically, rare snake research in Vermont.  This program is presented by Southeastern VT Audubon Society



F  I  E  L  D       T  R  I  P

“Exploring the Hogback”

Saturday, June 21 - 8:00am

Wander the clearings and forests of Hogback Mountain with Marlboro biologist, Bob Engel, looking for songbirds and other curiosities. Meet at the Alpen Glo Parking Lot on Route 9 atop Hogback Mountain.  

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Indigo, Evening and Purple

At our feeder this morning we had the pleasure of an Indigo Bunting visiting with a pair of Evening Grosbeaks, Purple Finch and other locals.

---Colleen Bourne, S.Wardsboro, VT


Chipmunk Crossing Visitors

Scarlet Tanager (a striking male)

House Wren (building a nest in a bird house)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (a handsome male shucking sunflower seeds)

Indigo Bunting (2 males)

Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers (both pairs carrying away small chunks of suet)

Red-eyed Vireo (sings all day long)

Veery (gives “veer” call constantly)


Red-wing Blackbird (a pair)

Song Sparrow 2

Coopers Hawk

and all of the local suspects.

The Coopers Hawk attacked and carried off an unsuspecting Morning Dove.



Phyliss' Marsh, Field Trip ~ 43 species

Here's the report from our day!  Highlights were great views of the Olive-sided Flycatcher and hearing the Virginia railIt wasn't as birds as usual and seemed a smaller group than usual, but everyone had a great time and went home happy! It was nice to see Phyllis again too!

---JoAnne Russo

Red-tailed Hawk  2
Virginia Rail  1    heard kiddik call
Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Olive-sided Flycatcher  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Alder Flycatcher  3
Eastern Phoebe  2
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  8    flyover
Ovenbird  2
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Common Yellowthroat  3
American Redstart  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
Chipping Sparrow  3
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Bobolink  6
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  1
Baltimore Oriole  2
American Goldfinch  4

PLEASE share your birding news and photos with us.


Al Merritt

Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society:


Monday, May 12, 2014

{BIRD NOTES} ~ May 13, 2014

Bird Notes

Red-necled Grebe Fall-out

25 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on Lake Massabesic in  Auburn, 22 were seen

on Spofford Lake in Chesterfield, and 24 were seen on the Connecticut River

in Hinsdale, all on May 1st.


Nesting Woodcock

I Just wanted you to know that the eggs hatched on May 05, 2014.  Here is a picture of the mama and a baby....Wonderful!!!

---Geraldine Golet



NOTE: I have slightly enlarged and cropped this photo submitted by Geraldine Golet to make it easier to pick out the baby chick nestled near the tail of its parent.

Look closer at the far left side of the photo.  See it? The protective camouflage is perfect.



Hinsdale Set-back (5/7)

Myrtle Warblers (dripping from the trees and bushes)

Palm Warblers   14

Warbling Vireo

Black and White Warbler

Carolina Wren


House finch   3

Song Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Double-crested Cormorant

Osprey   2 (one perched near nest and one flying with fish)

Turkey Vulture

Canada Geese



Birds of Bhutan

The following photos were sent to us by Dr. Burton Tepfer who has recently spent a month in Bhutan in the Himalayas.


Gray-backed Shrike





Spotted Nutcracker





Kalij Pheasant





The following is a photo of the one Burt saw but wasn’t able to get a picture of . . . spectacular bird !


Himalayan Monal © Google





PLEASE share your birding news and photos with us.


Al Merritt

Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society:



Tuesday, May 06, 2014

{BIRD NOTES} ~ May 6, 2014

Bird Notes




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.

---Don Clark


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


Brookside (5/4)

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


Hinsdale set-back


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

---Dave Johnston


Chipmunk Crossing, West B. (5/5)

6 White-throated Sparrow

2 Song Sparrow

  Hairy Woodpecker M-F

  Down Woodpecker M-F




My Woodcock

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. 

---Geraldine Golet


PLEASE share your birding news and photos with us.


Al Merritt

Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society: