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Monday, November 27, 2006

[BIRD NOTES] November 26, 2006

Bird Notes

Cape Ann birds

Robyn and I visited Cape Ann last weekend. We had great numbers, but not your trip’s variety. But, thanks to Robyn's great spotting, we did manage to get the "King"(Eider).

--Paul Miksis and Robyn Flatley,

Brattleboro, VT

Boston Area Birds

I spent Thanksgiving with my sister who lives on the Winthrop end of Revere Beach. During the heavy rain and wind storm that day, we were able to bird from her living room windows and saw many eider, white winged scoter, common merganser, various gulls, and the treat of the day - a small flock of RED PHALAROPES dancing on the waves near the seawall. On the way home, I stopped at Great Meadows NWR in Concord for the first time and saw many ducks, including ring-billed, American coot, red head, northern shoveler, green-winged teal, common goldeneye swimming with mallards, Canada geese, and 6 mute swans. And speaking of swans, there were 15 at the dam in Turners Falls on Saturday.

---Marilyn Tillinghast, Putney,VT

The “Reds” Have It

This morning (11/25) at Barton Cove, Turners Falls, MA:

Red-necked grebe 1

Redhead 2

Greater Scaup 1

Ring-necked duck 1

---Hector Galbraith, Dummerston, VT

Odiorne Bird

The latest “big bird” on the RBA was the Fork-tailed Flycatcher that was being seen at Odiorne State Park in New Hampshire. It was located in an area not too far from where the famous Western Reef Heron was hanging out. It is a striking bird with (what else) a llloonnng forked tail.


Retreat Meadow/West River (11/25)

Mallards 20

Black Ducks 4

Hooded Merganser (M&F)

Ring-billed Gull 18

Canada Goose 100+

Mockingbird 1

Our first Tree Sparrow of the season appeared at our feeder on Saturday.

Al Merritt

W. Brattleboro, VT

Friday, November 17, 2006

BIRD NOTES Nov. 17, 2006

Bird Notes

Birding with New Yorkers on the Coast

Wind out of the south at 15, sunny, temperature in the high 60s, the ocean with 10-12 foot ground swells. Sounds like a description of a day at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Actually it took place on the 11th of November along the rocky coast of Boston’s North Shore. We have lead many trips at this time of year for the Mearns Club of Orange Co., NY, but weather-wise this one took the cake. The birds weren’t too bad either and the participant turnout was a record breaker when 18 gathered at the Gloucester Fishermen’s Monument meeting place. Highlights included Purple Sandpiper, Common Eider, Old Squaw, Surf, White-winged and Black Scoters, 2 Black-headed Gulls, Red-necked Grebe, Red-throated Loon, 8 Black Guillemots, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Gannets and about 50 elegant Harlequin Ducks.

Sunday morning brought with it wind and showers. So our day at Plum Island was less than perfect. But who would remember that after seeing the Snowy Owl perched atop a Tree Swallow nest box at the Salt Pannes and the looks everyone had at the RBAs Green-tailed Towhee.

New England Welcomes New Wilderness Areas

On Wednesday, two of the Northeast's largest unprotected roadless areas were permanently protected as Wilderness. Glastenbury Mountain and Wild River Basin are two of the areas that became Wilderness when the U.S. House of Representatives approved the New England Wilderness Act of 2006. The Act now awaits the President's signature.

The New England Wilderness Act of 2006 adds 76,500 acres of Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest and New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest to the National Wilderness Preservation System. The bill also creates Moosalamoo - a 17,000 acre National Recreation Area - in the Green Mountain National Forest. ---The Wilderness Society


Yesterday around 1:00 pm I had two Red-throated Loons sitting on the retreat meadows. I saw the birds from the Rt 30 vantage point. Hector Galbraith saw them later that afternoon as well. There were also 12 Green-winged Teal in the newly forming beaver pond at the back of the Marina field.

---Taj Schottland, Putney, VT

Thursday at Dead Creek in Addison, Vt we found a flock of 500+ Snow Geese in back of the viewing area. They appeared very restless, taking to the air in groups of 50 or so and then landing again sometimes closer to us and other times farther away. We finally saw the reason. A Peregrine Falcon was quite busy dipping and diving nearby in the company of a couple of Northern Harriers that were tipping low over the cornstalks. –Al & Barb Merritt, W. Brattleboro, VT

Thanksgiving Proclamation

After the first Thanksgiving in 1621, it took over 200 years before Thanksgiving Day was officially proclaimed as a national day of thanksgiving, praise and prayer, in 1863.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

November 8, 2006

Bird Notes

Logan Airport Snowies

The total number of Snowy Owls captured (and banded) last winter was 36. It was our third best year since starting at Logan in 1981. The best winter was 1986-87 when we banded 43 snowy owls and in January of that year had a high count of 23 snowy owls on the airfield at one time. Of the 36 snowy owls captured last winter, 1 was captured at Duxbury Beach, 2 at Chickatawbut Hill in the Blue Hills, 3 at Plum Island and 30 at Logan Airport. Of the 30 captured at the airport 11 were released at Duxbury Beach and 19 released at Plum Island.

The first Snowy Owl this year arrived at Logan Airport on October 29th.

---Norman Smith, Mass. Audubon

The Brattleboro Christmas Bird Count

The CBC will be held on Saturday, December 16th this year. Mark your calendars and let me know if you are willing to participate by doing a feeder count or if you wish to join a party in the field in a designated area of the 15 mile diameter circle.


The Putney Mountain Hawk Watch has recorded 6 GOLDEN EAGLES this year, most recently on October 30.

Also, Richard Foye called to report a female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER feeding this morning on yew berries in his South Newfane yard - he also watched it flycatch a moth. A SWAINSON'S THRUSH was feeding on the yew berries for four days(11/1-4). A GRAY CATBIRD was also around Richard's yard over the weekend. ---Chris Petrak, S. Newfane, VT

Setback Birds

Late afternoon at the Cersosimo Setback(11/5):

Canada Geese

Ring-necked Ducks

Common Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers

(1F)Common Goldeneye

(1F)Ruddy Duck


(1) Great Blue Heron

The Ruddy Duck was a new bird for me. And by the way, I saw the Pied-billed Grebes in Hinsdale, posted elsewhere, on Monday, along with two Coots; NO hunters. ---Paul Miksis, Brattleboro

Birds at Chipmunk Crossing (11/4-8)

Fox Sparrow (1)

White-throats (4)

Juncos (8)

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Wild Turkey (3)

Cardinal (M&F)

Carolina Wren

Myrtle Warbler

Hairy Woodpecker (M&F)

Downy Woodpecker (M&F)

Hinsdale Setback Nov. 5:

Common Merganser (12F)

Peck’s Pond, Vernon Nov. 5:

Green-winged Teal (M&F)

A Common Raven flew over our car as we were driving north on I 91 near the Ascutney exit on Nov. 2.

Al Merritt

W. Brattleboro, VT

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