[BIRD NOTES] August 28, 2007
Fall migration has started in earnest, as we found out in our backyard after the “thunder boomers” passed through the area on Saturday evening. Sunday morning activity at the feeders and surrounding flora really picked up. Of those, were several species of warblers. Keep alert skyward too. Reports are circulating of good numbers of migrating Nighthawks.
I received a report from Laurel Fox of at least 6 Brown Thrashers in
Herricks Cove Survey (8/24)
Today I conducted the monthly survey of the Herricks Cove IBA. It was very slow birding with only 35 species in two hours of covering the entire IBA. The highlight however came early in the survey when a Snowy Egret flew past the marsh. When i first spotted it, it was flying quite high above the marsh so I don't think it took off from Herricks Cove. As it flew by heading south it started flying lower but did not land. I checked for it along the CT river and at Allen Brothers Marsh but did not relocate it.
However, at Allen Brothers I did count 47 Wood Ducks, 8 Green Herons, and a Solitary Sandpiper that flew over. Good birding.
SVAS Field Trip (8/25)
Saturday, on a muggy, overcast morning, leaders Meg Kluge and Ned Pokras met us at the Hannaford parking area to car pool for the field trip to the John and Phyllis Benay Wildlife Sanctuary off of
While walking a woods trail the lead birders flushed an American Woodcock after nearly stepping on it. It startled all of us as it exploded into the air and flew up and away through the leafy canopy. I can see how the element of surprise saves these birds from the hunter’s guns.
On the high trail that skirts the marsh on the east side, we encountered Purple Finch, Black-throated Green Warbler, Chestnut sided Warbler, American Redstart, Savannah Sparrow, and an immature ORCHARD ORIOLE.
By now the sun was boring through the overcast and the humidity was rapidly rising. Our hostess, Phyllis Benay, invited us to the deck at her home for a snack and liquid refreshments, where we talked over the species and numbers seen. Nine of us counted 31 species:
E. Wood Peewee
Black-throated Green Warbler
***We apologize for the late notification of this field trip. There were more that would have liked to attend this outing but didn’t know about it until too late. We will be working to be sure that in the future, all will be notified far enough in advance.
A friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.
BIRD NOTE archives:
Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society website: