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Saturday, August 11, 2007

[BIRD NOTES] August 10, 2007

Bird Notes



Wild Turkey Brood Survey begins

The Wild Turkey Brood Survey is asking for volunteers to record all sightings of wild turkeys during the month of August. Fish & Wildlife is asking volunteers to record wild turkey sightings for the month, using its Web-base survey. "Your participation increases our sample size and gives you the chance to be involved in active turkey management," according to the site.

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The most important information that volunteers can provide is the total number of turkeys seen and in what town.

“It would be helpful if you are able to determine sex and age of the birds and whether your sighting is a brood,” according to the site. “A brood consists of one or more hens with young. At this time of year, young of the year turkeys are normally about two-thirds the size of an adult hen. It is also important to record any sightings of adult hens seen without young.”  Biologists estimate the Vermont wild turkey population at about 50,000 birds.

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To make a report, go to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department Web site at and click on Wild Turkey Brood Survey. There, you can report your sightings.

---Dennis Jensen, Staff Writer, Rutland Herald



West “B” Turkeys

I saw about 26 turkeys in the big field on Abbott Road one night this week.  Think there were 5 adults & 21 young but it was difficult to count as they kept disappearing in the tall grass.  Don't think I came up with the same total twice!!

---Hollie Bowen, Marlboro, VT


Marbeled Godwit at PI

Lance Tanino and I had a Marbled Godwit at Sandy Point(Plum Island, MA) today(8/9). It was 11:30 when Lance spotted the bird at the very (western?) tip of Sandy Point. It only stayed for about 10 minutes before taking off. We also had a Common Moorhen at Hellcat earlier in the day. We will post a detailed list of what we had on the island at a later time. 

Good birding.

---Taj Schottland, Putney, VT


Planes Drop Rabies Vaccine

(WBZ) CONCORD, N.H. Thousands of doses of rabies vaccine are being dropped over northern New Hampshire and Vermont this week to try to immunize raccoons. “These packets are coated with a fish meal polymer to attract the raccoons and once they eat the whole packet, the vaccine hits the tonsils and the raccoon is vaccinated.”



West Brattleboro sightings last week

Mourning Dove

Wild Turkey

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

White-breasted Nuthatch

Carolina Wren

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Northern Mockingbird

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Black-and-White Warbler

American Redstart

Common Yellowthroat

Scarlet Tanager

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Common Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Baltimore Oriole

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch



Allen Brothers Marsh 8/11/07

Black Ducks 5

Great Blue Heron 2

Green Heron 2

Least Sandpiper 2

Tree Swallow (numerous)

Barn Swallow (numerous)

Wood Ducks 2F,13juv.,1M

Canada Geese 1pr w/ 7 juv.

Turkey Vulture flyby



A friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.


Please keep us abreast of what birds you are seeing, whether at home or on a trip in or out of the Windham County area.


Al Merritt

W. Brattleboro, VT



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