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Monday, September 24, 2007

[BIRD NOTES] September 23, 2007---First day of Fall


Bird Notes


If you were wondering why you haven’t been receiving Bird Notes, we just returned from a two week stay in the Catskills of New York State. Away from computers and television sets. It was just us and the birds and the katydids and an occasional truck or auto to interrupt the tranquility.

     We were able to get out with friends to do some serious birding on 3 different days. Some of the species worth the mention were: Great Egret, Mute Swan, Green-winged Teal, Black Vulture, Northern Harrier, Merlin, Kestrel, Pied-billed Grebe, Common Moorhen, Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs, Baird’s Sandpiper, Semi-palmated Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Least & Semi-palmated Sandpiper, and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.



Herricks Cove Birds

Don Clark, Hector Galbraith and I birded Herricks Cove and the Upper Meadows this morning. We had 47 species with highlights listed below.


Wilsons Snipe -- 1

American Bittern -- 1

Pied-billed Grebe -- 3

Green-winged Teal -- 50


There was a large flock of about 90 teal, 40 of which proved to be Blue-wings! (All teal were either females or still in nonbreeding plumage).

Merlin -- 1

Coopers Hawk --2

Sharp-shinned hawk --4

Broad-winged Hawk --1

Northern Harrier --3

Palm Warbler --1

Lincolns Sparrow --1

Purple Finch --8+


Good birding,

---Taj Schottland, Putney, VT



Birds at Chipmunk Crossing (Sept.17-23)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird*




White and Red Breasted Nuthatches




Red-eyed Vireo

Nashville Warbler

N. Parula W.

Chestnut-sided W.

Black-throated Green W.

Blackburnian W.

Blackpoll W.


Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Song Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch


*Late date-9/23/2007. Previous late date 9/17/2004.


The Hawks are Flying!

Visit the Watchers on Putney Mountain.

Here are the numbers of hawks so far for the month of September:

Osprey 95

Bald Eagle 21

Northern Harrier 24

Sharp-shinned 411

Coopers Hawk 28

Red Shouldered Hawk 2

Broad-winged Hawk 3,257

American Kestrel 123

Merlin 5

Peregrine Falcon 6

Unident Raptors 4

TOTAL: 3,976


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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