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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

[BIRD NOTES] NOV. 4, 2007

Bird Notes


Marina Road, W. River--Thursday, Nov. 1, 4:00-5:30 PM

No black vultures :(

Turkey vulture - 15

American wigeon - 1 female (Al Merritt & his wife saw a   second      individual)

Pintail - 2 females

Canada goose - few hundred

blackbird/cowbird spp. - several hundred flying in large flocks      headed south over the river

Red-tailed hawk - 2 kiting over Mt. Wantastiquet

---Lance Tanino, Keene, NH


Birds of note at the Brattleboro Retreat(11/2)

There were 6 Pintails, 4 Black Vultures, 6 Common Mergansers, 7 Hooded Mergansers, and 1 Belted Kingfisher

--Mike Resch, Pepperell, MA


More at the Marina(11/3)

This morning seven AMERICAN PIPITS were in the cornfield by the Marina Restaurant in Brattleboro. There were also 8 TREE SPARROWS along with SAVANNAHS, SONG, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. About 25 COMMON MERGANSERS, 6 HOODIES, and a couple N. PINTAILS were in the West River.

 An adult NORTHERN SHRIKE showed up around our house in West Brattleboro late this afternoon. 

---Dave Johnston


Pines and Bohemians are Coming
Pine Grosbeaks in small numbers in most NE states --Mass(1 ind), ME, VT, NH and NY; Bohemian Waxwings in widespread numbers from most NE states(only an ind from Mass); Common Redpoll in every NE state except Vermont, Conn. RI(including a sighting in Cortland); Pine Siskins and E. Grosbeaks in numbers from Ontario to Carolinas; Shrikes are moving in good numbers too; Boreal Chickadees and Black-backed Woodpeckers moving; and some indication of hawks and owls moving as well. Lets hope many linger in NY. Should be interesting.

I think the story of this invasion so far is how widespread and early the Bohemian Waxwings are. They can be found in numbers in ME, VT, NH, NY and it's still October. Could they be the next Evening Grosbeak?

---Matt Young, Oneida, NY



Two first of the season FOX SPARROWS appeared at our feeders today to join a SONG SPARROW, several WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and numerous JUNCOS. Regulars also enjoying the bird seed were Goldfinch, Titmouse, Blue Jay, Hairy, Downy, White-breasted Nuthatch, Cardinal and a ton of Chickadees.


A stop along Krif Road in Keene, NH gave us good looks at a hunting RED-TAILED HAWK that dropped out of an oak tree and into the tall grass along the road, and a quick look at a flock of 10 AMERICAN PIPITS that came up out of the cornfield and flew directly at us and passed low overhead with their white outer tail feathers flashing.


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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