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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

BIRD NOTES ~ February 25, 2009

White-winged Crossbills 2.22.09 by D. Johnston


Bird Notes



Eagles on Connecticut River

Recently a sighting of Bald Eagles at the Vernon Dam found that one of the eagles (a female) was injured and unable to use its right foot. Or was it? A call to Chris Martin of New Hampshire Audubon seemed to disprove that observation with news that he had observed this sort of behavior many times in courting eagles. Yet, there is still some doubt that in this case it may be an injury and not a behavior thing.


Robyn Flatley has set up a blogspot and asks for your help in reporting eagle sightings with unusual behavior that would indicate leg/foot injuries.


“I'm hoping people will post messages about the eagles there. Please let them know we are actively looking for the female eagle that hasn’t been seen since Saturday 2/21.”

---Robyn Flatley, Brattleboro, VT




Lake Wantastiquet from Hinsdale, NH, Saturday (2/21)

  2 Mute Swan

 51 American Black Duck

201 Mallard

  1 Ring-necked Duck

226 Common Goldeneye


 53 Hooded Merganser

 45 Common Merganser

  7 Wild Turkey

  3 Bald Eagle

  2 Ring-billed Gull

  8 Herring Gull

  3 Mourning Doves

  1 Belted Kingfisher

  1 Hairy Woodpecker

  1 Northern Shrike

  1 Common Raven

  1 Black-capped Chickadee

  4 Eastern Bluebird

 40 European Starlings


 20 species

---Lance Tanino, Keene, NH




Brattleboro Birds (2/22)

Pre-storm birding around town this morning: 2 flocks of Cedar Waxwings on Putney Rd., ~75 in front of the Colonial Motel and ~150+ Waxwings & 30 Robins in the trees around Agway, a flock of ~ 150 Pine Siskins with at least 3 common Redpolls on Wantastiquet Drive, another flock of ~250 Pine Siskins with at least 2 C. Redpolls at the feeders down Ferry Rd., our daily flock of ~50 Siskins at home on Bonnyvale Rd. along with our first REDWING BLACKBIRD, and as I was x-c skiing at the Brattleboro Country Club I found a pair of White-winged Crossbills(See attached photos) on the ground picking away at Hemlock cones. I raced back to my car, got my camera, and fortunately they were still there and very cooperative on my return.


Around 4:00 there were ~80 Bohemian Waxwings in the treetops next to our house on Bonnyvale Rd. They were feeding on Bittersweet berries. Snowy days certainly bring surprises!

---Dave Johnston, W. Brattleboro, VT



SVAS Cape Ann/Plum Island Field Trip, Feb. 21-22

Thirteen people joined the SVAS winter coastal birding trip last Saturday. 54 species were seen (not bad for mid-February), with many good coastal sightings. But the real highlight was the raptor displays and sightings. I'll have more on those later. A few photos are on my website:


Here's the species list, with some of the highlights in bold:


Red-necked Grebe

Horned Grebe

Great Cormorant

Mute Swan

Snow Goose

Canada Goose



American Black Duck

Common Eider

Harlequin Duck

Long-tailed Duck

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Common Goldeneye


Red-breasted Merganser

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Red-tailed Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk


Peregrine Falcon

Purple Sandpiper

Ring-billed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Iceland Gull

Herring Gull

Black Guillemot

Red-throated Loon

Common Loon

Rock Dove

Mourning Dove

Snowy Owl

Blue Jay

American Crow

Cedar Waxwing

Eastern Bluebird

American Robin

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

White-breasted Nuthatch

Black-capped Chickadee

House Sparrow

House Finch

White-winged Crossbill

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Dark-eyed Junco

American Tree Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird - vanguard of the males

Common Grackle


---Chris Petrak, S. Newfane, VT



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


A friend is someone who reaches for your hand

 and touches your heart.






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