Sightings listed for the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

BIRD NOTES ~ January 4, 2010

Great Horned Owl © Bridget Cole and Snowy Owl © Steve Hersey


Bird Notes



Great Horned Owl in Colorado

Here is a picture of a Great Horned Owl at dusk taken by Bridget Cole, Elizabeth CO.  Note the bright eyes. (See attachment)

---Barbara Cole, Wilmington, VT



Brattleboro Area Barred Owls

A late day walk in the Pleasant Valley Reservoir area yesterday produced a Barred Owl fly by, but not much else.  Today, on a walk out to the Vernon Dam from the Hinsdale side, there was another Barred Owl fly by!  Two Bald Eagles were sitting at the top of a tree directly across the river from the nest.  There were a male and female Hooded Merganser and two pairs of Mallards on a log above the dam, along with a Belted Kingfisher who was patrolling along the riverbank.  Several ducks below the dam were too far away to id without a scope.  Numerous Tree Sparrows, Robins and Cedar Waxwings were in the trees and brush along the rail bed. A nice way to start the new year!

---Nori Howe, W. Brattleboro



Snowy Owl at Plum Island

My wife, baby & I got out on the blustery day today(12/26) to look  for the Snowy Owl at Plum Island.  We searched for a while without any luck - many thanks to the folks in the SUV we flagged down who told us to look in the marsh behind the maintenance buildings.  We did, and found the Owl a few hundred yards out into the marsh.  By that time it was sleeting a bit and visibility was a bit poor, especially for photographing a white owl.  (See attachment)
---Steve Hersey, Westford, MA



Waltham, MA Yard Birds

3 Chickadees, 2 Titmice, male & female Cardinals, one Carolina Wren; also five Blue Jays, and either a Sharpie or a Coopers, too fast to tell.   Birds have been scarce all year.

---Doreen Pugh, Waltham, MA.  



Turkeys Return to Chipmunk Crossing

It is good to see the Wild Turkeys again. They arrived during Sunday’s snow to glean the seed that had fallen from the pole and wire feeders and a handful that I had thrown on the ground beneath the pine bows for the Dark-eyed Juncos. There are 5 of them. A Tom with 4 hens. They apparently are roosting nearby, for they arrive here bright and early.



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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