Sightings listed for the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

Friday, February 12, 2010

[BIRD NOTES] ~ February 12, 2010

Watching Hummingbirds © Nancy Waterhouse


Bird Notes



RE: Torpid Downy

Responding to the post about the Downy that seemed asleep. I had a similar experience with a Downy in NJ about 14 years ago.  I was able to touch it before it woke up and flew.

---Mitch Harrison, Wardsboro, VT




RE: Hummingbird program

This is sort of funny.  My cat watching the humming bird show. We both enjoyed the show!  (See photo attachment)

---Nancy Waterhouse




Birding in Florida

My trip to SW Florida this past week with main focus on birding was incredibly productive – see the photos & comments on my blog:

The weather was beautiful, mid 70's with a light breeze, until the last day when we had some rain. It was brutal to come back to the NE deep freeze!

---Hilke Breder, Brattleboro, VT




The Barred Owl Returns

When we looked out this morning (2/5) to check the feeders, there sat a Barred Owl on the low limb of the red maple tree. It had its back to us and was facing the wooded area about 50 feet away. It seemed to be intrigued with something that had caught its fancy. It turned and looked our way a couple of times. Amazing how they can turn their head that far around. It stayed clutching that limb for about 20 minutes or so before we noticed it had flown off. We thought that it must have been the same one that landed in our backyard on Feb. 1.




Cedar Waxwings Galore

This afternoon in the trees bordering Putney Road at C&S Wholesale, was a flock of 100+ Cedar Waxwings. Try as we might, we couldn’t make any of them Bohemians. Down the road farther at Chickering Drive was another flock probably half that size gorging themselves on the fruit from the many ornamentals that line the parking area across the street from the south end of the old Home Depot building. High overhead we watched as a huge flock of Crows flew over. They were apparently heading for a roost somewhere in the vicinity of W. Chesterfield, NH.



New Bird Species Discovered in Borneo                             Biologists at the University of Leeds in England announced that they have discovered a new bird species in a Borneo rainforest. The new bird, named the Spectacled Flowerpecker, is a small gray bird about the size of a wren. There are white markings around its eyes, belly, and breast. The new birds were seen several times over the course of a few days at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge.---Birders United,  Feb 9th, 2010



Vermont Public Television


In the Valley of the Wolves

VPTV, Sunday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.


“Nature” encores the dramatic saga of Yellowstone’s remarkable Druid wolf pack.


This is a repeat PBS program. But, even if you did see it before it is worth seeing again. Wonderful creatures in an awesome setting.




A Reminder

Beaver Friends and Other Goings-On

In the Dark


7 p.m. Tuesday, February 16


Patti Smith, naturalist with BEEC, will relate the sounds and sights she experienced during a Vermont night with her beavers around their pond.


In the Community Room of the Brooks Library

Sponsored by the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

FREE and open to the Public


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


Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society




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