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Thursday, February 04, 2010

BIRD NOTES ~ February 4, 2010


Bird Notes



Nora Wilson reports that she has 12 to 15 Evening Grosbeaks and a dozen American Goldfinch coming to her feeders in Marlboro, while Hollie Bowen has a small flock of Tree Sparrows still frequenting her feeders on Stark Road in that same community. Chris Petrak has been observing two male and a female Red-bellied Woodpecker at his home in South Newfane.

     Here at Chipmunk Crossing in West Brattleboro we have watched our number of Wild Turkeys drop from an original 5 down to 4 and now only 2 are showing up for their handout of cracked corn and mixed bird seed. Maybe the fresh fox tracks criss-crossing our property, has something to do with the decline in numbers.

     On February 1 we saw 2 Barred Owls. The first owl landed in our yard below a pole feeder and then fluttered into the base of a multi-trunked willow, apparently chasing a vole that I know is present at times. The second was just north of exit 2 on I91. It flew across in front of the car, banked over the median, then returned to a perch at roadside. Both were seen within a half hour of each other about mid-day. The food supply for these night creatures must be getting low to bring them out in the daylight hours.

     Even though Puxatawny Phil saw his shadow and predicts 6 more weeks of winter, have you noticed that the Tufted Titmouse is singing its Spring “peter!, peter!, peter!” Who are you going to believe? Better yet, who do you WANT to believe?



Hudson Valley Eagles

Here is a great report from Gerhard Patsch, a friend from the Hudson River Valley of New York State:


19 participants ventured south along the eastern shores of the Hudson River just north of the Big Apple, to count wintering Bald Eagles and whatever else along the way. It was overcast, cold and breezy with temperatures in the teens.  We had 104 BALD EAGLE sightings! At the Croton RR Station we found 11 species of ducks: Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Redheads, Buffleheads, Canvasbacks, Pintails, Common Mergansers, Ruddys, Gadwalls, Mallards and Black Ducks. Other notables included Kingfisher, Raven, Cooper's Hawk, Great Cormorants, Snow Goose, 2 Fox Sparrows, Catbird and Rough-legged Hawk. Altogether we tallied 50 species.

What a great elixir for the winter blahs!



Merrimack River Eagle Festival

Visit Newburyport, MA for the Fifth Annual Merrimack River Eagle Festival on February 13, 2010 - all FREE.


* Visit Eagle Hot Spots: "Eagle specialist" volunteer guides answer questions and help you see eagles in the wild.

* See an Eagle Show: Tom Ricardi of the Massachusetts Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Facility presents two raptor demonstrations.

* Have Fun with your Family: Enjoy nature activities including live bird demonstrations, crafts, and games.


Please go to for a complete listing of events at the Merrimack River Eagle Festival.


For additional information, please contact:


David M. Larson, Ph.D.

Education Coordinator

Joppa Flats Education Center

Mass Audubon

Newburyport, MA


The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 12 -15, 2010

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Plan to count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count. You can count for longer than that if you wish! Count birds in as many places and on as many days as you like—one day, two days, or all four days. Submit a separate checklist for each new day. You can also submit more than one checklist per day if you count in other locations on that day.

2. Count the greatest number of individuals of each species that you see together at any one time. You may find it helpful to print out your regional bird checklist to get an idea of the kinds of birds you're likely to see in your area in February. You could take note of the highest number of each species you see on this checklist.

3. On or after February 12, enter your results. Click on the following to enter online:   or  use this form to print and mail:


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


A friend is someone who reaches for your hand

 and touches your heart.





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