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Monday, June 14, 2010

{BIRD NOTES} ~ June 14, 2010


Bird Notes





“Drink Your Tea” in Putney

I don't recall a Towhee near my house ever before, but the insistent “drink your tea" was calling out my kitchen window for a long time last evening.  I may have seen it earlier, but might have mistaken it for an oriole.  

---Burt Tepfer, Putney, VT



Birds of Guilford Hill Country

I checked out the power line which Velco has cut in the last year in Guilford at the top of Melendy Hill Road.  It is very badly chewed up, but some vegetation is growing: lots of Chestnut-Sided Warlers, a few Indigo Buntings and Common Yellowthroat Warblers, 1 Eastern Towhee, Flickers on the power poles and a possible Prairie Warbler. We also got great looks at a singing Winter Wren in the woods further up Melendy Hill.
---Susan James, Guilford, VT



Hogback Mountain Field Trip

At 6:30 a.m. the drive up Route 9 to Hogback Mt. took us through layers of clouds and we thought that visibility at the top would be hampered, but as we approached we were pleasantly surprised with just an overcast sky. The 100 mile view was cut much shorter than that and the layers of clouds laid out as a blanket below us in the valley. Some of the high peaks protruded thru giving the appearance of small islands on a large cotton ball lake. There was little or no wind and the temperature was hanging on at 56 degrees.


We met up with Bob Engel who was the competent leader of this walk and spent about an hour walking a trail along the slope of the one time ski slope, ticking off a few warblers and thrushes before moving on to Butterfield Road. When the caravan turned on to Grant Road there was a Ruffed Grouse standing in the road. A drive along Grant Road to a marsh, some open fields and a large pond gave us a good habitat variety for finding numerous species of birds. We enjoyed a good morning of birding before the rains moved in and chased us to our cars for the drive home. We had counted 46 species and thanks to our leader, gained some interesting knowledge about the flora and fauna of Hogback. Here is our list for the morning:


Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Hooded Merganser

Ruffed Grouse

Turkey Vulture

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Common Flicker

Hairy Woodpecker

Eastern Phoebe

Alder Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-capped Chickadee

Winter Wren


Wood Thrush


Hermit Thrush

Eastern Bluebird


Red-Eyed Vireo

Black and White Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler



American Redstart

Scarlet Tanager


Brown-headed Cowbird

Common Grackle

Red-winged Blackbird

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

American Goldfinch

Dark-eyed Junco

White-throated Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow (by partial song?)

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

American Goldfinch






Please share your birding news with us.

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Are there any birds nesting in your yard?

What have you seen while on a trip?

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Al Merritt

W. Brattleboro, VT


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