Sightings listed for the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

Monday, November 08, 2010

{BIRD NOTES} November 6, 2010

Bird Notes



Retreat Meadows, Brattleboro, VT

There were 15 BLACK SCOTERS, including 2 adult males, at the Retreat
Meadows this morning (Nov. 6) along with 3 Bufflehead, ~40 Hooded Mergansers, and
14 Common Mergansers.
---Dave Johnston, Brattleboro




Wilmington Birds

Feeder report 10/29 :  10 Mourning Doves, about 25 birds in a mixed flock of Pine Siskins , Goldfinches  and a few Purple Finches at the feeder and on the ground below;  a Cardinal, Juncos, White-throated Sparrows, tons of Bluejays, a  Common Grackle ,  Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches and Downy & Hairy Woodpeckers - going through tons of seeds it seems.  Will add cracked corn – Jays just sit and stuff themselves!! A Red-backed Vole scurries back and forth from the stone wall gathering seeds as well. Had a Fox Sparrow feeding with the flock of about 30 Pine Siskins.  There were 4 Common Grackles and one male Cowbird 11/3 at the feeders and a Sharp-shinned Hawk almost got a Blue Jay.

---Barbara Cole, Wilmington, VT




Local Birds

Some of the sightings this morning at the Marina field in Brattleboro include:
~30 A. Pipits, 2 Rusty Blackbirds, 1 Carolina Wren, 1 R-C Kinglet, 2 W-C Sparrows, 1 Chipping Sparrow, 8 Tree Sparrows, 2 Swamp Sparrows, and numerous Song, Savannah, and White-throated Sparrows.


Two Fox Sparrows were in the brush around the cornfield off Stebbins RD in Vernon along with many of the same species of sparrows found at the Marina.

Allen Bros Marsh, Westminster-1 Fox Sparrow, 1 A. Coot, 5 Wood Ducks, and 4 Mallards.

Minards Pond, Bellows Falls - 15 Ring-necked Ducks, 6 Mallards, ~35 Black Ducks, 1 C. Merganser, 5 Green-winged Teal, and ~50 C. Geese.

Retreat Meadows, Brattleboro - 1 A. Coot, 3 Bufflehead, 6 Hooded Mergs., 4 Mallards, 6 Black ducks, 1 Double-crested Cormorant and ~ 350 C. Geese.
Dave Johnston, W. Brattleboro, VT




South Newfane Birds

In my South Newfane backyard, American Tree Sparrow appeared yesterday – a sign of winter’s approach.

Also – a third Fox Sparrow is scratching among the flower canes and beneath the feeders. Most sparrows have moved on.


Juncos (40+) are about half the numbers of 2 weeks ago. Only a few (2-8 per species) remain of Song, White-throated, White-crowned, and Chipping Sparrows.


Year-round birds, and/or migrants who have replaced the summer residents, include (with minimum numbers):


Mourning Dove -30

Rock Pigeon - 12

Blue Jays  -12


Northern Cardinal - 5

Black-capped Chickadee - 8

Tufted Titmouse – 4

Hairy Woodpecker – 2

Downy Woodpecker – 4

White-breasted Nuthatch – 4

American Goldfinch – 15

American Crow – 4

Common Grackle – 1

European Starling – 2


Pine Siskins and Purple Finch seem to have moved on, or at least have not been present when I have been watching.

---Chris Petrak, S. Newfane, VT





Lest we forget . . .


Veterans Day


Thursday, November 11, 2010




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What have you got coming to your feeders?

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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