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Thursday, January 20, 2011

{BIRD NOTES} ~ January 18, 2011

Calista’s Turkeys © Dan Mosheim.jpg      &     Horned Lark © Hilke Breder.jpg

Bird Notes


The Turkeys of Dorset, VT

You wouldn’t think of going to look for turkeys in a furniture shop but that’s exactly what you will find at Dan Mosheim’s “Dorset Custom Furniture”. I have attached two photos sent to me by Dan and Colista. The Wild Turkeys are regular visitors beneath their bird feeders.



Horned Larks in Walpole

Yesterday I drove to River Rd near Walpole to see whether the Snow Buntings reported there several days ago were still present. I also wanted to check on Horned Larks that I had seen there during previous years. I didn't find any Snow Buntings, but a flock of Horned Larks were feeding along the roadside.

Photos and report:

---Hilke Breder, Brattleboro, VT



Nothing Could Be Finer than to See a Carolina (Wren that Is)

This morning when it was still 8 below zero here in Wilmington, I had a Carolina Wren at my feeder!  The  House Wrens are never here in the winter, so I was very surprised and concerned for the poor wee thing.  The usual crew of Cardinals, Goldfinches, Redpolls, Chickadees, Mourning Doves, Bluejays, Nuthatches--both kinds--and Tufted Titmice (mouses?)

---Mary Ann McLeod, Wilmington, VT



Buntings and Larks in Vernon

This afternoon (1/15) there was a mixed flock of ~ 180 Snow Buntings, ~50 Horned Larks, and 1 Lapland Longspur feeding on seed heads sticking out of the snow in the large field across from the Vernon General Store at the intersection of RT 142 and Stebbins RD.
---Dave Johnston, W.Brattleboro, VT



The flock of ~180 Snow Buntings, ~60 Horned Larks, and 1 LAPLAND LONGSPUR
was in the same field as posted yesterday feeding on the seed heads from 10-11 this morning (1/16). They then flew into the cornfield to the east that stretches between Stebbins and Blodgett Rds. One Yellow-shafted Flicker was observed perched in a tree bordering the field on the east side of Meadowbrook Rd in W. Bratt. ~7:45 AM.
---Dave Johnston, W. Brattleboro, VT



Don Clark, Dave Johnston and I saw 4 SAVANNAH SPARROWS at the farm on Blodgett Rd. in Vernon this afternoon. Lots of Horned Lark and Snow Buntings but we were unable to find the lapland longspur.
 ---JoAnne Russo, Saxtons River, VT

Following Dave Johnston's recent reports of Horned Larks, Snow Buntings and the Lapland Longspur, I checked out the same field adjacent to the intersection of Route 142 and Stebbins Road at 9:00 or so this morning.  Like Suki's (JoAnne) report for this afternoon there were good numbers of larks and buntings but no longspur.  I did not see the Savannah Sparrows at the farm on Blodgett Road (spent time there only to turn around), but the thicket with bittersweet vines next to the road (south side) just east of the first house and barn off Route 142 produced: Eastern Bluebirds, 7;   Red-bellied Woodpecker, 1;   and Northern Mockingbird, 1.  Further south on Route 142 at the dairy farm (west side of road) just north of the Mass. state line there was about 30 American Tree Sparrows feeding in the stand of weeds next to the feedlot.

---Ken Cox



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 Al Merritt

W. Brattleboro, VT

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