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Monday, February 14, 2011

{BIRD NOTES} ~ February 14, 2011


Bird Notes


West River Bluebirds

The bluebird flock is back along the West River trail...

first sighted 1/31

---Judith Kinley, Brattleboro, VT



I saw a Pileated Woodpecker flying over Sweet Pond Road in Guilford (near the pond) on Friday.   I had a Robin in my crabapple tree on Saturday afternoon for quite a while.  It has been a great year for Common Redpolls at my feeders.  

---Carol Schnabel, Guilford, VT



Selected Sightings Around Brattleboro

The Merlin that had been perching at the corner of Bonnyvale RD and E. Bonnyvale Lane all week was perched in a tall pine at the corner of Western Ave and Glen St this morning at 7:45. At 2:30 it was back on Bonnyvale RD along with 4 Bluebirds and ~40 Cedar waxwings.  The N. Shrike I first observed Dec. 11 is still present and appearing healthy at the top of Meadowbrook RD. There was also a Coopers Hawk on the east side of Meadowbrook RD about half way up. A flock of ~ 150 Cedar Waxwings and 30 Robins were feeding on crabapples on Greenleaf St, no Bohemians today. There were 6 Snow Buntings in the field across from Brattleboro Country Club on Upper Dummerston Rd. this afternoon. About 30 Goldfinches, 1 House Finch, 1 C. Redpoll, and 1 Pine Siskin were visiting the feeders by the trailer at the end of Ferry Rd.

---Dave Johnston, W. Brattleboro, VT



Waxwings in West Brattleboro

In the favorite crabapple tree on Greenleaf Street across from the Jewish Temple, is a flock of 80 to 100 Cedar Waxwings gorging themselves on the fruit that covers the branches and the ground. If you are lucky you may find the Bohemian Waxwing  that was spotted there earlier in the week. There are also about 2 dozen Robins in on the feast. At the corner of Pleasant Valley Road and Meadowbrook Road was another 60 + flock of Cedar Waxwings sitting in the top of a tree. Another small flock was reported eating bittersweet berries along Abbott Road at the Gateway Farm.



Pine Warbler and Bohemians on Campus

On Saturday the Pine Warbler and the large flock of Bohemian Waxwings were still present at the Putney School campus in Putney, VT

---Ajit Antony, Cornwall, NY


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The 2011 Great Backyard Bird Count

~  February 18 through February 21  ~

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. When you're finished, enter your results through our web page:

You'll see a button marked "Enter Your Checklists!" on the website home page beginning on the first day of the count. It will remain active until the deadline for data submission on March 1st.





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 Al Merritt

W. Brattleboro, VT

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