I Just stopped by Whipple St. to check my mail & found a flock of at least 60 Waxwings in the yard...binoculars in Marlboro though so no more details as to which ones.
---Hollie Bowen, Brattleboro, VT
Finally! After reading with envy all the reports of Common Redpolls from around the region, three interrupted a challenging lecture on genetics this morning. Good rule for biology classrooms: lectures can be interrupted by the birdfeeder. To a degree....
The Bohemian Waxwings continue to visit campus intermittently, sometimes in a flock of well over 100. One died on a window. If anybody needs BOWA's, I could send an alert when they show up. Today there was a pair of White-winged Crossbills in our feeder at the Science Building.
---David Moon, Putney School, Putney, VT
I saw at least a dozen Robins in a tree near the (Brattleboro) golf course yesterday. Is that unusual for Feb?
**Not a common sight, but not that unusual.
I went up Greenleaf St. looking for the cedar waxwings on Monday and instead was surprised by a flock of about 15 Robins! Spring is here ????????? !!!!!!!!
---Lerna, W. Brattleboro, VT
Jayne and I went to NYC Tuesday to attend a behind the scenes look at the ornithology department at the Museum of Natural History that was presented before the Linnean Society meeting there. We took a cursory look for the Varied Thrush in Central Park; no luck. But we did flush (our first of the season) American Woodcock near the restrooms west of the Castle. It landed on the path momentarily, then took off, pursued by a Peregrine that came out of nowhere; I'm glad we didn't see the outcome . . . .
A day of birding from BF to Vernon with JoAnne Russo & Martha Adams produced some good birds but not much new. Highlights were TV's in BF & Vernon, 5 ad. eagles, the Vernon longspur, and a red-wing above the Vernon dam at the end of the day.
---Don Clark, Grafton, VT
Brattleboro- This morning there were 15 C. redpolls with 10 A. Goldfinches feeding in our birch tree at home on Bonnyvale Rd. At 3:45 PM a lone Turkey Vulture was circling above
exit 2 of I 91.
Vernon- Not much in the way of waterfowl at Vernon dam around 10:30AM, but a Brown Creeper and a Golden- crowned Kinglet were good company. The male Lapland Longspur was with about 20 Horned Larks in the manure piles on the east side of RT142 across from Pond Rd between 11:30- 12. At least 200 snow buntings continue on the east side of Rt 142 across from the Vern-mont Farm.
---Dave Johnston, W. Brattleboro, VT
Went to Vernon to look for ducks today. In the early morning mist they were hard to ID but, patience helped. I didn't see large numbers but, there was variety. Couldn't pick out the Barrows if it was still there. Also, I couldn't figure how to get to the above dam section. Everything looked to me to be inaccessible to the public. Could someone provide instructions. A male Cardinal was singing and a RB Woodpecker was calling from the island. A Brown Creeper was working some trees along 142 with a couple of hawking Bluebirds. All under the gaze of a Red-tailed Hawk. Left to look for other things and when I stopped back quick at about 8:15, there were only the Black Ducks and 3 Golden-eyes.
Location: Vernon Dam lower pool
Observation date: 2/24/11
Number of species: 13
American Black Duck - Anas rubripes 8
Ring-necked Duck - Aythya collaris 2
Greater Scaup - Aythya marila 2
Common Goldeneye - Bucephala clangula 10
Hooded Merganser - Lophodytes cucullatus 8
Common Merganser - Mergus merganser 3
Pied-billed Grebe - Podilymbus podiceps 1
Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - Melanerpes carolinus 1
Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens 1
Brown Creeper - Certhia americana 1
Eastern Bluebird - Sialia sialis 2
Northern Cardinal - Cardinalis cardinalis 1
The number of Wild Turkeys visiting our yard each day has increased. Started with 7 and now there are 12. Believe me, they have voracious appetites and can become quite messy. But, they are starting to show signs of spring. Their faces are beginning to turn into the breeding blue color and the sun reflecting off their feathers is striking. The Toms will soon be starting their strutting display. Let’s hope it is not that far away.
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