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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

{BIRD NOTES} ~ February 8, 2011



Bird Notes


A PINE WARBLER has been frequenting the feeders outside my classroom at The Putney School since Saturday. I took this picture of it today:

There is also a flock of 55 Bohemian Waxwings feeding on Crabapples on the center of our campus
---David Moon, Putney School, Putney VT




RUSTY BLACKBIRD was a surprise visitor at my feeding station on Sweet Pond Rd.

---Mick Durante, Guilford, VT



I saw a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL at a friends feeder in Putney this morning (2/1 on Watt Pond Rd).  A life bird for me. So very wonderful!  And 14 Horned Larks on Stebbins Road yesterday (1/31). 

---Lani Wright, Brattleboro, VT




What about Owls and Ravens?

What a storm!  I feel rather badly for the larger birds – ravens, owls etc.  How do they manage with this very deep snow cover?  I have cleared away under my feeders for the owl – we do have voles scurrying about gathering dropped seed and my barred did appear on the feeder about a month ago but have not seen it since.  How do the ravens manage unless they find carcasses?

---Barbara Cole, Wilmington, VT




Keep Your Feeding Stations Stocked

The birds need you more than ever now that the latest Super Storm has buried everything in over 2 feet of snow in our area.




Buntings, Horned Larks and Longspur

This morning there were at least 250 Snow Buntings, ~120 Horned Larks, and 1 cooperative LAPLAND LONGSPUR in the field across Rt142 in front of the Walnut Grove Farm in Vernon. The Barrow's Goldeneye and friends were once again busy feeding right below the Vernon Dam.

---Dave Johnston, W. Brattleboro, VT



Merlin in West Brattleboro

For the third day in a row a Merlin has been on the same perch at the corner of Bonnyvale Rd and E. Bonnyvale Lane in W. Brattleboro.

---Dave Johnston, W. Brattleboro, VT



Snow Buntings, Horned Larks and Lone Longspur Still in Vernon

Last Sunday I ran into Dave Johnston in Vernon and he showed me where he had seen the Lapland Longspur in a flock of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks. It was still present but did not stay still for very long. I got a brief look through his scope but was unable to get a photo. I did however get some nice photos of Snow Buntings in quite a different setting than the one on the Agway back lot in Walpole.

---Hilke Breder, Brattleboro, VT



Turkeys at Chipmunk Crosssing

Seven Wild Turkeys showed up in our yard looking for a handout yesterday (2/7). Food must be hard to come by since this was their first appearance this year. They were back again today and spent most of the day scratching around beneath our bird feeders.


Please share your birding news with us. What have you got coming to your feeders? Are there any birds nesting in your yard? What have you seen while on a trip? Drop us an e-mail

 Al Merritt

W. Brattleboro, VT

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