Sightings listed for the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

{BIRD NOTES} ~ June 29, 2011

Brown Thrasher and Indigo Bunting by Steve Medved


Bird Notes



Unusual Feeder Visitors

These are two birds that I don't usually see at my feeder. The Brown Thrasher was underneath the feeder, finding and dining on earthworms, while the Indigo Bunting was above, enjoying sunflower seeds. (See attachments)

---Steve Medved, Putney, Vt.



A Secretive Bird

In Westminster West, Vermont (while you were gone) my wife, mother-in-law, two kids and I had a rare and fantastic showing of a black-billed Cuckoo. It was singing in a small tree about 25' away for 2-3 minutes. My wife, Sheryl called it correctly. It was a sight for us!

---Jordan Fletcher, Westminster West, VT



Black-winged Redbirds

A pair of scarlet tanagers just north of the parking lot at the robert treat paine estate in waltham, ma. Also, red bellied woodpeckers over creek near 140 lyman street.

---Doreen Pugh, Waltham, MA 



Retreat Meadow (6/22)
For a few weeks now there has been one and now this week a pair of Common Loons on the Retreat Meadow.

---Judith Kinley, Brattleboro, VT




A Dead Bird

(Make note. It’s good to know the procedure to follow.)


Hi Al,

Yesterday a small cedar waxwing landed on the sidewalk near our house. Panted for a while and then died. I've put the body in the freezer. I was wondering if anyone is interested in the body to determine cause of death ( West Nile ?). If not, I'll bury it.



Outside of contacting VINS no others come to mind.



Called VINS. They referred me to the State Dept. of Health. They recorded it and asked me to drop the bird off at the Brattleboro Department of Health to test for West Nile.

---Mark Mikolas, Brattleboro, VT



Allen Brothers Marsh

Yellow Warbler

Green Heron (2)

Great Blue Heron

Red-eyed Vireo

Warbling Vireo


Has anyone heard Whip-poor-wills calling. If so, would you let me know please.



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?

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 Al Merritt

W. Brattleboro, VT

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Friday, June 10, 2011

BIRD NOTES ~ June 10, 2011

Bicknell Thrush © Hilke Breder 6.10.11;   Sandhill Crane © Hilke Breder 6.10.11



Bird Notes


Did you miss us? We were on an extended motor trip to many parts of the country visiting relatives and of course getting in a little birding as well. We left on April 26 and returned on May 31 with many cherished memories. We will share some of these birding experiences with you in future issues. As you will notice, some of the following local reports are passé, but I believe them to be of some interest.



Yesterday (6/7) I took part in a guided van trip up Mt. Washington to see Bicknell Thrush (See attachment). It succeeded beyond my expectations. Beautiful sunny day, only disadvantage: hordes of black flies as the day warmed up.

---Hilke Breder, Brattleboro, VT



This morning (6/5),  I heard and saw a Prairie Warbler for the first time in the shrubs and trees behind Hannaford's at the North End Shopping Plaza in Brattleboro. I frequently walk my dog there after shopping and have never heard it before.
---Hilke Breder, Brattleboro, VT



My thanks to Don Clark and JoAnne Russo for locating the two Sandhill Cranes on a field off Stebbins Rd in Vernon. I got there early this morning and was able to take some photos:

---Hilke Breder, Brattleboro, VT



The 2 sandhill cranes were still present (5/31) on Stebbins Rd., Vernon late yesterday afternoon.

---Don Clark, Grafton, VT



Sunday afternoon, Richard Foye found a Mourning Warbler along Putney Mountain Road in Brookline – where the power line crosses the road.

This morning (5/31) I saw the Mourning Warbler about 8:00am, in the brush on the south side of the road. Parking is available in front of the gate.

The warbler posed very nicely for me. Photos are on my blog:

---Chris Petrak, South Newfane, VT



Where have all the birds gone????

My name is Wick Ahrens ( I am a new bird enthusiast.  I have three feeders that are usually attended by a large variety of birds. I live in Weston, 30 miles north of Brattleborro at the head waters of the West River.  About 5 days ago there seamed to be a drastic decrease in visitors to my feeders. Currently on the 30th there are no birds what=so-ever. The only birds i can see are Robins on the lawn. That is it. When I walk  I see no birds in the air. I hear jays on occasion but few in number.  What has happened to the birds??? It is very disturbing.

          Examples of birds at my feeder.  Cardinals. Purple Finch. Cowbirds, Chickadee's, Nuthatch's, Grosbeaks, every sparrow known to man, Titmouse, Red-winged blackbird. Grackles etc. etc. etc.  WHAT IS GOING ON? THEY ARE ALL GONE! Seamed like it started the night of the huge thunder and lighting storms.  I would love to find an answer to this. It is kind of frightening not to see any birds.


Thank you and hope to hear from you,

Wick Ahrens

Whales In Vermont Gallery,

Weston, Vermont

802 824 3604

***Note: Is there anyone in Wick’s area  or any other local area, that is having this same problem? Let’s hear from you so we can post it on Bird Notes.

We Are Still Here

Hello,  Are you still emailing Bird Notes?  If so, can we get back on your list?  I'm missing it as I hear this spring's bird song.  Thanks.  Hope all is well with you.

---Virginia Wyoming

***Note: Yes Virginia we are still here and interested in hearing from you all.



Early Hummer

Saw our first hummingbird come to the feeder today! (5/21)

---Judy Myrick, Edward Heights, Brattleboro, VT



Chipmunk Crossing

We had to remove our birdfeeders for a couple of months while the hungry, awakening bears were still around. Too many of our feeders have met there demise at the hands (paws) of the bears so we  are still bringing our feeders in at night just in case.

          It has taken the birds some time to acclimate again after our long absence, but they are returning in pairs.

Mourning Dove

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Hairy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Blue Jay

Common Crow


Tufted Titmouse

W-B Nuthatch




Black-throated Green Warbler


Common Yellowthroat


Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Purple Finch




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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

Check out our website:


A friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.