BIRD NOTES ~ July 31, 2011
Just got back from 3 weeks on the coast of
---Mary Ann McLeod,
A Mid-Summer poem for a Mid-Summer Bird
This poem by Robert Frost, was sent to us by Mary Miller of
The Oven Bird
There is a singer everyone has heard,
Loud, a mid-summer and a mid-wood bird,
Who makes the solid tree trunks sound again.
He says that leaves are old and that for flowers
Mid-summer is to spring as one to ten.
He says the early petal-fall is past,
When pear and cherry bloom went down in showers
On sunny days a moment overcast;
And comes that other fall we name the fall.
He says the highway dust is over all.
The bird would cease and be as other birds
But that he knows in singing not to sing.
The question that he frames in all but words
Is what to make of a diminished thing.
They are nesting in a chimney at
Does anyone else have knowledge of nesting Swifts? Please let me know.
Big White Bird at the Retreat (7/29)
Friday, while standing on the dock of the Outing Club on Spring Tree Road, I watched a Great Egret stalking fish along the shore of the grassy sandbar. Small shiners seemed to be plentiful as it speared one after the other and slurped them down.
Swallows on the Wires
Have you noticed that true to form, the swallows are starting to gather on the wires. Can it be that time of year already? I counted more than 30 Barn Swallows sitting on the overhead wires across from the barn on
West B Bluebird
I found a lone male Eastern Bluebird perched on a headstone at the
The American Ornithologists’
The AOU is at it again. The Common Moorhen has been renamed Common Galinule. It seems as though there may be a lot of changes in the future since they are bringing DNA into play in determining species and their families.
Potluck Picnic Supper
We had a good turnout for the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society’s supper on Tuesday evening. It was hosted by president Hollie Bowen and hubby Paul at their home on
Note: After everyone had departed we found a flat clear glass dish lid that was left on the table by someone. The owner may have taken our casserole dish lid by mistake, which is a round, dome shaped, clear glass Corning Ware casserole lid with a knob on top. Anyone?
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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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