Sightings listed for the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

{BIRD NOTES} July 27, 2011

Baby Moose © Sandy Merritt   and  Green Heron © Hilke Breder


Bird Notes


A Small Grey Bird

On Monday midday I returned home and went into my garage to find a small bird trying to get out via a closed window (we have 2 bays in the garage and one was open but the birds often get disoriented and need some encouragement to go the right way).  I tried to get it to fly out the door but was not succeeding, so I got a long stick and came close without touching the bird.  The bird then flew diagonally across the garage and suddenly was suspended mid-air upside down.  I watched in amazement realizing it was caught in a spider web.  When it could not free itself I again used my long stick and gently prodded it and out it flew to freedom.  In my concern for the bird I never did try to identify it, but the feathers looked kind of downy so it might have been recently fledged, just a grey small bird. 

---Carol Schnabel, Guilford, VT



West Brattleboro Birds identified this week:


Field Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Indigo Bunting


Solitary Vireo

Black-capped Chickadee


Brown Thrasher



Common Yellowthroat

Scarlet Tanager


Tufted Titmouse




Barn Swallow


Cedar Waxwing

Blue Jay

Morning Dove


Redwing Blackbird

Canada Goose

Turkey, with 6 half grown chicks

Chimney Swift

Turkey Vulture

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Downy Woodpecker

Purple Finch

Red-eyed Vireo

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

White-breasted Nuthatch

Eastern Phoebe




Baby Bullwinkle (See attachment)

I just received this photo of a moose calf standing in my sister’s backyard in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. Mother Moose is in the left background, barely visible through the trees.



Allen Brothers Pond

A couple of days ago I watched a Green Heron hunting in the Allen Brothers marsh.  He was fairly close to the road, just barely within reach of the lens on my camera.

---Hilke Breder, Brattleboro, VT



Birding Around Lake Champlain

Tom and I are just back from spending several days in the Adirondacks, and were truly amazed at the diversity of bird life in the Willsboro Bay area on Lake Champlain. Although we only added one life bird to the list, here's what we sighted either at our cabin or within a small radius of that area:

-Hundreds of double-crested cormorants, noted as "pests" there for depleting the rock bass and other fish populations
-Common loon(sited several "moms", all with one or two chicks)
-Hooded merganser (with 6 chicks)
-Common merganser
-Black duck (with 7 chicks)
-Mallard duck
-Belted kingfisher
-Herring gull
-Iceland gull
-Common tern
-Great blue heron
-Fish Crow
-American Crow
-Northern Raven
-Eastern kingbird
-Myrtle warbler
-Yellow warbler
-Cedar waxwings - everywhere!
-Downy woodpecker
-Hairy woodpecker
-Eastern phoebe
-Tree swallow
-Cliff swallow
-Barn swallow
-Wood thrush
-Black-capped chickadee
-Red-eyed vireo
-Chipping sparrow
-Song sparrow (who serenaded us cabin-side constantly!)
-White-breasted nuthatch
-House wren
-Tufted titmouse
-Eastern bluebird
-Turkey vulture
-Red-tailed hawk
-Sharp-shinned hawk
-American kestrel
Great birding without really trying - hope everyone is having a great summer!
---Lynn and Tom Costa, Orange County, NY




From time to time we receive requests for information regarding banded birds. Here is how you should go about it.

If you can read the letters/numbers on a band, write it down, and contact the Bird Banding Laboratory. You will be told the date, species, bander’s name and banding location.

Contact information for the BBL is:
or 1-800-327-BAND
or Bird Banding Laboratory
     12100 Beech Forest Road
     Laurel, MD 20708


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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