Sightings listed for the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

Friday, October 28, 2011

{BIRD NOTES} ~ October 28, 2011

Swainson’s Hawk © e-Nature


Bird Notes



The Snow Brought in Some Snows at the Meadows   

This morning (10/28) at the Retreat Meadows in Brattleboro were about 400 canada
geese, 50 snow geese, and 1 clay-colored sparrow
at the Rt. 30 boat launch.

---Hector Galbraith, Dummerston, VT



Allen Bros. Marsh (10/24)

8 coots were in Allen's Marsh, Westminster this AM.

---Don Clark, Grafton, VT

*NOTE:They were still there the afternoon of the 26th.



Retreat Meadow (10/23)

1 Black Scoter, a pair of C. Mergansers, and ~500 Canada Geese were at the
Retreat Meadows off of Rt 30 in Brattleboro this evening.

---Dave Johnston, W. Brattleboro, VT



Hawk Watch Reward

The rare sighting of a SWAINSON’S HAWK over the Putney Mt. Hawk Watch site yesterday(10/23) was a surprise for the 6 counters present. It's the reason we put in long hours with many days of adverse conditions. You just never know what the next bird over the ridge will be.
---Don Clark, Grafton, VT



Backyard Birds in W. Brattleboro

My backyard was full of birds yesterday (10/26).  The most interesting was a male Black-throated Blue Warbler that spent a couple of hours gleaning insects from the birch tree. 

---Nori Howe, W. Brattleboro, VT



A Goose from Greenland at the Power Canal (10/26-27)

Nori Howe notified me of the sighting of a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE at the power canal in Turners Falls, Massachusetts yesterday and again this morning. This species breeds in Greenland, rarely finding its way south into New England in the fall.


Vernon Geese and Retreat Meadows Waterfowl

32 Brant, 140 Snow Geese, and ~250 Canada Geese occupied the cornfield on the corner of Rt142 and Newton Rd in Vernon between 5 and 5:30 this evening ( 10/27). The Snow Geese, Brant, and ~2/3 of the Canadas flew off to the west as it started to snow. Beautiful sight! 


Earlier 5 Bufflehead( 4 drakes), 8 C. Mergansers, and 2 Double-crested Cormorants were diving about at the Retreat Meadows in Brattleboro.

---Dave Johnston, W. Brattleboro, VT



Herricks Cove Scoters

2 Black and 11 Surf Scoters at Herricks Cove in Rockingham midday.

---Don Clark, Grafton, VT


New Movie: “The Big Year”

Don't know if everybody's heard there's a new Steve Martin movie just out that centers around a birding "big year."  I assumed it would be lousy because Hollywood always treats birding badly, but the folks at Cornell went to see it and loved it!   Here's their review:
---Jane Stein


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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