Sightings listed for the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

{BIRD NOTES} ~ March 20, 2012

Bird Notes


Today (3/17) Don Clark and I birded along the CT River  starting in Vernon where
the highlights were a pair of A. Wigeon in Miller's Farm Pond and several
Bufflehead diving in the CT River; not much else happening. We worked our
way up to the Great Putney Meadows where we found a Brant and nine Snow
Geese with a few hundred Canada Geese. At Herricks Cove, a few G-w Teal,
Bufflehead,etc, we observed a large skein of Geese flying south down the CT River

and landing in the river about a mile or so south of Herricks. We located them
and found one Red-necked Grebe in the river near the Geese; other than
Canadas, there were 2 Snow Geese. A final highlight was finding a White-winged Scoter

at Minards Pond in Bellows Falls. Lots of Geese flying along the river in the late afternoon . . .More fun tomorrow.
---Dave Johnston, W. Brattleboro, VT


Blue Nesters

The pair of Bluebirds is back in my bluebird box.  What joy it 

brings.  I live next to the Connecticut River on Wantastiquet Drive.  

Thanks to everyone for their reporting. 

---Diana Bingham, Brattleboro, VT


Flying High

What a great weekend to be a flier.  While I was out stacking wood and pruning fruit trees this weekend 11 red-shouldered hawks cruised over head (6 Sat., 5 on Sun.).  I also saw 2 red tails and two TVs.  There were probably many more that I didn't see, but the red-shoulders were so vocal it was hard not to pay attention.
---Pieter van Looon, Marlboro, VT


GBBC Smashes Records!

You did it! Or, as one participant tweeted:  "Way to go, citizen scientists!" Participation in the 15th Great Backyard Bird Count, February 17-20, shattered all previous records. Bird watchers in the U.S. and Canada submitted more than 104,000 checklists, reported 623 species, and observed more than 17.4 million birds. New checklist records were set in 22 states and in 6 Canadian provinces. The 100,000th checklist was submitted by Denise St. Pierre and her family in Lac Du Bonnet, Manitoba. To mark that watershed moment we’re awarding Denise the Eliminator Squirrel-Proof Feeder donated by Wild Birds Unlimited.




Al Merritt

W. Brattleboro, VT










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