Sightings listed for the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

Monday, April 29, 2013

{BIRD NOTES} ~ April 29, 2013





      Bird Notes



Habitat for Phoebes

For years we've had a pair of Eastern Phoebes nesting under the roof of a three sided sheep shed, attached to our barn. Last fall the shed had to be torn down. Not wanting any homeless phoebes this spring, I recycled some scrap lumber and built and put up two phoebe friendly nesting boxes. One on the side of the barn, where the old shed was and the other on the opposite side of the barn. A definite upgrade in housing, since their old nesting spot, barely fit on top of the light socket, in the shed. Fortunately they agreed and two days after putting up the new boxes they began nest building, in the box on the opposite side of the barn. Their new location gives us an even better view of their comings and goings.

---Steve Medved, Putney, VT



TVs Over Waltham

This was my first ever sighting of Turkey Vultures in Waltham, they flew in tight circles just at treetop level over the Lyman Estates. An apparently female Cardinal has come to my feeder who has no head feathers, only fuzzy gray down. The bird acts normal otherwise, we call her "frazzle" I wonder if she has bird mange or is old?   (Anyone have any ideas about this condition?)

---Doreen Pugh, Waltham, MA



Sightings in and Around Brattleboro


Morningside Cemetery (4/27)



Water Treatment Plant Rt. 30

 1   Ruby-Crowned Kinglet


M & F Cardinal

2   Robins

19  Canada Geese

1  Brown Thrasher


East Orchard Street

3  Turkey Vultures

Field Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Pileated Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Sharp-shinned Hawk


Broad Brook Boat Launch

M. Wood Duck

8 Tree Swallows

4 Redwing Blackbirds

12 Canada Geese

4 Grackles

2 Eastern Phoebes

Belted Kingfisher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Yellow-rumped Warblers


Miller Farm Overlook

2 DC Cormorant

4  Robins

4 Song Sparrows

12 Savannah Sparrows

    Red-tailed Hawk

    Bluebird (Male)

Slate-colored Juncos 


Chipmunk Crossing

M. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

2 Goldfinch

2 Tufted Titmice

M & F Cowbird

M & F Cardinal

   Slate-colored Juncos

2 W-B Nuthatch

   B-C Chickadees

2 White-throated Sparrows

3 Blue Jays

3 Ruby-crowned Kinglets

2 Phoebes (nesting)

   Chipping Sparrow

4 Mourning Doves

   Wild Turkey (hen)

2 Crows

2 Canada Geese (flyovers)

Broad-winged Hawk(perched in tree)

Downy W.

Hairy W.




Please share your birding news with us.

Any new migrants?

What have you seen while on a trip?


Al Merritt

W. Brattleboro, VT






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