Sightings listed for the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

Friday, May 31, 2013

{BIRD NOTES} May 31, 2013

OSPREY with fish


Bird Notes



Retreat Osprey

Kayaking tonight (5/28) in the Retreat Meadows at 6:15 we saw an Osprey hover, dive head first making a huge splash, and come up with a fish.  Beautiful.  

---Connie Woodberry, Cicely Carroll, Bob Lawson


NOTE: The Osprey hovers above its prey in the water and dives with talons extended and head aligned behind the talons. It can carry off a fish equal to its own weight keeping the head of the fish pointed forward while in flight.



Shorebirds At Herrick’s Cove

12 Black-bellied Plover out on the point along with 1 Semi-palmated Plover at Herrick’s this morning.  Most of the black-bellied were in gorgeous breeding plumage. All looked similar size, but too distant to notice if any were golden.
---JoAnne Russo



A COMMON TERN was seen at Spofford Lake in Chesterfield on May 25th.

---Mark Suomala



Gulls and a Darling Starling

Visited the Welland Canal Lock 3 in St Catharines, Ontario, Canada a couple days ago.  There were over 500 gulls resting on the upstream end of the canal works.  They would occasionally fly over or pick up some food item from the surface of the rising water in the lock.  Was not expecting but not entirely surprised by the starling on top of a light pole imitating in high fidelity the "Scree!" call of the gulls.  I sort of miss starlings.  

---Tom Prunier




Photography by Chris Petrak

I am honored to be exhibiting my photographs as artist of the month – June, 2013 – in the:

      Crowell Art Gallery

        Moore Free Library

        23 West Street

      Newfane, VT


Open House and Reception on Saturday, June 1

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Moore Free Library Hours:

Tuesday – Friday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM



Please share your birding news with us.

Any new migrants?

What have you seen while on a trip?


Al Merritt




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