Sightings listed for the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

Sunday, March 23, 2014

{BIRD NOTES} ~ March 23, 2014

Bird Notes

Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society









Week 1American Kestrel, Kildeer, American Robin, Common Grackle

Week 2 –Northern Pintail, American Widgeon, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Northern Flicker,

            Eastern Bluebird, Song Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird

Week 3 – Pied-Billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Wood Duck, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Greater

            Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Red-shouldered Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, Tree Swallow, Eastern


Week 4Snow Goose, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall, Lesser Scaup, Red-breasted

            Merganser, Broad-winged Hawk, Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, American Woodcock, Common Snipe,

            Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, Fox Sparrow




The Red-wing Blackbirds are back!  Heard one last evening in Westminster West...

---Judith Kinley, Brattleboro


Putney Area Sightings

Yesterday, on the last day of winter and before last night's snow, three RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD males showed up at our feeders. It was nice to see at least one sign of spring.

---Steve & Laurie Medved, Putney, Vt


Saw 40 Cedar Waxwings in the alders and multiflora rose by the side of Sand Hill Road in Putney today.  A little further afield saw 3 Turkey Vultures in Westminster and Bellows Falls for a first of the year sighting.  

---Tom Prunier


NOTICE! Bears Are Awake!

Just wanted to alert feeders/back country explorers that bears are awake.  I was hit at 8:43 this am.  Here in Manchester we just got a dusting in that last storm, so we don't have as much snow cover as Rutland and north, but it is still quite arctic here!  Oh well - an earlier than planned end to my feeding here.  He had done quite well for himself with suet and a Squirrel Buster he'd ripped down before I caught him, so I'm sure he'll be back!

---Courtney in Manchester, VT


Vernon Spring

Felt like spring today at Vernon with temperatures up to about 40 and the sun melting the snow and ice in the fields. In keeping with this, I had some migrants today in the form of 4 turkey vultures, 2 kestrels and about a dozen wood ducks. Also there were a mixed flock of about 450 mallard and black ducks and many singing passerines including, r- w blackbirds, cardinals, mockers, song sparrows, house finches, robins and Carolina wrens.

---Hector Galbraith, PhD, Dummerston, VT


Counting Red-tailed Hawks

Our 540 mile trip to Toronto to visit  grandchildren is also a great opportunity to count Redtails.  Our previous record day count was 36 but today's was a spectacular 42.  4 in Ontario, 28 in NY and 10 in MA. The short section of I91 between the Pike and the Holyoke Range lived up to it's Redtail Alley nickname by providing 8 of the 10 MA birds.

---Tom Prunier






PLEASE share your birding news and photos with us.


Al Merritt


Monday, March 17, 2014

FW: {BIRD NOTES} ~ March 17, 2014

Bird Notes

Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society



A Red-bellied Woodpecker has been gorging on the suet and is not the least bit afraid of the jays.  There are a few purple finches, numerous jays, not so many chickadees, both nuthatches, a small flock of goldfinches, the mourning doves, a few juncos  and even a few crows  visiting our feeders. Pretty sure it was a Coopers Hawk that  got a jay last week. Ravens still fly by and robins have reached Wilmington and are around the beaver digs in the meadow.  Will have to be on the lookout for our woodcocks!  There have been four Evening Grosbeaks here this week 3/13 as well as the regulars. ---Barbara Cole, Wilmington, VT


Marlboro Birds

I have had first of year Turkeys & Grouse this week.  Have also had what I think is John MacArthur's female Cardinal now that he's in Tucson for a  few weeks!

---Hollie Bowen, Marlboro, VT


Common Mergs in the Whetstone

Thought I would let you know that when the Whetstone Brook loses a little of its ice, the female Common Merganser is bobbing downstream looking for food. I have seen it several times.

---Eleanor Temple, West Brattleboro, VT


Waterfowl Roost at Vernon Dam is very Active

Sat. eve, March 8, about 800 waterfowl came into the roost above Vernon Dam.

Common Goldeneye.    333
Barrows Goldeneye.       1
Greater Scaup.              2  

Ring-necked Duck.       20
Bufflehead.                   9
Mallard.                    302
Black Duck.                 68
Common Merg.            21
Hooded Merg.              3
My impression is that most of these birds have been here all winter and that spring migration is yet to get going. Amazing that there weren't Canada's.
---Hector Galbraith, PhD, Dummerston, VT


Sharp-shinned Hawk

While watching the antics of the many birds visiting our feeding station, they all exploded into the air and a handsome male Sharp-shinned Hawk landed at the base of the willow bush in the crusty snow, with talons extended. Its left foot was clutching what appeared to be a vole, or a reasonable facsimile. It just sat there for about a minute turning its head in all directions before flying off into the nearby white pine branches.



Sharp-shinned Hawk © Cornell


Check out the following program announcement and please contact Tom if you are interested:

Al - This looks like an interesting program.   I'm pretty sure I'm going and can carry 5 passengers.  (posted with Moderator permission)

Tom Prunier

On Wednesday March 26th at 7 pm., Andrew Vitz, State Ornithologist will

speak about a new American Kestrel nest box project that he is starting

up in  Massachusetts, in partnership with Kestrel Land Trust and Hampshire Bird Club.

The American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) is one of the most rapidly declining species in

Massachusetts, and this bird has become an uncommon breeder in much of the State.

However, the leading causesfor this decline are unclear. In collaboration, MassWildlife,

MassAudubon, Keeping Company with Kestrels, the Kestrel Land Trust, USFWS, MDOT,

and others have developed a study to monitor kestrel populations and help elucidate

the mechanisms behind their long-term declines. This project was initiated in 2013,  and

State Ornithologist Andrew Vitz will be discussing some of the results from the first year

and their goals in the coming years.

This event will take place at Forbes Library in Northampton on

Wednesday, March 26th at 7pm

Come learn about this imperiled species and how you can get involved

in this year's monitoring efforts. Learn how to become a volunteer nest

box monitor or how you can get a nest box on your property!


PLEASE share your birding news and photos with us.


Al Merritt


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Saturday, March 08, 2014

{BIRD NOTES} ~ March 8, 2014


Bird Notes

Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society



Spring Ahead

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First of Year Red-shouldered Hawk

Yesterday a red-shouldered hawk graced me with a fly-by at Black Mountain, Dummerston. VT. My FOY
---Hector Galbraith, PhD



FOY Turkey Vulture Over Brattleboro

On March 1 at 2:45pm the first turkey vulture of the season was circling over Oak Grove Avenue.  Not a very "warm" prediction for the next few days.  Hope he does not end up regretting his early arrival.

---M. Wheelock, Brattleboro, VT



Early Northern Flicker

The past few days we have had a Northern Flicker at our feeders eating sunflower seeds on the ground.  Usually we don't see them until the ground is bare of snow so I'm wondering if other folks have had them as well.  He looks fat and healthy.

---Carol Barber, South Street, Brattleboro, VT



I saw a Kingfisher yesterday on the little pond below the waterfall at the Vt Agricultural/Education Center on So Main St on the way up to Ft Dummer SP. 

---Lani Wright, Brattleboro, VT



East Dorset Turkeys

A magnificent lone tom Turkey has been coming to the feeder the past 2 days with amazing regularity for breakfast, lunch and dinner....  how does he know what time it is??
I had a Woodcock fly across the road in front of my car at 6 pm on Sun.  What must he be thinking???
          Our lone meal-time turkey has been 'joined' by 5 other regulars this week.  All are wolfing down the cracked corn we began offering this a.m.  They obviously have been having a hard time getting through this crust of snow cover and are welcoming the easy pickings.  All the birds have beards, altho one has a very 'lacy' beard which is always spread out.  Can these are ALL be males? No other birds have come to the feeder while these guys are in the yard - ie none of the 15 blue jays or 12 morning doves!
---Ruth Stewart, E. Dorset, VT


Timberdoodles Have Arrived in Putney

I was surprised to flush a Woodcock from an alder wetland in Putney this morning considering the severity of the winter.
---Don Clark, Saxtons River, VT



Goshawk and Snowbirds

An adult N. Goshawk perched in a tree ~50' from our house this morning offering outstanding views before flying off above the woods. One of the joys of having a snow day! This is the second time I've seen this bird within a ten day period.


Also a lot of snow birds in Vernon this morning:

160 Horned Larks, 60 Snow Buntings, and 1 Lapland Longspur on Blodgett Rd. and 65 Horned Larks,30 Snow Buntings at the Miller Farm.

---Dave Johnston, West Brattleboro, VT



I'm looking outside now at about 25 Cedar (waxwings) and 3 sets of N. Cardinals amongst the Juncos and Finches.  Just beautiful !

---Phyllis Benay, Dummerson, VT






Don't know if these pictures will come through but two pheasants are running around in Dorset, Vermont. I believe they are escapees from Someday Farm which raisies them. 
---Barbara Powers, Manchester Center, VT


Two Pheasants in the middle of the road up by Long Trail School in Dorset




West Brattleboro Sightings

Robins were everywhere in the fruit-laden trees and floribunda brambles in W. Brattleboro. Cedar Waxwings were a close second. Nearby 2 Ravens croaked in a fly-by.




PLEASE share your birding news and photos with us.


Al Merritt