Sightings listed for the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

{BIRD NOTES} ~ May 6, 2014

Bird Notes




MAY – Migrant Arrival Dates


Week 1- Lesser Yellowlegs, Common Tern, Black Tern, Whip-poor-will, Ruby-throated Hummingbird,

Least Flycatcher, Great-crested Flycatcher, Veery, Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird, Yellow-throated Vireo,

Warbling Vireo, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia

Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Northern

Waterthrush, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, White-crowned Sparrow, Bobolink


Week 2 - Snowy Egret, Semi-palmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Swainson’s Thrush, Philadelphia

Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue-winged Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Cape May

Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Canada Warbler,

Indigo Bunting, Grasshopper Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Orchard Oriole


Week 3 - Least Bittern, Black-bellied Plover, Semi-palmated Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher, Bonaparte’s

Gull, Black-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Common Nighthawk, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Eastern

Wood-Peewee, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Gray-cheeked Thrush,

Cedar Waxwing, Blackpoll Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat


Week 4 - Ruddy Turnstone, Sedge Wren, Common Yellowthroat

*Taken from the Vermont Daily Field Card, published by the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (1994)





Herrick’s Cove (5/2)

Birds are finally starting to trickle in. FOY Chimney Swift, Nashville Warbler & E Kingbird at Herricks Cove, Rockingham this morning.

---Don Clark


Black Mt. Road (5/2)

A FOY male rose-breasted grosbeak showed up on my crab apple tree this morning.

---Hilke Breder, Brattleboro


Vernon Dam (5/2)
A nice reward for birding in the rain this evening was being able to observe a loose raft of 40 waterfowl above Vernon Dam. The raft consisted of 24 Red-necked Grebes, 8 Horned Grebes, 6 Long-tailed Ducks, and a pair of Ruddy Ducks.

---Dave Johnston, W. Brattleboro


Brookside (5/4)

Yesterday and this morning I have a couple of Myrtle Warblers that are coming on my deck and even the suet.

I have never seen them this close up. Pretty exciting. I am sure they are hungry, but not finding much of interest at my feeder.

---Eleanor Temple, Brattleboro


Hinsdale set-back


SWALLOW, and a CLIFF SWALLOW were all reported from near the Connecticut

River in Hinsdale on April 26th, and a MARSH WREN was seen here on the 28th.

---New Hampshire RBA


April 22 at the Retreat Meadows

A Glossy Ibis was feeding around the pool inside of the water treatment plant on Rt 30 this morning in Brattleboro between 7:40- 8:00. It was still there when I left

---Dave Johnston


Chipmunk Crossing, West B. (5/5)

6 White-throated Sparrow

2 Song Sparrow

  Hairy Woodpecker M-F

  Down Woodpecker M-F




My Woodcock

About a month ago when there was three and a half feet of snow on the ground I had some very large and old cherries and maples cut.  The snow finally disappeared just two weeks ago.  Just last Thursday I decided to do some clean up where the trees had been cut which is swampy and wet most the year.  















As I was picking up branches and putting them in the brush pile I spooked a female woodcock off her nest.  When I looked down my foot was three inches from her nest in which she had four eggs.  I immediately said, "Oh my goodness, I am so sorry I disturbed you."  I quickly ran into the house and got my camera and took a picture.  About an hour later I went down in the vicinity of the nest with my binoculars to make sure she had returned. Happily, she had!! I think the eggs will probably hatch sometime around May 7th or so since I had seen the male in my yard doing his mating dance and flyby just the week before. 

---Geraldine Golet


PLEASE share your birding news and photos with us.


Al Merritt

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