Sightings listed for the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

{BIRD NOTES} ~ June 2, 2015

Bird Notes


Connecticut River at Hinsdale

A CASPIAN TERN, a COMMON TERN, a BRANT, and 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on 5/20.




This was the last trip of the Hinsdale setback series.   39 species were observed.
Migration was clearly over. No obvious transients were seen. Birds were in breeding mode with territorial singing, territorial disputes,courtship behavior, nest building and related activities. Oriole males were in full-throated splendor when not chasing off an intruding male or chasing after a female.


Highlight for me was the Bank Swallow. About 12 birds were involved in aerial courtship display and/or mate disputes. Close views were possible when the birds alit. (See photos)

---Chris Petrak, South Newfane, VT 


Here is the list in taxonomic order:    

25 Canada Goose

1 Mute Swan

1 Great Blue Heron

2 Osprey

1 Bald Eagle

1 Red-tailed Hawk

1 Mourning Dove

16 Chimney Swift

4 Ruby-throated Hummingbird

2 Belted Kingfisher

1 Downy Woodpecker

1 Peregrine Falcon (seen early by photographer)

2 Willow Flycatcher

1 Great Crested Flycatcher

8 Eastern Kingbird

10 Warbling Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo (Numerous)

12 Tree Swallow

2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow

12 Bank Swallow

4 Barn Swallow

3 Tufted Titmouse

4 Marsh Wren

Blue-grey Gnatcatcher (Common)

2 Wood Thrush

American Robin (Numerous)

Grey Catbird (Numerous)

1 Brown Thrasher

1 Black and White Warbler

Common Yellowthroat (Common)

10 American Redstart

Yellow Warbler (Common)

1 Chipping Sparrow

10 Song Sparrow

2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Red-winged Blackbird (Numerous)

8 Common Grackle

12 Baltimore Oriole

5 American Goldfinch


Bank Swallow in flight (above) perched ( below) © Chris Petrak



I am just back from Brazil where there are so many great birds but

I don't have a bird book or a good enough camera. Can someoneID

the dark blue bird? The other might be a Green headed Tanager?

---Marj Wright                                 



















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