Sightings listed for the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

Friday, May 27, 2016

{BIRD NOTES ~ May 27, 2016}


Bird Notes


A Life Bird and More

For the first time, I had a Yellow Warbler hopping around in my Shadblow-in-

bloom.  Then I saw a flash of orange in my Flowering Crabapple. It turned out to

be a Redstart, which I have never seen before. He flitted around there for quite

awhile. Later, I heard, then saw a Pileated Woodpecker fly by my window. Wrens

are building nests in two of my houses, while the Tree Swallows have again taken

up residence in another house.  A red-letter day!

---Mary Ann McLeod, Wilmington, VT


Hawk & Falcon

Birding at 60 MPH today passing thru the Rt 5/I91 Mass Pike toll booths. There

is a nesting Redtail inside one of the cloverleafs so we alway peel our eyes for

one when passing by. Saw one soaring yesterday and today there also was one

soaring over the toll booths and nearby woods. We were not the only ones paying

attention. Judging from the relative size, wing shape and vertical stoops with

quick elevation rebounds I think a local Peregrine was taking exception to the

Redtail's presence. There was another bird flying top cover to the one stooping

who got close enough for the Redtail to need to wingover and present talons.

Thanks to banning some nasty pesticides and the Cornell/Tom Cade/And Many

Others work we are being treated to scenes not seen in 50 years.

---Tom Prunier



A Cerulean Warbler was reported from Mount Wantastiquet in Hinsdale on May

20th and 21st and 2 Red-Necked Grebes and an American Wigeon were seen on the Connecticut

River in Hinsdale on May 22nd.

---New Hampshire RBA




The following is a list of species encountered on the 4th of 5 Saturday field

trips to the area in and around the Hinsdale setback, during Spring migration.


Saturday, May 14, 2016 - Hinsdale Setbacks
recorded by Susan James
45 species plus 4 species reported by Hector Galbraith

Am Goldfinch                       15
Am Redstart                          4
Am Robin                              15
Baltimore Oriole                   15
Belted Kingfisher                   2
Black-capped Chickadee         8
Black-and-White Warbler      4
Blue Jay                                

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher          25
Brown Thrasher                     2
Canada Goose                        16
Chestnut-sided Warbler          1
Common  Grackle                    10
Common Yellowthroat              3
Eastern Kingbird                    10
Eastern Phoebe                       2
Gray Catbird                          12
Great Blue Heron                    1
Hairy Woodpecker                  1
House Wren                            3
Least Flycatcher                     2
Mallard                                   2
Marsh Wren                           3
Mourning Dove                       2
N. Rough-winged Swallow       5
Nashville Warbler                  1
No Cardinal                            2
No Flicker                            10
Osprey                                  2
Peregrine Falcon                    2
Red-bellied Woodpecker       1
Red-eyed Vireo                     2
Red-necked Grebe                1
Red-winged Blackbird         25
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     2
Scarlet Tanager                   1
Song Sparrow                      8
Swamp Sparrow                   5
Tree Swallow                       4
Turkey Vulture                     2
Warbling Vireo                   15
Wood Thrush                      2
Yellow Warbler                  50
Yellow-rumped Warbler     40
Yellow-throated Vireo         5

Reported by Hector Galbraith:
Black-billed Cuckoo           1
Orchard Oriole                 1
Tennessee Warbler           1
Whip-poor-will                  1


West B. Birds

  1. Cardinal M&F
  2. Indigo Bunting  4 M
  3. Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2M 2 F
  4. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker M
  5. Red-bellied Woodpecker M&F
  6. Hairy Woodpecker M&F
  7. Downy Woodpecker M&F
  8. Bobolink (Abbott Rd. farm fields) several  M&F
  9. Ovenbird
  10. Red-eyed Vireo
  11. Warbling Vireo
  12. Veery
  13. Wood Thrush
  14. Chipping Sparrow   2
  15. Yellow Warbler   2
  16. White-breasted Nuthatch M&F
  17. House Finch M
  18. Catbird M&F
  19. Barn Swallow (several)
  20. Broad-winged Hawk
  21. Great Blue Heron (Ray’s Pond)
  22. Red-winged Blackbird
  23. Cowbird
  24. Goldfinch





Indigo Bunting


PLEASE share your birding news and photos with us, so we

 can all enjoy reading about your birds and birding experiences.


Al Merritt


Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society:






Thursday, May 19, 2016

{BIRD NOTES ~ May, 20, 2016}

Bird Notes


Birding at Magee Marsh, “Never Too Young to Start”

Great day birding at Magee Marsh in Ohio with my daughter and 7 year-old

grandson, Ari.   Yep, that’s him, zeroing in on an avian beauty


Overcast, but overwhelming nevertheless. 

Highlights as follows:


  1. Blue-winged teal
  2. Green-winged teal
  3. Great Blue Heron
  4. Great Egret
  5. Dramatic showing of nesting Bald Eagle
  6. Great Horned Owlet standing out on a limb for all to see
  7. Warbling Vireo
  8. Red-eyed Vireo
  9. Purple Martin
  10. Tree Swallow
  11. Barn Swallow
  12. Winter Wren
  13. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  14. Northern Parula
  15. Yellow Warbler
  16. Cape May Warbler
  17. Black-throated Blue Warbler
  18. BLack-throated Green Warbler
  19. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  20. Blackburnian Warbler
  21. Prothonotary Warbler
  22. American Redstart
  23. Louisiana Waterthrush
  24. Scarlet Tanager
  25. American Tree Sparrow
  26. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  27. Baltimore Oriole
  28. Evening Grosbeak

---Phyllis Benay, Brattleboro, VT



Mood Indigo

Yesterday I saw an Indigo Bunting in the tree. Even got a picture of him.

Also male Hummingbird came last Monday and female arrived yesterday. (5/15)

---Eleanor Temple, W. Brattleboro, VT







I caught these 2 beauties in my yard in Alstead, NH.



©Mitch Harrison

---Mitch Harrison, Alstead, NH




Gateway Farm Has FOS “Wink O Splinks”

A few Bobolinks have arrived in the fields along Abbott Road in West Brattleboro,

and a half dozen or so Barn Swallows are occupying the telephone wires in front

of the barns.


Osprey at Retreat Meadows

Two Osprey were seen circling, hovering and then diving into the shallow waters of

the Retreat Meadows. One was successful and came up shaking the excess water

from its body, and with its talons locked onto a “heads forward”  fish. It flew off

toward the wooded area just west of Route 9.




Spring Bird Walk #5: Saturday, May 21

Meet in the former Wal-Mart parking lot off Rt. 119 at 7:30am.

Then proceed to the parking lot near the Hinsdale Causeway.

We will walk along the Fort Hill Rail Trail, which is flat and

accessible for walkers of all capabilities.  This is the last of

the five Spring walks as we follow the arrival of birds in their

Spring migration.





PLEASE share your birding news and photos with us, so we

 can all enjoy reading about your birds and birding experiences.


Al Merritt


Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society:



Monday, May 09, 2016

{Bird Notes ~ May 09, 2016}

Bird Notes



A Good Day at Chipmunk Crossing (5/9)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Indigo Bunting


Chipping Sparrow


6 White-throated Sparrows

Hairy & Downy Woodpeckers

---Al & Barb, West B.



West River Off of Springtree Rd.

On what little is left of the mud flats, a FOY Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer and

2 Spotted Sandpipers at the Brattleboro marina area.

---JoAnne Russo, Saxtons River, VT



Glossy Ibis

There were three Glossy Ibis on May 8th in the marsh on Route 5 in Westminster

just north of the village.  

---Mitch Harrison, Alstead, NH



Are You Thinking of a Birding Trip to Newburyport/Plum Island, MA??

In the salt pannes along Rt.1A near the Newbury/Rowley town line, a WHITE-

FACED IBIS has been seen on several occasions this week in a large flock of 450

GLOSSY IBIS.  Also present in the area were 8 LESSER YELLOWLEGS and a

WILSON'S PHALAROPE.  In Newburyport at the north end of Plum Island there

was a gathering of 3100 LONG-TAILED DUCKS along with 2 RED-NECKED

GREBES, a ROSEATE TERN, and 40 COMMON TERNS.  In Newburyport Harbor,

40 WILLETS and 11 LESSER YELLOWLEGS were tallied. It would certainly be

worth the drive.

---Eastern Mass RBA



Third Hinsdale Setback Walk.  Saturday 5/7. 

Cloudy, a little mist, 50 degrees.


Common Loon                              1

Red-necked grebe                      1

Double-crested cormorant         +/- 20

Great blue heron                        2

Canada goose                             >25

Wood duck                                 1*

Mallard                                      1*

White-winged scoter                  2

Bufflehead                                 2

Hooded merganser                     1*

Bald eagle                                  1*

Osprey                                       1

Virginia rail                                1 (3 more*)

Bonaparte’s gull                          1*

Caspian tern                               1

Mourning dove                           1

Belted kingfisher                       1

Downey woodpecker                   1

Hairy woodpecker                      1

Northern flicker                        1

Warbling vireo                           2

American crow                           1

Common raven                            1

Black-capped chickadee             3

House wren                                1

Marsh wren                                7

Blue-gray gnatcatcher                5

Robin                                         3

Wood thrush                              1

Brown thrasher                          2

Cedar waxwing                           ?*

Black and white warbler             1

Nashville warbler                       1

Yellow warbler                           >20

Yellow-rumped warbler              1

Yellowthroat                              1

Cardinal                                      4

Rose-breasted grosbeak            3

Song sparrow                             7

Chipping sparrow                       1

Brown-headed cowbird              2

Red-winged blackbird                >25

Common grackle                         4

American goldfinch                             >25


44 species (* indicates birds seen/heard earlier by Hector and Joanne. 

Joanne allowed us to use her spotting scope).  Susan wanted to change the

route to see more birds.  We did, w/o hesitation.

---Bob Engel, Marlboro, VT




PLEASE share your birding news and photos with us, so we

 can all enjoy reading about your birds and birding experiences.


Al Merritt


Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society: