Sightings listed for the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

Monday, June 06, 2016

{BIRD NOTES ~ JUNE 06, 2016}

Bird Notes




Photos taken in March here in Marlboro.  

Above is the reason why I had to take down my bird feeder: this guy tried to climb

up the side of the house to reach the 2nd story deck where I thought it would be

safe to feed the birds! ---Malcolm & Marj Wright   


Saw one Pileated Woodpecker today

working on the same tree as shown in

blurry photo. Photo not clear because

taken with a point and shoot, but it is

exciting to see these great birds.

---Malcolm & Marj Wright




Saturday, May 21, 2016 - Hinsdale Setbacks Field Trip #5
recorded by Chris Petrak
53 species

Am Goldfinch    5
Am Robin        20+            breeding
Am Redstart        12            breeding
Baltimore Oriole        12+        breeding
Black-capped Chickadee    8        breeding
Belted Kingfisher    1            breeding
Black-and-White Warbler    1        breeding
Blackpoll Warbler    2
Blue Jay        2            breeding
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    20+        breeding
Brown Thrasher    2            breeding
Canada Goose    4            breeding
Chestnut-sided Warbler    1        breeding - probable
Common Grackle        8        breeding
Common Yellowthroat    4        breeding
Downy Woodpecker    1            breeding - probable
Eastern Kingbird    9            breeding-probable
Eastern Phoebe    2            breeding
Empid species    1
falcon species        1
Gray Catbird        16            breeding
Great Blue Heron    1
House Wren        5            breeding
Least Flycatcher    2
Mallard        4            breeding
Marsh Wren        4            breeding
Mourning Dove    8            breeding
N. Rough-winged Swallow    8        breeding
Nashville Warbler    1            breeding-probable
Northern Flicker        3
Northern Cardinal        4        breeding
Ovenbird        1            breeding-probable
Osprey        2            breeding
Peregrine Falcon    2            breeding
Red-bellied Woodpecker    1        breeding-probable
Red-eyed Vireo    2            breeding-probable
Red-winged Blackbird    20+        breeding
Rose-breasted Grosbeak    2        breeding
Ruby-throated Hummingbird    2
Sharp-shinned Hawk    1
Song Sparrow        9            breeding
Swamp Sparrow    5            breeding
Tree Swallow        4
Tufted Titmouse    2            breeding-probable
Turkey Vulture    2
Veery            2
Warbling Vireo    8            breeding
White-breasted Nuthatch    4        breeding-probable
Willow Flycatcher    3            breeding
Wood Thrush        10            breeding
Yellow Warbler    11            breeding
Yellow-rumped Warbler    3
Yellow-throated Vireo    8        breeding

breeding - clear evidence of breeding such as courtship display, nest building,

carrying food.
breeding-probable - such as territorial singing.





Whip-poor-wills Heard in Vernon

I heard 2 Whip-poor-wills last night. Would they be migrating or is it possible they might stay. I haven't heard them before. In New York we would hear them once and that was it.
---Judy Farley, Vernon, VT

**Since they are rather vociferous, if they are staying around you will hear them every night.



A Bear at Chipmunk Crossing

I must confess that we have been throwing handsful of bird seed on the ground in the backyard for the 15+ species of birds that have been showing up here each day and a small wire suet holder that hangs from a wire about 8 feet above said feed. We were bringing the suet in each night to avoid getting a “bear” visit. A few days ago while having breakfast and checking out a beautiful Indigo Bunting on the ground beneath the willow bush, there suddenly appeared a bear lumbering along in the yard with two very small cubs in tow. It headed directly for the hanging suet swatted it down and headed up the bank toward the thickly wooded area with suet feeder clenched in its mouth. I quick grabbed the camera to get a picture of the three, but I was much to slow to match their speed and they disappeared into the thicket. So much for bringing in your feeders at night. This occurred at 10 o’clock in the morning!

---Al & Barb, West B., VT









S V A S   F I E L D    T R I P



American Bittern at Phyllis’ Marsh – © Phyllis Benay


“Phyllis’ Marsh”

Saturday, June 11 – 7:30 a.m.

Join SVAS birders for a walk through a private reserve with

mixed edge, forest and wetland habits and a potential for a

wide variety of species on the cusp of their breeding season.

Meet in Hanaford’s parking lot on Putney Road.






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

 can all enjoy reading about your birds and birding experiences.


Al Merritt


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