Through the Window: December 2013 – A Simple Dozen

That was a quiet month. Partly it’s the season; partly it was finishing the Annual Appeal, making the ornaments to thank and celebrate donors who gave $300 or more, and partly of course the holidays. We all like to take a little time off!

Just like I wrote in November: Come on over and help us notice birds in January and February! Two citizen science proects, Project Feederwatch and the Great Backyard Bird Count, are ongoing, and we’re focussing on the former at our open House Feb 15. That day, we’re also hosting a carving class (try your hand at a wood duck with David Tuttle of the Green Mountain Woodcarvers).

Check out our calendar of events. Yes, visiting is by appointment (until April 30), but as the folks today found out, appointments are easy! Call (802) 434-2167 or email

Alrighty then: back to the month of birds:

  • Blue Jay
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • American Goldfinch
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Ruffed Grouse (2 in the crabapple tree)
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Wild Turkey
  • Tufted Titmouse

Busy mammals: Gray Squirrels, Red Squirrels

The “Through the Window” series is an informal record of observations made by staff, volunteers, and visitors. Anyone at the Museum may add to this list. Observations are usually through our viewing window: a large window with a film to make it more difficult for birds to see the watchers. We have chairs and binoculars to try there, a white board, and many identification guides. Outdoors, several feeders are attached on a single, bear-resistant pole. A small pond, flowers and water plants, shrubs and trees add cover and (seasonally) other food choices . You can sometimes see what we see via our webcam.

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