Through the Window: December 2018

White-breasted Nuthatches (carved by Bob Spear)
White-breasted Nuthatches (carved by Bob Spear)

We hope you are enjoying the turning of the year, by light and by calendar. We often find winter refreshing, an opportunity for useful reflection and a chance to plan and prepare.

Can’t do that all day though, so we turn to our feeders and see who else is here. In December, that included…

  • Blue Jay
  • Mourning Dove
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • American Tree Sparrow 
  • Accipiter species (flew too quickly through feeder area for identification. Likely Cooper’s or Sharp-shinned Hawk)
  • Evening Grosbeak (on or around December 12th)
  • Brown Creeper (in poplar next to parking lot, December 9 )

A few of our furry friends hang around too: Gray Squirrels, Red Squirrels, and Eastern Cottontail.

(Bold items in this list are those species not recorded in November 2018.)
If you’re curious, here’s the “Through the Window” list from 8 years ago: https://birdsofvermont.org/2011/01/02/through-the-window-december-feeder-birds/  (One of the oldest December lists in our blog at the moment)

It’s our “by-appointment season! Call us to arrange a visit to the Museum: check out the viewing window, come along a bird monitoring walk, or find us out an about. We continue to host walks, classes, and more. These are listed on our events page.

Volunteers, we have opportunities for you!

If you follow us on Facebook, Twitter , tumblr, and/or Instagram too, you’ll find us talking about bird news, sharing photos, suggesting events, and more. Come on by!

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 covering that helps hide watchers from the birds. We have chairs and binoculars to try, 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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