Through the Window: June 2020

butterfly in June 2020, Huntington, Vermont Photo courtesy K. Talmage and used by permission)
Unidentified butterfly in June 2020, Huntington, Vermont. (Photo courtesy K. Talmage and used by permission)

June is unbelievably beautiful in Vermont. To add to our happiness, we have been able to open the Museum Wednesdays-Sundays, 10-4, which is so far working well.  To add to the beauty of late spring around us, we’ve got a new art show, all about borders and boundaries, edges and exchanges.

Stop by to wander our trails, tour the show, and enjoy the respite offered by super-relaxed birding. What could be easier than sitting at our viewing window (or in our bird blind, or best yet, in the walk-in treehouse) and watching for birds, butterflies, and other fellow beings?

Birds observed in June

  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Mourning Dove
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Blue Jay
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Great Crested Flycatcher 
  • Common Grackle
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • American Robin
  • American Crow
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak 
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Purple Finch
  • American Goldfinch (both male and female)

Of course we still notice our bold Red Squirrels, busy Eastern Chipmunks, and mellower Gray Squirrels. Nice to see various moths and butterflies again, too. We wrote down Clearwing Sphinx Moth (June 10 on the azalea) but we did see others without recording them. Admittedly, at least one of us has a not-so-secret fondness for the Woodchuck as well.

(Bold items in this list are those species not recorded in May 2020. We seem to have misplaced our April record.)


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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, 8′ steel 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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