Through the Window: March 2021

White-breasted nuthatch in profile, upside-down but head lifted, on a half-empty suet cage.
White-breasted nuthatch on suet, March 2011, Birds of Vermont Museum. Photo taken through window.

We had rather a good number of visitors (by appointment) as we worked away on the behind-the-scenes things we do (preparing for opening in spring, if all goes well). One of our month’s highlights wasn’t birds at all, but lady beetles! You can read more about them here:

But back to birds… quite the exciting mix!

Through the Window in March

  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Common Redpoll
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Mourning Dove
  • American Crow
  • Blue Jay
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Common Raven
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Red-winged Blackbird (3/12)
  • Belted Kingfisher (3/23)
  • Eastern Phoebe (3/26)
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk (3/30)
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Sparrow spp.

And you can get excited for spring in earnest when you hear Wood Frogs in our little Bird Feeder Area Mini Pond.

Of course, our friends Gray and Red Squirrels showed up, along with a Woodchuck and Eastern Chipmunks.

(Bold items in this list are those species not recorded in February 2021.)

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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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