Through the Window: May 2021

Pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
Pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks

So many birds. So little time.

We went out on the trails, watched from the windows, kept filling the bird feeders…

Recorded in May

  • Mourning Dove
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • American Goldfinch
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Blue Jay
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Purple Finch
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Broad-winged Hawk (swooping over parking lot)
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglets (trees by parking lot)
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird (F.O.Y. 5/5/2021)
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak (F.O.Y. 5/5/2021)
  • American Robin
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • House Finch
  • American Crow
  • Catbird (5/18)
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Hermit Thrush (foraging below feeder 5/21)
  • Scarlet Tanager (heard)
  • House Wren (heard)
  • Yellow Warbler (heard)

You won’t be surprised to know we observed Gray and Red Squirrels and Eastern Chipmunks, and perhaps the Woodchuck too is expected. But we also observed a Big Brown Bat! Thanks to the Vermont Bat Center for helping us with that wee charming beastie.

(Bold items in this list are those species not recorded in April 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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