Through the Window: March 2022

Fox Sparrow (woodcarving by Bob Spear)
Fox Sparrow, carved by Bob Spear.

March usually see us getting excited about what’s left to do before our drop-in season (May – October) and which migrants are passing by on their way further north (looking at you Fox Sparrow. Also mud. Sherman Hollow Road at the end of March this year was …. remarkable. Yet passable, unlike some other roads around the state. So we could keep feeding the birds.

By the way, Vermont Fish & Wildlife recommends taking in your bird feeders on April 1st, to avoid habituating bears to our spaces. Our feeders are 8′ off the ground on a steel pole set in concrete; it’s both bear resistant and not too much of a temptation. Bears learn quickly what’s out of reach and not worth the effort.

Birds at the Vernal Equinox (and then some)

  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • American Goldfinch
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Pine Siskin
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Mourning Dove
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Blue Jay
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Purple Finch
  • American Robin
  • House Finch
  • European Starling
  • Common Redpoll
  • Song Sparrow (3/22)
  • Common Grackle (3/24)
  • Fox Sparrow (3/29)
  • American Crow

(Bold items in this list are those species not recorded in February 2022.)

Gray Squirrel, Red Squirrel, Eastern Chipmunk, Wood Frogs (3/31)

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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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