Through the Window: November 2022

Downy Woodpecker and Blue Jay on a rectangular suet feeder. Photo appears to be a digiscoped image through a binocular lens.
Digiscoping a Downy Woodpecker and Blue Jay sharing a suet feeder. Photo by E. Talmage, and used with permission.

Welcome to the first month of our by-appointment season! It’s sometimes extra quiet around here as we work to catch up on reports, projects, and prepare for our annual appeal. 

And Feederwatch began! We have some volunteers who are wonderfully dedicated to helping the Museum participate in this community science program, so thank you Michele, Megan and Debbie!

November Bird List

  • American Crow
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Blue Jay
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Mourning Dove
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • American Goldfinch
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch

(Bold items in this list would be those species not recorded in October 2022… but we had the Big Sit last month —and saw just about everything we could that day! )

We saw the usual late fall mammals: Red and Gray Squirrels. Ubiquitous, those are.

Fewer Feeders?

We have been feeding in a much more limited way in 2022, due to avian influenza.  We may be using several feeders, but different ones from time to time, over the winter. While we don’t see domestic fowl at our feeder area, we do sometimes see wild turkeys, hawks or falcons, and sometimes have waterfowl on the nearby pond. We’d like to keep protecting them.

A few relevant links:

Distribution of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in North America, 2021/2022:

Avian Influenza Wildlife Health Bulletin from VT Fish and Wildlife Department:

USDA Confirms Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Vermont from VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets:


Care to observe with us? Register for one of our upcoming events. See you soon!

Volunteers, we always have opportunities for you!

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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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