Happy New Year, everyone! We hope you’ll enjoy our short bird list from this month.
Stop in again and again; I’m confident our unseen blue jays will! And others…
January Bird List
- Black-capped Chickadee
- Downy Woodpecker
- Hairy Woodpecker
- White-breasted Nuthatch
- Red-breasted Nuthatch
- Mourning Dove
- Tufted Titmouse
- Red-bellied Woodpecker
- Northern Cardinal
We saw the usual fuzzballs: Gray and Red Squirrels.
(Bold items in this list are species not recorded in December 2022.)
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, through 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:
Avian Influenza Outbreak 2022-2023: Should You Take Down Your Bird Feeders? https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/avian-influenza-outbreak-should-you-take-down-your-bird-feeders/#
2022-2023 Detections of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Wild Birds : https://aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/avian/avian-influenza/hpai-2022/2022-hpai-wild-birds
Distribution of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in North America, 2021/2022 : https://www.usgs.gov/centers/nwhc/science/distribution-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-north-america-20212022
Avian Influenza Wildlife Health Bulletin from VT Fish and Wildlife Department : https://vtfishandwildlife.com/learn-more/living-with-wildlife/wildlife-diseases/avian-influenza-wildlife-health-bulletin
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Volunteers, we always have opportunities for you!
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.