Golden-crowned Kinglet, carved by Bob Spear. Photograph © copyright E. Talmage for the Birds of Vermont Museum
October is one of our favorite months. It’s not that there’s a larger diversity of birds (that’s June), but it’s the month with the Big Sit! For us that means birders, friends (some of course are both!), birding, relaxing, bird-friendly coffee, conversation, and probably too many cider doughnuts.
Continue reading “Through the Window: October 2021 (and Big Sit)”
Full whiteboard! A Viewing window list from October 2019.
October is such a rich month. Migration trails off, yes, and the foliage is mostly past by the end of the month. But for us, it’s a month rich with volunteers, birding, and a sense of getting ready for a behind-the-scenes season.
Enjoy the double-list this month, and read on for why!
Continue reading “Through the Window: October 2019”
Nice weather this month. Our list is a bit longer and more amazing ’cause we had some dedicated
sitting observers. Admittedly, they were actually on the other side of the window from our usual watching spot. Should we count that as “through the window”? Hmmm. Anyway, if you don’t know about the Big Sit!, go check it out, then come back (We’ll wait).
OK, here’s the combined list:
Continue reading “Through the Window: October 2013 with Big Sitters Helping”
October is for owls and arts, sales and stories, crafts and carvings
Please come to our
and our awesome Snowy Owl program . That too exciting? Take a Fall Festival break, and watch birds for an hour or 12. Relax while admiring art by Big Sit on exhibit all month long. There’s also a 3rd and 5th graders and a Bluebird Brooch Felting Class . Gift Shop Sale
Continue reading “October Events! Owls and arts, carvings and crafting, and a Festival!”
Sit. Watch. Be happy.
The Big Sit!
Sunday, October 14 • Dawn–Dusk
How many birds can we perceive from a 17-foot diameter circle? Can we beat last year’s record? Join
at the Team Loonatics Birds of Vermont Museum and find out.
Snacks and coffee provided for sitters. Please bring your own binoculars.
For much more info, see
http://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/connect/bigsit/about.php or call the Museum at (802) 434-2167.
What people have recorded on our white board by the viewing window.
Raven (2 on 10/18/11, in the morning, above the museum)
Ruffed Grouse (eating crabapples at 4:15 p.m. in late October)
For even more birds—perceived from more or less the other side of the window and garden—
check out our Big Sit! results too!
On Sunday, October 9, the Museum hosted the
and their Loonatics Big Sit! circle. Thanks to all the volunteers who Shared the watch! Several people contributed excellent (and warm!) food to keep us going.
We identified 21 species, and recorded them with the
Big Sit! website. Loonatics – Birds of Vermont Museum
Captain: Erin Talmage
Location: Huntington, Vermont (United States) Team Checklist
Barred Owl Strix varia
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
Common Raven Corvus corax
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
Brown Creeper Certhia americana
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
On Sunday, October 10, the Museum hosted the Loonatics and their Big Sit! circle. Thanks to Jim O. for coordinating the event and to all the volunteers who joined in. It was a beautiful day, and several people contributed excellent food to keep us warm.
We identified 27 species. The time sheet:
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Female)
On Sunday, October 11, the Museum participated in yet another Big Sit! We recorded a record 31 species! Thanks to Jim for coordinating the event, and all the volunteers who joined in.
for the 2009 TIME SHEET (Notables in “BIG SIT” ): BOLD Continue reading “Big Sit! 2009”
from Jim Osborne’s emailed notes:
the “official” for the 2008 TIME SHEET (Notables in “BIG SIT” ): BOLD
(6:09) – Heard calling from the Green Mountain Audubon Property Eastern Screech-Owl
6:09) – 3 birds around from 6:09 through around 6:45. 1 Bird Seen Barred Owl (
6:39) – Species seen only 5 of 12 hours Dark-eyed Junco (
6:39) – Species SEEN ALL 12 hours Blue Jay (
6:40) – Species SEEN ALL 12 hours American Robin (
(6:40) – Species SEEN ALL 12 hours Hermit Thrush
(6:42) – Bird seen and heard in the bushes behind the Count Circle Winter Wren
6:45) – Species SEEN ALL 12 hours Black-capped Chickadee (
6:51) – Species SEEN 11 out of 12 hours Mourning Dove (
6:53) – Species SEEN ALL 12 hours Hairy Woodpecker (
(6:55) – Species SEEN 11 out of 12 hours Purple Finch
6:57) – Species SEEN/HEARD only during 4 hours of Count Common Raven (
6:57) – Species SEEN 9 out of 12 hours Red-breasted Nuthatch (
6:58) – Species SEEN 10 out of 12 hours White-breasted Nuthatch (
7:04) – Species SEEN 11 out of 12 hours American Goldfinch (
7:05) – Species Pileated Woodpecker ( during 3 hours of Count HEARD ONLY
7:07) – Species SEEN 10 out of 12 hours Tufted Titmouse (
7:34) – Species SEEN 11 out of 12 hours Downy Woodpecker (
(7:45) – Species in area until around 8:20 A.M. SWAINSON’S THRUSH
7:54) – Species seen only 3 hours during Count Golden-crowned Kinglet (
8:04) – Species SEEN/HEARD during 6 hours of the Count Canada Goose (
8:28) – Species seen only 5 hours during Count American Crow (
8:46) – Species SEEN only 3 hours during Count Ruby-crowned Kinglet (
9:20) – Small flock flying over was only sighting for the day European Starling (
(9:57) – Officially INGRID HAWK . Seen 3 hours during the Count “ Red-tailed“
(10:47) – Only 1 bird seen during the 12 hour event Blue-headed Vireo
(3:57 P.M.) – Small flock stayed around until about 5:30 P.M. PINE SISKIN
(4:44 P.M.) – Pair flew over headed WEST. A good find here. Hooded Merganser
4:51 P.M.) – Pair around Count circle for about 35 minutes Brown Creeper (
(5:01 P.M.) – First time the Count has ever reached the 30 species mark. WOOD DUCK
Several Well, we yesterday. SET A NEW RECORD species for the Count were added. NEW
Count by HOUR:
14 species 6:00 to 7:00
16 species 7:00 to 8:00
18 species 8:00 to 9:00
17 species 9:00 to 10:00
11 species 10:00 to 11:00
13 species 11:00 to 12:00
14 species 12:00 to 1:00
13 species 1:00 to 2:00
12 species 2:00 to 3:00
16 species 3:00 to 4:00
16 species 4:00 to 5:00
5:00 to 6:00 19 species
SO, the came at the last minute. Great way to end the day. HIGH HOURLY COUNT