Well, November was quieter! Or at least, our whiteboard is less cluttered. In addition to spending more time with off-site programs and in the back office, the species count is usually lower this time of year as well.
Join fellow birders (and would-be birders) on the monthly bird monitoring walk on the Museum’s property.
We go out the last Saturday of every month.
Most fun for adults, older children, and somewhat more experienced birders. Please bring your own binoculars and dress for the weather.
Free • Please pre-register by signing up at our EventBrite link, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling (802) 434-2167
Enjoy an interactive program using bird carvings and other items to teach techniques for observing and identifying birds.
Especially recommended for those who want to become better birders or who are interested in art.
Register by contacting the Russell Memorial Library in Monkton: call (802) 453-4471 or email email@example.com
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!
The most relaxed birding around. And around and around …
How many birds can we identify from a 17-foot diameter circle?
Can we beat last year’s record? Join Team Loonatics and find out.
Free! Pledges and donations welcome. Snacks and coffee provided. Please bring your own binoculars.
Sign up to join us from Dawn to Dusk. Or just drop by.
For much more info, see http://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/connect/bigsit/about.php
or our report from last year ( https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/ bwdsite/ connect/ bigsit/ bigsit-2018/ stats.php?find_type=circle&find=BOVM )
We welcomed an unexpected slew of warblers in the middle of September—something about this year’s migration led to several species appearing in and near our feeder area just when we had extra birders looking out the windows!
Summer is nests and fledglings, flowers and pollinators, greens and golds and more. Young birds come to the feeders, squawk … and sometimes get ignored by their parents! Hummingbirds defend the feeders and the bee balm; some hawk moths get mistaken for hummingbirds. The forest canopy is thick and provides deep cover for the warblers and more. It’s a rich and beautiful time. Who needs a feeder, with so much to eat in the forest?
No one, really, but some come anyway:
By July, the birds get pretty busy with nestlings, fledglings, and juveniles. A few juveniles of one kind of another come to the feeders, and fuss at their parents to keep on feeding them.
Here are the species seen at the feeders over the last month. Sometimes we can even tell when the bird is a juvenile!
Summer is in full swing around here! every day we fill and watch the feeders, learning new bird identifications, or watching behavior subtleties in birds species we know .It’s amazing to start to pick up on tiny differences in the bibs of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, or behaviors of one Blue Jay and another.
We started off our opening month with fantastic birds and birders and bird walks.! Even some surprising observations, like this one:
It seems to be nesting nearby, as it has returned to the window several times—for nesting material? Territory? Foraging? We don’t know yet…
As for other May birds, seen by more people through the bigger window: read on!