Through the Window: October 2021 (and Big Sit)

Golden-crowned Kinglet, carved by Bob Spear. Photograph © copyright E. Talmage for the Birds of Vermont Museum
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.


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the Big Sit!

A Stanley brand 25' metal measuring tape; a pair of black binoculars; a bag of Birds and Beans coffee (scarlet tanager dark roast). All three item are line d up on a wooden railing, with green foliage behind them.

The most relaxed birding around. And around and around …

How many birds can we identify from a 17-foot diameter circle from sunrise to sunset? Can we beat last year’s record?

This is a great long-running community science project. Pledges and donations welcome.

We are observing from Dawn to Dusk. The Museum is open from 10am – 4pm. Masks required when inside the Museum, and recommended when less that 6 feet apart outdoors.

Call or email to ask about joining the observation team.

For much more info, see .

Check out the reports from previous years: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

several birders standing during a Big Sit event
What is it? Birders focus during the Big Sit.

Through the Window: August 2021

Common Yellowthroat (life size woodcarving) surround by autumn leaves.
Common Yellowthroat, carved by Bob Spear for the Teaching Warbler collection

We continued to be light on the feeding this month, as we tried to do our bit to reduce or limit the spread of the mysterious disease we’d heard of—encouraging the equivalent of “social distancing” for birds. This disease had not been reported in Vermont. By the end of the month, we had resumed a very limiting feeding schedule. Continue reading “Through the Window: August 2021”

Spring Ephemerals Walk

trout lily (yellow bloom on thin green stem; mottled leaf from base). Photo by K. Talmage and used by permission.

Early blooming wildflowers pop up from their winter slumber once the snow and cold retreat from the woods. Their presence is fleeting since these plants only bloom, undergo pollination, and produce seed in the brief period when sunlight reaches the forest floor before trees leaf out. In this part of the Northeast, we may expect to find up to a dozen species of colorful, delicate-looking, yet hardy, beauties.

Enjoy this spring walk with Museum Educator Allison Gergely.

Please dress for weather. Face masks required when we are within 6 feet of each other.

Please register in advance and get a confirmation using this link or or click/tap this button:

Max: 5 people

Free, suggested donation $10

If you are a family group with more than 5 members, please contact us.

If the walk fills, but there’s enough interest, we may be able to schedule more walks. Call or email, or call (802) 434-2167.

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Through the Window: March 2021

White-breasted nuthatch in profile, upside-down but head lifted, on a half-empty suet cage.
White-breasted nuthatch on suet, March 2011, Birds of Vermont Museum. Photo taken through window.

We had rather a good number of visitors (by appointment) as we worked away on the behind-the-scenes things we do (preparing for opening in spring, if all goes well). One of our month’s highlights wasn’t birds at all, but lady beetles! You can read more about them here:

But back to birds… quite the exciting mix!

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