Through the Window: July 2015

To our great surprise, we didn’t see Chickadees. We must have been very busy, or they were, or both. However, we did luck out with the hawks this month. Bold indicates those we didn’t see last month.

  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Common Grackle
  • Blue Jay
  • Mourning Dove
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  •  Hairy Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • American Goldfinch
  • Gray Catbird
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch juvenile? (just caught a glimpse)
  • Purple Finch
  • American Robin
  • Red-tailed Hawk (adult and juvenile!)
  • Northern Flicker
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk (taking a chipmunk on 26 July)

Mammal friends were voracious, possibly out-competing the elusive and longer-legged Wild Turkeys to the scattered corn. Gee, thanks, you Woodchuck, Red Squirrels, Gray Squirrels, and Eastern Chipmunks!

We’re open every day from 10am until 4pm, through October 31. Visit frequently for birds (indoors and out, wooden and wild), trails, treehouse, pond … and restfulness, relaxation, inspiration and new things to learn.  Questions? Let us know: (802) 434-2167 or museum@birdsofvermont.org.

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, bear-resistant 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.

Through the Window: June 2015

A mellow month, with most of the species busy nesting and feeding nestlings, so not quite as many as last month. A few juveniles by the end of June though!

  • Hairy Woodpecker (feeding young 6/27)
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Mourning Dove
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female, male, juvenile 6/30)
  • Blue Jay
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Common Grackle (feeding young 6/27)
  • Gray Catbird
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • American Robin
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • American Crow
  • Northern Cardinal
  • American Goldfinch
  • House Finch (6/10)
  • Merlin (6/21)
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Black-capped Chickadee

Mammal friends were sometimes even more obvious: Eastern Cottontail rabbit (2 on 6/2), Red Squirrels, Gray Squirrels, Eastern Chipmunks, Woodchucks. Other winged notables included Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly and Clearwing Sphinx Moth (on the azalea).

We’re open daily! Doors open at 10am until 4pm, every day through October 31. Come often for birds (indoors and out, wooden and wild), trails, treehouse, pond … and restfulness, relaxation, inspiration and new things to learn.   Questions? Let us know: (802) 434-2167 or museum@birdsofvermont.org.

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, bear-resistant 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.

Through the Window: May 2015

Thirty species for our first month of the Open Season! (Bold text indicates the species we did not see in March (your blogger has misplaced the April list, how embarrassing!)

  • American Goldfinch
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak (5/2)
  • Brown-headed Cowbird (5/2)
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Eastern Phoebe (out by the front door, not the viewing window)
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Mourning Dove
  • Blue Jay
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Evening Grosbeak (female and male 5/3)
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow (5/3)
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Wild Turkey
  • Common Grackle
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • American Crow
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • American Robin
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird (5/8)
  • Brown Thrasher (5/8)
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Baltimore/Northern Oriole
  • Gray Catbird (5/21)
  • European Starling (5/25)
  • Purple Finch

We are of course charmed by mammals, too. These included Eastern Cottontail rabbit (5/31), Red Squirrels, Gray Squirrels, Eastern Chipmunks, Woodchuck. A few others of delightful note: Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (5/17), Wood Frog Tadpoles (5/8), Spotted Salamander Egg Masses (5/1).

We’re open daily for the spring/summer/fall! Doors open at 10am until 4pm, every day through October 31. Drop in ! Come several times! Whether you’re working on bird ID skills, want to explore example of the woodcarvers’ art, getting intrigued by birds in art, or seeking citizen science opportunities for yourself or a child, we can help! Call or email to set up your time to visit: (802) 434-2167 or museum@birdsofvermont.org.

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, bear-resistant 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.

Upcoming events: Bird Monitoring Walks

Get outdoors for spring, Vermont-style!

Join experienced birders on the monthly bird monitoring walk on the Museum’s property. We go out the last Saturday of every month: the next one is March 28, at 8a.m.

Most fun for adults, older children, and somewhat more experienced birders. Please dress for the weather and please bring your own binoculars.

Free! • Please pre-register by email or phone: museum@birdsofvermont.org or (802) 434-2167

The next three walks are:
Saturday, March 28 •  8:00 – 9:45am
Saturday, April 25 •  8:00 – 9:45am
Saturday, May 30 •  7:30 – 9:30am (note the May time change!)

Changes and updates will be posted on our website, at http://birdsofvermont.org/events.php, if needed and when possible.

Upcoming events: Bird Monitoring Walks

Got cabin fever? Free yourself by looking for birds with us!

Join experienced birders on the monthly bird monitoring walk on the Museum’s property. We go out the last Saturday of every month: the next one is February 28, at 8a.m.  AND it’s supposed to be above-zero weather!

Most fun for adults, older children, and somewhat more experienced birders. Please dress for the weather (snowshoes still helpful though not required) and please bring your own binoculars.

Free! • Please pre-register by email or phone: museum@birdsofvermont.org or (802) 434-2167

The next three walks are:
Saturday, February 28 •  8:00 – 9:45am
Saturday, March 28 •  8:00 – 9:45am
Saturday, April 25 •  8:00 – 9:45am

Changes and updates will be posted on our website, at http://birdsofvermont.org/events.php, if needed and when possible.

Upcoming events: Bird Monitoring Walks

Join experienced birders on the monthly bird monitoring walk on the Museum’s property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Please bring your own binoculars and dress for the weather. Most fun for adults, older children, and somewhat more experienced birders.

Free! • Please pre-register by email or phone: museum@birdsofvermont.org or (802) 434-2167

The next ones are:
Saturday, June 28 • 7:30am – 9:30am
Saturday, July 26 • 7:30am – 9:30am
Saturday, August 30 • 7:30 – 9:30am

Changes and updates will be posted on our website, at http://birdsofvermont.org/events.php, when possible.

Upcoming events: Bird Monitoring Walks

Join experienced birders on the monthly bird monitoring walk on the Museum’s property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Please bring your own binoculars and dress for the weather. Most fun for adults, older children, and somewhat more experienced birders.

Free! • Please pre-register by email or phone: museum@birdsofvermont.org or (802) 434-2167

The next ones are:
Saturday, May 31 • 7:30am – 9:30am
Saturday, June 28 • 7:30am – 9:30am
Saturday, July 26 • 7:30 – 9:30am

Changes and updates will be posted on our website, at http://birdsofvermont.org/events.php, when possible.

Upcoming events: Bird Monitoring Walks

Join experienced birders on the monthly bird monitoring walk on the Museum’s property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Please bring your own binoculars and dress for the weather. Most fun for adults, older children, and somewhat more experienced birders.

Free! • Please pre-register by email or phone: museum@birdsofvermont.org or (802) 434-2167

The next ones are:
Saturday, April 26, 8:00 – 9:45am
Saturday, May 31, 7:30am – 9:30am
Saturday, June 28, 7:30am – 9:30am

Changes and updates will be posted on our website, at http://birdsofvermont.org/events.php, when possible.

Upcoming events: Bird Monitoring Walks

Join experienced birders on the monthly bird monitoring walk on the Museum’s property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Please bring your own binoculars and dress for the weather. Most fun for adults, older children, and somewhat more experienced birders.

Free! • Please pre-register by email or phone: museum@birdsofvermont.org or (802) 434-2167

The next ones are:
Saturday, March 29, 8:00am – 9:45am
Saturday, April 26, 8:00 – 9:45am
Saturday, May 31, 8:00am – 9:45am

Changes and updates will be posted on our website, at http://birdsofvermont.org/events.php, when possible.

Upcoming events: Bird Monitoring Walks

Join experienced birders on the monthly bird monitoring walk on the Museum’s property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Please bring your own binoculars and dress for the weather. Most fun for adults, older children, and somewhat more experienced birders.

Free! • Please pre-register by email or phone: museum@birdsofvermont.org or (802) 434-2167

The next ones are:
Saturday, February 22, 8:00am – 9:45am
Saturday, March 29, 8:00am – 9:45am
Saturday, April 26, 8:00am – 9:45am

Changes and updates will be posted on our website, at http://birdsofvermont.org/events.php, when possible.