Some surprises and delights by the time the Bird Monitoring Walk and Christmas Bird Count rolled around. (We did not actually have quite this much snow, but it’s getting there.)
More light traffic… or should I say continued light traffic? at the feeders this month.
Through October, we continued to have light traffic at our feeders, but plenty of birds deeper in the woods. Great insects, fruits, berries? Could be.
This month’s list includes what we observed at the Big Sit!, one of our favorite birding activities.
It’s pretty dry out there this month . Several people have called in to report no one is at their feeders. What are your thoughts about that? Have you observed a decline in recent weeks at your feeders? You can compare this September to past ones: 2016, 2015, 2014. Consider coming on October 19th to Steve Faccio’s presentation, The Status of Vermont Forest Birds. (RSVP, so we can have the right number of chairs and possibly refreshments.)
High summer! The flow at the feeders is steady, not too many surprises. Mammals are taking great advantage of our feeding; we may limit the food on the ground for a while.
Wow, what a spring! Some unusual species seen and heard this month, for us, down here at the Viewing Window. (Okay, okay, we did record a few birds heard or seen while we were coming into the Museum or running out to check the mail….)
Bold items in this list are those species not recorded last month.
- Black-capped chickadee
- Dark-eyed Junco
- Blue Jay
- Red-Winged Blackbird
- Mourning Dove
- Tufted Titmouse
- White-throated Sparrow
- Wild Turkey
- Brown-headed Cowbird
- Hairy Woodpecker
- American Goldfinch
- Common Grackle
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (May 2, 2017 and often thereafter)
- Downy Woodpecker
- Wood Thrush
- Ruby-throated Hummingbird (First of Year male: May 10, 2017; female: May 13)
- White-breasted Nuthatch
- Red-breasted Nuthatch
- Common Raven
- Northern Cardinal
- Baltimore Oriole (FOY 5/15/2017)
- Ovenbird (heard outside May 16, 2017)
- Canada Goose (heard outside May 14, 2017)
- Song Sparrow (heard outside)
- Scarlet Tanager (Male, seen drinking from stream below the riparian slope pollinator gardens on May 17, 2017)
- Eastern Phoebe (nesting under Bridge)
- Cooper’s Hawk (trying to take prey at the feeding area, May 28, 2017; two unsuccessful attempts)
- Olive-sided Flycatcher (heard and seen Tuesday May 23, 2017)
- Eastern Towhee
The usual mammals maintained their presence: Red and Gray Squirrels, and Eastern Chipmunks. We didn’t observe the Eastern Cottontail but we did see the Woodchuck. Wood Frogs tadpoles occupied the pon on May 17, 2017, and Tiger Swallowtail butterflies are back by May 23.
Our “summer” hours have arrived! May through October, we are open daily from 10am – 4pm (with a few extra evenings, and sometime closed for part of the July 4 holiday). Click over to our events page. If you follow us on Facebook, Twitter , tumblr, and/or Instagram too, you’ll find more comments, links, and observations. See you soon!
Crazily warm day for a walk last Saturday! Birds are singing: there was a tremendous cacophony of competing Black-capped chickadees singing on Thursday the 23rd, which was a delight. Today the Northern Cardinal was singing in the dogwoods. And the Birders left lots of treats in the Museum fridge; I think I gained 10 pounds just nibbling on them as I assembled this post for you… Thanks everyone, for baked goodies, bird observations, and community companionship.
Birds of Vermont Museum, Chittenden, Vermont, US Feb 25, 2017 8:05 AM Protocol: Traveling Party Size: 8 Duration: 1 hour(s), 35 minute(s) Distance: 1.609 kilometer(s) Comments: 10 species Canada Goose 12 Flyover Mourning Dove 17 Downy Woodpecker 1 Blue Jay 8 American Crow 10 Black-capped Chickadee 12 Tufted Titmouse 2 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Dark-eyed Junco 1 Red-winged Blackbird 1 In the feeder area, 1 male View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34782352 Feb 25, 2017 8:00 AM - 10:35 AM Protocol: Stationary Comments: Observed from the feeder window during the monitoring walk. Very warm conditions: 50 degrees. 7 species Mourning Dove 2 Downy Woodpecker 2 Hairy Woodpecker 4 Blue Jay 5 Black-capped Chickadee 3 Tufted Titmouse 2 Red-winged Blackbird 3 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34783779 These reports were generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
We’ll be out again on March 25 at 8:00 a.m. for our next Monthly Bird Monitoring Walk. Tell us you’ll be joining us!
Remember: there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.
A quiet, bird-filled, peaceful New Year is what we wish for you. We’ll wrap up 2017 with last month’s Viewing Window record.
Continue reading “Through the Window: December 2016”
It’s a quiet week in – oh, wait. Right. We went walking! Also not-walking. Both activities let us record birds.
Thank you, Executive Director Erin Talmage, for leading this month’s walk. Happy New Year! Continue reading “Species List: December 2016 Bird Monitoring”
The birds fall into late-autumn routines; the skies get cloudy and light in the early mornings drifts in mist and dreams. OK, and one of the museum bloggers gets either poetic or purple-proseish. Better switch up to our November bird notes, eh?