Early Birders’ Observations for June 5, 2016

Michelle Patenaude led the June 5  Early Birders Morning Walk. The walk so so popular today that they split into tow groups, and reunited later at the viewing window for coffee, conversation, and more birdwatching.

Here’s the report:

Birds of Vermont Museum, Chittenden, Vermont, US
 Jun 5, 2016 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
 Protocol: Traveling
 0.5 kilometer(s)
 Comments:     Early Birders Walk led by Michele Patenaude- split into two groups who walked different directions but covered part of the same area.
 30 species

 Turkey Vulture  2
 Mourning Dove  1
 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
 Downy Woodpecker  1
 Hairy Woodpecker  1
 Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
 Eastern Phoebe  1
 Great Crested Flycatcher  2
 Red-eyed Vireo  1
 Blue Jay  1
 American Crow  1
 Black-capped Chickadee  3
 Tufted Titmouse  1
 White-breasted Nuthatch  2
 Veery  2
 Hermit Thrush  1
 American Robin  2
 Cedar Waxwing  2
 Ovenbird  1
 Louisiana Waterthrush  1
 Nashville Warbler  1
 Common Yellowthroat  3
 Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
 Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
 Song Sparrow  2
 Scarlet Tanager  2
 Northern Cardinal  1
 Indigo Bunting  2
 Common Grackle  2
 Baltimore Oriole  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30084511
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Join us for the next one or more, every Sunday through the end of June. Begin your day with friends, birds, and more. Walks are led by experienced birders familiar with Vermont birds—and we welcome additional possible leaders. Let us know if you’re interested in volunteering.

Finish the walk with bird-friendly coffee at the viewing window inside the Museum.

Bring binoculars and good walking shoes. Park at 900 Sherman Hollow Road, in the Museum parking lot.

Best for adults and older children • Free, donations welcome.
Pre-registration is helpful but not required. Call 802 434-2167 or email museum@birdsofvermont.org

Through the Window: May 2016

Twenty-nine species noticed and recorded on our informal Viewing Window white board in May (and can you believe it’s already June?).

Female Goldfinch, carved by Bob Spear, photographed by A. Galvin for the Museum
Female Goldfinch, carved by Bob Spear, photographed by A. Galvin for the Museum


  • American Goldfinch 
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Blue Jay
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Mourning Dove
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Common Grackle
  • American Crow 
  • Purple Finch
  • Wild Turkey
  • European Starling
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Ruffed Grouse (in the crabapple tree, again!)
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Catbird (5/10, probably FOY)
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird (5/12/16, FOY)
  • Veery (5/14/16, heard, FOY)
  • Great-crested Flycatcher (5/21/16, FOY)
  • Song Sparrow
  • Baltimore Oriole (2 males, 5/24/16, FOY)

Bold indicates those we didn’t see last month. For more precise records, you can also see eBird data for recent years at the Museum.

Yet more critters: Red Squirrels, Gray Squirrels, and Eastern Chipmunks, as usual. We noted also a Tiger Swallowtail on May 25, and a Woodchuck (a.k.a. Groundhog) on May 31.

Come and see what we see…or write it down in case we didn’t. The viewing window is open as the Museum is: daily May 1- October 31, except for the July 4th Holiday. Visit between 10am and 4pm, or come early on Sundays this month for Early Birder walks. Details are on our events page. You can see from that that we start with birds but don’t stop there.  Follow us on Facebook, where we are often more quick to let you know what’s happening. We’ve just started using Instagram too, because more photos are more fun.

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.

Early Birders’ Observations for May 29, 2016

Erin Talmage, the Museum’s Executive Director, lead the May 29th  Early Birders Morning Walk. Thank you!

Here’s the report:

Birds of Vermont Museum, Chittenden, Vermont, US
 May 29, 2016 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
 Protocol: Traveling
 2.0 kilometer(s)
 Comments:     Early Birders Walk led by Erin Talmage
 26 species

 Mourning Dove  2
 Hairy Woodpecker  1
 Pileated Woodpecker  1
 Blue-headed Vireo  2
 Red-eyed Vireo  6
 Blue Jay  3
 Black-capped Chickadee  2
 Tufted Titmouse  1
 Brown Creeper  2
 Veery  1
 Hermit Thrush  2
 American Robin  1
 Gray Catbird  2
 Ovenbird  8
 Louisiana Waterthrush  2
 Black-and-white Warbler  1
 Common Yellowthroat  3
 American Redstart  1
 Blackburnian Warbler  2
 Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
 Black-throated Blue Warbler  2
 Black-throated Green Warbler  2
 Song Sparrow  1
 Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2
 Brown-headed Cowbird  1
 American Goldfinch  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29967223
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Join us for the next one or more, every Sunday through the end of June. Enjoy the start of the day with us, birds, and other woodland inhabitants. Walks are led by experienced birders familiar with Vermont birds—and we welcome additional possible leaders. Let us know if you’re interested in volunteering.

Finish the walk with bird-friendly coffee at the viewing window inside the Museum.

Bring binoculars and good walking shoes. Park at 900 Sherman Hollow Road, in the Museum parking lot.

Best for adults and older children • Free, donations welcome.
Pre-registration is helpful but not required. Call 802 434-2167 or email museum@birdsofvermont.org

Early Birders’ Observations for May 22, 2016

The May 22  Early Birders Morning Walk was led by our own Mae Mayville, member of the Board, excellent baker, and terrific eBirder. Thank you!

Here’s the report:

 Birds of Vermont Museum, Chittenden, Vermont, US
 May 22, 2016 7:00 AM - 9:05 AM
 Protocol: Traveling
 1.0 kilometer(s)
 Comments:     Early Birders Walk led by Mae Mayville
 35 species
 
 Ruffed Grouse  1     Heard
 Wild Turkey  1
 Mourning Dove  3
 Barred Owl  1     Heard
 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  6     1 near the museum, 2 near the pond, 3 in the woods.
 Downy Woodpecker  1
 Hairy Woodpecker  1
 Eastern Phoebe  2
 Blue-headed Vireo  3     Observed 2 foraging near ground
 Red-eyed Vireo  3
 Blue Jay  6
 American Crow  3
 Common Raven  1
 Black-capped Chickadee  8
 White-breasted Nuthatch  2
 Veery  2
 Hermit Thrush  1
 Wood Thrush  1
 American Robin  2
 Gray Catbird  3
 European Starling  2
 Ovenbird  8
 Common Yellowthroat  4
 Magnolia Warbler  1     Observed by entire group
 Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
 Black-throated Blue Warbler  2
 Black-throated Green Warbler  1     Observed foraging on ground near stream
 Dark-eyed Junco  1
 White-throated Sparrow  1
 Song Sparrow  1
 Scarlet Tanager  1
 Northern Cardinal  2
 Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2
 Common Grackle  1
 American Goldfinch  2
 
 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29832773
 
 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Join us for the next one or more, every Sunday through the end of June. Enjoy the start of the day with us, birds, and other woodland inhabitants. Walks are led by experienced birders familiar with Vermont birds—and we welcome additional possible leaders. Let us know if you’re interested in volunteering.

Finish the walk with bird-friendly coffee at the viewing window inside the Museum.

Bring binoculars and good walking shoes. Park at 900 Sherman Hollow Road, in the Museum parking lot.

Best for adults and older children • Free, donations welcome.
Pre-registration is helpful but not required. Call 802 434-2167 or email museum@birdsofvermont.org

Early Birders’ Observations for May 15, 2016

The Early Birders Morning Walk results are in two parts today, first from the walk  and then from viewing from indoors. Thank you so much to Shirley John and Mae Mayville, for leading today!

Birds of Vermont Museum, Chittenden, Vermont, US
 May 15, 2016 7:10 AM - 9:55 AM
 Protocol: Traveling
 1.5 kilometer(s)
 Comments:     Early Birders Walk led by Shirley Johnson and Mae Mayville
 31 species

 Red-tailed Hawk  1
 Mourning Dove  3
 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  7     2 near parking lot; 
                                 2 as we entered the woods;  
                                 1 along woods trail;  
                                 2 interacting on edge of woods on other side of the pond
 Downy Woodpecker  2
 Eastern Phoebe  2
 Blue-headed Vireo  1
 Red-eyed Vireo  2
 Blue Jay  10
 American Crow  2
 Black-capped Chickadee  8
 Tufted Titmouse  2
 Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
 White-breasted Nuthatch  1
 Veery  1     Heard
 Hermit Thrush  1     Long looks; seen by everyone in the group; singing
 Wood Thrush  1     Long looks; seen by everyone in the group.
 American Robin  5
 Gray Catbird  1
 European Starling  1
 Ovenbird  4
 Louisiana Waterthrush  1     Heard at treehouse
 Common Yellowthroat  2
 Northern Parula  1
 Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
 Pine Warbler  3
 Black-throated Green Warbler  1     Heard
 Song Sparrow  1
 Northern Cardinal  1
 Rose-breasted Grosbeak  5
 Baltimore Oriole  1     Observed by entire group
 American Goldfinch  3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29673886
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Birds of Vermont Museum, Chittenden, Vermont, US
 May 15, 2016 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
 Protocol: Stationary
 Comments:     Observed at Viewing Window after the Early Birders Walk
 14 species

 Mourning Dove  3
 Downy Woodpecker  2
 Hairy Woodpecker  2
 Blue Jay  6
 Black-capped Chickadee  3
 Tufted Titmouse  2
 European Starling  1 
 Song Sparrow  1
 Rose-breasted Grosbeak  7
 Red-winged Blackbird  2
 Common Grackle  3
 Brown-headed Cowbird  3
 Purple Finch  2
 American Goldfinch  3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29676426
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Join us for one or more of of our next walks, Sundays in May and June. Welcome the day with birders, birds, and other woodland inhabitants. Walks are led by experienced birders familiar with Vermont birds—and we welcome additional possible leaders. Let us know if you’re interested in volunteering.

Finish the walk with bird-friendly coffee at the viewing window inside the Museum.

Bring binoculars and good walking shoes. Park at 900 Sherman Hollow Road, in the Museum parking lot.

Best for adults and older children • Free, donations welcome.
Pre-registration is helpful but not required. Call 802 434-2167 or email museum@birdsofvermont.org

Early Birders’ Observations for May 8, 2016

The Early Birders Morning Walk results are in two parts today, first from the walk (thanks to M. Patenaude!) and then from coffee klatch and viewing from indoors. What a delight it is to have so many birds around and about.

Birds of Vermont Museum, Chittenden, Vermont, US
 May 8, 2016 7:00 AM - 8:45 AM
 Protocol: Traveling
 1.0 kilometer(s)
 Comments:     Early Birders Walk led by Michele Patenaude
 23 species
 
 Ruffed Grouse  1
 Cooper's Hawk  1
 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
 Downy Woodpecker  4
 Hairy Woodpecker  1
 Northern Flicker  1
 Eastern Phoebe  2
 Red-eyed Vireo  1
 Blue Jay  5
 American Crow  1
 Black-capped Chickadee  11
 Tufted Titmouse  3
 White-breasted Nuthatch  2
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
 American Robin  1
 Ovenbird  6
 Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
 Pine Warbler  2
 White-throated Sparrow  4
 Song Sparrow  3
 Northern Cardinal  2
 Red-winged Blackbird  1
 American Goldfinch  3
 
 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29482149
 
 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


Birds of Vermont Museum, Chittenden, Vermont, US
 May 8, 2016 8:45 AM - 10:45 AM
 Protocol: Stationary
 Comments:     Feeder window birds following the bird walk
 21 species

 Mourning Dove  3
 Downy Woodpecker  2
 Hairy Woodpecker  2
 Blue Jay  6
 American Crow  2
 Black-capped Chickadee  3
 Tufted Titmouse  2
 American Robin  1
 European Starling  2
 Chipping Sparrow  2
 Dark-eyed Junco  1
 White-crowned Sparrow  1
 White-throated Sparrow  1
 Song Sparrow  1
 Northern Cardinal  2
 Rose-breasted Grosbeak  4
 Red-winged Blackbird  8
 Common Grackle  2
 Brown-headed Cowbird  3
 Purple Finch  2
 American Goldfinch  14

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29484299

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Join us for one or more of these, Sundays in May and June. Greet the day with birders, birds, and other woodland inhabitants. Walks are led by experienced birders familiar with Vermont birds—and we welcome additional possible leaders. Let us know if you’re interested in volunteering.

Finish the walk with bird-friendly coffee at the viewing window inside the Museum.

Bring binoculars and good walking shoes. Park at 900 Sherman Hollow Road, in the Museum parking lot.

Best for adults and older children • Free, donations welcome.
Pre-registration is helpful but not required. Call 802 434-2167 or email museum@birdsofvermont.org

Through the Window: April 2016

The intense time has begun! Just look at this list:

Bohemian Waxwing in crabapples, Birds of Vermont Museum, April 3, 2016
If I turn my head this way, you can’t see me, right?
  • Blue Jay
  • Dark-eyed Junco 
  • Wild Turkey 
  • Red-winged Blackbird (M & F 4/3)
  • Mourning Dove
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • American Goldfinch 
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Common Grackle
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Bohemian Waxwing (! hungry for our little crabapples on April 3)
  • Song Sparrow (4/1)
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Ruffed Grouse (March 2)
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • American Robin 
  • American Crow (mostly observed with the web cam; they are usually here before we are)
  • Barred Owl (observed on the nightcam 4/14)
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Purple Finch
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Rough-legged Hawk (4/24 over parking lot and private afjacent land)
  • Evening Grosbeaks (4/14)
  • Cedar Waxwing (4/14)
  • Northern Goshawk (4/18, took a Mourning Dove)
  • White-throated Sparrow (4/19)
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak (4/29)
  • Possible Red-tailed Hawk (4/7, briefly glimpsed mostly silhouetted)

Bold indicates those we didn’t see last month.

Other neighbors:: OH! Those squirrels! Red, Gray and Eastern Chipmunks, as usual. We’ve also heard and seen Wood Frogs (as early as 4/1, “quacking” 4/12).

You too can watch from our window! We are open daily now (May 1- October 31, except for the July 4th Holiday). Drop in between 10am and 4pm, or come early on Sundays in May and June for bird walks. Details are on our events page. Enjoy our new art exhibit! Bring kids, grandparents, neighbors and friends. Oh, and did we mention we have a new bridge! It’s UP! You can walk on it! More details in future blog posts, or follow us on Facebook, where we are often more quick to let you know what’s happening.

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: March 2016

While we got busy this March, with animal tracks and gathering art for our 2016 Community Art show (In Layers), birds kept visiting including some returning from points south. Welcome, hints of spring!!  Here are our outdoor neighbors of March 2016.

  • Blue Jay
  • American Goldfinch (lots of twittering on March 1!)
  • American Crow
  • Purple Finch
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Dark-eyed Junco (a large flock on March 29)
  • Wild Turkey (a large flock, perhaps 30 birds!)
  • Mourning Dove
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Ruffed Grouse (March 2)
  • Common Grackle (First of year March 13)
  • Red-tailed Hawk (March 9, over the parking lot)
  • American Robin (flew past the workshop March 14)
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Fox Sparrow (First of year March 15)
  • American Tree Sparrow (March 29)
  • Evening Grosbeaks (both male and female seen March 29)

Bold indicates those we didn’t see last month.

We also observed Red and Gray Squirrels, and an Eastern Chipmunk—first one on March 6, then several as the month went on.

You too can watch from our window! To schedule a visit call, tweet, phone (802) 434-2167, or email museum@birdsofvermont.org ! We’re hosting a volunteer work party on April 16 and sharing a Bird Monitoring walk on April 30. Join us! We’ll be out and about as well, giving programs at local libraries and senior centers.

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.

Woodcocks and Owls

Guest post by our friend and expert birder, AW.

Sunday evening, following a spring time ritual, I walked from Moody Road to Maple Drive at dusk in hopes of hearing American Woodcocks and seeing their flight display. Mid-March is when they start to come back to their breeding territories. I did not find any evidence of them this time, but I was surprised to hear another bird calling from the woods west of the Huntington River and the Camel’s Hump Alpaca farm fields. In the 10+ years I’ve been walking this route, it was only the second time I’ve heard a Northern Saw Whet tooting persistently from the woods. February 14, 2012 was the other time I heard one in nearly the same place, leaving me to wonder if it is a resident bird! Nice!

Zoo Bird Group Master List from 1945

One of our staff members recently came across this bird list from 1945. Can anyone provide us with some information about this? It most likely belonged to one of her grandparents, a resident of the Bronx in 1945. Do you think it referred to New York resident and/or migrants visible from the Bronx Zoo? Was there a group that met at the zoo and birded from there? Can you spot the birds whose names have been revised since then?

Here’s a scan of the pages (a click will show each larger, or you can download the PDF) and the text is below.

Zoo Bird Group Master List for 1945 Spring Migration (page 1) Zoo Bird Group Master List for 1945 Spring Migration (page 2)

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