Through the Window: January 2017

Posted February 3, 2017 by Birds of Vermont Museum staff
Categories: Bird Feeding, Birding, Viewing Window

A nice start to the year!

  • Black-capped chickadee

    Black-capped Chickadee on feeder. Photo by K. Talmage.

    A Black-capped Chickadee perhaps considering whether the iPhone also wants to eat its yummy new black oil seeds.

  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Blue Jay
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Mourning Dove
  • Downy Woodpecker (male)
  • Northern Cardinal (male)
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • White-breasted Nuthatch

Plenty of Red and Gray Squirrels. We’ve also seen a Vole, White-tailed Deer, Eastern Chipmunks, a photographer, and an Eastern Cottontail rabbit.

Even though we ask that you call or email to set up a visit (from now through April 30), we have some exceptions for open days, special events, and offsite activities: 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 in 2017!

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: December 2016

Posted January 13, 2017 by Birds of Vermont Museum staff
Categories: Bird Feeding, Birding, Viewing Window

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A quiet, bird-filled, peaceful New Year is what we wish for you. We’ll wrap up 2016 with last month’s Viewing Window record.

  • Wild Turkey
  • Blue Jay (flock of 9 or more)
  • Black-capped chickadee
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Northern Cardinal (male)
  • Downy Woodpecker (male)
  • Mourning Dove
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • White-throated Sparrow (2 see on 12/12 & 12/13, again – though not sure how many on – 12/28)
  • American Crow
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch, turning to look at photographer

Red-breasted Nuthatch, turning to look at photographer

Plenty of Red and Gray Squirrels. Of course, we’re not up at night to watch for the Flying Squirrels. Maybe we need another night hike…

So busy last month, and now we … well are still busy. Our annual appeal is officially over but we welcome your donations all year of course). Help us feed the birds and much more!

Even though we ask that you call or email to set up a visit (from now through April 30), we have some exceptions for open days, special events, and offsite activities: 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 in 2017!

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.

Species List: December 2016 Bird Monitoring

Posted January 2, 2017 by Birds of Vermont Museum staff
Categories: Birding, Museum Events, Observed at the Museum, Wild Birds and You

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It’s a quiet week in  – oh, wait. Right. We went walking! Also not-walking. Both activities let us record birds.

Mourning Dove on Feeder in Winter

Mourning Dove on a feeder roof – Love those pink toes.

Thank you, Executive Director Erin Talmage, for leading this month’s walk. Happy New Year!

Birds of Vermont Museum, Chittenden, Vermont, US
 Dec 31, 2016 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
 Protocol: Traveling
 1.5 kilometer(s)
 Comments:     Monthly monitoring walk led by Erin Talmage
 7 species
 
 Mourning Dove  6
 Downy Woodpecker  1
 Blue Jay  4
 American Crow  3
 Black-capped Chickadee  8
 Tufted Titmouse  1
 White-breasted Nuthatch  2
 
 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33306204

 Dec 31, 2016 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
 Protocol: Stationary
 Comments:     Observation window
 12 species
 
 Mourning Dove  7
 Downy Woodpecker  3
 Hairy Woodpecker  4
 Blue Jay  18
 American Crow  1
 Black-capped Chickadee  8
 Tufted Titmouse  3
 Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
 White-breasted Nuthatch  1
 Dark-eyed Junco  7
 White-throated Sparrow  2
 Northern Cardinal  2
 
 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33307788
 
These reports were generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

We’ll be out again on January 28th at 7:30 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.

Our Annual Appeal for 2016

Posted December 15, 2016 by Birds of Vermont Museum staff
Categories: Support and Sponsors

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Thank you and Happy Holiday Season
from the Birds of Vermont Museum

There’s still time to make a tax-deductible donation to the Museum for 2016!
Please consider sending a contribution during our year-end appeal
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Call to Artists: Birding By the Numbers

Posted December 8, 2016 by Birds of Vermont Museum staff
Categories: Museum Events, Special Exhibits, Woodcarvers and Artists

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Birding by the Numbers

A Call to Artists from the Birds of Vermont Museum in celebration of our 30th Anniversary

We at the Museum like to say we are “where natural history meets art.” But flip through the files of time while birding in the last 30 years… what would ornithology be without math? What new facts and figures about feathered phenomena do you most appreciate? Join us as we play with birds and numbers!

We seek bird-focused art that incorporates a feeling for number with artistic expression. We are open to any media. Let your art—from imaginary to irrational, with birds silly and significant—populate our creative space!

Here is a tiny fraction of funky factoids to tickle your fancy and perhaps illustrate what we mean:

  • There are over 25,000 feathers on a Tundra Swan, some 80% of them on its head and neck alone. (from “Waterfowl Feathers” at Ducks Unlimited)
  • It takes four and twenty blackbirds to make a pie suitable for a king. (Mother Goose, with more info at Wikipedia)
  • Barred Owls are home-bodies. Of 158 banded Barred Owls, none had moved more than 6 miles. (from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
  • Bob Spear spent 1,230 hours carving and painting the Wild Turkey: that’s almost 31 weeks of a full-time job (assuming no coffee breaks) (and Bob didn’t drink coffee).

The show runs from May 1 to October 31 in the Museum’s multi-purpose room, halls, and foyer. Most art will be hung on the walls. We have shelf space for three-dimensional works and some ceiling space if your work is suitable there. Feel free to visit and scope out the options! In choosing works for a show, we strive to integrate variety into a harmonious whole.

Both new and returning artists are invited to submit up to 3 works, by sending no more than three (3) .jpgs showing your work to museum@birdsofvermont.org. Please put “Submission for Birding by the Numbers” in the email subject. If you do not have email, you may send up to three prints to the Museum, attention Birding by the Numbers. Please include your contact information and a description of work (media, artwork size, when made, etc.).

Entries are due by Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

Museum staff will select pieces by March 29 and will let artists know by email if possible. The Museum asks for permission to reproduce images of the selected works in print and online as part of publicity for the exhibit; if you prefer partial or cropped images for this, or have preferred images, please tell us or supply them.

Selected pieces should arrive at the Museum during the first weeks of April and be ready to hang (if applicable). Artists are responsible for shipping, or drop-off/pick-up. Pick-up should occur by November 30, 2017.

Artists who show their work here are invited to sell originals, prints, and/or cards through us on consignment. Details are available on request.

We are always thrilled to arrange artist workshops at the Museum with our exhibitors. Please tell us if you are interested in this.

Please call or email Kir Talmage or Allison Gergely with any questions. We can be reached at 802 434-2167 or museum@birdsofvermont.org.

Need more inspiration? We found some — in numerals and nonsense, tesselation and tattoos, geometry and gaggles. Thanks to Google image search and some collaging from our staff:

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Through the Window: November 2016

Posted December 2, 2016 by Birds of Vermont Museum staff
Categories: Bird Feeding, Birding, Viewing Window

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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?

  • Blue Jay
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Black-capped chickadee
  • White-throated Sparrow (juvenile and adults, various days)
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Mourning Dove
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • American Goldfinch
  • Wild Turkey

Interestingly, all these birds were seen last month, too. Plenty of squirrels again: Red and Gray Squirrels. No notes about Chipmunks or Woodchucks.

Even this list suggests we’re in our by-appointment season: instead of wandering by the Viewing window often, we sneak peeks of from the offices more, where we are busy with programs planning, repair and maintenance, and gearing up for our annual appeals (you can donate too!), For more precise records, you can also see eBird data for recent years at the Museum.

Even though we ask that you call or emai lto set up a visit (from now through April 30), we have some exceptions for open days, special events, offsite activites. 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 there and here.

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.

Feeder Cam update

Posted November 10, 2016 by Birds of Vermont Museum staff
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Briefly, today, I thought that thanks to some finagling, we had gotten the feed of images from our feeder cam back online!

Only… then we found out that no, this isn’t working quite right. So…back to talking to the ISP and tech service there!

http://birdsofvermont.org/camera


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