Archive for the ‘Bird Feeding’ category

Through the Window: June 2018

July 6, 2018
Northern Flicker. Carved by Bob Spear; photographed by Museum staff.

Northern Flicker. Carved by Bob Spear; photographed by Museum staff.

Early birders continued their weekly walks this month. It’s such fun to go out with them or hear their stories afterward; each month is different. Those lists are generally recorded over on eBiird. From the windows, we stick with the more well-recognized feeder and forest edge birds. Even here, there are often stories to be discovered. (more…)

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Through the Window: May 2018

June 8, 2018

Holy mackerel, May is intense! Not to detract from our month-long-we-all-add-to-it Viewing Window list, but did you get to see the eBird lists too, from what has been seen and heard here? Did you see or hear some of the rich migrations? Enjoyed the predictions on Birdcast? What a month!

OK, back to our corner of Vermont:

  • Mourning Dove

    One Blackbird Egg (copyright E. Talmage and used by permission)

    One Blackbird Egg (by E. Talmage)

  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • American Crow
  • Blue Jay
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • American Goldfinch
  • Purple Finch
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird (FOY May 2)
  • Ovenbird (FOY May 3)
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Broad-winged Hawk (May 5, over parking lot)
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Catbird (May 8)
  • Veery (May 8)
  • American Robin
  • Dark-eyed Junco (May 13)
  • Common Grackle (May 13)
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Chipping Sparrow (May 13)
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • American Robin
  • Baltimore Oriole (heard/seen from parking lot)
  • Common Raven (heard from parking lot)

(Bold items in this list are those species not recorded in April 2018.)

It’s time for More Than Mammals…Frogs of various kind, Gray and red Squirrels, Eastern Chipmunks, and a Woodchuck. Mike Kessler observed some Fisher tracks later in the month…and since then we have not seen the Woodchuck. Hmmmmm….

Come along with our bird walks or drop by between 10am and 4pm—see the feeder birds yourself (and add to these monthly lists). View our amazing new art exhibit, Common Grounds: art inspired by 100 years of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Volunteers, we have opportunities for you!

We continue to host walks, classes, and more. These are listed on 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!

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: April 2018

May 4, 2018

It’s April! Forget showers (there was a good bit of snow). And flowers? Pshaw, not yet. But birds! Bird list expansion (compared to last month, that is). Huzzah!

Louisiana Waterthrush (photo by E. Talmage)

Louisiana Waterthrush (photo by E. Talmage)

  • American Goldfinch (going yellow at last! April 15) (Also, we don’t know why we didn’t record them last month, but …we didn’t.)
  • Mourning Dove
  • Blue Jay
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Black-capped chickadee
  • Common Grackle
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • American Crow
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Dark-eyed Junco (on April 4, noted that one had a leucistic crown)
  • American Tree Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow (April 4)
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Purple Finch
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Eastern Phoebe (First of Year —FOY — April 13)
  • Canada Geese (overhead while filling the feeders)
  • Fox Sparrow (April 15)
  • American Robin
  • Merlin (April 21)
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (April 21)
  • Louisiana Waterthrush (April 28)
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet (April 28)

(Bold items in this list are those species not recorded in March 2018.)

It’s time for More Than Mammals, too! Wood Frogs are having a fine ol’ time in the mini-pond in the bird feeder area (April 13 and for several days after that, whenever it was Not Snowing warm enough!). The Cottontail, Gray Squirrels, Red Squirrels and Chipmunks made their appearances…and their big cousin the Woodchuck woke up and has been noshing on grass and collecting leaves for its (her?) den.

By the time you see this, it’s May! And we have returned to our Open Daily hours. Drop by between 10am and 4pm—see the feeder birds yourself (and add to these monthly lists). View our amazing new art exhibit, Common Grounds: art inspired by 100 years of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Volunteers, we have opportunities for you!

We continue to host walks, classes, and more. These are listed on 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!

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 2018

April 6, 2018

Spring is … not yet happening. March birds included the classic winter species… :

  • Blue Jay
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Black-capped chickadee
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Mourning Dove
  • Hairy Woodpecker

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Through the Window: February 2018

March 2, 2018

We particularly loved seeing grouse in the crabapple this month—one day, we saw five! We also were pleased to host a delightful number of people for the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Red-breasted Nuthatch, turning to look at photographer

Red-breasted Nuthatch, turning to look at photographer K. Talmage

Birds noticed this month at our feeders and just nearby:

  • Blue Jay
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Black-capped chickadee
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Mourning Dove
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • American Tree Sparrow
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • American Robin (7 in crabapple Feb 15)
  • American Goldfinch
  • Red-winged Blackbird (Feb 18)
  • Common Grackle (Feb 28)
  • White-breasted Nuthatch

(Bold items in this list are those species not recorded in January 2018.)

The usual Squirrels (Gray and Red) scattered themselves across the ground. The Cottontail Rabbit seems to be useing a woodchuck den as an occasional shelter or underground pathway. Eastern Chipmunks woke up briefly.

Although we’re “open by appointment”, we love having people call to visit! From November to April, please call or email to arrange a visit—this lets us adjust the heating to human comfort, among other things. If you are one of last year’s exhibiting artists, please come get your art. Volunteers, we have opportunities for you!

We continue to host walks, carving classes, and moreas we move towards spring. These are listed on 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!

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: January 2018

February 2, 2018

From polar vortex to thaw to bare ground to new snow and back again. Nice bit of roller coastering weather!

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

Thank goodness for adaptations.

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Through the Window: December 2017

January 5, 2018

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.)

Birders on a winter monitoring waslk

Snow Birders

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