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Through the Window: August 2016

September 2, 2016

We were blessed with some unusual observations this month—we suspect these species are usually here in August, but we’re not always in the right place to observe them. Gotta get outdoors! In the meantime, enjoy this month’s list of what we’ve seen through (or near) our Viewing Window.

  • Blue Jay (and juveniles with bald heads ~8/8 – 8/18)
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Mourning Dove
  • American Goldfinch
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Black-capped chickadee
  • Northern Cardinal (and juvenile with black beak 8/16)
  • American Crow
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Purple Finch
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Common Grackle
  • Gray Catbird
  • House Finch
  • Cooper’s Hawk (8/17 by S. Dakers)
  • Song Sparrow (fledgling with a short tail 8/21)
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Broad Winged-hawk (heard 8/23)

No male hummingbirds on 8/31.
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.

It’s always fun to distinguish the Clear-winged Sphinx Moth and the Ruby-throated Hummingbird as they both hover about the bee balm. And what a month for mammals! We’ve the usuals: Gray squirrels, Red squirrels, Eastern chipmunks.. ;.and we’ve also noticed Eastern cottontail rabbit, a bobcat, and a young porcupine! This last was spotted and photographed by some visitors on August 28 as it came across Bob’s Bridge and up the bath. (Bob’s Bridge is the lower bridge of the two near the Museum entrance; Gale’s Crossing is the new one.)

All observers can add their sightings to our whiteboard list! We’re here from 10am to 4pm daily, and earlier if there’s a bird walk. For those, check out our events page.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too, for more comments, links, and observations!

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.

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Through the Window: June 2014

July 3, 2014

June is unbelievably beautiful; in Vermont—even when you are only looking through a window. Bold text indicates the species we did not see last month.

  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Blue Jay
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Wild Turkey
  • Mourning Dove
  • Hairy Woodpecker (also juvenile, 6/24)
  • American Crow
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Common Grackle (also juvenile)
  • Eastern Phoebe (heard)
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Black-billed Cuckoo (heard at parking lot)
  • American Goldfinch
  • Song Sparrow
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Red-tailed Hawk (soaring over parking lot)
  • Common Raven (over parking lot)

Additional friends and neighbors: Eastern Chipmunk, Red squirrel, Gray Squirrel, Woodchuck, , young White-tailed Deer (6/29), Tiger Swallowtail, White Admiral, and Skipper spp. butterflies, and a Swamp Darner (a rare dragonfly 6/7).

Come see them for yourself! We’re open daily from 10-4 and we have great art, cool science, and astonishingly detailed woodcarvings, as well as live birds outside. Check out our calendar of events for special things to do and see.

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 to make it more difficult for birds to see the watchers. We have chairs and binoculars to try there, 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 2014

June 6, 2014

May is always a month rich in birds. We noted 31 species! FOY stands for First of the Year; Bold text indicates the species we did not see last month.

  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • American Goldfinch
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Sparp-shinned Hawk
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Blue Jay
  • Song Sparrow
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Mourning Dove
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak (FOY 5/4/2014)
  • Purple Finch (FOY 5/5/2014)
  • White-crowned Sparrow (5/9 and 5/15)
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird (FOY male 5/10/2014, female 5/15/2014)
  • Indigo Bunting (FOY 5/13/2014)
  • Raven (5/23/2014)
  • American Robin
  • Common Grackle
  • Rusty Blackbird (5/16/2014)
  • Northern Goshawk 
  • Gray Catbird (5/16/2014)
  • Broadwing Hawk (5/16/2014)
  • American Crow
  • Baltimore Oriole (FOY 5/18/2014 male and female)

Additional friends and neighbors: Woodchuck, Eastern Chipmunk, Red squirrel, Gray Squirrel, Raccoon, and Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (on May 20).

Come see them for yourself! We’re open daily from 10-4 and we have great art, cool science, and astonishingly detailed woodcarvings, as well as live birds outside. Check out our calendar of events for special things to do and see.

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 to make it more difficult for birds to see the watchers. We have chairs and binoculars to try there, 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 2013 explosion (of species seen)

May 3, 2013

“Spring has sprung, tra-la-la-la-la / Spring has sprung!” — the Swing Peepers

Look at these lists! Spring is amazing. All of these in the first list were seen April 1st (and generally also later in the month). Bold ones are those we didn’t see last month!

  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Common Grackle
  • Blue Jay
  • Fox Sparrow (four on 4/9, 4/20)
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • American Crow
  • Northern Cardinal
  • White-breasted Nuthatch

Then we saw…

  • Common Redpoll (4/6,  4/24)
  • American Robin
  • Tree Sparrow
  • Mourning Dove
  • Cooper’s Hawk (4/3, 4/15)
  • Song Sparrow
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (First of Year 4/9)
  • Northern Goshawk (4/13)
  • Evening Grosbeak (the female with the healed-but-dropping wing, and returnees)
  • Brown-headed Cowbird (4/18 and later)
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • American Goldfinch
  • Wild Turkey
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Northern Flicker (4/23)

In the Little Pond (we have this as bird bath/water source, among other reasons):

Mammals included the mink, a cottontail rabbit, red and gray squirrels, and the eastern chipmunk.

At the Big Pond (across the road and up through the meadow, then into the forest):

  • A pair of mallard ducks (4/15)
  • Wood ducks (~4/20)

If you want to get involved with NestWatch, let us know how we can help you!

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 to make it more difficult for birds to see the watchers. We have chairs and binoculars to try there, 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 other food choices. You can sometimes see what we see via our webcam.

Through the Window: April birds… snow… mammals… no snow!

May 2, 2011

Birds

Wood Duck and duckling carved by Bob Spear

Wood Duck and duckling carved by Bob Spear

Not seen (or recorded) last month are bold

  • Wild Turkey
  • Mourning Dove
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Black-Capped Chickadee
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Dark-eyed Junco (12 on 3/16)
  • Common Grackle
  • Blue Jay
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • (more…)

Through the Window: March birds and others

April 2, 2011

Birds

We’ve bolded the one we didn’t observe last month.

  • Hairy Woodpecker (male)
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Blue Jay
  • Tufted Titmouse (also singing like crazy 3/27)
  • American Crow (heard 3/1, 2 eating corn 3/24, 1 on 3/27 until it saw me through the window)
  • Common Redpolls (5 on 3/4/11)
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Cardinal (male)
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch (3/13/11)
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • White-breasted Nuthatch (3/13/11)
  • Grackle (3/24/11)
  • Red-winged Blackbird (heard 3/15/11, seen 3 on 3/24/11)
  • Evening Grosbeak (male and female pair 3/30/11)
Red-winged Blackbird, Carved by Bob Spear

Red-winged Blackbird, carved by Bob Spear

Mammals

  • Red Squirrel 
  • Gray Squirrels (3 on 3/31/11)
  • Eastern Cottontail (3/8)
  • Eastern Chipmunk (3/15/11)

And if you’re curious, here’s a quick picture and post about what we feed the birds.

Through the Window: February Birds at the Feeders (more or less)

March 2, 2011
Tree Sparrow (carved by Bob Spear)

Tree Sparrow (carved by Bob Spear)

Birds

We’ve bolded the one we didn’t observe last month.

  • Tree Sparrow
  • Wild Turkeys (2 on 2/4; 13 on 2/24)
  • American Robin (7 on 2/4)
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Blue Jay
  • Ruffed Grouse (across the road on 2/8, near the brook)
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Mourning Dove
  • European Starling
  • Raven (flying over)
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • American Crow
  • White-winged Crossbill (Male and Female on 2/16)
  • Common Redpolls (3 on 2/23 on the thistle seed)

Mammals

  • Red Squirrel 
  • Gray Squirrels
  • Fisher (tracks seen 2/16, fisher itself on 2/28)

And if you’re curious, here’s a quick picture and post about what we feed the birds.


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