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Through the Window: March 2017

April 7, 2017

March was a mix, with bare ground and then snowstorm Stella. A small snafu, so we don’t have our white board list from February but we did of course keep track over on eBird. for our monitoring walks and so on.  So bold in this list indicates “not seen in January” instead of “not seen last month.”

  • Wild Turkey
  • Northern Cardinal (male)
  • Black-capped chickadee
  • Blue Jay
  • Red-Winged Blackbird (The First-of-Year Red-winged Blackbird showed up at the end of February, which always seems to surprise us, even though it happens almost every year.) 
  • Mourning Dove
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Common Grackle (F.O.Y. March 25)
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • American Crow (3 on March 27)

The usual suspects: Red and Gray Squirrels, White-tailed Deer, and an Eastern Cottontail rabbit. On th enight came: a Raccoon.

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 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.

Species List from February 2017 Bird Monitoring Walk

February 27, 2017

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.

Species List: December 2016 Bird Monitoring

January 2, 2017

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.

Feeder Cam update

November 10, 2016

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

Through the Window: October 2016

November 4, 2016

“And the leaves /come tumbling down” — well, ok, a misquote, but nice for this time of year. We have turned our autumn corner, from “open daily” to “open by appointment” — although our bird feeding continues daily also!

In October, we noticed these birds, fluttering, swooping, perching, or interacting with each other. Bold are those not recorded last month.

  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Blue Jay
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Mourning Dove
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • White-throated Sparrow (juveniles and adults)
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Wild Turkey (~12 on October 6)
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Purple Finch
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red-tailed Hawk (over the Museum, seen from the front entrance path)
  • Fox Sparrow (October 23)
  • American Goldfinch (October 25)
  • Evening Grosbeak (8 on October 25, 2 on October 27)
  • Common Grackle (2 on October 26)
  • American Robin (in crabapple tree October 26)

For more precise records, you might also like to look at eBird data for recent years at the Museum.

Plenty of squirrels as usual!  Red Squirrels, Gray Squirrels, and Eastern Chipmunks.

Everyone who visits is welcome to check their identification then add their sightings to our whiteboard list. We are open by appointment; please call to schedule your visit. In addition,  consider joining us for a carving class, a bird walk, the “Black BIRDday” Gift Shop sale, offsite programs at libraries and senior centers, and more. Event details are on our website. 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.

Who’s out and about?

October 25, 2016

Who’s out and about, overhead or foraging on the forest floor?

Come to our Bird Monitoring Walk, October 29: let’s find out! https://www.facebook.com/events/1771702999709137/

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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