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Through the Window: December 2016

January 13, 2017

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

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.

Through the Window: March 2016

April 8, 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.

Through the Window: February 2016

March 4, 2016
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Bohemian Waxwing spotted at the Museum

It’s felt not-very-winterish this year. But looking at previous years, it seems much the same birds have been here (not that our records go back very far in this medium, and they’re much more informal than eBird data by and near the Museum). See for yourself if you are curious— links are below the bird list.

  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Blue Jay (0bserved a distinctive Blue Jay: unusual feathers on right wing, missing secondaries; did not fly, only hop. Observed in both early and late February, but not every time Jays were noticed)
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • American Goldfinch
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • American Crow
  • Mourning Dove (heard calling on 2/29 also)
  • Purple Finch
  • Bohemian Waxwing (8 seen on 2/26, which inspired some human visitors too)
  • Wild Turkey  (On 2/18 14 recorded; another 33 seen on 2/28)
  • Ruffed Grouse (2/26)
  • Red-winged Blackbird (solitary male seen 2/29 – First of Year for us!)

Bold indicates those we didn’t see last month.

We also observed Red and Gray Squirrels, and, mysteriously, blood under the feeder. One of the web cams recorded a raccoon, very briefly, on 2/21.

Previous Februaries:
Feb 2015 | Feb 2014 | Feb 2013 | Feb 2012 | Feb 2011 | Feb 2010

You too can watch from our window! To schedule a visit call, tweet, phone (802) 434-2167, or email museum@birdsofvermont.org ! We’ll also be hosting an Animal Tracks & Sign workshop on March 19 and the next Bird Monitoring Walk on March 26.

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.

Great Backyard Bird Count, 2016

February 17, 2016

We were open last Saturday to celebrate and support the Great Backyard Bird Count. Naturally, we counted birds—and a few others—as well. We recorded our results at eBird, and below.  Notice there are two days!  If you have questions about the Great Backyard Bird Count, eBird, or citizen science, ask us!

Birds of Vermont Museum, Chittenden, Vermont, US
 Feb 13, 2016 9:15 AM - 11:15 AM
 Protocol: Stationary
 Comments:     Museum was open for the GBBC and visitors and Museum staff observed and recorded.
 12 species
 
 Ruffed Grouse  1     May have been noticed later in day
 Downy Woodpecker  2
 Hairy Woodpecker  2
 Blue Jay  13
 Black-capped Chickadee  28
 Tufted Titmouse  4
 Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
 White-breasted Nuthatch  2
 Dark-eyed Junco  14
 Northern Cardinal  2
 Purple Finch  4
 American Goldfinch  15
 
 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27909893
 
 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Birds of Vermont Museum, Chittenden, Vermont, US
 Feb 14, 2016 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 Protocol: Stationary
 Comments:     Museum staff recording during lunch break
 5 species
 
 Hairy Woodpecker  2
 Blue Jay  5
 Black-capped Chickadee  6
 Dark-eyed Junco  5
 Northern Cardinal  1
 
 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27909940
 
 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

 

How did your counts go?

Open Museum for the Great Backyard Bird Count 2016

February 9, 2016

Drop by the Museum for the Great Backyard Bird Count! We’re open Saturday, February 13 • 10am – 3pm to share the Count with you!

Share the Great Backyward Bird Count with friends, family, and the Birds of Vermont Museum

  • New to the count? We can tell you about it and help you participate.
  • Need to warm up from your outdoor excursion with Audubon Vermont? Do so from the comfort of our viewing window chairs.
  • Seen a great bird and want to let us know? Sounds good!
  • Need help identifying a bird? From apps to field guides, we can help. You’ll need to know your fieldmarks, though! (And we can help with that, too)
  • Want to have fun? You bet!

See you here!

More about the GBBC: http://gbbc.birdcount.org/

Through the Window: January 2016

February 5, 2016

A nice month for accidental sightings of the larger birds as we come into or out of work. Snow depth is paltry (and for some us, that’s depressing, infuriating, or just plain inhospitably dangerous, if, say, you are a grouse). We have both the up-on-a-post feeders and ground feeding areas, one of which is just outside the office windows. It’s such a treat to look over and catch sight of a junco or a chickadee right there, not four feet away.

  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • American Goldfinch
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Blue Jay
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Purple Finch
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Cardinal
  • American Crow
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Wild Turkey  (more than 3 observed walking along the road, southeast across the culvert, into the bird sanctuary field, January 19)
  • Common Raven (flying over Museum and Treehouse, January 31)

Bold indicates those we didn’t see last month.

We also observed Red Squirrels, and Gray Squirrels. Wow are those Gray Squirrels numerous. We’ve consistently been seeing 6-12 or them, and at least 13 on January 17!

You too can watch from our window! Drop in for the Great Backyard Bird Count on February 13, or call, tweet, phone (802) 434-2167, or email museum@birdsofvermont.org to schedule your visit for another day!

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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