Monthly Archives: May 2014

Amazing and Unusual Bird Sightings in Vermont May 23 2014

After a big rainstorm here, we had quite a “fallout” of birds that are almost never seen in mid-state on the eastern side of Vermont. First up are the “Redheads”.  Although a Pileated Woodpecker is common here, it is not some common to see one up close. This one was excavating an old log on the bank of the Ompompanoosuc River, and ignored me as I approached him.  (first 2 photos). The second bird is a Red-Headed Woodpecker.  Last seen in this area around 2004-2005, according to Vermont ebird reports. (second 2 photos)

Next we see about 50 Dowitchers on the Ompompanosuc river- another rare occasion. (one photo).  Then on the V.A. Hospital Grounds in Hartford, Vt., a Northern Wheatear appeared in the parking lot, creating a major sensation amongst local birders. (Three photos). This bird lives in the far north-has been noted in Greenland, and migrates to Africa> How it got here is a mystery!

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Swainson’s Thrush

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Solitary Sandpipers-Sharpie Attack!

I was watching two Solitary Sandpipers chase each other around a beaver pond nearby. Maybe they were the same two I saw fighting there last year!  (Not likely). Anyway, one landed, and swoosh!  A sharp-shinned Hawk tried to get the sandpiper. (Pretty sure the hawk wasn’t a Cooper’s Hawk-smallish, small head, long tail….). So… no luck. The hawk landed in a tree and sulked  for a few moments before moving on. Funny thing. No sandpipers in sight.

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Horned Grebe in Vermont-Spring Migration

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This lone Horned Grebe came fairly close for some pleasing shots at the Wilder Dam Boat Launch in Wilder, Vermont on May 1 2014.

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Red Crossbill in Vermont

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An unusual sighting for this time of year. Probably a pair, feeding 2 young. Only got 1 picture, of the female. This was taken at Dewey’s Mills pond in Quechee Vermont, May 1, 2014. Discovered by George Clark and Ed Hack.

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