An exciting view today of an immature Peregrine Falcon at Dewey’s Mills Pond in Quechee Vermont. It flew overhead and through a flock of Mourning Doves in a tree. Missed! Then it flew across the river where it encountered several crows. A chase ensued, seemingly with the crow chasing the Falcon, then the falcon chasing the crow. (The last picture is a crow fleeing from the Peregrine.)
We have had a wonderful flock of Evening Grosbeaks at home in Vermont this summer. I think there have been two successful broods in some cases. The assortment of colors and degrees of maturity or molt is amazing. As I was taking these pictures yesterday, one immature bird landed on the porch rail, not more than a foot from my face. It gave me “the eye”, and went on to sip water drops and forage for tiny bits of—who knows what. Only a phone call interrupted our happy encounter.
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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