Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Golden-crowned Kinglet

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With the migration season well underway, Anson and Chip talk about some of the small birds coming through our area. One of those is the Ruby-crowned Kinglet, a beautiful olive-colored bird where males have a bright red crown that is sometimes visible. The Golden-crowned Kinglet shows it’s bright yellow crown all the time, and stays in Vermont through the winter. …

Long-billed Dowitcher and Least Sandpiper

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In a first for Washington county, a Long-billed Dowitcher was spotted. This shore bird has a long beak like a Snipe and a very unique call. These are rare around Central Vermont because they prefer mud flats along river beds and sand bars, thus lending themselves more to being spotted in the Champlain Valley. Anson and Chip also talk about …

Warblers Are On the Move

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We’re now in September, and with the changing weather means that birds are migrating through our state. Several types of Warblers have been spotted in Vermont recently that don’t nest in the state. ← All Posts for Show For the Birds

Northern Flicker and Nighthawks

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The Northern Flicker, one of the only woodpeckers to feed on the ground, has been seen around the state lately. This beautiful bird is very colorful, with yellow flight feathers and a distinct black and brown spotted-like pattern. Also, the Nighthawk migration has brought them through Vermont, feasting on winged ants and preferring the eastern side of the state. ← …

Mallard Duck

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We talk again this week about common birds and how fascinating watching them is. We talk about the Mallard, a common species of duck that are in their annual molting stage right now. ← All Posts for Show For the Birds

Common Grackle

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Many people may consider August to be a boring time for birds in Vermont, but sometimes now is the time when you see common birds do uncommon things. Chip talks about a flock of over 100 Common Grackle that came by his house last week, an unusual group size in the woods despite being a common bird. ← All Posts …

Wilson’s Storm-Petrel

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With the recent tropical storm that blew threw Vermont, that can mean that some birds can blow in that otherwise wouldn’t normally live here. That’s exactly what happened this week, where someone spotted a Storm-Petrel, most likely a Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, on Lake Memphremagog. This coastal bird usually spotted off the coast of Maine at this time of year.

Peregrine Falcon

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Anson and Chip talk about the recent report by Audubon Vermont on how the nesting season went for Peregrine Falcons. This crow sized falcon nests earlier in the year than a lot of other birds and likes sharp cliff faces. ← All Posts for Show For the Birds

Black-billed Cuckoo

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Chip and Anson discuss one of Anson’s favorite July birds, the Black-billed Cuckoo. They can be hard to spot because they like to hide in dense vegetation, but you can hear them due to their unique call.

Indigo Bunting

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Anson and Chip talk about a bird they’ve been hearing a lot lately: the Indigo Bunting. These birds have a quite loud and high-pitched song. “Indigo Buntings are small (roughly sparrow-sized), stocky birds with short tails and short, thick, conical bills. In flight, the birds appear plump with short, rounded tails” according to the Cornell Lab. While the males have …

Red-eyed Vireo

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The hot weather is when you’ll almost always hear one bird, the Red-eyed Vireo. A bird you might not often see, you’ll often hear it. From the Cornell Lab: “A tireless songster, the Red-eyed Vireo is one of the most common summer residents of Eastern forests. These neat, olive-green and white songbirds have a crisp head pattern of gray, black, …

Yellow-Headed Blackbird

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Chip and Anson talk about a rare sighting of a Yellow-Headed Blackbird in Rutland City. They also talk about their favorite red, white, and blue birds for Independence Day. ← All Posts for Show For the Birds

Red-Headed Woodpecker

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Anson and Chip talk about a sighting of a Red-Headed Woodpecker in Essex. From the Cornell Lab: “Red-headed Woodpeckers are medium-sized woodpeckers with fairly large, rounded heads, short, stiff tails, and powerful, spike-like bills.” They used to be more common in parts of Vermont but these days they live mostly in the Midwest and South. ← All Posts for Show …

Western Kingbird

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Chip talks about a rare sighting of a Western Kingbird in East Montpelier. While we have Eastern Kingbird’s around here, Western Kingbirds are far more rare in Vermont. According to The Cornell Lab, “Western Kingbirds are fairly large flycatchers with large heads and broad shoulders. They have heavy, straight bills, long wings, and a medium-length, square-tipped tail.”

Bird Banding

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Chip talks about the first week of North Branch Nature Center’s bird banding program and how they do that while maintaining social distancing. ← All Posts for Show For the Birds