A bright red bird that has jet black wings that contrast really well with the red. The female tends to be more of a yellow-ish with browner wings. These birds tend to be fairly common, however they like to hang out at the top of the foliage, which can make them hard to see.
A special episode of For the Birds that took place on 7/17/21 when WDEV celebrated it’s 90th Birthday!
Anson and Chip talk about the Carolina Wren, the House Wren, and the Winter Wren. The Carolina Wren is a very vocal bird, but you rarely see them. They’re often seen in towns and suburban areas, and will scold you if you get too close! Meanwhile the House Wren is more easily visible and the Winter Wren tries to hide …
On this Episode, Chip and Anson discuss WDEV’s 90th Anniversary as well as the Red-Eyed Vireo. The Red-Eyed Vireo loves the woodlands of Vermont and is a very common bird for summer. They also discuss a variety of other types of Vireos More Posts for Show: For the Birds
On this episode, Chip and Anson talk about the Black-billed Cuckoo’s and other type of Cuckoo’s in the area. The Black-Billed Cuckoo has a distinct sound, and the European Cuckoo’s call was actually used for Cuckoo Clocks. They also talk about rare sightings of a male and female Dickcissels! More Posts for Show: For the Birds
This week, Anson and Chip talk about the Bobolink, a bird that tends to live in grasslands, or in Vermonts case, the hayfield! These birds will often winter in South America, but make their way back here during the other seasons. After discussing the Bobolink, they then talk about the Eastern Meadowlark which have a very similar habitat to the …
This week, Chip and Anson discuss the Ruby Throated Hummingbird, its nest, and what sort of mixtures and flowers they like to drink from. The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is a pretty common hummingbird here in Vermont. With their fast metabolism, they pretty much need to always been looking for the next thing to eat.
Chip details a first ever sighting of a Little Egret in Vermont. This small common egret usually is seen in Europe, Asia, and New Zealand but occasionally is seen in North America. This egret can sometimes be mistaken for a Snowy Egret, but the keen-eyed can spot the subtle differences. Chip and Anson also discuss the Cattle Egret and Great …
Chip talks about his drive through the Midwest spotting many bird species we never see here in Vermont. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
Someone at the North Branch Nature Center saw a Blue-winged warbler for the first time ever, and only the fifth ever in Washington county. Anson’s brother found a Cape May Warbler in the Northeast Kingdom, another very rare bird in Vermont.
We talk a bit more about warblers this week with the Blackburnian Warbler. This black and orange bird is truly a lovely sight to see because we don’t have anything quite like it in Vermont. Anson and Chip saw their first hummingbirds of the season. An Eastern Towhee was spotted in Isle La Motte. More Posts for Show: For the …
Chip has been seeing Tree Swallows at the nature center and we listen to their call. The Tree Swallow is the most common species of swallow we see in Vermont. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
While some of the higher elevations got some snow this week, Anson and Chip heard and saw Hermit Thrush all over the sides of roads. And an interesting visitor from the midwest appeared in Fairfield Swamp Wildlife Management Area this week, a Trumpeter Swan. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
Chip and Anson discuss the two Waterthrush species, both of which we see here in Vermont. The Northern Waterthrush is fairly common here, but occasionally you can spot a Louisiana Waterthrush near running water like mountain brooks. They also discuss reports of Winter Wren coming back to Vermont. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
Chip points out that Redpoll, Pine Grosebeak, Crossbill, and Pine Siskin sightings are on the decline, most likely indicating they have headed north for the year. But Anson notes that the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is back. This woodpecker has a unique drumming pattern that is quite slower than their woodpecker cousins. And they can drum and squeal quite loud. The two …
Anson spotted some bluebirds around this week and got a great recording of their song. Bluebirds prefer open areas for foraging and a perch to stand on. It’s not too late to get your bluebird nest box out and catch some around your house. Chip has been seeing lots more phoebes lately and even spots a Fox Sparrow during the …
Anson and Chip talk about the migrating waterfowl that you can sometimes catch at your local pond or lake. Chip has been stopping by a flooded field between Middlesex and Moretown and seeing a variety of ducks such as Wood Ducks and Northern Pintails. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
Anson spotted a Woodcock near his home while getting out to enjoy the warm weather this week. We listen to this bird’s unique call and discuss their courtship display. Lots of birds are back in Vermont with the warm weather arriving. What are you seeing near your feeder or on your nature walks? More Posts for Show: For the Birds
Chip and Anson discuss the birds that are coming back to Vermont as it warms up in the last few weeks. Red-winged Blackbird and Common Grackle are becoming a more common sight in late March, but the Killdeer is perhaps the most interesting. A member of the Plover family, this unique-colored bird can often be found in open spaces around …
Chip tells us about a couple of Common Ravens he saw while out on a walk this week in Chickering Bog who were out gathering materials for their nest. This is a common sight for this time of year in Vermont and soon they’ll be laying eggs. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
Chip and Anson talk about the Brown Creeper, a small woodland bird that circles up tree trunks in search of small insects for food. Chip spotted his first of the season on March 1 after hearing its unique call. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
A few weeks ago, we had Matt Young on the show to talk about the Finch Forecast. And just as predicted, late winter is bringing a lot of Bohemian Waxwings to Vermont. Chip and Anson discuss this disgruntled-looking little bird with an interesting call. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
Spring is on the way. It may feel far off with the current temperatures outside, but there are reports of some migrating birds already returning to Vermont. Chip and Anson talk about these sightings of blackbirds and other migrating birds in Southern Vermont and Massachusetts. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
Chip tells us about an abundance of waterfowl he saw this past week out on the Causeway, going from Colchester to South Hero. There were multiple species of ducks and scaups out on the partially frozen Lake Champlain. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
Chip and Anson talk about Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count they organize with Audubon. You can participate anywhere by spending at least 15 minutes counting the birds in your backyard February 12-15 and posting them on eBird. Anson does his own little count outside his window. Then they talk Woodpeckers; specifically the Downy woodpecker, Hairy woodpecker, …
Chip and Anson talk about Short-eared Owls that have been spotted around the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison county hunting at dusk. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
Chip and Anson continue the conversation they started last week when Matt Young was on the show about Redpolls. Redpolls are a type of Finch and we typically get two species in Vermont, the Common Redpoll and the Hoary Redpoll.
Chip and Anson invite Matt Young on the show virtually to talk about the Finch Research Network and the Finch Forecast for New England and New York. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
Chip and Anson talk about a Red-bellied Woodpecker, a southern species that was spotted during the Christmas Bird Count in Middlesex near the town hall. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
Chip and Anson wrap up the year discussing some of the highlights of bird sightings in Vermont. More than 73,000 checklists were submitted to eBird from Vermont this year 292 species were spotted according to the site. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
Chip and Anson talk about the Christmas bird counts which are already underway. The counting period started December 14th and Island Pond has already done theirs.
Chip and Anson talk about a Dickcissel sighting. The Dickcissel is a midwestern bird with a unique song that occasionally makes its way over to Vermont, and this time was spotted in Waterbury which is quite rare. The guys also talk about the annual Christmas Bird Count which happens all over the Western Hemisphere. More Posts for Show: Vermont Viewpoint
During the warm weather, Anson got out to walk a bit and spotted a Pine Grosbeak, a less common bird in Vermont of the Finch family. Chip talks a bit about a new book called The Bird Way by Jennifer Ackerman. You can request a copy at your local bookstore. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
Happy Thanksgiving! Chip and Anson talk this festive week about everyone’s favorite festive bird, the wild Turkey. Chip and Anson also revisit the finch conversation from a few weeks ago and talk about Red Crossbills Chip has been seeing feasting on white pine. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
A very rare duck for Central Vermont, the Barrow’s Goldeneye, was spotted at Berlin pond this week, making it one of the first spots in Washington county. This species is more often found out west and in Vermont we find their realtives the Common Goldeneye and the Bufflehead. Anson and Chip also discuss some sightings of the Snowy Owl coming …
Chip talks about a unique spot by a birder this week in Shelburne, the Purple Sandpiper (which isn’t purple). This bird is pretty rare for Vermont, they tend to favor rocky coasts at this time of year. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
Anson and Chip talk about the winter finch forecast by the Finch Research Network, a new organization dedicated to studying finches. This year the finch forecast for Vermont is looking pretty good due to a lack of certain cone crops in Canada where finches nest and availability of certain insects. Look out for the Evening Grosbeak, the Red-breasted Nuthatch, the …
Right now is the best time to catch waterfowl coming through our state at your local lake or pond. Chip talks about the Scoters and a Ruddy Duck he saw at Berlin pond and Anson talks about geese. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
Anson and Chip talk about the owls coming through our area in October. The North Branch Nature Center is banding Northern Saw-whet Owl to track migrations and numbers in Vermont. This tiny owl likes to feast on mice, but sometimes falls prey to other birds due to its small size. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
We have a rare sighting of a Greater White-fronted Goose in Adamant. Chip talks about what this goose that is usually found out west or in Europe is doing all the way in Vermont hanging out with Canada Geese. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
A lot of the warblers have moved on for the winter, but some are still around. Chip talks about the Yellow-rumped Warbler and the Palm Warbler as two kinds of late migrators you can still see this weekend. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
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. …
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 …
Anson and Chip talk about the different hawks that nest in Vermont and soon will be migrating out of the state. Not all hawks migrate south, a couple do stick around, but most fly south. Photo by Mikell Darling on Unsplash More Posts for Show: For the Birds
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. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
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. More …
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. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
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. More Posts for …
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.
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. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
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.
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 …
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, …
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. More Posts for Show: For the Birds
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. More Posts for Show: For …
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.”
Chip talks about the first week of North Branch Nature Center’s bird banding program and how they do that while maintaining social distancing. More Posts for Show: For the Birds