Special Guest Matt Young

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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

Red-bellied Woodpecker

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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

Best Bird Sightings of 2020

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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

Dickcissel and the Christmas Bird Count

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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

Pine Grosbeak and A New Book on Birds

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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

Talking Turkeys for Thanksgiving and Red Crossbill

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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

Barrow’s Goldeneye and Snowy Owl

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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 …

Purple Sandpiper

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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

The Winter Finch Forecast

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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 …

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Waterfowl Migrating Through Vermont

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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

Northern Saw-whet Owl

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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

Greater White-fronted Goose

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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

Farewell to the Warblers

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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

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 …

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Nesting Hawks Migrating Out of Vermont

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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

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. More 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. More …

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. More 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. More Posts for …

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. More 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. More 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. More Posts for Show: For …

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. More Posts for Show: For the Birds