Archive for the 'Field Notes' Category

New Year’s Day Visitor at the Feeder

This ermine, quite an agile creature, decided to celebrate the New Year by sampling the delicacies at the feeders on Two Dog Mountain in Fayston. [photopress:Ermine2TDM_Elias07.jpg,full,pp_image] [photopress:ErmineTDM_Elias07.jpg,full,pp_image]

Mad Birders Participate in Christmas Bird Count

On Friday December 14, 2007 over two dozen Mad Birders braved the winter weather to participate in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. The Waitsfield team got a great look at a Pileated Woodpecker and Pat Folsom snapped this shot. [photopress:PileatedCBCWaitsfield_Folsom07.jpg,full,pp_image] The Fayston Team dubbed themselves The Peckerheads (because their first birds of the day were […]

Birding Fabulous Monhegan Island

In late September, six lucky Mad Birders spent three wonderful days birding Monhegan Island, off the coast of Maine .  Led by Fred and Chris Pratt (Team Pipit), we enjoyed finding over eighty species of birds, many of them not usually seen in the East.  The weather was fantastic, although Fred kept looking for those northwest […]

Sparrows are not just Little Brown Birds!

Sparrows are fun to watch and identify. In the winter, we often see American Tree Sparrows, in the spring and fall the beautiful large Fox Sparrows visit for a few days or weeks in migration. One of the first birds signaling spring is the cheerful Song Sparrow. His song will be the first we hear […]