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  • Spruce Grouse

    Seen this morning in Moose Bog, Wenlock WMA, Ferdinand VT. We got there at about 8 after a two-hour drive from home. Overall we were pretty successful, getting two of five boreal species (this guy and a yellow-bellied flycatcher). Also had 12 warbler spec…

  • Short-billed Dowichers --- record shot

    A record shot through my scope of some of about 50 short-billed dowichers that were feeding on the mudflats at Pompy this afternoon. We had a great run this afternoon, finding three rare birds, the wheatear, these dowichers, and then a Red-headed Woodpeck…

  • Northern Wheatear!

    This rarity was reported in White River Junction, Vermont, pretty close to where I live, so we headed down to see it this afternoon. This guy is quite a ways out of range, they breed in the far north of Canada, but fly all the way to Africa to winter, so…


  • Canada Warbler

    Early this morning I heard an interesting song from outside, which turned out to be a Canada Warbler! This is the first time I've seen this species in the spring for several years (I had a couple come by last fall).

  • Louisiana Waterthrush

    Two of these birds were the highlight of a morning walk in Union Village today. They were feeding by a little stream, perching pretty low in the foliage or walking through the shallow water, looking for little invertebrates or something. This was a new ye…

  • Spring Azure

    This photo is a couple of weeks old now, but I figured I'd post it because I like the level of focus and detail I caught on the butterfly's head and antennae. Unfortunately they always close their wings when they land, and refuse to show their gorgeous bl…


  • The Joker

    A beautiful moth that came in to my lights last night. The light here doesn't even bring out the colors, but you get the jist of the beautiful green and black patterning. Note the quarter for scale.

  • Wilson's Snipe

    Yesterday, I went on a fantastic birding trip around some of the best birding sites in our area. We started in the early morning at the Windsor Prison Property, which is one of the best places I know for spring birding, before hitting Lake Runnemede and t…

  • Blackburnian Warbler

    One of 14 warbler species we saw yesterday, and not one I see often. Other people in the area had been reporting these for the past few days, and so we kept hoping to find one, not really expecting we actually would. But one appeared and perched in a tree…


  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak

    We saw our first Rose-breasted Grosbeak of the year pretty early in the day, singing beautifully and showing off in a tree by the roadside.

  • Tiger Beetle

    The Simon Pearce Floodplains area in Windsor, VT, provided a few more interesting birds for our day list, but no photos. We had three gnatcatchers, a black-throated blue warbler, a green heron, and a turkey. But most surprising was a quick, fleeting look…

  • Grapevine Epimenis

    There were a lot of these diurnal moths fluttering around at Lake Runnemede yesterday. Bird finds included a Wilson's Warbler, a pair of House Wrens, and a single Killdeer.


  • Lincoln's Sparrow

    This bird was around my house this morning, the fifth sparrow species around right now and not one that I manage to see often. Looks a lot like a song sparrow, but buffier and "different" looking. Another interesting species seen today was a Wilson's War…

  • Snowy Owl

    This photo is from last week, when I went down to Springfield, VT, to see this bird, which had been reported there for several days. It was very easy to find, sitting out in a brushpile in the middle of an open field, but didn't make for the best photo-op…

  • Hermit Thrush

    This morning I saw my first Hermit Thrush of the year on Campbell Flats in Norwich, Vermont. Spring is really arriving here in Vermont!


  • Tree Swallow

    The Tree Swallows have returned in numbers to our area. Today I went birding on Campbell Flats road, in Norwich VT, where a number of bird boxes have been set up for the bluebirds. However, Tree Swallows have arrived and several pairs are around, examini…

  • Fox Sparrow

    Yesterday evening, after returning from seeing lots of great birds at Lake Runnemede, we found two of these guys hanging out around our house! We had one come by last April, and one stayed from quite a while in the fall of 2013, but I didn't really expect…

  • Red-breasted Merganser

    Mid day today I went birding at Lake Runnemede in Windsor, Vermont. This male Red-breasted Merganser was a surprise, and the first bird we saw. It flew in to the water right in front of us, but soon swam off. They are a really neat species, told from the…


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