Yesterday we did the Brattleboro Area Christmas Bird Count in southeastern Vermont. Rain held off and we had a good count, with 56 species recorded.
-- Barrow's Goldeneye among several hundred waterfowl coming in to roost above the Vernon Dam in the late afternoon (previous cw in '04 & '10)
-- Rough-legged Hawk seen near the fish hatchery along Connecticut River (last record '04)
-- count week Common Grackle (last record cw '06)
-- count week White-crowned Sparrow (last records '90, '92)
The White-crowned Sparrow was at my feeders. I photographed it on December 14. It was seen everyday through December 20.
|White-crowned Sparrow - South Newfane|
The backyard feeders also host the "snowbirds" who come south to enjoy to temperate winters of Vermont (temperate? really) and the several residents like the chickadees ...
|American Tree Sparrow|