Helping out the VBBA

And what would the VBBA be you ask?  Well I could tell you all about it, but it would be a lot easier to just point you in the right direction. So I’ll do that instead… just CLICK HERE!

Essential, VINS is conducting a new breeding bird atlas since it has been 25 years since the first. I had the pleasure of accompanying Ruth Stewart and Jack Leonard on the survey, and since this year has been my first year in going on on wild bird walks, I had 3 life birds on this walk alone.

The Baltimore Oriole - very cool to see naturally on a walk

The Belted Kingfisher - much bigger in flight than I had imagined, but right over a river, as should be expected.

American Redstarts - several pair and the males were just beautiful.

Amazing what you see if you just look!


  1. Thom said,

    June 6, 2006 @ 12:19 pm

    I think it’s pretty funny that you had to move to Vermont to see a Baltimore Orliole for the first time, especially since you lived in Baltimore. I used to see them all the time when I lived in Northwest Iowa and I FINALLY saw one in my backyard in DC about a month ago…the first one I’ve seen since moving to here almost 20 years ago. Our downtown back yard birds are mostly mockingbirds, catbirds, and cardinals (aside from the obvious city dwellers - sparrows, crows, starlings, and pidgeons), but I did see a downy woodpecker on the tree outside my window last week. I have a wren house up for the second year and I’m ever hopeful, but it’s not looking great again this year. I know they’re in the ‘hood because I hear them once in awhile. Maybe I need to lower the condo fee.

  2. Administrator said,

    June 9, 2006 @ 2:00 pm

    Yes - John and I both found the irony in this as well. Side note on oriole sightings this year. Many folks are seeing them in numbers that are quite high. No ideas why, but I haven’t been able to keep oriole feeders in the store.

    All we know is that they’re one of the few birds that eat the Eastern Tent Catepillar and we’re having one of the worst infestations in about 20 years, so we hope they’re eating.

    Thanks for writing -

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