Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Woodside, May 11,14,15. VT Bird and Fauna Photos

Woodside Natural Area in Essex Junction Vermont, birding from 7am to 2pm, May 11.    Once entering paradise, one is in no rush to leave.

Solitary Sandpiper

Baltimore Oriole (Female)

Baltimore Oriole (Male)


                               Warbling Vireo 

"On another note I saw two Solitary Sandpipers at Lagoon road in Hinesburg yesterday and took a good look at their legs. Both of them had yellow legs. There was a Greater Yellowlegs nearby that offered a convenient size comparison. Needless to say the Solitaries were much smaller than the Yellowlegs and sported shorter legs. Sometimes it is easier to make the id in real life rather than from photos."  
~Bruce McPherson, Green Mtn. Audubon President

Least Flycatcher (look at the primary extension -- and eye-ring, such as it is in this individual).
Most likely a Junvenal's Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis) -- not Dreamy (E. icelus). Note the white glassy spots on the forewing, which rules out E. icelus.
Bryan Pfieffer


                                  American Redstart 


Arisaema triphyllum (Jack in the pulpit)

Pink Spotted Lady Beetle 

                                        Species Coleomegilla maculata

       Dreamy Duskywing or Aspen Dusky Wing
                                       Erynnis icelus 

White-throated Sparrow

                                                      Female Red-winged Blackbird

               Lots of sex in spring - for the birds anyway.                       Lucky birds!

                     Click here to read about the flowerS of the Dandelion
                         Each petal is a single flower.


May 14, 6:40am-10am Woodside birding with a group hosted by Maeve Kim.
Guests: Grace, Peggy, Jeanne, Mary Ann, Maureen, Mary, Heather, Bernie, 

Maeves Bird Report for the group: 
Woodside Park - Essex - Winooski Valley Park District, Chittenden, Vermont, US
May 14, 2016 6:40 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     walk with members of birding classes
39 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  2
Wood Duck  2
Mallard  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  2
Black-billed Cuckoo  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Least Flycatcher  1
Empidonax sp.  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
Warbling Vireo  3
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  1
Common Raven  1
Tree Swallow  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Veery  1
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  5     including one with nesting material
Cedar Waxwing  5
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  5
Yellow Warbler  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  6     including one pair at a nest, the male on guard, the female building the nest
Red-winged Blackbird  11
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Baltimore Oriole  7     including four males together, with a lot of noisy chasing and fighting
American Goldfinch  3

                                                          Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak

                                                   Balitmore Oriole

                              Baltimore Oriole signalling for a left turn

Female Red-winged Blackbird

 View from  Lime Kiln Bridge, as seen on my way over to Woodside.


I joined local Naturalist and Birder Zac Cota (Host) and guests in searching for returning residents and migrating birds at Woodside Natural Area in Essex Sunday, May 15. One of the best songbird migration spots in the Champlain Valley, over 150 bird species have been seen at Woodside including 23 different warblers.

Photo (Left to right) Larry, Gwen, Donnie,  Zac. 
(Back row) Tom, Clem. Not in photo, Lou-Ann.

Female Grosbeak fixing up a new home.

The narrative:
A raccoon in the cavity,
a small feather on the cavity hole,
and a nearby duck on at limb.

Note the Jack in the pulpit in the background