Tag Archives: bird

American goldfinch: a common bird with uncommon habits
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July 27, 2017

American goldfinch: a common bird with uncommon habits

By Barbara Mackay

I love the fact that there is always something new to observe in nature. Take goldfinches, for example. I have often watched them devour milkweed seeds from an acrobatic, upside-down position. Recently, I spotted several bright yellow males perched atop dandelion stems,…

Grassland bird populations decline in Vermont
State News
July 26, 2017

Grassland bird populations decline in Vermont

Grassland-nesting bird populations continue to decline in numbers in Vermont, according to recent surveys conducted by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department (VTF&W) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Bird species that nest in grasslands include vesper sparrows, grasshopper sparrows, bobolinks, and eastern meadowlarks,…

The evolution of bird feet
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June 21, 2017

The evolution of bird feet

By Meghan McCarthy McPhaul

As spring’s crescendo of birdsong mellows now to a steadier summer trill, I listen for melodies I don’t recognize and try to figure out which birds are singing. I look through binoculars at their feathers, the color variations along head and…

F&W suggests removing bird feeders April 1
Local News
March 29, 2017

F&W suggests removing bird feeders April 1

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says warm spring weather and melting snows will bring bears out of their winter dens in search of food. The department recommends taking down bird feeders on April 1 to avoid attracting them. Bears are very fond of suet…

Winter bird rehabilitation faces extra challenges
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March 1, 2017

Winter bird rehabilitation faces extra challenges

By Leah Burdick

An injured barred owl sat in the back seat of a four-door sedan, staring balefully out the window at its rescuer. “I saw him on the side of the road, just sitting there, trying to fly,” the young woman explained to Maria…