This past weekend, Martha Steele and myself took advantage of Maple Sugar Weekend and did a little birding. Up in Westmore snow was still in our meadow and it snowed all day on Sunday. The feeders were still very active with 25 plus BC Chickadees, 4 Red breasted Nuthatches, 2 White-breasted Nuthatches, 2 Hairy and 3 Downy (2 female) woodpeckers. Also there was one female Evening Grosbeak and 7 Common Redpolls.
The sun came out on Monday and 2 Brown Creepers were singing, 9 American Robins returned and 3 Dark-eyed Juncoes were back, on Tuesday morning a Song Sparrow and a few White-throated Sparrows were heard singing! Our Redwings returned to nearby Stevens Farm on Monday and there was a flock of about 60 Common Grackles and 15 Redwings along the north shore of Willoughby. There was one American Woodcock in aerial display on Sunday night. A Barred Owl answered my call on Monday night.
The only bird of note along the South American Road in the Wenlock area was two Black-backed Woodpeckers drumming. In over a mile hike I came across only 2 BC Chickadees, there was a pair of Hooded Mergansers along the highway.
Bob Stymeist and Martha Steele
Westmore Vt and Arlington, MA