After looking for the Dickcissel from early morning to mid-afternoon
with no success, right during the middle of Thanksgiving dinner just
after 3:00pm it appeared among the ever-present House Sparrows just
outside the window in full sight of all the gathered family members at
the table. Everyone had good looks, especially delighting in the bright
yellow of the breast. Within five minutes the flock left, and I did not
see her again before dark. She was at ease foraging on the ground,
sitting on low branches, and feeding at a mixed birdseed feeder.
If you want to see her, here are directions.
You can get to our house via Middlebury or Bridport. From Middlebury
take Route 125 west heading toward Bridport. After about 5 miles you
will cross a bridge, after which is Snake Mountain Road on the right
(there is a small cemetery at that corner). Go north on Snake Mountain
Road one mile. We are at 1101, on the left side of the road, greyish
green house. The feeders are south of the house.
From Bridport head east on Route 125. Just over 3 miles there will be
a small cemetery on the left by which is Snake Mountain Road. Turn left
on Snake Mountain Road and follow the directions above.
If possible don't come earlier than 8:30.
She has only been seen among a flock of House Sparrows, which number at
any point in time from 8 to over 30. The flock comes and goes, mostly
going back and forth from thick shrubs by the driveway and the thickets
and feeder south of the house. She mostly hangs out near the further
set of feeders. Most visitors have seen her while viewing the feeder
area, and the thickets and brush piles beyond them.
Park in the driveway or a field just to the north. Knock if we are
home, we'd like to say hello. If we are not home feel free to hang out
as long as you want looking for her. The dogs will quit barking after a
Our home number is 462-2315 and my cell is 989-2429. I might not hear
either considering my tasks for the day.
Today's birds are listed below.
Southern end of Snake Mtn. Cornwall/Bridport, Addison, US-VT
Nov 24, 2011
Canada Goose 38
Ruffed Grouse 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 9
American Crow 3
Common Raven 1
Black-capped Chickadee 12
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 7
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 8
European Starling 5
Cedar Waxwing 14
American Tree Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 4
Dickcissel 1 Brightly colored female. Seen yesterday by seven
different experienced observers.
American Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow 28
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