Two more Red-bellied Woodpecker sightings were made on the island -a female was on a snag across the road from Todd's Garage (1/2) and another individual was up on Skin Hill at the Delsandro feeding station (1/8). Readers may remember that Jim Clayter had a male Red-bellied Woodpecker visit his feeders just before the end of the year, so this makes 3 sightings within the last few weeks! Keep your eyes on your feeders!
This "Snow Bunting on a wire" near Poole Hill was spotted and photographed by Kerry Hardy . We here at the VSR send out a big welcome to Kerry as he has been hired as the new Vinalhaven Land Trust steward. Enjoy the woods, we'll see you out there!
|photo by Kerry Hardy|
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Songbird wrap up - White-winged Crossbills are still the “songbird to beat” as they continue to dominate the auditory landscape wherever spruce trees are found (most everywhere on the island). Seems like every spruce on the east side of the basin has a Crossbill singing on it (you could walk across the forest on their backs). as well as good numbers of Golden-crowned Kinglets, Black-capped chickadees, American Goldfinch, Red-breasted Nuthatches, and Hairy &/or Downy Woodpeckers.
Myrtle warblers seen every trip to lane's, last seen (1/12)...
A nice thing with these mixed species flocks is how they use vocalizations to spread the word of an approaching predator. (1/5) near otter pond - i found myself sitting below a nice flock of kinglets (5), chickadees (5), Nuthatches (3+), Goldfinch (3) and White-winged Crossbills (30+). The Crossbills were up highest in the spruce, when suddenly the Crossbills changed their tune from singing to an alarm note. Word spread thru the flock from east to west and soon everyone was chattering alarms and hunkering down when a beautiful Northern Goshawk came screaming thru the area from the east. Things got quiet for maybe 10 seconds and by 20 seconds things seemed back to the way it was pre-goshawk. An example of safety in numbers for them, and plenty of warning for me to get a great view of the Goshawk. The whole experience seemed to be in slow motion. More my speed.