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State of Vermont

Hermit
Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus ©Matt MacGillivray - Creative Commons Website

Vermont, the Green Mountain State, is a small New England state with a wide range of birding habitats within a single day's drive.

In the extreme southeast of the state, several southern species reach the northern limit of their range, such as the Red-bellied Woodpecker that nested for the first time in Vermont in 2001 in Brattleboro.

In the extreme north, the boreal forests host northern species like the Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay and Black-backed Woodpecker.

The Lake Champlain valley provides lake, river, and marsh habitats and is a stopover Spring and Fall for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. Recently it has been discovered that this in-land waterway is also a Fall flyway for seabirds, including Jaegers and Gannets.

The Connecticut River Valley is a rich riparian area, highlighted by Herrick's Cove Important Bird Area near Bellows Fall. Several hawk watches monitor migrating raptors in the Fall, notably on Mt. Philo south of Burlington, and Putney Mountain near Brattleboro; at the latter friendly volunteer hawk watchers readily trade bird gossip between hawk flights.

Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison provides year round birding treats, but none better than the presence of thousands of Snow Geese during late October migration (with an occasional Ross' Goose mixed in). At the right time of year, the endangered Bicknell's Thrush can be lured out of hiding in the spruce forests on the mountain tops where research on this species also, and unexpectedly, turned up nesting Boreal Owls.

The rich birding opportunities provided by Vermont is found in the most rural and environmentally progressive state in the union. Small villages hearken back to the early nineteenth century, long before sprawl took over, and small cities retain evidence of the early industrial age, a time before bigness became the norm.

Contributor

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 388

As at November 2016

Checklist

iGoTerra Checklist

iGoTerra Checklist

Fatbirder Associate iGoTerra offers the most comprehensive and up to date birds lists on the web

Useful Reading

Birdwatching in Vermont

Ted Murin & Bryan Pfeiffer University Press of New England

ISBN: 1584651881

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Useful Information

State Bird

Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus

Forums & Mailing Lists

VTBIRD

Mailing List

To post to list: vtbird@list.uvm.edu

List contact: Ernie Buford VTBIRD-request@LIST.UVM.EDU

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Discussion group & Mailing List - To see the past messages sent to the list (the list archives) look on the Web at http://list.uvm.edu/archives/vtbird.html

Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding Pal

Information

Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Vermont Bird Tours

Tour Operator

Vermont Bird Tours believes in conservation, outdoor education and unadulterated fun. Based in a renovated farmhouse near Bartlett Hill in Plainfield, Vermont, we're a small business with a youthful passion about wildlife and wild places. We simply love to play outside. We also teach. So as our group gazes at a Scarlet Tanager foraging in a sugar maple, for example, we not only gawk at the sight, we talk about the threats posed to this other migratory songbirds. Our groups are small and friendly. And our guides are not only skilled at finding plants, birds and other critters, they're experts at making sure you see and enjoy them all.

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2014 [10 October] - Richard Coomber

PDF Report

...Two large male Wild Turkeys looked very plump. Apparently there were three last week, but it is getting closer to Thanksgiving Day! Black-capped Chickadees, American Goldfinches and House Finches were the commonest species at the feeders. Both Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches came occasionally and there were visits from a few Purple Finches and Red-winged Blackbirds. Northern Cardinals tended to stayed on the ground along with a smart male Eastern Towhee and sparrows that included Chipping, Field and Song....

2015 [10 October] - Richard Coomber - New England

PDF Report

Glorious fall colours are synonymous with New England and on this Ornitholidays' tour we were not disappointed. We had an excellent itinerary that covered coastal birding on the Massachusetts' coast photographing fall colours and old buildings inland in both Vermont and Massachusetts. We flew to Boston and then drove to Cape Cod. The colours of trees and shrubs were radiant in the sunshine. The birding was good with White-winged Scoters offshore with other sea ducks and Common Loons. During our whale watching trip we saw Fin and Humpback Whales and Cory's and Great Shearwaters...

Places to Stay

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Inn at Buck Hollow Farm B&B

Accommodation

Whether you decide to walk our wooded trails, cuddle a spring lamb, listen to a brook, or simply sit by the heated pool and watch the birds, we believe you will appreciate the special country atmosphere of spring and summer in this northern Vermont location.

Ryegate House B&B

Accommodation

Ryegate House is a completely renovated 150+ year old farmhouse just three miles from I-91. Year round fun & relaxation. Birds, flowers, fresh air, & vegetables in the Spring and Summer. Foliage tours in the Fall. Skiing, etc or just sitting by the fire in the Winter.

Trapp Family Lodge - Stowe

Accommodation

Austrian-inspired touches enhance your warm and inviting lodging options. Whether it’s our 96-room historic Alpine Lodge, our 100 cozy Guest House Chalets or our luxurious 3 bedroom Villas, the options allow you to choose the ideal destination for you and your family. Relax and rejuvenate at our 2,400 acre mountain resort…

Woodstock Inn & Resort

Accommodation

The Woodstock Inn & Resort faces the heart of town - the Village Green - with shops, restaurants, and area attractions just a short walk from the lobby. As quaint as our community feels, The Resort offers our guests a full range of modern services and luxuries. We balance the best of both worlds to make your vacation memorable, comfortable, and as convenient as possible…

Organisations

Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society

Website

Serving the communities of Andover, Bridgewater, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Hartland, Londonderry, Ludlow, Plymouth, Reading, Rockingham, Springfield, Weathersfield, Westminster, Weston, West Windsor, Windsor, and Woodstock, Vermont. Acworth, Alstead, Charlestown, Claremont, Cornish, Langdon, Unity, and Walpole, New Hampshire.

Audubon in Vermont

Website

Searchable list of local chapters…

Green Mountain Audubon

Website

Our 230-acre Nature Center in Huntington, Vermont, boasts a diversity of terrain and wildlife. Fields, ponds, forest, swamp, river and streams are home to an abundance of birds, plants, insects and animals…

Nature Conservancy in Vermont

Website

This website is in its development stage - but it is in the newly established and very attractive house style of the NC…

Northeast Kingdom Audubon Society

Website

The mission of the Northeast Kingdom Audubon Society is to foster the stewardship and enjoyment of birds, other wildlife and natural habitats…

Otter Creek Audubon Society

Website

Serving the communities of Addison County, including Addison, Brandon, Bridport, Bristol, Cornwall, Ferrisburg, Goshen, Granville, Hancock, Leicester, Lincoln, Middlebury, Monkton, New Haven, Orwell, Panton, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham, Starksboro, Vergennes, Waltham, Whiting, and Weybridge…

Rutland County Audubon

Website

Our mission is to foster an enjoyment of birds and the preservation of their habitat…

Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society

Information

Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society serves the southeastern corner of Vermont. Activities include free monthly programs (third Tuesday); trips for the endangered Bicknell`s Thrush, co-sponsor (with Ascutney Mountain) of the autumn Putney Mountain Hawk Watch. Contact chris@rockriverbb.com

Taconic Tri-State Audubon Society

P.O. Box 926, Bennington, VT 05201, 802-447-1907 - William Davis, President

Museums

Birds of Vermont Museum

Museum

The Birds of Vermont Museum is a unique resource for Vermont - a natural history museum based on wood carvings of the state`s birds. A private, non-profit educational organization, the Museum was created by the vision and dedication of founder Robert N. Spear, Jr. Bob, who is a talented naturalist and artist, and a native Vermonter, has spent 17 years creating the first 170 exhibits. They depict Vermont's nesting species in their natural habitats as well as North America's endangered and extinct species in a special exhibit hall of individual carvings.

Southern Vermont Natural History Museum

Museum

Our natural history collection includes over 600 native New England birds and mammals in 150 small dioramas, one of the largest collections of its type in the Northeast…

Reserves

Catamount Family Center Birding

Website

Satellite View

For the past several years the Green Mountain Audubon Society has partnered with the Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston to develop its potential as a birding destination in Vermont.

Eleanor Ellis Springweather Nature Area

Webpage

Satellite View

A Cooperative Project of the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Springweather Nature Area overlooks North Springfield Lake on the border of Springfield and Weathersfield, VT. Trails meander through 70 acres of fields and forests, and provide many opportunities to enjoy the natural world.

Lake Champlain Birding Trail

PDF Brochure

Satellite View

This trail is a highway-based trail (approximately 300 miles) which unifies and connects 87 birding sites along the Lake Champlain shoreline and uplands in Vermont and New York…

Missisquoi NWR

Webpage

Satellite View

Here, the Missisquoi River meanders through beds of wild rice and stands of wetland plants such as arrowhead, bulrush and wild celery. In addition to 500 acres of natural marsh, the refuge includes 1,800 acres of managed wetlands formed by three diked impoundments. These pools are a mix of open water and rich stands of emergent plants, shrubs, and wooded swamps that offer food and cover for waterfowl. Although refuge waters attract waterfowl most of the year, peak use is in the fall, when thousands of ring-necked ducks settle in to feed with hundreds of green-winged teal, black ducks, and mallards.

The Connecticut River Birding Trail

Information

Connecticut River Birding Trail, 104 Railroad Row, White River Junction, VT 05001 Tel:(802) 291-91- ext. 107
The mission of the Connecticut River Birding Trail (CRBT) is to encourage visitors and residents of the region to bird watch and enjoy natural history by unifying the outstanding natural resources of the Upper Valley region of the Connecticut River through a connection of 70+ birding sites via a highway-based trail. The trail extends from Woodsville, New Hampshire to Springfield, Vermont and includes sites east and west of the river.This watershed has many special and significant natural areas with excellent resources available to the public. It is blessed with a wonderful seasonal variety and diversity of plant and animal species…

Weathersfield Great Blue Heron Rookery

Webpage

Satellite View

In 1985, a Great Blue Heron rookery was discovered in a beaver pond in Weathersfield, Vermont. At the time, the rookery was composed of four active nests. The rookery grew to a high of 12 nests and 38 fledglings in 1992. In order to protect this very sensitive site, AMAS, in cooperation with the landowner, successfully petitioned the Vermont Water Resources Board to expand the wetalnds buffer around the rookery…

Blogs

Chris Petrak - Tails of Birding

Blog

I am a writer and birding hobbyist who combines the two interests in a weekly column in this blog and in a weekly column in the "Brattleboro Reformer." I write about birds, birding, birdwatching, and life. I may weigh in on other birding matters as well…

Northern Wings: Birding New England & Beyond

Blog

Ken Cox - Reading, Vermont, United States - My fascination with birds and other wildlife formed during early childhood and became firmly rooted in my life during the early 1970s while attending the University of New Hampshire. Since then I have birded extensively throughout the Northeast, Southeast and Southwest.

One Jackdaw Birding

Blog

I am an avid birder, photographer, and recorder of bird songs, living in Brattleboro, VT, with my husband Bill Jacques and our two dogs…

Vermont Birder

Blog

Sharing observed birds and what I learn birding New England & the Southwest…

Other Links

Backyard Birding

Website

My wife and I have been birding for a very short time. We mostly stay in the Champlain Valley…

Birds of New England

Website

Some excellent photographs… Over 200 species of birds either breed, are resident, or winter in New England. This includes both inland birds and coastal birds. Some of these birds have a small New England range (for example, the Acadian Flycatcher) and other birds are found throughout the region…

Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas

Website

Breeding Bird Atlases are used throughout the world to document and map the distribution of breeding birds. The first Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas, based on data collected by over 200 volunteers and published in 1985, was one of the first such books in North America…

Photographers & Artists

Photographer - Ted Shiffman

Gallery

Some brilliant wildlife shots from this Vermont based photographer.