BIRDS OF PREY and OTHER BIRDS at
Bald Eagles. See a comparison of the
Bald Eagle and an
Osprey in the dead tree across from Brundages
on Route 30.
On June 11,
2011 our Bald Eagle brought a Bass to Mary on her birthday and stayed 30
Mary's Bald Eagle at Beebe.
The Osprey has a white tummy and is a terrific
Wendy Buser saw
this Bald Eagle eating a fish at Beebe Pond on May 4, 2014.
See the 8.21.12 picture of
the eagles on Lake Bomoseen.
The Bald Eagle has a white head and is
no slouch at fishing. See:
See stealing fish from Osprey:
View a magnificent
Barred Owl at the Pareti's.
See Owl and Dog Friendship at
mother grouse was shepherding her young along Route 30 in June
In mid July 2010 we saw a flock of
Turkeys on Delancey Road.
A hawk parasailing
Junco, or Snowbird: a small North American finch seen chiefly in winter
Black Capped Chickadee...
. . . Rosy Breasted Grosbeak
On December 24, 2017 a Pileated Woodpecker
landed on one of our Pine Trees by the Gazebo of our neighbor
(Phil Rollman) in Hubbardton,
VT. Perhaps he came to visit the
wood carving we have in our Library
Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers
Downy and Hairy woodpeckers are
widely distributed across North Americ
Both commonly visit feeder
areas where they feed on suet and sometimes seeds. seeds.
These are the only
woodpeckers with a vertical white stripe on the back.
Woodpeckers are roughly three inches taller and their bills are about as
long as their heads are wide.
The bills of the Downy are only about
one-third the width of their heads.
Hairy Woodpecker (above)
Downy Woodpecker (above)
Red Bellied Woodpecker
About the size of the Hairy Woodpecker, the
Red-bellied has a zebra back, white breast,
and red cap on its head. More precisely, the male has
bright red which extends across the
forehead, top and back of head and down the back of
the neck. The red on the female is
confined to the back of the neck. The red on the belly is
Pink Flamingo in our garden in VT:
More of these plastic birds in the world than living ones:
BLUE HERON at LAKE BEEBE
We always have a Blue Heron at the lake. Below is
a picture taken on September 12, 2016.
LUNA MOTHS IN VERMONT
Actias luna, commonly known as the Luna Moth is
a lime green moth. It has a wingspan of up to 4.5 inches making it one of
the largest moths in North America. They can live uo to 7 days and
generally produce one generation per year. Female Lina Moths lay 100 -
300 eggs , 4 - 7 eggs at a time on the underside of leaves. They
incubate i 8 to 13 days.
BLACK BEAR and a FOX at BEEBE POND
In late April 2010 a Black Bear and her
three cubs damaged bird feeders at Alex Pritchards. She damaged our
bird feeders on 4/29 & 4/30 and those at John Marold's on 5/02. See
Vermont Black Bears at:
This Fox was at the Eldens in August 2009. In
June 2010 a fox and her kits were seen at the Masons. In 2014 a fox and her
kits were under the horse stalls at the Masons. I n2016 there were
more born there.
Below is the Red Fox that Erin Principe saw on July 28, 2016 that Don
and Mary Sondergeld saw crossing Birch Road by the Zeolis on September
We have common water snakes and garter snakes at Beebe Pond.
It was fascinating to watch a snake eat a frog at Lake Beebe.
On 7.31.2013 we found a descendant of our old garter snakes, Hector
and Crictor. Here he is
sunning himself on a
green surf board at Beebe.
Here is a frog at Beebe Pond and a Leopard Frog on "Tim's Trail" in West
YELLOW SPOTTED SALAMANDER
July 2017 Justin Newton caught this 36 inch Pike at Beebe Pond in
American Forests, founded in 1875, is the oldest national non profit
conservation organization in the US. It publishes
American Forests magazine quarterly and promotes the National Register of
Big Trees every other year. On a nationa basis,
there is the "biggest" maple, "biggest" pine etc. And the same is true
for each state. There are also national and state lists of
the "biggest" trees of all types lumped together. Big Tree "POINTS"
are used to determine the "bigness" of a tree.
Big Tree "Points" = Height in feet + 1/4 of the Crown in
feet + Girth (Circumference) in
|Top Big Trees in the US
||1/4 of Crown
Giant Sequoia in CA
Monterey Cypress in CA
Fremont Cottonwood in AZ
Valley Oak in CA
Cottonwood in Hubbardton, VT
The "biggest" tree in Vermont in 2003, was on Hinkley Road. A
major factor was its girth.
The Hubbardton Cottonwood's circumference of 296 inches, means a 94 inch
diameter, about 8 feet.
Cottonwood trees are recognized by the shiny leaves that shimmer and shake
in the wind. The pioneers
were always glad to spot one of these trees in the distance, since it
offered the possibility of wood and shade.
It also represented the chance of finding water, since this species likes to
keep its feet wet.
Cottonwoods can be either male or female. The fluffy white seeds
produced by the females during early summer
gave the tree its name. The seeds are very small, 1mm wide by 4mm
long, producing one of the largest trees in
North America. (100 feet high, trunks 5 feet in diameter.)
Eastern cottonwood (Populus deltoides) is short lived but the fastest
growing commercial species in North America.
The lightweight, rather soft wood,is used primarily for core stock in making
furniture and for plywood.