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.
mother grouse was shepherding her young along Route 30 in June
In mid July 2010 we saw a flock of
Turkeys on Delancey Road.
See a hawk parasailing
Black Capped Chickadee...
Rosy Breasted Grosbeak
Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers
Downy and Hairy woodpeckers are
widely distributed across North America.
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
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
They can live up to 7 days and usually produce only one generation per
Female Luna Moths lay 100 - 300 eggs, 4 - 7 eggs at a time, on the
They incubate for eight to thirteen days.
BLACK BEAR and a FOX at BEEBE POND
In late April 2010 a Black
her three cubs damaged bird feeders at Alex Pritchard's.
She damaged our bird feeders on 4/29 & 4/30 and those at John Marold's
on 5/02. See Vermont Black Bears: www.vtfishandwildlife.com/library/Factsheets/Hunting_and_trapping/Big_Game/black_bear_fact_sheet.pdf
This Fox was
at the Eldens in August 2009.
In June of 2010 a fox and her kits were seen at the Mason's.
In May 2014 a fox and her kits were under the horse stalls at the
have common water snakes and garter snakes at Beebe Pond
It was fascinating to
watch a snake eating a frog at Beebe:
0n 7.31.2013 we found a descendant of our old garter snakes , Hector and
Crictor. See him 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 Haven, Vermont:
American Forests, founded in 1875, is the oldest national nonprofit
conservation organization in the United States.
American Forests publishes American Forests magazine quarterly and
promotes the National Register of Big Trees every other year.
On a national basis there is the “biggest” maple, “biggest” pine, etc.
And the same is true in 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
Big Tree “Points” = Height in feet +
¼ of the Crown in feet +
Girth or Circumference in inches.
The “biggest” tree in
Vermont in 2003 was a cottonwood in Hubbardton.
As you can see from the few statistics above, a major factor in
determining “points” is the
cottonwood has a
circumference of 296 inches, so the diameter is about 94 inches (almost
This tree is located on private property on Hinkley Road.
Cottonwood tree were well-adapted to life on the prairie,
Irecognized 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, so to speak.
Cottonwoods can be either male or female. The fluffy white seeds
produced by the females during early summer give the tree its name.
The seeds are very small, 1mm wide by 4 mm long, producing one of the
largest trees in North America. (100 ft. high, trunks 5 ft. in
Eastern cottonwood (Populus
deltoides) is short-lived but the fastest-growing commercial forest
species in North America.
Cottonwoods grow best on moist well-drained sands or silts near
streams, often in pure stands.
The lightweight, rather soft wood is used primarily for core stock in
manufacturing furniture and for
Eastern cottonwood is one of the few hardwood species that is planted
and grown specifically for these purposes.
Range: eastern North America. Height: 75 to 100 ft. Type: deciduous
tree. Leaves: 3 to 6 inches long.