07/29/2017

     

BIRDS OF PREY and OTHER BIRDS at BEEBE POND

Read about 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 minutes. 

   

Mary's Bald Eagle at Beebe.  ..

            

Bald Eagle...

Videos:  www.bing.com/videos/searchq=videos+of+vt+eagles&view=detail&mid=E9248847B59686B06023E9248847B59686B06023&FORM=VIRE9 and www.facebook.com/theamazingwildnature/videos/780111475450058/                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Osprey...

The Osprey has a white tummy and is a terrific fisherman.    
See:
http://www.youtube.com/embed/nA3LtXnNIto?feature=player_embedded..
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:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwrel&v=MeNjY36o_m8&NR=1
Also, see  http://www.arkive.org/bald-eagle/haliaeetus-leucocephalus/video-08b.htm 
See stealing fish from Osprey:
http://www.arkive.org/bald-eagle/haliaeetus-leucocephalus/video-11.html

View a magnificent Barred Owl at the Pareti's. 

A mother grouse was shepherding her young along   Route 30 in June 2010.                   

In mid July 2010 we saw a flock of Turkeys on Delancey Road. 

A hawk parasailing https://www.youtube.com/v/pd5BMP_41bI&rel=0&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&version=3

     

                               

                 

 

 

 



 

Black Capped Chickadee...                                                         

 

Goldfinch...

                                                                                                                                                                                                . .   . Rosy Breasted Grosbeak http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NixrHvecZ8c ..

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.                                                                                

Hairy 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 - Picoides villosusDowny Woodpecker

            Hairy Woodpecker (above)            Downy Woodpecker (above)

 

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker Photo

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 seldom seen.

 

Red-winged Blackbird Photo

Red Winged Blackbird

Loon

Male Merganser Female Merganser

 

Pink Flamingo in our garden in VT: http://mentalfloss.com/article/28099/brief-history-plastic-pink-flamingo                                                                                                  More of these plastic birds in the world than living ones: http://quadcitiesdaily.com/?p=309134

 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: http://vtfishandwildlife.com/hunt/black_bear                                                          and at https://www.nps.gov/mabi/planyourvisit/upload/Living_with_Vermonts_Black_Bears.pdf

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 8, 2016.

SNAKES

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.

FROGS

Here is a frog at Beebe Pond and a Leopard Frog on "Tim's Trail" in West Haven, VT.

  

YELLOW SPOTTED SALAMANDER

FISH

July 2017 Justin Newton caught this 36 inch Pike at Beebe Pond in Hubbardton, VT

BIG TREES

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 inches.

Top Big Trees in the US Height 1/4 of Crown Girth
01   Giant Sequoia in CA 275 27 998
10   Monterey Cypress in CA 102 29 537
13   Fremont Cottonwood in AZ 92 27 504
25   Valley Oak in CA 163 25 348
Cottonwood in Hubbardton, VT 121 22 296

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.

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