Look for bird families at Hildene

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MANCHESTER >> Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home in Manchester is host to many avian families this summer. On Saturday, July 16, birders and wildlife enthusiasts are invited to gather at 7 a.m. at the Welcome Center to search for these families.

Often times in June young birds are heard begging for food, or parents are seen or heard fending off some threat to their young. Although bluebirds and Tree Swallows have come and gone from the bird boxes in the orchard next to the big house, the American Goldfinch is just starting to nest build, timing their breeding season with maturing thistle and milkweed seeds. Thistle down is also used to line the nest.

These colorful yellow birds with black wings often travel in small flocks that 'undulate' across the skies chipping their familiar "potato chip, potato chip" flight call. They are present year round throughout Vermont, and, hopefully, a nest will be found at Hildene this month.

The free monthly bird walks are conducted as a collaborative event by the Vermont Bird Place & Skywatch and Hildene. They are open to all who enjoy birds, nature and the outdoors. Binoculars are available to borrow. The results are reported to the international database, e-bird.

Contact Randy at 802-362-2270 for more information.


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