Super Hottt VT Birding Spots | News | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Seven Days needs your financial support!

Super Hottt VT Birding Spots 

Published March 24, 2011 at 12:18 p.m.

In our recent Animal issue of Seven Days, we profiled Bridget Butler, Bird Diva. If you've heard her dish about finches on VPR or seen her miraculously take flight with migratory snow geese on WPTZ (OK, that didn't happen), you know Butler is like one-stop shopping for all things bird. Her knowledge is so deep, in fact, that we couldn't fit it all in one article. 

For our story, Butler kindly supplied us with a list of top birding spots in the area. Unfortunately, we didn't have room for it in the paper. So, rather than deprive you of this insider info, we thought we'd throw it on the Web. Here it is:

Hot Birding Locations in Vermont

Woodside Natural Area, Essex — With a small complex of beaver ponds and surrounding wetlands in addition to the Winooski River, this place goes off with warblers and other songbirds during spring migration. Wanna see a Baltimore oriole? This is the place! 

Delta Park, Colchester — Probably the best spot on the Burlington Bike Path for birding, this is where the Winooski River spills into Lake Champlain. An incredible place to see many species of herons, terns, ducks and shorebirds.

Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington — A sweet set of different habitats at the nature center make for some great beginner birding. Make sure to check out the trail behind the nature center for the spectacular indigo bunting and the cheery chestnut-sided warbler. Bonus: Bird's of Vermont Museum is just up the road and their trails connect with the Audubon trails!

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Swanton — Lots to explore here not only by foot but by boat. A day trip on the water in your canoe or kayak will get you views of the haunting black tern and the biggest great blue heron rookery in the state. Oh, and those rusty blackbirds that keep eluding me.

Geprag Park, Hinesburg — Thickets and field come alive with all kinds of warblers and sparrows, but keep your eyes and ears open for two unique birds that can be found here: the golden-winged warbler and the eastern meadowlark.

Berlin Pond, Berlin — Not only is this a great spot for migrating songbirds in the spring, it's a fabulous place to look for some of the funkiest marsh birds around. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears perked for the American bittern, Virginia rail, sora, and pied-billed grebe.

Photo of chestnut-sided warbler via Wikipedia.

One or more images has been removed from this article. For further information, contact
Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Tags: ,

More By This Author

About The Author

Lauren Ober

Lauren Ober

Lauren Ober was a Seven Days staff writer from 2009-2011.


Comments are closed.

Since 2014, Seven Days has allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we’ve appreciated the suggestions and insights, the time has come to shut them down — at least temporarily.

While we champion free speech, facts are a matter of life and death during the coronavirus pandemic, and right now Seven Days is prioritizing the production of responsible journalism over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor. Or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2022 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401

Advertising Policy  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us  |  About Us  |  Help
Website powered by Foundation