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VINS Research Updates

by Jim Armbruster, Lead, Center for Field Research Some exciting updates from the research world! Broad-winged Hawk Monitoring The VINS Field Research team trapped and banded our first Broad-winged Hawk of the season at the end of April. An After Hatch Year (AHY) bird was encountered in Norwich, Vermont in close proximity to a mate.…

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American Kestrels Return

by Jim Armbruster, Lead, Center for Field Research Some exciting news in the American Kestrel world! The VINS Research team is certain that a female kestrel we banded last year (pictured on the left) has returned to a nest box in Vermont with her mate (this will be confirmed by making sure she has a green…

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The Remarkable Journey of Manu the Golden Eagle

By Grae O’Toole, Director, Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation and Ambassador Care On January 2, 2024, our team at the VINS Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation and Ambassador Care received a phone call from a concerned member of the public who had spotted what they believed to be an eagle on the ground in a…

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Broad-winged Hawk Movement Update October 2023

After a summer of waiting we finally began to see movement updates for Ottauquechee!

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Broad-winged Hawk Research 2023

Several months of following Broad-winged Hawks around Vermont culminated in a successful trapping expedition with researchers from Hawk Mountain Sanctuary’s Broad-winged Hawk Project.

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American Kestrel Nest Boxes

The VINS research staff are continuing our important work with American Kestrels in Vermont and New Hampshire.

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Rough-legged Hawk Movement Update 7.21.22

Another unfortunate update on birds from our winter season. Two more rough legs, Champ and Lemons, were found dead in Quebec within the last few weeks. Again, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, is the likely suspect. That leaves Farr Cross, the only male bird with a backpack unit. He was the only bird to be outfitted…

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American Kestrel Research Updates From the Field – 2022 Season Wrap Up

Our kestrel monitoring season is winding down and we are just waiting on a few boxes to fledge at this point.

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Rough-legged Hawk Movement Update 6.16.22

A Rough-legged Hawk in Vermont in June?! Apparently!

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Broad-winged Hawk Research

Broad-winged Hawks are small stocky hawks of the buteo genus commonly found throughout Northeastern and North central North America. Their backs are brown and they have chestnut barring on the chest and abdomen. They have a notable black and white striped tail visible during flight. They produce a high pitched whistle call which is an easy identifier, as they are more secretive during nesting season. Though they can be spotted in the thousands during migration. These huge flocks are called kettles.

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