Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Neighboring Mountain Views


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Wildlife In Vermont – Wild Turkeys

Down the road from Pond Mountain Inn, we spotted a group of wild turkeys while out for a chilly winter walk. Wild Turkeys in a group is called a flock , whereas a group of domesticated turkeys are known as a rafter or gang. The wild turkeys live and travel together primarily on foot, occasionally taking short flights to escape predators. Their long legs are strong enough to enable them to run 25 miles per hour. and they can fly at 30 to 35 miles per hour!

Learn More About Wild Turkeys  from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

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Discover Nature and Wildlife At The Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences in Quechee, Vermont

 

The Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences located at Quechee, Vermont is extraordinary!

The VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science ) is a nonprofit environmental education, avian rehabilitation and research organization supported by members.

We spent a half day at their incredible 47 acre campus which is open year round, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. It offers “state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, exhibit spaces, classrooms, and interpretive nature trails”, and a beautiful Forest Canopy Walk.

 

See what else Quechee has to offer on our Woodstock / Quechee • Day Trip: Itinerary

 


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A Birdwatchers Paradise In Vermont Minutes From Pond Mountain Inn

Pileated woodpeckers are the largest of the common woodpeckers found in most of North America. With a height of almost 20 inches and a 30 inch wingspan makes it easy to spot while hiking. A recent guest was looking for a nice hike that offered stunning views so we sent her to The Mount Equinox summit, only 35 minutes from Pond Mountain Inn!

 

See the Itinerary for our Mount Equinox Day Trip

 


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Extraordinary Hummingbird Rescue In Vermont

While enjoying a delightful summer evening with one of our guests, we watched the Hummingbirds playing and feeding when one whizzed by and slammed directly into the picture window behind us! We instinctively leapt from our Adirondack chairs only to find this poor bird on the ground with no visible signs of life. John, one of our frequent guests, and a wonderful photographer picked up our tiny new friend and held it in his hand. John was eager to get his camera, but he had the bird, so I grabbed my phone and began taking pictures.

As I continued photographing, our friendly little bird gradually regained his composure, righted himself and kept us company for fifteen minutes. He was clearly enjoying himself and was in no hurry to leave, but it was time to delicately return him to the feeder. He stepped from John’s hand and perched himself comfortably and within a few moments he was quickly tormented by his buddies – they are very territorial and seek control of the feeder. He grabbed a quick drink and returned home….

This goes on from dawn to dusk and is always fascinating to watch. We look forward to their return to Pond Mountain Inn every May!