Date: 5/19/17 3:30 am
From: Janet D Watton <musbird...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Waterthrushed
A gezillion L. Waterthrushes at Berlin pond, plus an adorable family of geese- SIX fluffy babies!
Janet Watton
Randolph Center

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> On May 19, 2017, at 12:01 AM, VTBIRD automatic digest system <LISTSERV...> wrote:
>
> There are 6 messages totaling 126 lines in this issue.
>
> Topics of the day:
>
> 1. FOY Northern Waterthrush
> 2. Snowy Owl - Whiting - Thursday 05-18-17
> 3. Hummingbird feeder fighting and ruminations on natural selection (2)
> 4. Young Orchard Oriole?
> 5. FOY Chimney Swift in Rochester!
>
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> Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 11:31:43 -0400
> From: Veer Frost <veer.frost...>
> Subject: FOY Northern Waterthrush
>
> Non stop song while foraging crabapple blossoms, actually first
> species close up for me. Loud!Veer Frost, Passumpsic NEK
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>
> Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 14:17:04 -0400
> From: Mike Sargent <msargent...>
> Subject: Snowy Owl - Whiting - Thursday 05-18-17
>
> Many thanks to Tyler and Ron for their posts yesterday. I went down this morning, and on my first pass on Richville Rd. around 9:30 I didn't see anything, so I went to the dam and watched 3 pairs of Canada geese with their new goslings. Then I went back around 10:30 and the owl was perched on a pole, on a rise near an unmarked side road, just east of the big farm on Cutting Hill Rd. It was alert and pivoted its head frequently but didn't move its body at all. I have zero expertise in bird identification, but from everything I've looked at in books and on the Web, it certainly seems like a legitimate snowy owl.
>
> I'll post some photos later today. If you plan on going there from the north, be advised that there are multiple road construction delays on Route 7 between Charlotte and Middlebury, so you might want to consider some back roads.
>
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>
> Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 14:47:55 -0400
> From: Miriam Lawrence <mirslamlawrence...>
> Subject: Hummingbird feeder fighting and ruminations on natural selection
>
> Evolution is endlessly fascinating. I've been watching an epic battle
> unfold between two hummingbirds at my feeder. It's got two portals - so
> both birds could easily feed simultaneously if they would allow it. But
> these two will be damned if they're going to let the other be on the feeder
> at the same time, and to prevent this, they are engaging in aerial
> maneuvers and speed that would make any fighter pilot green with envy.
>
> The amount of metabolic energy each is expending to prevent the other from
> eating must far exceed the amount they will gain by actually feeding....
> yet clearly this behavior pays off from a natural selection point of view,
> or they wouldn't engage in it.
>
> It's been going on nonstop for nearly 10 minutes now.
>
> --
> Miriam Lawrence
> Monkton
>
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>
> Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 21:11:47 +0000
> From: sarah rosedahl <srosedahl...>
> Subject: Young Orchard Oriole?
>
> In our apple tree, North Hero
> https://flic.kr/s/aHskX5J6Ms
>
> Sarah Rosedahl
> Artist, Author and Illustrator for Sloggerswww.difficultchickens.com
> www.srosedahl.com
>
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>
> Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 19:24:43 -0400
> From: Graham Bates <batesg...>
> Subject: FOY Chimney Swift in Rochester!
>
> Had my first chimney swift of the year over Rochester tonite. Summer is here!
>
> Graham
> Rochester VT
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
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>
> Date: Fri, 19 May 2017 02:02:35 +0000
> From: Ruth <birder_rws...>
> Subject: Re: Hummingbird feeder fighting and ruminations on natural selection
>
> As opposed to the bluejays who just pile up on my platform feeder and grab as much as they can fit into their mouths!
>
>
> Ruth Stewart
> E. Dorset, VT
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> on behalf of Miriam Lawrence <mirslamlawrence...>
> Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2017 2:47 PM
> To: <VTBIRD...>
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Hummingbird feeder fighting and ruminations on natural selection
>
> Evolution is endlessly fascinating. I've been watching an epic battle
> unfold between two hummingbirds at my feeder. It's got two portals - so
> both birds could easily feed simultaneously if they would allow it. But
> these two will be damned if they're going to let the other be on the feeder
> at the same time, and to prevent this, they are engaging in aerial
> maneuvers and speed that would make any fighter pilot green with envy.
>
> The amount of metabolic energy each is expending to prevent the other from
> eating must far exceed the amount they will gain by actually feeding....
> yet clearly this behavior pays off from a natural selection point of view,
> or they wouldn't engage in it.
>
> It's been going on nonstop for nearly 10 minutes now.
>
> --
> Miriam Lawrence
> Monkton
>
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>
> End of VTBIRD Digest - 17 May 2017 to 18 May 2017 (#2017-129)
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