Date: 12/6/18 10:59 am From: Charlie La Rosa <charlie.larosa...> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] VARIED THRUSH 324 Morse Hill Rd. E. Dorset, Dec 6, 2018
Glad to hear this! Brought back so many memories. I grew up in Brattleboro, on Pleasant St., and when I was perhaps in 6th grade, having studied the little Golden Guide to Birds (which had an illustration of a varied thrush near the beginning) from cover to cover and saved up to get my own copy of the cloth-covered Peterson, I came home one winter day for lunch, and my mother described a different bird she had seen that morning at our feeder, From her description, I knew it right away to be a varied thrush, a gorgeous bird. Well, the bird returned when I happened to be home and I identified it positively. We called Louise Mullen who, at that time, wrote a bird column for the Brattleboro Daily Reformer, and very soon the local birders were slowing down or stopping in front of the house to get a look at the thrush. The next day, when I got home for lunch, our street was lined with cars, and I found my mother serving tea and coffee in our kitchen to a crush of birders from near and far who had shown up to see the bird. There was a group from Mass. Audubon in Littleton that had made the trip. They also wanted to meet the boy who had identified the bird. Of course, people were skeptical at first, but once an adult birder, one who was deemed reliable enough, confirmed the ID, the gates were opened. The bird stayed around for a number of days and was very cooperative in giving audiences to the elite and not so elite of New England birders.
A couple of years later, a black-headed grosbeak showed up and there was no skepticism that time around. That was 56 or 57 years ago. We had throngs of evening grosbeaks crowding our feeder every day throughout the winter back then. Pine grosbeaks were a common occurrence in the big spruce tree in our neighbor's yard. Tree swallows nested in a box I made and put on the highest branch of our apple tree that was sturdy enough to still allow me to climb and get a look. Today, the apple is long gone, as are the cherry and the giant elm and the sugar maple in the front yard. I didn't notice any feeders around the last time I drove through the neighborhood. Nothing stays the same for very long, but I still feed the birds in winter.
Charlie La Rosa So. Washington, VT
On Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 1:10 PM Ruth Stewart <birder_rws...> wrote:
> This was an oh-so-brief look, but enough for me to recover from shock and > take pictures. Pretty conclusive image! Not seen in next half hr since. > > > Ruth Stewart > E. Dorset, VT > > > ________________________________________ > From: <ebird-checklist...> <ebird-checklist...> > Sent: Thursday, December 6, 2018 1:00 PM > To: <birder_rws...> > Subject: eBird Report - My yard birds - 324 Morse Hill Rd. E. Dorset, Dec > 6, 2018 > > My yard birds - 324 Morse Hill Rd. E. Dorset, Bennington, Vermont, US > Dec 6, 2018 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM > Protocol: Stationary > Comments: Overcast, 28degrees, dusting of snow on gd. Continuous > observation from Office for 4 hrs. > 4 species (+1 other taxa) > > Mourning Dove 8 > Blue Jay 15 Descended en mass, pigged out and left - 10:30am > Black-capped Chickadee 4 > Varied Thrush/American Robin 1 I took a look at feeder activity and > spotted this bird at 12:40pm. I immediately recognized it as a Varied > Thrush and grabbed my camera to snapped pictures without even going through > various field marks. It flew off in less than 1 min of picture taking. > Dark-eyed Junco 4 > > View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50472506 > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 ( > https://ebird.org/home) >