Date: 1/26/19 6:21 pm From: Ellie George <elgeorge46...> Subject: [VTBIRD] 20+ Lapland Longspurs in Addison, 100 robins on Ti Haul Trail in Shelburne
At the intersection of Rt.17 and Jersey Street North in Addison, there was an astounding flock of 20+ Lapland Longspurs, along with about 10 Common Redpolls and one Horned Lark at 4:20 PM today. They were feeding on the plowed NW roadside of Rt. 17, and when a car would go by, they would fly to the shrubs in the triangle of the intersection, which fortunately saved them from being hit. This pattern was repeated many times, and the birds really wanted to feed in this one spot.
Earlier in the day, at 1:30 PM, we hiked the Ti Haul Trail in Shelburne. About a half mile up the trail, an estimated 100 robins were spread throughout the woods, feeding on buckthorn fruits. We also watched more than 25 robins drinking in the flooded brook that flows through the wetland and crosses the trail.
Buckthorn may be an invasive species, but I have observed many robins and cedar and Bohemian waxwings eating a lot of buckthorn fruits. It was interesting to note that there were no robins in the La Platte River Natural Area, which is owned by the Nature Conservancy and where the buckthorn had recently been removed, but all the robins were along the Ti Haul Trail on the W side where the buckthorn was growing.