Date: 7/1/19 11:29 am
From: sarah rosedahl <0000016265cd738b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Boblink weather event?
We have had large areas of our fields flattened this year, that I don't really remember seeing before. It seems to be from heavy rain and just regular wind. So far it hasdried and popped back up and does not seem to have impacted the birds as far asI can tell.
We had a microburst 2 years ago that downed some trees, broke large branches andflattened a large area of cattails. Those did not pop back up. That looked differentthan what I am seeing now.
Anyway...just FYI from North Hero.
Sarah Rosedahl
Artist, Author and Illustrator

On Monday, July 1, 2019, 02:19:56 PM EDT, Eve Ticknor <edticknor...> wrote:

Microbursts have been happening this year  more than I remember, both sides of the Lake. I suspect your flattening could be due to this, and pretty scary to any animal, especially ground-nesting birds who have no escape  for babies, and themselves if they choose to remain on the nest. Microbursts happen in seconds and are exceptionally fierce.

> On Jul 1, 2019, at 11:28 AM, Carl Runge <0000009209546543-dmarc-request...> wrote:
> This morning Bruce MacPhersonand I went out for our weekly monitoring of  Bobolinks at the Catamount Community Forest.  This year with the property now in Townownership, we have been managing for grassland birds on an historical Bobolinknesting field.  For the past 5years this field has been mowed with no successful Bobolink nesting.  This year there has been no earlymowing and we were off to a good start. Last week on this 8 acre field, we counted 17 Bobolinks, male andfemale, with both sexes carrying food. Today was a different story.  We first noticed that there was noBobolink song.  On the central partof the field,  the highest andwidest part where most of the Bobolinks were concentrated last week, there wasnot one to be seen.  On thesouthern part of the field at a lower level, we found one pair.  Both the male and the female wereagitated, with constant chipping and tail bobbing. The female was carryingfood.  Nearby we saw an additionalfemale.  That was it.
>  We noticed that the fieldappeared different, particularly the highest and widest central section. Thegrass was flattened in wide swaths. This did not appear to be from people ordeer walking through, but looked more like a wind event.  On the evening of June 29 there was aweather advisory in the area and a storm passed through in the evening.  This was short and did not appear to beoverly severe at my house about one mile from Catamount.
> I am wondering if any of youhave observed anything similar or have any ideas about this. It seems ironicfor birds that fly so far to nest, to by stymied by a single event likethis.  Or was it somethingelse?  We will continue ourmonitoring to see if there is any recovery from this.
> Carl Runge
> Williston

Eve Ticknor

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