Date: 1/12/20 3:12 am
From: Liz Lackey <lackeytomliz...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] mystery bird
I’ve heard second hand reports of flocks of robins being seeing up high this winter, feeding on mountain ash berries.
Liz Lackey
Stowe, VT

> On Jan 11, 2020, at 10:57 PM, Sarah Fellows <towanda2...> wrote:
>
> hi, I just read a chapter in Bernd Heinrich's book "One wild bird at a time", in which he describes redpolls finishing at his feeders, then ,playing" in the snow making grooves and tunnels. He hypothosizes that they were remembering reponses to conditions and
> that in the high artic they do this to survive .Perhaps this bird is in a position at 4,000 feet to draw on survival behavior that we do not usually see here.
> But redpolls are smaller than robin size of course,but robins do not look like grouse, and perhaps other irrupting northern birds, like pine grosbeak, or other large finch types might burrow in cold weather.
>
> Sally fellows
> Williston
> Migrants exhibit this behavior. Grosbeaks
>
>> On Jan 11, 2020, at 5:04 PM, Maeve Kim <maevulus...> wrote:
>>
>> My guess is that it was a Ruffed Grouse. They erupt from under the snow if they’re startled by walkers, hikers or dogs (considerably startling the walkers, hikers and dogs in the process!). They’re bigger than robins, but it’s not always easy to determine size when you get just a quick glance and you’re startled.
>> Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
>>
>>> On Jan 11, 2020, at 3:49 PM, Teage O'Connor <badger.meli...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Last night I hiked up Camel's Hump. Just as we were approaching the summit
>>> (about 9pm), my dog flushed a bird from under the last fir/spruce trees. It
>>> nearly flew into me before veering off course and off into the thick
>>> clouds. While I didn't see exactly where it was roosting, it seemed like it
>>> erupted from the ground (or beneath the snow). The bird was roughly robin
>>> sized and flew with rapid, steady flapping, and it's wings didn't whistle
>>> or thump when it flew. First, how startling to encounter a bird at 4000' in
>>> the winter. And second, what are the possible options for what bird this
>>> would be? There aren't a lot of eBird reports on Camel's Hump for winter.
>>>
>>> --
>>> Teage O'Connor
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