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Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] VTBIRD Digest - 25 Jun 2020 to 26 Jun 2020 (#2020-170)
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> ´╗┐There are 5 messages totaling 271 lines in this issue.
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> Topics of the day:
>
> 1. June 26, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
> 2. Mansfield Week 4 update (2)
> 3. 2010 Blowdown @ Victory
> 4. Bluebird cam, Thursday's video and Friday's news.
>
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>
> Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2020 08:25:27 -0400
> From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
> Subject: June 26, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
>
> 5:01 a.m. 54 degrees, wind NNE 0 mph. Sky: clouds thin and spread horizon
> to horizon; a torn fabric separating into lines and sheets and mutating
> patches; grapefruit highlights here and there; overripe in the east.
> Permanent streams on life support; upper stream a trickle, lower retreats
> underground, vanishes like a magic trick. As dawn grades into the sunrise,
> wetlands exhale threadlike columns of mist, which quickly dissipate. Mist
> on pond going nowhere.
>
> Red-eyed vireos rule the roost; sing the entire walk, ad infinitum;
> summer's soundtrack, a simulcast along both sides of the road. Blue-headed
> vireos are far more discrete, far less abundant. Distant bluejays bicker. A
> pileated announces its territory; jackhammer blows on resonant wood;
> reverberates across the wetlands. A veery, possibly in mourning, spins a
> tune over the dry streambed. Rocks dumped by a glacier and scrubbed by
> rushing water idle in dry shade, listen attentively.
>
> A catbird meows. Yellowthroat calling and feeding in alders. Chestnut-sided
> warbler in ash carries a caterpillar. I know these birds. I've seen them
> every morning for more than a month. I consider them friends. I don't what
> they consider me.
>
> Two hairy woodpeckers: one quietly chips bark off a red pine, while the
> other, perched just below on a broken limb, preens, looking more like a
> stuffy than a living bird; hunched and round with down, a fuzzy Buddha.
> Offers its mother no help. Just waits to be fed, patiently preening. Bits
> of bark float out from the tree.
>
> Compelled to check the pond for the otter, hoping it came back. It did not.
> Maybe twenty-two more years before our paths cross in the Hollow. To the
> east, somewhere on the periphery of the valley, coyotes howl, wild dirges,
> haunting and momentary. Gone like the mist into the unseen heart of the
> morning.
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2020 15:04:37 -0400
> From: Chris Rimmer <crimmer...>
> Subject: Mansfield Week 4 update
>
> No blog post this week, but we mist netted a total of 50 birds on VCE's
> ridgeline study site Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Vocal activity
> has subsided somewhat, with most birds now on nests with eggs or young (all
> females showed incubation/brood patches that were either fully-developed or
> in early stages of regression). Conditions were cool and windier than they
> have been, which kept captures down. We again slept under the stars,
> enjoying a low volume of human activity overall. With the toll road opening
> tomorrow, that will change during future weeks' sessions, but we'll look
> forward to some physically-distanced visitors.
>
> Outside our nets, notable encounters included a pair of Broad-winged Hawks
> over the ridgeline on Wed. evening and a flock of 8 White-winged
> Crossbills calling in flight Thursday morning. The Smuggler's Notch raven
> family entertained us raucously throughout. We had our first 2 Swainson's
> Thrush captures of the season, while 'PUFIgeddon' diminished, with only 2
> males heard singing and only 2 new captures (11 last week).
>
> Our two-day capture total:
>
> Sharp-shinned Hawk -- 1 new male, in same net as last week's bird
> Brown Creeper -- 1 female with regressing brood patch
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet -- 1 male
> Bicknell's Thrush -- 12: new SY male and female, 2 2019 returns (one banded
> as a hatching-year bird on 18 Sept), 8 within-season recaptures
> Swainson's Thrush -- 2 females, first captures of year
> American Robin -- 2: new female with regressing brood patch, return male
> from 2017
> Purple Finch -- 2 new SY males (2020 banding total = 23 individuals)
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) -- 8: 4 new, 4 within-season recaptures (1
> male, 3 females)
> White-throated Sparrow -- 5 new bandings (3 males, 2 females)
> Black-and-white Warbler -- 1 SY male; unusual on ridgeline in June
> Blackpoll Warbler -- 6: 2 new males, 4 within-season recaptures
> Black-throated Blue Warbler -- 1 SY male
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) -- 8: 5 new bandings, 1 return male from
> 2016, 2 within-season recaps
>
> eBird checklists at https://ebird.org/checklist/S70846969 and
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S70847521
>
> ________________________
>
> Chris Rimmer
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
> 802.649.1431 x202
> http://vtecostudies.org/
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2020 15:29:36 -0400
> From: Tom Berriman <blackpoll...>
> Subject: 2010 Blowdown @ Victory
>
> It's been 10 years since a destructive rain and wind storm knocked down
> about 30 to 40 acres of conifers just off the River road in Victory Wildlife
> Management area. After a logging contractor cleared the fallen trees the 40
> acres became a Birding Hotspot. It was an excellent area to bird before the
> 'Blowdown' but with the clearing and new growth the variety of species found
> there greatly increased. 10 years ago you could access the whole area on
> trails made by the log skidders. Today access is mainly by the logging
> road/trail that cuts through the center of the Blowdown area. With the
> attempt to introduce Spruce Grouse back into The Victory WMA several years
> ago it was possible to find Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpeckers, Canada
> Jays and Boreal Chickadees in this one area although the hardest to find was
> the Boreal Chickadee and still is in Victory. Each year after the fallen
> trees where removed it was always exciting to see what new species would
> make this a place to breed in. Olive-sided, Yellow-bellied, and Alder
> Flycatchers along with Swainson's Thrush began to be seen. And of course
> Mourning Warbler, Canada Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler and Palm Warbler
> began breeding as well. Last year I found an Eastern Towhee, a bird now
> making its way into Essex County. This morning I spent a few hours there
> just to see how things are progressing. Most of the cleared areas are
> growing in rapidly and access into them is difficult but I managed to
> bushwhack into a few and was surprised to find several species of warblers
> are still using it as a place to breed. In the Fall it is a favorite place
> to catch views of immature migrating warblers. My report is just from the
> Blowdown area.
>
>
>
> <https://ebird.org/vt/checklist/S70838624>
> https://ebird.org/vt/checklist/S70838624
>
>
>
> Tom Berriman
>
> <https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackpoll1/>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackpoll1/
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2020 15:39:51 -0400
> From: alison wagner <alikatofvt...>
> Subject: Re: Mansfield Week 4 update
>
> Any sign on Woodcocks so far this year?!
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Chris Rimmer" <crimmer...>
> To: "Vermont Birds" <VTBIRD...>
> Sent: Friday, June 26, 2020 3:04:37 PM
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Mansfield Week 4 update
>
> No blog post this week, but we mist netted a total of 50 birds on VCE's
> ridgeline study site Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Vocal activity
> has subsided somewhat, with most birds now on nests with eggs or young (all
> females showed incubation/brood patches that were either fully-developed or
> in early stages of regression). Conditions were cool and windier than they
> have been, which kept captures down. We again slept under the stars,
> enjoying a low volume of human activity overall. With the toll road opening
> tomorrow, that will change during future weeks' sessions, but we'll look
> forward to some physically-distanced visitors.
>
> Outside our nets, notable encounters included a pair of Broad-winged Hawks
> over the ridgeline on Wed. evening and a flock of 8 White-winged
> Crossbills calling in flight Thursday morning. The Smuggler's Notch raven
> family entertained us raucously throughout. We had our first 2 Swainson's
> Thrush captures of the season, while 'PUFIgeddon' diminished, with only 2
> males heard singing and only 2 new captures (11 last week).
>
> Our two-day capture total:
>
> Sharp-shinned Hawk -- 1 new male, in same net as last week's bird
> Brown Creeper -- 1 female with regressing brood patch
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet -- 1 male
> Bicknell's Thrush -- 12: new SY male and female, 2 2019 returns (one banded
> as a hatching-year bird on 18 Sept), 8 within-season recaptures
> Swainson's Thrush -- 2 females, first captures of year
> American Robin -- 2: new female with regressing brood patch, return male
> from 2017
> Purple Finch -- 2 new SY males (2020 banding total = 23 individuals)
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) -- 8: 4 new, 4 within-season recaptures (1
> male, 3 females)
> White-throated Sparrow -- 5 new bandings (3 males, 2 females)
> Black-and-white Warbler -- 1 SY male; unusual on ridgeline in June
> Blackpoll Warbler -- 6: 2 new males, 4 within-season recaptures
> Black-throated Blue Warbler -- 1 SY male
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) -- 8: 5 new bandings, 1 return male from
> 2016, 2 within-season recaps
>
> eBird checklists at https://ebird.org/checklist/S70846969 and
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S70847521
>
> ________________________
>
> Chris Rimmer
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
> 802.649.1431 x202
> http://vtecostudies.org/
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2020 20:21:19 -0400
> From: Ian Clark <ian...>
> Subject: Bluebird cam, Thursday's video and Friday's news.
>
> The bluebirds tended to rebuilding the nest in the box by Tuesday things
> were back in order. Both bluebirds have been sticking close to the nest
> since they started the overhaul. That's different behavior than we saw with
> the first brood. The first time, they got the nest ready and more or less
> disappeared for several days. Our wrens are still checking the other box on
> the deck several times a day. My suspicion is the bluebirds are protecting
> against them. But, they've all been in fairly close proximity in front of
> the deck without incident. Anyone have other ideas?
>
>
>
> Thursday morning, Mrs. Moody laid the first egg of the second brood, that's
> the highlight of the video. On Friday, we got a second egg. I haven't
> reviewed the video yet, I should have caught it. I'll get it uploaded when I
> can.
>
>
>
> Thursday's video:
> https://www.ianclark.com/p505766847
>
>
>
> Gallery with all of the episodes from the second brood:
> https://www.ianclark.com/p505766847
>
>
>
>
>
> And a bonus! The Upper Valley has a pair of new loons. One chick hatched
> yesterday, the second today. Take a look at their pix:
> https://www.ianclark.com/blog/2020/6/meet-the-upper-valleys-newest-loon
>
>
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