VTBIRD
Received From Subject
11/30/20 7:04 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 30, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/30/20 6:32 am Karan Cutler <kdcutler42...> [VTBIRD] Snow geese, Addison
11/29/20 8:16 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 29, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/29/20 8:11 am Dave Birmingham <dave...> [VTBIRD] Lost Camera Gage Rd Addison
11/28/20 10:56 am Gretchen Nareff <marshbirder...> [VTBIRD] 3 Black Vultures Burlington/Colchester
11/28/20 7:14 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 28, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/28/20 6:15 am Laura Bonazinga Bouyea <lalabonazinga...> Re: [VTBIRD] Abundance of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers
11/28/20 6:06 am Kim Likakis <kim.likakis...> Re: [VTBIRD] Abundance of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers
11/28/20 5:33 am Avery Fish <afish.mtb...> Re: [VTBIRD] Abundance of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers
11/28/20 5:33 am Leslie Nulty <lenulty84...> Re: [VTBIRD] Could it be?
11/28/20 5:32 am Avery Fish <afish.mtb...> Re: [VTBIRD] Could it be?
11/28/20 5:26 am Leslie Nulty <lenulty84...> Re: [VTBIRD] Could it be?
11/28/20 5:03 am Laura Bonazinga Bouyea <lalabonazinga...> Re: [VTBIRD] Abundance of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers
11/28/20 4:34 am Ian Worley <iworley...> Re: [VTBIRD] Abundance of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers
11/28/20 4:14 am Laura Bonazinga Bouyea <lalabonazinga...> Re: [VTBIRD] Abundance of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers
11/28/20 3:12 am Ian Worley <iworley...> [VTBIRD] Abundance of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers
11/27/20 2:43 pm David Guertin <dave...> Re: [VTBIRD] Could it be?
11/27/20 2:28 pm Pat Folsom <pfols...> Re: [VTBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Rutland Mall, Nov 27, 2020
11/27/20 1:01 pm Leslie Nulty <lenulty84...> [VTBIRD] Could it be?
11/27/20 10:34 am Fred Bates <batesx2...> [VTBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Rutland Mall, Nov 27, 2020
11/27/20 7:32 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 26, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/27/20 6:21 am Jared Katz <000003825c43bc1a-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] GBH in Richmond
11/26/20 8:40 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 26, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/26/20 6:31 am maevulus <maevulus...> [VTBIRD] birding as a salvation for quarantined people!
11/26/20 5:25 am Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...> Re: [VTBIRD] re. Xanthochromic
11/25/20 7:09 pm G M ARCHAMBAULT <gm72125...> Re: [VTBIRD] re. Xanthochromic
11/25/20 2:33 pm Tom Berriman <blackpoll...> [VTBIRD] re. Xanthochromic
11/25/20 1:20 pm Tom Berriman <blackpoll...> Re: [VTBIRD] Yellow Grosbeak
11/25/20 12:34 pm Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...> [VTBIRD] Certified Bird Friendly Coffee vs. shade grown coffee
11/25/20 9:47 am Tom Berriman <blackpoll...> [VTBIRD] Evening Grosbeak, yellow plumage
11/25/20 8:21 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 25, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/25/20 7:57 am B Bobolinks <0000035f721cf148-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] Pine Grosbeaks
11/24/20 10:48 am Barbara Powers <barkiepvt...> [VTBIRD] Rare Griffon Vulture saved
11/24/20 10:39 am Barbara Powers <barkiepvt...> [VTBIRD] Loon Pictures from Lake Pleasant, NH
11/24/20 10:11 am Barbara Powers <barkiepvt...> [VTBIRD] Starling Murmuration
11/24/20 10:00 am E Talmage <bovm_erin...> Re: [VTBIRD] lots of resources re bird-friendly coffee
11/24/20 8:34 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 24, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/23/20 7:49 pm Avery Fish <afish.mtb...> Re: [VTBIRD] Another banded SNGO
11/23/20 1:42 pm maevulus <maevulus...> [VTBIRD] lots of resources re bird-friendly coffee
11/23/20 1:16 pm Marvin Elliott <marvelliott61...> Re: [VTBIRD] Bird-friendly Coffee
11/23/20 8:13 am Mundi Smithers <amen1farm...> Re: [VTBIRD] Raven Aerial Exhibition
11/23/20 8:09 am Ruth Coppersmith <coppersmithruth...> Re: [VTBIRD] Raven Aerial Exhibition
11/23/20 7:26 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 23, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/23/20 7:16 am Barbara Brosnan <bbrosnan...> [VTBIRD] Bird-friendly Coffee
11/23/20 6:48 am JJ Allen <jjapple88...> [VTBIRD] Raven Aerial Exhibition
11/22/20 5:00 pm Diane Brown <deejbrown...> [VTBIRD] Lone Merganser
11/22/20 2:37 pm Barbara Powers <barkiepvt...> [VTBIRD] Bird Friendly Wine
11/22/20 12:59 pm Barbara Powers <barkiepvt...> [VTBIRD] Bird Friendly Products
11/22/20 10:29 am Elizabeth Alton <redbnuthatch...> [VTBIRD] Milton, VT on 11/21
11/22/20 10:25 am Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...> Re: [VTBIRD] Another banded SNGO
11/22/20 8:51 am maevulus <maevulus...> [VTBIRD] redpolls descend on Jericho Center!
11/22/20 8:49 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 22, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/22/20 6:00 am David L. Webb <David.L.Webb...> Re: [VTBIRD] Carolina wren
11/22/20 5:26 am Sue Wetmore <000006207b3956ac-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Carolina wren
11/22/20 5:26 am Marcia Baker <00000071bf45faf1-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] Carolina wren
11/21/20 5:44 pm David Guertin <dave...> Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
11/21/20 5:34 pm Richard Littauer <richard.littauer...> Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
11/21/20 3:50 pm Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...> [VTBIRD] a question and a really beautiful sight
11/21/20 2:39 pm Martha Adams <martha.adams60...> Re: [VTBIRD] Another banded SNGO
11/21/20 12:15 pm BRUCE FLEWELLING <bflewelling3263...> Re: [VTBIRD] Cranes?
11/21/20 11:10 am Liz Lackey <lackeytomliz...> Re: [VTBIRD] Cranes?
11/21/20 10:36 am David Guertin <dave...> Re: [VTBIRD] Another banded SNGO
11/21/20 10:20 am Avery Fish <afish.mtb...> Re: [VTBIRD] Another banded SNGO
11/21/20 10:18 am David Guertin <dave...> Re: [VTBIRD] Another banded SNGO
11/21/20 10:15 am David Guertin <dave...> Re: [VTBIRD] Sandhill Cranes!!!
11/21/20 9:37 am Avery Fish <afish.mtb...> [VTBIRD] Another banded SNGO
11/21/20 8:25 am David Book <0000005c520ea7e6-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Cranes?
11/21/20 8:22 am Scott Morrical <smorrica...> [VTBIRD] Sandhill Cranes!!!
11/21/20 8:12 am Chad Witko <chadjwitko...> [VTBIRD] Brattleboro Pine Grosbeaks (Continuing)
11/21/20 7:50 am Jasper Barnes <Jasper.Barnes...> [VTBIRD] Cranes?
11/21/20 7:07 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 21, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/21/20 5:54 am Jeanne & Bill Prue <wjprue...> [VTBIRD] VTBIRD Evening grosbeaks
11/21/20 4:43 am Eugenia Cooke <euge24241...> Re: [VTBIRD] Jim Block's Tribute to the Brown Creeper
11/20/20 6:42 pm R Stewart <2cnewbirds...> Re: [VTBIRD] Presentation tomorrow: Gulls Demystified with Bryan Pfeiffer
11/20/20 4:14 pm Nancy Jacobus <000003381e6ae5cf-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Swan, Tundra at Sandbar Causeway
11/20/20 3:28 pm Michael Foster <000006952d7c7776-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] White-winged Crossbills in Bellows Falls
11/20/20 2:14 pm Paul Miksis <pjmiksis...> [VTBIRD] PineGrosbeaksBrattleboro
11/20/20 1:21 pm maevulus <maevulus...> [VTBIRD] apologies
11/20/20 1:19 pm maevulus <maevulus...> Re: [VTBIRD] free books
11/20/20 12:22 pm Veer Frost <0000038039fb4cf6-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] Jim Block's Tribute to the Brown Creeper
11/20/20 11:50 am anneboby <00000038cbe79a41-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Hoary Redpoll in Norwich
11/20/20 11:49 am Linda P. McElvany <lindap.mack...> [VTBIRD] Grosbeaks, Pine at Milton McDonald's
11/20/20 11:47 am Linda P. McElvany <lindap.mack...> [VTBIRD] Swan, Tundra at Sandbar Causeway
11/20/20 11:22 am Rich Kelley <rich...> Re: [VTBIRD] Sandbar Tundra Swan
11/20/20 10:24 am Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <zac...> Re: [VTBIRD] free books
11/20/20 7:48 am maevulus <maevulus...> [VTBIRD] free books
11/20/20 7:12 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 20, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/20/20 2:54 am Bob Phillips <155bphillips...> Re: [VTBIRD] Presentation tomorrow: Gulls Demystified with Bryan Pfeiffer
11/19/20 5:29 pm Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <zcotaweaver...> Re: [VTBIRD] Rare avian event?
11/19/20 4:14 pm Jon <000002227229d7c3-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] Snowy owl, delta park colchester
11/19/20 3:04 pm Kathy Leonard <Kathyd.leonard...> [VTBIRD] Snow buntings in Randolph Center
11/19/20 2:37 pm Jane Stein <jeshawks...> Re: [VTBIRD] Canadian finches are invading Maine to find food…
11/19/20 2:24 pm Chris Rimmer <crimmer...> [VTBIRD] Hoary Redpoll in Norwich
11/19/20 2:05 pm Sean Beckett <sean...> [VTBIRD] Presentation tomorrow: Gulls Demystified with Bryan Pfeiffer
11/19/20 1:36 pm Charlie Teske <cteske140...> [VTBIRD] Canadian finches are invading Maine to find food…
11/19/20 1:13 pm Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...> Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
11/19/20 11:47 am Charlie Teske <cteske140...> Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
11/19/20 9:43 am Pamela Coleman <0000003fbb1e7534-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
11/19/20 9:37 am Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...> Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
11/19/20 9:30 am alison wagner <alikatofvt...> Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
11/19/20 9:03 am Julianna Tyson <jstyson17...> [VTBIRD] Sandbar Tundra Swan
11/19/20 8:40 am Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...> Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
11/19/20 8:32 am Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...> Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
11/19/20 8:24 am David Guertin <dave...> Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
11/19/20 8:24 am Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...> Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
11/19/20 8:23 am Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...> Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
11/19/20 8:12 am Jim Phillips <jim...> Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
11/19/20 8:07 am Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...> [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
11/19/20 7:41 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 19, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/19/20 7:34 am Victoria Arthur <singtolive57...> Re: [VTBIRD] Rare avian event?
11/19/20 6:11 am Stacy Robinson <maplemeadows...> Re: [VTBIRD] Birds Eating Snow
11/19/20 6:08 am Avery Fish <afish.mtb...> [VTBIRD] Birds Eating Snow
11/19/20 5:14 am Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <zac...> Re: [VTBIRD] Rare avian event?
11/19/20 4:49 am Paul Wieczoreck <mgcpw...> [VTBIRD] Rare avian event?
11/18/20 3:04 pm Ian Clark <lenscapon...> [VTBIRD] OT: Some eagle photos from Conowingo Dam
11/18/20 1:39 pm Diana <dlee3...> [VTBIRD] Into the Wild with Snowy Owls
11/18/20 7:01 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 18, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/17/20 6:40 pm Charlie La Rosa <charlie.larosa...> [VTBIRD] Black-backed woodpecker
11/17/20 12:48 pm Fred and Chris Pratt <pipit...> Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
11/17/20 8:49 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 17, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/17/20 8:11 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> Re: [VTBIRD] November 17, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/17/20 7:54 am Susan Tiholiz <stiholiz...> Re: [VTBIRD] November 17, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/17/20 7:50 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 17, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/17/20 7:33 am Scott Morrical <smorrica...> Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
11/17/20 6:23 am David Guertin <dave...> Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
11/16/20 2:10 pm alison wagner <alikatofvt...> Re: [VTBIRD] Mute Swans at Vermont National
11/16/20 12:43 pm Scott Morrical <smorrica...> Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
11/16/20 12:21 pm David Guertin <dave...> Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
11/16/20 12:01 pm Susan Fogleman <sfogleman...> Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
11/16/20 11:57 am Fred and Chris Pratt <pipit...> Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
11/16/20 11:55 am Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...> Re: [VTBIRD] Mute Swans at Vermont National
11/16/20 11:41 am David Guertin <dave...> Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
11/16/20 10:52 am Sue Wetmore <000006207b3956ac-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] Flycatcher
11/16/20 10:42 am Barbara Powers <barkiepvt...> Re: [VTBIRD] Mute Swans at Vermont National
11/16/20 10:34 am Kevin Thorley <elron8711...> Re: [VTBIRD] Bridport bluebirds
11/16/20 10:28 am G M ARCHAMBAULT <gm72125...> Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
11/16/20 9:29 am Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...> Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
11/16/20 9:14 am Scott Morrical <smorrica...> [VTBIRD] Eurasian Wigeon & Tundra Swan
11/16/20 9:02 am maevulus <maevulus...> Re: [VTBIRD] Mute Swans at Vermont National
11/16/20 8:57 am David Guertin <dave...> Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
11/16/20 8:48 am Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] Mute Swans at Vermont National
11/16/20 8:31 am Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...> Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
11/16/20 8:25 am David Guertin <dave...> [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
11/16/20 7:07 am Richard Littauer <richard.littauer...> Re: [VTBIRD] Help with converting old Avisys data to eBird checklists
11/16/20 7:03 am Morin, Doug <Doug.Morin...> [VTBIRD] Vermont Fish and Wildlife Bird Report available
11/16/20 7:00 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 16, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/16/20 5:04 am Ian Worley <iworley...> Re: [VTBIRD] Help with converting old Avisys data to eBird checklists
11/16/20 4:57 am Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> Re: [VTBIRD] Help with converting old Avisys data to eBird checklists
11/16/20 1:33 am Ian Worley <iworley...> [VTBIRD] Help with converting old Avisys data to eBird checklists
11/15/20 7:59 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 15, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/14/20 5:10 pm Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting
11/14/20 3:14 pm Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...> Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting
11/14/20 3:13 pm Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...> Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting
11/14/20 6:53 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 14, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/13/20 7:21 pm Chris Rimmer <crimmer...> [VTBIRD] Boreal Chickadees on Mt. Ascutney
11/13/20 10:37 am Sue Wetmore <000006207b3956ac-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] Loons
11/13/20 6:47 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 13, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/13/20 12:21 am Jeffrey Sonshine <jeffrey.sonshine...> Re: [VTBIRD] VTBIRD Digest - 11 Nov 2020 to 12 Nov 2020 (#2020-309)
11/12/20 6:58 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 12, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/12/20 5:28 am Rita Pitkin <ritapitkin15...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
11/12/20 3:59 am Sandy Turner <tmsprgrn...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
11/12/20 1:50 am Diana <dlee3...> Re: [VTBIRD] Merlins
11/11/20 3:45 pm Tom Berriman <blackpoll...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
11/11/20 2:59 pm Kate Olgiati <2grackle...> Re: [VTBIRD] Merlins
11/11/20 1:05 pm Diana <dlee3...> [VTBIRD] Merlins
11/11/20 7:08 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 11, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/10/20 9:33 am Richard Littauer <richard.littauer...> Re: [VTBIRD] American Tree Sparrow
11/10/20 8:32 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 10, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/10/20 7:59 am Carl Runge <0000009209546543-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] American Tree Sparrow
11/10/20 6:32 am Sue Wetmore <000006207b3956ac-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] Tagged
11/10/20 5:40 am maevulus <maevulus...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snow Goose encounter
11/10/20 4:25 am Peggy Faucher <p_faucher...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snow Goose encounter
11/9/20 9:17 pm Charlie La Rosa <charlie.larosa...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snow Goose encounter
11/9/20 8:29 pm David Guertin <dave...> [VTBIRD] Snow Goose encounter
11/9/20 5:57 pm Barclay Morris <bemorris...> Re: [VTBIRD] Loons
11/9/20 5:07 pm pam voss <pkroutvoss2...> Re: [VTBIRD] Loons
11/9/20 4:02 pm Sue Wetmore <000006207b3956ac-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] Short-eared owls
11/9/20 7:31 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 9, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/9/20 6:40 am Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...> [VTBIRD] Short-eared Owl show - Gage Road, Addison
11/8/20 3:28 pm Barclay Morris <bemorris...> [VTBIRD] Loons
11/8/20 7:44 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 8, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/7/20 2:32 pm Eugenia Cooke <euge24241...> Re: [VTBIRD] Bridport bluebirds
11/7/20 1:19 pm Karan Cutler <kdcutler42...> Re: [VTBIRD] Bridport bluebirds
11/7/20 1:07 pm Jill Vickers <jvickers...> Re: [VTBIRD] Bridport bluebirds
11/7/20 11:13 am Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...> Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting
11/7/20 7:52 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 7, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/7/20 6:59 am Karan Cutler <kdcutler42...> [VTBIRD] Bridport bluebirds
11/7/20 6:46 am Laura Bonazinga <laurabonazinga...> Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting
11/7/20 6:45 am Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...> Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting
11/6/20 2:48 pm Sarah Fellows <towanda2...> [VTBIRD] Horned grebes
11/6/20 11:58 am Michael Haas <ihateokra88...> [VTBIRD] Red-bellied woodpecker
11/6/20 8:06 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 6, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/5/20 4:48 pm Karan Cutler <kdcutler42...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
11/5/20 1:47 pm Bryan Pfeiffer <bryan...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
11/5/20 1:20 pm Teage O'Connor <badger.meli...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
11/5/20 1:14 pm Bryan Pfeiffer <bryan...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
11/5/20 12:42 pm Sue Wetmore <000006207b3956ac-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
11/5/20 12:14 pm David Book <0000005c520ea7e6-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
11/5/20 7:20 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 5, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/5/20 6:44 am Bryan Pfeiffer <bryan...> [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
11/4/20 11:17 am Jeannie Elias <moosewoman...> [VTBIRD] Common Redpolls in Fayston
11/4/20 11:16 am Susan Elliott <00000032e9152660-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] Common Redpolls and Snow Buntings - Northwood Park Loop, Rutland Town, Nov 4, 2020
11/4/20 10:24 am Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <zcotaweaver...> [VTBIRD] Bohemian Waxwings Morrisville
11/4/20 10:12 am Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...> [VTBIRD] New study uses VT eBird data
11/4/20 9:43 am Peterson, Bruce B. <peterson...> Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting
11/4/20 8:39 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 4, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/3/20 4:08 pm Peterson, Bruce B. <peterson...> [VTBIRD] Middlebury Feeder
11/3/20 7:56 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 3, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/3/20 5:42 am Janet <musbird...> [VTBIRD] Fox Sparrow
11/3/20 3:48 am Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <zcotaweaver...> [VTBIRD] Purple Sandpiper Shelburne
11/2/20 2:54 pm Betty Holton <bholton...> Re: [VTBIRD] Evening Grosbeak
11/2/20 10:28 am Richard Littauer <richard.littauer...> Re: [VTBIRD] Redpolls
11/2/20 9:32 am Poleysgmavt <poleys...> Re: [VTBIRD] Evening Grosbeak
11/2/20 8:57 am Betty Holton <bholton...> [VTBIRD] Evening Grosbeak
11/2/20 8:22 am Sarah Janson <sbjanson...> Re: [VTBIRD] Redpolls
11/2/20 8:09 am Morin, Doug <Doug.Morin...> [VTBIRD] Vermont Fish and Wildlife Bird Report: October 30
11/2/20 7:47 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 2, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
11/2/20 6:51 am Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...> [VTBIRD] Vermont eBird unavailable 8am 17 November until 8am 19 November
11/2/20 5:56 am Susan Sussman <smsussman...> [VTBIRD] Redpolls
11/1/20 7:21 pm Charlie La Rosa <charlie.larosa...> [VTBIRD] From unusual to bizarre.
11/1/20 5:41 pm Chad Witko <chadjwitko...> Re: [VTBIRD] Surprise on Hunger Mt.
11/1/20 4:01 pm kfinch <kfinch51...> Re: [VTBIRD] Surprise on Hunger Mt.
11/1/20 3:30 pm Chris Rimmer <crimmer...> [VTBIRD] Surprise on Hunger Mt.
11/1/20 6:45 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] November 1, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
10/31/20 1:51 pm sarah rosedahl <0000016265cd738b-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] 1000s of snow geese in King's Bay, NY today
10/31/20 12:47 pm Becky Giroux <ravenrr...> [VTBIRD] Starling Murmuration
10/31/20 11:28 am DAVID MOSHER <dachamo...> [VTBIRD] Rose-breasted Nuthatch
10/31/20 8:13 am Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> [VTBIRD] October 31, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
10/31/20 6:03 am Victoria Arthur <singtolive57...> Re: [VTBIRD] Kent Pond - Killington (99 acres), Oct 30, 2020
 
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Date: 11/30/20 7:04 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 30, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:58 a.m. 28 degrees, wind WNW 0 mph. Sky: a thick, disingenuous cloud
cover, horizon to horizon, should have held down yesterday's heat. Rolls
and folds of blue-gray, edge to edge. A heat leakage. Permanent streams:
iceless, full-throated gurgles and babbles, a resonant and gushing hillside
run, clear as a windowpane. White-breasted nuthatch flies across the upper
stream, lands on a thin maple. *Yank. Yank. *Wanders up the trunk, picking
at things I can't see. Ruffed grouse, an explosive exodus, a whirring of
wings, startles. Rivets our attention. Wetlands: nacreous reeds bent with
frost, isles glazed, a sugar-coated marsh. Pond: ice thicker. Otter
long-gone. No fresh sign. Dogs engage in old spoor, noses to the ground,
snorting. I review yesterday's holes, still evident. Crayfish claws, traced
with frost, engulfed in ice, one day older, one day grimmer. An artifact of
a fondness for shellfish. Otter could be miles away . . . the Ompompanoosuc
(either East or West branch); below Union Village Dam, where the branches
couple and flow flatly to the Connecticut; or, perhaps, the Connecticut
itself, north or south. Maybe he's in the three ponds beyond the eastern
rim of Coyote Hollow; or the necklace of marshes to the west. Or my
neighbor's trout pond for a fish filet.

Otter: the lingering gift of a nomadic visitor, absentee enchantment like
silent chimes. Just to know that our paths crossed yesterday, hours apart,
my enthusiasm boosted and sustained for sunrise walks. I *never* know who
wandered through the corrugated countryside until I look. Eyes wide and
*still *awed by the surprises and simplicity of home.
 

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Date: 11/30/20 6:32 am
From: Karan Cutler <kdcutler42...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snow geese, Addison
Large flock of snow geese just landed at the viewing area on Route 17 in
Addison at 9:30 a.m.
 

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Date: 11/29/20 8:16 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 29, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
7:01 a.m. 27 degrees, wind E 1 mph. Sky: pale blue and empty, a faint rose
infusion. Last night dense fog, this morning frost, frozen raindrops fixed
to twigs like confection. A bleached, crystalline world. Permanent streams:
although the lower stream carries more water, it's quicker to shrink and
dry than the upper, which has a deeper, more dependable source. Of course,
you wouldn't know that today; bold babble on a cold morning carries far up
the road. Wetlands: a catch-basin for dense air, which drains downhill like
water and settles with iron's confidence. Glazed marsh, glazed alders,
glazed islands of sweet gale. Red squirrels, more shiver than chatter, a
rustling of the teeth. Pond: frozen over, slush to ice. Some portions
polished smooth; others, jigsaw pieces with raised edges, aqueous sutures
stitching the lid together. Nine circles of varying diameters, thinner,
clearer ice. A moment of mystery, a question imposed . . .

An otter paid a call under the gibbous moon. Likely, arrived from the
marsh, via the culvert under the road. Up the rock retaining wall, fur
dripping. Through the black-plastic overflow culvert and into a dark pond,
sealed shut. Surfaced nine times, each hole bludgeoned open from below.
Skull thick as a brick. Ice shards fixed to the surface like broken panes
of glass, fragments form an abstract tangram. Swimming in circles,
the otter authored the newest ice, now glass clear. One hole, mid pond: two
crayfish claws, frozen in and frosted, the residue of a midnight snack.

Gray squirrel at the feeder before sunrise, before jays, before chickadees.
A hidden hairy woodpecker tapping a pole-sized pine snag . . . woodland
Western Union. Fourteen crows commute north; *caws* rain down on a frozen
valley. A cheerful flock of red-breasted nuthatches. One walks down pine
and forages in a mat of frozen leaves, every step the faint tinkle and
crackle of tiny feet. Somewhere, the delicate whisper of a brown creeper. A
raven, loud and loquacious, passes high overhead, well behind the
northbound crows.

My valley is like the *Sunday Times* crossword puzzle. An assortment of
questions, a few answers ironclad, most inaccessible. Several involve an
educated guess . . . like an otter's nighttime visit. I am the valley's
witness. I note questions posed, and answers suggested. Rife with mystery
and rapture, the valley enables me, at least for a few moments, to forget
my own predicament. To revel in the notion of a dark otter, dripping wet.
 

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Date: 11/29/20 8:11 am
From: Dave Birmingham <dave...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Lost Camera Gage Rd Addison
Hello VT Birders,

My friend Cara lost her camera on Gage Rd in Addison yesterday afternoon. Hoping someone with a white pickup truck found it.
Help! She is quite anxious hoping it is found.

Please Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!

Dave

Dave Birmingham
Chief Dog Walker


> On Nov 28, 2020, at 1:56 PM, Gretchen Nareff <marshbirder...> wrote:
>
> Three Black Vulture perched together, visible from the 127 belt line where
> it meets Plattsburgh Ave. West side, they can be viewed from the bike
> path.--
> Gretchen E. Nareff
> Bennington, VT
 

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Date: 11/28/20 10:56 am
From: Gretchen Nareff <marshbirder...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] 3 Black Vultures Burlington/Colchester
Three Black Vulture perched together, visible from the 127 belt line where
it meets Plattsburgh Ave. West side, they can be viewed from the bike
path.--
Gretchen E. Nareff
Bennington, VT
 

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Date: 11/28/20 7:14 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 28, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
7:00 a.m. 37 degrees, wind NE 0 mph. Sky: a ponderous cloud, low and thick.
The valley a vessel of fog. Permanent streams: rushing to the marsh. A
patch of fallen birches, white on brown earth, graveyard of tree trunks. A
shallow-rooted birch came down in the rain last night, trunk across the
lower stream, a gleaming, peeling femur. Wetlands: arrested visibility,
muted colors. In the pines, red squirrel chatter and then an evanescent
bird-like trill, liquid and sweet . . . as though the squirrel had taken
voice lessons. Or, perhaps, a homesick hermit thrush. Pond: corroding
surface, lidded but porous, more slush than ice.

In Pomfret, yesterday, a rough-legged hawk flew east above a pasture, in
the White River's direction. Slow, rhythmic wingbeats, white tail teasing
the breeze, opening and closing like a card trick. Dark terminal band a
far-off signature. A big hawk, loosened from the Arctic. A sojourner. Dairy
cows paid no attention, milled around the edge of the field waiting to be
fed. Sometimes the world overhead simply passes by unseen.

The holler of a pileated, laughing at a private joke. Red-breasted
nuthatches diligently inspect maple twigs, ash furrows, and birch flagging,
where curling paper meets tree. Following the nuthatches example, titmouse
prospects the creases and crinkles of a maple limb—a dignified solitary,
little bird. Crest erect. Takes his time. More formal and less animated
than the chickadees that flit and chat nearby.

For the time being, this is my valley, my nourishment. I've come here, not
as a visitor, but as a participant, the stenographer who describes in
shorthand, the painter who renders in impression, a *familiar* landscape
beyond words.
 

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Date: 11/28/20 6:15 am
From: Laura Bonazinga Bouyea <lalabonazinga...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Abundance of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers
Thanks Avery!

Laura Bonazinga Bouyea, M.S., CCC-SLP
Vermont Speech Language Pathology
University of Vermont
The Stern Center for Language & Learning

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> On Nov 28, 2020, at 8:33 AM, Avery Fish <afish.mtb...> wrote:
>
> I have also seen them at sunrise at Gage Road and the Goose Viewing
> platform, but dusk would bring the high numbers, as Ian said.
>
>> On Sat, Nov 28, 2020 at 08:03 Laura Bonazinga Bouyea <
>> <lalabonazinga...> wrote:
>>
>> Thank you for this information, Ian!
>>
>> Laura Bonazinga Bouyea, M.S., CCC-SLP
>> Vermont Speech Language Pathology
>> University of Vermont
>> The Stern Center for Language & Learning
>>
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>>>> On Nov 28, 2020, at 7:35 AM, Ian Worley <iworley...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi Laura.
>>>
>>> The big numbers being seen, ranging from 3 to 11, along with Northern
>> Harriers at times, are at Gage Road in Addison. This is a dead-end road
>> off Route 22A, just under a mile south of Addison (intersection with Route
>> 17). Go west on Gage past farm buildings on the left, to a Y, which takes
>> you to an old barn. That has been the best viewing location. The owls
>> have been seen around that barn and in the fields to the north and east
>> (and sometimes south and west).
>>>
>>> Birders have been arriving between 3:30 and 4:00 with the owls appearing
>> some time between 4:00 and 4:45 right up until it is too dark to see them.
>> That location can be breezy and cold; dress to stay warm while standing
>> around waiting and looking for the owls. The weather for today and
>> tomorrow, late afternoon, looks good. Good luck!
>>>
>>> Ian
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>> On 11/28/2020 7:13 AM, Laura Bonazinga Bouyea wrote:
>>>> Ian, are you seeing the short eared owls
>>>> Around dusk? We want to take our young son and hope to time it right!
>> Is there a marker for the best place to look on Gage?
>>>>
>>>> Any information is much appreciated. Our son is quite the birder and
>> would enjoy both species!
>>>>
>>>> Laura Bonazinga Bouyea, M.S., CCC-SLP
>>>> Vermont Speech Language Pathology
>>>> University of Vermont
>>>> The Stern Center for Language & Learning
>>>>
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>>>>>> On Nov 28, 2020, at 6:12 AM, Ian Worley <iworley...> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> The recent high numbers of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers at
>> the Gage Road area in Addison County, I suspect is enhanced by very high
>> numbers of voles. I haven't been there myself this fall, but I've been
>> birding/dog-walking in several large cut-hay and stubble corn fields in
>> western Addison County. The vole signs in places are the highest density
>> I've seen (to my recollection) in quite a long time. There are extensive
>> runway systems, holes everywhere, and foxes and fox diggings are common.
>>>>>
>>>>> Ian
>>
 

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Date: 11/28/20 6:06 am
From: Kim Likakis <kim.likakis...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Abundance of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers
Just a quick anecdotal comment, I saw more voles during the fall mow this
year (by seeming orders of magnitude) than I've ever seen. The juvie red
tail observing from the oak trees was very appreciative.

Kim
Bennington



> > >>>> On Nov 28, 2020, at 6:12 AM, Ian Worley <iworley...> wrote:
> > >>>
> > >>> The recent high numbers of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers at
> > the Gage Road area in Addison County, I suspect is enhanced by very high
> > numbers of voles. I haven't been there myself this fall, but I've been
> > birding/dog-walking in several large cut-hay and stubble corn fields in
> > western Addison County. The vole signs in places are the highest density
> > I've seen (to my recollection) in quite a long time. There are extensive
> > runway systems, holes everywhere, and foxes and fox diggings are common.
> > >>>
> > >>> Ian
> >
>
 

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Date: 11/28/20 5:33 am
From: Avery Fish <afish.mtb...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Abundance of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers
I have also seen them at sunrise at Gage Road and the Goose Viewing
platform, but dusk would bring the high numbers, as Ian said.

On Sat, Nov 28, 2020 at 08:03 Laura Bonazinga Bouyea <
<lalabonazinga...> wrote:

> Thank you for this information, Ian!
>
> Laura Bonazinga Bouyea, M.S., CCC-SLP
> Vermont Speech Language Pathology
> University of Vermont
> The Stern Center for Language & Learning
>
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> > On Nov 28, 2020, at 7:35 AM, Ian Worley <iworley...> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Laura.
> >
> > The big numbers being seen, ranging from 3 to 11, along with Northern
> Harriers at times, are at Gage Road in Addison. This is a dead-end road
> off Route 22A, just under a mile south of Addison (intersection with Route
> 17). Go west on Gage past farm buildings on the left, to a Y, which takes
> you to an old barn. That has been the best viewing location. The owls
> have been seen around that barn and in the fields to the north and east
> (and sometimes south and west).
> >
> > Birders have been arriving between 3:30 and 4:00 with the owls appearing
> some time between 4:00 and 4:45 right up until it is too dark to see them.
> That location can be breezy and cold; dress to stay warm while standing
> around waiting and looking for the owls. The weather for today and
> tomorrow, late afternoon, looks good. Good luck!
> >
> > Ian
> >
> >
> >
> >> On 11/28/2020 7:13 AM, Laura Bonazinga Bouyea wrote:
> >> Ian, are you seeing the short eared owls
> >> Around dusk? We want to take our young son and hope to time it right!
> Is there a marker for the best place to look on Gage?
> >>
> >> Any information is much appreciated. Our son is quite the birder and
> would enjoy both species!
> >>
> >> Laura Bonazinga Bouyea, M.S., CCC-SLP
> >> Vermont Speech Language Pathology
> >> University of Vermont
> >> The Stern Center for Language & Learning
> >>
> >> Confidentiality Notice:
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> >>
> >>>> On Nov 28, 2020, at 6:12 AM, Ian Worley <iworley...> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> The recent high numbers of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers at
> the Gage Road area in Addison County, I suspect is enhanced by very high
> numbers of voles. I haven't been there myself this fall, but I've been
> birding/dog-walking in several large cut-hay and stubble corn fields in
> western Addison County. The vole signs in places are the highest density
> I've seen (to my recollection) in quite a long time. There are extensive
> runway systems, holes everywhere, and foxes and fox diggings are common.
> >>>
> >>> Ian
>
 

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Date: 11/28/20 5:33 am
From: Leslie Nulty <lenulty84...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Could it be?
Thanks Avery - definitely not a dove.

On Sat, Nov 28, 2020 at 8:32 AM Avery Fish <afish.mtb...> wrote:

> The only think I can think of would be mourning dove perching weird. I know
> I have pursued quite a few merlins that flew by, only to find a mourning
> dove. But then again, their beaks are quite short compared to a cuckoo.
> Hopefully you can find you bird again and get an answer!
>
> On Sat, Nov 28, 2020 at 08:26 Leslie Nulty <lenulty84...> wrote:
>
> > David G: I'd be shocked if it was a common grackle - it was VERY slim
> and
> > more brownish - not at all glossy - to me grackles are much heftier.
> I'll
> > look for it again but it didn't perch for long....
> >
> > On Fri, Nov 27, 2020 at 5:43 PM David Guertin <dave...>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > If it was backlit so the color details weren't visible, maybe a Common
> > > Grackle? Obviously their colors are nothing alike, but a backlit
> > > silhouette might be similar.
> > >
> > > It would be a real shock to see a cuckoo this time of year!
> > >
> > > Dave G.
> > >
> > > On 11/27/20 4:00 PM, Leslie Nulty wrote:
> > > > In Jericho yesterday spotted what looked like a black-billed cuckoo
> > > > (possibly juvenile). It was backlit and I didn't have binos but
> > couldn't
> > > > think of anything else that would fit its profile - about 12", slim,
> > > > relatively small head, long tail (no stripes on tail), erect posture
> > when
> > > > perched. It didn't call so no sound to identify. Sibley says they
> > > > shouldn't be here in the winter. Any other ideas?
> > > >
> > >
> >
> >
> > --
> > Best regards,
> >
> > Leslie
> >
> > Leslie Nulty
> > P.O. Box 1121
> > Jericho Center, VT 05465
> > home office: 802-899-4582
> > cell: 802-324-1496
> >
>


--
Best regards,

Leslie

Leslie Nulty
P.O. Box 1121
Jericho Center, VT 05465
home office: 802-899-4582
cell: 802-324-1496
 

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Date: 11/28/20 5:32 am
From: Avery Fish <afish.mtb...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Could it be?
The only think I can think of would be mourning dove perching weird. I know
I have pursued quite a few merlins that flew by, only to find a mourning
dove. But then again, their beaks are quite short compared to a cuckoo.
Hopefully you can find you bird again and get an answer!

On Sat, Nov 28, 2020 at 08:26 Leslie Nulty <lenulty84...> wrote:

> David G: I'd be shocked if it was a common grackle - it was VERY slim and
> more brownish - not at all glossy - to me grackles are much heftier. I'll
> look for it again but it didn't perch for long....
>
> On Fri, Nov 27, 2020 at 5:43 PM David Guertin <dave...>
> wrote:
>
> > If it was backlit so the color details weren't visible, maybe a Common
> > Grackle? Obviously their colors are nothing alike, but a backlit
> > silhouette might be similar.
> >
> > It would be a real shock to see a cuckoo this time of year!
> >
> > Dave G.
> >
> > On 11/27/20 4:00 PM, Leslie Nulty wrote:
> > > In Jericho yesterday spotted what looked like a black-billed cuckoo
> > > (possibly juvenile). It was backlit and I didn't have binos but
> couldn't
> > > think of anything else that would fit its profile - about 12", slim,
> > > relatively small head, long tail (no stripes on tail), erect posture
> when
> > > perched. It didn't call so no sound to identify. Sibley says they
> > > shouldn't be here in the winter. Any other ideas?
> > >
> >
>
>
> --
> Best regards,
>
> Leslie
>
> Leslie Nulty
> P.O. Box 1121
> Jericho Center, VT 05465
> home office: 802-899-4582
> cell: 802-324-1496
>
 

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Date: 11/28/20 5:26 am
From: Leslie Nulty <lenulty84...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Could it be?
David G: I'd be shocked if it was a common grackle - it was VERY slim and
more brownish - not at all glossy - to me grackles are much heftier. I'll
look for it again but it didn't perch for long....

On Fri, Nov 27, 2020 at 5:43 PM David Guertin <dave...> wrote:

> If it was backlit so the color details weren't visible, maybe a Common
> Grackle? Obviously their colors are nothing alike, but a backlit
> silhouette might be similar.
>
> It would be a real shock to see a cuckoo this time of year!
>
> Dave G.
>
> On 11/27/20 4:00 PM, Leslie Nulty wrote:
> > In Jericho yesterday spotted what looked like a black-billed cuckoo
> > (possibly juvenile). It was backlit and I didn't have binos but couldn't
> > think of anything else that would fit its profile - about 12", slim,
> > relatively small head, long tail (no stripes on tail), erect posture when
> > perched. It didn't call so no sound to identify. Sibley says they
> > shouldn't be here in the winter. Any other ideas?
> >
>


--
Best regards,

Leslie

Leslie Nulty
P.O. Box 1121
Jericho Center, VT 05465
home office: 802-899-4582
cell: 802-324-1496
 

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Date: 11/28/20 5:03 am
From: Laura Bonazinga Bouyea <lalabonazinga...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Abundance of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers
Thank you for this information, Ian!

Laura Bonazinga Bouyea, M.S., CCC-SLP
Vermont Speech Language Pathology
University of Vermont
The Stern Center for Language & Learning

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> On Nov 28, 2020, at 7:35 AM, Ian Worley <iworley...> wrote:
>
> Hi Laura.
>
> The big numbers being seen, ranging from 3 to 11, along with Northern Harriers at times, are at Gage Road in Addison. This is a dead-end road off Route 22A, just under a mile south of Addison (intersection with Route 17). Go west on Gage past farm buildings on the left, to a Y, which takes you to an old barn. That has been the best viewing location. The owls have been seen around that barn and in the fields to the north and east (and sometimes south and west).
>
> Birders have been arriving between 3:30 and 4:00 with the owls appearing some time between 4:00 and 4:45 right up until it is too dark to see them. That location can be breezy and cold; dress to stay warm while standing around waiting and looking for the owls. The weather for today and tomorrow, late afternoon, looks good. Good luck!
>
> Ian
>
>
>
>> On 11/28/2020 7:13 AM, Laura Bonazinga Bouyea wrote:
>> Ian, are you seeing the short eared owls
>> Around dusk? We want to take our young son and hope to time it right! Is there a marker for the best place to look on Gage?
>>
>> Any information is much appreciated. Our son is quite the birder and would enjoy both species!
>>
>> Laura Bonazinga Bouyea, M.S., CCC-SLP
>> Vermont Speech Language Pathology
>> University of Vermont
>> The Stern Center for Language & Learning
>>
>> Confidentiality Notice:
>> This message, and any attachments, may contain information that is confidential, privileged, and/or protected from disclosure under state and federal laws that deal with the privacy and security of medical information. If you received this message in error or through inappropriate means, please reply to this message to notify the Sender that the message was received by you in error, and then permanently delete this message from all storage media, without forwarding or retaining a copy.
>>
>>>> On Nov 28, 2020, at 6:12 AM, Ian Worley <iworley...> wrote:
>>>
>>> The recent high numbers of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers at the Gage Road area in Addison County, I suspect is enhanced by very high numbers of voles. I haven't been there myself this fall, but I've been birding/dog-walking in several large cut-hay and stubble corn fields in western Addison County. The vole signs in places are the highest density I've seen (to my recollection) in quite a long time. There are extensive runway systems, holes everywhere, and foxes and fox diggings are common.
>>>
>>> Ian
 

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Date: 11/28/20 4:34 am
From: Ian Worley <iworley...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Abundance of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers
Hi Laura.

The big numbers being seen, ranging from 3 to 11, along with Northern
Harriers at times, are at Gage Road in Addison.  This is a dead-end road
off Route 22A, just under a mile south of Addison (intersection with
Route 17).  Go west on Gage past farm buildings on the left, to a Y,
which takes you to an old barn.  That has been the best viewing
location.  The owls have been seen around that barn and in the fields to
the north and east (and sometimes south and west).

Birders have been arriving between 3:30 and 4:00 with the owls appearing
some time between 4:00 and 4:45 right up until it is too dark to see
them.  That location can be breezy and cold; dress to stay warm while
standing around waiting and looking for the owls. The weather for today
and tomorrow, late afternoon, looks good. Good luck!

Ian



On 11/28/2020 7:13 AM, Laura Bonazinga Bouyea wrote:
> Ian, are you seeing the short eared owls
> Around dusk? We want to take our young son and hope to time it right! Is there a marker for the best place to look on Gage?
>
> Any information is much appreciated. Our son is quite the birder and would enjoy both species!
>
> Laura Bonazinga Bouyea, M.S., CCC-SLP
> Vermont Speech Language Pathology
> University of Vermont
> The Stern Center for Language & Learning
>
> Confidentiality Notice:
> This message, and any attachments, may contain information that is confidential, privileged, and/or protected from disclosure under state and federal laws that deal with the privacy and security of medical information. If you received this message in error or through inappropriate means, please reply to this message to notify the Sender that the message was received by you in error, and then permanently delete this message from all storage media, without forwarding or retaining a copy.
>
>> On Nov 28, 2020, at 6:12 AM, Ian Worley <iworley...> wrote:
>>
>> The recent high numbers of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers at the Gage Road area in Addison County, I suspect is enhanced by very high numbers of voles. I haven't been there myself this fall, but I've been birding/dog-walking in several large cut-hay and stubble corn fields in western Addison County. The vole signs in places are the highest density I've seen (to my recollection) in quite a long time. There are extensive runway systems, holes everywhere, and foxes and fox diggings are common.
>>
>> Ian
 

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Date: 11/28/20 4:14 am
From: Laura Bonazinga Bouyea <lalabonazinga...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Abundance of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers
Ian, are you seeing the short eared owls
Around dusk? We want to take our young son and hope to time it right! Is there a marker for the best place to look on Gage?

Any information is much appreciated. Our son is quite the birder and would enjoy both species!

Laura Bonazinga Bouyea, M.S., CCC-SLP
Vermont Speech Language Pathology
University of Vermont
The Stern Center for Language & Learning

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> On Nov 28, 2020, at 6:12 AM, Ian Worley <iworley...> wrote:
>
> The recent high numbers of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers at the Gage Road area in Addison County, I suspect is enhanced by very high numbers of voles. I haven't been there myself this fall, but I've been birding/dog-walking in several large cut-hay and stubble corn fields in western Addison County. The vole signs in places are the highest density I've seen (to my recollection) in quite a long time. There are extensive runway systems, holes everywhere, and foxes and fox diggings are common.
>
> Ian
 

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Date: 11/28/20 3:12 am
From: Ian Worley <iworley...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Abundance of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers
The recent high numbers of Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers at the
Gage Road area in Addison County, I suspect is enhanced by very high
numbers of voles.  I haven't been there myself this fall, but I've been
birding/dog-walking in several large cut-hay and stubble corn fields in
western Addison County.  The vole signs in places are the highest
density I've seen (to my recollection) in quite a long time. There are
extensive runway systems, holes everywhere, and foxes and fox diggings
are common.

Ian
 

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Date: 11/27/20 2:43 pm
From: David Guertin <dave...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Could it be?
If it was backlit so the color details weren't visible, maybe a Common
Grackle? Obviously their colors are nothing alike, but a backlit
silhouette might be similar.

It would be a real shock to see a cuckoo this time of year!

Dave G.

On 11/27/20 4:00 PM, Leslie Nulty wrote:
> In Jericho yesterday spotted what looked like a black-billed cuckoo
> (possibly juvenile). It was backlit and I didn't have binos but couldn't
> think of anything else that would fit its profile - about 12", slim,
> relatively small head, long tail (no stripes on tail), erect posture when
> perched. It didn't call so no sound to identify. Sibley says they
> shouldn't be here in the winter. Any other ideas?
>
 

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Date: 11/27/20 2:28 pm
From: Pat Folsom <pfols...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Rutland Mall, Nov 27, 2020
I found some Pine Grosbeaks in Essex and Morrisville today (Friday)

Always love to see them,
Pat in Waitsfield

----- Original Message -----
From: "Fred Bates" <batesx2...>
To: "VT Bird" <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Friday, November 27, 2020 1:33:58 PM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Rutland Mall, Nov 27, 2020

> My son Graham and I found these out side the old Kmart.
Fred Bates
>
>
> Rutland Mall, Rutland, Vermont, US
> Nov 27, 2020 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 1 species
>
> Pine Grosbeak 15
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S76756798
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 11/27/20 1:01 pm
From: Leslie Nulty <lenulty84...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Could it be?
In Jericho yesterday spotted what looked like a black-billed cuckoo
(possibly juvenile). It was backlit and I didn't have binos but couldn't
think of anything else that would fit its profile - about 12", slim,
relatively small head, long tail (no stripes on tail), erect posture when
perched. It didn't call so no sound to identify. Sibley says they
shouldn't be here in the winter. Any other ideas?

--
Best regards,

Leslie

Leslie Nulty
P.O. Box 1121
Jericho Center, VT 05465
home office: 802-899-4582
cell: 802-324-1496
 

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Date: 11/27/20 10:34 am
From: Fred Bates <batesx2...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Rutland Mall, Nov 27, 2020
> My son Graham and I found these out side the old Kmart.
Fred Bates
>
>
> Rutland Mall, Rutland, Vermont, US
> Nov 27, 2020 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 1 species
>
> Pine Grosbeak 15
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S76756798
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 11/27/20 7:32 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 26, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
7:04 a.m. 39 degrees, wind E 0 mph. Sky: an embodiment of blue-gray,
grayish-pink highlights in the east. Bands of ground fog, mobility of mist
convert hills to islands. Permanent streams: fuller and louder in the
narrows, then, en route to the marsh, spreading into shallow, spongy
floodplains, an unfrozen saturation. Wetlands: textures softened by mist,
color darkened by cloud cover, one F-stop underexposed. The ringing tumult
of jays, high overhead and in the pines. I saw an owl last week, across the
marsh, mid-way up shoreline hemlock. After nearly two hundred days of
looking, one owl. Once. I still look, still hope to see the big bird
perched in the raw, stoic as a monk: snow biting and swirling. Nada. But I
look in earnest, anyway. Wishful, a boy at a ballpark . . . begging for a
homerun whenever Mickey Mantle stepped to the plate. Pond: rain puddles
wait to consolidate. Jigsaw pieces of smooth ice. Granular ice off the
shoreline, slight relief like a miniature topo map. A globe of open water
where the hillside drains into the pond.

Chatty red squirrel ignores the dogs and me. Carries on. Racing up and down
a leaning pine, tail like a parasol, folded back over its body. Dogs,
helplessly attentive, sit, fixed on the squirrel—leashes strain.

Two ravens flying together, separate. One heads northwest over the marsh,
the other, like a compass needle, due north. They have little to say . . .
but wings speak, like a newspaper stoking the air. Mixed flock of
chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches. Chickadees, high in the crown,
consider the end of ash twigs. Gravity-defying, nuthatches scrutinize the
secrets of confetti lichen, prospecting for life in the pale green tufts.

The first sunrise after Thanksgiving, and I am still grateful. Although
sequestered by a pandemic, hostage to political backwash and the nonsense
of polls, the injustice of racism, a troubled climate, the sadness of
environmental tragedy, the black hole of extinction . . . I still have
family and friends. And everpresent chickadees, the joy-spreading burst of
feathers, gray as the morning, frolicking at sunrise.
 

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Date: 11/27/20 6:21 am
From: Jared Katz <000003825c43bc1a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] GBH in Richmond
GBH flew over my road towards Richmond pond this morning.

Sent from my irresistible flat thing.
 

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Date: 11/26/20 8:40 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 26, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
7:06 a.m. 36 degrees, wind W 1 mph (stuffing on the stove. Turkey, brined
and patted dry, lounges in the refrigerator). Sky: an iteration of
yesterday. A gray, tightly fitted sheet releases a proverbial wintry mix .
. . snow, rain, sleet. Road, a path of frozen slush. Permanent streams:
above the culvert, the road glazed and treacherous, a skating rink. On my
feet, the wrong shoes, slipping and sliding. Dogs take charge. Wetlands:
evergreens on the far shore softened by the rising mist, the falling
rain—deer trails, ribbons of flattened reeds, marshland sutures, run
lengthwise from pines to alders. A blue jay, grayer than blue, heads north,
his voice trailing behind him. Just before seven-thirty, the town
sanding-truck passes. Pond: puddles on ice. Time-lapse geology, a glimpse
into the formation of sedimentary rock . . . sandstone, limestone, shale.
Locked within the ice, a brief history of the week, evanescent
sedimentation—surface ice, snow, rain, freeze, rain. The Pleistocene writ
small upon the pond. Milkweed seeds and maple leaves, like stray mammoths,
embedded, covered by a cold rainwater bath, soon to harden.

Nineteen turkeys mill in the yard. Three practice masculinity, pompously
strutting, tails fanned, wings drooped. The rest, ignoring the
out-of-season histrionics, gorge on spilled sunflower seeds and barnyard
acorns. And then, at the sight of me, all disperse, a troop of feathered
bumble-bees, big body, small wings—a discharge of buxom birds, more glide
than flap. Into oaks and maples, dark knobs on distant trees. Branches sag.

When the Pilgrims landed, wild turkey ranged across the eastern half of the
United States west to Arizona and south to Montezuma's halls. By the middle
of the nineteenth century, they were gone from New England. In 1969 and
1970, thirty-one wild turkeys from western New York were released in
Vermont. Originally native only to the four southern counties, wild turkeys
prospered. Today, Vermont's population approaches fifty thousand. Residents
of every county, every woodlot, every ensemble of farm and pasture and
forest. Turkeys have also been introduced into several western states,
southern Canada, Hawaii, Germany, and New Zealand.

During the past half-century, while the wild turkey prospered, the domestic
turkey has grown fatter, weaker, slower, and dumber. Over-breeding to
satisfy our craving for white meat has left domestic turkeys so
pathetically plump that it can't make little turkeys without our help.
Domestic turkeys attempting to mate look like two footballs, rocking and
rolling: their legs too small, their chests too large.

Selective breeding left domestic turkeys flightless and witless. But while
they are a bubble-off-plumb with the IQ of wood chips, it's a myth that
they drown looking up in a rainstorm. In fact, turkeys can't look up; their
eyes are on the side of their heads, and they lack binocular vision. Still,
the bird can't be too bright for such an unflattering rumor to catch on.
Darwin chose pigeon breeds to demonstrate the analogy between
artificial selection and natural selection. If he were alive today, he
might have had fun illustrating that point with domestic turkey.

The wild turkeys in the naked oaks hold their position; rain drips off
their beaks. As I approach, they exit the trees, glide across the upper
pasture, land in the lower, and rush into the woods, ambulatory, unlike the
bird now browning in my oven.
 

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Date: 11/26/20 6:31 am
From: maevulus <maevulus...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] birding as a salvation for quarantined people!
This is a great article about birds and birding brightening and widening
a family's isolation during a pandemic (and the child's drawings are
priceless!):
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/26/style/some-birds.html?action=click&module=Editors%20Picks&pgtype=Homepage
Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
 

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Date: 11/26/20 5:25 am
From: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] re. Xanthochromic
The clickable link got truncated at some point. Here’s the full link:

http://northernmainebirds.blogspot.com/2015/03/xanthochromic-evening-grosbeak-in.html

That’s a really beautiful bird!

Sincerely,
Chris T-H


On Nov 25, 2020, at 10:09 PM, G M ARCHAMBAULT <gm72125...><mailto:<gm72125...>> wrote:

Non-melanic schizochroic! I learned a new term today! Thanks. -Ken in Alabama On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 04:33:59 PM CST, Tom Berriman <blackpoll...><mailto:<blackpoll...>> wrote:

Maybe this link will work better:
<http://northernmainebirds.blogspot.com/2015/03/xanthochromic-evening-grosbe
ak-in.html> Xanthochromic Evening Grosbeak in Northern Maine?

Life span of Evening Grosbeaks can be up to 15 years.



Tom Berriman


--
Chris Tessaglia-Hymes
PO Box 488
8 Etna Lane
Etna, NY 13062
607-351-5740

 

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Date: 11/25/20 7:09 pm
From: G M ARCHAMBAULT <gm72125...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] re. Xanthochromic
Non-melanic schizochroic! I learned a new term today! Thanks. -Ken in Alabama On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 04:33:59 PM CST, Tom Berriman <blackpoll...> wrote:

Maybe this link will work better:
<http://northernmainebirds.blogspot.com/2015/03/xanthochromic-evening-grosbe
ak-in.html> Xanthochromic Evening Grosbeak in Northern Maine?

Life span of Evening Grosbeaks can be up to 15 years.



Tom Berriman

 

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Date: 11/25/20 2:33 pm
From: Tom Berriman <blackpoll...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] re. Xanthochromic
Maybe this link will work better:
<http://northernmainebirds.blogspot.com/2015/03/xanthochromic-evening-grosbe
ak-in.html> Xanthochromic Evening Grosbeak in Northern Maine?

Life span of Evening Grosbeaks can be up to 15 years.



Tom Berriman
 

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Date: 11/25/20 1:20 pm
From: Tom Berriman <blackpoll...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Yellow Grosbeak
Xanthochromatic : A friend passed along this link from 2015 in Maine:
http://northernmainebirds.blogspot.com/2015/03/xanthochromic-evening-grosbea
k-in.html
 

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Date: 11/25/20 12:34 pm
From: Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Certified Bird Friendly Coffee vs. shade grown coffee
I'm a coffee drinker, but not a coffee connoisseur, so I'm a little hesitant to add to the conversation. But, I did want to point out that there is a "gold standard" in bird-friendly coffee, which is certification through the Smithsonian (based on 11 criteria developed through the Smithsonian's Migratory Bird Research Center. I've talked to a number of coffee farmers who grow shade coffee that is not certified and they have a number of reasons for not going the certification route. There is a cost to certification, which some growers can't afford. And, there are some farmers who have a ready market for their shade coffee such that certification isn't helpful in generating new sales or markets.

There are lots of great resources to read more about bird friendly coffee - ABA just put out a nice article in Birding which outlines some of the issues with certification, and goes into some detail about organic (required for bird friendly certification) and fair trade certifications which may be of interest to some birders.
https://www.aba.org/birding-magazine-october-2020/#10

Allan
 

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Date: 11/25/20 9:47 am
From: Tom Berriman <blackpoll...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Evening Grosbeak, yellow plumage
Of course I got excited for about as long as it took to set up the scope and
get a good look at the Mexican "Yellow Grosbeak" Laugh out loud! But still
nice to see this plumage on an Evening Grosbeak.



https://ebird.org/vt/checklist/S76675520
 

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Date: 11/25/20 8:21 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 25, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:49 a.m. 25 degrees, wind SE 4 mph. Sky: taut cloud cover, uniformly gray,
featureless as an unrumpled sheet. Untainted snow . . . micro flakes that
whiten the forest floor and mark the open air, stinging my eyes, chilling
my cheeks, gathering on the coats of dogs, a light, stable dusting, absent
since the first week of May. Permanent streams: water rushes around
white-capped rocks. Wetlands: white on beige, reduced visibility. Pond:
snow-surfaced ice, trackless. A half-moon of open water against the eastern
shore, gift of a leaky hillside.

Three ravens, ambassadors from another valley, preceded by their voices.
Growls. Croaks. And a percussive knocking. Corvid dialogues,
complicated discussions. Doppler into the morning from beyond Robinson
Hill. Louder and louder and louder. Then the birds, coal-black and
inquisitive. Miss nothing. Read the world from aloft. Know where they're
going . . . above the marsh, the pond, the eastern flank, toward the big
river, whitened by snow. And, gone.

A fourth raven appears, plays catchup. Follows the vocal trail, great black
wings like awnings, stretched and barely flapping. Big-brained bird, an
avian Mensa. Although buoyant chickadees and nuthatches filled the nearby
pines and maples, I can't stop watching the fourth raven, alone in a sky
brushed with snow. Calling. Wanting. Seeking companionship, three minutes
behind his friends, having dawdled at the evergreen roost. Late on the
hemlock branch reading Mary Oliver?

Does he see the trio far ahead, black dots in the gray? Raven, a triumph of
vision and will flaps over the hill and out of sight, a kitchen-sink of
bird. Black as the Queen of Spades, voice trailing off like static.
Yesterday, I got the news that an old college friend died of COVID-19,
alone, serving a life sentence in a Texas prison. An unhinged year grew
unimaginably darker.

On the eve of Thanksgiving, I'll take whatever gifts the valley offers.
Life in the open air, on a bleak morning, an unconquerable joy. To be
unmoored from the pandemic, if only momentarily, something I am eternally
thankful for.
 

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Date: 11/25/20 7:57 am
From: B Bobolinks <0000035f721cf148-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Pine Grosbeaks
This morning I got up thinking the snow might make it easier to locate pine grosbeaks in places they have shown up previous years. Sure enough, I just arrived at the Essex Post Office across from Essex Cinemas and found a few feeding in the crabapple trees near the PO entrance. Enjoy them while you can!Mae Mayville Essex


Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
 

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Date: 11/24/20 10:48 am
From: Barbara Powers <barkiepvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Rare Griffon Vulture saved
https://youtu.be/S1RZKeO01s8

I hope this works. It’s a video showing a rare Griffon Vulture being saved. I’m a newbie with forwarding the links.
Barbara Powers

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 11/24/20 10:39 am
From: Barbara Powers <barkiepvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Loon Pictures from Lake Pleasant, NH
11/22/2020 - Loony Year in Review<http://eepurl.com/hjyTM9>

Great photos of a loon family.
Barbara Powers
Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 11/24/20 10:11 am
From: Barbara Powers <barkiepvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Starling Murmuration
You may have seen this before but I enjoyed seeing it again.
Barbara Powers







https://youtu.be/88UVJpQGi88



 

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Date: 11/24/20 10:00 am
From: E Talmage <bovm_erin...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] lots of resources re bird-friendly coffee
The Birds of Vermont Museum carries Birds and Beans coffee in our store.

We are currently open by appointment so just give a call before stopping by 802-434-2167.

(We have many other bird-related gifts, and works by local artists if you are holiday shopping this year!)

Erin Talmage
-
Executive Director
Birds of Vermont Museum
900 Sherman Hollow Road
Huntington, VT 05462
802-434-2167
www.birdsofvermont.org

----- Original Message -----
From: maevulus <maevulus...>
To: <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:42:41 -0500 (EST)
Subject: [VTBIRD] lots of resources re bird-friendly coffee

The Smithsonian Zoo has a great list:

https://nationalzoo.si.edu/migratory-birds/where-buy-bird-friendly-coffee

We get Birds and Beans coffee (which is good) and Songbird decaf from
Thanksgiving Coffee (which is delicious).
The challenge is to get stores to carry some of these wonderful brews.
When I asked at one health food store, I was told that "all our coffees
are bird-friendly; they come from South American, and South American has
tons of birds!" I finally met with the person in charge of ordering, but
she said they couldn't stock one of the bird-friendly coffees because
they had to buy through their regular distributor.
Maeve Kim, Jericho


-
 

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Date: 11/24/20 8:34 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 24, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:44 a.m. 34 degrees, wind NNW 8 mph, howling and whisper. Pine trunks
sway, branches wave, a landscape in flux. An orchestra of trees, the
original woodwinds: creak, sigh, moan, yowl. A triumph of noise, enough to
drown out crows and blue jays . . . a deed, indeed. Sky: at first,
occluded, atmospheric topography, mostly blues and grays. In the east, a
hint of peach. Spits tiny, bouncy, milk-white hail, which adheres to metal
roofs and every low spot on the road, melts elsewhere. As I wander, clouds
break-up, dividing into islands and archipelagos. Permanent streams:
clearer and fuller than yesterday. Wetlands: marsh dreary, sky vibrant.
Luminous, shape-changing clouds, suggestions of pink. Wind as a sculptor:
smooths, tears, teases, welds. Sky empty of birds. Pond: yesterday's rain,
today's ice. A stratified surface, two fragile layers. Wispy lines of hail,
a cold smoke, drifts like hope. Then, stops. Momentary windrows, ephemeral
stripes, until set in motion, again.

Red squirrel tends a cache of pinecones, twenty feet away. Bored with the
morphology of clouds, dogs focus on the busy squirrel. Sit and stare,
hoping it strays into the leash zone.

The other day, I picked up suet from the butcher counter at the Hanover
Coop. No charge, which makes it affordable. I hung the suet in the front
yard cherry, out of reach of the dogs. Over the years, a parade of birds
have visited the suet feeder: chickadees, titmice, red- and white-breasted
nuthatches, blue jays, crows, hairy and down woodpeckers, red-bellied and
pileated woodpeckers. A brown creeper, once. Friends have had mink, long-
and short-tailed weasels, black bears, fishers, and a bobcat stop by for
fat.

In the pre-Columbian Northeast, deer and moose carcasses—mostly leftover
wolf and catamount kills—were a reliable source of suet. Today, coyotes and
bobcats occasionally bring down deer . . . provision birds with suet. Cars
provide, too.

Ten years ago, off the east bank of the Connecticut River, I watched six
bald eagles on a deer carcass, likely a casualty of nearby Route 5. The
eagles roosted in silver maples, picked at the deer for days. Then,
decamped, leaving behind a sardonic skull and a rack of ribs. Several years
ago, more than twenty ravens stripped a deer carcass on my running route;
farther down the road, another carcass was claimed by a red-tailed hawk.

Through the years, I've noticed many mammals feeding on deer and moose
carcasses—red and gray fox, coyotes, fisher, opossum, raccoon, bear,
weasels, shrews of many species, even red squirrels. In fact, fishers often
give birth close to a carcass, the meat and fat a windfall for the mother,
who won't leave vulnerable kits unattended for long. Shortly after giving
birth, when she comes into heat again, her new mate will also be rewarded
with a free meal or two in late February.

Like dead trees left standing for cavity nesters, carcasses left in the
woods are critical for hordes of birds and mammals. Deer season winding
down, carcasses accruing in the woods and meadows. Before you haul one
away, consider who depends on the protein and fat . . . even the first wave
of spring warblers visit stashes of suet, whether your feeder or the frozen
ribs of a deer.
 

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Date: 11/23/20 7:49 pm
From: Avery Fish <afish.mtb...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Another banded SNGO
Got the results back! This bird was a female Greater Snow Goose, banded in
2017 near Bylot Island in Nunavut, presumed to have hatched in 2016 or
earlier.

On Sun, Nov 22, 2020 at 13:25 Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...> wrote:

> I reported band XJ76 (very close to your XJ68) in 2017. Since 2015, I've
> reported at least 13 SNGO bands and 3 CANG bands. All of the Snow Geese
> were banded at Bylot Island. It's interesting to see when they were banded
> and where/when they were previously reported, if any.
>
> --Ken Copenhaver
>
> On Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 5:39 PM Martha Adams <martha.adams60...>
> wrote:
>
> > I reported a SNGO last March with different numbers (XR70) but from the
> > same banding station. I saw this one in Windham County. Those bands are
> so
> > clear and easy to read, as opposed to the silver leg band on another SNGO
> > in the same group that I wasn’t able to read from my photos.
> >
> > Sent from my iPad
> >
> > > On Nov 21, 2020, at 1:36 PM, David Guertin <dave...>
> wrote:
> > >
> > > It's likely the same banding station. Let us know the details when you
> > get a response!
> > >
> > > The one I found was banded in August 2013 on Bylot Island, Nunavut,
> > which is home to a huge breeding colony of Greater Snow Geese. There's a
> > long-term population study there led by Gilles Gauthier, which has
> banded a
> > large number of Snow Geese.
> > >
> > > Dave G.
> > >
> > >> On 11/21/20 1:20 PM, Avery Fish wrote:
> > >> Yeah, I reported to a form that asked for that. Mine was also black
> > letters
> > >> on yellow. Same banding station?
> > >>
> > >> On Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 13:18 David Guertin <dave...>
> > wrote:
> > >>
> > >>> Cool! The one I reported on the 8th was TK02, so this is a different
> > >>> goose. The form to report the neck band also asks for the color of
> the
> > >>> band -- mine was black letters on a yellow band.
> > >>>
> > >>> Dave G.
> > >>>
> > >>> On 11/21/20 12:36 PM, Avery Fish wrote:
> > >>>> I saw a banded SNGO this morning at Dead Creek Goose Viewing Area,
> not
> > >>> sure
> > >>>> if it was the same on previously reported at the Goose Viewing
> Area. I
> > >>>> reported the band number, and I’ll send any info. Whoever reported
> the
> > >>>> first one, was the code XJ68?
> >
>
 

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Date: 11/23/20 1:42 pm
From: maevulus <maevulus...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] lots of resources re bird-friendly coffee
The Smithsonian Zoo has a great list:

https://nationalzoo.si.edu/migratory-birds/where-buy-bird-friendly-coffee

We get Birds and Beans coffee (which is good) and Songbird decaf from
Thanksgiving Coffee (which is delicious).
The challenge is to get stores to carry some of these wonderful brews.
When I asked at one health food store, I was told that "all our coffees
are bird-friendly; they come from South American, and South American has
tons of birds!" I finally met with the person in charge of ordering, but
she said they couldn't stock one of the bird-friendly coffees because
they had to buy through their regular distributor.
Maeve Kim, Jericho
 

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Date: 11/23/20 1:16 pm
From: Marvin Elliott <marvelliott61...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Bird-friendly Coffee
We also visited the farm a few years ago and buy from cafecristina.com. The
coffee is excellent.
Marv Elliott

On Mon, Nov 23, 2020 at 10:16 AM Barbara Brosnan <bbrosnan...> wrote:

> "Finca Cristina" outside of Cartago, Costa Rica is not only a shade-growing
> bird-friendly coffee plantation, it is also a bird sanctuary and it has the
> slogan "A healthy earth grows good coffee." ("Finca" means farm.) We
> visited this plantation a few years ago, had a tour of their sustainable
> processes, birded the sanctuary, tasted their coffee and now we order all
> our coffee from them. The process is very simple. This plantation is part
> of a cooperative of sustainable farms who share shipping facilities. Just
> hit "control "& click on this link https://www.cafecristina.com/ and
> place
> your order. We have had prompt deliveries every time. If you have
> difficulty, email us and we will assist you. Enjoy!
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
 

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Date: 11/23/20 8:13 am
From: Mundi Smithers <amen1farm...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Raven Aerial Exhibition
WOW! What a delight! Right place, Right time!!!

Mundi
North Pownal

Sent from my iPad

The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
Arthur C Clarke 1917 - 2008

> On Nov 23, 2020, at 9:48 AM, JJ Allen <jjapple88...> wrote:
>
> I had just reached the top of the fire tower on Spruce Mountain in Groton State Forest on Sunday when two family groups of Ravens started interacting in the flurry of updrafts in the strong winds aloft.
> Trios and duos all over the place tail chasing, tangling claws, even some biting going on. A total of 12 birds. This went on for almost 10 minutes at high speed until the last trio went out of sight still going after each other.
> Jeffrey Allen
 

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Date: 11/23/20 8:09 am
From: Ruth Coppersmith <coppersmithruth...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Raven Aerial Exhibition
Wow! What a sight. Wonder what it was about. Berndt Heinrich could tell you. He studied ravens intensely.

Sent from my iPad

> On Nov 23, 2020, at 9:48 AM, JJ Allen <jjapple88...> wrote:
>
> I had just reached the top of the fire tower on Spruce Mountain in Groton State Forest on Sunday when two family groups of Ravens started interacting in the flurry of updrafts in the strong winds aloft.
> Trios and duos all over the place tail chasing, tangling claws, even some biting going on. A total of 12 birds. This went on for almost 10 minutes at high speed until the last trio went out of sight still going after each other.
> Jeffrey Allen
 

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Date: 11/23/20 7:26 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 23, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:44 a.m. 41 degrees, wind WNW 3 mph. Sky: solid, mousy gray, an all-night
rain prolongs dawn, stalls sunrise, which creeps in obscurity over the
eastern rim . . . a drab, dank, dismal morning. Permanent streams: loss of
clarity, flow freighted with silt, a hillside revision. Wetlands: reeds
dense brown, pines on the far shore a somber green. In between,
uninterrupted streaks, a landscape drained of color and joy. One blue jay
(must be lost) calls, flies in the open, more gray than blue, dripping.
Pond: cold rain on thin ice. I skim a rock: long slide, wake and twang,
throbbing ice. Milkweed seeds soggy and plastered, dangle out of the pod .
. . limp laundry left on the meadow line.

Blue of a blue jay, an optical illusion. A structural color, a scattering
of light. Not a pigment. Transparent, gas-filled spaces (called vacuoles)
in the barbs—collectively the vane on either side of the feather
shaft—bounce light back at the viewer. The result is a blue festival:
indigo blue, madder blue, china blue, porcelain blue, Gobelin blue, Dutch
blue, sky blue, baby blue. Take away light, turn off the sun . . . a gray
bird. Without light refracting off the vacuoles, nearby *melanin *cells, a
brownish pigment, render the jay (or bluebird or indigo bunting) an
uninspired gray. Today's jay: dripping wet, drab as the sky (although more
animated). Even jay's crest . . . an ashy gray. What's not an optical
illusion: white cheeks, black wrap-around scarf, barred tail and wings,
white-tipped wing feathers.

There are colors we don't see, sounds we don't hear. And then there's the
blue jay . . . a chromatic illusion, a Penn and Teller trick. Now blue, now
gray, now blue again . . . the nonchalant renderings of *our* small star.
 

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Date: 11/23/20 7:16 am
From: Barbara Brosnan <bbrosnan...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Bird-friendly Coffee
"Finca Cristina" outside of Cartago, Costa Rica is not only a shade-growing
bird-friendly coffee plantation, it is also a bird sanctuary and it has the
slogan "A healthy earth grows good coffee." ("Finca" means farm.) We
visited this plantation a few years ago, had a tour of their sustainable
processes, birded the sanctuary, tasted their coffee and now we order all
our coffee from them. The process is very simple. This plantation is part
of a cooperative of sustainable farms who share shipping facilities. Just
hit "control "& click on this link https://www.cafecristina.com/ and place
your order. We have had prompt deliveries every time. If you have
difficulty, email us and we will assist you. Enjoy!






 

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Date: 11/23/20 6:48 am
From: JJ Allen <jjapple88...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Raven Aerial Exhibition
I had just reached the top of the fire tower on Spruce Mountain in Groton State Forest on Sunday when two family groups of Ravens started interacting in the flurry of updrafts in the strong winds aloft.
Trios and duos all over the place tail chasing, tangling claws, even some biting going on. A total of 12 birds. This went on for almost 10 minutes at high speed until the last trio went out of sight still going after each other.
Jeffrey Allen
 

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Date: 11/22/20 5:00 pm
From: Diane Brown <deejbrown...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Lone Merganser
I rarely post here and apologize for this one: A solitary Common Merganser
has taken up residence in the small run-off pond behind our condo where
apparently there is enough food to sustain it. It's been here for almost a
month now. Perhaps it can't fly but that doesn't explain how it got there
in the first place. The pond will soon ice over with the bird in it. Every
time I walk around there, I hope not to see it but then it pops out of the
cattail reeds and swims around.
I'm hoping it will take off soon but something doesn't seem right. Are
there licensed rehabbers who might be able to help?

Many thanks,
Diane Brown
Middlebury
 

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Date: 11/22/20 2:37 pm
From: Barbara Powers <barkiepvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Bird Friendly Wine
I just checked again the September/October Bird Watcher’s Digest article on bird friendly wine and the article suggests going to the National Audubon’s website (audubon.org/news/its-past-time-bird-friendly-wine) for more information. Another website the author of the article suggested for more information is lodigrowers.com/certification.
Have a glass of wine for me if you pursue Bird Friendly Wine 🍷.
Barbara Powers
Manchester Center

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 11/22/20 12:59 pm
From: Barbara Powers <barkiepvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Bird Friendly Products
I think we all know about shade grown coffee but apparently there are other bird friendly products out there. In the September/October Birdwatchers Digest there is an article titled “Toilet Paper That’s for the Birds!” In the text it’s states that humans flush the equivalent of 270,000 trees down the toilet every day. The article goes on to say there are now companies making toilet paper out of bamboo. Bamboo is a type of grass that grows 30 times faster than trees. The company featured in the article is called (don’t laugh now) Who Gives A Crap. After a good laugh I decided to go to the website whogivesacrap.org and see what it’s all about. I was so intrigued I ordered some and was delighted by what I received. I would recommend it as an alternative to the paper you buy in the store. After I ordered it, it came very quickly with no shipping charge. The added bonus was the sense of humor this company has.
In addition to the toilet paper article there was also a good article about bird friendly wine. That too is worth a look.
Barbara Powers
Manchester Center

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 11/22/20 10:29 am
From: Elizabeth Alton <redbnuthatch...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Milton, VT on 11/21
Saw 6 Pine Grosbeaks in the town of MIlton on Villemarie Lane in the crab
apple trees lining the road.

We then had 13 Evening Grosbeaks at our feeders in Milton. Only one
returned today (11/22) so far to be counted on Cornell's Feederwatch. Very
exciting to see them as we have only had them once before in 8 years here.

--
Liz Alton:
"Keep a green tree in your heart; perhaps a singing bird will come."
 

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Date: 11/22/20 10:25 am
From: Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Another banded SNGO
I reported band XJ76 (very close to your XJ68) in 2017. Since 2015, I've
reported at least 13 SNGO bands and 3 CANG bands. All of the Snow Geese
were banded at Bylot Island. It's interesting to see when they were banded
and where/when they were previously reported, if any.

--Ken Copenhaver

On Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 5:39 PM Martha Adams <martha.adams60...>
wrote:

> I reported a SNGO last March with different numbers (XR70) but from the
> same banding station. I saw this one in Windham County. Those bands are so
> clear and easy to read, as opposed to the silver leg band on another SNGO
> in the same group that I wasn’t able to read from my photos.
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On Nov 21, 2020, at 1:36 PM, David Guertin <dave...> wrote:
> >
> > It's likely the same banding station. Let us know the details when you
> get a response!
> >
> > The one I found was banded in August 2013 on Bylot Island, Nunavut,
> which is home to a huge breeding colony of Greater Snow Geese. There's a
> long-term population study there led by Gilles Gauthier, which has banded a
> large number of Snow Geese.
> >
> > Dave G.
> >
> >> On 11/21/20 1:20 PM, Avery Fish wrote:
> >> Yeah, I reported to a form that asked for that. Mine was also black
> letters
> >> on yellow. Same banding station?
> >>
> >> On Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 13:18 David Guertin <dave...>
> wrote:
> >>
> >>> Cool! The one I reported on the 8th was TK02, so this is a different
> >>> goose. The form to report the neck band also asks for the color of the
> >>> band -- mine was black letters on a yellow band.
> >>>
> >>> Dave G.
> >>>
> >>> On 11/21/20 12:36 PM, Avery Fish wrote:
> >>>> I saw a banded SNGO this morning at Dead Creek Goose Viewing Area, not
> >>> sure
> >>>> if it was the same on previously reported at the Goose Viewing Area. I
> >>>> reported the band number, and I’ll send any info. Whoever reported the
> >>>> first one, was the code XJ68?
>
 

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Date: 11/22/20 8:51 am
From: maevulus <maevulus...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] redpolls descend on Jericho Center!
There are about 35 Common Redpolls feasting on birch seeds a few doors
north of us right now, close to the firehouse.
Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
 

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Date: 11/22/20 8:49 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 22, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:47 a.m. 25 degrees, wind WSW 1 mph. Sky: clear and cold, pink rinse
across the south, fingers of sunlight running down Robinson Hill. Permanent
streams: iceless. Me, enthralled by pulsating light and the melody of flow.
Wetlands: heavier glaze than yesterday, a whiter shade of tan. From
somewhere in the pines, beyond the marsh, the *kip*, *kip*, *kip* of red
crossbills. Pond: a tighter, thicker seal (not that I'm about to walk
across), a mosaic of ice, adorned with milkweed seeds, eye-catching white
plumes, tassels in the breeze.

Across the marsh, in a wall of evergreens, a barred owl, bright as a patch
of snow, mid-way up shoreline hemlock. Globe-headed bird, motionless, as
silent as smoke, staring into the reeds, telescope eyes fixed and on fire,
ears awry . . . unspooling sound. Reads a world, hears a world I cannot
possibly comprehend. Then, decamps. A launch. Two or three flaps, long
wings deeply curved and hushed. Into a cleft in the evergreens. Absorbed by
pines.

Once, when *I wore a younger man's clothes* (to borrow a line from Billy
Joel), I stood on a boardwalk in an old-growth swamp on the Everglades'
northwest fringe. Looking up, a large barred owl, ten-feet overhead. A
smaller owl, a pig frog dangling from his bill, landed on the cypress limb
next to the larger owl. Small owl gave large owl the frog. Then, betrothed,
he mounted her, tails askew . . . connubial bliss lasting seconds. Done.
They flew off deep into the generosity of the swamp. One laughing like a
maniac. The other dining alfresco on frog thighs.

I love the mystery of owls. Birds of darkness. Voices like disembodied
spirits. I've raised them. I've peeled them off roads; their bleached
skulls like totems sit on my mantle. Chickadees brighten my outlook: owls,
a manifesto, affirming the unknown.

A swirl of chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches. A debonair titmouse and
six raucous jays. Newly minted sunlight seeps down Robinson Hill.
 

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Date: 11/22/20 6:00 am
From: David L. Webb <David.L.Webb...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Carolina wren
As of last week, one was still singing outside my house in the early mornings.

David Webb
Hanover, NH

From: vtbird <VTBIRD...> on behalf of Marcia Baker <00000071bf45faf1-dmarc-request...>
Reply-To: vtbird <VTBIRD...>
Date: Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 8:26 AM
To: vtbird <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Carolina wren

I have seen a Carolina Wren twice under the suet feeder just as it gets light, maybe 5:30 a.m. is that possible?

Brownsville

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 11/22/20 5:26 am
From: Sue Wetmore <000006207b3956ac-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Carolina wren
Yes I have them here year round.
Sue Wetmore
Brandon

Sent from my iPod

> On Nov 22, 2020, at 8:26 AM, Marcia Baker <00000071bf45faf1-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> I have seen a Carolina Wren twice under the suet feeder just as it gets light, maybe 5:30 a.m. is that possible?
>
> Brownsville
>
> Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 11/22/20 5:26 am
From: Marcia Baker <00000071bf45faf1-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Carolina wren
I have seen a Carolina Wren twice under the suet feeder just as it gets light, maybe 5:30 a.m. is that possible?

Brownsville

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 11/21/20 5:44 pm
From: David Guertin <dave...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
I'm looking at the Nat Geo guide and Sibley side-by-side now. The
painting in the Nat Geo guide does emphasize the yellow-olive head and
back more than Sibley does. I'll see if I can get a decent photo to send
you.

I own several field guides, but those are the two I use most frequently.
Sibley seems to be the de facto standard (with good reason), but I find
that sometimes the Nat Geo guide emphasizes different characteristics
that are helpful, so I often use it as a companion to Sibley.

Dave

On 11/21/20 8:33 PM, Richard Littauer wrote:
> I am curious about something. Kim, or anyone else who owns *Nat Geo Birds
> of North America*, would you mind sending me a photo of the Pine Grosbeak
> page?
>
> I suspect that they may have used examples that have more olive coloration
> than our subspecies, here, which is predominately grey. That would make for
> a confusing ID.
>
> Best,
> R
>
> On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 4:13 PM Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...> wrote:
>
>> I trust that they are Pine grosbeaks. Everyone’s descriptions and reasons
>> make sense
>>
>> Thanks all
>>
>> On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 2:46 PM Charlie Teske <cteske140...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Have you looked at Pine Grosbeaks?
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Thu, 19 Nov 2020 11:06:58 -0500, Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>> For at least two days I have been seeing a small flock of birds feasting
>> on
>>> the fruit of an ornamental apple. Tiny fruits.
>>>
>>> The birds are grosbeak size with the same type of tail. They seem to be
>>> mostly gray, darker on top, with some whitish wing bars. Though not
>> bright
>>> white. The sky has been gray, gray birds, no binos while walking my pup.
>> I
>>> haven’t found them in my Nat Geo Birds of North America book.
>>>
>>> Kim
>>> e Grosbeaks
>>>
>
 

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Date: 11/21/20 5:34 pm
From: Richard Littauer <richard.littauer...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
I am curious about something. Kim, or anyone else who owns *Nat Geo Birds
of North America*, would you mind sending me a photo of the Pine Grosbeak
page?

I suspect that they may have used examples that have more olive coloration
than our subspecies, here, which is predominately grey. That would make for
a confusing ID.

Best,
R

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 4:13 PM Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...> wrote:

> I trust that they are Pine grosbeaks. Everyone’s descriptions and reasons
> make sense
>
> Thanks all
>
> On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 2:46 PM Charlie Teske <cteske140...>
> wrote:
>
> > Have you looked at Pine Grosbeaks?
> >
> >
> >
> > On Thu, 19 Nov 2020 11:06:58 -0500, Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...>
> > wrote:
> >
> > For at least two days I have been seeing a small flock of birds feasting
> on
> > the fruit of an ornamental apple. Tiny fruits.
> >
> > The birds are grosbeak size with the same type of tail. They seem to be
> > mostly gray, darker on top, with some whitish wing bars. Though not
> bright
> > white. The sky has been gray, gray birds, no binos while walking my pup.
> I
> > haven’t found them in my Nat Geo Birds of North America book.
> >
> > Kim
> > e Grosbeaks
> >
>


--
Richard | @richlitt <https://twitter.com/richlitt> | burntfen.com
<http://www.burntfen.com>
 

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Date: 11/21/20 3:50 pm
From: Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] a question and a really beautiful sight
First, the beautiful sight. Meredith (Isis) and I were down at Dead Creek, where there didn't appear to be any geese of any kind....even those decoys seemed to be gone. I got out of the car at the barn on Gage Rd. to walk my little pup, and I heard geese, and a lot of them. Then I looked up, and there were somewhere between 750 and a thousand geese flying overhead, but really pretty high up. The way the late afternoon sun hit them, they looks like Christmas lights all across the sky. They weren't flying in any kind of formation, and at one point, almost seemed like a murmuration. We had hoped they were going to drop down to Dead Creek, but they flew on south. It's hard to describe how beautiful the sighting was, because I had never seen anything quite like it, and I have seen some incredible sights of snow geese taking off and flying in Addison. But these guys were higher, and just sparkled like twinkle lights in the sky. I don't believe a picture would have caught the magic, but I didn't have my camera with me anyway. Meredith and I just ooooed and ah...ed to several minutes.
Second, my question. Someone showed interest in the big international check list book that I have. I twice wrote by mistake to the whole group about it. Now, I realize I don't have her email to write her individually. I could swear it used to have our email addresses when we sent something to the list, and now it just says "on behalf of ......". Is this new? And, more importantly, then how do we send a private email to someone on the list without having the email available? Just curious, and Laura, if you read this, how would you like me to get the book to you? (my email is <evergreenerb...>) Evergreen, long from Jericho, now in Essex, and on her way to live in Huntington next week.




-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of Evergreen Erb
Sent: Saturday, November 7, 2020 2:13 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting

Yes, I would love to gift it to you. Unless you are coming out Jericho way, I think that it might have to wait until I move next Tuesday. And then we can meet in Burlington somewhere. What town do you live in? Well, back to the packing. Evergreen in Jericho

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of Laura Bonazinga
Sent: Saturday, November 7, 2020 9:46 AM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting

We’d be interested if some else hasn’t already laid claim


Laura Bonazinga Bouyea, M.S., CCC-SLPVermont Speech Language Pathology, LLCThe University of Vermont The Stern Center for Language & Learning Mansfield Hall

On Saturday, November 7, 2020, 9:45 AM, Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...> wrote:

I hope this is all right to post here, but I was gifted, years ago, a large book called The Birder's Life List and Master Reference...Whiting's Reference of birds. It is for someone who travels a lot and has seen birds all over the world. I have never written in it, as I have a more modest book for my more modest sightings. I would love to give it to someone who might use it, rather than toss it. I will have very limited space in my new home, so I can't take it, or 95% of my junk, with me. Let me know if you want it, and I will figure out how to get it to you. Thanks, Evergreen
 

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Date: 11/21/20 2:39 pm
From: Martha Adams <martha.adams60...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Another banded SNGO
I reported a SNGO last March with different numbers (XR70) but from the same banding station. I saw this one in Windham County. Those bands are so clear and easy to read, as opposed to the silver leg band on another SNGO in the same group that I wasn’t able to read from my photos.

Sent from my iPad

> On Nov 21, 2020, at 1:36 PM, David Guertin <dave...> wrote:
>
> It's likely the same banding station. Let us know the details when you get a response!
>
> The one I found was banded in August 2013 on Bylot Island, Nunavut, which is home to a huge breeding colony of Greater Snow Geese. There's a long-term population study there led by Gilles Gauthier, which has banded a large number of Snow Geese.
>
> Dave G.
>
>> On 11/21/20 1:20 PM, Avery Fish wrote:
>> Yeah, I reported to a form that asked for that. Mine was also black letters
>> on yellow. Same banding station?
>>
>> On Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 13:18 David Guertin <dave...> wrote:
>>
>>> Cool! The one I reported on the 8th was TK02, so this is a different
>>> goose. The form to report the neck band also asks for the color of the
>>> band -- mine was black letters on a yellow band.
>>>
>>> Dave G.
>>>
>>> On 11/21/20 12:36 PM, Avery Fish wrote:
>>>> I saw a banded SNGO this morning at Dead Creek Goose Viewing Area, not
>>> sure
>>>> if it was the same on previously reported at the Goose Viewing Area. I
>>>> reported the band number, and I’ll send any info. Whoever reported the
>>>> first one, was the code XJ68?
 

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Date: 11/21/20 12:15 pm
From: BRUCE FLEWELLING <bflewelling3263...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Cranes?
Definitely Sand Hill Cranes! Lucky you!


<pre>Bruce</pre>

> On 11/21/2020 10:50 AM Jasper Barnes <jasper.barnes...> wrote:
>
>
> Hello, all!
>
> I was hanging out in my apartment this morning when I heard the strangest noise outside my window. I think it was the "bugling" of passerby Sandhill Cranes! I didn't manage to see the flock, but I got a decent recording. Do these sound like cranes to you all, or am I just hearing funky Canada Goose flocks or something?
>
> https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/65335920
>
> I don't have transit to some of the farther-flung bird spots like Sandbar SP or the beach in Charlotte, so it's always nice to have something unusual practically on my doorstep, for a change.
>
> Thanks for your time, stay safe, and have a good one!
>
> --Jasper Barnes
 

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Date: 11/21/20 11:10 am
From: Liz Lackey <lackeytomliz...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Cranes?
Jasper,

Thanks for sharing your recording. Definitely Sandhill Cranes.

Please include a location for your “sighting” or in your case your “hearing”.
What town was this?


Liz Lackey
Stowe



> On Nov 21, 2020, at 10:50 AM, Jasper Barnes <Jasper.Barnes...> wrote:
>
> Hello, all!
>
> I was hanging out in my apartment this morning when I heard the strangest noise outside my window. I think it was the "bugling" of passerby Sandhill Cranes! I didn't manage to see the flock, but I got a decent recording. Do these sound like cranes to you all, or am I just hearing funky Canada Goose flocks or something?
>
> https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/65335920
>
> I don't have transit to some of the farther-flung bird spots like Sandbar SP or the beach in Charlotte, so it's always nice to have something unusual practically on my doorstep, for a change.
>
> Thanks for your time, stay safe, and have a good one!
>
> --Jasper Barnes
 

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Date: 11/21/20 10:36 am
From: David Guertin <dave...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Another banded SNGO
It's likely the same banding station. Let us know the details when you
get a response!

The one I found was banded in August 2013 on Bylot Island, Nunavut,
which is home to a huge breeding colony of Greater Snow Geese. There's a
long-term population study there led by Gilles Gauthier, which has
banded a large number of Snow Geese.

Dave G.

On 11/21/20 1:20 PM, Avery Fish wrote:
> Yeah, I reported to a form that asked for that. Mine was also black letters
> on yellow. Same banding station?
>
> On Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 13:18 David Guertin <dave...> wrote:
>
>> Cool! The one I reported on the 8th was TK02, so this is a different
>> goose. The form to report the neck band also asks for the color of the
>> band -- mine was black letters on a yellow band.
>>
>> Dave G.
>>
>> On 11/21/20 12:36 PM, Avery Fish wrote:
>>> I saw a banded SNGO this morning at Dead Creek Goose Viewing Area, not
>> sure
>>> if it was the same on previously reported at the Goose Viewing Area. I
>>> reported the band number, and I’ll send any info. Whoever reported the
>>> first one, was the code XJ68?
 

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Date: 11/21/20 10:20 am
From: Avery Fish <afish.mtb...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Another banded SNGO
Yeah, I reported to a form that asked for that. Mine was also black letters
on yellow. Same banding station?

On Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 13:18 David Guertin <dave...> wrote:

> Cool! The one I reported on the 8th was TK02, so this is a different
> goose. The form to report the neck band also asks for the color of the
> band -- mine was black letters on a yellow band.
>
> Dave G.
>
> On 11/21/20 12:36 PM, Avery Fish wrote:
> > I saw a banded SNGO this morning at Dead Creek Goose Viewing Area, not
> sure
> > if it was the same on previously reported at the Goose Viewing Area. I
> > reported the band number, and I’ll send any info. Whoever reported the
> > first one, was the code XJ68?
>
 

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Date: 11/21/20 10:18 am
From: David Guertin <dave...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Another banded SNGO
Cool! The one I reported on the 8th was TK02, so this is a different
goose. The form to report the neck band also asks for the color of the
band -- mine was black letters on a yellow band.

Dave G.

On 11/21/20 12:36 PM, Avery Fish wrote:
> I saw a banded SNGO this morning at Dead Creek Goose Viewing Area, not sure
> if it was the same on previously reported at the Goose Viewing Area. I
> reported the band number, and I’ll send any info. Whoever reported the
> first one, was the code XJ68?
 

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Date: 11/21/20 10:15 am
From: David Guertin <dave...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Sandhill Cranes!!!
I heard them from Brilyea Road but never saw them!

Dave G.

On 11/21/20 11:22 AM, Scott Morrical wrote:
> 10 Sandhill Cranes over Gage Road in Addison right at this very moment! 11:20 AM
> Scott Morrical
>
> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/21/20 9:37 am
From: Avery Fish <afish.mtb...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Another banded SNGO
I saw a banded SNGO this morning at Dead Creek Goose Viewing Area, not sure
if it was the same on previously reported at the Goose Viewing Area. I
reported the band number, and I’ll send any info. Whoever reported the
first one, was the code XJ68?
 

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Date: 11/21/20 8:25 am
From: David Book <0000005c520ea7e6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Cranes?
Definitely Sandhills. Great recording.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jasper Barnes <Jasper.Barnes...>
To: <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Sat, Nov 21, 2020 10:50 am
Subject: [VTBIRD] Cranes?

Hello, all!

I was hanging out in my apartment this morning when I heard the strangest noise outside my window. I think it was the "bugling" of passerby Sandhill Cranes! I didn't manage to see the flock, but I got a decent recording. Do these sound like cranes to you all, or am I just hearing funky Canada Goose flocks or something?

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/65335920

I don't have transit to some of the farther-flung bird spots like Sandbar SP or the beach in Charlotte, so it's always nice to have something unusual practically on my doorstep, for a change.

Thanks for your time, stay safe, and have a good one!

--Jasper Barnes
 

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Date: 11/21/20 8:22 am
From: Scott Morrical <smorrica...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Sandhill Cranes!!!
10 Sandhill Cranes over Gage Road in Addison right at this very moment! 11:20 AM
Scott Morrical

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/21/20 8:12 am
From: Chad Witko <chadjwitko...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Brattleboro Pine Grosbeaks (Continuing)
Greetings,

This morning at 8:45 am, I was able to relocate Paul Miksis' previously
reported Pine Grosbeaks (now totaling five individuals), this time from an
ornamental apple tree in the middle of the Walgreens' parking lot off of
Canal Street. This is immediately adjacent to the Red Clover Commons from
which they were reported yesterday.

After looking in the wrong direction for a few moments (towards Red Clover
Commons), I turned around and saw the large finches with deeply forked
tails with my naked eyes on the *other *side of my car. Unfortunately, the
look was very brief, about 30 seconds, and all five flew southwest, past
the Econo Lodge, and out of sight.

At this time, I decided to drive in the direction in which they flew but
could not relocate them. I figured I'd give them some time, go birding
elsewhere, and come back. Arriving back at Walgreens at 9:30 am, I was able
to find the same five birds already back in the tree. This time, I watched
them for much longer and stayed with them for nearly 25 minutes before
driving 5 mins back home to get my partner to see if she was interested in
giving them a chase.

The two of us arrived at Walgreens just after 10 and found the birds still
present. Sadly, my partner got no more than a naked-eye look before they
flew off, again in the direction of the Econo Lodge. It was an exact repeat
of my experience first thing this morning. We stayed for 10 minutes without
seeing them return. When the birds flew off the second time, there was a
lot more foot traffic and cars, and while Pine Grosbeaks are famously
docile, they either had too much apple or too many humans coming and going
and decided to head off.

If you're looking to see these birds, parking in the Walgreens parking lot
and staying in your car will be your best shot. Give it some time; they're
likely to come back as long as they're sticking around.

In addition to the grosbeaks, highlights included a single Ruby-crowned
Kinglet and a Turkey Vulture migrating high overhead.

Good birding!


*Chad WitkoBrattleboro, VT*
"I came to believe birds are the most vivid expression of life. It made me
aware of the world in which we live."
Roger Tory Peterson
 

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Date: 11/21/20 7:50 am
From: Jasper Barnes <Jasper.Barnes...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Cranes?
Hello, all!

I was hanging out in my apartment this morning when I heard the strangest noise outside my window. I think it was the "bugling" of passerby Sandhill Cranes! I didn't manage to see the flock, but I got a decent recording. Do these sound like cranes to you all, or am I just hearing funky Canada Goose flocks or something?

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/65335920

I don't have transit to some of the farther-flung bird spots like Sandbar SP or the beach in Charlotte, so it's always nice to have something unusual practically on my doorstep, for a change.

Thanks for your time, stay safe, and have a good one!

--Jasper Barnes
 

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Date: 11/21/20 7:07 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 21, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:39 a.m. 32 degrees, wind N 1 mph. Sky: before the sun, a rose, white, and
blue wash east to west above the southern horizon, an island of blue-gray
above the marsh. After the sun, a flotilla of silver-edged clouds in a sea
of blue. Permanent streams: Driven by dwarf cascades and mini rapids, eyes
closed, I stand lulled by spilling water. Hillside meditation, a
magical moment without intent. Wetlands: floor, lightly frosted (like a
breakfast cereal). Ceiling, a rumpled blanket with dull-pink highlights.
Pond: closed over, again. Shards and slivers welded into a jigsaw—a
stain-glass window without stain. Several milkweed seeds froze on the
surface.

Deep in the evergreens, across the marsh, pileated laughs, and, nearby, the
tricycle horns of red-breasted nuthatches. A *Duck Soup* melody . . . Harpo
Marx, his feet submerged in Edgar Kennedy's lemonade. Red squirrel bashful
on the ground, wired on a limb.

Five chickadees investigate a white birch. Check under curls of bark, the
ends of broken twigs. Two others fly to the skeletal crown of big-toothed
aspen. Pick at leaf buds. What's in it for the chickadees? Insect eggs?
Buds, themselves? Hard to tell from below. On frigid winter nights,
chickadee lowers its metabolism—self-induced hypothermia. Between day and
night, a temperature drop of more than fifty degrees Fahrenheit, an
internal chill that conserves fat and reduces oxygen consumption. May also
stimulate internal sound of sleighbells and dreams of Christmas . . .
though this remains unproven.
 

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Date: 11/21/20 5:54 am
From: Jeanne & Bill Prue <wjprue...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] VTBIRD Evening grosbeaks
Newport - A flock of 25 evening grosbeaks in our yard, first time in years!

Jeanne & Bill Prue
 

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Date: 11/21/20 4:43 am
From: Eugenia Cooke <euge24241...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Jim Block's Tribute to the Brown Creeper
Wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

On Fri, Nov 20, 2020, 3:21 PM Veer Frost <
<0000038039fb4cf6-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> I hope I am right to think the list will want to see these Brown
> Creeper photos, accompanied by Mr Levin's elegant descriptive words.
> For me this was a beautiful study of a bird one is lucky to come upon,
> almost a sprite-bird.
> Veer Frost, Passumpsic NEK
>
> ----- Forwarded message from "Jim Block Photography" -----
> Date: 11/20/2020 at 11:56 AM
> Subject: New Post Published - Tribute to the Brown Creeper
> To: <veer.frost...>
> Hello,
>
> I have published a new blog article on my website : Tribute to the
> Brown Creeper
> You can view it from this link :
> https://www.jimblockphoto.com/2020/11/tribute-to-the-brown-creeper/
>
> Thanks & best regards,
> Jim
>
> You received this email because in the past you have provided me
> your
> email address: <veer.frost...> to receive notifications when
> new updates are posted. I'd be sad to see you go. But if you want to,
> you can unsubscribe from here
>
 

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Date: 11/20/20 6:42 pm
From: R Stewart <2cnewbirds...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Presentation tomorrow: Gulls Demystified with Bryan Pfeiffer
Shucks! How could I have forgotten? Will Brian's program be available on
NBNC's website?

Ruth Stewart

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 5:05 PM Sean Beckett <
<sean...> wrote:

> Greetings, Birders!
>
> It's that time of year again to study up on your second-cycle Glaucous
> Gulls and first-cycle Iceland Gulls. Bryan Pfeiffer will be presenting
> tomorrow evening as part of North Branch Nature Center's Naturalist
> Journeys Online series. We hope you can join us! Here are the details:
>
> Gulls Demystified by Bryan Pfeiffer
> Friday, November 20 | 7 – 8:30 pm
> FREE | Live via ZOOM | Link available at:
> https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/event/gulls-demystified/
> ________________________________
>
> They are among the most successful birds on the planet, living everywhere
> from the polar regions to parking lots. Yet even as they pose for us in
> plain sight, gulls can be notoriously hard to identify. With Bryan’s
> images, videos, exuberance and strategies, you’ll be enjoying gulls this
> winter like never before. And his identification system will guide you
> through one birdwatching’s greatest challenges: immature gulls.
>
> About Bryan: A writer, photographer and field naturalist, Bryan Pfeiffer
> chases wildlife (mostly birds and insects) around the world. Bryan
> co-authored Birdwatching in Vermont, co-hosted an award-winning radio
> program on birds, and wrote and hosted a Vermont public television special
> on birding. Find him online at www.bryanpfeiffer.com.
>
> This program is made possible by our Naturalist Journeys 2020-2021
> sponsors:
> Hunger Mountain Co-op
> Onion River Outdoors
> Union Mutual
> Capitol Copy
> GreenVest
>
>
> Sean Beckett
> Director of Natural History Programs
> North Branch Nature Center
> 713 Elm St, Montpelier VT 05602
> (802) 229-6206 x 102
>


--
Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset VT
 

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Date: 11/20/20 4:14 pm
From: Nancy Jacobus <000003381e6ae5cf-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Swan, Tundra at Sandbar Causeway
I saw the swan around 3:00pm. Among the geese same spot
Nancy

Sent from my iPad

> On Nov 20, 2020, at 2:46 PM, Linda P. McElvany <lindap.mack...> wrote:
>
> 1PM - Tundra Swan still with flock of CAGO and MALL on the State Park side of the causeway. Parked and sighted from the right hand side causeway pull-off. Later went into park and walked to the shore on the far left by the old stone pavilion building. Closer views from that spot this afternoon.
 

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Date: 11/20/20 3:28 pm
From: Michael Foster <000006952d7c7776-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] White-winged Crossbills in Bellows Falls
I went to Minards pond in Bellows Falls today looking for waterfowl. There were none, but I saw a large flock of birds at the top of the trees. I could see some were red and others were yellow and assumed they were Pine Grosbeaks as they have been being seen around the state. The birds were quite a distance and backlit so I couldn’t make out details with my binoculars and they didn’t vocalize to give me a hint. I took a bunch of photos and after processing them in Lightroom I realized they were White-winged Crossbills. The flock flew off while I was trying to get closer, so I didn’t see which way they flew. Seems like this is going to be a great year fir irruptive species.

Sent from my iPhone
Breezyhillturning.com
 

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Date: 11/20/20 2:14 pm
From: Paul Miksis <pjmiksis...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] PineGrosbeaksBrattleboro
Four female pine grosbeaks around 3 pm Friday in the ornamental apple tree in front of Red Clover apartments.
Paul Miksis
 

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Date: 11/20/20 1:21 pm
From: maevulus <maevulus...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] apologies
I meant to send the last note to Zac rather than to everyone. Sorry!
Maeve
 

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Date: 11/20/20 1:19 pm
From: maevulus <maevulus...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] free books
Hi, Zach - I'd love to put together a box for North Branch! Helena
Nicolay wants three of the books, but the others are earmarked for you
now, and I might have others as I continue clearing out. - It'll be ages
before we get out your way, however. (We've been more than 10 miles away
from home exactly twice since March!) If anyone you know will be in
Jericho, Underhill or Richmond any time soon, maybe we can arrange a
drop-off.
Maeve
 

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Date: 11/20/20 12:22 pm
From: Veer Frost <0000038039fb4cf6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Jim Block's Tribute to the Brown Creeper
I hope I am right to think the list will want to see these Brown
Creeper photos, accompanied by Mr Levin's elegant descriptive words.
For me this was a beautiful study of a bird one is lucky to come upon,
almost a sprite-bird.
Veer Frost, Passumpsic NEK

----- Forwarded message from "Jim Block Photography" -----
Date: 11/20/2020 at 11:56 AM
Subject: New Post Published - Tribute to the Brown Creeper
To: <veer.frost...>
Hello,

I have published a new blog article on my website : Tribute to the
Brown Creeper
You can view it from this link :
https://www.jimblockphoto.com/2020/11/tribute-to-the-brown-creeper/

Thanks & best regards,
Jim

You received this email because in the past you have provided me your
email address: <veer.frost...> to receive notifications when
new updates are posted. I'd be sad to see you go. But if you want to,
you can unsubscribe from here
 

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Date: 11/20/20 11:50 am
From: anneboby <00000038cbe79a41-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Hoary Redpoll in Norwich
Chris - I think you and Eleanor are correct about the bird's ID as a Hoary, based on my experience having banded 4 of them in my yard back in the 60's and 70's when redpolls were numerous.  You mention one field mark that Eleanor does not: unstreaked rump.  Otherwise, the conspicuously stubby bill, unstreaked undertail coverts, ghostly appearance as well as unstreaked rump are all characteristic of a Hoary.  Good find!
Bob YunickSchenectady, NY


-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Rimmer <crimmer...>
To: <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Thu, Nov 19, 2020 5:24 pm
Subject: [VTBIRD] Hoary Redpoll in Norwich

I had the good fortune this morning at Pompy Farms Oxbow in Norwich (an
eBird hotspot) to actually get my eyes on a redpoll that I (and now others)
are convinced is a Hoary. There has been a flock of 20-40 birds there
daily--numbers seems to vary from one day to the next--feeding on the heads
of tall weeds in the uncut strip in the northernmost field. They are
flighty and restless, and it's challenging to get prolonged looks at any
individual bird. This morning I was lucky to have good light and a few
minutes where the flock was more or less sedentary. Scanning the birds, I
was struck by one individual that was distinctly more pale than the others,
with a very "frosted" appearance above. I had good looks at it through
binoculars, enabling me to note extensive white on the wings (especially
tips of greater coverts and secondaries), and on its mantle and back. The
flanks and sides were minimally streaked, the rump whitish and unstreaked.
Bill size was challenging to determine, but I did sense that its bill
was smaller and stubbier than the Commons around it (apparently Hoary bills
average only 10% smaller than those of Commons). I was also struck by the
fact that the bird seemed larger overall than the other redpolls nearby.

Thankfully, Kyle Jones and Eleanor Ray appeared in late morning after I
left to confirm the ID, obtaining several photos which Eleanor has posted
on eBird: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76411033. Here is my photoless
checklist: https://ebird.org/vt/checklist/S76407979.

I hope others can find this bird, but...be patient and persistent if you
try. It took Kyle and Eleanor about 2 hours! There must be others around
VT...

Chris

________________________

Chris Rimmer
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x202
http://vtecostudies.org/
 

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Date: 11/20/20 11:49 am
From: Linda P. McElvany <lindap.mack...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Grosbeaks, Pine at Milton McDonald's
Husband, Norm, reports three birds eating ornamental crab apples near McDonald's in Milton. Photo shows them to be Pine Grosbeaks.
 

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Date: 11/20/20 11:47 am
From: Linda P. McElvany <lindap.mack...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Swan, Tundra at Sandbar Causeway
1PM - Tundra Swan still with flock of CAGO and MALL on the State Park side of the causeway. Parked and sighted from the right hand side causeway pull-off. Later went into park and walked to the shore on the far left by the old stone pavilion building. Closer views from that spot this afternoon.
 

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Date: 11/20/20 11:22 am
From: Rich Kelley <rich...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Sandbar Tundra Swan
It’s still there now, visible from the north side of the causeway.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 19, 2020, at 12:03, Julianna Tyson <jstyson17...> wrote:
>
> If anyone is looking for the swan today, it’s very windy conditions and the
> Tundra Swan is hunkered down on the State Park side of the causeway, far
> off towards the marsh with lots of Canada Geese and Mallards--
> *Juli Tyson*
 

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Date: 11/20/20 10:24 am
From: Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <zac...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] free books
Maeve,

North Branch Nature Center has been building our natural history library,
thanks to generous donations from community members. Volunteers have worked
diligently to catalogue donated books, which may be added to our collection
or if they are duplicates may be sold with proceeds going to support the
library project. If no one else has claimed your books, NBNC would
gladly give them a new home!

Cheers,

Zac Cota

https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/2019/06/21/speaking-volumes-a-volunteer-powered-library/

On Fri, Nov 20, 2020 at 10:48 AM maevulus <maevulus...> wrote:

> Good morning, everyone - I've been having a great time clearing out and
> neatening up. I have several books that might interest fellow birders:
> The Bird Watching Answer Book (from the Cornell Lab)
> The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature by Jonathan Rosen
> Hope Is The Thing With Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds
> by Christopher Cokinos
> A Guide to the Behavior of Common Birds, by Donald Stokes
> Bird Brain: An Exploration of Avian Intelligence by Nathan Emery
> and a 1950 edition of Audubon's Birds of America (MacMillan Co.)
> If anyone would like any or all of these, let me know and we'll figure
> out either how to drop them off at your house or a time when you'll be
> going by ours.
> Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
>


--
Zac Cota
*he/him pronouns (why?
<https://www.glsen.org/sites/default/files/GLSEN%20Pronouns%20Resource.pdf>)*
*Teacher-Naturalist*
*& Volunteer Coordinator*
North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 229-6206 ext. 110
www.northbranchnaturecenter.org
 

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Date: 11/20/20 7:48 am
From: maevulus <maevulus...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] free books
Good morning, everyone - I've been having a great time clearing out and
neatening up. I have several books that might interest fellow birders:
The Bird Watching Answer Book (from the Cornell Lab)
The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature by Jonathan Rosen
Hope Is The Thing With Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds
by Christopher Cokinos
A Guide to the Behavior of Common Birds, by Donald Stokes
Bird Brain: An Exploration of Avian Intelligence by Nathan Emery
and a 1950 edition of Audubon's Birds of America (MacMillan Co.)
If anyone would like any or all of these, let me know and we'll figure
out either how to drop them off at your house or a time when you'll be
going by ours.
Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
 

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Date: 11/20/20 7:12 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 20, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6: 44 a.m. 36 degrees, wind W 2 mph. Sky: a flat, textureless blue-gray
that evolves into an archipelago of clouds in a white sea, mostly small and
smooth, one series gently curved like the letter *J* or the
Hawaiian Islands. An absence of highlights. Permanent streams: ice on
emergent stems and along the rims of backwater pools, gone everywhere else.
Wetlands: like the sky, flatly colored and without highlights. Blue jay
above the marsh heads north, a labored, vulnerable flight, nowhere to hide.
Pond: broken-glass surface, shards and slivers of ice separating everywhere
except the south cove, still sealed but thinner.

Two red-breasted nuthatches toot in the gloom. A pandemic's silver lining,
the joy of staying home for eight months, of being entertained by
chickadees and nuthatches and blue jays . . . back to basics. Three months
from their first child, Becky and Casey, and here I am with birds and
clouds, grandpa's training wheels.

I cup my hands to my ears to gather in the nuthatch calls, slowly turning
from left to right, a self-made parabolic reflector, an owl with external
ears (or an elderly Mouseketeer). The soft, swish of air, more of a
conch-shell experience, does little to amplify the nuthatches . . . but I
do hear memories breaking in the parlors of my hands. I'm a little boy at
the beach. My father gives me a moon snail shell, finger-wrapping round and
as white as a sunbeam. I hear the ocean in the deep, spiraling interior, an
endless roll of the surf—the magic of boyhood on the beach, of blind
obedience to the cadence of life.
 

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Date: 11/20/20 2:54 am
From: Bob Phillips <155bphillips...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Presentation tomorrow: Gulls Demystified with Bryan Pfeiffer
HI Sean,

I wonder if I missed any updates on the Christmas Bird Count. I recall an
email saying it would be different but may have missed any further info.

Be healthy!

Bob Phillips

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 5:05 PM Sean Beckett <
<sean...> wrote:

> Greetings, Birders!
>
> It's that time of year again to study up on your second-cycle Glaucous
> Gulls and first-cycle Iceland Gulls. Bryan Pfeiffer will be presenting
> tomorrow evening as part of North Branch Nature Center's Naturalist
> Journeys Online series. We hope you can join us! Here are the details:
>
> Gulls Demystified by Bryan Pfeiffer
> Friday, November 20 | 7 – 8:30 pm
> FREE | Live via ZOOM | Link available at:
> https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/event/gulls-demystified/
> ________________________________
>
> They are among the most successful birds on the planet, living everywhere
> from the polar regions to parking lots. Yet even as they pose for us in
> plain sight, gulls can be notoriously hard to identify. With Bryan’s
> images, videos, exuberance and strategies, you’ll be enjoying gulls this
> winter like never before. And his identification system will guide you
> through one birdwatching’s greatest challenges: immature gulls.
>
> About Bryan: A writer, photographer and field naturalist, Bryan Pfeiffer
> chases wildlife (mostly birds and insects) around the world. Bryan
> co-authored Birdwatching in Vermont, co-hosted an award-winning radio
> program on birds, and wrote and hosted a Vermont public television special
> on birding. Find him online at www.bryanpfeiffer.com.
>
> This program is made possible by our Naturalist Journeys 2020-2021
> sponsors:
> Hunger Mountain Co-op
> Onion River Outdoors
> Union Mutual
> Capitol Copy
> GreenVest
>
>
> Sean Beckett
> Director of Natural History Programs
> North Branch Nature Center
> 713 Elm St, Montpelier VT 05602
> (802) 229-6206 x 102
>
 

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Date: 11/19/20 5:29 pm
From: Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <zcotaweaver...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Rare avian event?
Victoria,

In order to complete some much needed updates, eBird and the associated
Cornell Lab of O portals were down for about 48 hours. A couple of features
have been lagging, but functionality has nearly fully returned. I was able
to sign back in with no issues, and haven't heard of any other log-in
problems.

Here's a link to the eBird checklist of the flock of 57 Sandhill Cranes
from QC that I mentioned before:

https://ebird.org/qc/checklist/S74055303

Zac

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 10:34 AM Victoria Arthur <singtolive57...>
wrote:

> You mentioned a reboot for ebird? I can't seem to sign in today. Do you
> know if that's one of the issues?
> Victoria
>
> On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 8:14 AM Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <
> <zac...> wrote:
>
> > Paul,
> >
> > What a phenomenal sight! Right place, right time. I went to check on high
> > counts for Sandhill Crane in Vermont (guessing this is one of the
> highest),
> > but eBird still isn't fully functional after the reboot. I was able to
> find
> > a report of a flock of 57 Sandhill Cranes just north of Montreal back on
> 25
> > September. Perhaps this is your flock, eh?
> >
> > Zac
> >
> > On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 7:49 AM Paul Wieczoreck <mgcpw...> wrote:
> >
> > > Yesterday while working outside in Burlington I was fortunate enough to
> > > observe what has to be a rare avian event in the Green Mt State.
> Taking a
> > > momentary pause from the noisy project I was working on, I removed my
> > > hearing protection and was a bit bewildered when I heard a series of
> > > distant guttural rattles from above me. I looked up and was amazed to
> > see
> > > a large flock of Sand Hill Cranes passing south over the Queen City! I
> > > quickly ran to my car where my spotting scope was actually ready and
> was
> > > able to get on them. At one point they turned direction and started
> back
> > > towards the north, affording better looks at the contrasting dark and
> > light
> > > wing pattern, long necks and trailing legs. I could also faintly pick
> up
> > > some red on the heads of some of the birds when the light was just
> > right. I
> > > was able to make several counts before they faded into the distance and
> > > estimate a total of 60 birds. Truly a beautiful site and so
> unexpected! I
> > > would be curious if anyone else has spotted this flock, and how likely
> it
> > > is to see Sand Hill Cranes migrating through Vt in these numbers.
> > >
> > > Paul Wieczoreck
> > > Hinesburg
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> > Zac Cota
> > *he/him pronouns (why?
> > <
> https://www.glsen.org/sites/default/files/GLSEN%20Pronouns%20Resource.pdf
> > >)*
> > *Teacher-Naturalist*
> > *& Volunteer Coordinator*
> > North Branch Nature Center
> > 713 Elm Street
> > Montpelier, VT 05602
> > (802) 229-6206 ext. 110
> > www.northbranchnaturecenter.org
> >
>


--
Zacheriah T. Cota-Weaver
175 Depot Street
Hyde Park, VT 05655
(802) 696-8613 cell
<zcotaweaver...>
 

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Date: 11/19/20 4:14 pm
From: Jon <000002227229d7c3-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl, delta park colchester
A friend sent my wife a cell phone picture of a snowy owl, I think the location was the grassy part of delta park visible from the concrete part of the bike path just north of the bridge. I believe the photo was from this afternoon.
Jon
Colchester
 

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Date: 11/19/20 3:04 pm
From: Kathy Leonard <Kathyd.leonard...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snow buntings in Randolph Center
On a lovely, frigid walkabout today I spotted movement.. and then a dozen snow buntings alighting in a sweet ballet.
From a cornfield on East Bethel Road near the Interstate.

Such sightings help in my adjustment to November!
 

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Date: 11/19/20 2:37 pm
From: Jane Stein <jeshawks...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Canadian finches are invading Maine to find food…
Nifty article. Thanks!

Jane
(Shoreham)

On Thu, 19 Nov 2020 16:36:14 -0500, Charlie Teske
<cteske140...> wrote:
>
https://bangordailynews.com/2020/11/19/act-out/here-are-the-canadian-finches-invading-maine-to-find-food-this-fall/
>
>
>
>  
 

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Date: 11/19/20 2:24 pm
From: Chris Rimmer <crimmer...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Hoary Redpoll in Norwich
I had the good fortune this morning at Pompy Farms Oxbow in Norwich (an
eBird hotspot) to actually get my eyes on a redpoll that I (and now others)
are convinced is a Hoary. There has been a flock of 20-40 birds there
daily--numbers seems to vary from one day to the next--feeding on the heads
of tall weeds in the uncut strip in the northernmost field. They are
flighty and restless, and it's challenging to get prolonged looks at any
individual bird. This morning I was lucky to have good light and a few
minutes where the flock was more or less sedentary. Scanning the birds, I
was struck by one individual that was distinctly more pale than the others,
with a very "frosted" appearance above. I had good looks at it through
binoculars, enabling me to note extensive white on the wings (especially
tips of greater coverts and secondaries), and on its mantle and back. The
flanks and sides were minimally streaked, the rump whitish and unstreaked.
Bill size was challenging to determine, but I did sense that its bill
was smaller and stubbier than the Commons around it (apparently Hoary bills
average only 10% smaller than those of Commons). I was also struck by the
fact that the bird seemed larger overall than the other redpolls nearby.

Thankfully, Kyle Jones and Eleanor Ray appeared in late morning after I
left to confirm the ID, obtaining several photos which Eleanor has posted
on eBird: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76411033. Here is my photoless
checklist: https://ebird.org/vt/checklist/S76407979.

I hope others can find this bird, but...be patient and persistent if you
try. It took Kyle and Eleanor about 2 hours! There must be others around
VT...

Chris

________________________

Chris Rimmer
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x202
http://vtecostudies.org/
 

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Date: 11/19/20 2:05 pm
From: Sean Beckett <sean...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Presentation tomorrow: Gulls Demystified with Bryan Pfeiffer
Greetings, Birders!

It's that time of year again to study up on your second-cycle Glaucous
Gulls and first-cycle Iceland Gulls. Bryan Pfeiffer will be presenting
tomorrow evening as part of North Branch Nature Center's Naturalist
Journeys Online series. We hope you can join us! Here are the details:

Gulls Demystified by Bryan Pfeiffer
Friday, November 20 | 7 – 8:30 pm
FREE | Live via ZOOM | Link available at:
https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/event/gulls-demystified/
________________________________

They are among the most successful birds on the planet, living everywhere
from the polar regions to parking lots. Yet even as they pose for us in
plain sight, gulls can be notoriously hard to identify. With Bryan’s
images, videos, exuberance and strategies, you’ll be enjoying gulls this
winter like never before. And his identification system will guide you
through one birdwatching’s greatest challenges: immature gulls.

About Bryan: A writer, photographer and field naturalist, Bryan Pfeiffer
chases wildlife (mostly birds and insects) around the world. Bryan
co-authored Birdwatching in Vermont, co-hosted an award-winning radio
program on birds, and wrote and hosted a Vermont public television special
on birding. Find him online at www.bryanpfeiffer.com.

This program is made possible by our Naturalist Journeys 2020-2021 sponsors:
Hunger Mountain Co-op
Onion River Outdoors
Union Mutual
Capitol Copy
GreenVest


Sean Beckett
Director of Natural History Programs
North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm St, Montpelier VT 05602
(802) 229-6206 x 102
 

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Date: 11/19/20 1:36 pm
From: Charlie Teske <cteske140...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Canadian finches are invading Maine to find food…

https://bangordailynews.com/2020/11/19/act-out/here-are-the-canadian-finches-invading-maine-to-find-food-this-fall/



 
 

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Date: 11/19/20 1:13 pm
From: Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
I trust that they are Pine grosbeaks. Everyone’s descriptions and reasons
make sense

Thanks all

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 2:46 PM Charlie Teske <cteske140...>
wrote:

> Have you looked at Pine Grosbeaks?
>
>
>
> On Thu, 19 Nov 2020 11:06:58 -0500, Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...>
> wrote:
>
> For at least two days I have been seeing a small flock of birds feasting on
> the fruit of an ornamental apple. Tiny fruits.
>
> The birds are grosbeak size with the same type of tail. They seem to be
> mostly gray, darker on top, with some whitish wing bars. Though not bright
> white. The sky has been gray, gray birds, no binos while walking my pup. I
> haven’t found them in my Nat Geo Birds of North America book.
>
> Kim
> e Grosbeaks
>
 

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Date: 11/19/20 11:47 am
From: Charlie Teske <cteske140...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
Have you looked at Pine Grosbeaks?



On Thu, 19 Nov 2020 11:06:58 -0500, Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...> wrote:

For at least two days I have been seeing a small flock of birds feasting on
the fruit of an ornamental apple. Tiny fruits.

The birds are grosbeak size with the same type of tail. They seem to be
mostly gray, darker on top, with some whitish wing bars. Though not bright
white. The sky has been gray, gray birds, no binos while walking my pup. I
haven’t found them in my Nat Geo Birds of North America book.

Kim
e Grosbeaks
 

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Date: 11/19/20 9:43 am
From: Pamela Coleman <0000003fbb1e7534-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
Kim if you go on the cornell website - just google pine grosbeak all about birds - you will get a number of views of them, probably a better guide than the field guide.  The website will also post similar looking birds.  Its a great tool. Your location is important too as they are being seen quite regularly in the northern part of the state.  It it turns out they are Pine 'beaks, lucky you!! 
Pam
On Thursday, November 19, 2020, 11:07:20 AM EST, Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...> wrote:

For at least two days I have been seeing a small flock of birds feasting on
the fruit of an ornamental apple. Tiny fruits.

The birds are grosbeak size with the same type of tail. They seem to be
mostly gray, darker on top, with some whitish wing bars. Though not bright
white. The sky has been gray, gray birds, no binos while walking my pup.  I
haven’t found them in my Nat Geo Birds of North America book.

Kim
 

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Date: 11/19/20 9:37 am
From: Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
There is definitely fruit pulp on the driveway. I noted it when I walked
down to my mail box. Good clue. Thanks.

Kim
Hookerville. a.k.a. South Cabot.

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 12:30 PM alison wagner <alikatofvt...> wrote:

> One thing to look for if they are grosbeaks: They get pulp on their bills
> as they work the berries to get the seeds. Also look for uneaten apples on
> the ground. Waxwings swallow the crab apples whole.
>
> Ali
> Huntington
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Kim Sargeant" <grammiekims...>
> To: "Vermont Birds" <VTBIRD...>
> Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2020 11:06:58 AM
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
>
> For at least two days I have been seeing a small flock of birds feasting on
> the fruit of an ornamental apple. Tiny fruits.
>
> The birds are grosbeak size with the same type of tail. They seem to be
> mostly gray, darker on top, with some whitish wing bars. Though not bright
> white. The sky has been gray, gray birds, no binos while walking my pup. I
> haven’t found them in my Nat Geo Birds of North America book.
>
> Kim
>
 

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Date: 11/19/20 9:30 am
From: alison wagner <alikatofvt...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
One thing to look for if they are grosbeaks: They get pulp on their bills as they work the berries to get the seeds. Also look for uneaten apples on the ground. Waxwings swallow the crab apples whole.

Ali
Huntington

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kim Sargeant" <grammiekims...>
To: "Vermont Birds" <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2020 11:06:58 AM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID

For at least two days I have been seeing a small flock of birds feasting on
the fruit of an ornamental apple. Tiny fruits.

The birds are grosbeak size with the same type of tail. They seem to be
mostly gray, darker on top, with some whitish wing bars. Though not bright
white. The sky has been gray, gray birds, no binos while walking my pup. I
haven’t found them in my Nat Geo Birds of North America book.

Kim
 

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Date: 11/19/20 9:03 am
From: Julianna Tyson <jstyson17...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Sandbar Tundra Swan
If anyone is looking for the swan today, it’s very windy conditions and the
Tundra Swan is hunkered down on the State Park side of the causeway, far
off towards the marsh with lots of Canada Geese and Mallards--
*Juli Tyson*
 

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Date: 11/19/20 8:40 am
From: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
A couple of years ago, while birding along Route 102 somewhere south of Canaan, we found a small flock of Pine Grosbeaks feeding in a crabapple in the front yard of an unoccupied house for sale. It must have been around 4:30pm and in late November or very early December. The lighting was so faint at that time and, to the naked eye, the birds all looked like plump white wing-barred dark gray birds. It was hard to see the colors without a scope or binoculars, or better lighting.

Hope you get to see them again!

Sincerely,
Chris

On Nov 19, 2020, at 11:31 AM, Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...> wrote:

Perhaps they are female Pine Grosbeaks. I didn't see any yellow, but you
are correct that the low lighting affected what I was seeing.

Thanks all
Kim

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 11:24 AM David Guertin <dave...> wrote:

> Female Pine Grosbeak was my thought too.
>
> Dave G.
>
> On 11/19/20 11:23 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes wrote:
>> Could these be female-type Pine Grosbeaks?
>>
>> https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pine_Grosbeak/id
>>
>> The poor lighting may make them appear dull and gray. They usually sit
> rather motionless as they feed. Large, plump birds, munching and mashing
> ornamental or other crabapple-type fruits.
>>
>> Hope this helps!
>>
>> Sincerely,
>> Chris T-H
>>
>>
>> On Nov 19, 2020, at 11:06 AM, Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...>
> <mailto:<grammiekims...>> wrote:
>>
>> For at least two days I have been seeing a small flock of birds feasting
> on
>> the fruit of an ornamental apple. Tiny fruits.
>>
>> The birds are grosbeak size with the same type of tail. They seem to be
>> mostly gray, darker on top, with some whitish wing bars. Though not
> bright
>> white. The sky has been gray, gray birds, no binos while walking my
> pup. I
>> haven’t found them in my Nat Geo Birds of North America book.
>>
>> Kim
>>
>> --
>> Chris Tessaglia-Hymes
>> PO Box 488
>> 8 Etna Lane
>> Etna, NY 13062
>> 607-351-5740
>>
>


 

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Date: 11/19/20 8:32 am
From: Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
Perhaps they are female Pine Grosbeaks. I didn't see any yellow, but you
are correct that the low lighting affected what I was seeing.

Thanks all
Kim

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 11:24 AM David Guertin <dave...> wrote:

> Female Pine Grosbeak was my thought too.
>
> Dave G.
>
> On 11/19/20 11:23 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes wrote:
> > Could these be female-type Pine Grosbeaks?
> >
> > https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pine_Grosbeak/id
> >
> > The poor lighting may make them appear dull and gray. They usually sit
> rather motionless as they feed. Large, plump birds, munching and mashing
> ornamental or other crabapple-type fruits.
> >
> > Hope this helps!
> >
> > Sincerely,
> > Chris T-H
> >
> >
> > On Nov 19, 2020, at 11:06 AM, Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...>
> <mailto:<grammiekims...>> wrote:
> >
> > For at least two days I have been seeing a small flock of birds feasting
> on
> > the fruit of an ornamental apple. Tiny fruits.
> >
> > The birds are grosbeak size with the same type of tail. They seem to be
> > mostly gray, darker on top, with some whitish wing bars. Though not
> bright
> > white. The sky has been gray, gray birds, no binos while walking my
> pup. I
> > haven’t found them in my Nat Geo Birds of North America book.
> >
> > Kim
> >
> > --
> > Chris Tessaglia-Hymes
> > PO Box 488
> > 8 Etna Lane
> > Etna, NY 13062
> > 607-351-5740
> >
>
 

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Date: 11/19/20 8:24 am
From: David Guertin <dave...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
Female Pine Grosbeak was my thought too.

Dave G.

On 11/19/20 11:23 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes wrote:
> Could these be female-type Pine Grosbeaks?
>
> https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pine_Grosbeak/id
>
> The poor lighting may make them appear dull and gray. They usually sit rather motionless as they feed. Large, plump birds, munching and mashing ornamental or other crabapple-type fruits.
>
> Hope this helps!
>
> Sincerely,
> Chris T-H
>
>
> On Nov 19, 2020, at 11:06 AM, Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...><mailto:<grammiekims...>> wrote:
>
> For at least two days I have been seeing a small flock of birds feasting on
> the fruit of an ornamental apple. Tiny fruits.
>
> The birds are grosbeak size with the same type of tail. They seem to be
> mostly gray, darker on top, with some whitish wing bars. Though not bright
> white. The sky has been gray, gray birds, no binos while walking my pup. I
> haven’t found them in my Nat Geo Birds of North America book.
>
> Kim
>
> --
> Chris Tessaglia-Hymes
> PO Box 488
> 8 Etna Lane
> Etna, NY 13062
> 607-351-5740
>
 

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Date: 11/19/20 8:24 am
From: Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
no crest, no buff, just gray. The tail has a larger divit than the
waxwings and I didn't see any yellow. I really shouldn't go out without
binos.

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 11:11 AM Jim Phillips <jim...> wrote:

> re they Bohemian Waxwings?
>
> On 11/19/2020 11:06 AM, Kim Sargeant wrote:
> > For at least two days I have been seeing a small flock of birds feasting
> on
> > the fruit of an ornamental apple. Tiny fruits.
> >
> > The birds are grosbeak size with the same type of tail. They seem to be
> > mostly gray, darker on top, with some whitish wing bars. Though not
> bright
> > white. The sky has been gray, gray birds, no binos while walking my
> pup. I
> > haven’t found them in my Nat Geo Birds of North America book.
> >
> > Kim
>
 

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Date: 11/19/20 8:23 am
From: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
Could these be female-type Pine Grosbeaks?

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pine_Grosbeak/id

The poor lighting may make them appear dull and gray. They usually sit rather motionless as they feed. Large, plump birds, munching and mashing ornamental or other crabapple-type fruits.

Hope this helps!

Sincerely,
Chris T-H


On Nov 19, 2020, at 11:06 AM, Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...><mailto:<grammiekims...>> wrote:

For at least two days I have been seeing a small flock of birds feasting on
the fruit of an ornamental apple. Tiny fruits.

The birds are grosbeak size with the same type of tail. They seem to be
mostly gray, darker on top, with some whitish wing bars. Though not bright
white. The sky has been gray, gray birds, no binos while walking my pup. I
haven’t found them in my Nat Geo Birds of North America book.

Kim

--
Chris Tessaglia-Hymes
PO Box 488
8 Etna Lane
Etna, NY 13062
607-351-5740

 

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Date: 11/19/20 8:12 am
From: Jim Phillips <jim...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
re they Bohemian Waxwings?

On 11/19/2020 11:06 AM, Kim Sargeant wrote:
> For at least two days I have been seeing a small flock of birds feasting on
> the fruit of an ornamental apple. Tiny fruits.
>
> The birds are grosbeak size with the same type of tail. They seem to be
> mostly gray, darker on top, with some whitish wing bars. Though not bright
> white. The sky has been gray, gray birds, no binos while walking my pup. I
> haven’t found them in my Nat Geo Birds of North America book.
>
> Kim
 

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Date: 11/19/20 8:07 am
From: Kim Sargeant <grammiekims...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Can’t ID
For at least two days I have been seeing a small flock of birds feasting on
the fruit of an ornamental apple. Tiny fruits.

The birds are grosbeak size with the same type of tail. They seem to be
mostly gray, darker on top, with some whitish wing bars. Though not bright
white. The sky has been gray, gray birds, no binos while walking my pup. I
haven’t found them in my Nat Geo Birds of North America book.

Kim
 

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Date: 11/19/20 7:41 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 19, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:41 a.m. 18 degrees, wind NNE 1 mph. Sky: dense rose and mauve in the
east, a hint of pink in the south, everywhere else a tangled blue, white,
and gray. Permanent streams: ice on backwaters and along the hem of the
main channels, more closed than opened. A strand of song, occluded by ice,
dubbed-over and hollow. Wetlands: without frost, quiet, except for two
furious red squirrels. The chase: up and down pines, the scratching of
bark, a maddening chatter, a leap from one trunk to another, tails in play,
flicking and twitching. I close my eyes and listen. Another jump, airborne.
And a second. Toenails strike brittle bark. Everywhere, pinecones hang like
holiday ornaments, upper branches sagging. Red squirrel freeloading, a
twenty-first-century crisis rarely spoken of. Pond: sealed over, ice
thickest in the south cove, a curved white border near the middle. Thinner
ice elegant feather patterns. Dogs curiously sniffing an otter's trail, a
dent of frozen grasses and weeds, plastered by a dripping coat. Ends in the
water, now closed off by ice.

A hairy woodpecker calls from the bleak, granite outcrop where a hermit
thrush sang his heart out last May, obediently infatuated. The thrush's
voice, intoxicating. The woodpecker's, not-so-much.

I was visited by a cardinal the other morning, only the fourth or fifth
time in more than twenty years—red among the gray squirrels.

In 1971, when William Bartram wrote *Travels, *the cardinal was a bird of
the moss-clad South, splashing color from canebrakes, thickets, and river
edges. At that time, cardinals were unknown in the North. By the late
1800s, they had become fashionable cage birds. Thousands were sent to the
Northeast and Europe, where they perched like canaries in wire baskets, a
sad vestige of Wild America. Their incarceration ended with the passage of
the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.

Over the last century, cardinals expanded their range northwest along the
Mississippi River and its tributaries and northeast along the Atlantic
Coastal Plain. Some ornithologists claim the bird's range change a sign of
global warming—nonmigratory cardinals don't store fat. Others suggest a
response to the popularity of bird feeders, as well as two centuries of
habitat change as thickets and clearings, the cardinal's preferred
territory, replaced forests. In 1886, cardinals were casual north of the
Ohio River. By 1895, they reached the great Lakes; by 1910, Ontario. In
1914, they nested on Staten Island. The first cardinal documented in
Connecticut was in 1943, in Massachusetts in 1958, in Vermont in 1962, and
in Maine in 1969. Today, they nest in Nova Scotia.

In the 1960s, cardinals zipped in and out my parents' Long Island shrubs,
brightening the most dismal winter. They gathered sunflower seeds beneath
the feeders; males waged war on the living room window and the side view
mirrors—breath condensing on glass.

Named for the robes worn by Roman Catholic cardinals, the bird caught the
American public's attention. Cardinals are the official bird of seven
states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and
West Virginia. Missouri, home of the Major League Baseball's St. Louis
Cardinals, chose the bluebird to adorn the state seal.
 

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Date: 11/19/20 7:34 am
From: Victoria Arthur <singtolive57...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Rare avian event?
You mentioned a reboot for ebird? I can't seem to sign in today. Do you
know if that's one of the issues?
Victoria

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 8:14 AM Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <
<zac...> wrote:

> Paul,
>
> What a phenomenal sight! Right place, right time. I went to check on high
> counts for Sandhill Crane in Vermont (guessing this is one of the highest),
> but eBird still isn't fully functional after the reboot. I was able to find
> a report of a flock of 57 Sandhill Cranes just north of Montreal back on 25
> September. Perhaps this is your flock, eh?
>
> Zac
>
> On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 7:49 AM Paul Wieczoreck <mgcpw...> wrote:
>
> > Yesterday while working outside in Burlington I was fortunate enough to
> > observe what has to be a rare avian event in the Green Mt State. Taking a
> > momentary pause from the noisy project I was working on, I removed my
> > hearing protection and was a bit bewildered when I heard a series of
> > distant guttural rattles from above me. I looked up and was amazed to
> see
> > a large flock of Sand Hill Cranes passing south over the Queen City! I
> > quickly ran to my car where my spotting scope was actually ready and was
> > able to get on them. At one point they turned direction and started back
> > towards the north, affording better looks at the contrasting dark and
> light
> > wing pattern, long necks and trailing legs. I could also faintly pick up
> > some red on the heads of some of the birds when the light was just
> right. I
> > was able to make several counts before they faded into the distance and
> > estimate a total of 60 birds. Truly a beautiful site and so unexpected! I
> > would be curious if anyone else has spotted this flock, and how likely it
> > is to see Sand Hill Cranes migrating through Vt in these numbers.
> >
> > Paul Wieczoreck
> > Hinesburg
>
>
>
> --
> Zac Cota
> *he/him pronouns (why?
> <https://www.glsen.org/sites/default/files/GLSEN%20Pronouns%20Resource.pdf
> >)*
> *Teacher-Naturalist*
> *& Volunteer Coordinator*
> North Branch Nature Center
> 713 Elm Street
> Montpelier, VT 05602
> (802) 229-6206 ext. 110
> www.northbranchnaturecenter.org
>
 

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Date: 11/19/20 6:11 am
From: Stacy Robinson <maplemeadows...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Birds Eating Snow
Fun fact... Waxwings often eat snow as they feed on winter fruits to avoid becoming inebriated.

Stacy Robinson
Port Henry, NY

> On Nov 19, 2020, at 9:08 AM, Avery Fish <afish.mtb...> wrote:
>
> I just watched a chickadee on our deck, perched on a chair about 3 feet
> from the sliding door I was standing behind, eat snow. It just kind of
> looked at me, adorably munching on snow, the flew away. I have seen them
> drink sap from our maples, but I haven’t seen them eat snow before. Is this
> a common technique of getting water in birds?
 

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Date: 11/19/20 6:08 am
From: Avery Fish <afish.mtb...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Birds Eating Snow
I just watched a chickadee on our deck, perched on a chair about 3 feet
from the sliding door I was standing behind, eat snow. It just kind of
looked at me, adorably munching on snow, the flew away. I have seen them
drink sap from our maples, but I haven’t seen them eat snow before. Is this
a common technique of getting water in birds?
 

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Date: 11/19/20 5:14 am
From: Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <zac...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Rare avian event?
Paul,

What a phenomenal sight! Right place, right time. I went to check on high
counts for Sandhill Crane in Vermont (guessing this is one of the highest),
but eBird still isn't fully functional after the reboot. I was able to find
a report of a flock of 57 Sandhill Cranes just north of Montreal back on 25
September. Perhaps this is your flock, eh?

Zac

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 7:49 AM Paul Wieczoreck <mgcpw...> wrote:

> Yesterday while working outside in Burlington I was fortunate enough to
> observe what has to be a rare avian event in the Green Mt State. Taking a
> momentary pause from the noisy project I was working on, I removed my
> hearing protection and was a bit bewildered when I heard a series of
> distant guttural rattles from above me. I looked up and was amazed to see
> a large flock of Sand Hill Cranes passing south over the Queen City! I
> quickly ran to my car where my spotting scope was actually ready and was
> able to get on them. At one point they turned direction and started back
> towards the north, affording better looks at the contrasting dark and light
> wing pattern, long necks and trailing legs. I could also faintly pick up
> some red on the heads of some of the birds when the light was just right. I
> was able to make several counts before they faded into the distance and
> estimate a total of 60 birds. Truly a beautiful site and so unexpected! I
> would be curious if anyone else has spotted this flock, and how likely it
> is to see Sand Hill Cranes migrating through Vt in these numbers.
>
> Paul Wieczoreck
> Hinesburg



--
Zac Cota
*he/him pronouns (why?
<https://www.glsen.org/sites/default/files/GLSEN%20Pronouns%20Resource.pdf>)*
*Teacher-Naturalist*
*& Volunteer Coordinator*
North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 229-6206 ext. 110
www.northbranchnaturecenter.org
 

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Date: 11/19/20 4:49 am
From: Paul Wieczoreck <mgcpw...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Rare avian event?
Yesterday while working outside in Burlington I was fortunate enough to observe what has to be a rare avian event in the Green Mt State. Taking a momentary pause from the noisy project I was working on, I removed my hearing protection and was a bit bewildered when I heard a series of distant guttural rattles from above me. I looked up and was amazed to see a large flock of Sand Hill Cranes passing south over the Queen City! I quickly ran to my car where my spotting scope was actually ready and was able to get on them. At one point they turned direction and started back towards the north, affording better looks at the contrasting dark and light wing pattern, long necks and trailing legs. I could also faintly pick up some red on the heads of some of the birds when the light was just right. I was able to make several counts before they faded into the distance and estimate a total of 60 birds. Truly a beautiful site and so unexpected! I would be curious if anyone else has spotted this flock, and how likely it is to see Sand Hill Cranes migrating through Vt in these numbers.

Paul Wieczoreck
Hinesburg
 

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Date: 11/18/20 3:04 pm
From: Ian Clark <lenscapon...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] OT: Some eagle photos from Conowingo Dam
Off-topic, but some of you may enjoy a few photos of bald eagles, et al,
that I took at the Conowingo Dam in Maryland. The dam dams the Susquehanna
River a few miles above Chesapeake Bay. It is well-known to photographers -
something like 250-300 eagles winter in the area. You can take a look here:
https://www.ianclark.com/blog/2020/11/conowingo-dam






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Ian Clark
PO Box 51
West Newbury, VT 05085
(848) 702-0774

www.IanClark.com <http://www.IanClark.com>
 

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Date: 11/18/20 1:39 pm
From: Diana <dlee3...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Into the Wild with Snowy Owls
The video and pictures are from a few years ago in Springfield, VT

https://youtu.be/4Q--zhdnj9Y
 

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Date: 11/18/20 7:01 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 18, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:41 a.m. 21 degrees, wind NW 10 mph (an ominous blow, trees swaying). Sky:
murky, mostly a 6 on Ansel Adams' Zone System chart, a shade of gray leans
more toward white than black, Zone 1 and 2 highlights in the east, bright
enough for sunglasses. Permanent streams: soft dancing light, more waltz
than horah, ice on the ends of emergent sticks. Wetlands: flush by unabated
wind, loud enough to hijack the voice of nearby chickadees, everything one
else hunkered down. Pond: ice-sheet blooms in the south cove, shards and
panes a unite and spread north, sealing off a third of the pond, not *quite*
ready for hockey. Two blue jays overhead, one follows the other. Both
scream. A fracturing of the morning.

Red squirrels, slowed down by the wind and cold, apparently sleeping in.
Not brown creeper, which slowly, methodically wanders up the trunk of a
dead, pole-size pine. Checks crevices for spiders, cocoons, and insect
eggs. Slender, curved bill scrutinizes bark like water-witcher scrutinizes
the ground, probing, probing, probing. Tail, woodpecker-stiff, braced
against the tree. Around and around, always *up*, nuthatch in reverse, a
corkscrew search for food. Dainty, delicate bird. Looks like a piece of
loose bark. Colored like a dried leaf, brown and streaked, light
underneath; ochre band on wings. Sounds like an errant hearing aid, high
and thin, barely audible. Creeper in the vocal range of kinglets and
blackburnian warbler . . . louder than a thought, quieter than a twittering
beech leaf. Compared to blue jay and chickadee's social appetites, the
creeper is usually a loner, an unorthodox little bird that keeps to
himself.

Creeper flits from one tree to the next. Wanders up and around . . . now I
see him, now I don't. Now, I see him again. Nearby, four chickadees in
flux, dashing and calling, investigating everything that isn't a brown
creeper. Stonewall. Frozen leaf carpet. Branches. Pine needles. Twig tips.
I stick with the creeper . . . it may be months before I see him again.
 

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Date: 11/17/20 6:40 pm
From: Charlie La Rosa <charlie.larosa...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Black-backed woodpecker
I observed a female black-backed woodpecker for several minutes today as
she fed on trunks of spruce and fir at the turnoff on the east side of Rt.
114 at the Underpass Ponds about 1/4 mile south of the railroad bridge in
the town of Morgan. About 7 a.m. on Tuesday 11/17.

Charlie La Rosa
So. Washington
 

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Date: 11/17/20 12:48 pm
From: Fred and Chris Pratt <pipit...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
I don't think you are confused. Your summary is actually very good. If I
were a betting man and had to make a choice, I would go with Hammond's.
I've been to Arizona many times and used to think I could tell Hammond's
from Dusky - both on the basis of the wing-flicking, tail-wagging bit
and because of its similarity to Least (especially large-headed,
stubby-billed features).

However, I vaguely recall a very late empi in Rhode Island which had
people thinking Hammond's but was later postulated as Least....

Fred

On 11/17/2020 9:22 AM, David Guertin wrote:
> Here's today's update: This morning I sat outside for almost two hours
> trying to relocate the flycatcher, but it is apparently gone. Lacking
> any more information about this bird (particularly my failure to note
> anything about primary projection), it will forever remain identified
> as "Empidonax sp."
>
> But it's fun to speculate about these things, so here's my rampant
> speculation about what it *might* have been.
>
> At first I was only considering the usual eastern species: Least,
> Alder, and Willow (ruling out Yellow-bellied because of the color, and
> Acadian because of the range). But several people have mentioned the
> possibility of a western vagrant, and the more I've thought about it,
> the more likely that seems. I think the possibility of a western Empid
> getting its signals crossed and migrating east instead of south is at
> least as likely, maybe more so, as an eastern Empid just forgetting to
> migrate.
>
> So now we have to consider the western Empids as well. I lived for
> many years in Colorado and saw and heard Hammond's, Dusky, and
> Cordilleran (Western at the time) Flycatchers, but that was 30 years
> ago, and whatever I used to know about those birds has long ago been
> lost. So I need to rely on what I read and what others tell me. Of the
> western Empids, the most likely candidates are Hammond's and Dusky,
> ruling out Gray, Buff-breasted, and Cordilleran/Pacific-slope based on
> coloration (there was no hint of anything yellowish).
>
> The most obvious characteristics that stood out on this bird were a
> bold, obvious eye ring, and constant, incessant wing flicking (with
> less constant tail wagging). In hindsight, the eye ring is leading me
> to retract my earlier speculation about Alder/Willow.
>
> Which leaves us with three possibilities: Least, Hammond's, and Dusky.
> Moving on to other field marks, this bird had a bit of a crest, giving
> it that flat-top flycatcher appearance, which would tend to go against
> Dusky. Furthermore, Scott's description of Hammond's as "compact in
> size, large-headed, small-billed, and relatively short-tailed" fits
> this bird to a T. In fact, compact and short-tailed were the first
> things I noticed about it. The incessant wing-flicking also has me
> leaning towards Hammond's over Dusky.
>
> So now we're down to two: Least or Hammond's. Primary projection would
> really help here, but lacking that, which is more likely? Well,
> neither is likely, but which is less unlikely? I wish I could recall
> if I've seen Least Flycatchers wing-flick so much, but it seems like I
> would have remembered if I'd observed that.
>
> So, officially: Empidonax sp. Unofficial speculation: Hammond's. (Or
> maybe Least. Or maybe something else.)
>
> Dave G., confused
>
> On 11/16/20 3:43 PM, Scott Morrical wrote:
>> I tried to send this earlier, but I think it bounced for some
>> reason.  Sorry if this is duplicated.  I have quite a bit of field
>> experience with Western empids.  That being said, empids are empids,
>> and they are not always identifiable.  As Pipit noted, Hammond's does
>> wing-flick and tail-flip a lot. Dusky does both of these things but
>> less frequently on average.  The two species are tricky to separate
>> (sometimes impossible) without hearing vocalizations.  Hammond's
>> would appear compact in size, large-headed, small-billed, and
>> relatively short-tailed. The primary extension is long (this is one
>> of the best field marks to separate Hammonds from Dusky and Least),
>> but so is that of Alder.  The eyering of Hammond's would stand out
>> conspicuously against its dark face, and probably help to eliminate
>> Alder.
>>
>> Scott Morrical
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>> On Nov 16, 2020, at 3:21 PM, David Guertin <dave...>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>> I just went out for a third unsuccessful attempt at refinding the
>>> flycatcher. No luck, but I did find a Sharp-shinned Hawk in
>>> precisely the spot where I last saw the flycatcher. Just sayin'...
>>>
>>> I'm going to try again in the morning.
>>>
>>> Dave G.
>>>
>>>> On 11/16/20 3:01 PM, Susan Fogleman wrote:
>>>> So are there folks headed over to Dave’s place to look for this
>>>> critter?  If I lived closer than central NH, I sure would be!
>>>>
>>>> Susan Fogleman
>>>>
>>>> Susan Fogleman
>>>> <sfogleman...>
>>>>
>>>>   “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.”
>>>>                                                     Neil deGrasse
>>>> Tyson
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>> On Nov 16, 2020, at 2:57 PM, Fred and Chris Pratt
>>>>>> <pipit...> wrote:
>>>>> I am a bit rusty on western empi's but I think wing-flicking and
>>>>> tail-wagging was considered helpful in separating Hammond's from
>>>>> Dusky Flycatcher and other small empi's. Another tail-wagging
>>>>> western empid is Gray Flycatcher but he is larger, wags tail only.
>>>>>
>>>>> Fred Pratt
>>>>>
>>>>> On 11/16/2020 11:25 AM, David Guertin wrote:
>>>>>> Well, this was a shock. I haven't seen an Empid in over two
>>>>>> months, and yet here was one this morning in my yard in Cornwall,
>>>>>> braving the mid-November chill. This was one extremely tardy (and
>>>>>> probably cold and hungry) flycatcher.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Here are the notes I submitted to eBird: My first impression was
>>>>>> that of a stubby, short-tailed flycatcher that suggested Eastern
>>>>>> Wood-Pewee, but the combination of bold white wing bars and
>>>>>> obvious eye ring made it clearly an Empid. Constant wing-flicking
>>>>>> and tail wagging. Gray throat, grayish sides. The prominence of
>>>>>> the eye ring has me leaning towards Alder over Willow, but this
>>>>>> time of year with fresh plumage, who knows? I also can't rule out
>>>>>> Least, but the behavior seemed more Alderish. Found in the wild
>>>>>> raspberry patch between our yard and the adjacent farm fields.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I'm trying to recall if I've seen Least Flycatchers do that
>>>>>> constant nervous wing-flicking thing, but I can't recall, and my
>>>>>> field guides don't note that for Least.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Any flycatcher gurus want to weigh in? Whatever it was, it was
>>>>>> certainly unexpected!
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Dave G.
>>>>>>
>
 

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Date: 11/17/20 8:49 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 17, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:42 a.m. 30 degrees, wind SE 0 mph. Sky: the sun sneaks into position
behind a thick bank of clouds, fissures and holes brushed by silver light,
a faint, uncluttered blush in the east . . . more transitory than a mayfly.
Permanent streams: water spilling over and around stones, miniature
cascades, a rejoice of babble . . . a soothing banquet. Someone has to pay
attention to flowing water. Home for the indefinite future might as well be
me. Wetlands: color and sound muted, not a single flyover. Somewhere, in an
unseen pine(s), a tweezer-billed chatter, red crossbills out for breakfast.
Pond: a mishmash of ice, unconnected panes and shards, snow flurries
bouncing on the ice, more ball than crystal, some stick, some melt, a
seasonal seasoning.

A female hairy woodpecker works a dead pine, gentle taps as if loosening a
jar's lid, chips of air-cured bark float down. Both red-breasted and
white-breasted nuthatches call, nasal notes repeated, both monotonous,
red's clearer, higher, and shorter than white's—a head-cold serenade. In
the mid-nineties, when The Traveling Wilburys released their first album, I
strived to recognize the voices of Tom Petty and George Harrison. (Bob
Dylan and Roy Orbison were easy.) Nuthatches are like that, at first: short
and nasal versus shorter and more nasal. I listen to the gravity-defying
tedium. Canine confusion . . . the dogs have no clue.

Many years ago, when I studied wildlife biology as an undergraduate, our
class subdivided Delaware county, Indiana, into a grid system. On
designated mornings, I drove my grid and counted roadkills—raccoon, red
fox, long-tailed weasel, thirteen-lined ground squirrel, and so on. Back in
class, we used a formula (long since forgotten) based on the number of
roadkills to index each species' population.

I don't think that formula applies to fallen pinecones. Since late August,
a shower has littered my walking route, cut and left by red squirrels. Most
of the cones are gone now, retrieved by squirrels, or pulverized into the
dirt road, a sticky, white resinous stain—a reminder of the occasional
overproduction in the natural world. If I need further proof that 2020 is
the *Autumn of the Pinecone,* I listen for lingering crossbills or watch
the red squirrels attend cone caches or raid their neighbor's, lots of
helter-skelter rushing, whirring voices like tapedecks run amok.
 

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Date: 11/17/20 8:11 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] November 17, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
🤗

On Tue, Nov 17, 2020 at 10:54 AM Susan Tiholiz <stiholiz...> wrote:

> I misunderstood and thought the tape deck sound was coming from
> nuthatches. Definitely better coming from squirrels!
>
> Susan Tiholiz
> 214-478-7395 (cell)
>
>
> > On Nov 17, 2020, at 10:50 AM, Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> wrote:
> >
> > 6:42 a.m. 30 degrees, wind SE 0 mph. Sky: the sun sneaks into position
> > behind a thick bank of clouds, fissures and holes brushed by silver
> light,
> > a faint, uncluttered blush in the east . . . more transitory than a
> mayfly.
> > Permanent streams: spills over and around stones, miniature cascades, a
> > rejoice of babble . . . a soothing, auditory banquet. Someone needs to
> > listen to streams; home for the indefinite future, I'm perfectly suited
> for
> > the job. Wetlands: color and sound muted, not a single flyover.
> Somewhere,
> > in an unseen pine(s), a tweezer-billed chatter, red crossbills out for
> > breakfast. Pond: a mishmash of ice, unconnected panes and shards, snow
> > flurries bouncing on the ice, more ball than crystal, some stick, some
> > melt, a seasonal seasoning.
> >
> > A female hairy woodpecker works a dead pine, gentle taps as if loosening
> a
> > jar's lid, chips of air-cured bark float down. Both red-breasted and
> > white-breasted nuthatches call, nasal notes repeated, both monotonous,
> > red's clearer, higher, and shorter than white's—a head-cold serenade. In
> > the mid-nineties, when The Traveling Wilburys released their first
> album, I
> > strived to recognize the voices of Tom Petty and George Harrison. (Bob
> > Dylan and Roy Orbison were easy.) Nuthatches are like that, at first:
> short
> > and nasal versus shorter and more nasal. Pausing, I listen to
> > gravity-defying tedium. The dogs, bewildered, a pair of clueless canines.
> >
> > Many years ago, when I studied wildlife biology as an undergraduate, our
> > class subdivided Delaware county, Indiana, into a grid system. On
> > designated mornings, I drove my grid and counted roadkills—raccoon, red
> > fox, long-tailed weasel, thirteen-lined ground squirrel, and so on. Back
> in
> > class, we used a formula (long since forgotten) based on the number of
> > roadkills to index each species' population.
> >
> > I don't think that formula applies to DOR pinecones. Since late August, a
> > shower has littered my walking route, cut and left by red squirrels. Most
> > of the cones are gone now, retrieved by squirrels; a few pulverized into
> > the dirt road, a sticky, white resinous stain—a reminder of the
> occasional
> > overproduction in the natural world. If I need further proof that 2020 is
> > the *Autumn of the Pinecone,* I listen for lingering crossbills and watch
> > the red squirrels attend their own cone caches and raid their neighbors',
> > lots of helter-skelter rushing and whirring voices like tapedecks run
> amok.
>
 

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Date: 11/17/20 7:54 am
From: Susan Tiholiz <stiholiz...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] November 17, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
I misunderstood and thought the tape deck sound was coming from nuthatches. Definitely better coming from squirrels!

Susan Tiholiz
214-478-7395 (cell)


> On Nov 17, 2020, at 10:50 AM, Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...> wrote:
>
> 6:42 a.m. 30 degrees, wind SE 0 mph. Sky: the sun sneaks into position
> behind a thick bank of clouds, fissures and holes brushed by silver light,
> a faint, uncluttered blush in the east . . . more transitory than a mayfly.
> Permanent streams: spills over and around stones, miniature cascades, a
> rejoice of babble . . . a soothing, auditory banquet. Someone needs to
> listen to streams; home for the indefinite future, I'm perfectly suited for
> the job. Wetlands: color and sound muted, not a single flyover. Somewhere,
> in an unseen pine(s), a tweezer-billed chatter, red crossbills out for
> breakfast. Pond: a mishmash of ice, unconnected panes and shards, snow
> flurries bouncing on the ice, more ball than crystal, some stick, some
> melt, a seasonal seasoning.
>
> A female hairy woodpecker works a dead pine, gentle taps as if loosening a
> jar's lid, chips of air-cured bark float down. Both red-breasted and
> white-breasted nuthatches call, nasal notes repeated, both monotonous,
> red's clearer, higher, and shorter than white's—a head-cold serenade. In
> the mid-nineties, when The Traveling Wilburys released their first album, I
> strived to recognize the voices of Tom Petty and George Harrison. (Bob
> Dylan and Roy Orbison were easy.) Nuthatches are like that, at first: short
> and nasal versus shorter and more nasal. Pausing, I listen to
> gravity-defying tedium. The dogs, bewildered, a pair of clueless canines.
>
> Many years ago, when I studied wildlife biology as an undergraduate, our
> class subdivided Delaware county, Indiana, into a grid system. On
> designated mornings, I drove my grid and counted roadkills—raccoon, red
> fox, long-tailed weasel, thirteen-lined ground squirrel, and so on. Back in
> class, we used a formula (long since forgotten) based on the number of
> roadkills to index each species' population.
>
> I don't think that formula applies to DOR pinecones. Since late August, a
> shower has littered my walking route, cut and left by red squirrels. Most
> of the cones are gone now, retrieved by squirrels; a few pulverized into
> the dirt road, a sticky, white resinous stain—a reminder of the occasional
> overproduction in the natural world. If I need further proof that 2020 is
> the *Autumn of the Pinecone,* I listen for lingering crossbills and watch
> the red squirrels attend their own cone caches and raid their neighbors',
> lots of helter-skelter rushing and whirring voices like tapedecks run amok.
 

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Date: 11/17/20 7:50 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 17, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:42 a.m. 30 degrees, wind SE 0 mph. Sky: the sun sneaks into position
behind a thick bank of clouds, fissures and holes brushed by silver light,
a faint, uncluttered blush in the east . . . more transitory than a mayfly.
Permanent streams: spills over and around stones, miniature cascades, a
rejoice of babble . . . a soothing, auditory banquet. Someone needs to
listen to streams; home for the indefinite future, I'm perfectly suited for
the job. Wetlands: color and sound muted, not a single flyover. Somewhere,
in an unseen pine(s), a tweezer-billed chatter, red crossbills out for
breakfast. Pond: a mishmash of ice, unconnected panes and shards, snow
flurries bouncing on the ice, more ball than crystal, some stick, some
melt, a seasonal seasoning.

A female hairy woodpecker works a dead pine, gentle taps as if loosening a
jar's lid, chips of air-cured bark float down. Both red-breasted and
white-breasted nuthatches call, nasal notes repeated, both monotonous,
red's clearer, higher, and shorter than white's—a head-cold serenade. In
the mid-nineties, when The Traveling Wilburys released their first album, I
strived to recognize the voices of Tom Petty and George Harrison. (Bob
Dylan and Roy Orbison were easy.) Nuthatches are like that, at first: short
and nasal versus shorter and more nasal. Pausing, I listen to
gravity-defying tedium. The dogs, bewildered, a pair of clueless canines.

Many years ago, when I studied wildlife biology as an undergraduate, our
class subdivided Delaware county, Indiana, into a grid system. On
designated mornings, I drove my grid and counted roadkills—raccoon, red
fox, long-tailed weasel, thirteen-lined ground squirrel, and so on. Back in
class, we used a formula (long since forgotten) based on the number of
roadkills to index each species' population.

I don't think that formula applies to DOR pinecones. Since late August, a
shower has littered my walking route, cut and left by red squirrels. Most
of the cones are gone now, retrieved by squirrels; a few pulverized into
the dirt road, a sticky, white resinous stain—a reminder of the occasional
overproduction in the natural world. If I need further proof that 2020 is
the *Autumn of the Pinecone,* I listen for lingering crossbills and watch
the red squirrels attend their own cone caches and raid their neighbors',
lots of helter-skelter rushing and whirring voices like tapedecks run amok.
 

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Date: 11/17/20 7:33 am
From: Scott Morrical <smorrica...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
Dave,
No matter what it was, it is a cool sighting! Definitely an extra-seasonal, and possibly vagrant, empid. Years ago when I documented an overwintering Willow FC in Northern California, the big discussion was whether it could be a vagrant Alder, which the experts considered almost as likely. Likewise when m.ob. saw a vagrant Least FC, the difficulty was separating it from Least and Dusky. Those are the rare instances where some kind of consensus was reached. Usually they just go down as Empidonax sp.!
Scott

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 17, 2020, at 9:23 AM, David Guertin <dave...> wrote:
>
> Here's today's update: This morning I sat outside for almost two hours trying to relocate the flycatcher, but it is apparently gone. Lacking any more information about this bird (particularly my failure to note anything about primary projection), it will forever remain identified as "Empidonax sp."
>
> But it's fun to speculate about these things, so here's my rampant speculation about what it *might* have been.
>
> At first I was only considering the usual eastern species: Least, Alder, and Willow (ruling out Yellow-bellied because of the color, and Acadian because of the range). But several people have mentioned the possibility of a western vagrant, and the more I've thought about it, the more likely that seems. I think the possibility of a western Empid getting its signals crossed and migrating east instead of south is at least as likely, maybe more so, as an eastern Empid just forgetting to migrate.
>
> So now we have to consider the western Empids as well. I lived for many years in Colorado and saw and heard Hammond's, Dusky, and Cordilleran (Western at the time) Flycatchers, but that was 30 years ago, and whatever I used to know about those birds has long ago been lost. So I need to rely on what I read and what others tell me. Of the western Empids, the most likely candidates are Hammond's and Dusky, ruling out Gray, Buff-breasted, and Cordilleran/Pacific-slope based on coloration (there was no hint of anything yellowish).
>
> The most obvious characteristics that stood out on this bird were a bold, obvious eye ring, and constant, incessant wing flicking (with less constant tail wagging). In hindsight, the eye ring is leading me to retract my earlier speculation about Alder/Willow.
>
> Which leaves us with three possibilities: Least, Hammond's, and Dusky. Moving on to other field marks, this bird had a bit of a crest, giving it that flat-top flycatcher appearance, which would tend to go against Dusky. Furthermore, Scott's description of Hammond's as "compact in size, large-headed, small-billed, and relatively short-tailed" fits this bird to a T. In fact, compact and short-tailed were the first things I noticed about it. The incessant wing-flicking also has me leaning towards Hammond's over Dusky.
>
> So now we're down to two: Least or Hammond's. Primary projection would really help here, but lacking that, which is more likely? Well, neither is likely, but which is less unlikely? I wish I could recall if I've seen Least Flycatchers wing-flick so much, but it seems like I would have remembered if I'd observed that.
>
> So, officially: Empidonax sp. Unofficial speculation: Hammond's. (Or maybe Least. Or maybe something else.)
>
> Dave G., confused
>
>> On 11/16/20 3:43 PM, Scott Morrical wrote:
>> I tried to send this earlier, but I think it bounced for some reason. Sorry if this is duplicated. I have quite a bit of field experience with Western empids. That being said, empids are empids, and they are not always identifiable. As Pipit noted, Hammond's does wing-flick and tail-flip a lot. Dusky does both of these things but less frequently on average. The two species are tricky to separate (sometimes impossible) without hearing vocalizations. Hammond's would appear compact in size, large-headed, small-billed, and relatively short-tailed. The primary extension is long (this is one of the best field marks to separate Hammonds from Dusky and Least), but so is that of Alder. The eyering of Hammond's would stand out conspicuously against its dark face, and probably help to eliminate Alder.
>>
>> Scott Morrical
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>>> On Nov 16, 2020, at 3:21 PM, David Guertin <dave...> wrote:
>>>
>>> I just went out for a third unsuccessful attempt at refinding the flycatcher. No luck, but I did find a Sharp-shinned Hawk in precisely the spot where I last saw the flycatcher. Just sayin'...
>>>
>>> I'm going to try again in the morning.
>>>
>>> Dave G.
>>>
>>>> On 11/16/20 3:01 PM, Susan Fogleman wrote:
>>>> So are there folks headed over to Dave’s place to look for this critter? If I lived closer than central NH, I sure would be!
>>>>
>>>> Susan Fogleman
>>>>
>>>> Susan Fogleman
>>>> <sfogleman...>
>>>>
>>>> “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.”
>>>> Neil deGrasse Tyson
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>> On Nov 16, 2020, at 2:57 PM, Fred and Chris Pratt <pipit...> wrote:
>>>>> I am a bit rusty on western empi's but I think wing-flicking and tail-wagging was considered helpful in separating Hammond's from Dusky Flycatcher and other small empi's. Another tail-wagging western empid is Gray Flycatcher but he is larger, wags tail only.
>>>>>
>>>>> Fred Pratt
>>>>>
>>>>> On 11/16/2020 11:25 AM, David Guertin wrote:
>>>>>> Well, this was a shock. I haven't seen an Empid in over two months, and yet here was one this morning in my yard in Cornwall, braving the mid-November chill. This was one extremely tardy (and probably cold and hungry) flycatcher.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Here are the notes I submitted to eBird: My first impression was that of a stubby, short-tailed flycatcher that suggested Eastern Wood-Pewee, but the combination of bold white wing bars and obvious eye ring made it clearly an Empid. Constant wing-flicking and tail wagging. Gray throat, grayish sides. The prominence of the eye ring has me leaning towards Alder over Willow, but this time of year with fresh plumage, who knows? I also can't rule out Least, but the behavior seemed more Alderish. Found in the wild raspberry patch between our yard and the adjacent farm fields.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I'm trying to recall if I've seen Least Flycatchers do that constant nervous wing-flicking thing, but I can't recall, and my field guides don't note that for Least.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Any flycatcher gurus want to weigh in? Whatever it was, it was certainly unexpected!
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Dave G.
>>>>>>
 

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Date: 11/17/20 6:23 am
From: David Guertin <dave...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
Here's today's update: This morning I sat outside for almost two hours
trying to relocate the flycatcher, but it is apparently gone. Lacking
any more information about this bird (particularly my failure to note
anything about primary projection), it will forever remain identified as
"Empidonax sp."

But it's fun to speculate about these things, so here's my rampant
speculation about what it *might* have been.

At first I was only considering the usual eastern species: Least, Alder,
and Willow (ruling out Yellow-bellied because of the color, and Acadian
because of the range). But several people have mentioned the possibility
of a western vagrant, and the more I've thought about it, the more
likely that seems. I think the possibility of a western Empid getting
its signals crossed and migrating east instead of south is at least as
likely, maybe more so, as an eastern Empid just forgetting to migrate.

So now we have to consider the western Empids as well. I lived for many
years in Colorado and saw and heard Hammond's, Dusky, and Cordilleran
(Western at the time) Flycatchers, but that was 30 years ago, and
whatever I used to know about those birds has long ago been lost. So I
need to rely on what I read and what others tell me. Of the western
Empids, the most likely candidates are Hammond's and Dusky, ruling out
Gray, Buff-breasted, and Cordilleran/Pacific-slope based on coloration
(there was no hint of anything yellowish).

The most obvious characteristics that stood out on this bird were a
bold, obvious eye ring, and constant, incessant wing flicking (with less
constant tail wagging). In hindsight, the eye ring is leading me to
retract my earlier speculation about Alder/Willow.

Which leaves us with three possibilities: Least, Hammond's, and Dusky.
Moving on to other field marks, this bird had a bit of a crest, giving
it that flat-top flycatcher appearance, which would tend to go against
Dusky. Furthermore, Scott's description of Hammond's as "compact in
size, large-headed, small-billed, and relatively short-tailed" fits this
bird to a T. In fact, compact and short-tailed were the first things I
noticed about it. The incessant wing-flicking also has me leaning
towards Hammond's over Dusky.

So now we're down to two: Least or Hammond's. Primary projection would
really help here, but lacking that, which is more likely? Well, neither
is likely, but which is less unlikely? I wish I could recall if I've
seen Least Flycatchers wing-flick so much, but it seems like I would
have remembered if I'd observed that.

So, officially: Empidonax sp. Unofficial speculation: Hammond's. (Or
maybe Least. Or maybe something else.)

Dave G., confused

On 11/16/20 3:43 PM, Scott Morrical wrote:
> I tried to send this earlier, but I think it bounced for some reason. Sorry if this is duplicated. I have quite a bit of field experience with Western empids. That being said, empids are empids, and they are not always identifiable. As Pipit noted, Hammond's does wing-flick and tail-flip a lot. Dusky does both of these things but less frequently on average. The two species are tricky to separate (sometimes impossible) without hearing vocalizations. Hammond's would appear compact in size, large-headed, small-billed, and relatively short-tailed. The primary extension is long (this is one of the best field marks to separate Hammonds from Dusky and Least), but so is that of Alder. The eyering of Hammond's would stand out conspicuously against its dark face, and probably help to eliminate Alder.
>
> Scott Morrical
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Nov 16, 2020, at 3:21 PM, David Guertin <dave...> wrote:
>>
>> I just went out for a third unsuccessful attempt at refinding the flycatcher. No luck, but I did find a Sharp-shinned Hawk in precisely the spot where I last saw the flycatcher. Just sayin'...
>>
>> I'm going to try again in the morning.
>>
>> Dave G.
>>
>>> On 11/16/20 3:01 PM, Susan Fogleman wrote:
>>> So are there folks headed over to Dave’s place to look for this critter? If I lived closer than central NH, I sure would be!
>>>
>>> Susan Fogleman
>>>
>>> Susan Fogleman
>>> <sfogleman...>
>>>
>>> “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.”
>>> Neil deGrasse Tyson
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>> On Nov 16, 2020, at 2:57 PM, Fred and Chris Pratt <pipit...> wrote:
>>>> I am a bit rusty on western empi's but I think wing-flicking and tail-wagging was considered helpful in separating Hammond's from Dusky Flycatcher and other small empi's. Another tail-wagging western empid is Gray Flycatcher but he is larger, wags tail only.
>>>>
>>>> Fred Pratt
>>>>
>>>> On 11/16/2020 11:25 AM, David Guertin wrote:
>>>>> Well, this was a shock. I haven't seen an Empid in over two months, and yet here was one this morning in my yard in Cornwall, braving the mid-November chill. This was one extremely tardy (and probably cold and hungry) flycatcher.
>>>>>
>>>>> Here are the notes I submitted to eBird: My first impression was that of a stubby, short-tailed flycatcher that suggested Eastern Wood-Pewee, but the combination of bold white wing bars and obvious eye ring made it clearly an Empid. Constant wing-flicking and tail wagging. Gray throat, grayish sides. The prominence of the eye ring has me leaning towards Alder over Willow, but this time of year with fresh plumage, who knows? I also can't rule out Least, but the behavior seemed more Alderish. Found in the wild raspberry patch between our yard and the adjacent farm fields.
>>>>>
>>>>> I'm trying to recall if I've seen Least Flycatchers do that constant nervous wing-flicking thing, but I can't recall, and my field guides don't note that for Least.
>>>>>
>>>>> Any flycatcher gurus want to weigh in? Whatever it was, it was certainly unexpected!
>>>>>
>>>>> Dave G.
>>>>>
 

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Date: 11/16/20 2:10 pm
From: alison wagner <alikatofvt...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Mute Swans at Vermont National
HA! I happened to be nearby the golf course today and decided to take a look as well. Mute Swan isn't a species I'd be motivated to chase, but why not look since I was driving by. I too, noticed the odd way they bounced on the waves, blowing in the wind! Not another bird in sight...

Ali Wagner
Huntington

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bruce MacPherson" <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request...>
To: "Vermont Birds" <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2020 11:47:56 AM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Mute Swans at Vermont National

There have been a couple of reports of Mute Swans at the Vermont National Country Club recently, so yesterday I decided to drop by the club to take a look. And, sure enough, there they were floating on the north side of the pond west of the clubhouse. Oddly immobile, though, and floating awkwardly. Decoys, I concluded, probably deployed by the club to discourage (live) Canada Geese from settling on the pond.
Fool me once.....
Bruce MacPhersonSouth Burlington
 

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Date: 11/16/20 12:43 pm
From: Scott Morrical <smorrica...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
I tried to send this earlier, but I think it bounced for some reason. Sorry if this is duplicated. I have quite a bit of field experience with Western empids. That being said, empids are empids, and they are not always identifiable. As Pipit noted, Hammond's does wing-flick and tail-flip a lot. Dusky does both of these things but less frequently on average. The two species are tricky to separate (sometimes impossible) without hearing vocalizations. Hammond's would appear compact in size, large-headed, small-billed, and relatively short-tailed. The primary extension is long (this is one of the best field marks to separate Hammonds from Dusky and Least), but so is that of Alder. The eyering of Hammond's would stand out conspicuously against its dark face, and probably help to eliminate Alder.

Scott Morrical

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 16, 2020, at 3:21 PM, David Guertin <dave...> wrote:
>
> I just went out for a third unsuccessful attempt at refinding the flycatcher. No luck, but I did find a Sharp-shinned Hawk in precisely the spot where I last saw the flycatcher. Just sayin'...
>
> I'm going to try again in the morning.
>
> Dave G.
>
>> On 11/16/20 3:01 PM, Susan Fogleman wrote:
>> So are there folks headed over to Dave’s place to look for this critter? If I lived closer than central NH, I sure would be!
>>
>> Susan Fogleman
>>
>> Susan Fogleman
>> <sfogleman...>
>>
>> “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.”
>> Neil deGrasse Tyson
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>>> On Nov 16, 2020, at 2:57 PM, Fred and Chris Pratt <pipit...> wrote:
>>>
>>> I am a bit rusty on western empi's but I think wing-flicking and tail-wagging was considered helpful in separating Hammond's from Dusky Flycatcher and other small empi's. Another tail-wagging western empid is Gray Flycatcher but he is larger, wags tail only.
>>>
>>> Fred Pratt
>>>
>>> On 11/16/2020 11:25 AM, David Guertin wrote:
>>>> Well, this was a shock. I haven't seen an Empid in over two months, and yet here was one this morning in my yard in Cornwall, braving the mid-November chill. This was one extremely tardy (and probably cold and hungry) flycatcher.
>>>>
>>>> Here are the notes I submitted to eBird: My first impression was that of a stubby, short-tailed flycatcher that suggested Eastern Wood-Pewee, but the combination of bold white wing bars and obvious eye ring made it clearly an Empid. Constant wing-flicking and tail wagging. Gray throat, grayish sides. The prominence of the eye ring has me leaning towards Alder over Willow, but this time of year with fresh plumage, who knows? I also can't rule out Least, but the behavior seemed more Alderish. Found in the wild raspberry patch between our yard and the adjacent farm fields.
>>>>
>>>> I'm trying to recall if I've seen Least Flycatchers do that constant nervous wing-flicking thing, but I can't recall, and my field guides don't note that for Least.
>>>>
>>>> Any flycatcher gurus want to weigh in? Whatever it was, it was certainly unexpected!
>>>>
>>>> Dave G.
>>>>
 

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Date: 11/16/20 12:21 pm
From: David Guertin <dave...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
I just went out for a third unsuccessful attempt at refinding the
flycatcher. No luck, but I did find a Sharp-shinned Hawk in precisely
the spot where I last saw the flycatcher. Just sayin'...

I'm going to try again in the morning.

Dave G.

On 11/16/20 3:01 PM, Susan Fogleman wrote:
> So are there folks headed over to Dave’s place to look for this critter? If I lived closer than central NH, I sure would be!
>
> Susan Fogleman
>
> Susan Fogleman
> <sfogleman...>
>
> “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.”
> Neil deGrasse Tyson
>
>
>
>
>
>
>> On Nov 16, 2020, at 2:57 PM, Fred and Chris Pratt <pipit...> wrote:
>>
>> I am a bit rusty on western empi's but I think wing-flicking and tail-wagging was considered helpful in separating Hammond's from Dusky Flycatcher and other small empi's. Another tail-wagging western empid is Gray Flycatcher but he is larger, wags tail only.
>>
>> Fred Pratt
>>
>> On 11/16/2020 11:25 AM, David Guertin wrote:
>>> Well, this was a shock. I haven't seen an Empid in over two months, and yet here was one this morning in my yard in Cornwall, braving the mid-November chill. This was one extremely tardy (and probably cold and hungry) flycatcher.
>>>
>>> Here are the notes I submitted to eBird: My first impression was that of a stubby, short-tailed flycatcher that suggested Eastern Wood-Pewee, but the combination of bold white wing bars and obvious eye ring made it clearly an Empid. Constant wing-flicking and tail wagging. Gray throat, grayish sides. The prominence of the eye ring has me leaning towards Alder over Willow, but this time of year with fresh plumage, who knows? I also can't rule out Least, but the behavior seemed more Alderish. Found in the wild raspberry patch between our yard and the adjacent farm fields.
>>>
>>> I'm trying to recall if I've seen Least Flycatchers do that constant nervous wing-flicking thing, but I can't recall, and my field guides don't note that for Least.
>>>
>>> Any flycatcher gurus want to weigh in? Whatever it was, it was certainly unexpected!
>>>
>>> Dave G.
>>>
 

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Date: 11/16/20 12:01 pm
From: Susan Fogleman <sfogleman...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
So are there folks headed over to Dave’s place to look for this critter? If I lived closer than central NH, I sure would be!

Susan Fogleman

Susan Fogleman
<sfogleman...>

“The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson






> On Nov 16, 2020, at 2:57 PM, Fred and Chris Pratt <pipit...> wrote:
>
> I am a bit rusty on western empi's but I think wing-flicking and tail-wagging was considered helpful in separating Hammond's from Dusky Flycatcher and other small empi's. Another tail-wagging western empid is Gray Flycatcher but he is larger, wags tail only.
>
> Fred Pratt
>
> On 11/16/2020 11:25 AM, David Guertin wrote:
>> Well, this was a shock. I haven't seen an Empid in over two months, and yet here was one this morning in my yard in Cornwall, braving the mid-November chill. This was one extremely tardy (and probably cold and hungry) flycatcher.
>>
>> Here are the notes I submitted to eBird: My first impression was that of a stubby, short-tailed flycatcher that suggested Eastern Wood-Pewee, but the combination of bold white wing bars and obvious eye ring made it clearly an Empid. Constant wing-flicking and tail wagging. Gray throat, grayish sides. The prominence of the eye ring has me leaning towards Alder over Willow, but this time of year with fresh plumage, who knows? I also can't rule out Least, but the behavior seemed more Alderish. Found in the wild raspberry patch between our yard and the adjacent farm fields.
>>
>> I'm trying to recall if I've seen Least Flycatchers do that constant nervous wing-flicking thing, but I can't recall, and my field guides don't note that for Least.
>>
>> Any flycatcher gurus want to weigh in? Whatever it was, it was certainly unexpected!
>>
>> Dave G.
>>
 

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Date: 11/16/20 11:57 am
From: Fred and Chris Pratt <pipit...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
I am a bit rusty on western empi's but I think wing-flicking and
tail-wagging was considered helpful in separating Hammond's from Dusky
Flycatcher and other small empi's. Another tail-wagging western empid is
Gray Flycatcher but he is larger, wags tail only.

Fred Pratt

On 11/16/2020 11:25 AM, David Guertin wrote:
> Well, this was a shock. I haven't seen an Empid in over two months,
> and yet here was one this morning in my yard in Cornwall, braving the
> mid-November chill. This was one extremely tardy (and probably cold
> and hungry) flycatcher.
>
> Here are the notes I submitted to eBird: My first impression was that
> of a stubby, short-tailed flycatcher that suggested Eastern
> Wood-Pewee, but the combination of bold white wing bars and obvious
> eye ring made it clearly an Empid. Constant wing-flicking and tail
> wagging. Gray throat, grayish sides. The prominence of the eye ring
> has me leaning towards Alder over Willow, but this time of year with
> fresh plumage, who knows? I also can't rule out Least, but the
> behavior seemed more Alderish. Found in the wild raspberry patch
> between our yard and the adjacent farm fields.
>
> I'm trying to recall if I've seen Least Flycatchers do that constant
> nervous wing-flicking thing, but I can't recall, and my field guides
> don't note that for Least.
>
> Any flycatcher gurus want to weigh in? Whatever it was, it was
> certainly unexpected!
>
> Dave G.
>
 

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Date: 11/16/20 11:55 am
From: Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Mute Swans at Vermont National
Mute Swans....I had the same experience at Kwinaska, at the pond near the top of Webster Rd. in Shelburne. I really thought it was a mute swan, and it turned out to be a decoy. Pink cheeks! (me, not the bird). Evergreen

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of Bruce MacPherson
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2020 11:48 AM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Mute Swans at Vermont National

There have been a couple of reports of Mute Swans at the Vermont National Country Club recently, so yesterday I decided to drop by the club to take a look. And, sure enough, there they were floating on the north side of the pond west of the clubhouse. Oddly immobile, though, and floating awkwardly. Decoys, I concluded, probably deployed by the club to discourage (live) Canada Geese from settling on the pond.
Fool me once.....
Bruce MacPhersonSouth Burlington
 

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Date: 11/16/20 11:41 am
From: David Guertin <dave...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
Unfortunately I didn't note any details about primary projection. I also
missed getting bill details. I was so excited, and so peeved with myself
for not carrying my camera, that I ran back into the house to get it. Of
course by the time I came back out the bird was gone, and I haven't seen
it in two subsequent attempts at finding it.

Dave G.

On 11/16/20 1:27 PM, G M ARCHAMBAULT wrote:
>
> I usually like to know at least a description of primary projection, which is pretty high on the list, before attempting an identification. Any details about that? -Ken Archambault, Birmingham, Alabama p.s., I recall a recent Eastern vagrant Pac.-slope Flycatcher, so important to bear down on all identification features when there is an unusual Empid sighting. Nice sighting, nonetheless!
> On Monday, November 16, 2020, 11:29:46 AM CST, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...> wrote:
>
> Totally hear you there about the “not having the camera handy.”
>
> If it’s a vagrant, it may still be around your yard today and the next couple of days. It may be worth doing some playbacks to see if you get any responses.
>
> Good luck!!
>
> Sincerely,
> Chris
>
> On Nov 16, 2020, at 11:57 AM, David Guertin <dave...> wrote:
>
> I wasn't even considering western vagrants. Adding them into the mix doesn't make things any easier!
>
> I meant to add that I always carry my camera while birding. Well, almost always. Today I was only going out in the yard for 10 minutes, the light was poor, and I thought, why bother? Well, because you might see an Empid in November, that's why. I won't make that mistake again.
>
> Dave G.
>
> On 11/16/20 11:31 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes wrote:
>> I’m not great with western flycatcher ID’s but there have been several vagrant western species this year throughout the East. I guess, this time of year, and this year in particular, don’t rule out rare western vagrants. :-)
>>
>> Any opportunity to get pictures, videos, and audio recordings (voice memo function on smart phones) in response to playbacks made to illicit call notes, will help in narrowing down species ID.
>>
>> Hope this helps!
>>
>> Sincerely,
>> Chris T-H
>>
>> On Nov 16, 2020, at 11:25 AM, David Guertin <dave...><mailto:<dave...>> wrote:
>>
>> Well, this was a shock. I haven't seen an Empid in over two months, and yet here was one this morning in my yard in Cornwall, braving the mid-November chill. This was one extremely tardy (and probably cold and hungry) flycatcher.
>>
>> Here are the notes I submitted to eBird: My first impression was that of a stubby, short-tailed flycatcher that suggested Eastern Wood-Pewee, but the combination of bold white wing bars and obvious eye ring made it clearly an Empid. Constant wing-flicking and tail wagging. Gray throat, grayish sides. The prominence of the eye ring has me leaning towards Alder over Willow, but this time of year with fresh plumage, who knows? I also can't rule out Least, but the behavior seemed more Alderish. Found in the wild raspberry patch between our yard and the adjacent farm fields.
>>
>> I'm trying to recall if I've seen Least Flycatchers do that constant nervous wing-flicking thing, but I can't recall, and my field guides don't note that for Least.
>>
>> Any flycatcher gurus want to weigh in? Whatever it was, it was certainly unexpected!
>>
>> Dave G.
>>
>> --
>> Chris Tessaglia-Hymes
>> PO Box 488
>> 8 Etna Lane
>> Etna, NY 13062
>> 607-351-5740
>>
>
>
 

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Date: 11/16/20 10:52 am
From: Sue Wetmore <000006207b3956ac-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Flycatcher
Hammond’s flycatcher flicks wings and tail.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 11/16/20 10:42 am
From: Barbara Powers <barkiepvt...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Mute Swans at Vermont National
I’ve also had the decoy Tom foolery at the Manchester Country Club. I was scanning one of the ponds and got very excited to see a swan but upon closer inspection it too was a decoy. I was quite disappointed. How clever of the golf courses to use the swans as deterrents. I wouldn’t have guess geese were wary of being near swans.
Barbara Powers
Manchester Center

Sent from my iPad

> On Nov 16, 2020, at 11:48 AM, Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> There have been a couple of reports of Mute Swans at the Vermont National Country Club recently, so yesterday I decided to drop by the club to take a look. And, sure enough, there they were floating on the north side of the pond west of the clubhouse. Oddly immobile, though, and floating awkwardly. Decoys, I concluded, probably deployed by the club to discourage (live) Canada Geese from settling on the pond.
> Fool me once.....
> Bruce MacPhersonSouth Burlington
 

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Date: 11/16/20 10:34 am
From: Kevin Thorley <elron8711...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Bridport bluebirds
I've been noticing a lot more bluebirds here in Williston this year,
especially in the last month or so. This morning we had 8 bluebirds in the
backyard, poking around the remnants of our garden, sunflowers, and
birdhouse. Looked like a mix of mature and juvenile.

On Sat, Nov 7, 2020 at 5:32 PM Eugenia Cooke <euge24241...> wrote:

> My very favorite birds today. Bluejays, too!
>
> On Sat, Nov 7, 2020, 4:07 PM Jill Vickers <jvickers...> wrote:
>
> > I believe those would be My bluebirds, neighbor. 😊
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > > On Nov 7, 2020, at 9:59 AM, Karan Cutler <kdcutler42...> wrote:
> > >
> > > Six or seven--they moved quickly--bluebirds at 8am today, Saturday, in
> > > Bridport. Never had that many at one time. They kept flitting and
> > catching
> > > insects but also inspecting a bluebird house--insects inside?
> > >
> >
>
 

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Date: 11/16/20 10:28 am
From: G M ARCHAMBAULT <gm72125...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid

I usually like to know at least a description of primary projection, which is pretty high on the list, before attempting an identification. Any details about that? -Ken Archambault, Birmingham, Alabama p.s., I recall a recent Eastern vagrant Pac.-slope Flycatcher, so important to bear down on all identification features when there is an unusual Empid sighting. Nice sighting, nonetheless!
On Monday, November 16, 2020, 11:29:46 AM CST, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...> wrote:

Totally hear you there about the “not having the camera handy.”

If it’s a vagrant, it may still be around your yard today and the next couple of days. It may be worth doing some playbacks to see if you get any responses.

Good luck!!

Sincerely,
Chris

On Nov 16, 2020, at 11:57 AM, David Guertin <dave...> wrote:

I wasn't even considering western vagrants. Adding them into the mix doesn't make things any easier!

I meant to add that I always carry my camera while birding. Well, almost always. Today I was only going out in the yard for 10 minutes, the light was poor, and I thought, why bother? Well, because you might see an Empid in November, that's why. I won't make that mistake again.

Dave G.

On 11/16/20 11:31 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes wrote:
> I’m not great with western flycatcher ID’s but there have been several vagrant western species this year throughout the East. I guess, this time of year, and this year in particular, don’t rule out rare western vagrants. :-)
>
> Any opportunity to get pictures, videos, and audio recordings (voice memo function on smart phones) in response to playbacks made to illicit call notes, will help in narrowing down species ID.
>
> Hope this helps!
>
> Sincerely,
> Chris T-H
>
> On Nov 16, 2020, at 11:25 AM, David Guertin <dave...><mailto:<dave...>> wrote:
>
> Well, this was a shock. I haven't seen an Empid in over two months, and yet here was one this morning in my yard in Cornwall, braving the mid-November chill. This was one extremely tardy (and probably cold and hungry) flycatcher.
>
> Here are the notes I submitted to eBird: My first impression was that of a stubby, short-tailed flycatcher that suggested Eastern Wood-Pewee, but the combination of bold white wing bars and obvious eye ring made it clearly an Empid. Constant wing-flicking and tail wagging. Gray throat, grayish sides. The prominence of the eye ring has me leaning towards Alder over Willow, but this time of year with fresh plumage, who knows? I also can't rule out Least, but the behavior seemed more Alderish. Found in the wild raspberry patch between our yard and the adjacent farm fields.
>
> I'm trying to recall if I've seen Least Flycatchers do that constant nervous wing-flicking thing, but I can't recall, and my field guides don't note that for Least.
>
> Any flycatcher gurus want to weigh in? Whatever it was, it was certainly unexpected!
>
> Dave G.
>
> --
> Chris Tessaglia-Hymes
> PO Box 488
> 8 Etna Lane
> Etna, NY 13062
> 607-351-5740
>



 

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Date: 11/16/20 9:29 am
From: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
Totally hear you there about the “not having the camera handy.”

If it’s a vagrant, it may still be around your yard today and the next couple of days. It may be worth doing some playbacks to see if you get any responses.

Good luck!!

Sincerely,
Chris

On Nov 16, 2020, at 11:57 AM, David Guertin <dave...> wrote:

I wasn't even considering western vagrants. Adding them into the mix doesn't make things any easier!

I meant to add that I always carry my camera while birding. Well, almost always. Today I was only going out in the yard for 10 minutes, the light was poor, and I thought, why bother? Well, because you might see an Empid in November, that's why. I won't make that mistake again.

Dave G.

On 11/16/20 11:31 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes wrote:
> I’m not great with western flycatcher ID’s but there have been several vagrant western species this year throughout the East. I guess, this time of year, and this year in particular, don’t rule out rare western vagrants. :-)
>
> Any opportunity to get pictures, videos, and audio recordings (voice memo function on smart phones) in response to playbacks made to illicit call notes, will help in narrowing down species ID.
>
> Hope this helps!
>
> Sincerely,
> Chris T-H
>
> On Nov 16, 2020, at 11:25 AM, David Guertin <dave...><mailto:<dave...>> wrote:
>
> Well, this was a shock. I haven't seen an Empid in over two months, and yet here was one this morning in my yard in Cornwall, braving the mid-November chill. This was one extremely tardy (and probably cold and hungry) flycatcher.
>
> Here are the notes I submitted to eBird: My first impression was that of a stubby, short-tailed flycatcher that suggested Eastern Wood-Pewee, but the combination of bold white wing bars and obvious eye ring made it clearly an Empid. Constant wing-flicking and tail wagging. Gray throat, grayish sides. The prominence of the eye ring has me leaning towards Alder over Willow, but this time of year with fresh plumage, who knows? I also can't rule out Least, but the behavior seemed more Alderish. Found in the wild raspberry patch between our yard and the adjacent farm fields.
>
> I'm trying to recall if I've seen Least Flycatchers do that constant nervous wing-flicking thing, but I can't recall, and my field guides don't note that for Least.
>
> Any flycatcher gurus want to weigh in? Whatever it was, it was certainly unexpected!
>
> Dave G.
>
> --
> Chris Tessaglia-Hymes
> PO Box 488
> 8 Etna Lane
> Etna, NY 13062
> 607-351-5740
>


 

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Date: 11/16/20 9:14 am
From: Scott Morrical <smorrica...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Eurasian Wigeon & Tundra Swan
Hello:
The female Eurasian Wigeon and the immature Tundra Swan are still at Sandbar Causeway. The swan is with Canada geese near the causeway bridge. The wigeon is with the mallards near the dirt parking lot on the east end of the causeway.

Scott Morrical

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/16/20 9:02 am
From: maevulus <maevulus...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Mute Swans at Vermont National
On 2020-11-16 11:47, Bruce MacPherson wrote:
> There have been a couple of reports of Mute Swans at the Vermont
> National Country Club recently, so yesterday I decided to drop by the
> club to take a look. And, sure enough, there they were floating on the
> north side of the pond west of the clubhouse. Oddly immobile, though,
> and floating awkwardly. Decoys, I concluded, probably deployed by the
> club to discourage (live) Canada Geese from settling on the pond.
> Fool me once.....
> Bruce MacPhersonSouth Burlington
Funny! I once drove all the way down Gage Road in Addison, lured by lots
of moving white shapes near the end of the road - to find four or five
dozen white plastic bags, each anchored on a stick. Do-it-yourself Snow
Goose decoys!
Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
 

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Date: 11/16/20 8:57 am
From: David Guertin <dave...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
I wasn't even considering western vagrants. Adding them into the mix
doesn't make things any easier!

I meant to add that I always carry my camera while birding. Well, almost
always. Today I was only going out in the yard for 10 minutes, the light
was poor, and I thought, why bother? Well, because you might see an
Empid in November, that's why. I won't make that mistake again.

Dave G.

On 11/16/20 11:31 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes wrote:
> I’m not great with western flycatcher ID’s but there have been several vagrant western species this year throughout the East. I guess, this time of year, and this year in particular, don’t rule out rare western vagrants. :-)
>
> Any opportunity to get pictures, videos, and audio recordings (voice memo function on smart phones) in response to playbacks made to illicit call notes, will help in narrowing down species ID.
>
> Hope this helps!
>
> Sincerely,
> Chris T-H
>
> On Nov 16, 2020, at 11:25 AM, David Guertin <dave...><mailto:<dave...>> wrote:
>
> Well, this was a shock. I haven't seen an Empid in over two months, and yet here was one this morning in my yard in Cornwall, braving the mid-November chill. This was one extremely tardy (and probably cold and hungry) flycatcher.
>
> Here are the notes I submitted to eBird: My first impression was that of a stubby, short-tailed flycatcher that suggested Eastern Wood-Pewee, but the combination of bold white wing bars and obvious eye ring made it clearly an Empid. Constant wing-flicking and tail wagging. Gray throat, grayish sides. The prominence of the eye ring has me leaning towards Alder over Willow, but this time of year with fresh plumage, who knows? I also can't rule out Least, but the behavior seemed more Alderish. Found in the wild raspberry patch between our yard and the adjacent farm fields.
>
> I'm trying to recall if I've seen Least Flycatchers do that constant nervous wing-flicking thing, but I can't recall, and my field guides don't note that for Least.
>
> Any flycatcher gurus want to weigh in? Whatever it was, it was certainly unexpected!
>
> Dave G.
>
> --
> Chris Tessaglia-Hymes
> PO Box 488
> 8 Etna Lane
> Etna, NY 13062
> 607-351-5740
>
 

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Date: 11/16/20 8:48 am
From: Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Mute Swans at Vermont National
There have been a couple of reports of Mute Swans at the Vermont National Country Club recently, so yesterday I decided to drop by the club to take a look. And, sure enough, there they were floating on the north side of the pond west of the clubhouse. Oddly immobile, though, and floating awkwardly. Decoys, I concluded, probably deployed by the club to discourage (live) Canada Geese from settling on the pond.
Fool me once.....
Bruce MacPhersonSouth Burlington
 

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Date: 11/16/20 8:31 am
From: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
I’m not great with western flycatcher ID’s but there have been several vagrant western species this year throughout the East. I guess, this time of year, and this year in particular, don’t rule out rare western vagrants. :-)

Any opportunity to get pictures, videos, and audio recordings (voice memo function on smart phones) in response to playbacks made to illicit call notes, will help in narrowing down species ID.

Hope this helps!

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

On Nov 16, 2020, at 11:25 AM, David Guertin <dave...><mailto:<dave...>> wrote:

Well, this was a shock. I haven't seen an Empid in over two months, and yet here was one this morning in my yard in Cornwall, braving the mid-November chill. This was one extremely tardy (and probably cold and hungry) flycatcher.

Here are the notes I submitted to eBird: My first impression was that of a stubby, short-tailed flycatcher that suggested Eastern Wood-Pewee, but the combination of bold white wing bars and obvious eye ring made it clearly an Empid. Constant wing-flicking and tail wagging. Gray throat, grayish sides. The prominence of the eye ring has me leaning towards Alder over Willow, but this time of year with fresh plumage, who knows? I also can't rule out Least, but the behavior seemed more Alderish. Found in the wild raspberry patch between our yard and the adjacent farm fields.

I'm trying to recall if I've seen Least Flycatchers do that constant nervous wing-flicking thing, but I can't recall, and my field guides don't note that for Least.

Any flycatcher gurus want to weigh in? Whatever it was, it was certainly unexpected!

Dave G.

--
Chris Tessaglia-Hymes
PO Box 488
8 Etna Lane
Etna, NY 13062
607-351-5740

 

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Date: 11/16/20 8:25 am
From: David Guertin <dave...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Really late Empid
Well, this was a shock. I haven't seen an Empid in over two months, and
yet here was one this morning in my yard in Cornwall, braving the
mid-November chill. This was one extremely tardy (and probably cold and
hungry) flycatcher.

Here are the notes I submitted to eBird: My first impression was that of
a stubby, short-tailed flycatcher that suggested Eastern Wood-Pewee, but
the combination of bold white wing bars and obvious eye ring made it
clearly an Empid. Constant wing-flicking and tail wagging. Gray throat,
grayish sides. The prominence of the eye ring has me leaning towards
Alder over Willow, but this time of year with fresh plumage, who knows?
I also can't rule out Least, but the behavior seemed more Alderish.
Found in the wild raspberry patch between our yard and the adjacent farm
fields.

I'm trying to recall if I've seen Least Flycatchers do that constant
nervous wing-flicking thing, but I can't recall, and my field guides
don't note that for Least.

Any flycatcher gurus want to weigh in? Whatever it was, it was certainly
unexpected!

Dave G.
 

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Date: 11/16/20 7:07 am
From: Richard Littauer <richard.littauer...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Help with converting old Avisys data to eBird checklists
Hey Ian,

If there are thousands of records, send over a sample. I can write a script
to convert them all to eBird records in an hour or two. Happy to help with
stuff like this. I could also put it on my website to make it easier for
others to do this in the future.

Best,
R

On Mon, Nov 16, 2020 at 8:04 AM Ian Worley <iworley...> wrote:

> Hi Ryan,
>
> Thanks for the response and info! Very helpful.
>
> Ian
> =============================================
>
> On 11/16/2020 7:56 AM, Ryan Tomazin wrote:
> > Hi Ian,
> >
> > First, let me say how very odd it is that less than 10 minutes ago (7:45
> a.m. EST), I was perusing an old file folder on my computer and randomly
> ran across a bunch of bird checklist files that an older birder in VT sent
> me early this year to try to convert to text/something he could
> open...eerie!
> >
> > I don't use PC at all, but did you see this website below? There is an
> .exe patch of some sort for allowing conversion of AviSys to eBird. I don't
> even know what AviSys is/was, but perhaps that'll help? I would assume that
> you/he/someone Googled 'AviSys', but just in case. If it helps, great!
> >
> > Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
> >
> > http://avisys.info
> > [http://avisys.info/avisys.png]<http://avisys.info/>
> > AviSys Birding Software<http://avisys.info/>
> > Jerry Blinn closed AviSys in August 2015 and passed away in November
> 2015 without leaving any provision for continuity of AviSys. Ownership of
> his website, avisys.net, expired and it is no longer in operation. I have
> preserved relevant pages from the website here, with some additional
> material, including annual Clements taxonomic updates for 2016–2019.
> > avisys.info
> >
> >
> > ________________________________
> > From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> on behalf of Ian Worley <
> <iworley...>
> > Sent: Monday, November 16, 2020 4:33 AM
> > To: <VTBIRD...> <VTBIRD...>
> > Subject: [VTBIRD] Help with converting old Avisys data to eBird
> checklists
> >
> > Hello all,
> >
> > An elderly local birder with observations going back many decades tells
> > me "I have hundreds, if not thousands, of records from the late
> > ninety's on my computer in the old Avisys method of data storage." He
> > is manually converting them to eBird records.
> >
> > But I recall there was an Avisys system for conversion, that did the
> > work for you. Does that still exist? Is there another way to do it?
> > Do any of you have recent experience in converting Avisys data to
> > eBird? I have none.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Ian
> > =======
> > Ian Worley
> > Reviewing for Vermont and other locations
>


--
Richard | @richlitt <https://twitter.com/richlitt> | burntfen.com
<http://www.burntfen.com>
 

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Date: 11/16/20 7:03 am
From: Morin, Doug <Doug.Morin...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Vermont Fish and Wildlife Bird Report available
The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife's Bird Report for November 13 is available: https://vtfishandwildlife.com/watch-wildlife/bird-watching/vermont-bird-reports



Reports are posted every two weeks, to highlight seasonal patterns and things to look for throughout the state. They also give a glimpse into some of the work the Department is currently doing with all manner of birds.



This Report includes snow geese continuing, winter finches arriving, and Bald Eagles reaching record numbers!

Doug Morin
Bird Project Leader
VT Department of Fish & Wildlife
<doug.morin...>
 

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Date: 11/16/20 7:00 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 16, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:38 a.m. 37 degrees, wind SSW 5 mph. Sky: after a night of heavy rain,
bright and open in the southwest, a rose-tinted flotilla pushes east.
Brooding and spritzing elsewhere. Permanent streams: a Pavarotti flow,
audible at a considerable distance, the infusion compliments of moisture
from Lake Ontario. Wetlands: reeds of many shades, yellow-tan to mud-brown.
Evergreens on the far shoreline set off by bright clouds: pagoda-shaped
pines, tall, laden with cones, which hang like ornaments from the upper,
outer limbs; spruce, shorter, brighter green, tapered, cones too small to
see. Pond: water pours out of the overflow culvert, under the road, and
into the marsh. The intermittent stream that winds down the valley's
eastern rim and feeds the pond, singing loudly.

Roving red crossbills, in and out of pines, chatting in flight, eight
mobile dots, a tight grouping, silhouettes against the pink, from one tree
to the next, from one valley to another, nomadic diners that occasionally
stay to breed. For crossbills, no sense of *philopatry*. Lives in devotion
to the geography of cone crops. For a crossbill, *philopatry* is an
evergreen bond, not a precise location, a relationship with the continent's
great, green sweep of pines, fir, spruce, hemlock, larch—from the subarctic
south around the Great Lakes and down every mountain range, North Carolina
to Belize, Oregon to Baja. Enjoy them while you can; they may not return
for years—the nature of crossbills: the story sporadic food abundance, a
dietary migrancy.

The *toot* and *yank* of nuthatches, both species. Two crows, hushed,
beneath the unfolding sky, usher up the sun, black birds above the marsh.
Headed north, escorted by the breeze. Below crows, chickadees, at peace in
humanity's chaos, patrol micro-habitats on limbs. Feeding. Calling.
Pausing, now and again, to fluff out like animated stuffies, indefatigable
defenders of the joy of life. I'd like to write with the sparkle of a
chickadee. Is there anything they don't like? Well, maybe a sharp-shinned
hawk or a northern shrike. Not much more. I lean on chickadees, often . . .
and will again as the coronavirus torches my Thanksgiving plans.
 

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Date: 11/16/20 5:04 am
From: Ian Worley <iworley...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Help with converting old Avisys data to eBird checklists
Hi Ryan,

Thanks for the response and info! Very helpful.

Ian
=============================================

On 11/16/2020 7:56 AM, Ryan Tomazin wrote:
> Hi Ian,
>
> First, let me say how very odd it is that less than 10 minutes ago (7:45 a.m. EST), I was perusing an old file folder on my computer and randomly ran across a bunch of bird checklist files that an older birder in VT sent me early this year to try to convert to text/something he could open...eerie!
>
> I don't use PC at all, but did you see this website below? There is an .exe patch of some sort for allowing conversion of AviSys to eBird. I don't even know what AviSys is/was, but perhaps that'll help? I would assume that you/he/someone Googled 'AviSys', but just in case. If it helps, great!
>
> Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
>
> http://avisys.info
> [http://avisys.info/avisys.png]<http://avisys.info/>
> AviSys Birding Software<http://avisys.info/>
> Jerry Blinn closed AviSys in August 2015 and passed away in November 2015 without leaving any provision for continuity of AviSys. Ownership of his website, avisys.net, expired and it is no longer in operation. I have preserved relevant pages from the website here, with some additional material, including annual Clements taxonomic updates for 20162019.
> avisys.info
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> on behalf of Ian Worley <iworley...>
> Sent: Monday, November 16, 2020 4:33 AM
> To: <VTBIRD...> <VTBIRD...>
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Help with converting old Avisys data to eBird checklists
>
> Hello all,
>
> An elderly local birder with observations going back many decades tells
> me "I have hundreds, if not thousands, of records from the late
> ninety's on my computer in the old Avisys method of data storage." He
> is manually converting them to eBird records.
>
> But I recall there was an Avisys system for conversion, that did the
> work for you. Does that still exist? Is there another way to do it?
> Do any of you have recent experience in converting Avisys data to
> eBird? I have none.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Ian
> =======
> Ian Worley
> Reviewing for Vermont and other locations
 

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Date: 11/16/20 4:57 am
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Help with converting old Avisys data to eBird checklists
Hi Ian,

First, let me say how very odd it is that less than 10 minutes ago (7:45 a.m. EST), I was perusing an old file folder on my computer and randomly ran across a bunch of bird checklist files that an older birder in VT sent me early this year to try to convert to text/something he could open...eerie!

I don't use PC at all, but did you see this website below? There is an .exe patch of some sort for allowing conversion of AviSys to eBird. I don't even know what AviSys is/was, but perhaps that'll help? I would assume that you/he/someone Googled 'AviSys', but just in case. If it helps, great!

Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA

http://avisys.info
[http://avisys.info/avisys.png]<http://avisys.info/>
AviSys Birding Software<http://avisys.info/>
Jerry Blinn closed AviSys in August 2015 and passed away in November 2015 without leaving any provision for continuity of AviSys. Ownership of his website, avisys.net, expired and it is no longer in operation. I have preserved relevant pages from the website here, with some additional material, including annual Clements taxonomic updates for 20162019.
avisys.info


________________________________
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> on behalf of Ian Worley <iworley...>
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2020 4:33 AM
To: <VTBIRD...> <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Help with converting old Avisys data to eBird checklists

Hello all,

An elderly local birder with observations going back many decades tells
me "I have hundreds, if not thousands, of records from the late
ninety's on my computer in the old Avisys method of data storage." He
is manually converting them to eBird records.

But I recall there was an Avisys system for conversion, that did the
work for you. Does that still exist? Is there another way to do it?
Do any of you have recent experience in converting Avisys data to
eBird? I have none.

Thanks,

Ian
=======
Ian Worley
Reviewing for Vermont and other locations
 

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Date: 11/16/20 1:33 am
From: Ian Worley <iworley...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Help with converting old Avisys data to eBird checklists
Hello all,

An elderly local birder with observations going back many decades tells
me  "I have hundreds, if not thousands, of records from the late
ninety's on my computer in the old Avisys method of data storage."  He
is manually converting them to eBird records.

But I recall there was an Avisys system for conversion, that did the
work for you.  Does that still exist?  Is there another way to do it? 
Do any of you have recent experience in converting Avisys data to
eBird?  I have none.

Thanks,

Ian
=======
Ian Worley
Reviewing for Vermont and other locations
 

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Date: 11/15/20 7:59 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 15, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:39 a.m. 21 degrees, wind NW 0 mph. Sky: three bars of transitory color,
bright as a baby's smile, dense tangerine in the east fading to pastel
mauve in the west, in between soft, airy blue. A celestial caress, blissful
and lavish enough to make me forget that the earth hastens to iron. The
dogs and I have heaven to ourselves. Permanent streams: even the rocks look
cold, but the water still lullabies and soothes on a crisp morning.
Wetlands: a heavy glaze, white and silent, weighted down by the cold air.
Pond: feathery shards of ice coalesce in the shallow southern cove, then
extend north, narrowly, along both shoreline, a frozen mask too thin to
hold a virus.

Industrious red squirrels raid each others' midden—a morning of stealing,
eating, chasing, and a lot of chattering, chipping, scolding—the winter
dialogue of squirrels, a forgotten language.

I caught a mouse last night. Under the kitchen sink, in a trap baited with
peanut butter. I put the stiff mouse on the stone wall by the garage, as I
always do. By the time I returned to the kitchen, the mouse had
vanished, stolen by a blue jay . . . maybe. Or a chipmunk, though they
usually sleep in on cold mornings. Blue jays, their attention wavering
between seeds and suet, own the front yard. Fly in from all directions,
screaming like banshees, their voices bouncing off the halls of their
throats. With a thirst for mischief, jays scatter doves and juncos on the
ground and chickadees in the cherry. They stay all day, a bold, hungry
brigade. When the curtain begins to close, now around four-thirty, jays
repair to the pines, flush to the trunk, and screened by needles. Hidden
from the wind and the eyes of owls.

I'm drawn to blue jays the way I'm drawn chickadees. They're full of
themselves, noisy and over-active . . . and abundant. Social to the
extreme. I expect, while stuck at home indefinitely, I shall become well
acquainted with blue jays. And when I grow tired of watching them, I'll
vacation in my living room or go out to dinner in my kitchen, or exile
myself upstairs and dream Costa Rica, a homeboy's version of a staycation.
 

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Date: 11/14/20 5:10 pm
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting
To whoever is the moderator here...all the other states I participate on listservs with have the Reply button go directly to the person who posted, not the entire listserv. Is this an option for the VT listserv? I know I've done the same thing as Evergreen, as have many others.

Thanks!

Ryan Tomazin

________________________________
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> on behalf of Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...>
Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2020 6:14 PM
To: <VTBIRD...> <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting

I so apologize for sending this to the whole list. I know better, but am so exhausted from our move that I am not thinking straight. I also did it when I was in the middle of the move. Argh...so sorry. Evergreen

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of Evergreen Erb
Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2020 6:13 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting

Dear Laura,
If you are still interested in the book, I have moved out of my home now and am with my daughter in Essex Jct., so I could easily come into Burlington sometime next week to give you the book. Just let me know. My phone is 488-0183 if you'd rather talk on the phone. Evergreen

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of Evergreen Erb
Sent: Saturday, November 7, 2020 2:13 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting

Yes, I would love to gift it to you. Unless you are coming out Jericho way, I think that it might have to wait until I move next Tuesday. And then we can meet in Burlington somewhere. What town do you live in? Well, back to the packing. Evergreen in Jericho

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of Laura Bonazinga
Sent: Saturday, November 7, 2020 9:46 AM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting

Wed be interested if some else hasnt already laid claim


Laura Bonazinga Bouyea, M.S., CCC-SLPVermont Speech Language Pathology, LLCThe University of Vermont The Stern Center for Language & Learning Mansfield Hall

On Saturday, November 7, 2020, 9:45 AM, Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...> wrote:

I hope this is all right to post here, but I was gifted, years ago, a large book called The Birder's Life List and Master Reference...Whiting's Reference of birds. It is for someone who travels a lot and has seen birds all over the world. I have never written in it, as I have a more modest book for my more modest sightings. I would love to give it to someone who might use it, rather than toss it. I will have very limited space in my new home, so I can't take it, or 95% of my junk, with me. Let me know if you want it, and I will figure out how to get it to you. Thanks, Evergreen
 

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Date: 11/14/20 3:14 pm
From: Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting
I so apologize for sending this to the whole list. I know better, but am so exhausted from our move that I am not thinking straight. I also did it when I was in the middle of the move. Argh...so sorry. Evergreen

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of Evergreen Erb
Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2020 6:13 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting

Dear Laura,
If you are still interested in the book, I have moved out of my home now and am with my daughter in Essex Jct., so I could easily come into Burlington sometime next week to give you the book. Just let me know. My phone is 488-0183 if you'd rather talk on the phone. Evergreen

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of Evergreen Erb
Sent: Saturday, November 7, 2020 2:13 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting

Yes, I would love to gift it to you. Unless you are coming out Jericho way, I think that it might have to wait until I move next Tuesday. And then we can meet in Burlington somewhere. What town do you live in? Well, back to the packing. Evergreen in Jericho

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of Laura Bonazinga
Sent: Saturday, November 7, 2020 9:46 AM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting

We’d be interested if some else hasn’t already laid claim


Laura Bonazinga Bouyea, M.S., CCC-SLPVermont Speech Language Pathology, LLCThe University of Vermont The Stern Center for Language & Learning Mansfield Hall

On Saturday, November 7, 2020, 9:45 AM, Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...> wrote:

I hope this is all right to post here, but I was gifted, years ago, a large book called The Birder's Life List and Master Reference...Whiting's Reference of birds. It is for someone who travels a lot and has seen birds all over the world. I have never written in it, as I have a more modest book for my more modest sightings. I would love to give it to someone who might use it, rather than toss it. I will have very limited space in my new home, so I can't take it, or 95% of my junk, with me. Let me know if you want it, and I will figure out how to get it to you. Thanks, Evergreen
 

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Date: 11/14/20 3:13 pm
From: Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting
Dear Laura,
If you are still interested in the book, I have moved out of my home now and am with my daughter in Essex Jct., so I could easily come into Burlington sometime next week to give you the book. Just let me know. My phone is 488-0183 if you'd rather talk on the phone. Evergreen

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of Evergreen Erb
Sent: Saturday, November 7, 2020 2:13 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting

Yes, I would love to gift it to you. Unless you are coming out Jericho way, I think that it might have to wait until I move next Tuesday. And then we can meet in Burlington somewhere. What town do you live in? Well, back to the packing. Evergreen in Jericho

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of Laura Bonazinga
Sent: Saturday, November 7, 2020 9:46 AM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting

We’d be interested if some else hasn’t already laid claim


Laura Bonazinga Bouyea, M.S., CCC-SLPVermont Speech Language Pathology, LLCThe University of Vermont The Stern Center for Language & Learning Mansfield Hall

On Saturday, November 7, 2020, 9:45 AM, Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...> wrote:

I hope this is all right to post here, but I was gifted, years ago, a large book called The Birder's Life List and Master Reference...Whiting's Reference of birds. It is for someone who travels a lot and has seen birds all over the world. I have never written in it, as I have a more modest book for my more modest sightings. I would love to give it to someone who might use it, rather than toss it. I will have very limited space in my new home, so I can't take it, or 95% of my junk, with me. Let me know if you want it, and I will figure out how to get it to you. Thanks, Evergreen
 

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Date: 11/14/20 6:53 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 14, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:34 a.m. 34 degrees, wind SW 3 mph. Sky: a bouillabaisse of shape and
color, pastel pink, shades of gray, white, and blue. Highlights and
bruises. Rising ground fog. Permanent streams: bolstered by an all-day
drizzle, the soft voice of rolling water. Intermittent streams: puddles
linked by drizzle, an ephemeral bridge and flow. Wetlands: frostless and
soggy. Yesterday, I crossed the marsh, over the spongy ground, puddle to
puddle, past narrow otter trails, and wider unevenly trampled deer tails.
And oval beds of flattened reeds where deer spent the night . . . drinking
and playing cards and whatever else do where the lights go off. Truancy of
birds. Pond: nano waves, like windrows of sand, a subtle undulation. In the
shallows, drowned leaves blanket tadpoles and frogs, a six-month nap,
metabolism reduced to a tick. Underwater, in the winter, turtles breathe
through linings in their throats and cloacas; frogs and tadpoles through
their skin . . . a seasonal adjustment fined-tuned over two hundred million
years. The unwavering nature of turtles and frogs. There's a lesson there,
somewhere, I'm sure.

Forest floor from crispy to sloshy. A dripping world, beyond bushwhacking.

Woods lightly seasoned with nuthatches, a soft fanfare of toots. In
defiance of Newton, three red-breasted nuthatches wander down a maple sugar
trunk, foraging in tufts of moss and lichen. Then, an encore performance,
flit to an adjacent maple and begin again. And again, on a third tree.
Chickadees keep to themselves, hushed in the wet woods, but blue jays
headed northwest, break through the dreariness, hastily screaming en route
to my feeders.

Today's the first day of rifle season in Vermont. Although I am not a
hunter, I don't own a gun. But I don't post my land for deer or bird
hunters. There is plenty of both to go around. For predators and
furbearers, I do draw a line. Several men who hunt the marsh and hillsides
grew up on Robinson Hill and have hunted here for decades, often with
their fathers and grandfathers. They have a *very *personal history here,
their source of topophilia. I won't disrupt a bond like that because I
could afford to buy the land and pay the taxes.
 

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Date: 11/13/20 7:21 pm
From: Chris Rimmer <crimmer...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Boreal Chickadees on Mt. Ascutney
Boreal Chickadees (BOCH) are on the move. Whenever more than a handful of
birds of this non-migratory species show up outside their lowland boreal or
montane forest haunts in New England, it's probably safe to claim that an
"irruption" is underway. Following an October 31 sighting of a single BOCH
on Hunger Mt. in Worcester and Paul Wieczoreck's report yesterday of a bird
from Molly Stark Mt. in Huntington, I decided to hike up Mt. Ascutney this
morning. With red spruce bearing a heavy cone crop across the region, I
figured Ascutney's higher-elevation forests would be the Upper Valley's
best bet for BOCH, if any had moved this far south.

As I began hiking the Windsor Trail at 7:25 am, the woods were quiet and
wet under a low-hanging cloud cover, with temperatures hovering around 30
degrees. My expectations weren't exactly sky high for encountering BOCH.
However... as I entered the lower belt of the fir-spruce zone, with some
heart-leafed paper birch still present, I heard my first chickadee call of
the hike. Figuring it was a Black-capped, I pished, hoping to draw it in
for a closer look. Suddenly 2 birds with distinctly brown crowns and
chestnut flanks appeared at close range, giving their more raspy and nasal
call -- BOCH!! I tried some playback, in hopes of getting an iPhone
recording, but the birds didn't react as vigorously as a Black-capped
probably would have, and after ~2 minutes, they drifted off.

The location was about exactly halfway between the junctions of the Blood
Brook and Fortune's trails, ~0.6 mile below the summit. From there, I
broadcast BOCH call playbacks all the way to the summit, thinking there
might be others up there. I found none, but the mountain's higher
elevations were quite windy, shrouded in clouds, cold, and wet, with a skim
of ice on exposed rocks and the fire tower. There were no detectable birds
of any species up there. I rebroadcast BOCH playbacks on the hike back
down, stopping at the spot where I'd found the 2 birds earlier, but none
responded. I'm guessing birds like these, which are basically on the move
anyway, wander around a site in search of food, rather than setting up shop
in one location. I'd encourage others to go up and look for them, ideally
on days that are relatively calm, dry and warm(ish).

In reviewing the eBird map for BOCH records this fall, there are several
birds in New England that have appeared well outside (mostly south) of the
species' year-round range. There have now been 3 sightings in VT, one in
coastal southern ME (see this checklist for an unusual habitat association:
https://ebird.org/me/checklist/S75830582), 5 in southern NH (including a
spate of records from Pack Monadnock, from late September through October),
and 2 in western MA during the past week. Whether this irruption will
continue, and maybe even increase in volume, is anyone's guess, but it's
worth keeping eyes peeled and ears tuned!

Chris

________________________

Chris Rimmer
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x202
http://vtecostudies.org/
 

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Date: 11/13/20 10:37 am
From: Sue Wetmore <000006207b3956ac-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Loons
Both common and red-throated loons were present at Champlain Bridge, but no white-rumped sandpiper. Dunlin flew by, mallards , green winged teal plus a long tailed duck were present.
At Potash Bay both black and white winged scoters.
No harlequin found at Turkey Lane.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 11/13/20 6:47 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 13, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:37 a.m. 27 degrees, wind NWN 0 mph, feels like mid-November in Vermont.
Sky: hung the birdfeeders before five, Venus rising in the east, Orion
sinking in the west, in between the great smudgy sweep of our galaxy. By
sunrise, clouds organizing themselves in the powder blue, mare's tails and
cotton swaps, rose-tinted and luminous, a school of long, thin, fish-shaped
clouds headed east, bright like spawning herring. Permanent streams: cold
music, rocks damp and iceless. Wetlands: frost glazed, a deepening pool of
cold air, feed by half-a-dozen spigots that channel Sibirea down every
crease in the hillsides, a bitter watershed made less bearable by this past
week's glory . . . six days in the sixties and seventies. Across the reeds,
astronomical bushels of pine cones, dangling. Check for crossbills the way
I used to check the mid-marsh snag for hawks, now long gone. Nothing.
Absence of crossbills: like a whale watch without whales, a hawk watch
without hawks . . . then, it's all about your narration, tales of the land
and sea. I begin a crossbill dialogue with myself: eleven races of red
crossbills in North America, possibly eleven different species, each with a
different bill-size and body-size, each with different evergreen
preferences and geographic range. Each with a different call. Type 1,
southern Appalachians, a vagabond, wanders widely in the East. Northeast,
Types 1, 2, and 10, some years Type 3. Type 8, Newfoundland, a homebody.
The rest out West (Type 6, Sierra Madre Occidental of Mexico, wanders north
into the Southwest; Type 11, southern Mexico and Nicaragua). Eastern Type
10 might *actually* be Type 7. Who knows? Not me. Quizzically and
patiently, dogs look off into space. Pond: still, mist drifts a southeast .
. . unlike crossbills, which drift across the Northeast, cashing in on
cones.

Red squirrel, sitting beside pine, eats a cone how we might eat a
three-foot corn-on-the-cob, held in the palms of both hands. Happy squirrel
spins cone. White-eyerings set off eyes as black as coal. A facial
lamplight. Squirrel ignores me. Dogs, more interested in squirrel than
crossbill pontification.

Jay, the town crier, announces a new day. Nuthatches, both species, quiet
as church mice. One downy woodpecker calls. Chickadees are conspicuous by
silence. Or absence?

Sunlight spills down Robinson Hill, cold and bright.
 

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Date: 11/13/20 12:21 am
From: Jeffrey Sonshine <jeffrey.sonshine...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] VTBIRD Digest - 11 Nov 2020 to 12 Nov 2020 (#2020-309)
Please remove my name from your email list. Thank you

On Thu, Nov 12, 2020 at 9:00 PM VTBIRD automatic digest system <
<LISTSERV...> wrote:

> There are 4 messages totaling 146 lines in this issue.
>
> Topics of the day:
>
> 1. Merlins
> 2. Snowy Owls and Snow Geese (2)
> 3. November 12, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2020 04:50:08 -0500
> From: Diana <dlee3...>
> Subject: Re: Merlins
>
> Yes, they were all quite determined and they were still going strong when
> I left after 15 to 20 minutes.
>
>
> From: Kate Olgiati
> Sent: Wednesday, November 11, 2020 5:59 PM
> To: <VTBIRD...>
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Merlins
>
> T
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2020 06:59:20 -0500
> From: Sandy Turner <tmsprgrn...>
> Subject: Re: Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
>
> I remember when we worked at Bosque del Apache NWR we'd go outside and
> watch and listen to the morning takeoff of the "white" geese against the
> almost
> always gorgeous sunrise. There were 30,000 of them, estimated by the
> biologist. Eventually, someone (higher-up) questioned his estimate. A
> plane went up
> and photographed them on the ground and volunteers counted them (with a
> hand counter and crossing each one off). And guess what - 30,000 was
> close.
> What is your estimate of how many you had in that video. Sadly, the video
> hiccuped, but we persevered and got "that" sound again, along with
> wonderful memories.
>
> Sandy and Mark Turner
> Lyman, NH
>
> On Wed, Nov 11, 2020 at 6:45 PM Tom Berriman <blackpoll...>
> wrote:
>
> > I was at a Who concert once or twice and a Daltrey scream was pretty
> close
> > to the Snow Goose launch I stumbled upon one November morning..but we
> don't
> > get fooled again!!
> >
> > Here's a minute or so of video I captured:
> >
> >
> >
> >
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackpoll1/50591990532/in/dateposted-public/
> >
> >
> >
> > Tom Berriman
> >
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2020 08:28:02 -0500
> From: Rita Pitkin <ritapitkin15...>
> Subject: Re: Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
>
> Awesome! Thanks Tom. ❤️
>
> On Wed, Nov 11, 2020 at 6:45 PM Tom Berriman <blackpoll...>
> wrote:
>
> > I was at a Who concert once or twice and a Daltrey scream was pretty
> close
> > to the Snow Goose launch I stumbled upon one November morning..but we
> don't
> > get fooled again!!
> >
> > Here's a minute or so of video I captured:
> >
> >
> >
> >
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackpoll1/50591990532/in/dateposted-public/
> >
> >
> >
> > Tom Berriman
> >
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2020 09:57:49 -0500
> From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
> Subject: November 12, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
>
> 6:27 a.m. 54 degrees, wind NNW 6 mph, nuthatch red-eye, on the heels of the
> cold front, filling the evergreens with disembodied toots; wind like
> traffic, roars; sheltered beech leaves in motion, a foliar sibilance. Pine
> crowns stir the air. Sky: ashen, textured, damp. Yesterday's warm rain
> touched several peepers, which trilled in private from the leaf litter, the
> tiny bells of spring. Pockets in the road, puddled. Permanent streams:
> refreshed, fuller and louder . . . but far from capacity. Wetlands: staid.
> High above the marsh, flying north, a pair of ravens, black between the
> gray ceiling and tan floor, an occasional croak, leisurely flapping, an
> unquenchable joy for life . . . Off to an appointment with a disemboweled
> deer? Pond: surface, rippled and empty. Impressionistic reflections, *matin
> couvert*.
>
> Pine crowns, burdened with cones. A mast year. But, today, no sign of
> crossbills. Two chattering red squirrels chase each other up and down and
> around three pine trunks, toenails scratching bark, louder than the twitter
> of beech leaves—a dizzying pursuit. Dogs sit, watch. Next spring should
> produce a bumper crop of red squirrels—two litters per female. Up to six
> kits weaned per litter. Nestlings beware. Raptors prepare.
>
> My mother, one of eleven siblings, born to parents from Eastern Europe,
> neither of whom spoke English when they reached Ellis Island. My
> grandfather taught Hebrew, didn't handle money whenever he read the Torah,
> which was about twice a week, and got around in a horse carriage. My
> grandmother had a cow, chickens, and a large garden. Somehow, they managed
> on the outskirts of Toledo, Ohio. They put-away borscht and brisket. As far
> as I know, neither responded to a mast year.
>
> This autumn's bumper crop of acorns and pinenuts, littering lawns, hanging
> from trees, should trigger a *trophic cascade*, a flowering of white-footed
> mice, red and gray squirrels, chipmunks, flying squirrels. Next spring,
> Copper's hawks and goshawks, both small to mid-sized bird
> terrorists—spirited, relentless predators—ought to cash in on an
> abundance of small mammals, which in turn ought to be raiding songbird
> nests . . . stealing eggs and chicks. A three- to five-year cycle: from
> mast to rodents; more rodents fewer songbirds fledge. More rodents, more
> hawks fledge. And, if you enjoy rattlesnakes (as I do), in two years, late
> summer 2022, there will be more rattlesnake births on the Champlain ledges
> . . . but that's another story.
>
> My grandparents, tending garden and barnyard, far removed from the comforts
> of a mast year . . . never had it so easy.
>
> ------------------------------
>
> End of VTBIRD Digest - 11 Nov 2020 to 12 Nov 2020 (#2020-309)
> *************************************************************
>
--
Jeffrey Sonshine, CFP
36 Laurel Ledge Court
Stamford, CT 06903
973-441-1115
 

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Date: 11/12/20 6:58 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 12, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:27 a.m. 54 degrees, wind NNW 6 mph, nuthatch red-eye, on the heels of the
cold front, filling the evergreens with disembodied toots; wind like
traffic, roars; sheltered beech leaves in motion, a foliar sibilance. Pine
crowns stir the air. Sky: ashen, textured, damp. Yesterday's warm rain
touched several peepers, which trilled in private from the leaf litter, the
tiny bells of spring. Pockets in the road, puddled. Permanent streams:
refreshed, fuller and louder . . . but far from capacity. Wetlands: staid.
High above the marsh, flying north, a pair of ravens, black between the
gray ceiling and tan floor, an occasional croak, leisurely flapping, an
unquenchable joy for life . . . Off to an appointment with a disemboweled
deer? Pond: surface, rippled and empty. Impressionistic reflections, *matin
couvert*.

Pine crowns, burdened with cones. A mast year. But, today, no sign of
crossbills. Two chattering red squirrels chase each other up and down and
around three pine trunks, toenails scratching bark, louder than the twitter
of beech leaves—a dizzying pursuit. Dogs sit, watch. Next spring should
produce a bumper crop of red squirrels—two litters per female. Up to six
kits weaned per litter. Nestlings beware. Raptors prepare.

My mother, one of eleven siblings, born to parents from Eastern Europe,
neither of whom spoke English when they reached Ellis Island. My
grandfather taught Hebrew, didn't handle money whenever he read the Torah,
which was about twice a week, and got around in a horse carriage. My
grandmother had a cow, chickens, and a large garden. Somehow, they managed
on the outskirts of Toledo, Ohio. They put-away borscht and brisket. As far
as I know, neither responded to a mast year.

This autumn's bumper crop of acorns and pinenuts, littering lawns, hanging
from trees, should trigger a *trophic cascade*, a flowering of white-footed
mice, red and gray squirrels, chipmunks, flying squirrels. Next spring,
Copper's hawks and goshawks, both small to mid-sized bird
terrorists—spirited, relentless predators—ought to cash in on an
abundance of small mammals, which in turn ought to be raiding songbird
nests . . . stealing eggs and chicks. A three- to five-year cycle: from
mast to rodents; more rodents fewer songbirds fledge. More rodents, more
hawks fledge. And, if you enjoy rattlesnakes (as I do), in two years, late
summer 2022, there will be more rattlesnake births on the Champlain ledges
. . . but that's another story.

My grandparents, tending garden and barnyard, far removed from the comforts
of a mast year . . . never had it so easy.
 

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Date: 11/12/20 5:28 am
From: Rita Pitkin <ritapitkin15...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
Awesome! Thanks Tom. ❤️

On Wed, Nov 11, 2020 at 6:45 PM Tom Berriman <blackpoll...> wrote:

> I was at a Who concert once or twice and a Daltrey scream was pretty close
> to the Snow Goose launch I stumbled upon one November morning..but we don't
> get fooled again!!
>
> Here's a minute or so of video I captured:
>
>
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackpoll1/50591990532/in/dateposted-public/
>
>
>
> Tom Berriman
>
 

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Date: 11/12/20 3:59 am
From: Sandy Turner <tmsprgrn...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
I remember when we worked at Bosque del Apache NWR we'd go outside and
watch and listen to the morning takeoff of the "white" geese against the
almost
always gorgeous sunrise. There were 30,000 of them, estimated by the
biologist. Eventually, someone (higher-up) questioned his estimate. A
plane went up
and photographed them on the ground and volunteers counted them (with a
hand counter and crossing each one off). And guess what - 30,000 was close.
What is your estimate of how many you had in that video. Sadly, the video
hiccuped, but we persevered and got "that" sound again, along with
wonderful memories.

Sandy and Mark Turner
Lyman, NH

On Wed, Nov 11, 2020 at 6:45 PM Tom Berriman <blackpoll...> wrote:

> I was at a Who concert once or twice and a Daltrey scream was pretty close
> to the Snow Goose launch I stumbled upon one November morning..but we don't
> get fooled again!!
>
> Here's a minute or so of video I captured:
>
>
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackpoll1/50591990532/in/dateposted-public/
>
>
>
> Tom Berriman
>
 

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Date: 11/12/20 1:50 am
From: Diana <dlee3...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Merlins
Yes, they were all quite determined and they were still going strong when I left after 15 to 20 minutes.


From: Kate Olgiati
Sent: Wednesday, November 11, 2020 5:59 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Merlins

T
 

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Date: 11/11/20 3:45 pm
From: Tom Berriman <blackpoll...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
I was at a Who concert once or twice and a Daltrey scream was pretty close
to the Snow Goose launch I stumbled upon one November morning..but we don't
get fooled again!!

Here's a minute or so of video I captured:



https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackpoll1/50591990532/in/dateposted-public/



Tom Berriman
 

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Date: 11/11/20 2:59 pm
From: Kate Olgiati <2grackle...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Merlins
Those jays are determined, aren't they? And so is the merlin!


On Wed, Nov 11, 2020 at 4:05 PM Diana <dlee3...> wrote:

> Here is a video about merlins.
> https://youtu.be/k6UDeKOL8K0
>
> I was walking near an old beaver pond near my house when I heard a funny
> sound.
> When I got to a place where I could see, there were several bluejays
> divebombing a merlin.
> He kept coming back to his post on the dead tree, but the bluejays kept
> harassing him for a long time.
> Enjoy!
>


--
Katherine Olgiati
 

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Date: 11/11/20 1:05 pm
From: Diana <dlee3...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Merlins
Here is a video about merlins.
https://youtu.be/k6UDeKOL8K0

I was walking near an old beaver pond near my house when I heard a funny sound.
When I got to a place where I could see, there were several bluejays divebombing a merlin.
He kept coming back to his post on the dead tree, but the bluejays kept harassing him for a long time.
Enjoy!
 

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Date: 11/11/20 7:08 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 11, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:24 a.m. 50 degrees, wind E 2 mph. Sky: a C*hicken Little *morning, clouds
and fog united, visibility dissolves, dawn stretches, blue jay has nothing
to say. The ambiguities of the morning. Permanent streams: a pair of rocky
crevices curling down the eastern rim, water withdrawal, an unfinished
flow, dampened volume. Wetlands: dim and quiet. Pond: unrippled and
austere, marginalia littered with milkweed seeds. Mergansers elsewhere.
Connecticut? New Jersey?

AOR: six slugs, slow-motion migration, head west. One leaves a crooked
slime trail.

A wraithlike deer walks through crisp leaves. Dogs' attention ratchets.
Leashes tighten. Deer runs across road, tail up . . . all hell breaks loose.

The internal rhythm of the morning: sleepy. The merriment of chickadees . .
. always. Downy woodpecker, a faint avian telegraph. Two hairy woodpeckers,
unseen, call, loudly and sharply, fog-piercing notes. Red-breasted
nuthatches less prominent, white-breasted more prominent. Two titmice
calling in the hardwoods, a clear, two-part whistle like an amped-up spring
peeper, far less common than chickadees, their trusted associates.

Yesterday afternoon, out of the northwest, circling above the woodland
canopy, a red-tailed hawk. Back and forth. Around and around. An adult,
rust-red tail teasing the breeze. Eventually, the hawk gathers itself into
a teardrop, tail pinched, wings against flank, and pours south, over
pastures and marsh, from bird to dot in less time than it took to write
this line.

Last Saturday evening, at sunset, while I sat in a chair around a
half-finished firepit in Pomfret, a barred owl flew from a telephone pole,
over the driveway, across the front yard, directly overhead. In silence and
in silhouette, long wings rose up and back like a mobile on a string. Like
the bird decor that hung above Jordan's crib, flapping in the lamplight as
I pulled on the string. Jordan's fledged now, seeking opportunities . . .
without a string of my own to pull, I watched an owl in flux, on long, soft
wings, in soft evening light. The journeys of birds and boys are *not* so
different. . . everybody has to eat.
 

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Date: 11/10/20 9:33 am
From: Richard Littauer <richard.littauer...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] American Tree Sparrow
I've been having a lot of American Tree Sparrows coming through on my
Nocturnal Flight Call bucket in Montpelier over the last week. They're
definitely on the move!

Best,
R

On Tue, Nov 10, 2020 at 10:59 AM Carl Runge <
<0000009209546543-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> FO season American Tree Sparrow under my feeders in Williston this am. A
> nice complement to the Field Sparrow that was here for two days last week.
> Carl
>


--
Richard | @richlitt <https://twitter.com/richlitt> | burntfen.com
<http://www.burntfen.com>
 

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Date: 11/10/20 8:32 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 10, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:21 a.m. 34 degrees, wind N 0 mph. Sky: clear with a peach wash, ground
fog creeping through lowlands. Moon in the east hollowing out, horns
prominent. Permanent streams: five days in the sixties have taken a small
but noticeable toll, shallower depth, softened lullaby in concert with
nuthatches and chickadees, a woodland whisper. Intermittent streams:
reduced to puddles, in need of a transfusion. Wetlands: rising bands of
ground fog. A flyover flock of red crossbills, chattering flight calls
above the marsh, disappears into the shoreline pines, branches hung with
cones. Pond: mist, like the breath of a chickadee, barely visible.

Busy red squirrel, the sound of small feet shuffling through dry leaves.
After more than two months of attending squirrels, white pines still have
enough cones to attract nomadic red crossbills, which pause to tweeze seeds
from between the scales. Red-breasted nuthatches are conspicuous by their
absence. Not white-breasted, which haunt the hardwoods with a low, hoarse,
dyspeptic *yank, yank, yank.* Fastidiously, a chickadee forages through
loose bark of honeysuckle, a run of muted taps . . . woodpecker wannabe.

Three male turkeys strut under the feeders admiring each other,
vainglorious boasting of unhinged gamebirds, the *very *self-absorption archers
prey on. Aztec domesticated the turkey, local race called Gould's turkey,
largest and southernmost of five subspecies of wild turkey, *Meleagris
gallopavo*. A concise history of domestication: Conquistadors brought the
turkey to Europe in 1519; it reached England in 1524. Henry VIII was the
first English king to eat turkey. Edward VII made turkey fashionable for
Christmas dinner. In 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin ate turkey
sandwiches on the moon. In 2020, Thanksgiving plans implode by the moment.

In 1782, Benjamin Franklin declared admiration for turkey in a letter to
his daughter. *I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the
representative of our country. He is a bird of bad moral character. For
truth, the turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal
a true original native of America . . . He is besides, though a little vain
and silly, a bird of courage.*

Franklin should see the trio under my feeders. Presumptuously pompous.
Dismissively arrogant. Disruptively oblivious of the doves and lonesome
quail forced to shuffle around heavy feet. A purple rinse of sunshine pours
down the hills, calls back the fog, ignites the morning, encourages me to
pause, light on my face, and think of Jordan, my youngest boy. It's his
birthday today, a five-star November morning. The next generation, my boys,
perpetual gifts. I'm thrilled . . . except for the fact I'm stuck at home,
footloose, fancy-free, and socially-distanced from everything but
chickadees.
 

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Date: 11/10/20 7:59 am
From: Carl Runge <0000009209546543-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] American Tree Sparrow
FO season American Tree Sparrow under my feeders in Williston this am.  A nice complement to the Field Sparrow that was here for two days last week.
Carl
 

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Date: 11/10/20 6:32 am
From: Sue Wetmore <000006207b3956ac-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Tagged
Not a snow goose story but a ring- billed gull I found strolling Playalinda beach at the Merritt Island NWR in Florida. Leg tag—— 3 AF was banded in Montreal and wintered in Florida. I saw this bird for three winters and it would have been about 10 years old. Last winter did not find it.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 11/10/20 5:40 am
From: maevulus <maevulus...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snow Goose encounter
I had a similar exciting chance to trace one of "my" Snow Geese back in
October 2013. I'd seen Goose TC75 and found out it had been banded in
August 2011 on Bylot Island, which is at the northern end of Baffin
Island, 900 miles north of the Arctic Circle! The same goose had been
reported 3/6/12, 2/12/13 and 2/14/13 at Middle Creek Wildlife Management
Area in Pennsylvania.
I agree with David G: That made migration more astounding that it
already was, for me!
Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
 

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Date: 11/10/20 4:25 am
From: Peggy Faucher <p_faucher...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snow Goose encounter
Hi Dave,
What a thrilling encounter! It’s amazing that your goose has been making the journey for 7 years. We had a similar experience with Snow Geese in March 2018 in Essex, NY. The geese were northbound and we too spotted a banded individual who like your bird was banded on Bylot Island.

Having visited Bylot in June 2016, we were so impressed by the amazing migratory feats of these birds that we wrote a post about it on our blog:

https://mrfaucher.blogspot.com/search?q=Snow+goose

There is also a link to a post about our visit to Bylot Island so you can get a feel for where these birds spend the summer breeding in the high Arctic.

We’re happy that you and others got to experience the thrill of the Snow Goose migration right here in Vermont!
Happy Birding,
Peggy and Marc Faucher

Sent from my iPad

On Nov 9, 2020, at 11:29 PM, David Guertin <dave...> wrote:

On Sunday morning I was at the Dead Creek goose viewing area before dawn, which was entirely devoid of birds save for a lone raven croaking from a tree. But as the sun rose I was privileged to witness a massive flight of Snow Geese as they flew up from the creek to the fields, circling for several minutes before landing in the field in front of us. The cacophony of what I estimated to be 1800 geese was deafening and thrilling.

Fortunately for those of us standing on the road, the geese settled down right up close to the fence, where we had great views of their behavior, standing around, feeding, walking, honking, and doing various goosey things. One of my goals for the morning was to find a Ross's Goose, so I carefully scanned the enormous white haystack for a slightly smaller and shorter-billed needle (which I found!), during which I came across a Snow Goose with a numbered neck band. I reported the band number to the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, and just received a reply that my Addison County goose is a female, banded on August 12, 2013 on the South Plain of Bylot Island, Nunavut. (Of course I looked it up on a map; it's off the north coast of Baffin island.)

It's no news that Snow Geese nest in the arctic, but seeing the pinpointed location for this particular goose somehow makes it more vivid, and I can just picture this goose settling on her nest across the bay from Greenland, year after year, and then making the long journey to the southern U.S. coast, stopping by our little state to fuel up. It's something to remind myself if I ever find myself getting blasé about just another migrating goose.

Dave G.
 

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Date: 11/9/20 9:17 pm
From: Charlie La Rosa <charlie.larosa...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snow Goose encounter
Well done and well said, Dave!

Charlie La Rosa
So. Washington

On Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 11:29 PM David Guertin <dave...> wrote:

> On Sunday morning I was at the Dead Creek goose viewing area before
> dawn, which was entirely devoid of birds save for a lone raven croaking
> from a tree. But as the sun rose I was privileged to witness a massive
> flight of Snow Geese as they flew up from the creek to the fields,
> circling for several minutes before landing in the field in front of us.
> The cacophony of what I estimated to be 1800 geese was deafening and
> thrilling.
>
> Fortunately for those of us standing on the road, the geese settled down
> right up close to the fence, where we had great views of their behavior,
> standing around, feeding, walking, honking, and doing various goosey
> things. One of my goals for the morning was to find a Ross's Goose, so I
> carefully scanned the enormous white haystack for a slightly smaller and
> shorter-billed needle (which I found!), during which I came across a
> Snow Goose with a numbered neck band. I reported the band number to the
> Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, and just received a reply that my
> Addison County goose is a female, banded on August 12, 2013 on the South
> Plain of Bylot Island, Nunavut. (Of course I looked it up on a map; it's
> off the north coast of Baffin island.)
>
> It's no news that Snow Geese nest in the arctic, but seeing the
> pinpointed location for this particular goose somehow makes it more
> vivid, and I can just picture this goose settling on her nest across the
> bay from Greenland, year after year, and then making the long journey to
> the southern U.S. coast, stopping by our little state to fuel up. It's
> something to remind myself if I ever find myself getting blasé about
> just another migrating goose.
>
> Dave G.
>
 

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Date: 11/9/20 8:29 pm
From: David Guertin <dave...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snow Goose encounter
On Sunday morning I was at the Dead Creek goose viewing area before
dawn, which was entirely devoid of birds save for a lone raven croaking
from a tree. But as the sun rose I was privileged to witness a massive
flight of Snow Geese as they flew up from the creek to the fields,
circling for several minutes before landing in the field in front of us.
The cacophony of what I estimated to be 1800 geese was deafening and
thrilling.

Fortunately for those of us standing on the road, the geese settled down
right up close to the fence, where we had great views of their behavior,
standing around, feeding, walking, honking, and doing various goosey
things. One of my goals for the morning was to find a Ross's Goose, so I
carefully scanned the enormous white haystack for a slightly smaller and
shorter-billed needle (which I found!), during which I came across a
Snow Goose with a numbered neck band. I reported the band number to the
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, and just received a reply that my
Addison County goose is a female, banded on August 12, 2013 on the South
Plain of Bylot Island, Nunavut. (Of course I looked it up on a map; it's
off the north coast of Baffin island.)

It's no news that Snow Geese nest in the arctic, but seeing the
pinpointed location for this particular goose somehow makes it more
vivid, and I can just picture this goose settling on her nest across the
bay from Greenland, year after year, and then making the long journey to
the southern U.S. coast, stopping by our little state to fuel up. It's
something to remind myself if I ever find myself getting blasé about
just another migrating goose.

Dave G.
 

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Date: 11/9/20 5:57 pm
From: Barclay Morris <bemorris...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Loons
Sorry to say they seem to have moved on already

Barclay

> On Nov 9, 2020, at 8:06 PM, pam voss <pkroutvoss2...> wrote:
>
> We’re the loons still there today?
>
> On Sun, Nov 8, 2020 at 6:28 PM Barclay Morris <bemorris...> wrote:
>
>> I came up with 75 Common Loons 150 yards off the east shore of Grand Isle
>> this morning. Surrounded by a swarm of mostly Ring-billed and a few Greater
>> Black-backed. Lots of diving so I’ll call my count conservative. It my feel
>> like summer but this flock makes me think winter isn’t far away.
>>
>> Barclay
>> East Shore Grand Isle
>
 

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Date: 11/9/20 5:07 pm
From: pam voss <pkroutvoss2...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Loons
We’re the loons still there today?

On Sun, Nov 8, 2020 at 6:28 PM Barclay Morris <bemorris...> wrote:

> I came up with 75 Common Loons 150 yards off the east shore of Grand Isle
> this morning. Surrounded by a swarm of mostly Ring-billed and a few Greater
> Black-backed. Lots of diving so I’ll call my count conservative. It my feel
> like summer but this flock makes me think winter isn’t far away.
>
> Barclay
> East Shore Grand Isle
 

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Date: 11/9/20 4:02 pm
From: Sue Wetmore <000006207b3956ac-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Short-eared owls
Four SEOW were seen and one heard on Gage Rd this early evening. One owl flew right over our heads!
Harriers were present before sunset.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 11/9/20 7:31 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 9, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:28 a.m. 36 degrees, wind SSE 0 mph. Sky: pink in the south, pale blue in
the east; at slightly less than half, the moon hollows-out, horn buds, a
silver, shiny COVID mask . . . an old-man-in-the-moon mask; ideal for
astronomers. Sprawling ground fog flows through lowlands like a snake.
Permanent streams: merrily rolling along, the same as yesterday and day
before and the day before that. Wetlands: dark isles and pale reeds
frosted; vanishing fog, fingers of sunlight. An Ansel Adams landscape:
intimate yet alluring, a feral potato field brought back by beavers, hemmed
between hills and a lake, within the sound of traffic and church bells. A
twenty-first-century wildness, which called-out to Linny, all those years
ago . . . and I dutifully followed, an only child, watcher of birds,
catcher of snakes, the son of a haberdasher and an energetic mother. Pond:
surface motionless and empty. Milkweed pods splitting open, seeds dangling
like shredded cotton. Scrapes everywhere.

DOR: gray squirrel en route to the bird feeders

AOR: slug moving at a snail's pace (without the shell).

Blue jay performs a medley of greatest hits: shrill scream, incessant
squawk, a cry of a red-shouldered, descending scream of a red-tailed,
key-in-the-ignition tooting, pumping water, clear and musical, and an odd
assortment of whirrs, chortles, rattles, buzzes, twitters. Female downy
woodpecker draws attention to herself, hops along a familiar cherry
branch—the chestnut-sided warbler podium, where a trusting warbler sang its
heart out last June.

A chorus of red-breasted nuthatches. One picks through lichen on a pine
limb. Then, investigates the end of a busted branch. Flies to the ground
for a piece of grit. Flies back to limb. To lichen. To the stub. To ground.
Repeats steps one through three. Can't make up its mind. A forlorn robin in
an apple tree, surrounded by red-withered apples.

A pileated calls, a heartfelt laugh. On New Year's morning 1978, a pileated
was our New Year's bird, the first bird Linny and I saw that year,
undulating above the deep snow of a South Strafford meadow. Ever since,
mostly blue jays and chickadees. Once or twice a junco. Once a redpoll.
This morning, of all mornings, I could use a chickadee.

Linny died twenty years ago today. Seems like yesterday. The melting and
congealing of time: slows down, speeds up, inverts, minutes seem like
hours, hours like minutes, eventually to vanish into the dark of void
memory loss. Linny asked me in the wee hours of November 8, 2000: who won
the Bush-Gore election? Political symmetry.

Closer to dawn, she announced, brimming with confidence, *I know the boys
will be alright. *In no small part because of the foundation she had built.
Casey was thirteen. Jordy would be five the next day; she planned his
birthday party from the sofa, flat on her back and close to death. A
celebration delivered by Casey and a half-dozen friends. I stood by,
watching the whimsey of chickadees, tears in my eyes.

I want to tell Linny that the boys are stellar, a tribute to her legacy,
that our friends pitched in. That her sisters stood by us. That merlins
nest along the Ompompanoosuc River and bald eagles the Connecticut River,
but that sadly, as the world warms, her beloved Alpine Gardens withdraws
from Mount Washington, flower by flower. I want to tell her she was the
cortex of the household, the soother, and the master planner, that I'm
still here, keeping track of her valley. That rakish-faced owls still haunt
the night. That a merlin just harried a blue jay in the compost pile . . .
and jay flew away, bread in its bill, squealing.

I lit the *yahrzeit *candle this morning. Now, I need a chickadee.
 

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Date: 11/9/20 6:40 am
From: Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Short-eared Owl show - Gage Road, Addison
Hi VT Birders,

The Short-eared Owls have been putting on a nice show at Gage Rd. in Addison. If you haven't been lately, it is worth the trip as the weather is amazing and the sunsets have been spectacular with geese flying over the Adirondacks in front of a golden glow.

There have been up to 6 owls in the area and they have been making an appearance a little before 5:00. But, it is definitely worth getting set up a little early (4:30, 4:40). Last night there was an amazing congregation of 19 (!) Northern Harriers hunting over the winter wheat on the north side of the road. Although the owls appear just as the sun is setting, their white underwings make them fairly easy to pick out as they flutter over the fields. A few folks have had some nice close looks as they crossed from one side of the road to the other. Definitely a quintessential VT birding experience!

Allan
 

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Date: 11/8/20 3:28 pm
From: Barclay Morris <bemorris...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Loons
I came up with 75 Common Loons 150 yards off the east shore of Grand Isle this morning. Surrounded by a swarm of mostly Ring-billed and a few Greater Black-backed. Lots of diving so I’ll call my count conservative. It my feel like summer but this flock makes me think winter isn’t far away.

Barclay
East Shore Grand Isle
 

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Date: 11/8/20 7:44 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 8, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:48 a.m. 37 degrees, wind ENE 0 mph, another May delivery in the austerity
of November. Sky: half-moon shining overhead, ground fog rises with the sun
beneath bright, gauzy, peeling apart clouds, luminous in the east, rinsed
pink in the west. Here and there, I peer through a thin breach, into the
vastness of blue, where comets roam, where hope and aspiration are born,
where dreams go to die. Permanent streams: a relief of water, cold and
clear; soothing music. Wetlands: languid fog, wasting away as I watch.
Pond: hazy and duckless, a morning without mergansers. A flotilla of
waterlogged milkweed seeds float the surface, a genetic dead-end, for these
seeds . . . nowhere to go but down (much like the 45th president). Aspens
release yellow-brown leaves, drift and litter, a final foliar rain.

AOR: three slugs. One clogged by gravel, waits to wither; the other two,
antennae out, on the move.

Chickadees liberal feeders, on the end of fir twigs, the seed head of
asters, the crotch of beech branches, the drooping stem of goldenrods. Back
and forth, all over the place, from one branch to another. Chickadee visits
the forest floor, quickly, something of interest in the sodden leaves.
Hopping, hopping, hopping. Spider eggs, pupae, aroused insects. Nothing's
safe. Once, while wandering the rolling outback of eastern Long Island, I
found a half-eaten chickadee impaled on a hawthorn. A northern shrike, I
figured. As clouds of finches and nuthatches move south out of the boreal
forest this winter, are shrikes far behind? I check my hawthorns regularly
for an impaled mouse or chickadee. It's a jungle out there.

Wolves will return to Colorado. Proposition 114 passed; with ninety percent
of the vote in, there were 1,495,523 votes for and 1,475,235 against. The
remaining ten percent—much like the Presidential election—comes from
heavily Democratic urban areas. In due time, from Alaska to Mexico, wolves
will reclaim the Rocky Mountains. Elk and deer and bighorn sheep will be
more alert, less crowded. Mountain shoulders and alpine meadows shall heal.
Deep ecology shall prevail.

As a young man, in northern Mexico, Aldo Leopold shot and killed a gray
wolf. In the essay "Thinking Like a Mountain," he told the story, a paean
to the importance of predation, whether owl or wolves or shrikes. Earth
needs them all.

*We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her
eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something
new to me in those eyes—something known only to her and to the mountain. I
was young then and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer
wolves meant more deer, that no wolves means hunters' paradise. But after
seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain
agreed with such a view. *

My agenda: a world where the green fire shines, where the hair stands up on
the back of my neck when a falcon stoops or a wolf sings beneath a diamond
sky, all night, in the dark. Is that asking too much?
 

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Date: 11/7/20 2:32 pm
From: Eugenia Cooke <euge24241...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Bridport bluebirds
My very favorite birds today. Bluejays, too!

On Sat, Nov 7, 2020, 4:07 PM Jill Vickers <jvickers...> wrote:

> I believe those would be My bluebirds, neighbor. 😊
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Nov 7, 2020, at 9:59 AM, Karan Cutler <kdcutler42...> wrote:
> >
> > Six or seven--they moved quickly--bluebirds at 8am today, Saturday, in
> > Bridport. Never had that many at one time. They kept flitting and
> catching
> > insects but also inspecting a bluebird house--insects inside?
> >
>
 

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Date: 11/7/20 1:19 pm
From: Karan Cutler <kdcutler42...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Bridport bluebirds
Have you been having that many? And keeping it all to yourself? Tisk tisk!

On Sat, Nov 7, 2020, 4:07 PM Jill Vickers <jvickers...> wrote:

> I believe those would be My bluebirds, neighbor. 😊
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Nov 7, 2020, at 9:59 AM, Karan Cutler <kdcutler42...> wrote:
> >
> > Six or seven--they moved quickly--bluebirds at 8am today, Saturday, in
> > Bridport. Never had that many at one time. They kept flitting and
> catching
> > insects but also inspecting a bluebird house--insects inside?
> >
>
 

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Date: 11/7/20 1:07 pm
From: Jill Vickers <jvickers...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Bridport bluebirds
I believe those would be My bluebirds, neighbor. 😊

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 7, 2020, at 9:59 AM, Karan Cutler <kdcutler42...> wrote:
>
> Six or seven--they moved quickly--bluebirds at 8am today, Saturday, in
> Bridport. Never had that many at one time. They kept flitting and catching
> insects but also inspecting a bluebird house--insects inside?
>
 

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Date: 11/7/20 11:13 am
From: Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting
Yes, I would love to gift it to you. Unless you are coming out Jericho way, I think that it might have to wait until I move next Tuesday. And then we can meet in Burlington somewhere. What town do you live in? Well, back to the packing. Evergreen in Jericho

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of Laura Bonazinga
Sent: Saturday, November 7, 2020 9:46 AM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting

We’d be interested if some else hasn’t already laid claim


Laura Bonazinga Bouyea, M.S., CCC-SLPVermont Speech Language Pathology, LLCThe University of Vermont The Stern Center for Language & Learning Mansfield Hall

On Saturday, November 7, 2020, 9:45 AM, Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...> wrote:

I hope this is all right to post here, but I was gifted, years ago, a large book called The Birder's Life List and Master Reference...Whiting's Reference of birds. It is for someone who travels a lot and has seen birds all over the world. I have never written in it, as I have a more modest book for my more modest sightings. I would love to give it to someone who might use it, rather than toss it. I will have very limited space in my new home, so I can't take it, or 95% of my junk, with me. Let me know if you want it, and I will figure out how to get it to you. Thanks, Evergreen
 

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Date: 11/7/20 7:52 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 7, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:31 a.m. 41 degrees, wind ENE 1 mph. Sky: half-moon above the marsh shines
through a pastel wash, the pink and peach of a nearly cloudless sunrise;
then the birth of several clouds, condensation points, some a dense
grayish-purple—everything in the transition to spring-time white and blue.
Pockets of thin ground fog, the breath of night, slowly dissipating.
Permanent streams: a pair of watery ribbons allows rock-hopping mink to
reach the Hollow's eastern wall and the next valley, and eventually . . .
my friend's trout pond, where he dines in solitude on the finest (and most
expensive) fish in the neighborhood. Streams, steady flows; the magic of
summer, which sleeps as soundly as a woodchuck, has lost its evaporative
clout. Wetlands: a half bowl of mist on the west end, east end clear. The
western wall, a dark and jagged mix of evergreens, now softer and lighter
in diffusing fog; more ethereal, less bleak . . . a simple illusion. Pond:
lonely female merganser, brown-frosted crest, erect, a tomahawk-head, works
the far edge, the mink's domain, diving, surfacing, circling, slipping back
into the water with barely a ripple, feathers a tightly linked water
repellent unit—rachis, barbs, barbules, hooklets—the original Velcro.
Surfaces, again, a small crayfish clamped in a serrated bill. A shake. Two
slaps against the water. And down the dark gullet, headed toward a bath of
stomach acid and digestive enzymes. A slight current of mist drifts in from
the marsh. A litter of milkweed seeds, like scraps of cotton, on the berm,
the grass, the edge of the pond; peeling of the pods; sowing for next
summer's monarchs, whose ancestors now cross the Rio Grande, mocking
the Wall and the international border, a leveraged migration built on last
summer's milkweed.

DOR: a newt, tail still twitching, headed away from the marsh.

AOR: a pair of slugs

Absent from the road (and adjacent woods and marsh) robins, which must be
dispersing across southern New England and the Mid-Atlantic states.

Three clusters of red-breasted nuthatches keep up their end of the bargain,
enliven the woods with lighthearted if colorless toots. In defiance of
planetary law, one descends pine picking the through pleated bark; flicks a
tuft of brown needles; on the hunt for insects and insect eggs, spiders and
spider eggs. Finds something to its liking. And a second something. Claws
on bark, a soft, scratchy sound like belly scales of home-bound
rattlesnakes bushing brittle leaves.

The enthusiasm of chickadees. The whispers of creepers. The Twitter of
crossbills. The sibilance of siskins. The morn of doves. The loquaciousness
of jays. The jarring of crows. The thrill of a red-shouldered hawk that
passes over the marsh, an afterthought of fall migration. Alive, alone,
leashes in hand, the count goes on without me, as I straddle the thin line
between rhapsody and despair.
 

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Date: 11/7/20 6:59 am
From: Karan Cutler <kdcutler42...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Bridport bluebirds
Six or seven--they moved quickly--bluebirds at 8am today, Saturday, in
Bridport. Never had that many at one time. They kept flitting and catching
insects but also inspecting a bluebird house--insects inside?
 

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Date: 11/7/20 6:46 am
From: Laura Bonazinga <laurabonazinga...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting
We’d be interested if some else hasn’t already laid claim 


Laura Bonazinga Bouyea, M.S., CCC-SLPVermont Speech Language Pathology, LLCThe University of Vermont The Stern Center for Language & Learning Mansfield Hall

On Saturday, November 7, 2020, 9:45 AM, Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...> wrote:

I hope this is all right to post here, but I was gifted, years ago, a large book called The Birder's Life List and Master Reference...Whiting's Reference of birds.  It is for someone who travels a lot and has seen birds all over the world.  I have never written in it, as I have a more modest book for my more modest sightings.  I would love to give it to someone who might use it, rather than toss it.  I will have very limited space in my new home, so I can't take it, or 95% of my junk, with me.  Let me know if you want it, and I will figure out how to get it to you.  Thanks, Evergreen
 

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Date: 11/7/20 6:45 am
From: Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting
I hope this is all right to post here, but I was gifted, years ago, a large book called The Birder's Life List and Master Reference...Whiting's Reference of birds. It is for someone who travels a lot and has seen birds all over the world. I have never written in it, as I have a more modest book for my more modest sightings. I would love to give it to someone who might use it, rather than toss it. I will have very limited space in my new home, so I can't take it, or 95% of my junk, with me. Let me know if you want it, and I will figure out how to get it to you. Thanks, Evergreen
 

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Date: 11/6/20 2:48 pm
From: Sarah Fellows <towanda2...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Horned grebes
We found 4 horned grebes very close to shore at the charlotte beach along with several mallards and mergansers.
At shelburne pond, in a corn field on the east side of the entrance road, we found a small bird with heavy stripes on its breast, very orange portions of the head and a golden throat. It never showed the entire body as it rummaged through the corn stalks .Very elusive .The only bird I can imagine it to be would be a nelson's sharptailed sparrow. I hope someone else sees it!!!

Sally Fellows
Williston
 

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Date: 11/6/20 11:58 am
From: Michael Haas <ihateokra88...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Red-bellied woodpecker
Female. Common at our former home in Pennsylvania but this is the first we’ve seen since moving to Vermont 3 1/2 years ago. Observed her for 5-10 minutes. Red nape is distinct with clear demarcation at the cranial border, which distinguishes from juvenile. Nape much longer than flicker. Ladder back obvious. Breast clear white, no flicker markings.

Michael R. Haas, VMD, MS
1286 Hazen Notch Road
Lowell, VT 05847
(610) 533-9443
 

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Date: 11/6/20 8:06 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 6, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:28 a.m. 46 degrees, wind SSE 4 mph, a Hoagy Carmichael and Ray Charles
breeze . . .* Georgia on My Mind*. Sky: a rebellion of blue and gray,
bruised but gorgeous, spitting rain. Half-an-hour later, the cloud ceiling
shreds and opens in the west, long frayed fingers, wispy and curled,
celestial bangs dangling through an open pale-purple rinse. Permanent
streams: status quo flow minus snow (and ice). Wetlands: subdued light on
the marsh; reeds motionless under gray-blue, opening by the moment. Pond:
five hooded mergansers, three females and two first-year males, no longer
confined by ice. Two of the ducks, wings aloft, rush across the surface.
Airborne, they circle the pond twice and then pitch into the marsh; my two
German shepherds and three remaining mergansers stare with
bemused resignation at a world in flux. No sign of the mink, the otter, the
snapping turtle, painted turtles, frogs, tadpoles, or blithely
water-skating insects. Looks like November. Feels like May.

Pileated laughs at a private joke then passes through the open canopy, red
crest swept back, a pterodactyl of bird, rising and sinking in joyous
undulations, completely oblivious to absentee ballots. Three chickadees
hang upside down from the ends of hemlock twigs, prying tiny seeds out of
tiny cones . . . their specialized legs muscles, which permit dangling
inversion, would impress Walter Payton or Bo Jackson. Maybe even Jim Brown.

In the neighborhood of acrobatic chickadees, a chorus of nuthatches, redder
than white, blue jays, crows, and a trio of red squirrels chattering in the
pines. One squirrel launches from maple to pine at a forty-five-degree
angle, four limbs extended . . . similar to the nascent glide that an
ancestral flying squirrel took more than thirty million years ago.

Chickadees, busily exercising their leg muscles, ignore the squirrel . . .
a strategy with should use for political polls, which are as obsolete as
bellbottoms.
 

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Date: 11/5/20 4:48 pm
From: Karan Cutler <kdcutler42...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
Nice.


On Thu, Nov 5, 2020 at 4:47 PM Bryan Pfeiffer <bryan...>
wrote:

> Teage is absolutely right. Waiting for geese, besides its virtues in
> slowing down while birding (and in life), offers immeasurable rewards. A
> Snow Goose liftoff, especially when they come from “nowhere,” is among the
> most rewarding events in all North American birdwatching. Sometimes, all it
> takes is an eagle overhead to launch the flock.
>
> I think I once compared a Snow Goose launch to Roger Daltrey and the best
> rock-and-roll scream in the history of Western Civilization (
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=ekQtShe8954). Or for the
> classical music birders, maybe it’s like Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto
> (once it gets rolling a few minutes in). But I suspect there might be some
> better classical music analogy for a Snow Goose launch?
>
> (Oh, by the way, for those who don’t know it, I highly recommend Teage’s
> podcast, "The Single Acorn,” and his various other wild resources.)
>
> —Bryan
>
>
> >
> > 0
> > Older »
> > Subject: Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
> > Date: Thu Nov 5 2020 15:21 pm
> > From: badger.meli AT gmail.com
> >
> > I was out at Dead Creek at the viewing area on 17W for about an hour on
> >
> > Tuesday morning and, as Bryan said, the geese were obscured by the
> >
> >
> > vegetation to the south. Over the hour, they took off and flew in a big
> >
> >
> > loop 4 times. So with a little patience you'll be rewarded.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Teage O'Connor
> >
> >
> > CrowsPath.org
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > *Wild Burlington natural history newsletter*
> >
> >
> > -
> > https://crowspath.org/newslett...
> >
> > *The Single Acorn Podcast*
> >
> >
> > -
> > https://crowspath.org/podcast
>
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> www.bryanpfeiffer.com
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>
 

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Date: 11/5/20 1:47 pm
From: Bryan Pfeiffer <bryan...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
Teage is absolutely right. Waiting for geese, besides its virtues in slowing down while birding (and in life), offers immeasurable rewards. A Snow Goose liftoff, especially when they come from “nowhere,” is among the most rewarding events in all North American birdwatching. Sometimes, all it takes is an eagle overhead to launch the flock.

I think I once compared a Snow Goose launch to Roger Daltrey and the best rock-and-roll scream in the history of Western Civilization (https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=ekQtShe8954). Or for the classical music birders, maybe it’s like Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto (once it gets rolling a few minutes in). But I suspect there might be some better classical music analogy for a Snow Goose launch?

(Oh, by the way, for those who don’t know it, I highly recommend Teage’s podcast, "The Single Acorn,” and his various other wild resources.)

—Bryan


>
> 0
> Older »
> Subject: Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
> Date: Thu Nov 5 2020 15:21 pm
> From: badger.meli AT gmail.com
>
> I was out at Dead Creek at the viewing area on 17W for about an hour on
>
> Tuesday morning and, as Bryan said, the geese were obscured by the
>
>
> vegetation to the south. Over the hour, they took off and flew in a big
>
>
> loop 4 times. So with a little patience you'll be rewarded.
>
>
>
>
> Teage O'Connor
>
>
> CrowsPath.org
>
>
>
>
> *Wild Burlington natural history newsletter*
>
>
> -
> https://crowspath.org/newslett...
>
> *The Single Acorn Podcast*
>
>
> -
> https://crowspath.org/podcast

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
www.bryanpfeiffer.com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

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Date: 11/5/20 1:20 pm
From: Teage O'Connor <badger.meli...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
I was out at Dead Creek at the viewing area on 17W for about an hour on
Tuesday morning and, as Bryan said, the geese were obscured by the
vegetation to the south. Over the hour, they took off and flew in a big
loop 4 times. So with a little patience you'll be rewarded.

Teage O'Connor
CrowsPath.org <https://crowspath.org/>

*Wild Burlington natural history newsletter*
- https://crowspath.org/newsletter
*The Single Acorn Podcast*
- https://crowspath.org/podcast


On Thu, 5 Nov 2020 at 16:14, Bryan Pfeiffer <bryan...> wrote:

> Hi, David (and other VTBIRDers):
>
> Your best bet is the official Goose Viewing Area on Route 17, just east of
> Dead Creek itself. It’s hit or miss there, in part because geese can be
> sitting in a wet depression to the south and out of sight from the viewing
> area. Another option is to return to Route 22A, drive south 1 mile, turn
> right and drive west on Gage Road toward its terminus. The viewing here is
> also hit or miss, with geese, even if you do see them, often far away.
> Please do not trespass on farmland or the refuge here.
>
> Basically, as I write in my backgrounder (
> https://bryanpfeiffer.com/2015/10/14/the-snow-goose-scoop/), the Snow
> Goose spectacle ain’t what it used to be. But don’t let that stop you —
> we’ve always got some fine birding in the Champlain Valley this time of
> year, geese or no geese.
>
> Best,
> Bryan
>
>
>
> >
> > 0
> > « Newer | Older »
> > Subject: Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
> > Date: Thu Nov 5 2020 14:14 pm
> > From: 0000005c520ea7e6-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu
> >
> > Thanks for doing this Bryan. My grandson. Aidan Quinn, and I are going
> to hit Dead Creek on Saturday morning. Do you have a more specific location
> for the SO sighting at dead creek last week. Was it on Gage Road or
> somewhere. Always enjoy you blogs,
> >
> > David Book
> >
>
>
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> www.bryanpfeiffer.com
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>
 

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Date: 11/5/20 1:14 pm
From: Bryan Pfeiffer <bryan...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
Hi, David (and other VTBIRDers):

Your best bet is the official Goose Viewing Area on Route 17, just east of Dead Creek itself. It’s hit or miss there, in part because geese can be sitting in a wet depression to the south and out of sight from the viewing area. Another option is to return to Route 22A, drive south 1 mile, turn right and drive west on Gage Road toward its terminus. The viewing here is also hit or miss, with geese, even if you do see them, often far away. Please do not trespass on farmland or the refuge here.

Basically, as I write in my backgrounder (https://bryanpfeiffer.com/2015/10/14/the-snow-goose-scoop/), the Snow Goose spectacle ain’t what it used to be. But don’t let that stop you — we’ve always got some fine birding in the Champlain Valley this time of year, geese or no geese.

Best,
Bryan



>
> 0
> « Newer | Older »
> Subject: Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
> Date: Thu Nov 5 2020 14:14 pm
> From: 0000005c520ea7e6-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu
>
> Thanks for doing this Bryan. My grandson. Aidan Quinn, and I are going to hit Dead Creek on Saturday morning. Do you have a more specific location for the SO sighting at dead creek last week. Was it on Gage Road or somewhere. Always enjoy you blogs,
>
> David Book
>


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
www.bryanpfeiffer.com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

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Date: 11/5/20 12:42 pm
From: Sue Wetmore <000006207b3956ac-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
Snowy was reported at the goose viewing area on Rt 17. I looked yesterday but didn’t find it there or along Gage Rd.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod

> On Nov 5, 2020, at 3:14 PM, David Book <0000005c520ea7e6-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> Thanks for doing this Bryan. My grandson. Aidan Quinn, and I are going to hit Dead Creek on Saturday morning. Do you have a more specific location for the SO sighting at dead creek last week. Was it on Gage Road or somewhere. Always enjoy you blogs,
> David Book
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bryan Pfeiffer <bryan...>
> To: <VTBIRD...>
> Sent: Thu, Nov 5, 2020 9:44 am
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
>
> Greetings, VTBIRDers:
>
> As many of you may know, Snowy Owls are starting to turn up across Canada and northern states (including Vermont and New York). As always, I’m tracking Snowy Owl movements (https://bryanpfeiffer.com/snowy-owl-scoop/) and the Greater Snow Goose migration (https://bryanpfeiffer.com/the-snow-goose-scoop/).
>
> Oh, and if you’re interested in gulls this winter (and who wouldn’t be?), I’ll be delivering a new-and-improved version of my gull identification lesson for North Branch Nature Center’s online Naturalist Journeys lecture series on November 20: https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/event/gulls-demystified/
>
> Onward!
>
> —Bryan Pfeiffer
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> www.bryanpfeiffer.com
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

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Date: 11/5/20 12:14 pm
From: David Book <0000005c520ea7e6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
Thanks for doing this Bryan. My grandson. Aidan Quinn, and I are going to hit Dead Creek on Saturday morning. Do you have a more specific location for the SO sighting at dead creek last week. Was it on Gage Road or somewhere.  Always enjoy you blogs, 
David Book


-----Original Message-----
From: Bryan Pfeiffer <bryan...>
To: <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Thu, Nov 5, 2020 9:44 am
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese

Greetings, VTBIRDers:

As many of you may know, Snowy Owls are starting to turn up across Canada and northern states (including Vermont and New York). As always, I’m tracking Snowy Owl movements (https://bryanpfeiffer.com/snowy-owl-scoop/) and the Greater Snow Goose migration (https://bryanpfeiffer.com/the-snow-goose-scoop/).

Oh, and if you’re interested in gulls this winter (and who wouldn’t be?), I’ll be delivering a new-and-improved version of my gull identification lesson for North Branch Nature Center’s online Naturalist Journeys lecture series on November 20: https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/event/gulls-demystified/

Onward!

—Bryan Pfeiffer
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
www.bryanpfeiffer.com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

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Date: 11/5/20 7:20 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 5, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:27 a.m. 30 degrees, wind N 0 mph. Sky: in the west, a pot-bellied moon
chaperones a fleet of pink-trimmed clouds; elsewhere, mist lingers over low
spots in the valleys, linear above tributaries, rounded above ponds and
marshes. In depressions, relics of snow on the north side of trees and
rocks, shaded leaves, limbs, and seedheads. Permanent streams: no change in
current or melody; sans ice. Wetlands: lightly frosted reeds,
dissipating fog. Noisy blue jays commute north, against the flow of
vehicular traffic, which has yet to recover from the pandemic—likely to my
sunflower feeders, where they'll join an *aberrant* bobwhite, seventeen
turkeys, a dozen doves, and the fluidity of chickadees, nuthatches,
titmice, juncos, woodpeckers. Pond: mostly closed by a skin of ice, not
thick enough to support thought. Three mergansers, two females and an
immature male swim in tight circles on the north end, freedom circumscribed
by limited open water.

I walk through a cold tunnel of nuthatches, the dominant woodland
broadcast—a post-election fanfare under the compassion of heaven. For me,
the tin horn chorus a celebration, a message of tolerance and forgiveness,
of hope for a rickety world. Chickadees, upbeat in the pines, contribute.
Robins, however, nowhere to be found. A lonely raven below an expectant sky
keeps to himself. Pileated rakes the Hollow, a loud, vibrant proclamation,
a chuckling boundary marker, an audible locator. Maybe he laughs at himself
. . . something I prescribe during times of unmitigated stress.
 

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Date: 11/5/20 6:44 am
From: Bryan Pfeiffer <bryan...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owls and Snow Geese
Greetings, VTBIRDers:

As many of you may know, Snowy Owls are starting to turn up across Canada and northern states (including Vermont and New York). As always, I’m tracking Snowy Owl movements (https://bryanpfeiffer.com/snowy-owl-scoop/) and the Greater Snow Goose migration (https://bryanpfeiffer.com/the-snow-goose-scoop/).

Oh, and if you’re interested in gulls this winter (and who wouldn’t be?), I’ll be delivering a new-and-improved version of my gull identification lesson for North Branch Nature Center’s online Naturalist Journeys lecture series on November 20: https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/event/gulls-demystified/

Onward!

—Bryan Pfeiffer
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
www.bryanpfeiffer.com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

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Date: 11/4/20 11:17 am
From: Jeannie Elias <moosewoman...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Common Redpolls in Fayston
A nice flock of 50 Common Redpolls spied over the noon hour here in Fayston today. And yesterday, kicking leaves on the side of a snow covered road, a Fox Sparrow!
Jeannie Elias
Fayston, VT
 

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Date: 11/4/20 11:16 am
From: Susan Elliott <00000032e9152660-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Common Redpolls and Snow Buntings - Northwood Park Loop, Rutland Town, Nov 4, 2020
Winter birds in today's 'tropical' Vermont: Common Redpoll and Snow Bunting at Northwood Park in Rutland Town today: 

Northwood Park Loop, Rutland Town, Rutland, Vermont, US
Nov 4, 2020 9:01 AM - 11:47 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.32 mile(s)
21 species

Canada Goose  7
Mallard  20
American Black Duck  4
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  8
Black-capped Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  1
Horned Lark  5    
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  12
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
Brown Creeper  1
Eastern Bluebird  3
Common Redpoll  60    
American Goldfinch  9
Snow Bunting  25
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S75821202

Sue Elliott
 

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Date: 11/4/20 10:24 am
From: Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <zcotaweaver...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Bohemian Waxwings Morrisville
A group of 9 Bohemian Waxwings were feeding in some ornamental crabapples this morning in Morrisville. There is plenty of food still around for the incoming northern irruptives.

Zac Cota

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/4/20 10:12 am
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] New study uses VT eBird data
Thanks everyone for adding your checklists to Vermont eBird, a project of
the Vermont Atlas of Life (https://val.vtecostudies.org/), to help make
studies like this possible!

A new study using sightings reported to eBird found that many migratory
birds time movement to match “green-up” or emergence of leaves, as they
travel north and south. Frank La Sorte, a research associate at the Cornell
Lab of Ornithology and Catherine Graham, a researcher at the Swiss Federal
Research Institute in Switzerland, found that migratory birds that eat
plants and seeds moved north in sync with foliage emergence in the spring.
This is the first study of its kind to examine migration timing in relation
to seasonal changes in greenness for a large number of North American
migratory bird species that feed on a variety of foods including plants,
seeds, nectar, insects, birds, and small mammals. Their findings were
published this week in the Journal of Animal Ecology.

Read the entire blog post on Vermont eBird at
https://ebird.org/vt/news/many-migratory-birds-time-movement-with-green-up/

____________________________

Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x201
Twitter: @kpmcfarland <https://twitter.com/KPMcFarland>

<http://val.vtecostudies.org/>
 

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Date: 11/4/20 9:43 am
From: Peterson, Bruce B. <peterson...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] questionable sighting
David, I had an unmistakable Sprague's about 30 years ago, just north of the farm in Addison where Rt. 17 turns south and intersects a north/south road (can't remember the name.). Fortunately the bird was in a recently cut field. We watched with good views for at least a half hour. I wrote it up for whoever the grand poohbahs of Vermont birds were at that time. They did not accept the record, but it WAS a Sprague's. So they can occur here. Congratulations. It's a tough bird and a great find.

Bruce Peterson

On 10/30/20, 2:12 PM, "Vermont Birds on behalf of David Gusakov" <VTBIRD...> on behalf of <dgusakov...> wrote:

Saw a flock of 50-75 birds in the fields a bit north of Snake Mtn., Champlain Valley this morning.

They seemed to be pipits with a mix of features from both water (streaks fairly far down the chest, slight
white eye ring, thin jeet note) and Sprague’s (flesh-colored legs, very indistinct white stripe over eye, more of a patterned back).

Have there been Sprague’s sightings in Vermont? Could they be interbreeding?

David Gusakov

 

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Date: 11/4/20 8:39 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 4, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:29 a.m. 30 degrees, wind WSW 2 mph. Sky: high in the west, a sad-faced
three-quarter moon presides over an empty vault; last night's ambassador .
. . so polished, so pensive. Even the clouds are still in bed. Permanent
streams: untracked snow on banks; water swirls around white rocks.
Wetlands: five sober crows high in a vacant sky, three fly west, two north;
not a *caw* between them. Pond: parchment of ice across most of the
surface; mink ballad, a line of paired prints that end with the author
standing on hind legs; curiously watches me watch him—a big, poker-faced
male, cream white chin, everything else profoundly dark against a backdrop
of ice and snow—a supple, wild mammal on an otherwise bleak, post-election
morning.

Sexual dimorphism: variance of size between the sexes the hallmark of
raptors and *mustelids* (weasel family) . . . but in reverse, a mirror
image. Female owls and hawks, the frontline of nest defense, dwarf males
are the dutiful provisioners. A male mink dwarfs a female, mates like a WWW
deathmatch. Chases his partner, pins her by the scruff of the neck, abuses
her like a tempest, vigorously and expeditiously. A breeding system honed
over millions of years that has yielded fascinating dividends: weasels,
minks, fisher, martens, wolverines, ferrets. Otters, however, are more
dignified, more social, raise their pups together—a two-parent family.

Once, I watched a mink mate. Nothing pretty about it. An unrequited
romance, a tactless encounter. The word *rape* comes to mind . . . but,
nevertheless, the odd and gruesome ritual yields results. Had my mother
only known the *true *nature of the beast whose fur kept her warm and chic?

Four precious chickadees spread joy, cast a ray of hope across
my unmanageable anticipation.
 

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Date: 11/3/20 4:08 pm
From: Peterson, Bruce B. <peterson...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Middlebury Feeder
I usually start feeding on November 1. Started a day late this year and got blessed with snow. First day only:

Siskins, at least 15, usually more
Goldfinch, at least 6
House Finch, at least a million (Well, I really couldn’t count)
BC Chickadee, at least 6
Titmouse, 5
Cardinal, 3
Blue Jay, 3
White-crowned sparrow, 1
White-throated sparrow, 1
Red-breasted nuthatch, 1
Junco, 4, including one “white-winged”
Carolina Wren, 1

Bruce Peterson
 

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Date: 11/3/20 7:56 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 3, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:27 a.m. 30 degrees, wind WNW 7 mph. Sky: clouds like eskers, long and
thick undulations embossed on blue, an aerial landscape; a transitory hint
of peach in the south; an inch of snow last night, first since May 10
(Mother's Day), blows off branches and beech leaves. A musical woodland:
clacking limbs, creaking trees, the moan of thin pines, rocking, their
crowns combing the currents of a charming and wobbling world. Permanent
streams: snow-covered rocks accent clear, cold flow; water carols with wood
. . . an upbeat melody on Election Day. Wetlands: snow highlights the
western wall of evergreens that lords over the marsh, faded reeds streaked
and dusted white; dark islands of sweet gale pepper the bleached-out
landscape. Three crows fly through a squall as silent as the snow. Pond:
five hooded mergansers, two females and three juvenile males, huddle on the
far end. One merganser dives and surfaces. One flushes, a short run across
the water, and then airborne, wings churning—three of the four remaining
ducks flee, complaining as they go, a series of guttural quacks. Alone on
the pleated surface, fifth duck reconsiders options . . .

Lots of deer tracks. No sign of mink (or otter). Three red-breasted
nuthatches wander around a cherry trunk picking at the bark, up and down in
defiance of gravity. Mumbling and squeaking, a subdued version of tin-horn
tooting. A pensive communique, an expression of my mood, if *not* theirs.
Election Day jitters. Chickadees hatch upbeat and stay that way.

Goshawk flies over the marsh and pond, arrows through the flurries, over
the valley's eastern rim, a solitary warrior in a cold world—a thrilling
nanosecond—a mood enhancer, without an after taste.

The sweetness of serendipity, the chance encounter that arises out of the
blue, as if someone or something had made all the arrangements just for me.
I got a phone call from a bank teller in the early oughts, who lived across
the river in Canaan, New Hampshire. Her daughter had acquired a pair of
insulated gloves with my son Casey's name and phone number written on the
garment tag. The gloves, which had been lost six years before, were
returned, and, though too small for Casey, were a perfect fit for his
younger brother Jordan.

Goshawks are like those gloves; they arrive in my life when I least expect
them. One Saturday morning, fourteen years ago, I stood in the garage,
stomping down the trash in the garbage pail, when I heard the distress
cries of our barred rock hen. Tea Cozy ran toward me up the driveway,
feather duster tail askew, screaming like a banshee. Right behind her, an
adult female goshawk, blue-gray and single-minded, wings out straight,
glided just above the ground.

The hawk chased the chicken into the garage. Tea Cozy scrambled past me,
wobbling from side to side in a cartoonish way as though she had run across
a trampoline. Panicked, she dove into the coils of garden hose, which lay
on the ground behind me. The goshawk followed ember eyes fixed on the hen.
When she saw me, she banked off the rim of the pail, executing an aerial
pirouette, and flew back out. I felt the air she had displaced. Heard her
wingbeats. Looked into alien eyes, all in a matter of seconds.

I've watched goshawks migrate above and below the North Lookout at Hawk
Mountain, along Pennsylvania's Kittatinny Mountain. But this day, I stood
in a trash can in the garage, not a slab of granite. And the goshawk was a
foot away, not soaring above a wooded valley. The hawk flew into a nearby
tree and stayed for a few minutes, then spiraled into the sunlight and
disappeared over a ridge.

For several minutes, the only things stirring in the front yard were the
wind and my thoughts. The entire event was over in five seconds. Maybe
less. Still, all these years later, I replay the scene, carefully studying
each frame until the event has become a myth . . . the hen, the hawk, the
garage, the garbage pail with me in it, the transparency of terror and
surprise, the relentless pursuit. My racing heart. All bundled into the
transparency of a moment, with implications as thick as thunder.

This morning's goshawk didn't whip around me, didn't assault my senses . .
. but it did for a transitory moment arrest my thoughts—an Election Day
gift.
 

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Date: 11/3/20 5:42 am
From: Janet <musbird...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Fox Sparrow
Finally, now with over three inches of snow I finally se my long-awaited visitor! Good thing the ravenous blue jays kick lots of seeds down on the ground.
Janet Watton
Randolph Center
 

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Date: 11/3/20 3:48 am
From: Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <zcotaweaver...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Purple Sandpiper Shelburne
One Purple Sandpiper is continuing along the ledge point at Shelburne Bay, foraging with Greater Yellowlegs on the shoreline.

Zac

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/2/20 2:54 pm
From: Betty Holton <bholton...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Evening Grosbeak



 
Hi. Sorry I live in Winooski. This makes the second time this year that one has shown up for a quick meet and greet.  Betty

On Mon, 2 Nov 2020 12:32:15 -0500, Poleysgmavt <poleys...> wrote:

Would you mind sharing where you made your observation with the list.
It seems that recently many people post sightings and assume that the whole world knows where they live.
Denis
Richmond, VT

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 2, 2020, at 11:57 AM, Betty Holton wrote:
>
> 
>
>
> A very short visit to my feeder on Sunday morning made my day extra special on Nov 1 st. It was a beautiful male evening grosbeak.
>
 
 

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Date: 11/2/20 10:28 am
From: Richard Littauer <richard.littauer...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Redpolls
Redpolls are currently popping up all over New England. Here's the eBird map
<https://ebird.org/map/comred?neg=true&env.minX=&env.minY=&env.maxX=&env.maxY=&zh=false&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=8-11&bmo=8&emo=11&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>.
Looking at the Vermont distribution graph
<https://ebird.org/species/comred/US-VT>, they normally start showing up in
force in three weeks, and then peak in February. So, they may be early.
This appears to be a good year for all of our finches - Evening Grosbeaks
and Pine Siskins have been showing up in numbers. Even some Pine Grosbeaks,
which weren't projected to irrupt by the Finch forecast, are around. So,
we'll see whether even more Redpolls show up in a few weeks.

Here's hoping the Snowy Owls come south soon, too!

Best,
R

On Mon, Nov 2, 2020 at 11:22 AM Sarah Janson <sbjanson...> wrote:

> I also have had large flocks of redpolls on Saturday and Sunday. eBird
> switched from labeling them as rare to normal on November 1st.
> Sarah Janson
> South Lincoln.
>
> > On Nov 2, 2020, at 8:56 AM, Susan Sussman <smsussman...> wrote:
> >
> > In the midst of our first snow of the season, a 30+ flock of redpolls!!
> > Isn't this early for them?
> >
> > Susan Sussman
> > Middlesex
>


--
Richard | @richlitt <https://twitter.com/richlitt> | burntfen.com
<http://www.burntfen.com>
 

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Date: 11/2/20 9:32 am
From: Poleysgmavt <poleys...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Evening Grosbeak
Would you mind sharing where you made your observation with the list.
It seems that recently many people post sightings and assume that the whole world knows where they live.
Denis
Richmond, VT

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 2, 2020, at 11:57 AM, Betty Holton <bholton...> wrote:
>
> 
>
>
> A very short visit to my feeder on Sunday morning made my day extra special on Nov 1 st. It was a beautiful male evening grosbeak.
>
 

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Date: 11/2/20 8:57 am
From: Betty Holton <bholton...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Evening Grosbeak



A very short visit to my feeder on Sunday morning made my day extra special on Nov 1 st. It was a beautiful male evening grosbeak.
 

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Date: 11/2/20 8:22 am
From: Sarah Janson <sbjanson...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Redpolls
I also have had large flocks of redpolls on Saturday and Sunday. eBird switched from labeling them as rare to normal on November 1st.
Sarah Janson
South Lincoln.

> On Nov 2, 2020, at 8:56 AM, Susan Sussman <smsussman...> wrote:
>
> In the midst of our first snow of the season, a 30+ flock of redpolls!!
> Isn't this early for them?
>
> Susan Sussman
> Middlesex
 

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Date: 11/2/20 8:09 am
From: Morin, Doug <Doug.Morin...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Vermont Fish and Wildlife Bird Report: October 30
The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife's Bird Report for October 30 is available: https://vtfishandwildlife.com/watch-wildlife/bird-watching/vermont-bird-reports



Reports are posted every two weeks, to highlight seasonal patterns and what to look for throughout the state. They also give a glimpse into some of the work the Department is currently doing with all manner of birds.



This Report includes Red-throated Loons, a host of first reports of arctic breeders arriving for winter, and a new Vermont law to protect native birds.


Doug Morin
Bird Project Leader
VT Department of Fish & Wildlife
<doug.morin...>
(802)-793-3837
374 Emerson Falls Rd, Suite 4
St Johnsbury VT 05819
 

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Date: 11/2/20 7:47 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 2, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:27 a.m. 30 degrees, wind W 5 mph, the toe of a cold front. Sky: a
composite of white and blue; silver highlights and a southerly mauve rinse;
then, snow (out of where I'm not sure) spits and flurries, suddenly, a
flake-streaked world, wet, mid-size, non-sticking . . . at the moment, a
Valley of Teflon. A moveable and mobile feast: clouds, snow. Permanent
streams: fuller than yesterday; merrily on the move over a carpet of
drowned leaves; a few stirred by the current; sodden banks and slippery but
ice-free rocks. Wetlands: mink leaves the pond and runs across the road,
slipping into cattails, swallowed by marsh, fits perfectly between the
reeds, a thin mammal on life's narrow path. Not a stem out of place. Leaves
me wanting. Pond: nine hooded mergansers— all females and juvenile
males—dillydally on the far end, swimming and diving, bunched. One catches
a small crayfish. No hasty retreat this morning.

Mink reappears by the culvert that administers pond overflow, a dark brown
tail flick. A sweet face, a stuffie with a mouth full of teeth. An amped-up
carnivore, with a pair of devastatingly foul anal scent glands,
which definitely speak to my dogs. And, a century ago, to the pioneering
North American field biologist C. H. Merriam: *one of the few substances,
of animal, vegetable, or mineral origin, that has, on land or sea, rendered
me aware of the existence of the abominable sensation called nausea*. I
raised three kits once, cast adrift in a motherless world. I recall a
composty smell, strong but not nauseating. I released them on the bank
of the White River before life got *too *out of hand.

In the culvert. Out again. In. Out. A quick peek—a furry periscope with a
confined perspective. Around the rocky berm, the goldenrods, the willows,
and then vanishes into thin air like a David Copperfield trick. The
encounter: for me, a savory moment; for the mink, an apparent roadside
distraction; two dogs and a man . . . nothing good can come of this. I walk
up the road backward, hoping for another glimpse. I'm disappointed, the
dogs confused, and the mink engaged (somewhere) in the helter-skelter of
life, away from prying eyes, an original social distancer.

A pileated calls, rocks the morning. Two red-breasted nuthatches join a
group of chickadees in balsam fir; nuthatches work the truck, chickadees
the ends of twigs. Gutteral call of a raven and a crow duet in a world
streaked by snow. Crows fly over the marsh, an avian afterthought, birds
black against white lines. A female hairy woodpecker on pole-sized sugar
maple, demurely tapping, tapping, tapping. Woodland Western Union.

As day broke, coyotes in the lower pasture pitched their voices to the
waning moon, sealing a bargain with the night.
 

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Date: 11/2/20 6:51 am
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Vermont eBird unavailable 8am 17 November until 8am 19 November
Vermont eBird will be unavailable starting 8am ET on 17 November until 8am
ET on 19 November.

Over the past year, eBird developers have been hard at work updating our
entire database of tools, resources, and nearly one billion bird
observations. To finish this update, it will be necessary to take our
servers offline for a maintenance period.

Learn more at Vermont eBird
https://ebird.org/vt/news/database-update-november-17-19-maintenance

Thanks,
Kent

____________________________

Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x201
Twitter: @kpmcfarland <https://twitter.com/KPMcFarland>

<http://val.vtecostudies.org/>
 

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Date: 11/2/20 5:56 am
From: Susan Sussman <smsussman...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Redpolls
In the midst of our first snow of the season, a 30+ flock of redpolls!!
Isn't this early for them?

Susan Sussman
Middlesex
 

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Date: 11/1/20 7:21 pm
From: Charlie La Rosa <charlie.larosa...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] From unusual to bizarre.
Had a flock of evening grosbeaks here today. Have seen just a few in past
years and never for more than a few minutes. Also, within the last few
days, a male and female cardinal and a tufted titmouse. Not common here.
Several families in this hollow put out feeders for the birds, so perhaps
the grosbeaks will stay for a while. I remember that when I was just a kid
in Brattleboro (60 years ago) evening grosbeaks appeared at our feeders in
the winter fairly often and would stay all winter devouring all the
sunflower seeds we could afford to buy.

A couple of weeks ago, I encountered something truly bizarre. Upon arriving
at a neighbor's house, I saw a woodpecker on the side of their above ground
pool. A cute joke, I thought. Perhaps a wooden silhouette. As I got closer,
I realized that the bird was a very real flicker and there was a tiny
trickle of water running down the wall of the pool. Sadly, this story does
not end well. The wall of the pool was a sky blue color. Apparently, the
flicker had flown into the side of the pool and its beak had pierced the
pool wall. The flicker had been unable to withdraw its beak because the
plastic had broken inward and would have pinched together had the flicker
tried to pull back. It had died there with its wings splayed out on either
side. The plastic pool wall would have provided no grip for its feet to aid
in pushing against the pool. It could only have pushed against the wall
with its wings. Had it struggled to remove itself? It appeared that way to
me. Was its neck or skull broken on impact? Did it drown? Its beak was
below water after all. I don't know, but I observed the beautiful and
complex pattern of colors in its plumage for a while as I mourned its
untimely and strange demise.

Also, plenty of chickadees here now along with blue jays, juncos, and both
nuthatches. A few MODOs appeared today, too.

Charlie La Rosa
So. Washington
 

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Date: 11/1/20 5:41 pm
From: Chad Witko <chadjwitko...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Surprise on Hunger Mt.
I first want to say what a great report this is.

Secondly, I also want to add that there have been several Boreal Chickadees
found within the Monadnock Region of NH this fall. This includes two that
were Initially reported from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory at
Miller State Park in Peterborough several weeks ago. At least one bird
persisted at the site until even just recently, affording looks to many
visitors, including myself. Interestingly enough, this is where I also had
a BOCH two years ago when I was serving as the official counter for the
site.

It’s turning out to be an interesting fall.

Cheers,
Chad Witko
Brattleboro, VT

On Sun, Nov 1, 2020 at 6:30 PM Chris Rimmer <crimmer...>
wrote:

> Late yesterday afternoon during a hike up the north slope of Hunger Mt.
> with Paul Wieczoreck and 3 friends, we had 3 avian surprises in the space
> of less than 5 minutes as we stood on a lookout with a spectacular distant
> view of the snow-clad Presidentials. First, an immature Northern Harrier
> sailed by at eye level. This was immediately followed by a flock of 8+
> White-winged Crossbills, several of which afforded close looks as they
> foraged in the cone-laden red spruces. Moments later, Paul said "I think I
> heard a Boreal Chickadee", which none of us took too seriously, especially
> since a Red-breasted Nuthatch had just been 'yanking' close by. Paul heard
> it again (his ears are far superior to mine...), and suddenly the bird was
> foraging on the red spruce tops at close range. We had amazing views over
> the next 3 minutes or so, all shaking our heads at the unlikelihood of
> finding this species so far away from its year-round haunts in the Nulhegan
> Basin.
>
> Boreal Chickadees are known to undergo periodic southward irruptions of
> their breeding range, and perhaps this individual is a harbinger of such a
> flight. These irruptions are thought to relate to food shortages in boreal
> forests and can apparently coincide with those of seed-eating finches. If
> numbers of siskis and just-arriving redpolls are any indication, this could
> be a strong finch flight year, and it will be interesting to see whether
> other Boreal Chickadees appear in VT outside the Northeast Kingdom, and
> elsewhere in New England.
>
> Chris
>
> ________________________
>
> Chris Rimmer
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
> 802.649.1431 x202
> http://vtecostudies.org/
>
--

*Chad Witko*
"I came to believe birds are the most vivid expression of life. It made me
aware of the world in which we live."
Roger Tory Peterson
 

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Date: 11/1/20 4:01 pm
From: kfinch <kfinch51...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Surprise on Hunger Mt.
Hunger Mountain is where?
    Ken Finch
-------- Original message --------From: Chris Rimmer <crimmer...> Date: 11/1/20 6:30 PM (GMT-05:00) To: <VTBIRD...> Subject: [VTBIRD] Surprise on Hunger Mt. Late yesterday afternoon during a hike up the north slope of Hunger Mt.with Paul Wieczoreck and 3 friends, we had 3 avian surprises in the spaceof less than 5 minutes as we stood on a lookout with a spectacular distantview of the snow-clad Presidentials. First, an immature Northern Harriersailed by at eye level. This was immediately followed by a flock of 8+White-winged Crossbills, several of which afforded close looks as theyforaged in the cone-laden red spruces. Moments later, Paul said "I think Iheard a Boreal Chickadee", which none of us took too seriously, especiallysince a Red-breasted Nuthatch had just been 'yanking' close by. Paul heardit again (his ears are far superior to mine...), and suddenly the bird wasforaging on the red spruce tops at close range. We had amazing views overthe next 3 minutes or so, all shaking our heads at the unlikelihood offinding this species so far away from its year-round haunts in the NulheganBasin.Boreal Chickadees are known to undergo periodic southward irruptions oftheir breeding range, and perhaps this individual is a harbinger of such aflight. These irruptions are thought to relate to food shortages in borealforests and can apparently coincide with those of seed-eating finches. Ifnumbers of siskis and just-arriving redpolls are any indication, this couldbe a strong finch flight year, and it will be interesting to see whetherother Boreal Chickadees appear in VT outside the Northeast Kingdom, andelsewhere in New England.Chris________________________Chris RimmerVermont Center for EcostudiesPO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055802.649.1431 x202http://vtecostudies.org/
 

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Date: 11/1/20 3:30 pm
From: Chris Rimmer <crimmer...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Surprise on Hunger Mt.
Late yesterday afternoon during a hike up the north slope of Hunger Mt.
with Paul Wieczoreck and 3 friends, we had 3 avian surprises in the space
of less than 5 minutes as we stood on a lookout with a spectacular distant
view of the snow-clad Presidentials. First, an immature Northern Harrier
sailed by at eye level. This was immediately followed by a flock of 8+
White-winged Crossbills, several of which afforded close looks as they
foraged in the cone-laden red spruces. Moments later, Paul said "I think I
heard a Boreal Chickadee", which none of us took too seriously, especially
since a Red-breasted Nuthatch had just been 'yanking' close by. Paul heard
it again (his ears are far superior to mine...), and suddenly the bird was
foraging on the red spruce tops at close range. We had amazing views over
the next 3 minutes or so, all shaking our heads at the unlikelihood of
finding this species so far away from its year-round haunts in the Nulhegan
Basin.

Boreal Chickadees are known to undergo periodic southward irruptions of
their breeding range, and perhaps this individual is a harbinger of such a
flight. These irruptions are thought to relate to food shortages in boreal
forests and can apparently coincide with those of seed-eating finches. If
numbers of siskis and just-arriving redpolls are any indication, this could
be a strong finch flight year, and it will be interesting to see whether
other Boreal Chickadees appear in VT outside the Northeast Kingdom, and
elsewhere in New England.

Chris

________________________

Chris Rimmer
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x202
http://vtecostudies.org/
 

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Date: 11/1/20 6:45 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] November 1, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
6:18 a.m. (the *new* time). 30 degrees, wind SSE 4 mph. Sky: pink, vaporous
fingers in the east, coalesce in the west, an admirable vault. Permanent
streams: the first sign of ice gleams from petioles just above the current,
little shiny stems like freshly blown glass. Intermittent streams: alive
and well. Wetlands: marsh lightly frosted. Pond: three hooded mergansers,
one adult female and two juveniles. No sign of mink.

AOR: junco flock

Yesterday: myrtle warbler, female, lands on the pasture fence. Eats a small
red berry, yellow rump flashing. Then, off to New Jersey.

Three red-breasted nuthatches tooting in the pines. Chickadee investigating
the broken ends of pine branches finds something to his liking. Jays
everywhere and rowdy, back and forth across the road, screaming from tops
of pines, pasture fence, feeders, invisible avenues in the sky.

For anyone not already convinced: 1) We no longer have to look at images of
a hapless (and helpless) polar bear treading water or a collapsing
Antarctic icecap to see the effects of climate change. Black vultures,
which, forty years ago, barely crossed the Mason-Dixon Line, first nested
in Massachusetts in 1999, Connecticut in 2002, and have been seen as far
north as Bangor, Maine. I've seen them above Hadley, Massachusetts,
drifting north with an air of triumphant ascendancy. , Foraged in the
crucible of sun and rock, black vultures depend on columns of warm air
rising from outcrops and roads to stay aloft, moored to thermals as
sailboats to the wind. A short-winged, short-tailed vulture anywhere near
Vermont is a sign of a changing climate.

2) In the past decade, Lake Champlain only froze over *three* times, and in
January 2020, Vermont temperature ran 7.4 degrees warmer than normal.
Curious about Champlain's freezing records, I checked the NOAA website and
discovered that from 1816 to 1969, portions of the lake remained ice-free
*six* times, approximately four percent of the winters; then, between 1970
and 2016, the lake remained open twenty-six times, more than half the
winters.

3) And, on a personal level, the rattlesnakes I've been watching have
responded to a warming world. I'd visit dens from mid- to late-May in the
eighties when snakes basked beneath a filigree of nearly leafless branches.
Viewing season now often begins tentatively and tenuously in mid-April and
ends well before Memorial Day, when den-side basking rocks lie in full
shade.

The arrival of the black vulture in northern New England suggests the
climate warming *rapidly.* If our leaders continue to deny a link between
our lifestyles and a bipolar climate, who's to say we won't soon see king
vultures and Andean condors above the Connecticut River.
 

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Date: 10/31/20 1:51 pm
From: sarah rosedahl <0000016265cd738b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] 1000s of snow geese in King's Bay, NY today
Any thoughts about how approximately many?Snow Geese, King's Bay NY Oct 2020


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Date: 10/31/20 12:47 pm
From: Becky Giroux <ravenrr...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Starling Murmuration
I was in Williston Taft Corners and watched 2 groups of starlings flying simultaneously but never merging into one large group. There were maybe 100 birds in each group. Fun to watch.

Friendly's pond was filled with Canadian Geese.

For those of you that have bears nearby have you put out your winter feeders yet? Our neighborhood has been very quiet the last couple of years so I am going to put out feeders for the winter.

Becky
 

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Date: 10/31/20 11:28 am
From: DAVID MOSHER <dachamo...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Rose-breasted Nuthatch
Rose-breasted nuthatch at feeder in St. Albans last 3 days.
 

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Date: 10/31/20 8:13 am
From: Ted Levin <tedlevin1966...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] October 31, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
7:08 a.m. 19 degrees, wind E 1 mph. Sky: clear and cold, fog and frost,
ice-sealed puddles. Tonight: the second full moon of October, a Halloween
Blue Moon, first Blue Moon since March 2018; first Halloween Blue since
1944, days after the US and Australia won the largest naval battle in
history. Next Blue Moon: August 2023. Next Halloween Blue: 2039. NASA rates
tonight's full moon a *micro moon* because it's approximately 15,000 miles
farther from Earth than average; supposedly, the moon appears slightly
smaller. Good luck with noticing the difference. Permanent streams: fuller
by the day; rocks free of ice but leaves frozen and crusty. Wetlands: marsh
glazed and bright; frost rimes alder branches and withering leaves,
featherings of tiny icicles. Pond: three female mergansers bunch and dive.
One catches a crayfish, the others nada. Out of the woods and into
the water . . . a mink, sleek and dark brown. Sinuous swimming, back and
forth along the shore. A dive. A catch. A bullfrog. Ducks complacently bold
and apparently apathetic, swim past mink, which mounts the bank and
disassembles the frog . . . the epicurean's delight. Finished, mink
retreats into the woods, a fleeting departure behind a stone wall.
Mergansers carry on, diving and huddling, unfazed . . . it could have been
one of them.

Yesterday afternoon: six red crossbills high in the pines, tweezing seeds
from dangling cones. Call in flight, a distinctive *kip, kip, kip. *Tree to
tree, feeding and calling, always together. Appeared to be wrestling the
cones.

This morning: a crossbill flies over the road, several *kips* and gone. A
bumper crop of cones, clustered like grapes on the end of branches, has
been attended by red squirrels since August. I have been waiting for the
crossbills since before maples began to blush. A friend in southwestern New
Hampshire had them six weeks ago . . . finally they're here.

Along the edge of the marsh, a pair of grouse explodes, a heart-pounding
disruption. Three ravens pass over and a blue jay—more nuthatches than
yesterday. Juncos everywhere, white-rimmed tails flashing. Robin calls from
the alders.

Loosened by the sun, uncountable oak leaves rain down . . . in complete
disregard for all my raking.
 

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Date: 10/31/20 6:03 am
From: Victoria Arthur <singtolive57...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Kent Pond - Killington (99 acres), Oct 30, 2020
Susan...when you go into Kent Pond, are you viewing from the end of the
parking lot, or is there a trail to follow along the pond ?
Thanks
Vicky Arthur

On Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 7:21 PM Susan Elliott <
<00000032e9152660-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> A nice mix of ducks at Kent Pond in Killington.
>
> > Kent Pond - Killington (99 acres), Rutland, Vermont, US
> > Oct 30, 2020 1:24 PM - 2:47 PM
> > Protocol: Stationary
> > 15 species
> >
> > Blue-winged Teal 1
> > Northern Shoveler 6
> > Mallard 2
> > American Black Duck 12
> > Green-winged Teal 18
> > Ring-necked Duck 95
> > Bufflehead 85
> > Hooded Merganser 8
> > Common Loon 2
> > Common Raven 1
> > Black-capped Chickadee 1
> > Hermit Thrush 1
> > Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 6
> > Song Sparrow 2
> > Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2
> >
> > View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S75605488
> >
> > Sue and Marv Elliott, Roy Pilcher
>
 

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