VTBIRD
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10/22/18 9:39 am Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Siskins!
10/22/18 6:16 am Ron Payne <rpayne72...> Re: [VTBIRD] Red-breasted nuts
10/22/18 6:00 am Jane Stein <jeshawks...> Re: [VTBIRD] Eagles
10/22/18 5:59 am Patrick Phillips <phillipspatj...> [VTBIRD] Godwits at Sand Bar Star Park
10/21/18 3:17 pm FRED BATES <batesx2...> [VTBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - 15 Washington St Rutland VT., Oct 21, 2018
10/21/18 2:01 pm Maeve Kim <maevulus...> Re: [VTBIRD] help needed with sparrow ID
10/21/18 1:05 pm carolclyde <carolclyde...> [VTBIRD] Pine siskins
10/21/18 12:21 pm Nancy PerleeBRISTOL <nperlee...> Re: [VTBIRD] help needed with sparrow ID
10/21/18 12:18 pm Nick Tepper <Nicholas.Tepper...> Re: [VTBIRD] help needed with sparrow ID
10/21/18 12:04 pm Maeve Kim <maevulus...> [VTBIRD] help needed with sparrow ID
10/21/18 10:50 am Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Siskins Maple St, Brandon, Oct 21, 2018
10/21/18 6:12 am Barbara Brosnan <bbrosnan...> [VTBIRD] WC Sparrow
10/21/18 5:01 am K UPTON <wallton...> [VTBIRD] A wave of robins
10/21/18 4:58 am Jennifer Megyesi <fatroosterfarm...> [VTBIRD] Red-breasted nuts
10/21/18 4:49 am Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Sparrows Brandon Pearl St, Oct 20, 2018
10/20/18 3:16 pm cynthia crawford <cynthia.crawford...> [VTBIRD] Dunlins and a Red-eyed Vireo at Pinneo
10/20/18 10:12 am Stephen Antell <santellvt...> [VTBIRD] Hudsonian Godwit
10/20/18 8:39 am Frederick Wenzel <000003da33f5c9db-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] First junco of the season
10/20/18 6:55 am Marcia Baker <00000071bf45faf1-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] First junco of the season
10/19/18 5:50 pm Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Fox sparrow Brandon Hollow Road, Oct 19, 2018
10/19/18 4:04 pm tfberriman <blackpoll...> [VTBIRD] Pectoral Sandpiper etc.
10/19/18 2:40 am Bryan Pfeiffer <bryan...> [VTBIRD] The 2018 Snow Goose Scoop
10/18/18 1:55 pm Poleysgmavt <poleys...> [VTBIRD] Thursday sightings
10/18/18 10:00 am Veer Frost <0000038039fb4cf6-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] White throat singing
10/18/18 9:29 am Ian Worley <iworley...> Re: [VTBIRD] Smart birds
10/18/18 8:58 am Jane Stein <jeshawks...> Re: [VTBIRD] Smart birds
10/18/18 8:44 am Tom Slayton <slayton.tom...> Re: [VTBIRD] Smart birds
10/18/18 8:38 am Becky Giroux <ravenrr...> [VTBIRD] Eagles
10/18/18 8:06 am Scott Morrical <smorrica...> Re: [VTBIRD] Smart birds
10/18/18 6:27 am alison wagner <alikatofvt...> Re: [VTBIRD] Smart birds
10/18/18 6:20 am Maeve Kim <maevulus...> Re: [VTBIRD] Smart birds
10/18/18 6:17 am Barbara Brosnan <bbrosnan...> [VTBIRD] Smart birds
10/18/18 5:21 am Jane Stein <jeshawks...> Re: [VTBIRD] Jays
10/18/18 4:15 am Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Jays
10/17/18 5:15 pm Ron Payne <rpayne72...> Re: [VTBIRD] Massive Brant movement (October 16th)
10/17/18 2:53 pm Jane Stein <jeshawks...> Re: [VTBIRD] Massive Brant movement (October 16th)
10/17/18 2:46 pm Scott Morrical <smorrica...> Re: [VTBIRD] Massive Brant movement (October 16th)
10/17/18 2:41 pm Scott Morrical <smorrica...> [VTBIRD] Brant still at Delta Park
10/17/18 2:40 pm Tyler <tylerpockette4...> Re: [VTBIRD] Massive Brant movement (October 16th)
10/17/18 2:17 pm Jane Stein <jeshawks...> Re: [VTBIRD] Massive Brant movement (October 16th)
10/17/18 2:06 pm Nancy Goodrich <nancyg3219...> Re: [VTBIRD] Massive Brant movement (October 16th)
10/17/18 1:56 pm Tyler <tylerpockette4...> [VTBIRD] Massive Brant movement (October 16th)
10/17/18 12:14 pm Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Brant at Delta Park
10/17/18 6:42 am Ruth Stewart <birder_rws...> Re: [VTBIRD] Grouse
10/17/18 5:03 am Anne and Andrew <anneandandrew...> Re: [VTBIRD] Brattleboro Pine Siskins
10/17/18 2:55 am b flewelling <bflewelling3263...> Re: [VTBIRD] Brattleboro Pine Siskins
10/17/18 2:43 am Ralph Palmer <palmer.r.violin...> [VTBIRD] Brattleboro Pine Siskins
10/16/18 5:00 pm Patrick Phillips <phillipspatj...> Re: [VTBIRD] Brant in Shelburne Bay
10/16/18 3:20 pm Scott Morrical <smorrica...> Re: [VTBIRD] Grouse
10/16/18 3:05 pm Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Brant in Shelburne Bay
10/16/18 2:53 pm Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Grouse
10/16/18 2:09 pm Craig Provost <cprovost88...> Re: [VTBIRD] Brant in Shelburne Bay
10/16/18 12:56 pm Jim Mead <jimmead4...> [VTBIRD] Brant in Shelburne Bay
10/16/18 12:47 pm Carl Runge <0000009209546543-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Brant
10/16/18 11:22 am David J. Hoag <00000139fcf15d8e-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Brant
10/16/18 9:11 am Scott Morrical <smorrica...> [VTBIRD] Brant
10/16/18 8:46 am Jane Stein <jeshawks...> Re: [VTBIRD] Hawk today -Cooper's or Sharpie
10/16/18 8:38 am zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> Re: [VTBIRD] Hawk today -Cooper's or Sharpie
10/16/18 6:44 am Jane Stein <jeshawks...> Re: [VTBIRD] Hawk today -Cooper's or Sharpie
10/16/18 6:26 am Cynthia Crawford <cynthia.crawford...> Re: [VTBIRD] Hawk today -Cooper's or Sharpie
10/16/18 4:35 am Jim Mead <jimmead4...> [VTBIRD] Ruddy Ducks at Shelburne Pond
10/15/18 6:45 pm Jane Stein <jeshawks...> Re: [VTBIRD] Hawk today -Cooper's or Sharpie
10/15/18 5:25 pm Cynthia Crawford <cynthia.crawford...> Re: [VTBIRD] Hawk today -Cooper's or Sharpie
10/15/18 9:58 am Maeve Kim <maevulus...> [VTBIRD] yesterday's Jericho Big Sit
10/15/18 6:02 am Jane Stein <jeshawks...> Re: [VTBIRD] Hawk today -Cooper's or Sharpie
10/15/18 4:35 am zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> Re: [VTBIRD] Hawk today -Cooper's or Sharpie
10/15/18 4:33 am Veer Frost <0000038039fb4cf6-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Hawk today -Cooper's or Sharpie
10/14/18 8:34 pm Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...> [VTBIRD] Missisquoi NWR Bird Monitoring Walk
10/14/18 6:55 pm cynthia crawford <cynthia.crawford...> [VTBIRD] Hawk today -Cooper's or Sharpie
10/14/18 6:29 pm Charlie La Rosa <charlie.larosa...> Re: [VTBIRD] First Juncos of the Year
10/14/18 5:36 pm Robert Dudley <greyowlvermont...> [VTBIRD] First Juncos of the Year
10/14/18 3:28 pm Sue <2birdvt...> Re: [VTBIRD] Purple Finches
10/14/18 3:27 pm Pat Folsom <pfols...> Re: [VTBIRD] Purple Finches
10/14/18 3:16 pm Maeve Kim <maevulus...> Re: [VTBIRD] Purple Finches
10/14/18 6:03 am Scott Morrical <smorrica...> [VTBIRD] Purple Finches
10/13/18 6:32 pm Rich Kelley <rich...> [VTBIRD] Missisquoi Big Sit - Saturday, October 13th
10/13/18 9:07 am Scott Morrical <smorrica...> [VTBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Colchester Railroad Causeway, Oct 13, 2018
10/12/18 6:57 pm Mike Resch <0000012cec6153db-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] Blue Grosbeak and Others, Brattleboro and Vernon, 10/12
10/12/18 11:53 am Maeve Kim <maevulus...> [VTBIRD] bird density around US
10/12/18 8:40 am Mike Resch <0000012cec6153db-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] Blue grosbeak at Brattleboro ski jump.
10/12/18 8:21 am Susan Elliott <00000032e9152660-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] Nelson’s Sparrow-Pomainville WMA
10/11/18 1:45 pm carolclyde <carolclyde...> [VTBIRD]
10/10/18 11:41 am Maeve Kim <maevulus...> [VTBIRD] new bird, new sound!
10/10/18 1:26 am Shelagh Smith <0000007c0b9bf02a-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] Juncos in Leicester
10/9/18 2:55 pm Ruth Stewart <birder_rws...> [VTBIRD] Junco
10/9/18 1:59 pm Thomas Berriman <blackpoll...> [VTBIRD] Island Pond scoters
10/9/18 8:16 am Noel Dodge <noel.dodge...> Re: [VTBIRD] Scoters in Vermont
10/9/18 7:35 am Susan Elliott <00000032e9152660-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] Surf Scoters-Lake Bomoseen
10/8/18 5:17 pm Liz Lackey <lackeytomliz...> [VTBIRD] Scoters in Vermont
10/8/18 3:38 pm Sarah Fellows <towanda2...> Re: [VTBIRD] Scoters at Shelburne Pond
10/8/18 3:35 pm Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] More Scoters
10/8/18 8:55 am Sandy Witherell <homefarm...> [VTBIRD] Adult Male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
10/8/18 7:54 am Scott Morrical <smorrica...> [VTBIRD] Peregrine at UVM
10/8/18 6:37 am Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <zcotaweaver...> [VTBIRD] 3 Scoter Sp. Lake Elmore
10/8/18 4:17 am Jim Mead <jimmead4...> [VTBIRD] Scoters at Shelburne Pond
10/7/18 4:06 pm Aubrey Choquette <choquette42...> [VTBIRD] European starling and Canada goose with unusual coloration
10/6/18 8:25 pm Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...> [VTBIRD] Winter Finch Forecast
10/6/18 12:05 pm Ruth Stewart <birder_rws...> Re: [VTBIRD] Nelson's Sp. Pomainville WMA, Oct 6, 2018
10/6/18 8:50 am Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Nelson's Sp. Pomainville WMA, Oct 6, 2018
10/6/18 8:35 am Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Nelson's
10/4/18 11:47 am Eugenia Cooke <euge24241...> Re: [VTBIRD] Nelson's
10/4/18 7:50 am Rebecca Williams <000002cd70f36334-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Nelson's
10/4/18 7:29 am Charlie Teske <cteske140...> [VTBIRD] Loons on the Lake
10/4/18 6:30 am Ruth Stewart <birder_rws...> Re: [VTBIRD] Lake Champlain Great Egret abundance Aug/Sept. 2018. A few numbers
10/4/18 4:50 am Craig Provost <cprovost88...> [VTBIRD] Nelson's
10/3/18 8:07 pm Ian Worley <iworley...> [VTBIRD] Lake Champlain Great Egret abundance Aug/Sept. 2018. A few numbers
10/3/18 10:57 am Chip Darmstadt <chip...> [VTBIRD] fall migrants in Montpelier
10/3/18 10:17 am Scott Morrical <smorrica...> [VTBIRD] Peregrine over UVM
10/2/18 5:30 pm Rich Kelley <rich...> [VTBIRD] The Big Sit - Missisquoi NWR - Saturday, October 13th, 2018
10/2/18 1:46 pm Kathy Leonard <kathyd.leonard...> [VTBIRD] Northern Flickers
10/2/18 7:51 am Dundeen Galipeau <vtdeenie...> [VTBIRD] St Albans Bay by the park 10:49
10/2/18 7:00 am Charlie Teske <cteske140...> Re: [VTBIRD] more on nighthawk in Derby
10/2/18 6:27 am Chip Darmstadt <chip...> [VTBIRD] birding and owl banding with North Branch Nature Center
10/2/18 6:15 am Karan Cutler <kdcutler42...> Re: [VTBIRD] Nice nocturnal flight going on now!
10/2/18 4:43 am Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Warblers Maple St, Brandon, Oct 1, 2018
10/1/18 7:13 pm Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...> [VTBIRD] Nice nocturnal flight going on now!
10/1/18 5:06 pm Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> Re: [VTBIRD] more on nighthawk in Derby
10/1/18 3:55 pm Walter Medwid <wmedwid...> [VTBIRD] more on nighthawk in Derby
10/1/18 3:20 pm Walter Medwid <wmedwid...> [VTBIRD] late nighthawk in Derby
10/1/18 11:04 am Veer Frost <0000038039fb4cf6-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Hummingbird in Montpelier
10/1/18 8:36 am John Snell <jrsnelljr...> [VTBIRD] Hummingbird in Montpelier
9/29/18 5:51 pm John Snell <jrsnelljr...> [VTBIRD] Hummer in Montpelier
9/29/18 7:55 am Sarah Fellows <towanda2...> [VTBIRD] Bluebird fall visit
9/27/18 4:52 pm Chris Rimmer <crimmer...> [VTBIRD] Squirrels regionally, migrants locally
9/26/18 12:00 pm SUE WETMORE <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Merlin- Old Brandon Rd, Sep 26, 2018
9/24/18 12:22 pm Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...> [VTBIRD] VCE's New Citizen Science Outreach Naturalist Ready to Help You!
9/22/18 1:49 pm Maeve Kim <maevulus...> [VTBIRD] upcoming classes and field trips
9/22/18 8:59 am Ian Miyashiro <imiyashiro...> Re: [VTBIRD] VTBIRD Digest - 20 Sep 2018 to 21 Sep 2018 (#2018-250)
 
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Date: 10/22/18 9:39 am
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Siskins!
A flock if 30 plus siskins are feeding here in my yard.
Sue Wetmore
Brandon

Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 10/22/18 6:16 am
From: Ron Payne <rpayne72...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Red-breasted nuts
Hi, Jen,

Here Ron Pittaway's finch forecast:
http://jeaniron.ca/2018/wff18.htm

We are indeed expecting a big finch year.

---
Ron Payne
Middlebury, VT



On Sun, 21 Oct 2018 08:00:39 -0400, Jennifer Megyesi wrote:

I'm seeing a record number of red-breasted nuthatches at my feeders
(comparing last 21 years of bird calendar notes). Could this be cuz there
aren't any cones in the forests, and are we set up for a spectacular finch
winter as well? Jenn
 

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Date: 10/22/18 6:00 am
From: Jane Stein <jeshawks...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Eagles
Pretty sure the mottling on your birds tells the tale. When seen from
the back, immature Balds are mottled, but immature Goldens are generally
solid brown.

My best ID mark for Goldens of any age when seen from below as a
hawkwatcher is the size of the head and bill, which are noticeably
smaller in the Golden. Balds have great big honkers! Another mark, so
I read but have never seen, and only if the bird's posture is one where
you can see it, is that the Golden's legs are heavily feathered right
down to the feet, whereas the Bald has nekkid ankles, so to speak.

I also read that Goldens are much wilder and less tolerant of human
presence than Balds, which also would suggest your birds were Bald.

Interesting question!

Jane
(Shoreham)




On 10/18/2018 11:38 AM, Becky Giroux wrote:
> Wednesday afternoon in Orwell at the intersection of Old Sawmill Road and Vail Road I came across 2 eagles, 5 crows and 13 turkey vultures. There were some TV's sitting on the wooden fence, one eagle in a nearby tree and another eagle in the road working at some road kill. The eagles were brown, mottled in color; no white head or tail.
> I was wondering if these birds are 1st year or 2nd year eagles. Could these 2 birds possibly be Golden Eagles? I have seen adult Bald eagles in this area in the past so I am assuming they are the Bald Species.
>
> Becky
>
 

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Date: 10/22/18 5:59 am
From: Patrick Phillips <phillipspatj...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Godwits at Sand Bar Star Park
Watching 3 Hudsonian Godwith and a Black-bellied Plover right now
 

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Date: 10/21/18 3:17 pm
From: FRED BATES <batesx2...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - 15 Washington St Rutland VT., Oct 21, 2018
> ---------- Original Message ----------
>no Junco's or white crowned but we will take the Pine Siskin.
Fred and Lana Bates
Rutland


> 15 Washington St Rutland VT., Rutland, Vermont, US
> Oct 21, 2018 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 6 species
>
> Blue Jay 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 2
> House Finch 2
> Pine Siskin 1
> American Goldfinch 7
> House Sparrow 10
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49352576
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 10/21/18 2:01 pm
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] help needed with sparrow ID
Thanks to everyone who responded. We first said Savannah Sparrow, but the bill was so entirely and definitely pink that it threw me.
Savannah it is!
Maeve

> On Oct 21, 2018, at 3:04 PM, Maeve Kim <maevulus...> wrote:
>
> Yesterday at Brilyea Access, we saw a sparrow with some characteristics of a Field Sparrow (short, conical, pink bill - which looked much pinker in real life than in the photo in the ebird list - and pink legs) but had either a very faint eye ring or none, and had some streaking on the sides. Any help would be appreciated!
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49324904 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49324904>
>
> Maeve Kim
> Jericho Center
 

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Date: 10/21/18 1:05 pm
From: carolclyde <carolclyde...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Pine siskins
Pine siskins at feeders in yard a few times today. 
Carol Yarnell South Alburgh 


Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S9+, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 10/21/18 12:21 pm
From: Nancy PerleeBRISTOL <nperlee...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] help needed with sparrow ID
As soon asI saw the yellow on the lores I thought the same!


Sent from my iPad

> On Oct 21, 2018, at 3:18 PM, Nick Tepper <Nicholas.Tepper...> wrote:
>
> Hi Maeve,
>
>
> The yellow lores, pinkish bill, pink legs, side streaking, and faint eye-ring point to a Savannah Sparrow for me. The behavior of sitting up on a high post like that in what looks like an open area also helps.
>
>
> Best,
>
>
> Nick
>
> ________________________________
> From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> on behalf of Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
> Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2018 3:04:11 PM
> To: <VTBIRD...>
> Subject: [VTBIRD] help needed with sparrow ID
>
> Yesterday at Brilyea Access, we saw a sparrow with some characteristics of a Field Sparrow (short, conical, pink bill - which looked much pinker in real life than in the photo in the ebird list - and pink legs) but had either a very faint eye ring or none, and had some streaking on the sides. Any help would be appreciated!
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49324904 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49324904>
>
> Maeve Kim
> Jericho Center
>
 

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Date: 10/21/18 12:18 pm
From: Nick Tepper <Nicholas.Tepper...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] help needed with sparrow ID
Hi Maeve,


The yellow lores, pinkish bill, pink legs, side streaking, and faint eye-ring point to a Savannah Sparrow for me. The behavior of sitting up on a high post like that in what looks like an open area also helps.


Best,


Nick

________________________________
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> on behalf of Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2018 3:04:11 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] help needed with sparrow ID

Yesterday at Brilyea Access, we saw a sparrow with some characteristics of a Field Sparrow (short, conical, pink bill - which looked much pinker in real life than in the photo in the ebird list - and pink legs) but had either a very faint eye ring or none, and had some streaking on the sides. Any help would be appreciated!

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49324904 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49324904>

Maeve Kim
Jericho Center
 

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Date: 10/21/18 12:04 pm
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] help needed with sparrow ID
Yesterday at Brilyea Access, we saw a sparrow with some characteristics of a Field Sparrow (short, conical, pink bill - which looked much pinker in real life than in the photo in the ebird list - and pink legs) but had either a very faint eye ring or none, and had some streaking on the sides. Any help would be appreciated!

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49324904 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49324904>

Maeve Kim
Jericho Center
 

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Date: 10/21/18 10:50 am
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Siskins Maple St, Brandon, Oct 21, 2018
The feeders have been busy and the newest species being siskins.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod

>
> Maple St, Brandon, Rutland, Vermont, US
> Oct 21, 2018 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Cold , windy , some tiny snow in the air.
> 18 species
>
> Mourning Dove 1
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 2
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 4
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Carolina Wren 2 Singing
> House Finch 4
> Purple Finch 6
> Pine Siskin 5
> Chipping Sparrow 3
> Dark-eyed Junco 2
> White-crowned Sparrow 2
> White-throated Sparrow 2
> Song Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49344679
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 10/21/18 6:12 am
From: Barbara Brosnan <bbrosnan...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] WC Sparrow
A White-crowned Sparrow among the returning winter regulars at the just
installed feeder yesterday. A pair of DE Juncos and 2 female Purple Finches
also in the mix. Plus a herd of squirrels. L



Barbara Brosnan

Weybridge
 

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Date: 10/21/18 5:01 am
From: K UPTON <wallton...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] A wave of robins
I have 18 robins in my backyard this morning. Finally the first backyard sighting of a junco. I am anxious for the bears to go to sleep so I can put my feeders out again.

Sent from my iPhone
Kathleen Upton
> On Oct 19, 2018, at 5:39 AM, Bryan Pfeiffer <bryan...> wrote:
>
> Greetings, VTBIRDers,
>
> Although many of you may be monitoring the geese on your own, my 2018 Snow Goose Scoop is now tracking the Greater Snow Goose migration through Vermont and New York (and beyond). You’ll find a live eBird map, background readings, identification tips, an image gallery, audio and video. You’ll also find a link to The Snowy Owl Scoop.
>
> https://bryanpfeiffer.com/the-snow-goose-scoop/
>
> Honk-honk!
>
> — Bryan Pfeiffer
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> www.bryanpfeiffer.com
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

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Date: 10/21/18 4:58 am
From: Jennifer Megyesi <fatroosterfarm...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Red-breasted nuts
I'm seeing a record number of red-breasted nuthatches at my feeders
(comparing last 21 years of bird calendar notes). Could this be cuz there
aren't any cones in the forests, and are we set up for a spectacular finch
winter as well? Jenn
 

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Date: 10/21/18 4:49 am
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Sparrows Brandon Pearl St, Oct 20, 2018
Taking advantage of nice weather yesterday I found the following:
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded
>
> Brandon Pearl St, Rutland, Vermont, US
> Oct 20, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:11 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> 17 species
>
> Green-winged Teal 17
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Turkey Vulture 3
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 1
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> American Crow 1
> Black-capped Chickadee 2
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
> Hermit Thrush 1
> American Robin 11
> European Starling 14
> White-crowned Sparrow 1
> White-throated Sparrow 7
> Song Sparrow 1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49335316
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 10/20/18 3:16 pm
From: cynthia crawford <cynthia.crawford...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Dunlins and a Red-eyed Vireo at Pinneo
Wayne Cripps and I went this AM to Lake Pinneo in Quechee, and found Sarah
Carline there too. We birded together. Great views of 2 Dunlins and a
late-season Red-eyed Vireo. Also many Canada geese, 2 Cormorants, many
mergansers, both kinds, a few sparrows, 2 Great Blue Herons, 3 Ruby-crowned
Kinglets. We especially were amused watching the vireo struggling to eat a
caterpillar.

Photos of the Dunlins and Vireo here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/albums/72157702468994874
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Date: 10/20/18 10:12 am
From: Stephen Antell <santellvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Hudsonian Godwit
The Hudsonian godwit reported by Jim Mead at the Shelburne Bay boat access
yesterday is still present this morning, along with about 20 dunlin, a
black-bellied plover, three greater yellowlegs, 2 killdeer and couple
pectoral sandpipers. It was feeding actively in the water and then on the
shore east of the access.

Steve Antell
 

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Date: 10/20/18 8:39 am
From: Frederick Wenzel <000003da33f5c9db-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] First junco of the season
First juncos observed on Shadow Lake Rd, Concord, Vt

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

From: Marcia Baker
Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2018 9:55 AM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] First junco of the season

In Brownsville
Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 10/20/18 6:55 am
From: Marcia Baker <00000071bf45faf1-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] First junco of the season
In Brownsville
Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 10/19/18 5:50 pm
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Fox sparrow Brandon Hollow Road, Oct 19, 2018
The very distinctive "smack" note and very brief almost look at a fox sparrow was the bonus today. This road has be a go to spot for this bird.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod

>
> Brandon Hollow Road, Rutland, Vermont, US
> Oct 19, 2018 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.2 mile(s)
> Comments: Sun and warm
> 18 species
>
> Mourning Dove 1
> Hairy Woodpecker 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Merlin 1
> Eastern Phoebe 3
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 5
> Common Raven 1
> Black-capped Chickadee 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Eastern Bluebird 2
> American Robin 9
> European Starling 6
> Purple Finch 9
> American Goldfinch 2
> Fox Sparrow 1
> White-throated Sparrow 3
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 13
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49305424
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 10/19/18 4:04 pm
From: tfberriman <blackpoll...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Pectoral Sandpiper etc.


Nice day in Essex County with some snow on the ground a few smaller ponds
with thin sheet of ice. Black Scoters, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye on
Wallace Pond & Island Pond. On Meadow Street in Island Pond several
White-crowned sparrows, a couple Eastern Bluebirds & a Pectoral Sandpiper at
the sewage plant. Out at Moose Bog Black-backed Woodpeckers are drumming &
calling ( I met another birder who had Boreal Chickadee & Canada Jays) Also
I found a pair of Spruce Grouse ( male & female) the male displaying for her
to no avail. (but what do I know) Digiscoped some pics. Checked the eBird
records for Pectoral in Essex County & saw Fred Pratt had one on October 15,
2012..that guy is everywhere.



https://ebird.org/vt/view/checklist/S49303067





The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do
nothing.



Tom Berriman

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Date: 10/19/18 2:40 am
From: Bryan Pfeiffer <bryan...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] The 2018 Snow Goose Scoop
Greetings, VTBIRDers,

Although many of you may be monitoring the geese on your own, my 2018 Snow Goose Scoop is now tracking the Greater Snow Goose migration through Vermont and New York (and beyond). You’ll find a live eBird map, background readings, identification tips, an image gallery, audio and video. You’ll also find a link to The Snowy Owl Scoop.

https://bryanpfeiffer.com/the-snow-goose-scoop/

Honk-honk!

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

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Date: 10/18/18 1:55 pm
From: Poleysgmavt <poleys...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Thursday sightings
Today we took a tour of the Champlain Valley to see what was stirring and wondering if we might catch a glimpse of a lingering Brant.(We’ve never seen one in Vermont.)
Starting at Shelburne Bay we saw 2 Greater yellowlegs and 4 or 5 peeps feeding across from the boat ramp at the North end of the parking lot.
On the Panton Road where it crosses Dead Creek we saw 4 Red-necked grebes on the North side of the bridge.
On the South side were 2 Greater yellowlegs, a Great blue heron and a bunch of Common mergansers which quickly flew off as soon as the car door opened.
Saw a single Harrier coursing over the field along Slang Road.
2 Great blue herons at Stone bridge access plus a mature Bald eagle perched in a tree on the West shore across from the cul-de-sac.
At Farrell access we saw another Harrier along the road in and at the end of the road a single Common merganser, a Great blue heron to the South and to the North a solitary Sandhill crane.
At the next stop - Brilyea - we saw another Harrier coursing over the fields to the west of the access Road, a single Great blue heron (and5 Painted turtles in the pond next to the West Road).
We didn’t have high numbers and saw no Brant or Geese but had an enjoyable outing.

Denis and Maria Poley
Richmond, VT


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Date: 10/18/18 10:00 am
From: Veer Frost <0000038039fb4cf6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] White throat singing
Just heard partial, repeated song of White-throated Sparrow, a single
male has been foraging below feeder for several days.
Veer Frost, Passumpsic NEK
 

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Date: 10/18/18 9:29 am
From: Ian Worley <iworley...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Smart birds
For the past three years, here on Snake Mountain in Cornwall, a female
cardinal has tapped persistently on the windows daily from April till
late September/early October.  Most days she will tap steadily from
before sunup until well after sunset, with only minor pauses presumably
for finding enough feed to continue with her passion.

The first year it was annoying enough that we tried a variety of things
to dissuade her, but she would not be deterred and simply would move
from window to window.  The second year we didn't try any more, and she
settled on one window with just the right perching shrub for her liking;
and she has stayed with this window ever since.  This year when she
reappeared right on schedule in early spring, it was just like greeting
an old friend as the annual tapping began.  Even though the window is
right by the bedroom we hardly notice the tapping any more, instead
noticing the days without, during her incubation duties.

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

On 10/18/2018 11:58 AM, Jane Stein wrote:
> I had one of those years ago, resplendent male cardinal who perched on
> the arm of my car's rearview mirror, parked in a suburban parking lot,
> and spent hours and hours whacking the mirror.  Don't know whether
> it's low intelligence or out of control male hormones.  I swear there
> was a female looking on approvingly from a safe distance!  No clue why
> he picked my car out of the half dozen parked in the lot at the time...
>
> Jane
> (Shoreham)
>
>
> On 10/18/2018 9:32 AM, Scott Morrical wrote:
>> Then there was the male Northern Cardinal that kept violently
>> attacking its own reflection in our bedroom window, until it lay
>> senseless on the ground, only to recover and resume the attacks. 
>> This went on for days.  I’m not sure whether this is evidence of low
>> intelligence in Northern Cardinals specifically, or a more general
>> indictment of the Y chromosome.  As an XY, I can only hope for the
>> former.
>> Scott
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>> On Oct 18, 2018, at 9:17 AM, Barbara Brosnan <bbrosnan...>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Then there are the turkeys, often regarded as not the brightest
>>> light bulbs
>>> etc.  After a deep March snowfall four turkeys came in to our
>>> feeders and
>>> ate seeds on the ground.  However, one turkey wanted more so he
>>> jumped up
>>> high and slapped his head sideways on the feeder.  Seeds flew down
>>> to the
>>> ground and then he and the other three dined quite nicely.  He
>>> performed
>>> this maneuver over and over again.   Perhaps the other three put him
>>> up to
>>> it?  Or they drew straws???
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Barbara Brosnan
>>>
>>> Weybridge
 

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Date: 10/18/18 8:58 am
From: Jane Stein <jeshawks...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Smart birds
I had one of those years ago, resplendent male cardinal who perched on
the arm of my car's rearview mirror, parked in a suburban parking lot,
and spent hours and hours whacking the mirror. Don't know whether it's
low intelligence or out of control male hormones. I swear there was a
female looking on approvingly from a safe distance! No clue why he
picked my car out of the half dozen parked in the lot at the time...

Jane
(Shoreham)


On 10/18/2018 9:32 AM, Scott Morrical wrote:
> Then there was the male Northern Cardinal that kept violently attacking its own reflection in our bedroom window, until it lay senseless on the ground, only to recover and resume the attacks. This went on for days. I’m not sure whether this is evidence of low intelligence in Northern Cardinals specifically, or a more general indictment of the Y chromosome. As an XY, I can only hope for the former.
> Scott
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Oct 18, 2018, at 9:17 AM, Barbara Brosnan <bbrosnan...> wrote:
>>
>> Then there are the turkeys, often regarded as not the brightest light bulbs
>> etc. After a deep March snowfall four turkeys came in to our feeders and
>> ate seeds on the ground. However, one turkey wanted more so he jumped up
>> high and slapped his head sideways on the feeder. Seeds flew down to the
>> ground and then he and the other three dined quite nicely. He performed
>> this maneuver over and over again. Perhaps the other three put him up to
>> it? Or they drew straws???
>>
>>
>>
>> Barbara Brosnan
>>
>> Weybridge
 

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Date: 10/18/18 8:44 am
From: Tom Slayton <slayton.tom...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Smart birds
Once when I was on top of a mountain in New Hampshire, I was feeding a gray
jay peanuts out of my outstretched hand. (I enjoyed doing that because it
was thrilling to see these wild birds come flying through the woods to
light right on my hand.) Anyway, this bird wasn't getting the peanuts fast
enough, so he vigorously pecked my palm. I yelped and jerked my hand away,
dumping the peanuts on the ground, which the jay promply settled on and
ate. He had it all figured out.
Tom Slayton

On Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 9:17 AM Barbara Brosnan <bbrosnan...> wrote:

> Then there are the turkeys, often regarded as not the brightest light bulbs
> etc. After a deep March snowfall four turkeys came in to our feeders and
> ate seeds on the ground. However, one turkey wanted more so he jumped up
> high and slapped his head sideways on the feeder. Seeds flew down to the
> ground and then he and the other three dined quite nicely. He performed
> this maneuver over and over again. Perhaps the other three put him up to
> it? Or they drew straws???
>
>
>
> Barbara Brosnan
>
> Weybridge
>
 

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Date: 10/18/18 8:38 am
From: Becky Giroux <ravenrr...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Eagles
Wednesday afternoon in Orwell at the intersection of Old Sawmill Road and Vail Road I came across 2 eagles, 5 crows and 13 turkey vultures. There were some TV's sitting on the wooden fence, one eagle in a nearby tree and another eagle in the road working at some road kill. The eagles were brown, mottled in color; no white head or tail.
I was wondering if these birds are 1st year or 2nd year eagles. Could these 2 birds possibly be Golden Eagles? I have seen adult Bald eagles in this area in the past so I am assuming they are the Bald Species.

Becky
 

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Date: 10/18/18 8:06 am
From: Scott Morrical <smorrica...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Smart birds
Then there was the male Northern Cardinal that kept violently attacking its own reflection in our bedroom window, until it lay senseless on the ground, only to recover and resume the attacks. This went on for days. I’m not sure whether this is evidence of low intelligence in Northern Cardinals specifically, or a more general indictment of the Y chromosome. As an XY, I can only hope for the former.
Scott

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 18, 2018, at 9:17 AM, Barbara Brosnan <bbrosnan...> wrote:
>
> Then there are the turkeys, often regarded as not the brightest light bulbs
> etc. After a deep March snowfall four turkeys came in to our feeders and
> ate seeds on the ground. However, one turkey wanted more so he jumped up
> high and slapped his head sideways on the feeder. Seeds flew down to the
> ground and then he and the other three dined quite nicely. He performed
> this maneuver over and over again. Perhaps the other three put him up to
> it? Or they drew straws???
>
>
>
> Barbara Brosnan
>
> Weybridge
 

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Date: 10/18/18 6:27 am
From: alison wagner <alikatofvt...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Smart birds
I have seen turkeys do the same thing, only while standing on the deck railing. Reminded me of a gymnast on the balance beam!

----- Original Message -----
From: "Barbara Brosnan" <bbrosnan...>
To: "Vermont Birds" <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2018 9:17:13 AM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Smart birds

Then there are the turkeys, often regarded as not the brightest light bulbs
etc. After a deep March snowfall four turkeys came in to our feeders and
ate seeds on the ground. However, one turkey wanted more so he jumped up
high and slapped his head sideways on the feeder. Seeds flew down to the
ground and then he and the other three dined quite nicely. He performed
this maneuver over and over again. Perhaps the other three put him up to
it? Or they drew straws???



Barbara Brosnan

Weybridge
 

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Date: 10/18/18 6:20 am
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Smart birds
I’ve seen deer do this. They stand next to a tube feeder, put their heads under it, lift it until seeds fall out, and then chow down.
Maeve Kim
Jericho Center

> On Oct 18, 2018, at 9:17 AM, Barbara Brosnan <bbrosnan...> wrote:
>
> Then there are the turkeys, often regarded as not the brightest light bulbs
> etc. After a deep March snowfall four turkeys came in to our feeders and
> ate seeds on the ground. However, one turkey wanted more so he jumped up
> high and slapped his head sideways on the feeder. Seeds flew down to the
> ground and then he and the other three dined quite nicely. He performed
> this maneuver over and over again. Perhaps the other three put him up to
> it? Or they drew straws???
>
>
>
> Barbara Brosnan
>
> Weybridge
 

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Date: 10/18/18 6:17 am
From: Barbara Brosnan <bbrosnan...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Smart birds
Then there are the turkeys, often regarded as not the brightest light bulbs
etc. After a deep March snowfall four turkeys came in to our feeders and
ate seeds on the ground. However, one turkey wanted more so he jumped up
high and slapped his head sideways on the feeder. Seeds flew down to the
ground and then he and the other three dined quite nicely. He performed
this maneuver over and over again. Perhaps the other three put him up to
it? Or they drew straws???



Barbara Brosnan

Weybridge
 

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Date: 10/18/18 5:21 am
From: Jane Stein <jeshawks...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Jays
Jays are wicked smart, as my Boston-area friends would say. I've never
heard of any successful way of fending them off.

But although squirrels are also wicket smart, their seed and suet
predation can be stopped in some situations. I have a pole-mounted
feeder that includes both a platform and hooks above it for hanging 4
tube feeders, protected by a squirrel baffle on the lower part of the pole.

It only works if you have a place you can set it up that's far enough
away from trees and roofs and fences that they can't leap from them onto
the feeder. Not everybody has such a spot, but if you can find one, you
can absolutely keep the squirrels away. I haven't had a squirrel on it
in close to 20 years now.

It was amusing when I first put it up to watch them try and try, and
fail and fail, to get up inside the baffle and through to the platform
feeder or clamber up the outside, which is made of a smooth metal that
gives them no purchase. Then they sat around underneath for a day or
two eyeing the set-up and visibly trying to think their way through it.
They failed. Then they gave up. They do seem to communicate this to
their friends and relations and offspring because the new generations
haven't even bothered to try.

Jane
(Shoreham)


On 10/18/2018 7:14 AM, Sue wrote:
> We know that the corvid family is intelligent but this latest trick is too much. I have one of those feeders that if a large bird lands on the perch it shuts off the opening for seeds. The blue jays figured if they flap their wings while perched it makes them lighter and voila access to the seeds! Between them and squirrels it is a battle I'm guaranteed to lose.
> Sue Wetmore
>
> Sent from my iPod
>
 

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Date: 10/18/18 4:15 am
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Jays
We know that the corvid family is intelligent but this latest trick is too much. I have one of those feeders that if a large bird lands on the perch it shuts off the opening for seeds. The blue jays figured if they flap their wings while perched it makes them lighter and voila access to the seeds! Between them and squirrels it is a battle I'm guaranteed to lose.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 10/17/18 5:15 pm
From: Ron Payne <rpayne72...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Massive Brant movement (October 16th)
Hey, Tyler. Do you think you could write this up for Warren for use in Otter Tracks?

I saw one flock of 200-300 go over the Dead Creek HQ where we were doing the bird banding event for schools yesterday.


---
Ron Payne
Middlebury, VT



On Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:55:18 -0400, Tyler wrote:

Hi all,

It's been a while since I've posted here but I felt I had to share my
amazement at the massive flight of Brant down Lake Champlain yesterday. I
spent the day sitting in a duck blind at the mouth of the Otter Creek and
saw an estimated 8,000-10,000 Brant moving southward. From about 7:30am
until we left at 2pm, it was non-stop flock after flock passing over our
heads and down the lake, many passing within a literal stones throw of our
position.
There was literally not a 10 minute span in which we didn't see at least
one flock in our view, and at several times we could see 3 or 4 flocks at
once. Flocks ranged in size from 30 birds to nearly 500, with a few loner
birds here and there.

Sitting in the same location today from sunrise until noon we saw a few
more Brant but not nearly the numbers as yesterday. We only saw 3 flocks
today, with the largest only having 100 birds.

It was an amazing sight to see!

Tyler Pockette
Middlebury
 

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Date: 10/17/18 2:53 pm
From: Jane Stein <jeshawks...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Massive Brant movement (October 16th)
Thanks, Tyler. If it's anything like hawk movement, weather on the
southern end of this northward movement can concentrate the bids and
make them feel an urgency to get going even if the winds, etc., are far
from ideal.

They're heavier birds than most raptors, and flap all the way, unlike
raptors, which surely also has something to do with their migratory
behavior, though I don't know enough to know how that might factor into
things.

Maybe we should start a few Brant watches! Hawkwatchers start to lose
interest now that the mass movement of Broadwings is over, so some of
them might be interested...

Jane
(Shoreham)


On 10/17/2018 5:39 PM, Tyler wrote:
> From my understanding the peak movement of Brant in Vermont is the week
> basically in the middle of October, though I have never heard of such a
> massive movement like this. What really surprised me is the wind. It was
> coming out of the Southwest all day which isnt usually conducive to
> migration. The most Brant I had ever seen in Vermont before this was only a
> few hundred!
>
>
> On Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 5:17 PM Jane Stein <jeshawks...> wrote:
>
>> Wow! Did we know there was such a concentrated movement of Brant this
>> time of year? (I sure didn't)
>>
>> Jane
>> (Shoreham)
>>
>> On 10/17/2018 4:55 PM, Tyler wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> It's been a while since I've posted here but I felt I had to share my
>>> amazement at the massive flight of Brant down Lake Champlain yesterday. I
>>> spent the day sitting in a duck blind at the mouth of the Otter Creek and
>>> saw an estimated 8,000-10,000 Brant moving southward. From about 7:30am
>>> until we left at 2pm, it was non-stop flock after flock passing over our
>>> heads and down the lake, many passing within a literal stones throw of
>> our
>>> position.
>>> There was literally not a 10 minute span in which we didn't see at least
>>> one flock in our view, and at several times we could see 3 or 4 flocks at
>>> once. Flocks ranged in size from 30 birds to nearly 500, with a few loner
>>> birds here and there.
>>>
>>> Sitting in the same location today from sunrise until noon we saw a few
>>> more Brant but not nearly the numbers as yesterday. We only saw 3 flocks
>>> today, with the largest only having 100 birds.
>>>
>>> It was an amazing sight to see!
>>>
>>> Tyler Pockette
>>> Middlebury
>>>
>>
 

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Date: 10/17/18 2:46 pm
From: Scott Morrical <smorrica...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Massive Brant movement (October 16th)
I believe that the Charlotte lake watch has recorded some very big Brant flights in previous years.
Scott

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 17, 2018, at 5:39 PM, Tyler <tylerpockette4...> wrote:
>
> From my understanding the peak movement of Brant in Vermont is the week
> basically in the middle of October, though I have never heard of such a
> massive movement like this. What really surprised me is the wind. It was
> coming out of the Southwest all day which isnt usually conducive to
> migration. The most Brant I had ever seen in Vermont before this was only a
> few hundred!
>
>
>> On Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 5:17 PM Jane Stein <jeshawks...> wrote:
>>
>> Wow! Did we know there was such a concentrated movement of Brant this
>> time of year? (I sure didn't)
>>
>> Jane
>> (Shoreham)
>>
>>> On 10/17/2018 4:55 PM, Tyler wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> It's been a while since I've posted here but I felt I had to share my
>>> amazement at the massive flight of Brant down Lake Champlain yesterday. I
>>> spent the day sitting in a duck blind at the mouth of the Otter Creek and
>>> saw an estimated 8,000-10,000 Brant moving southward. From about 7:30am
>>> until we left at 2pm, it was non-stop flock after flock passing over our
>>> heads and down the lake, many passing within a literal stones throw of
>> our
>>> position.
>>> There was literally not a 10 minute span in which we didn't see at least
>>> one flock in our view, and at several times we could see 3 or 4 flocks at
>>> once. Flocks ranged in size from 30 birds to nearly 500, with a few loner
>>> birds here and there.
>>>
>>> Sitting in the same location today from sunrise until noon we saw a few
>>> more Brant but not nearly the numbers as yesterday. We only saw 3 flocks
>>> today, with the largest only having 100 birds.
>>>
>>> It was an amazing sight to see!
>>>
>>> Tyler Pockette
>>> Middlebury
>>>
>>
 

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Date: 10/17/18 2:41 pm
From: Scott Morrical <smorrica...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Brant still at Delta Park
Hello,
At least 22 Brant are still present at Delta Park as of 5:30 PM. They are viewable from the rec path bridge over the Winooski R., in and around the sand island, with Canada geese. Also present are 3 Dunlin, 7 Northern Pintails, and several Wood Ducks and Mallards.
Scott Morrical

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/17/18 2:40 pm
From: Tyler <tylerpockette4...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Massive Brant movement (October 16th)
From my understanding the peak movement of Brant in Vermont is the week
basically in the middle of October, though I have never heard of such a
massive movement like this. What really surprised me is the wind. It was
coming out of the Southwest all day which isnt usually conducive to
migration. The most Brant I had ever seen in Vermont before this was only a
few hundred!


On Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 5:17 PM Jane Stein <jeshawks...> wrote:

> Wow! Did we know there was such a concentrated movement of Brant this
> time of year? (I sure didn't)
>
> Jane
> (Shoreham)
>
> On 10/17/2018 4:55 PM, Tyler wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > It's been a while since I've posted here but I felt I had to share my
> > amazement at the massive flight of Brant down Lake Champlain yesterday. I
> > spent the day sitting in a duck blind at the mouth of the Otter Creek and
> > saw an estimated 8,000-10,000 Brant moving southward. From about 7:30am
> > until we left at 2pm, it was non-stop flock after flock passing over our
> > heads and down the lake, many passing within a literal stones throw of
> our
> > position.
> > There was literally not a 10 minute span in which we didn't see at least
> > one flock in our view, and at several times we could see 3 or 4 flocks at
> > once. Flocks ranged in size from 30 birds to nearly 500, with a few loner
> > birds here and there.
> >
> > Sitting in the same location today from sunrise until noon we saw a few
> > more Brant but not nearly the numbers as yesterday. We only saw 3 flocks
> > today, with the largest only having 100 birds.
> >
> > It was an amazing sight to see!
> >
> > Tyler Pockette
> > Middlebury
> >
>
 

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Date: 10/17/18 2:17 pm
From: Jane Stein <jeshawks...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Massive Brant movement (October 16th)
Wow! Did we know there was such a concentrated movement of Brant this
time of year? (I sure didn't)

Jane
(Shoreham)

On 10/17/2018 4:55 PM, Tyler wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> It's been a while since I've posted here but I felt I had to share my
> amazement at the massive flight of Brant down Lake Champlain yesterday. I
> spent the day sitting in a duck blind at the mouth of the Otter Creek and
> saw an estimated 8,000-10,000 Brant moving southward. From about 7:30am
> until we left at 2pm, it was non-stop flock after flock passing over our
> heads and down the lake, many passing within a literal stones throw of our
> position.
> There was literally not a 10 minute span in which we didn't see at least
> one flock in our view, and at several times we could see 3 or 4 flocks at
> once. Flocks ranged in size from 30 birds to nearly 500, with a few loner
> birds here and there.
>
> Sitting in the same location today from sunrise until noon we saw a few
> more Brant but not nearly the numbers as yesterday. We only saw 3 flocks
> today, with the largest only having 100 birds.
>
> It was an amazing sight to see!
>
> Tyler Pockette
> Middlebury
>
 

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Date: 10/17/18 2:06 pm
From: Nancy Goodrich <nancyg3219...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Massive Brant movement (October 16th)
What a great report; almost as good as spotting them all; thanks.

On Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 4:56 PM Tyler <tylerpockette4...> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> It's been a while since I've posted here but I felt I had to share my
> amazement at the massive flight of Brant down Lake Champlain yesterday. I
> spent the day sitting in a duck blind at the mouth of the Otter Creek and
> saw an estimated 8,000-10,000 Brant moving southward. From about 7:30am
> until we left at 2pm, it was non-stop flock after flock passing over our
> heads and down the lake, many passing within a literal stones throw of our
> position.
> There was literally not a 10 minute span in which we didn't see at least
> one flock in our view, and at several times we could see 3 or 4 flocks at
> once. Flocks ranged in size from 30 birds to nearly 500, with a few loner
> birds here and there.
>
> Sitting in the same location today from sunrise until noon we saw a few
> more Brant but not nearly the numbers as yesterday. We only saw 3 flocks
> today, with the largest only having 100 birds.
>
> It was an amazing sight to see!
>
> Tyler Pockette
> Middlebury
>
 

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Date: 10/17/18 1:56 pm
From: Tyler <tylerpockette4...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Massive Brant movement (October 16th)
Hi all,

It's been a while since I've posted here but I felt I had to share my
amazement at the massive flight of Brant down Lake Champlain yesterday. I
spent the day sitting in a duck blind at the mouth of the Otter Creek and
saw an estimated 8,000-10,000 Brant moving southward. From about 7:30am
until we left at 2pm, it was non-stop flock after flock passing over our
heads and down the lake, many passing within a literal stones throw of our
position.
There was literally not a 10 minute span in which we didn't see at least
one flock in our view, and at several times we could see 3 or 4 flocks at
once. Flocks ranged in size from 30 birds to nearly 500, with a few loner
birds here and there.

Sitting in the same location today from sunrise until noon we saw a few
more Brant but not nearly the numbers as yesterday. We only saw 3 flocks
today, with the largest only having 100 birds.

It was an amazing sight to see!

Tyler Pockette
Middlebury
 

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Date: 10/17/18 12:14 pm
From: Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Brant at Delta Park
There are 22 Brant at Delta Park right now swimming in a flock of about 100 Canada Geese.

Bruce MacPherson
South Burlington

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 16, 2018, at 8:00 PM, Patrick Phillips <phillipspatj...> wrote:
>
> Thanks, Jim! I ran into Craig Provost there in time to see a flyover of
> brant. I also saw the birds at Shelburne Pond. Surprised earlier in the
> day to still see a Sandhill Crane at Farrell, where I also saw a single
> brant. thanks again!
> Pat Phillips
>
>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018 at 3:56 PM Jim Mead <jimmead4...> wrote:
>>
>> Hello all,
>>
>> There are 2 Brant in the bay right now. They are on the far eastern
>> shoreline.
>>
>> Enjoy Birds,
>>
>> Jim Mead
>>
 

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Date: 10/17/18 6:42 am
From: Ruth Stewart <birder_rws...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Grouse
A cold winter coming up?? Checking out extra blanket materials?


Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset, VT


________________________________
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> on behalf of Sue <2birdvt...>
Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 5:53 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Grouse

Once again we were confronted with a very territorial male ruffed grouse. It followed us for a way on the trail and was uttering low clucking sounds. The unusual behavior was the picking up leaves and pine needles and tossing them onto its back. Does anyone know what this behavior signifies?
Sue Wetmore & Sue Elliott

Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 10/17/18 5:03 am
From: Anne and Andrew <anneandandrew...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Brattleboro Pine Siskins
Siskin here (in Manchester, VT) all last week, too.



> On Oct 17, 2018, at 5:43 AM, Ralph Palmer <palmer.r.violin...> wrote:
>
> Greetings -
>
> I've had a mini-invasion of Pine Siskins at my feeders in the last few
> days. I haven't seen them here before (only about 4 years). I'm getting
> about a dozen at a time. Anyone else seeing more than usual?
>
> Ralph
>
> --
> Ralph Palmer
> Brattleboro, VT
> USA
> <palmer.r.violin...>
 

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Date: 10/17/18 2:55 am
From: b flewelling <bflewelling3263...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Brattleboro Pine Siskins
I've had Pine Siskins here in Rochester for about a week and a half. Very early in the season for this location.

Bruce


> On October 17, 2018 at 5:43 AM Ralph Palmer <palmer.r.violin...> wrote:
>
>
> Greetings -
>
> I've had a mini-invasion of Pine Siskins at my feeders in the last few
> days. I haven't seen them here before (only about 4 years). I'm getting
> about a dozen at a time. Anyone else seeing more than usual?
>
> Ralph
>
> --
> Ralph Palmer
> Brattleboro, VT
> USA
> <palmer.r.violin...>
 

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Date: 10/17/18 2:43 am
From: Ralph Palmer <palmer.r.violin...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Brattleboro Pine Siskins
Greetings -

I've had a mini-invasion of Pine Siskins at my feeders in the last few
days. I haven't seen them here before (only about 4 years). I'm getting
about a dozen at a time. Anyone else seeing more than usual?

Ralph

--
Ralph Palmer
Brattleboro, VT
USA
<palmer.r.violin...>
 

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Date: 10/16/18 5:00 pm
From: Patrick Phillips <phillipspatj...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Brant in Shelburne Bay
Thanks, Jim! I ran into Craig Provost there in time to see a flyover of
brant. I also saw the birds at Shelburne Pond. Surprised earlier in the
day to still see a Sandhill Crane at Farrell, where I also saw a single
brant. thanks again!
Pat Phillips

On Tue, Oct 16, 2018 at 3:56 PM Jim Mead <jimmead4...> wrote:

> Hello all,
>
> There are 2 Brant in the bay right now. They are on the far eastern
> shoreline.
>
> Enjoy Birds,
>
> Jim Mead
>
 

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Date: 10/16/18 3:20 pm
From: Scott Morrical <smorrica...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Grouse
Sue & Sue,
That behavior signifies utter contempt in the grouse-o-sphere. But don’t take it personally.
Scott

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 16, 2018, at 5:53 PM, Sue <2birdvt...> wrote:
>
> Once again we were confronted with a very territorial male ruffed grouse. It followed us for a way on the trail and was uttering low clucking sounds. The unusual behavior was the picking up leaves and pine needles and tossing them onto its back. Does anyone know what this behavior signifies?
> Sue Wetmore & Sue Elliott
>
> Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 10/16/18 3:05 pm
From: Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Brant in Shelburne Bay
Right on time. Last year Brant arrived at Shelburne Bay on the exact same day according to my VT eBird reports.


Thanks Jim.


Bruce MacPherson
South Burlington



-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Mead <jimmead4...>
To: VTBIRD <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Tue, Oct 16, 2018 3:56 pm
Subject: [VTBIRD] Brant in Shelburne Bay

Hello all,

There are 2 Brant in the bay right now. They are on the far eastern shoreline.

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead
 

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Date: 10/16/18 2:53 pm
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Grouse
Once again we were confronted with a very territorial male ruffed grouse. It followed us for a way on the trail and was uttering low clucking sounds. The unusual behavior was the picking up leaves and pine needles and tossing them onto its back. Does anyone know what this behavior signifies?
Sue Wetmore & Sue Elliott

Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 10/16/18 2:09 pm
From: Craig Provost <cprovost88...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Brant in Shelburne Bay
Got them thanks to you.

On Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 3:56 PM Jim Mead <jimmead4...> wrote:

> Hello all,
>
> There are 2 Brant in the bay right now. They are on the far eastern
> shoreline.
>
> Enjoy Birds,
>
> Jim Mead
>
 

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Date: 10/16/18 12:56 pm
From: Jim Mead <jimmead4...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Brant in Shelburne Bay
Hello all,

There are 2 Brant in the bay right now. They are on the far eastern shoreline.

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead
 

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Date: 10/16/18 12:47 pm
From: Carl Runge <0000009209546543-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Brant
.......and to the east. In Maine for a couple days and saw a small flock of Brants along the Marginal Way in Ogunquit this am. Also many yellow-rumps moving through.
Carl

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 16, 2018, at 2:22 PM, David J. Hoag <00000139fcf15d8e-dmarc-request...> wrote:

>> In a message dated 10/16/2018 12:11:04 PM Eastern Standard Time, <smorrica...> writes:
>> Hi, I just stopped at Shelburne Town Beach, and I saw a flock of approximately 300 Brant south-bound over the broad part of Lake Champlain.
>> Scott Morrical
>
> ... a day-long flight?
>
> Eight small flocks of Brant totaling 330+ passed by Grand Isle from 8 through 9 this morning.
> Probably more flocks flew by before and after my 1 hour of watching the lake.
>
> Dave Hoag
 

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Date: 10/16/18 11:22 am
From: David J. Hoag <00000139fcf15d8e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Brant
> In a message dated 10/16/2018 12:11:04 PM Eastern Standard Time, <smorrica...> writes:
> Hi, I just stopped at Shelburne Town Beach, and I saw a flock of approximately 300 Brant south-bound over the broad part of Lake Champlain.
> Scott Morrical

... a day-long flight?

Eight small flocks of Brant totaling 330+ passed by Grand Isle from 8 through 9 this morning.
Probably more flocks flew by before and after my 1 hour of watching the lake.

Dave Hoag
 

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Date: 10/16/18 9:11 am
From: Scott Morrical <smorrica...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Brant
Hi,
I just stopped at Shelburne Town Beach, and I saw a flock of approximately 300 Brant south-bound over the broad part of Lake Champlain.
Scott Morrical

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/16/18 8:46 am
From: Jane Stein <jeshawks...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Hawk today -Cooper's or Sharpie
You're right, of course, Zach. But that's one of those things that's on
the impressionistic side, depending on the angle and whether it just
ate, not to mention having just fluffed its feathers out. But I should
have said "bulky" rather than "chesty." Thanks for the correction!

Jane
(Shoreham)


On 10/16/2018 11:37 AM, zach schwartz-weinstein wrote:
> Just an additional note - the “chesty” look is actually a fieldmark for
> sharp-shinned over cooper’s. Cooper’s hawks have a more even, tubular
> shape. Sharp-shinned hawks are barrel-chested and top-heavy.
>
> ZSW
>
> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018 at 9:44 AM Jane Stein <jeshawks...> wrote:
>
>> You bet, Cynthia! Very clear tail feather length and fat legs. That
>> flat look of the head in the last photo with its crest slightly raised
>> is also a good ID factor when it appears. Sharpies do not have that.
>>
>> Sharpie versus Coop is often a difficult call, but sticking to the
>> basics helps to clear up most questions. In soaring flight way up over
>> your head, as hawkwatchers often see them, none of those indicators can
>> usually be seen, so it's often a lot harder.
>>
>> Jane
>> (Shoreham)
>>
>> On 10/16/2018 9:26 AM, Cynthia Crawford wrote:
>>> On Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:45:07 -0400, Jane Stein <jeshawks...>
>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Heh! Sharpie vs Cooper is the single most difficult ID among raptor
>>>> enthusiasts, so no shame if you got it wrong-- if you did! Actual
>>>> raptor experts might have a different take than Zach and I do.
>>>> Experienced hawkwatchers have been known to literally come to blows over
>>>> the ID. But... I doubt it. I'm an enthusiast of many years, not an
>>>> actual expert!
>>>>
>>>> I wouldn't rely on the "bug-eyed" look since it depends so much on the
>>>> angle of the bird and the picture and the familiarity of the observer
>>>> with these guys. But the tail feather length in such a clear pose as
>>>> you got (not always the case in photos in the field!) is truly
>>>> definitive, as is the thickness of the legs, when you can see them.
>>>> Banders have wildly different bands for Coops and Sharpies, and once I
>>>> saw those, I was totally convinced of the dramatic difference between
>>>> the 2 species, not just variation from individual to individual. Pretty
>>>> much everything else is more impressionistic, so not really reliable for
>>>> ID, only as contributing factors that can very easily lead the observer
>>>> astray.
>>>>
>>>> One other factor to consider is that although there are more Coops
>>>> around than there used to be, Sharpies still outnumber them by quite a
>>>> bit. So Sharpie is the default ID for a smallish Accipeter, and an ID of
>>>> Cooper's needs more confirmation from observable characteristics like
>>>> leg size and tail feather lengths.
>>>>
>>>> Resist the ebird police! But do let us know here if you get interesting
>>>> feedback, positive or negative, OK?
>>>>
>>>> Jane
>>>> (Shoreham)
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On 10/15/2018 8:25 PM, Cynthia Crawford wrote:
>>>>> On Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:01:54 -0400, Jane Stein <jeshawks...>
>> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Agreed, Zach. The tail feathers, despite the broad white tips, are
>> the
>>>>>> main tip-off-- all the same length. In this tail position, Coop's has
>>>>>> noticeably shorter outer tail feathers. The relatively small,
>> bug-eyed
>>>>>> head is another. Chest streaking is harder to judge, for me anyway,
>>>>>> because it's not that consistent from bird to bird.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> It does look large and chesty for a Sharpie, but that may be the lack
>> of
>>>>>> context from this close, since it's impossible to tell from the photos
>>>>>> how large those branches and trunks are. And a big female Sharpies
>> can
>>>>>> be pretty close to male Coop's in size. Lastly, I'd add this bird's
>>>>>> rather thin, stick-like legs, although there's only a glimpse of them
>> in
>>>>>> the one pic that shows the bird lifting off from its branch, as
>>>>>> contrasted with the Coop's thick, sturdy-looking legs. The Coop often
>>>>>> chases prey on foot, whereas the Sharpie rarely does, so the
>> difference
>>>>>> in the evolution of leg size actually has a purpose.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Jane
>>>>>> (Shoreham)
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On 10/15/2018 7:35 AM, zach schwartz-weinstein wrote:
>>>>>>> Sharpie, with the messier reddish streaking, bug-eyed appearance,
>> small
>>>>>>> head and bill, and even-length tail feathers. Nice photos.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 7:33 AM Veer Frost <
>>>>>>> <0000038039fb4cf6-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Gorgeous, thank you, hope someone will know.Veer Frost, Passumpsic
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> On October 14, 2018 at 9:55 PM, "cynthia crawford" wrote:Got some
>>>>>>>> pretty good pictures- pretty sure this is a Cooper's. Opinions
>>>>>>>> welcome:
>>>>>>>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/albums/72157700879431161
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Cynthia Crawford
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> *Creature Kinships and Natural Affinities*
>>>>>>>> Animal and Nature Paintings, Portraits and Prints
>>>>>>>> NEW WEB SITE:
>>>>>>>> www.creaturekinships.net
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> www.creaturekinships.com
>>>>>>>> MORE PHOTOS and ARTWORK: http://pbase.com/creaturekinships
>>>>>>>> EVEN MORE PHOTOS: https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/
>>>>>>>> Castle & Court Music for Harp:
>>>>>>>> http://galleries.creaturekinships.com/?page_id=59
>>>>>>>> BLOG: http://creature-kinships.blogspot.com/
>>>>>>>>
>>>>> Thanks Zach and Jane- appreciate your thoughts. I noticed the thin
>> legs/feet especially, but felt the head was a bit large. Perhaps because of
>> the extended neck photo. I wasn't aware of the "bug-eyed" feature for
>> Sharpies, so that's helpful. I think I will report it as a sharpie and see
>> if I get corrected by the ebird "police". ;).
>>>>>
>>> Gotcha, Jane. Will report id the "ebird police" come after me. ;).
>> Meanwhile, here's a very sure Cooper's Hawk:
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/albums/72157702301051484. I
>> think the tail tells all here...or maybe it's a tall tail? ;)
>>>
>>
 

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Date: 10/16/18 8:38 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Hawk today -Cooper's or Sharpie
Just an additional note - the “chesty” look is actually a fieldmark for
sharp-shinned over cooper’s. Cooper’s hawks have a more even, tubular
shape. Sharp-shinned hawks are barrel-chested and top-heavy.

ZSW

On Tue, Oct 16, 2018 at 9:44 AM Jane Stein <jeshawks...> wrote:

> You bet, Cynthia! Very clear tail feather length and fat legs. That
> flat look of the head in the last photo with its crest slightly raised
> is also a good ID factor when it appears. Sharpies do not have that.
>
> Sharpie versus Coop is often a difficult call, but sticking to the
> basics helps to clear up most questions. In soaring flight way up over
> your head, as hawkwatchers often see them, none of those indicators can
> usually be seen, so it's often a lot harder.
>
> Jane
> (Shoreham)
>
> On 10/16/2018 9:26 AM, Cynthia Crawford wrote:
> > On Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:45:07 -0400, Jane Stein <jeshawks...>
> wrote:
> >
> >> Heh! Sharpie vs Cooper is the single most difficult ID among raptor
> >> enthusiasts, so no shame if you got it wrong-- if you did! Actual
> >> raptor experts might have a different take than Zach and I do.
> >> Experienced hawkwatchers have been known to literally come to blows over
> >> the ID. But... I doubt it. I'm an enthusiast of many years, not an
> >> actual expert!
> >>
> >> I wouldn't rely on the "bug-eyed" look since it depends so much on the
> >> angle of the bird and the picture and the familiarity of the observer
> >> with these guys. But the tail feather length in such a clear pose as
> >> you got (not always the case in photos in the field!) is truly
> >> definitive, as is the thickness of the legs, when you can see them.
> >> Banders have wildly different bands for Coops and Sharpies, and once I
> >> saw those, I was totally convinced of the dramatic difference between
> >> the 2 species, not just variation from individual to individual. Pretty
> >> much everything else is more impressionistic, so not really reliable for
> >> ID, only as contributing factors that can very easily lead the observer
> >> astray.
> >>
> >> One other factor to consider is that although there are more Coops
> >> around than there used to be, Sharpies still outnumber them by quite a
> >> bit. So Sharpie is the default ID for a smallish Accipeter, and an ID of
> >> Cooper's needs more confirmation from observable characteristics like
> >> leg size and tail feather lengths.
> >>
> >> Resist the ebird police! But do let us know here if you get interesting
> >> feedback, positive or negative, OK?
> >>
> >> Jane
> >> (Shoreham)
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> On 10/15/2018 8:25 PM, Cynthia Crawford wrote:
> >>> On Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:01:54 -0400, Jane Stein <jeshawks...>
> wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> Agreed, Zach. The tail feathers, despite the broad white tips, are
> the
> >>>> main tip-off-- all the same length. In this tail position, Coop's has
> >>>> noticeably shorter outer tail feathers. The relatively small,
> bug-eyed
> >>>> head is another. Chest streaking is harder to judge, for me anyway,
> >>>> because it's not that consistent from bird to bird.
> >>>>
> >>>> It does look large and chesty for a Sharpie, but that may be the lack
> of
> >>>> context from this close, since it's impossible to tell from the photos
> >>>> how large those branches and trunks are. And a big female Sharpies
> can
> >>>> be pretty close to male Coop's in size. Lastly, I'd add this bird's
> >>>> rather thin, stick-like legs, although there's only a glimpse of them
> in
> >>>> the one pic that shows the bird lifting off from its branch, as
> >>>> contrasted with the Coop's thick, sturdy-looking legs. The Coop often
> >>>> chases prey on foot, whereas the Sharpie rarely does, so the
> difference
> >>>> in the evolution of leg size actually has a purpose.
> >>>>
> >>>> Jane
> >>>> (Shoreham)
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>> On 10/15/2018 7:35 AM, zach schwartz-weinstein wrote:
> >>>>> Sharpie, with the messier reddish streaking, bug-eyed appearance,
> small
> >>>>> head and bill, and even-length tail feathers. Nice photos.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> On Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 7:33 AM Veer Frost <
> >>>>> <0000038039fb4cf6-dmarc-request...> wrote:
> >>>>>
> >>>>>> Gorgeous, thank you, hope someone will know.Veer Frost, Passumpsic
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> On October 14, 2018 at 9:55 PM, "cynthia crawford" wrote:Got some
> >>>>>> pretty good pictures- pretty sure this is a Cooper's. Opinions
> >>>>>> welcome:
> >>>>>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/albums/72157700879431161
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Cynthia Crawford
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> *Creature Kinships and Natural Affinities*
> >>>>>> Animal and Nature Paintings, Portraits and Prints
> >>>>>> NEW WEB SITE:
> >>>>>> www.creaturekinships.net
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> www.creaturekinships.com
> >>>>>> MORE PHOTOS and ARTWORK: http://pbase.com/creaturekinships
> >>>>>> EVEN MORE PHOTOS: https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/
> >>>>>> Castle & Court Music for Harp:
> >>>>>> http://galleries.creaturekinships.com/?page_id=59
> >>>>>> BLOG: http://creature-kinships.blogspot.com/
> >>>>>>
> >>> Thanks Zach and Jane- appreciate your thoughts. I noticed the thin
> legs/feet especially, but felt the head was a bit large. Perhaps because of
> the extended neck photo. I wasn't aware of the "bug-eyed" feature for
> Sharpies, so that's helpful. I think I will report it as a sharpie and see
> if I get corrected by the ebird "police". ;).
> >>>
> > Gotcha, Jane. Will report id the "ebird police" come after me. ;).
> Meanwhile, here's a very sure Cooper's Hawk:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/albums/72157702301051484. I
> think the tail tells all here...or maybe it's a tall tail? ;)
> >
>
--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774
 

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Date: 10/16/18 6:44 am
From: Jane Stein <jeshawks...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Hawk today -Cooper's or Sharpie
You bet, Cynthia! Very clear tail feather length and fat legs. That
flat look of the head in the last photo with its crest slightly raised
is also a good ID factor when it appears. Sharpies do not have that.

Sharpie versus Coop is often a difficult call, but sticking to the
basics helps to clear up most questions. In soaring flight way up over
your head, as hawkwatchers often see them, none of those indicators can
usually be seen, so it's often a lot harder.

Jane
(Shoreham)

On 10/16/2018 9:26 AM, Cynthia Crawford wrote:
> On Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:45:07 -0400, Jane Stein <jeshawks...> wrote:
>
>> Heh! Sharpie vs Cooper is the single most difficult ID among raptor
>> enthusiasts, so no shame if you got it wrong-- if you did! Actual
>> raptor experts might have a different take than Zach and I do.
>> Experienced hawkwatchers have been known to literally come to blows over
>> the ID. But... I doubt it. I'm an enthusiast of many years, not an
>> actual expert!
>>
>> I wouldn't rely on the "bug-eyed" look since it depends so much on the
>> angle of the bird and the picture and the familiarity of the observer
>> with these guys. But the tail feather length in such a clear pose as
>> you got (not always the case in photos in the field!) is truly
>> definitive, as is the thickness of the legs, when you can see them.
>> Banders have wildly different bands for Coops and Sharpies, and once I
>> saw those, I was totally convinced of the dramatic difference between
>> the 2 species, not just variation from individual to individual. Pretty
>> much everything else is more impressionistic, so not really reliable for
>> ID, only as contributing factors that can very easily lead the observer
>> astray.
>>
>> One other factor to consider is that although there are more Coops
>> around than there used to be, Sharpies still outnumber them by quite a
>> bit. So Sharpie is the default ID for a smallish Accipeter, and an ID of
>> Cooper's needs more confirmation from observable characteristics like
>> leg size and tail feather lengths.
>>
>> Resist the ebird police! But do let us know here if you get interesting
>> feedback, positive or negative, OK?
>>
>> Jane
>> (Shoreham)
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On 10/15/2018 8:25 PM, Cynthia Crawford wrote:
>>> On Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:01:54 -0400, Jane Stein <jeshawks...> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Agreed, Zach. The tail feathers, despite the broad white tips, are the
>>>> main tip-off-- all the same length. In this tail position, Coop's has
>>>> noticeably shorter outer tail feathers. The relatively small, bug-eyed
>>>> head is another. Chest streaking is harder to judge, for me anyway,
>>>> because it's not that consistent from bird to bird.
>>>>
>>>> It does look large and chesty for a Sharpie, but that may be the lack of
>>>> context from this close, since it's impossible to tell from the photos
>>>> how large those branches and trunks are. And a big female Sharpies can
>>>> be pretty close to male Coop's in size. Lastly, I'd add this bird's
>>>> rather thin, stick-like legs, although there's only a glimpse of them in
>>>> the one pic that shows the bird lifting off from its branch, as
>>>> contrasted with the Coop's thick, sturdy-looking legs. The Coop often
>>>> chases prey on foot, whereas the Sharpie rarely does, so the difference
>>>> in the evolution of leg size actually has a purpose.
>>>>
>>>> Jane
>>>> (Shoreham)
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On 10/15/2018 7:35 AM, zach schwartz-weinstein wrote:
>>>>> Sharpie, with the messier reddish streaking, bug-eyed appearance, small
>>>>> head and bill, and even-length tail feathers. Nice photos.
>>>>>
>>>>> On Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 7:33 AM Veer Frost <
>>>>> <0000038039fb4cf6-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Gorgeous, thank you, hope someone will know.Veer Frost, Passumpsic
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On October 14, 2018 at 9:55 PM, "cynthia crawford" wrote:Got some
>>>>>> pretty good pictures- pretty sure this is a Cooper's. Opinions
>>>>>> welcome:
>>>>>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/albums/72157700879431161
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Cynthia Crawford
>>>>>>
>>>>>> *Creature Kinships and Natural Affinities*
>>>>>> Animal and Nature Paintings, Portraits and Prints
>>>>>> NEW WEB SITE:
>>>>>> www.creaturekinships.net
>>>>>>
>>>>>> www.creaturekinships.com
>>>>>> MORE PHOTOS and ARTWORK: http://pbase.com/creaturekinships
>>>>>> EVEN MORE PHOTOS: https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/
>>>>>> Castle & Court Music for Harp:
>>>>>> http://galleries.creaturekinships.com/?page_id=59
>>>>>> BLOG: http://creature-kinships.blogspot.com/
>>>>>>
>>> Thanks Zach and Jane- appreciate your thoughts. I noticed the thin legs/feet especially, but felt the head was a bit large. Perhaps because of the extended neck photo. I wasn't aware of the "bug-eyed" feature for Sharpies, so that's helpful. I think I will report it as a sharpie and see if I get corrected by the ebird "police". ;).
>>>
> Gotcha, Jane. Will report id the "ebird police" come after me. ;). Meanwhile, here's a very sure Cooper's Hawk: https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/albums/72157702301051484. I think the tail tells all here...or maybe it's a tall tail? ;)
>
 

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Date: 10/16/18 6:26 am
From: Cynthia Crawford <cynthia.crawford...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Hawk today -Cooper's or Sharpie
On Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:45:07 -0400, Jane Stein <jeshawks...> wrote:

>Heh! Sharpie vs Cooper is the single most difficult ID among raptor
>enthusiasts, so no shame if you got it wrong-- if you did! Actual
>raptor experts might have a different take than Zach and I do.
>Experienced hawkwatchers have been known to literally come to blows over
>the ID. But... I doubt it. I'm an enthusiast of many years, not an
>actual expert!
>
>I wouldn't rely on the "bug-eyed" look since it depends so much on the
>angle of the bird and the picture and the familiarity of the observer
>with these guys. But the tail feather length in such a clear pose as
>you got (not always the case in photos in the field!) is truly
>definitive, as is the thickness of the legs, when you can see them.
>Banders have wildly different bands for Coops and Sharpies, and once I
>saw those, I was totally convinced of the dramatic difference between
>the 2 species, not just variation from individual to individual. Pretty
>much everything else is more impressionistic, so not really reliable for
>ID, only as contributing factors that can very easily lead the observer
>astray.
>
>One other factor to consider is that although there are more Coops
>around than there used to be, Sharpies still outnumber them by quite a
>bit. So Sharpie is the default ID for a smallish Accipeter, and an ID of
>Cooper's needs more confirmation from observable characteristics like
>leg size and tail feather lengths.
>
>Resist the ebird police! But do let us know here if you get interesting
>feedback, positive or negative, OK?
>
>Jane
>(Shoreham)
>
>
>
>
>
>
>On 10/15/2018 8:25 PM, Cynthia Crawford wrote:
>> On Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:01:54 -0400, Jane Stein <jeshawks...> wrote:
>>
>>> Agreed, Zach. The tail feathers, despite the broad white tips, are the
>>> main tip-off-- all the same length. In this tail position, Coop's has
>>> noticeably shorter outer tail feathers. The relatively small, bug-eyed
>>> head is another. Chest streaking is harder to judge, for me anyway,
>>> because it's not that consistent from bird to bird.
>>>
>>> It does look large and chesty for a Sharpie, but that may be the lack of
>>> context from this close, since it's impossible to tell from the photos
>>> how large those branches and trunks are. And a big female Sharpies can
>>> be pretty close to male Coop's in size. Lastly, I'd add this bird's
>>> rather thin, stick-like legs, although there's only a glimpse of them in
>>> the one pic that shows the bird lifting off from its branch, as
>>> contrasted with the Coop's thick, sturdy-looking legs. The Coop often
>>> chases prey on foot, whereas the Sharpie rarely does, so the difference
>>> in the evolution of leg size actually has a purpose.
>>>
>>> Jane
>>> (Shoreham)
>>>
>>>
>>> On 10/15/2018 7:35 AM, zach schwartz-weinstein wrote:
>>>> Sharpie, with the messier reddish streaking, bug-eyed appearance, small
>>>> head and bill, and even-length tail feathers. Nice photos.
>>>>
>>>> On Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 7:33 AM Veer Frost <
>>>> <0000038039fb4cf6-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Gorgeous, thank you, hope someone will know.Veer Frost, Passumpsic
>>>>>
>>>>> On October 14, 2018 at 9:55 PM, "cynthia crawford" wrote:Got some
>>>>> pretty good pictures- pretty sure this is a Cooper's. Opinions
>>>>> welcome:
>>>>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/albums/72157700879431161
>>>>>
>>>>> Cynthia Crawford
>>>>>
>>>>> *Creature Kinships and Natural Affinities*
>>>>> Animal and Nature Paintings, Portraits and Prints
>>>>> NEW WEB SITE:
>>>>> www.creaturekinships.net
>>>>>
>>>>> www.creaturekinships.com
>>>>> MORE PHOTOS and ARTWORK: http://pbase.com/creaturekinships
>>>>> EVEN MORE PHOTOS: https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/
>>>>> Castle & Court Music for Harp:
>>>>> http://galleries.creaturekinships.com/?page_id=59
>>>>> BLOG: http://creature-kinships.blogspot.com/
>>>>>
>> Thanks Zach and Jane- appreciate your thoughts. I noticed the thin legs/feet especially, but felt the head was a bit large. Perhaps because of the extended neck photo. I wasn't aware of the "bug-eyed" feature for Sharpies, so that's helpful. I think I will report it as a sharpie and see if I get corrected by the ebird "police". ;).
>>
Gotcha, Jane. Will report id the "ebird police" come after me. ;). Meanwhile, here's a very sure Cooper's Hawk: https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/albums/72157702301051484. I think the tail tells all here...or maybe it's a tall tail? ;)
 

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Date: 10/16/18 4:35 am
From: Jim Mead <jimmead4...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Ruddy Ducks at Shelburne Pond
Hello all,

There are some nice waterfowl at Shelburne Pond at the moment.

Canada Geese- 4
Mallard- 2
Green-winged Teal- 1
Ring-necked Duck- 2
Lesser Scaup- 8
Black Scoter- 1
Bufflehead- 1
Red-breasted Merganser- 1
Ruddy Duck- 2
Red-necked Grebe- 1

Good luck if you try for them.

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead
 

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Date: 10/15/18 6:45 pm
From: Jane Stein <jeshawks...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Hawk today -Cooper's or Sharpie
Heh! Sharpie vs Cooper is the single most difficult ID among raptor
enthusiasts, so no shame if you got it wrong-- if you did! Actual
raptor experts might have a different take than Zach and I do.
Experienced hawkwatchers have been known to literally come to blows over
the ID. But... I doubt it. I'm an enthusiast of many years, not an
actual expert!

I wouldn't rely on the "bug-eyed" look since it depends so much on the
angle of the bird and the picture and the familiarity of the observer
with these guys. But the tail feather length in such a clear pose as
you got (not always the case in photos in the field!) is truly
definitive, as is the thickness of the legs, when you can see them.
Banders have wildly different bands for Coops and Sharpies, and once I
saw those, I was totally convinced of the dramatic difference between
the 2 species, not just variation from individual to individual. Pretty
much everything else is more impressionistic, so not really reliable for
ID, only as contributing factors that can very easily lead the observer
astray.

One other factor to consider is that although there are more Coops
around than there used to be, Sharpies still outnumber them by quite a
bit. So Sharpie is the default ID for a smallish Accipeter, and an ID of
Cooper's needs more confirmation from observable characteristics like
leg size and tail feather lengths.

Resist the ebird police! But do let us know here if you get interesting
feedback, positive or negative, OK?

Jane
(Shoreham)






On 10/15/2018 8:25 PM, Cynthia Crawford wrote:
> On Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:01:54 -0400, Jane Stein <jeshawks...> wrote:
>
>> Agreed, Zach. The tail feathers, despite the broad white tips, are the
>> main tip-off-- all the same length. In this tail position, Coop's has
>> noticeably shorter outer tail feathers. The relatively small, bug-eyed
>> head is another. Chest streaking is harder to judge, for me anyway,
>> because it's not that consistent from bird to bird.
>>
>> It does look large and chesty for a Sharpie, but that may be the lack of
>> context from this close, since it's impossible to tell from the photos
>> how large those branches and trunks are. And a big female Sharpies can
>> be pretty close to male Coop's in size. Lastly, I'd add this bird's
>> rather thin, stick-like legs, although there's only a glimpse of them in
>> the one pic that shows the bird lifting off from its branch, as
>> contrasted with the Coop's thick, sturdy-looking legs. The Coop often
>> chases prey on foot, whereas the Sharpie rarely does, so the difference
>> in the evolution of leg size actually has a purpose.
>>
>> Jane
>> (Shoreham)
>>
>>
>> On 10/15/2018 7:35 AM, zach schwartz-weinstein wrote:
>>> Sharpie, with the messier reddish streaking, bug-eyed appearance, small
>>> head and bill, and even-length tail feathers. Nice photos.
>>>
>>> On Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 7:33 AM Veer Frost <
>>> <0000038039fb4cf6-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Gorgeous, thank you, hope someone will know.Veer Frost, Passumpsic
>>>>
>>>> On October 14, 2018 at 9:55 PM, "cynthia crawford" wrote:Got some
>>>> pretty good pictures- pretty sure this is a Cooper's. Opinions
>>>> welcome:
>>>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/albums/72157700879431161
>>>>
>>>> Cynthia Crawford
>>>>
>>>> *Creature Kinships and Natural Affinities*
>>>> Animal and Nature Paintings, Portraits and Prints
>>>> NEW WEB SITE:
>>>> www.creaturekinships.net
>>>>
>>>> www.creaturekinships.com
>>>> MORE PHOTOS and ARTWORK: http://pbase.com/creaturekinships
>>>> EVEN MORE PHOTOS: https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/
>>>> Castle & Court Music for Harp:
>>>> http://galleries.creaturekinships.com/?page_id=59
>>>> BLOG: http://creature-kinships.blogspot.com/
>>>>
> Thanks Zach and Jane- appreciate your thoughts. I noticed the thin legs/feet especially, but felt the head was a bit large. Perhaps because of the extended neck photo. I wasn't aware of the "bug-eyed" feature for Sharpies, so that's helpful. I think I will report it as a sharpie and see if I get corrected by the ebird "police". ;).
>
 

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Date: 10/15/18 5:25 pm
From: Cynthia Crawford <cynthia.crawford...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Hawk today -Cooper's or Sharpie
On Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:01:54 -0400, Jane Stein <jeshawks...> wrote:

>Agreed, Zach. The tail feathers, despite the broad white tips, are the
>main tip-off-- all the same length. In this tail position, Coop's has
>noticeably shorter outer tail feathers. The relatively small, bug-eyed
>head is another. Chest streaking is harder to judge, for me anyway,
>because it's not that consistent from bird to bird.
>
>It does look large and chesty for a Sharpie, but that may be the lack of
>context from this close, since it's impossible to tell from the photos
>how large those branches and trunks are. And a big female Sharpies can
>be pretty close to male Coop's in size. Lastly, I'd add this bird's
>rather thin, stick-like legs, although there's only a glimpse of them in
>the one pic that shows the bird lifting off from its branch, as
>contrasted with the Coop's thick, sturdy-looking legs. The Coop often
>chases prey on foot, whereas the Sharpie rarely does, so the difference
>in the evolution of leg size actually has a purpose.
>
>Jane
>(Shoreham)
>
>
>On 10/15/2018 7:35 AM, zach schwartz-weinstein wrote:
>> Sharpie, with the messier reddish streaking, bug-eyed appearance, small
>> head and bill, and even-length tail feathers. Nice photos.
>>
>> On Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 7:33 AM Veer Frost <
>> <0000038039fb4cf6-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>>
>>> Gorgeous, thank you, hope someone will know.Veer Frost, Passumpsic
>>>
>>> On October 14, 2018 at 9:55 PM, "cynthia crawford" wrote:Got some
>>> pretty good pictures- pretty sure this is a Cooper's. Opinions
>>> welcome:
>>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/albums/72157700879431161
>>>
>>> Cynthia Crawford
>>>
>>> *Creature Kinships and Natural Affinities*
>>> Animal and Nature Paintings, Portraits and Prints
>>> NEW WEB SITE:
>>> www.creaturekinships.net
>>>
>>> www.creaturekinships.com
>>> MORE PHOTOS and ARTWORK: http://pbase.com/creaturekinships
>>> EVEN MORE PHOTOS: https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/
>>> Castle & Court Music for Harp:
>>> http://galleries.creaturekinships.com/?page_id=59
>>> BLOG: http://creature-kinships.blogspot.com/
>>>
Thanks Zach and Jane- appreciate your thoughts. I noticed the thin legs/feet especially, but felt the head was a bit large. Perhaps because of the extended neck photo. I wasn't aware of the "bug-eyed" feature for Sharpies, so that's helpful. I think I will report it as a sharpie and see if I get corrected by the ebird "police". ;).
 

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Date: 10/15/18 9:58 am
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] yesterday's Jericho Big Sit
We did an abbreviated Big Sit! yesterday at Mills Riverside Park. Some photos at:
https://vtbirdsandwords.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-big-sit-mills-riverside-park.htm <https://vtbirdsandwords.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-big-sit-mills-riverside-park.htm>
Thanks to everyone who helped and everyone who stopped by!
Maeve Kim
Jericho Center
 

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Date: 10/15/18 6:02 am
From: Jane Stein <jeshawks...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Hawk today -Cooper's or Sharpie
Agreed, Zach. The tail feathers, despite the broad white tips, are the
main tip-off-- all the same length. In this tail position, Coop's has
noticeably shorter outer tail feathers. The relatively small, bug-eyed
head is another. Chest streaking is harder to judge, for me anyway,
because it's not that consistent from bird to bird.

It does look large and chesty for a Sharpie, but that may be the lack of
context from this close, since it's impossible to tell from the photos
how large those branches and trunks are. And a big female Sharpies can
be pretty close to male Coop's in size. Lastly, I'd add this bird's
rather thin, stick-like legs, although there's only a glimpse of them in
the one pic that shows the bird lifting off from its branch, as
contrasted with the Coop's thick, sturdy-looking legs. The Coop often
chases prey on foot, whereas the Sharpie rarely does, so the difference
in the evolution of leg size actually has a purpose.

Jane
(Shoreham)


On 10/15/2018 7:35 AM, zach schwartz-weinstein wrote:
> Sharpie, with the messier reddish streaking, bug-eyed appearance, small
> head and bill, and even-length tail feathers. Nice photos.
>
> On Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 7:33 AM Veer Frost <
> <0000038039fb4cf6-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
>> Gorgeous, thank you, hope someone will know.Veer Frost, Passumpsic
>>
>> On October 14, 2018 at 9:55 PM, "cynthia crawford" wrote:Got some
>> pretty good pictures- pretty sure this is a Cooper's. Opinions
>> welcome:
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/albums/72157700879431161
>>
>> Cynthia Crawford
>>
>> *Creature Kinships and Natural Affinities*
>> Animal and Nature Paintings, Portraits and Prints
>> NEW WEB SITE:
>> www.creaturekinships.net
>>
>> www.creaturekinships.com
>> MORE PHOTOS and ARTWORK: http://pbase.com/creaturekinships
>> EVEN MORE PHOTOS: https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/
>> Castle & Court Music for Harp:
>> http://galleries.creaturekinships.com/?page_id=59
>> BLOG: http://creature-kinships.blogspot.com/
>>
 

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Date: 10/15/18 4:35 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Hawk today -Cooper's or Sharpie
Sharpie, with the messier reddish streaking, bug-eyed appearance, small
head and bill, and even-length tail feathers. Nice photos.

On Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 7:33 AM Veer Frost <
<0000038039fb4cf6-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> Gorgeous, thank you, hope someone will know.Veer Frost, Passumpsic
>
> On October 14, 2018 at 9:55 PM, "cynthia crawford" wrote:Got some
> pretty good pictures- pretty sure this is a Cooper's. Opinions
> welcome:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/albums/72157700879431161
>
> Cynthia Crawford
>
> *Creature Kinships and Natural Affinities*
> Animal and Nature Paintings, Portraits and Prints
> NEW WEB SITE:
> www.creaturekinships.net
>
> www.creaturekinships.com
> MORE PHOTOS and ARTWORK: http://pbase.com/creaturekinships
> EVEN MORE PHOTOS: https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/
> Castle & Court Music for Harp:
> http://galleries.creaturekinships.com/?page_id=59
> BLOG: http://creature-kinships.blogspot.com/
>
--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774
 

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Date: 10/15/18 4:33 am
From: Veer Frost <0000038039fb4cf6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Hawk today -Cooper's or Sharpie
Gorgeous, thank you, hope someone will know.Veer Frost, Passumpsic

On October 14, 2018 at 9:55 PM, "cynthia crawford" wrote:Got some
pretty good pictures- pretty sure this is a Cooper's. Opinions
welcome:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/albums/72157700879431161

Cynthia Crawford

*Creature Kinships and Natural Affinities*
Animal and Nature Paintings, Portraits and Prints
NEW WEB SITE:
www.creaturekinships.net

www.creaturekinships.com
MORE PHOTOS and ARTWORK: http://pbase.com/creaturekinships
EVEN MORE PHOTOS: https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/
Castle & Court Music for Harp:
http://galleries.creaturekinships.com/?page_id=59
BLOG: http://creature-kinships.blogspot.com/
 

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Date: 10/14/18 8:34 pm
From: Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Missisquoi NWR Bird Monitoring Walk
Join us as we monitor a variety of bird species at Missisquoi National
Wildlife Refuge.

This month's Bird Monitoring Walk will be on Saturday October 20, 2018 on
the Old Railroad Passage Trail. Meet at 8:00 AM at the parking lot on
Tabor Rd, about a mile past the refuge Visitor Center. If you have any
questions, email me at <copenhvr...>

The monthly walks gather long-term data on the presence of birds, their
abundance, and changes in populations. The information we gather is entered
into the Vermont e-Bird database where data is stored by the Cornell Lab of
Ornithology. These walks are appropriate for all levels of birders and
provide a wonderful opportunity to learn about birds throughout the
seasons. Led by Ken Copenhaver and Julie Filiberti, Friends of Missisquoi
National Wildlife Refuge board members.

After 102 months of walks we have observed 157 species. (In September we
added Merlin to our list.) Hope to see you there!


--Ken Copenhaver

For information on other refuge events, visit: http://friendsofmissisquoi.
org/
 

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Date: 10/14/18 6:55 pm
From: cynthia crawford <cynthia.crawford...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Hawk today -Cooper's or Sharpie
Got some pretty good pictures- pretty sure this is a Cooper's. Opinions
welcome:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/albums/72157700879431161

Cynthia Crawford

*Creature Kinships and Natural Affinities*
Animal and Nature Paintings, Portraits and Prints
NEW WEB SITE:
www.creaturekinships.net

www.creaturekinships.com
MORE PHOTOS and ARTWORK: http://pbase.com/creaturekinships
EVEN MORE PHOTOS: https://www.flickr.com/photos/33836164@N03/
Castle & Court Music for Harp:
http://galleries.creaturekinships.com/?page_id=59
BLOG: http://creature-kinships.blogspot.com/
 

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Date: 10/14/18 6:29 pm
From: Charlie La Rosa <charlie.larosa...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] First Juncos of the Year
Juncos and white-throated sparrows are out and about in the gardens and
under the trees here in So. Washington, as well. A very handsome ruffed
grouse was sunning itself on a stone wall here this morning, too. Woodcock
are migrating through. Fairly easy to find them if you seek out the proper
habitat. Lots of turkeys around and a pileated woodpecker for good measure.
Charlie La Rosa
So. Washington

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." — Arthur Ashe




On Sun, Oct 14, 2018 at 8:36 PM Robert Dudley <greyowlvermont...>
wrote:

> This evening I observed two Juncos feeding off of seeds heads in one of my
> flower gardens. Yesterday there was a first of the year Tree Sparrow
> feeding in the same flower bed. I was going to clean the bed up; however I
> will probably wait until November when I put out my feeders.
>
> Bob Dudley
>
> West Arlington.
>
 

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Date: 10/14/18 5:36 pm
From: Robert Dudley <greyowlvermont...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] First Juncos of the Year
This evening I observed two Juncos feeding off of seeds heads in one of my flower gardens. Yesterday there was a first of the year Tree Sparrow feeding in the same flower bed. I was going to clean the bed up; however I will probably wait until November when I put out my feeders.

Bob Dudley

West Arlington.
 

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Date: 10/14/18 3:28 pm
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Purple Finches
Purple finches here at least 6.
Sue Wetmore
Brandon

Sent from my iPod

> On Oct 14, 2018, at 6:16 PM, Maeve Kim <maevulus...> wrote:
>
> We’ve had four at a time here in Jericho also - along with several House Finches.
> Maeve Kim
> Jericho Center
>
>
>> On Oct 14, 2018, at 9:03 AM, Scott Morrical <smorrica...> wrote:
>>
>> Good morning,
>> We occasionally see Purple Finches at our feeders here in South Burlington. This morning there are 5 of them, 4 males and 1 female. Eating black oil sunflower seeds, ignoring the niger thistle seed feeder.
>> Scott Morrical
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/14/18 3:27 pm
From: Pat Folsom <pfols...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Purple Finches
Saw six at a feeder in McIndoe Falls yesterday.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Maeve Kim" <maevulus...>
To: "VT Bird" <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Sunday, October 14, 2018 3:16:42 PM
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Purple Finches

We’ve had four at a time here in Jericho also - along with several House Finches.
Maeve Kim
Jericho Center


> On Oct 14, 2018, at 9:03 AM, Scott Morrical <smorrica...> wrote:
>
> Good morning,
> We occasionally see Purple Finches at our feeders here in South Burlington. This morning there are 5 of them, 4 males and 1 female. Eating black oil sunflower seeds, ignoring the niger thistle seed feeder.
> Scott Morrical
>
> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/14/18 3:16 pm
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Purple Finches
We’ve had four at a time here in Jericho also - along with several House Finches.
Maeve Kim
Jericho Center


> On Oct 14, 2018, at 9:03 AM, Scott Morrical <smorrica...> wrote:
>
> Good morning,
> We occasionally see Purple Finches at our feeders here in South Burlington. This morning there are 5 of them, 4 males and 1 female. Eating black oil sunflower seeds, ignoring the niger thistle seed feeder.
> Scott Morrical
>
> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/14/18 6:03 am
From: Scott Morrical <smorrica...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Purple Finches
Good morning,
We occasionally see Purple Finches at our feeders here in South Burlington. This morning there are 5 of them, 4 males and 1 female. Eating black oil sunflower seeds, ignoring the niger thistle seed feeder.
Scott Morrical

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/13/18 6:32 pm
From: Rich Kelley <rich...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Missisquoi Big Sit - Saturday, October 13th
On behalf of the Friends of Missiquoi National Wildlife Refuge, I want to thank everyone that came out and took part in today's "Big Sit!" event! The 'Missisquoi Marsh-Mellows' team spent 12 chilly hours at the Stephen J. Young Marsh, documenting 46 species of birds. Highlights included a Sandhill Crane, and a group of black-bellied plovers, both were the first eBird records from the Marsh.

You can peruse our results here: https://ebird.org/vt/profile/OTYwNTI1/US-VT-011

In particular, I want to thank Friends' Board Members Julie and Ken for their organizational, logistical, and culinary contributions.

If you'd like to enjoy the refuge with us, please join us on our monthly birding walks, the 3rd Saturday of each month.
 

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Date: 10/13/18 9:07 am
From: Scott Morrical <smorrica...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Colchester Railroad Causeway, Oct 13, 2018
Greetings,
I walked most of Colchester Causeway this morning. Hunters were abundant and birds relatively few. But I did see 2 Surf Scoters, and a small variety of “Canada Goose” that was probably a Lesser or a Richardson’s. The entire list is below.

Scott Morrical,
South Burlington

Sent from my iPhone

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> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: October 13, 2018 at 12:01:00 PM EDT
> To: <smorrica...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Colchester Railroad Causeway, Oct 13, 2018
>
> Colchester Railroad Causeway, Chittenden, Vermont, US
> Oct 13, 2018 9:10 AM - 11:42 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 5.0 mile(s)
> 26 species
>
> Canada Goose 150 Including one markedly smaller bird, flyover with a small flock of six common Canada Geese. Approximately 3/5 the size of the others, but with proportionately long skinny neck, small head and bill. Probably Lesser or Richardson’s.
> Mallard 18
> American Black Duck 2
> Northern Pintail 1
> Lesser Scaup 3
> Surf Scoter 2
> Common Merganser 1
> Greater Yellowlegs 2
> Ring-billed Gull 6
> Herring Gull 5
> Great Black-backed Gull 1
> Common Loon 1
> Double-crested Cormorant 20
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> American Crow 5
> Common Raven 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 10
> Tufted Titmouse 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
> American Robin 9
> Purple Finch 2
> Song Sparrow 6
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49159163
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 10/12/18 6:57 pm
From: Mike Resch <0000012cec6153db-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Blue Grosbeak and Others, Brattleboro and Vernon, 10/12
Today was my annual fall birding trip to Brattleboro and Vernon, especially focused on sparrows and late warblers.  As I posted earlier, I found a female-plumaged Blue Grosbeak at the Brattleboro ski jump on Cedar Street.  The bird was seen at numerous locations around the base of the ski jump and adjacent clearing, often associating with Song Sparrows.  My description from the eBird checklist is provided below -  First seen flying overhead - as I watched it in flight I initially thought it was a very large sparrow.  I then watched it land in a tree some 50 yards away, facing me.  I could see that it was a large chunky finch, uniformly chestnut-brown below, with a large gray bill.  I could also hear it giving it's loud/sharp "chink" call.  I quickly thought it was a Blue Grosbeak though it was distant.  It then flew to the other end of the clearing.  A minute later I arrived where it landed and played some tape of Blue Grosbeak call notes.  Within a few seconds it popped out into the open giving much better views and calling just 25 ft away.  Now I saw all the field marks over the next couple minutes - chunky body, uniformly chestnut brown above and below and head, very large gray beak, and bright reddish wing-bar.  It then flew over to the fencing near the base of the ski jump.  Later I re-found it perched on the fence, taking these record shots [attached to the eBird checklist].  Notice how much bigger it is compared to the nearby Song Sparrows.  Then Dave Johnston arrived and saw the bird as well. Here's a link to the checklist - https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49148188I also birded the fields around the Brattleboro Marina, Brattleboro Retreat Meadows, Miller Farm field substation area, and the Stebbins Rd. stump dump.  Other notable birds were a late Magnolia Warbler at the ski jump, and a late Indigo Bunting at the marina. As for sparrows - had 8 species with largest numbers around the perimeter of the cornfield at the Brattleboro Marina.  Totals for the day - Song - 171White-throated - 118Savannah - 99Swamp - 32White-crowned - 15Lincoln's - 8Chipping - 2Field - 2  Mike Reschwww.statebirding.blogspot.comPepperell, MA 
 

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Date: 10/12/18 11:53 am
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] bird density around US
Sometimes I feel foolish, returning to my old favorite birding spots again and again when there’s so much of the country I haven’t explored. But this map says it all. The places I go are THE PLACES WHERE THE BIRDS ARE!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BoxTuiuirMR/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=deewu24edn4 <https://www.instagram.com/p/BoxTuiuirMR/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=deewu24edn4>
Maeve Kim
Jericho Center
 

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Date: 10/12/18 8:40 am
From: Mike Resch <0000012cec6153db-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Blue grosbeak at Brattleboro ski jump.
 Just found a female plumaged blue grosbeak at 11:30 AM. 
Mike ReschWww.statebirding.blogspot.conPepperell, ma
 

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Date: 10/12/18 8:21 am
From: Susan Elliott <00000032e9152660-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Nelson’s Sparrow-Pomainville WMA
A Nelson’s Sparrow is at Pomainville WMA in Pittsford. South side down by the cattails.

Sue Elliott, Sue Wetmore, Kathleen Guinness

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/11/18 1:45 pm
From: carolclyde <carolclyde...>
Subject: [VTBIRD]
Osprey flew by shore and white crowned sparrow was at feeder area in yard in Souh  Alburgh.Carol Yarnell


Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S9+, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 10/10/18 11:41 am
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] new bird, new sound!
For the past several days, we’ve been hearing on-and-off a high, sweet, strong “churrr” noise that wasn’t familiar to either of us. (I described it to another birder as sounding like a cross between a Red-bellied Woodpecker and a meadowlark.) Today we saw it: it’s our brand-new Carolina Wren! I’ve always found the teakettle noise easy to recognize, but this call was new!
We’re delighted to see this addition to our backyard birds.
Maeve Kim
Jericho Center
 

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Date: 10/10/18 1:26 am
From: Shelagh Smith <0000007c0b9bf02a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Juncos in Leicester
First Juncos of the season in Leicester, nr Fern Lake. Under my feeder yesterday, two females and a male. Winter is coming! Shelagh Smith.
 

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Date: 10/9/18 2:55 pm
From: Ruth Stewart <birder_rws...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Junco
First Junco of the migration... with multiple numbers of Flickers still passing through.


Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset, VT


________________________________
From: <ebird-checklist...> <ebird-checklist...>
Sent: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 5:53 PM
To: <birder_rws...>
Subject: eBird Report - My yard birds - 324 Morse Hill Rd. E. Dorset, Oct 9, 2018

My yard birds - 324 Morse Hill Rd. E. Dorset, Bennington, Vermont, US
Oct 9, 2018 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: 60s. Overcast. Feeder and yard activity
12 species

Mourning Dove 8
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 First seen in a long time
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 5
Blue Jay 5
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
American Goldfinch 5
Dark-eyed Junco 1 First of season
White-throated Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49083736

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 10/9/18 1:59 pm
From: Thomas Berriman <blackpoll...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Island Pond scoters


Island Pond and Wallace Pond had a nice supply of scoters this morning. On
Island Pond there were over 300 mostly White-winged and Black but several
Surf Scoters as well through the scope. Added a few long range digiscopes to
the eBird report of at least 4 different rafts.



https://ebird.org/vt/view/checklist/S49082036





The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do
nothing.



Tom Berriman

802-626-9071



<https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackpoll1/>
https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackpoll1/




 

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Date: 10/9/18 8:16 am
From: Noel Dodge <noel.dodge...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Scoters in Vermont
Liz,
Cornell has a good site for the summary of this information, and it allows
you to select the date.
This is smoothed national level data but they include arrows showing
predominant migrant direction.
http://birdcast.info/live-migration-maps/

However, the "Raw" National Mosaic Loop really is the best way to "see" big
movements when conditions are right. You can nearly time sunset with
increased noise on clear evening using the Doppler. When no rain is present
look for the "fuzzy balls" around the radar sites. The "fuzz" is the
signature of migrants (bats and insects too!)
https://radar.weather.gov/Conus/full_lite_loop.php

See here for additional information on Radar Aeroecology;
http://www.animalmigration.org/aeroecology/index.htm

I've used the data to identify and track emerging Mexican free-tailed bats
from their cave roosts in Texas, and seen enormous insects hatches on the
Mississippi. Very cool stuff. But more useful where there are less
mountains to block the beam.
-Noel


On Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 8:17 PM Liz Lackey <lackeytomliz...> wrote:

> Did the radar last night show a major flight of birds that could have been
> Scoters?
>
> It is interesting how they appeared on so many bodies of water today in
> Vermont.
>
> Thanks to Jim Mead’s reporting at Shelburne Pond, I was inspired to check
> the lakes in my neck of the woods (Lamoille Co). Both Lake Lamoille and
> Lake Elmore had flocks, as did Green River Reservoir.
>
> I wish I would remember to check the radar, and then be able to understand
> it.
>
> Enjoy migration,
>
> Liz Lackey
> Stowe, VT
>
 

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Date: 10/9/18 7:35 am
From: Susan Elliott <00000032e9152660-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Surf Scoters-Lake Bomoseen
Getting on the scoter bandwagon, Rutland County had eight Surf Scoters, accompanied by one Greater Scaup, on Lake Bomoseen this morning.

Sue Elliott
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/8/18 5:17 pm
From: Liz Lackey <lackeytomliz...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Scoters in Vermont
Did the radar last night show a major flight of birds that could have been Scoters?

It is interesting how they appeared on so many bodies of water today in Vermont.

Thanks to Jim Mead’s reporting at Shelburne Pond, I was inspired to check the lakes in my neck of the woods (Lamoille Co). Both Lake Lamoille and Lake Elmore had flocks, as did Green River Reservoir.

I wish I would remember to check the radar, and then be able to understand it.

Enjoy migration,

Liz Lackey
Stowe, VT
 

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Date: 10/8/18 3:38 pm
From: Sarah Fellows <towanda2...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Scoters at Shelburne Pond
Scoters were still at shelburne pond at noon today. Thank you, Jim Mead! A wonderful display!

Sally fellows
Williston,vlt

> On Oct 8, 2018, at 7:17 AM, Jim Mead <jimmead4...> wrote:
>
> Hello all,
>
> All 3 Scoter species are here now. I am looking at 21 Black Scoters, 9 White-winged Scoters and 6 Surf Scoters.
>
> Good luck if you try for them.
>
> Enjoy Birds,
>
> Jim Mead
 

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Date: 10/8/18 3:35 pm
From: Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] More Scoters
The mixed flock of scoters reported by Jim Mead was still present at 9 A/M this morning.


This afternoon I counted 9 White-winged Scoters at Colchester Pond. Other birds of interest included a Common Loon transitioning out of breeding plumage and a Red-necked Grebe.


Bruce MacPherson
South Burlington



-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Mead <jimmead4...>
To: VTBIRD <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Mon, Oct 8, 2018 7:17 am
Subject: [VTBIRD] Scoters at Shelburne Pond

Hello all,

All 3 Scoter species are here now. I am looking at 21 Black Scoters, 9 White-winged Scoters and 6 Surf Scoters.

Good luck if you try for them.

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead
 

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Date: 10/8/18 8:55 am
From: Sandy Witherell <homefarm...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Adult Male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
A seemingly comparatively large adult male Ruby Throat working our patch of pink Impatiens at 10:30 this morning. Seemed in a hurry................

Sandy Witherell
Shoreham
 

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Date: 10/8/18 7:54 am
From: Scott Morrical <smorrica...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Peregrine at UVM
A Peregrine Falcon is on the big water tower at UVM right now - 10:53 AM.
Scott

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/8/18 6:37 am
From: Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <zcotaweaver...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] 3 Scoter Sp. Lake Elmore
Right now on Lake Elmore there is a mixed Scoter flock with 54 Black, 6 White-winged, and 2 Surf. Except for a single female Black, all are striking males in breeding plumage.

Zac Cota

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Date: 10/8/18 4:17 am
From: Jim Mead <jimmead4...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Scoters at Shelburne Pond
Hello all,

All 3 Scoter species are here now. I am looking at 21 Black Scoters, 9 White-winged Scoters and 6 Surf Scoters.

Good luck if you try for them.

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead
 

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Date: 10/7/18 4:06 pm
From: Aubrey Choquette <choquette42...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] European starling and Canada goose with unusual coloration
Apparently, Sunday afternoon is the time to see birds with unusual
coloration...

Last Sunday, while traveling north on Route 7 in New Haven, I noticed a
light colored bird in a flock of starlings as they flew from the grass
beside the roadway to a utility pole. After turning around and finding a
safe spot to view the birds, I saw that it was also a starling but with
mostly white feathers.

This afternoon, while birding at Delta Park IBA, I observed a Canada goose
whose body was a very pale gray. It stood out in stark contrast to the
other geese around it. It's head and neck were the correct color and
pattern so I suspect that this individual was not a hybrid but a color
aberration.

I was able to get photos of each bird. (The quality of the photos is not
great but they do show how these individuals stood out from the crowd.)
Those photos are attached to the following eBird checklists:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49027575

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49023202

Aubrey Choquette
Ferrisburgh, VT
 

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Date: 10/6/18 8:25 pm
From: Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Winter Finch Forecast
Just thought I'd pass this on. Could be a good winter for seeing finches
in VT.

http://jeaniron.ca/2018/wff18.htm

--Ken Copenhaver
 

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Date: 10/6/18 12:05 pm
From: Ruth Stewart <birder_rws...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Nelson's Sp. Pomainville WMA, Oct 6, 2018
Great list, Sue. A FEW more than at my feeder! Thanks for posting.


Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset, VT


________________________________
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> on behalf of Sue <2birdvt...>
Sent: Saturday, October 6, 2018 11:50 AM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Nelson's Sp. Pomainville WMA, Oct 6, 2018

Here's the complete list.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod
>
> Pomainville WMA, Rutland, Vermont, US
> Oct 6, 2018 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> 30 species
>
> Canada Goose 9
> Wood Duck 13
> Mallard 9
> American Black Duck 2
> Mourning Dove 1
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 3
> Merlin 2
> Eastern Phoebe 2
> Blue-headed Vireo 1
> Blue Jay 5
> American Crow 7
> Marsh Wren 1
> Eastern Bluebird 1
> American Robin 10
> European Starling 8
> Cedar Waxwing 6
> American Goldfinch 1
> White-crowned Sparrow 3
> White-throated Sparrow 13
> Nelson's Sparrow 1 Gray crown stripe, orange buff on face and upper breast which was streaked.
> Savannah Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 14
> Lincoln's Sparrow 1
> Swamp Sparrow 10
> Red-winged Blackbird 44
> Common Grackle 10
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 11
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48977883
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 10/6/18 8:50 am
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Nelson's Sp. Pomainville WMA, Oct 6, 2018
Here's the complete list.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod
>
> Pomainville WMA, Rutland, Vermont, US
> Oct 6, 2018 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> 30 species
>
> Canada Goose 9
> Wood Duck 13
> Mallard 9
> American Black Duck 2
> Mourning Dove 1
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 3
> Merlin 2
> Eastern Phoebe 2
> Blue-headed Vireo 1
> Blue Jay 5
> American Crow 7
> Marsh Wren 1
> Eastern Bluebird 1
> American Robin 10
> European Starling 8
> Cedar Waxwing 6
> American Goldfinch 1
> White-crowned Sparrow 3
> White-throated Sparrow 13
> Nelson's Sparrow 1 Gray crown stripe, orange buff on face and upper breast which was streaked.
> Savannah Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 14
> Lincoln's Sparrow 1
> Swamp Sparrow 10
> Red-winged Blackbird 44
> Common Grackle 10
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 11
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48977883
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 10/6/18 8:35 am
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Nelson's
This morning I located a Nelson's sparrow at Pomainville WMA in the thick grasses right after crossing the first mowed field. It was on the south side. A multitude of other sparrow species were present.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 10/4/18 11:47 am
From: Eugenia Cooke <euge24241...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Nelson's
where?

On Thu, Oct 4, 2018, 10:50 AM Rebecca Williams <
<000002cd70f36334-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> I'm going over.Thanks!
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Craig Provost <cprovost88...>
> To: VTBIRD <VTBIRD...>
> Sent: Thu, Oct 4, 2018 7:50 am
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Nelson's
>
> At least one still present this morning.
>
 

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Date: 10/4/18 7:50 am
From: Rebecca Williams <000002cd70f36334-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Nelson's
I'm going over.Thanks!


-----Original Message-----
From: Craig Provost <cprovost88...>
To: VTBIRD <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Thu, Oct 4, 2018 7:50 am
Subject: [VTBIRD] Nelson's

At least one still present this morning.
 

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Date: 10/4/18 7:29 am
From: Charlie Teske <cteske140...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Loons on the Lake
Six loons (alas, no longer in the natty breeding attire) enjoyed some R & R near the north end of Willoughby yesterday afternoon.
Perhaps, enjoying the luminous Kingdom colors between dives?
 

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Date: 10/4/18 6:30 am
From: Ruth Stewart <birder_rws...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Lake Champlain Great Egret abundance Aug/Sept. 2018. A few numbers
Thanks for taking the time to do this analytic and sharing. What a remarkable tool e-bird is.


Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset, VT


________________________________
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> on behalf of Ian Worley <iworley...>
Sent: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 11:07 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Lake Champlain Great Egret abundance Aug/Sept. 2018. A few numbers

For all the birders viewing Great Egrets on Lake Champlain this August
and September, it was a bumper year. Here are some comparisons with
previous years.

When looking at the numbers, keep in mind that the farther back in time
the fewer the number of birders. The years since 2012, or so, are
reasonably comparable with this year.

The following table looks at the number of Lake Champlain basin reports
in eBird with more than 9 Great Egrets per checklist for August and
September. There are four numbers for each year:
(a) The number of checklists having more than 9 Great Egrets for
Aug/Sept (for this year 44 in August and 114 in September)
(b) The highest number of Great Egrets reported for Aug/Sept (for
this year 29 in August and 56 in September)
(c) The number observations of with 25 or more Great Egrets for
Aug/Sept (for this year 3 in August and 7 in September)
(d) The average water height above sea level for Aug+Sept.
Highlighted are three exceptionally low water years.

2018 44/114---29/56---3/7 [94.2]
2017 1/3---22/28--0/1 95.9
2016 10/41---39/123---2/7 [94.2]
2015 2/6---14/52---0/2 96.0
2014 0/6----8/24---0/0 95.2
2013 1/1---10/12---0/0 96.2
2012 20/6---30/21---2/0 [94.5]
2011 4/0---14/8---0/0 96.9
2010 2/5---16/17---0/0 95.3
2009 0/0
2008 0/0
2007 0/0
2006 0/0
2005 2/0---15/6---0/0
2004 2/0---17/7---0/0
2003 4/5---21/31---0/2

The three years with clearly the highest Great Egret counts and the most
submissions to eBird in August and September (2018, 2016, 2012) are also
the years with the lowest water levels (average = 94.3 feet above sea
level). The average height for the other years is 96.0, approaching two
whole feet higher. The differences in Great Egret numbers comparing 2016
and 2018 with 2015 and 2017 is very striking.

The lowest ever recorded level for the lake was in 1908 at 92.4 feet,
which must have been astounding. The lowest level this year was on
October 1st at 93.96 feet above sea level .... only a foot and a half
above the all time record low.

Being waders, the egrets are obviously enjoying all the added feeding
grounds, while giving us the joy of their presence as well!

Best to all .....

Ian
 

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Date: 10/4/18 4:50 am
From: Craig Provost <cprovost88...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Nelson's
At least one still present this morning.
 

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Date: 10/3/18 8:07 pm
From: Ian Worley <iworley...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Lake Champlain Great Egret abundance Aug/Sept. 2018. A few numbers
For all the birders viewing Great Egrets on Lake Champlain this August
and September, it was a bumper year.  Here are some comparisons with
previous years.

When looking at the numbers, keep in mind that the farther back in time
the fewer the number of birders.  The years since 2012, or so, are
reasonably comparable with this year.

The following table looks at the number of Lake Champlain basin reports
in eBird with more than 9 Great Egrets per checklist for August and
September.  There are four numbers for each year:
    (a) The number of checklists having more than 9 Great Egrets for
Aug/Sept  (for this year 44 in August and 114 in September)
    (b) The highest number of Great Egrets reported for Aug/Sept (for
this year 29 in August and 56 in September)
    (c) The number observations of with 25 or more Great Egrets for
Aug/Sept (for this year 3 in August and 7 in September)
    (d) The average water height above sea level for Aug+Sept.
Highlighted are three exceptionally low water years.

2018    44/114---29/56---3/7       [94.2]
2017      1/3---22/28--0/1              95.9
2016   10/41---39/123---2/7        [94.2]
2015      2/6---14/52---0/2             96.0
2014      0/6----8/24---0/0              95.2
2013      1/1---10/12---0/0             96.2
2012    20/6---30/21---2/0           [94.5]
2011      4/0---14/8---0/0               96.9
2010      2/5---16/17---0/0             95.3
2009      0/0
2008      0/0
2007      0/0
2006      0/0
2005      2/0---15/6---0/0
2004      2/0---17/7---0/0
2003      4/5---21/31---0/2

The three years with clearly the highest Great Egret counts and the most
submissions to eBird in August and September (2018, 2016, 2012) are also
the years with the lowest water levels (average = 94.3 feet above sea
level).  The average height for the other years is 96.0, approaching two
whole feet higher. The differences in Great Egret numbers comparing 2016
and 2018 with 2015 and 2017 is very striking.

 The lowest ever recorded level for the lake was in 1908 at 92.4 feet,
which must have been astounding.  The lowest level this year was on
October 1st at 93.96 feet above sea level .... only a foot and a half
above the all time record low.

Being waders, the egrets are obviously enjoying all the added feeding
grounds, while giving us the joy of their presence as well!

Best to all .....

Ian
 

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Date: 10/3/18 10:57 am
From: Chip Darmstadt <chip...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] fall migrants in Montpelier
A nice selection of fall migrants at the North Branch Nature Center today.
On an afternoon walk I observed Lincoln’s Sparrow (3!), White-crowned
Sparrow, several Palm Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and a Swainson’s
Thrush, among others. Also 2 Peregrines flew over this morning.

If you’re interested in birds that can’t fly away from you, there is also
art gallery opening and reception, featuring Montpelier artist Linda
Mirable, starting at 5pm tonight at the North Branch Nature Center. Check
out the link for details,
https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/event/art-gallery-opening-and-reception-linda-mirabile/

Happy Birding!

Chip





Chip Darmstadt, Executive Director

North Branch Nature Center

(802) 229-6206 x105

www.NorthBranchNatureCenter.org <http://www.northbranchnaturecenter.org/>
 

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Date: 10/3/18 10:17 am
From: Scott Morrical <smorrica...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Peregrine over UVM
Peregrine falcon over UVM just now, heading towards the water tower. 1:15 PM.
Scott Morrical

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/2/18 5:30 pm
From: Rich Kelley <rich...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] The Big Sit - Missisquoi NWR - Saturday, October 13th, 2018
On behalf of the Friends of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge<http://friendsofmissisquoi.org/>, we invite you to our 2nd annual "The Big Sit!" A day-long birding event on Saturday, October 13th, 2018.

The Big Sit! is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher's Digest and founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. The Big Sit! is like a 'Big Day' or a bird-a-thon in that the object is to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard within 24 hours. It's been described as a "tailgate party for birders."

Although referred to as a 24-hour event, we'll be concentrating on daylight hours, and will setting up by 6:30am at the observation deck on the Stephen J. Young Marsh, and staying until sunset, about 6:30pm. Anyone is welcome to stop by anytime during the day and stay as briefly, or as long, as you like. In the event of extreme weather, we will re-schedule for Sunday, October 14th.

The Stephen J. Young Marsh is located on Tabor Road<https://goo.gl/maps/yafPLyNECj92>, about 1 mile south of the Refuge Headquarters. There is a parking lot on the left (east) side of the road and it is just a short walk to the observation deck.

During our debut event last year, we recorded 35 species - not a bad showing for October. We'll hope beat that this year and we're looking forward to seeing you there!

For updates, please join our Facebook event<https://www.facebook.com/events/2237501723164494/>, or visit our website<http://friendsofmissisquoi.org/event/bigsit2018/>!
 

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Date: 10/2/18 1:46 pm
From: Kathy Leonard <kathyd.leonard...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Northern Flickers
A pair of northern flickers has been feeding on our lawn for close to a week, and this afternoon they were joined by four more. In past years I'd see them on our unpaved driveway at this time of year.

Kathy
Randolph Center
 

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Date: 10/2/18 7:51 am
From: Dundeen Galipeau <vtdeenie...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] St Albans Bay by the park 10:49
My FOY Belted Kingfisher!

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 10/2/18 7:00 am
From: Charlie Teske <cteske140...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] more on nighthawk in Derby
I had the same experience in Hyde Park on Sunday.



On Mon, 1 Oct 2018 18:55:18 -0400, Walter Medwid wrote:

This solo bird stayed in the area for some 40 minutes sweeping the pine
treetops mostly. I have taken video and stills with quality TBD.
 

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Date: 10/2/18 6:27 am
From: Chip Darmstadt <chip...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] birding and owl banding with North Branch Nature Center
Hello birders,

I wanted to make sure you knew about upcoming birding activities with the
North Branch Nature Center. There is quite a range and I hope you’ll find
something that suits you! We’ve got bird walks right on site (Friday
morning bird walks end this week), saw-whet owl banding throughout October,
and birding trips as far away as Ecuador.

You can see all the details on our spiffy new website!

https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/natural-history/

Thanks and hope to see you out birding.

Cheers, Chip





Chip Darmstadt, Executive Director

North Branch Nature Center

(802) 229-6206 x105

www.NorthBranchNatureCenter.org <http://www.northbranchnaturecenter.org/>
 

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Date: 10/2/18 6:15 am
From: Karan Cutler <kdcutler42...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Nice nocturnal flight going on now!
Thanks for the url.

On Mon, Oct 1, 2018, 10:12 PM Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...> wrote:

> I've got a river of thrushes flying over my house in South Burlington
> right now. Mostly Swainson's, but some gray-cheeked/Bicknell's, Veeries,
> and Woods.
>
> The radar is exploding as well in VT, NH, and ME:
> https://radar.weather.gov/Conus/northeast_loop.php
>
> Enjoy if you step outside!
> Allan
>
 

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Date: 10/2/18 4:43 am
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Warblers Maple St, Brandon, Oct 1, 2018
Yesterday a mini-wave moved quickly through my yard.
Sue Wetmore
Sent from my iPod


> From: ebird-
>
> Maple St, Brandon, Rutland, Vermont, US
> Oct 1, 2018 2:15 PM - 2:35 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Rain
> 12 species
>
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Blue-headed Vireo 1
> Blue Jay 1
> Black-capped Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
> House Finch 2
> American Goldfinch 3
> Blackpoll Warbler 1
> Black-throated Green Warbler 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48881889
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 

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Date: 10/1/18 7:13 pm
From: Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Nice nocturnal flight going on now!
I've got a river of thrushes flying over my house in South Burlington right now. Mostly Swainson's, but some gray-cheeked/Bicknell's, Veeries, and Woods.

The radar is exploding as well in VT, NH, and ME:
https://radar.weather.gov/Conus/northeast_loop.php

Enjoy if you step outside!
Allan
 

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Date: 10/1/18 5:06 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] more on nighthawk in Derby
I hope you can share those videos and stills. They will be interesting to
have a look at.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore,
The Greene County,
New York, USA

On Mon, Oct 1, 2018 at 6:55 PM Walter Medwid <wmedwid...> wrote:

> This solo bird stayed in the area for some 40 minutes sweeping the pine
> treetops mostly. I have taken video and stills with quality TBD.
>


--
Richard Guthrie
 

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Date: 10/1/18 3:55 pm
From: Walter Medwid <wmedwid...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] more on nighthawk in Derby
This solo bird stayed in the area for some 40 minutes sweeping the pine
treetops mostly. I have taken video and stills with quality TBD.
 

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Date: 10/1/18 3:20 pm
From: Walter Medwid <wmedwid...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] late nighthawk in Derby
At approx. 6:15 PM tonight a lone nighthawk passed though my location
headed due south.
 

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Date: 10/1/18 11:04 am
From: Veer Frost <0000038039fb4cf6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Hummingbird in Montpelier
After your initial post I thought of the Tithonia (called Mexican
sunflower, but actually a ranunculus) I plant for autumn Monarch
migrants, which flowers late and right through a number of early
freezes, it has hosted many a late Rubythroat! (maybe the flame red
color). Good luck to your visitor!
Veer Frost, Passumpsic NEK

On October 1, 2018 at 11:36 AM, "John Snell" wrote:Again, in the rain
this morning, a visit from a hummingbird! It fed on various flowers
and then disappeared.

Thank you,

John Snell
Montpelier
 

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Date: 10/1/18 8:36 am
From: John Snell <jrsnelljr...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Hummingbird in Montpelier
Again, in the rain this morning, a visit from a hummingbird! It fed on various flowers and then disappeared.

Thank you,

John Snell
Montpelier
 

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Date: 9/29/18 5:51 pm
From: John Snell <jrsnelljr...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Hummer in Montpelier
I took down the feeder two weeks ago and pulled much of the last of the jewelweed and the, TODAY, in the yard was a hummingbird on beebalm. Amazing, just amazing.


John Snell
Montpelier


http://www.johnsnell.photography <http://www.eyeimagein.com/>
http://www.stilllearningtosee.com <http://www.stilllearningtosee.com/>
 

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Date: 9/29/18 7:55 am
From: Sarah Fellows <towanda2...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Bluebird fall visit
Two male bluebirds have been chirruping and doing the fall inspection of the bird boxes the last two days. This morning a female showed up and there have been feathers flying.They chatter away with me and let me come quite close. I have been missing them since July, and wish them a Bon voyage!


SAlly Fellows
WIlliston
 

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Date: 9/27/18 4:52 pm
From: Chris Rimmer <crimmer...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Squirrels regionally, migrants locally
Photographer Marc Beerman <http://www.oldmanphotography.com/> recently sent
me a stunning (and amusing) photo of a gray squirrel swimming very close to
a Common Loon, taken on 9/14 at Tewksbury Pond in Grafton, NH. The image
demanded to be shared, so I featured it in a blog post on mass squirrel
movements across the Northeast.

https://vtecostudies.org/blog/squirrel-numbers-mount-by-land-and-water/

In the avian realm, there were good numbers and diversity at Campbell Flat
in Norwich this morning. Sparrows now decidedly outnumber warblers in the
Upper Valley. Highlights included:

Spotted Sandpiper 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1
Broad-winged Hawk 3
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3
Least Flycatcher 2
Eastern Phoebe 5
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Philadelphia Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Purple Finch 3
Chipping Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 35
Savannah Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow 20
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 10
sparrow sp. 30
Tennessee Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 3
American Redstart 1
Cape May Warbler 2
Palm Warbler (Western) 5
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 5
Scarlet Tanager 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 7

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48776298

________________________

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

<http://vtecostudies.org/>
 

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Date: 9/26/18 12:00 pm
From: SUE WETMORE <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Merlin- Old Brandon Rd, Sep 26, 2018
This morning started slow but then a fast moving small flock came thru. Of course they were high in the pines leaving some birds unidentified.
Eight flickers in one dead tree---- amazing. A merlin in a dead pine put all other small birds into hiding.
Sue Wetmore
>
> Old Brandon Rd, Rutland, Vermont, US
> Sep 26, 2018 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> 25 species
>
> Wood Duck 1
> Mourning Dove 1
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 10 one tree had 8 flickers perched.
> Merlin 1
> Blue-headed Vireo 1
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 2
> Common Raven 3
> Black-capped Chickadee 1
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> House Wren 1
> Hermit Thrush 1
> American Robin 1
> Gray Catbird 2
> European Starling 5
> Chipping Sparrow 2
> White-throated Sparrow 1
> Tennessee Warbler 1
> Pine Warbler 1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
> Black-throated Green Warbler 1
> House Sparrow 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48761232
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
 

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Date: 9/24/18 12:22 pm
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] VCE's New Citizen Science Outreach Naturalist Ready to Help You!
We're pleased to announce the addition of Nathaniel Sharp as our new
outreach naturalist here at VCE. Over the next year, Nathaniel will be
serving through a program called ECO AmeriCorps, a branch of AmeriCorps.
Here VCE, he's available for questions about Vermont eBird, the Vermont
Atlas of Life on iNaturalist, e-Butterfly, and other citizen science tools
and projects here at VCE. Do you have a burning question about how to do
something in Vermont eBird or iNaturalist? Maybe you need help getting
started? Or you have a natural history question that has been nagging
you?Nathaniel
can help! He will also be travelling throughout Vermont giving lectures and
workshops about natural history and our citizen science projects. Learn
more about Nathaniel and his experiences on the VCE Blog and reach out with
questions or help anytime!
https://vtecostudies.org/blog/nathaniel-sharp-vce-citizen-science-outreach-naturalist/
____________________________

Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x201
@KPMcFarland <https://twitter.com/KPMcFarland>
Visit the Vermont Atlas of Life <http://val.vtecostudies.org>
<https://vtecostudies.org/>
 

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Date: 9/22/18 1:49 pm
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] upcoming classes and field trips
We’re all thinking about birding adventures outdoors this fall and early winter. I hope some of you also consider joining me for some indoor birding adventures! There are lots of classes listed at https://vtbirdsandwords.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-bird-classes-and-walks-join.html <https://vtbirdsandwords.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-bird-classes-and-walks-join.html>Maeve Kim
Jericho Center
 

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Date: 9/22/18 8:59 am
From: Ian Miyashiro <imiyashiro...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] VTBIRD Digest - 20 Sep 2018 to 21 Sep 2018 (#2018-250)
Incredible sighting Liz. Thanks for sharing.

On Sat, Sep 22, 2018 at 12:00 AM VTBIRD automatic digest system <
<LISTSERV...> wrote:

> There is 1 message totaling 28 lines in this issue.
>
> Topics of the day:
>
> 1. Sharp-shinned Hawk vs. Blue Jay
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:25:38 -0400
> From: Liz Lackey <lackeytomliz...>
> Subject: Sharp-shinned Hawk vs. Blue Jay
>
> Hi all,
>
> I thought you’d be interested in the raptor interruption that occurred
> while I was writing up hawk watch data from Mt Philo.
>
> Yesterday, in the middle of compiling the numbers for Wednesday’s hawk
> watch, I heard what I thought was a merlin calling outside. I hear merlins
> frequently as they breed every year nearby my village house in Stowe. But
> in Sept. I don’t usually hear them call.
>
> I dashed out to look, and found a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk trying to
> fly off with a pissed off Bluejay. The jay was the one making the noise as
> it was in distress! The SS couldn’t fly with it so I got to watch it
> subdue the BLJA on the ground just inside the forest behind my house. The
> jay was trying to peck the SS to get it to release it, and the SS was
> trying to keep it pinned down and disabled. After plucking breast feathers
> for a while, and the pair of birds bouncing around as the loudly protesting
> and struggling jay tried to escape, I noticed that the SS was starting to
> swallow pieces of tissue. Regrettably for the jay, none of its “friends”
> came in to mob or distract the SS, and I refrained from interfering despite
> knowing how easy it would be for me to approach and scare off the SS when I
> first came upon the scene. I was half expecting another predator, either
> aerial or terrestrial to be attracted by the commotion as well and
> interrupt this “exchange of biomass”.
>
> After 15 minutes of the Blue Jay squawking and struggling while literally
> being eaten alive, the hawk was able to take full control, and just stood
> on the bird, squeezing it, and the movement and protests finally went
> quiet. I reached down to scratch my ankle, but moved too fast, and the SS
> flew off with the carcass but landed again. However I could not get in a
> good position to watch the rest of the feast without disturbing the SS, so
> I left it in peace.
>
> It was very interesting to observe the SS “cover” the jay; bracing itself
> on the ground with its 2 outstretched wings and spread tail. This
> “triangle” of outer pressure points which the hawk seemed to use to grab
> onto the ground, allowed it to put more force downward thru its legs, to
> keep the prey pinned to the ground. I was amazed that the jay did not
> escape when I first came upon them struggling together. Being of similar
> size I was thinking the jay would win, especially in the manner it was
> hammering away at the SS with its beak. This Sharpie really had to work
> for this meal, but prevailed in the end.
>
> I am assuming, but will never know, that the juvenile was a female, giving
> it a slight size advantage in this struggle.
>
> Compiling hawk watch data has never been so interesting!
>
> Liz Lackey
> Stowe, VT
>
> ------------------------------
>
> End of VTBIRD Digest - 20 Sep 2018 to 21 Sep 2018 (#2018-250)
> *************************************************************
>
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*Ian T. Miyashiro*
<imiyashiro...>
415-297-5677

“If you take care of the birds, you take care of most of the big problems
in the world.”
-Thomas Lovejoy
 

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