VTBIRD
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12/17/17 5:28 pm Ellie George <elgeorge46...> [VTBIRD] 2 snowy owls in Addison and Bridport
12/17/17 1:52 pm anneboby <00000038cbe79a41-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] White-winged Junco?
12/17/17 9:56 am Charlotte Maison Kastner <stowelulu...> [VTBIRD] Balitimore Oriole in Stowe
12/17/17 7:57 am Maeve Kim <maevulus...> [VTBIRD] White-winged Junco?
12/16/17 2:32 pm Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] Glaucous Gull at Blodgett's Beach
12/16/17 5:00 am Alice Grau <alicecgrau...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl video from Colchester causeway
12/15/17 6:04 pm Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl video from Colchester causeway
12/15/17 5:31 pm Sean Beckett <sean...> [VTBIRD] another Snowy report
12/15/17 12:41 pm Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Sapsucker Maple St, Brandon, Dec 15, 2017
12/15/17 12:32 pm Charlie Teske <cteske140...> Re: [VTBIRD] Record year at Putney Mountain
12/15/17 5:13 am Holly Howard <hylloh...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl
12/15/17 4:42 am Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <zcotaweaver...> [VTBIRD] Waterbury Area Baltimore Oriole and Iceland Gull
12/14/17 6:30 pm Jeanne Elias <moosewoman...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl video from Colchester causeway
12/14/17 5:59 pm Mike Sargent <msargent...> [VTBIRD] Snowy owl video from Colchester causeway
12/14/17 3:11 pm alison wagner <alikatofvt...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl
12/14/17 2:20 pm Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl
12/14/17 1:29 pm Sue <2birdvt...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl
12/14/17 1:23 pm Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Snowy owl
12/14/17 9:01 am Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Sapsucker
12/14/17 5:23 am Barclay Morris <bemorris...> [VTBIRD] Fwd: Mergansers in Grand Isle
12/13/17 2:54 pm Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Sapsucker Dec 13, 2017
12/13/17 12:05 pm Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Sapsucker Dec 13, 2017
12/13/17 11:28 am Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Sapsucker
12/13/17 8:09 am Barclay Morris <bemorris...> [VTBIRD] Inland Sea Mergansers
12/13/17 6:22 am hilke breder <htbreder...> [VTBIRD] present for budding birders
12/12/17 7:21 am Scott Morrical <smorrica...> [VTBIRD] Peregrine at UVM
12/12/17 5:46 am suki russo <0000001d6c4a8152-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Record year at Putney Mountain
12/12/17 5:22 am alison wagner <alikatofvt...> [VTBIRD] Winter
12/11/17 7:07 pm Barbara Powers <barkiepvt...> Re: [VTBIRD] Record year at Putney Mountain
12/11/17 6:29 pm Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...> [VTBIRD] Record year at Putney Mountain
12/10/17 7:24 pm Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...> [VTBIRD] Missisquoi NWR Bird Monitoring Walk
12/10/17 9:41 am Susan Elliott <00000032e9152660-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] Aitken State Forest, Dec 10, 2017
12/10/17 8:30 am Stacy Robinson <maplemeadows...> [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl Addison County
12/10/17 4:24 am Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Sapsucker Maple St, Brandon, Dec 9, 2017
12/9/17 8:38 am Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Sapsucker
12/9/17 7:44 am J C <jamesgregorycraig...> Re: [VTBIRD] snow owl in central VT photos
12/9/17 5:08 am Jim Block <jab...> [VTBIRD] snow owl in central VT photos
12/9/17 4:57 am John Snell <jrsnelljr...> [VTBIRD] Bald Eagle in Montpelier
12/8/17 8:31 am Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...> [VTBIRD] 37th Annual Report of the Vermont Bird Records Committee
12/7/17 8:08 am Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Bluebirds
12/7/17 8:04 am Ron Payne <rpayne72...> [VTBIRD] Yellow Warbler, Middlebury
12/7/17 5:48 am Veer Frost <veer.frost...> [VTBIRD] Pileated Woodpecker
12/6/17 7:26 am Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Fwd: Snowy owl
12/6/17 6:53 am Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Snowy owl
12/5/17 5:32 pm Martha McClintock <mbmcclintock...> Re: [VTBIRD] Champlain Island CBC - help wanted
12/5/17 3:18 pm Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...> Re: [VTBIRD] Champlain Island CBC - help wanted
12/5/17 3:01 pm Tom Jiamachello <000000f285df68b6-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Champlain Island CBC - help wanted
12/5/17 1:37 pm THERESA MARRON <tgmarron...> [VTBIRD] Champlain Island CBC - help wanted
12/5/17 12:13 pm Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Mergansers Lake Dunmore - Salisbury (985 acres), Dec 5, 2017
12/5/17 7:59 am Ron Payne <rpayne72...> Re: [VTBIRD] Yellow Warbler-Middlebury
12/5/17 7:16 am Spencer Hardy <curlewsandpiper17...> [VTBIRD] Yellow Warbler-Middlebury
12/5/17 6:49 am Chip Darmstadt <chip...> Re: [VTBIRD] BIRD QUIZ!
12/5/17 6:43 am Veer Frost <veer.frost...> Re: [VTBIRD] BIRD QUIZ!
12/5/17 5:59 am Charlotte and Hal Bill <cgbbill...> [VTBIRD] WHOOPS -- Apologies!
12/5/17 5:45 am Charlotte and Hal Bill <cgbbill...> Re: [VTBIRD] Winter Owl Exploration this Saturday
12/4/17 5:50 pm alison wagner <alikatofvt...> Re: [VTBIRD] BIRD QUIZ!
12/4/17 5:42 pm Larry Clarfeld <lclarfeld...> Re: [VTBIRD] BIRD QUIZ!
12/4/17 2:51 pm Alison Wagner <alikatofvt...> [VTBIRD] BIRD QUIZ!
12/4/17 1:21 pm Roger <0000012955ad5559-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Winter Owl Exploration this Saturday
12/4/17 11:35 am Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <zcotaweaver...> [VTBIRD] Winter Owl Exploration this Saturday
12/3/17 10:10 pm Michele Patenaude <michelep...> Re: [VTBIRD] Champlain Island CBC-Help Wanted
12/3/17 7:27 am Eugenia Cooke <euge24241...> Re: [VTBIRD] West Rutland Marsh - Dec 2
12/3/17 7:21 am Eugenia Cooke <euge24241...> [VTBIRD] Snow Buntings!
12/3/17 2:30 am Patricia Fontaine <pfont1...> [VTBIRD] Please sign me up
12/2/17 11:11 am Kevin Tolan <ktolan...> [VTBIRD] 3 snowy owls
12/2/17 9:59 am Susan Elliott <00000032e9152660-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] West Rutland Marsh - Dec 2
12/2/17 6:55 am Sally <towanda2...> [VTBIRD] Vt Bird listserve settings
12/2/17 6:50 am Sally <towanda2...> [VTBIRD] Champlain Island CBC-Help Wanted
12/1/17 5:59 am Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...> [VTBIRD] VT CBCs and eBird tips
11/30/17 2:10 pm Barry Conolly <barryconolly...> Re: [VTBIRD] snowy owl
11/30/17 1:49 pm Sarah Janson <sbjanson...> [VTBIRD] Middlebury Murder (of crows)
11/30/17 12:59 pm jennifer megyesi <fatroosterfarm...> [VTBIRD] snowy owl
11/30/17 10:13 am Bryan Pfeiffer <bryan...> [VTBIRD] "Getting Gulls" in Montpelier on December 21
11/29/17 7:27 am Stephen Antell <santellvt...> [VTBIRD] King Eiders
11/27/17 6:43 pm Ruth <birder_rws...> Re: [VTBIRD] how to report distance traveled in VT eBird
11/27/17 12:26 pm Kenneth Benton <kennethbenton...> [VTBIRD] Superbowl of Birding 2018
11/27/17 10:43 am Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...> [VTBIRD] how to report distance traveled in VT eBird
11/26/17 12:00 pm Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...> Re: [VTBIRD] Finches Maple St, Brandon, Nov 26, 2017
11/26/17 10:26 am Keri Charles <Kericharles...> [VTBIRD] Barnacle Goos sightings?
11/26/17 9:25 am Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Finches Maple St, Brandon, Nov 26, 2017
11/26/17 8:59 am michael ferraro <birdnvt...> Re: [VTBIRD] Colchester Causeway Caution
11/26/17 6:26 am Rebecca Williams <000002cd70f36334-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Colchester Causeway Caution
11/26/17 6:18 am Charlotte and Hal Bill <cgbbill...> [VTBIRD] Colchester Causeway Caution
11/25/17 11:44 am Rich Kelley <rich...> [VTBIRD] Snowy owl
11/25/17 11:30 am Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Hoodeds. Lake Dunmore - Salisbury (985 acres), Nov 25, 2017
11/24/17 12:35 pm Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Hollow Rd., Brandon, Nov 24, 2017
11/24/17 11:29 am Rich Kelley <rich...> Re: [VTBIRD] Delta Park Snowy Owl
11/24/17 10:24 am Stacy Robinson <maplemeadows...> [VTBIRD] King Eiders Continue
11/24/17 9:32 am Scott Morrical <smorrica...> [VTBIRD] Delta Park Snowy Owl
11/24/17 8:55 am Scott Morrical <smorrica...> [VTBIRD] Colchester Causeway - Loon, Snowy, Glaucous
11/24/17 6:02 am Sarah Fellows <towanda2...> [VTBIRD] Eagles on 89
11/23/17 12:21 pm Michael Foster <mfoster...> [VTBIRD] BlueGray Gnatcatcher at Herrick's Cove
11/22/17 2:05 pm Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] Speaking of owls
11/22/17 5:59 am Sue <2birdvt...> Re: [VTBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Champlain Bridge, Nov 21, 2017
11/21/17 1:30 pm Pat Folsom <pfols...> Re: [VTBIRD] Plainfield CBC 12/16, seeking volunteers
11/21/17 11:58 am Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - DAR State Park, Nov 21, 2017
11/21/17 11:56 am Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Champlain Bridge, Nov 21, 2017
11/20/17 2:37 pm Patti Haynes <patti.haynes...> Re: [VTBIRD] Eagles !Sudbury, VT, Nov 20, 2017
11/20/17 12:01 pm Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Eagles !Sudbury, VT, Nov 20, 2017
11/20/17 9:05 am Sean Beckett <sean...> [VTBIRD] Plainfield CBC 12/16, seeking volunteers
11/19/17 5:40 pm David J. Hoag <00000139fcf15d8e-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl, .. another ....
11/19/17 10:45 am jennifer megyesi <fatroosterfarm...> Re: [VTBIRD] The Snowy Owl Scoop
11/19/17 10:43 am Bryan Pfeiffer <bryan...> [VTBIRD] The Snowy Owl Scoop
11/19/17 10:10 am carolclyde <carolclyde...> [VTBIRD]
11/18/17 2:40 pm Sue <2birdvt...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl
11/18/17 2:38 pm Gloria Moses <ggm1957...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
11/18/17 1:52 pm Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Dunmore
11/18/17 1:18 pm Rebecca Williams <000002cd70f36334-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl
11/18/17 1:16 pm Marv Elliott <0000000de58b8aa5-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
11/18/17 1:09 pm Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl
11/18/17 1:09 pm Charlotte and Hal Bill <cgbbill...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl
11/18/17 12:46 pm Mundi Smithers <amen1farm...> [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl
11/18/17 12:35 pm Al Merritt <chpmnkx...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
11/18/17 12:24 pm Jennifer Megyesi <fatroosterfarm...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
11/18/17 12:09 pm William Adams <wmladams...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
11/18/17 12:07 pm Jim Block <jab...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
11/18/17 11:58 am Al Merritt <chpmnkx...> Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
11/18/17 11:25 am Jim Block <jab...> [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
11/18/17 9:30 am Scott Morrical <smorrica...> [VTBIRD] King Eiders
11/18/17 8:09 am Kyle Jones <lkjones13...> [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl Randolph - NO
11/17/17 6:38 pm Ruth <birder_rws...> Re: [VTBIRD] Vermont eBird monthly walks
11/17/17 12:45 pm Sue <2birdvt...> [VTBIRD] Creeper Pine Hill Cemetery, Nov 17, 2017
11/17/17 8:27 am Maeve Kim <maevulus...> Re: [VTBIRD] new sensitive species list on eBird
11/17/17 7:38 am Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...> [VTBIRD] Vermont eBird monthly walks
11/17/17 5:49 am Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...> [VTBIRD] Missisquoi NWR Bird Monitoring Walk
 
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Date: 12/17/17 5:28 pm
From: Ellie George <elgeorge46...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] 2 snowy owls in Addison and Bridport
Late this morning we found a continuing snowy owl on the S side of Farr
Cross Rd. in Addison about mile E of Rt. 22A. It was on a fence post at
a fenced in pond. Farr Cross Rd. is not maintained in winter. The road
was hard-packed snow which may get icy. We also saw 3 rough-legged hawks,
two of which were dark morph.



At about 1:30 PM we found another snowy owl on the N side of Middle Rd. in
Bridport by some fresh manure piles about 1/3 mile W of Basin Harbor Rd.
Both snowies had some dark barring, but did not have the abundant black
barring on the plumage that juvenile female owls have. A savannah sparrow
was present at this site, also.



Multiple flocks of snow buntings and horned larks were found on roadsides
throughout the area.



Ellie George,

Paradox, NY
 

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Date: 12/17/17 1:52 pm
From: anneboby <00000038cbe79a41-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] White-winged Junco?
Maeve - possibly a touch of leucism, namely a few white feathers in a bird's plumage. I have banded thousands of Dark-eyed Juncos in NY and NJ and have found a few with some white-tipped secondary coverts which your bird seems to have, yet failed to have measurements, etc. that fully qualified for the White-winged.

Furthermore, check Sibley's latest, p. 531, and you'll see that the White-wing has a much paler body plumage than your bird, your bird also lacking the black masking between eye and bill. Also see the Slate-colored male variant also on p. 531.

Bob Yunick
Schenectady, NY



-----Original Message-----
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
To: VTBIRD <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Sun, Dec 17, 2017 10:57 am
Subject: [VTBIRD] White-winged Junco?

Not a lifelist species - but maybe a lifelist subspecies. We’ve got many, many juncos at the feeders this year, with an astonishingly wide variety of plumage characteristics. One, though, is especially eye-catching. I would think the white on the wing was an accident or idiosyncrasy if it weren’t the same on both sides.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41147752

What do people think? A White-winged Junco? A hybrid?

Maeve
 

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Date: 12/17/17 9:56 am
From: Charlotte Maison Kastner <stowelulu...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Balitimore Oriole in Stowe
Good day,
Tom and I had a First Fall Baltimore Oriole at our peanut feeder a few
weeks ago for about 6 days. Not sure it is the same one in Duxbury because
Tom put out a clementine in an empty suet feeder. We never saw the bird
touch it. Instead it loved the peanuts! We stopped seeing it a few days
before last Monday's snow storm. Hopefully, it headed South to warmer
weather.

Charlotte and Tom Kastner

--
Charlotte Maison Kastner

33 Upper Hollow Road
Stowe, VT 05672

802-279-1998 (mobile)
 

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Date: 12/17/17 7:57 am
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] White-winged Junco?
Not a lifelist species - but maybe a lifelist subspecies. Weve got many, many juncos at the feeders this year, with an astonishingly wide variety of plumage characteristics. One, though, is especially eye-catching. I would think the white on the wing was an accident or idiosyncrasy if it werent the same on both sides.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41147752

What do people think? A White-winged Junco? A hybrid?

Maeve
 

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Date: 12/16/17 2:32 pm
From: Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Glaucous Gull at Blodgett's Beach
As a complement to Zac Cota-Weaver's report of an Iceland Gull in Waterbury, I spotted an immature Glaucous Gull at Blodgett's Beach in Burlington late this afternoon. Still another count week bird.


Bruce MacPherson
South Burlington
 

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Date: 12/16/17 5:00 am
From: Alice Grau <alicecgrau...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl video from Colchester causeway
Thanks Mike, it is gorgeous. I hope you don't mind I forwarded this to a few friends and relatives to show off the beautiful scenery and wildlife in the Champlain Valley. Alice
________________________________
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> on behalf of Mike Sargent <msargent...>
Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2017 8:59 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl video from Colchester causeway

The sun was bright, the sky was blue and the temperature was frigid this afternoon. I took my video camera and by blind luck was rewarded by the sight of two owls flying out from the causeway to Sunset Island within a half hour of each other. Also present were hundreds of scaup and a few snow buntings. I've posted a short video clip at:

https://vimeo.com/247412341
 

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Date: 12/15/17 6:04 pm
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl video from Colchester causeway
Mike, thanks for taking the time to be there and to put this together. Movingly beautiful and perfect timing!

Winter cheer,

Cherrie



Cherrie A. Corey
Naturalist and photographer
Marlboro, VT
Concord, MA (resident emeritus)
978.760.1933 mobile
www.senseofplace-concord.com



> On Dec 14, 2017, at 8:59 PM, Mike Sargent <msargent...> wrote:
>
> The sun was bright, the sky was blue and the temperature was frigid this afternoon. I took my video camera and by blind luck was rewarded by the sight of two owls flying out from the causeway to Sunset Island within a half hour of each other. Also present were hundreds of scaup and a few snow buntings. I've posted a short video clip at:
>
> https://vimeo.com/247412341
 

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Date: 12/15/17 5:31 pm
From: Sean Beckett <sean...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] another Snowy report
Hi Folks,

A report of a snowy owl just came to me from St. George, seen at 3:30 PM
today in a field on the west side of the road a few hundred meters south of
the intersection of South Brownell Rd and Route 116.

Thanks,

Sean Beckett
Staff Naturalist
North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm St, Montpelier VT 05602
(802) 229-6206 x 102
 

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Date: 12/15/17 12:41 pm
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Sapsucker Maple St, Brandon, Dec 15, 2017
The second sapsucker reappeared for the past two days.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: December 15, 2017 at 3:39:33 PM EST
> To: <2birdvt...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Maple St, Brandon, Dec 15, 2017
>
> Maple St, Brandon, Rutland, Vermont, US
> Dec 15, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 19 species
>
> Mourning Dove 11
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 This is a second bird the first a make this a female. Red on head, dirty look to breast, white wing panel.
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Blue Jay 3
> American Crow 8
> Black-capped Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Eastern Bluebird 3
> American Tree Sparrow 1
> Dark-eyed Junco 5
> White-throated Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 2
> House Finch 2
> American Goldfinch 1
> House Sparrow 3
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41103948
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
 

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Date: 12/15/17 12:32 pm
From: Charlie Teske <cteske140...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Record year at Putney Mountain
Having viewed 400,000 broadwings, swainsons, black & turkey vultures sail across the skies over Panama one fine day in November, it is nice to know that Vermont is contributing its fair share to the funnel of migrating raptors headed to winter food in South America.
Thanks to all those who put in the hours keeping tally!


On Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:28:39 -0500, Kent McFarland wrote:

Putney Mountain, Vermont’s only hawkwatch operated every day during fall
migration, tallied a record 14,823 raptors this year, with an unprecedented
Broad-winged Hawk flight of 11,728 birds passing by the mountain. The
hawkwatch is entirely run by a dedicated group of volunteers, organized by
John Anderson. During the 2017 season, they watched for 72 days, which
breaks down to 562 hours and 2,168 watcher hours, averaging about 4
watchers per hour and 8 hours per day!

Read the full article by JoAnne Russo and see all the stats at Vermont
eBird -
http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/a-record-breaking-season-for-putney-mountain-hawkwatch/

Kent
____________________________

Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x201
 

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Date: 12/15/17 5:13 am
From: Holly Howard <hylloh...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl
Holy crunch! A snowy at UVM...

Sent from my phone

> On Dec 14, 2017, at 5:20 PM, Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...> wrote:
>
> There is currently another Snowy right now on the UVM campus. It is currently on the north side of Main St. across from the Living Learning complex sitting in the top of a spruce tree. It just flew there from on top of the Jeffords Building a little further to the north.
>
> Allan
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vermont Birds [mailto:<VTBIRD...>] On Behalf Of Sue
> Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2017 4:29 PM
> To: <VTBIRD...>
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl
>
> The owl was still present at 4:00 pm.
>
> Sent from my iPod
>
>> On Dec 14, 2017, at 4:23 PM, Sue <2birdvt...> wrote:
>>
>> One snowy owl in Sudbury at DesForges Corner farm.
>> Rt 73 go across Rt 30 on dirt road . Large barns on right; bird on south side on a post near small trees.
>> Sue Wetmore & Allon Wildgust
>>
>> Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 12/15/17 4:42 am
From: Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <zcotaweaver...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Waterbury Area Baltimore Oriole and Iceland Gull
Good morning,

I wanted to share two special Central VT birds with you. A juvenile
Baltimore Oriole is visiting the feeders of Mary Whitcomb in Duxbury. It
has been around for five days now and loves chowing down on clementines.
Mary welcomes guests, but asks that people interested in seeing the bird
send her an email first (her email is below). Also, there is a young
Iceland Gull at GROW Compost in Moretown. Last year this site had both
Iceland and Glaucous Gull for the Hunger Mountain CBC.

Zac Cota

Mary's email: <mary62whit...>

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

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Date: 12/14/17 6:30 pm
From: Jeanne Elias <moosewoman...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl video from Colchester causeway





MikeThank you very much! The video was great!Jeannie EliasFayston









On Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 8:59 PM -0500, "Mike Sargent" <msargent...> wrote:










The sun was bright, the sky was blue and the temperature was frigid this afternoon. I took my video camera and by blind luck was rewarded by the sight of two owls flying out from the causeway to Sunset Island within a half hour of each other. Also present were hundreds of scaup and a few snow buntings. I've posted a short video clip at:

https://vimeo.com/247412341
 

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Date: 12/14/17 5:59 pm
From: Mike Sargent <msargent...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl video from Colchester causeway
The sun was bright, the sky was blue and the temperature was frigid this afternoon. I took my video camera and by blind luck was rewarded by the sight of two owls flying out from the causeway to Sunset Island within a half hour of each other. Also present were hundreds of scaup and a few snow buntings. I've posted a short video clip at:

https://vimeo.com/247412341
 

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Date: 12/14/17 3:11 pm
From: alison wagner <alikatofvt...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl
Yea! A Count week bird for the Burlington CBC!
----- Original Message -----
From: Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...>
To: <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:20:08 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl

There is currently another Snowy right now on the UVM campus. It is currently on the north side of Main St. across from the Living Learning complex sitting in the top of a spruce tree. It just flew there from on top of the Jeffords Building a little further to the north.

Allan



-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:<VTBIRD...>] On Behalf Of Sue
Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2017 4:29 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl

The owl was still present at 4:00 pm.

Sent from my iPod

> On Dec 14, 2017, at 4:23 PM, Sue <2birdvt...> wrote:
>
> One snowy owl in Sudbury at DesForges Corner farm.
> Rt 73 go across Rt 30 on dirt road . Large barns on right; bird on south side on a post near small trees.
> Sue Wetmore & Allon Wildgust
>
> Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 12/14/17 2:20 pm
From: Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl
There is currently another Snowy right now on the UVM campus. It is currently on the north side of Main St. across from the Living Learning complex sitting in the top of a spruce tree. It just flew there from on top of the Jeffords Building a little further to the north.

Allan



-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:<VTBIRD...>] On Behalf Of Sue
Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2017 4:29 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl

The owl was still present at 4:00 pm.

Sent from my iPod

> On Dec 14, 2017, at 4:23 PM, Sue <2birdvt...> wrote:
>
> One snowy owl in Sudbury at DesForges Corner farm.
> Rt 73 go across Rt 30 on dirt road . Large barns on right; bird on south side on a post near small trees.
> Sue Wetmore & Allon Wildgust
>
> Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 12/14/17 1:29 pm
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl
The owl was still present at 4:00 pm.

Sent from my iPod

> On Dec 14, 2017, at 4:23 PM, Sue <2birdvt...> wrote:
>
> One snowy owl in Sudbury at DesForges Corner farm.
> Rt 73 go across Rt 30 on dirt road . Large barns on right; bird on south side on a post near small trees.
> Sue Wetmore & Allon Wildgust
>
> Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 12/14/17 1:23 pm
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl
One snowy owl in Sudbury at DesForges Corner farm.
Rt 73 go across Rt 30 on dirt road . Large barns on right; bird on south side on a post near small trees.
Sue Wetmore & Allon Wildgust

Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 12/14/17 9:01 am
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Sapsucker
The sapsucker was back feasting on the suet. A surprising number of crows,8 were eyeing the selections.
Sue Wetmore
Brandon


Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 12/14/17 5:23 am
From: Barclay Morris <bemorris...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Fwd: Mergansers in Grand Isle
> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: Barclay Morris <barclay.morris...>
> Subject: Fwd: Mergansers in Grand Isle
> Date: December 14, 2017 at 8:19:56 AM EST
> To: Barclay Morris <bemorris...>
>
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
>> From: Barclay Morris <barclay.morris...> <mailto:<barclay.morris...>>
>> Date: December 14, 2017 at 8:18:39 AM EST
>> To: <VTBIRD...> <mailto:<VTBIRD...>
>> Subject: Mergansers in Grand Isle
>>
>> They’re back again this morning. Flock edging towards Pearl Bay. The Bald Eagle seems to have them really stirred up today
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/13/17 2:54 pm
From: Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Sapsucker Dec 13, 2017
I have had a YB Sapsucker at my feeders and suet for the past few weeks, as well. I saw one at the feeders as recently as yesterday. I am hoping it sticks around at least until the CBC next Sunday.


Bruce MacPherson
South Burlington



-----Original Message-----
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
To: VTBIRD <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Wed, Dec 13, 2017 3:05 pm
Subject: [VTBIRD] Sapsucker Dec 13, 2017

The same male sapsucker and also bluebird were at my feeders.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod

>
> Maple St, Brandon, Rutland, Vermont, US
> Dec 13, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Lots of snow.
> 19 species
>
> Mourning Dove 11
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Male, red throat and crown, white wing patch, speckled breast.
> Downy Woodpecker 3
> Hairy Woodpecker 2
> Blue Jay 3
> American Crow 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 1
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Carolina Wren 1
> Eastern Bluebird 1
> American Tree Sparrow 2
> Dark-eyed Junco 8
> White-throated Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 2
> House Finch 2
> American Goldfinch 1
> House Sparrow 4
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41069212
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
 

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Date: 12/13/17 12:05 pm
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Sapsucker Dec 13, 2017
The same male sapsucker and also bluebird were at my feeders.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod

>
> Maple St, Brandon, Rutland, Vermont, US
> Dec 13, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Lots of snow.
> 19 species
>
> Mourning Dove 11
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Male, red throat and crown, white wing patch, speckled breast.
> Downy Woodpecker 3
> Hairy Woodpecker 2
> Blue Jay 3
> American Crow 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 1
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Carolina Wren 1
> Eastern Bluebird 1
> American Tree Sparrow 2
> Dark-eyed Junco 8
> White-throated Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 2
> House Finch 2
> American Goldfinch 1
> House Sparrow 4
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41069212
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
 

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Date: 12/13/17 11:28 am
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Sapsucker
A Sapsucker returned to my suet along with a flutter of juncos.
Sue Wetmore
Brandon
Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 12/13/17 8:09 am
From: Barclay Morris <bemorris...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Inland Sea Mergansers
Huge flock of Common Mergansers just east of Grand Isle, about half way between the State Park and the Lake House. Easily 2,000 or more but everyone’s on the move, swimming and leap frogging the rest of the flock, so I’m not even going to try for and accurate number. Flock is drifting north toward Pearl Bay and the Lake House

Barclay
 

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Date: 12/13/17 6:22 am
From: hilke breder <htbreder...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] present for budding birders
This poster of all North American birds allows you to check off all the
birds you've seen.
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0211/4926/files/P3-BirdsNA_Zoom.png?17567027408335347271

Hilke Breder
Brattleboro, VT 05301
onejackdaw.com
 

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Date: 12/12/17 7:21 am
From: Scott Morrical <smorrica...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Peregrine at UVM
On the water tower at 10:20 AM

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/12/17 5:46 am
From: suki russo <0000001d6c4a8152-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Record year at Putney Mountain
oops! I


JoAnne Russo
Saxtons River, VT

On Monday, December 11, 2017, 9:29:22 PM EST, Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...> wrote:

Putney Mountain, Vermont’s only hawkwatch operated every day during fall
migration, tallied a record 14,823 raptors this year, with an unprecedented
Broad-winged Hawk flight of 11,728 birds passing by the mountain. The
hawkwatch is entirely run by a dedicated group of volunteers, organized by
John Anderson. During the 2017 season, they watched for 72 days, which
breaks down to 562 hours and 2,168 watcher hours, averaging about 4
watchers per hour and 8 hours per day!

Read the full article by JoAnne Russo and see all the stats at Vermont
eBird -
http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/a-record-breaking-season-for-putney-mountain-hawkwatch/

Kent
____________________________

Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x201

<http://vtecostudies.org/>
 

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Date: 12/12/17 5:22 am
From: alison wagner <alikatofvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Winter
Feeders are up!
 

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Date: 12/11/17 7:07 pm
From: Barbara Powers <barkiepvt...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Record year at Putney Mountain
A big round of applause 👏 for all who volunteered at the mountain. You all are very dedicated and do a great job.
Barbara Powers

Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 11, 2017, at 9:29 PM, Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...><mailto:<kmcfarland...>> wrote:

Putney Mountain, Vermont’s only hawkwatch operated every day during fall
migration, tallied a record 14,823 raptors this year, with an unprecedented
Broad-winged Hawk flight of 11,728 birds passing by the mountain. The
hawkwatch is entirely run by a dedicated group of volunteers, organized by
John Anderson. During the 2017 season, they watched for 72 days, which
breaks down to 562 hours and 2,168 watcher hours, averaging about 4
watchers per hour and 8 hours per day!

Read the full article by JoAnne Russo and see all the stats at Vermont
eBird -
http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/a-record-breaking-season-for-putney-mountain-hawkwatch/

Kent
____________________________

Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x201

<http://vtecostudies.org/>
 

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Date: 12/11/17 6:29 pm
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Record year at Putney Mountain
Putney Mountain, Vermont’s only hawkwatch operated every day during fall
migration, tallied a record 14,823 raptors this year, with an unprecedented
Broad-winged Hawk flight of 11,728 birds passing by the mountain. The
hawkwatch is entirely run by a dedicated group of volunteers, organized by
John Anderson. During the 2017 season, they watched for 72 days, which
breaks down to 562 hours and 2,168 watcher hours, averaging about 4
watchers per hour and 8 hours per day!

Read the full article by JoAnne Russo and see all the stats at Vermont
eBird -
http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/a-record-breaking-season-for-putney-mountain-hawkwatch/

Kent
____________________________

Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x201

<http://vtecostudies.org/>
 

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Date: 12/10/17 7:24 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 December 16, 2017 on
the Jeep Trail. Meet at 8:00 AM at the Louie's Landing parking lot on Rte
78, about 3.5 miles west of Swanton village. We will drive back to Mac's
Bend to the trail head. 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 92 months of walks we have observed 150 species. Hope to see you
there!


--Ken Copenhaver

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

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Date: 12/10/17 9:41 am
From: Susan Elliott <00000032e9152660-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Aitken State Forest, Dec 10, 2017
It was very quiet at Aitken State Forest this morning (but the snow sure looked nice). There was, however, a very vocal immature Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
Aitken State Forest, Rutland, Vermont, US
Dec 10, 2017 10:51 AM - 11:53 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
5 species

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1   
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41008207
Sue and Marv Elliott, Millie Busony

 

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Date: 12/10/17 8:30 am
From: Stacy Robinson <maplemeadows...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl Addison County
My husband just texted me that there is a Snowy Owl on the north side of the road across the street from the Goose Viewing Area at Dead Creek WMA in Addison.

Stacy Robinson
Port Henry,NY

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/10/17 4:24 am
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Sapsucker Maple St, Brandon, Dec 9, 2017
Once again a sapsucker was present in my yard.
Sue Wetmore
>
> Maple St, Brandon, Rutland, Vermont, US
> Dec 9, 2017 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 17 species
>
> Mourning Dove 10
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Female is the frequent visitor, male also appears periodically.
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 A male, large white wing bar, yellow belly, red throat and crown.
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 5
> Black-capped Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Eastern Bluebird 3 Three males with one looking at birdhouse.
> Dark-eyed Junco 3
> White-throated Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 1
> House Finch 2
> American Goldfinch 5
> House Sparrow 1
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41003985
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
 

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Date: 12/9/17 8:38 am
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Sapsucker
The 3 bluebirds were back and one checking out a birdhouse. Later a beautiful sapsucker checked out the feeders.
Sue Wetmore
Brandon

Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 12/9/17 7:44 am
From: J C <jamesgregorycraig...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] snow owl in central VT photos
Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

On Sat, Dec 9, 2017 at 8:08 AM, Jim Block <jab...> wrote:

> Some photos from Thursday are here: www.jimblockphoto.com/2017/12/
> snowy-2/
> <http://www.jimblockphoto.com/2017/12/snowy-2/>
>
>
>
> Jim Block
>
> Etna, NH
>
 

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Date: 12/9/17 5:08 am
From: Jim Block <jab...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] snow owl in central VT photos
Some photos from Thursday are here: www.jimblockphoto.com/2017/12/snowy-2/
<http://www.jimblockphoto.com/2017/12/snowy-2/>



Jim Block

Etna, NH
 

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Date: 12/9/17 4:57 am
From: John Snell <jrsnelljr...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Bald Eagle in Montpelier
Thursday morning I spotted a Bald Eagle flying into Montpelier from the east. It seemed to go to ground somewhere along the North Branch of the Winooski near Spring Street but I was unable to follow it.

Still learning to see,

John Snell


http://www.johnsnell.photography
http://www.stilllearningtosee.com
 

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Date: 12/8/17 8:31 am
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] 37th Annual Report of the Vermont Bird Records Committee
​Hello birders,


The Vermont Bird Records Committee held its annual meeting on 11 November
2017 at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. The 37th annual report of the
VBRC covers the evaluation of 46 records involving 28 species and 3
subspecies or ‘identifiable subspecific forms’.
​ The full story with a link to the full report can be read on Vermont
eBird at
http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/thirty-seventh-annual-report-of-the-vermont-bird-records-committee/
.

The Committee sincerely thanks all of you who took the time to submit these
records.
The Vermont Bird Checklist is based on more than a century of documented
observations
​ like these​
.
​ ​
Reports that will expand this knowledge base are encouraged and
appreciated. Consult the
​updated bird ​
checklist to see species and time periods for which the Committee requests
detailed documentation
​ at ​
https://vtecostudies.org/wildlife/wildlife-watching/vbrc/bird-checklists/.
An online form for documenting rare species, out-of-season encounters, and
rare nesting species can be found on the Vermont Bird Records Committee
website
​ at ​https://vtecostudies.org/wildlife/wildlife-watching/vbrc/.

​Good birding!
Kent McFarland, VBRC co-chair​

____________________________

Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x201

<http://vtecostudies.org/>
 

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Date: 12/7/17 8:08 am
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Bluebirds
Three bluebirds just stopped briefly at the crapapple tree in our yard.
Sue Wetmore

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Date: 12/7/17 8:04 am
From: Ron Payne <rpayne72...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Yellow Warbler, Middlebury
This morning I refound the Yellow Warbler Spencer Hardy reported a few days ago at the marsh near the Middlebury College Bicentennial Hall. I managed to get some crap pictures of it too.

http://ebird.org/ebird/vt/view/checklist/S40955808

There was no sign of the Common Yellowthroat I saw in the same spot back on Nov. 24.

http://ebird.org/ebird/vt/view/checklist/S40694290

---
Ron Payne
Middlebury, VT
 

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Date: 12/7/17 5:48 am
From: Veer Frost <veer.frost...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Pileated Woodpecker
First ever to my garden, Pileated foraging in heavy crabapple
crop...big! couldn't find a second, have always seen these birds in
pairs.
Veer Frost, Passumpsic NEK
 

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Date: 12/6/17 7:26 am
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Fwd: Snowy owl
In addition to searching for the snowy I found :
Bald eagle ----Orwell
Roughlegs ---Orwell and Shoreham
Harriers ---Orwell
Redtail hawk & raven --Orwell



>
> Tried to relocate a snowy owl seen on Rt 73 3.7 miles west of 22A. Bird was seen Monday also two were seen in the same area last week. Bird is heavily barred.
> Sue Wetmore
>
> Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 12/6/17 6:53 am
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl
Trued to relocate a snowy owl seen on Rt 73 3.7 miles west of 22A. Bird was seen Monday also two were seen in the same area last week. Bird is heavily barred.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 12/5/17 5:32 pm
From: Martha McClintock <mbmcclintock...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Champlain Island CBC - help wanted
Hello Terry,

My husband and I would like to help with the Christmas Bird Count. I would
call capable as opposed to expert birders but if we can be of assistance,
let us know.

Martha McClintock

On Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 4:37 PM, THERESA MARRON <tgmarron...> wrote:

> Hi Folks,
>
> Still looking for some help up in the Islands on Sunday Dec 17th for the
> CBC. Lot's of waterfowl, gulls, eagles...and much more! Please spread the
> word to other birders you may know.
>
> Thanks, Terry Marron
>
 

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Date: 12/5/17 3:18 pm
From: Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Champlain Island CBC - help wanted
As I understand the logic behind the timing for the CBCs that encompass Lake Champlain, the idea was to have the 5 counts (Middlebury, Ferrisburg, Burlington, and the Islands, as well as Plattsburgh) all on the first weekend before the lake might potentially freeze over. This also minimizes double counting of large rafts of waterfowl that might move around over the course of a week.

So, this year, only Ferrisburg is on Saturday, and the other 4 are on Sunday. If we want to spread the birder wealth, maybe it would make sense for these 5 counts to think about how to better spread the counts out over the first weekend? If we could get at least two on one day and 3 on the other, that might help out a bit.

Maps for VT CBCs can be seen here:
http://audubon.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=3dcefef2f4654a94960fc3c8d1cfcc6d

Allan
 

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Date: 12/5/17 3:01 pm
From: Tom Jiamachello <000000f285df68b6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Champlain Island CBC - help wanted
Terry,


I would love to participate but am doing the Burlington one. I am sure many of us who do the Burlington one would participate if the dates were not a conflict. Can you find no other date for next year??


Tom



-----Original Message-----
From: THERESA MARRON <tgmarron...>
To: VTBIRD <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Tue, Dec 5, 2017 4:37 pm
Subject: Champlain Island CBC - help wanted

Hi Folks,

Still looking for some help up in the Islands on Sunday Dec 17th for the CBC. Lot's of waterfowl, gulls, eagles...and much more! Please spread the word to other birders you may know.

Thanks, Terry Marron
 

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Date: 12/5/17 1:37 pm
From: THERESA MARRON <tgmarron...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Champlain Island CBC - help wanted
Hi Folks,

Still looking for some help up in the Islands on Sunday Dec 17th for the CBC. Lot's of waterfowl, gulls, eagles...and much more! Please spread the word to other birders you may know.

Thanks, Terry Marron
 

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Date: 12/5/17 12:13 pm
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Mergansers Lake Dunmore - Salisbury (985 acres), Dec 5, 2017
An astounding number of common and hooded mergansers all intermixed on the south east side of the lake. Must be where the fish are!
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod
>
> Lake Dunmore - Salisbury (985 acres), Addison, Vermont, US
> Dec 5, 2017 1:16 PM - 1:56 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Windy and light rain.
> 7 species
>
> Canada Goose 7
> Mallard 57
> American Black Duck 8
> Hooded Merganser 72 Birds both male and female were mixed in with common mergansers.
> Males black head with white head patches, black back white breast. Females brownish overall with brownish bushy crest.
> Common Merganser 153
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> American Crow 1
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40928530
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
 

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Date: 12/5/17 7:59 am
From: Ron Payne <rpayne72...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Yellow Warbler-Middlebury
Didn't you have a mid-winter Swamp Sparrow there a few years back as well? There must be some sort of magical hot-spring in that spot that entices birds that shouldn't to overwinter there.


---
Ron Payne
Middlebury, VT



On Tue, 5 Dec 2017 10:16:05 -0500, Spencer Hardy wrote:

I was in Middlebury this morning and it felt like October, so I figured I would try and find the Common Yellowthroat Ron Payne had in the wetland behind Bicentennial Hall a few weeks back (I had one in the same spot a few winters ago). No yellowthroat, but a Yellow Warbler associating with a single chickadee.

Good Birding,
Spencer

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/5/17 7:16 am
From: Spencer Hardy <curlewsandpiper17...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Yellow Warbler-Middlebury
I was in Middlebury this morning and it felt like October, so I figured I would try and find the Common Yellowthroat Ron Payne had in the wetland behind Bicentennial Hall a few weeks back (I had one in the same spot a few winters ago). No yellowthroat, but a Yellow Warbler associating with a single chickadee.

Good Birding,
Spencer

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 12/5/17 6:49 am
From: Chip Darmstadt <chip...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] BIRD QUIZ!
If I remember correctly, there is also an amphibian represented in the
recording!
Cheers, Chip

Chip Darmstadt, Executive Director
North Branch Nature Center
(802) 229-6206
www.NorthBranchNatureCenter.org



-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:<VTBIRD...>] On Behalf Of Larry Clarfeld
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2017 8:42 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] BIRD QUIZ!

Hi Ali,

This is fabulous, thanks for sharing! Mockingbirds are so impressive! I
think I heard 11 excellent avian im-bird-sonations in there, plus a possible
car alarm? This reminds me of another talented impressionist heard years ago
at the rest stop in Vernon off I-91. We were returning from Cape May, NJ
with a group of teen birders having just participated in the World Series of
Birding with North Branch Nature Center. At the time eBird didn't have media
upload, but I just added the recording to the checklist (linked below). It
will make a nice follow-up to your quiz. How many birds (and other wildlife)
can you ID here?

https://ebird.org/ebird/vt/view/checklist/S10737411

Good Birding,
Larry Clarfeld



On Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 5:51 PM, Alison Wagner <alikatofvt...> wrote:

> Fellow Birding-by-ear Buds,
>
> How many bird species can you identify in this recording? (Disregard
> the Yellow Warbler, who was audio-bombing the recording).
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37757678
>
> Some folks that frequent the Kilowatt Park in Wilder might recognize
> this talented summer resident. I certainly enjoyed his rendition, and
> it made me aware of the company he keeps!
>
> Enjoy!
>
> Ali
>
 

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Date: 12/5/17 6:43 am
From: Veer Frost <veer.frost...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] BIRD QUIZ!
Both these Mockingbird recordings (thank you ebird media
capabilities!) are heaven, thank you Ali and Larry!Veer, Passumpsic
NEK-

and they got a haiku going:
Catcher-bird, send back

to ditch and field the magic

syllables they drop--
On December 4, 2017 at 8:50 PM, "alison wagner" wrote:Thanks, Larry,
for I.d’ing the car alarm!
----- Original Message -----
From: Larry Clarfeld
To: <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Mon, 04 Dec 2017 20:41:53 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] BIRD QUIZ!

Hi Ali,

This is fabulous, thanks for sharing! Mockingbirds are so impressive!
I
think I heard 11 excellent avian im-bird-sonations in there, plus a
possible car alarm? This reminds me of another talented impressionist
heard
years ago at the rest stop in Vernon off I-91. We were returning from
Cape
May, NJ with a group of teen birders having just participated in the
World
Series of Birding with North Branch Nature Center. At the time eBird
didn't
have media upload, but I just added the recording to the checklist
(linked
below). It will make a nice follow-up to your quiz. How many birds
(and
other wildlife) can you ID here?

https://ebird.org/ebird/vt/view/checklist/S10737411

Good Birding,
Larry Clarfeld
On Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 5:51 PM, Alison Wagner wrote:

> Fellow Birding-by-ear Buds,
>
> How many bird species can you identify in this recording? (Disregard
the
> Yellow Warbler, who was audio-bombing the recording).
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37757678
>
> Some folks that frequent the Kilowatt Park in Wilder might recognize
this
> talented summer resident. I certainly enjoyed his rendition, and it
made me
> aware of the company he keeps!
>
> Enjoy!
>
> Ali
>
 

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Date: 12/5/17 5:59 am
From: Charlotte and Hal Bill <cgbbill...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] WHOOPS -- Apologies!
Apologies to all
#1 -- for not following Zac' clear directions
#2 -- for sending personal reply to whole list
Charlotte Bill
: (
 

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Date: 12/5/17 5:45 am
From: Charlotte and Hal Bill <cgbbill...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Winter Owl Exploration this Saturday
Hi Zac,
Hal (hubby), Becky (sister) and I would love to attend. I can/will put
check for $60 into mail immediately if there's still room for us three....
Let me know?
Thanks!
Charlotte

On Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 2:35 PM, Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <zcotaweaver...>
> wrote:

> Hello all!
>
> I wanted to share with you this opportunity to join me this coming
> Saturday, 12/9, in search of owls around Dead Creek WMA in Addison. Read
> below for more information about the event, and call (802) 229-6206 or
> email <info...> to register.
>
> *Winter Owl Exploration*
> *Saturday, December 9th*, 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
> Owls are some of our most beloved, yet seldom seen birds. In this outing,
> we'll discuss how and where to search for owls, and how to do so ethically
> and safely. Of the seven owl species that can be regularly encountered in
> Vermont, the migratory Short-eared Owl is one of the most sought after by
> birders. Early winter is a great time to search for Short-eared Owls at
> Dead Creek WMA, where they can be found hunting over large open fields at
> dusk. Afterwards we will visit nearby spots in search of Northern Saw-whet,
> Eastern Screech, Long-eared, Barred, and Great Horned Owls.
> Pre-registration is required and the event is limit to 20 participants.
>
> Participants can meet at 1:30pm at North Branch Nature Center or 3:00pm at
> the Addison Central School parking lot off of Route 17.
>
> *Fee*: $10 member, $20 non-member
> Hope to see you Saturday.
>
> Zac Cota
>
> --
> Zacheriah T. Cota-Weaver
> 175 Depot Street
> Hyde Park, VT 05655
> (802) 696-8613 cell
> <zcotaweaver...>
>
 

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Date: 12/4/17 5:50 pm
From: alison wagner <alikatofvt...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] BIRD QUIZ!
Thanks, Larry, for I.d’ing the car alarm!
----- Original Message -----
From: Larry Clarfeld <lclarfeld...>
To: <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Mon, 04 Dec 2017 20:41:53 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] BIRD QUIZ!

Hi Ali,

This is fabulous, thanks for sharing! Mockingbirds are so impressive! I
think I heard 11 excellent avian im-bird-sonations in there, plus a
possible car alarm? This reminds me of another talented impressionist heard
years ago at the rest stop in Vernon off I-91. We were returning from Cape
May, NJ with a group of teen birders having just participated in the World
Series of Birding with North Branch Nature Center. At the time eBird didn't
have media upload, but I just added the recording to the checklist (linked
below). It will make a nice follow-up to your quiz. How many birds (and
other wildlife) can you ID here?

https://ebird.org/ebird/vt/view/checklist/S10737411

Good Birding,
Larry Clarfeld



On Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 5:51 PM, Alison Wagner <alikatofvt...> wrote:

> Fellow Birding-by-ear Buds,
>
> How many bird species can you identify in this recording? (Disregard the
> Yellow Warbler, who was audio-bombing the recording).
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37757678
>
> Some folks that frequent the Kilowatt Park in Wilder might recognize this
> talented summer resident. I certainly enjoyed his rendition, and it made me
> aware of the company he keeps!
>
> Enjoy!
>
> Ali
>
 

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Date: 12/4/17 5:42 pm
From: Larry Clarfeld <lclarfeld...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] BIRD QUIZ!
Hi Ali,

This is fabulous, thanks for sharing! Mockingbirds are so impressive! I
think I heard 11 excellent avian im-bird-sonations in there, plus a
possible car alarm? This reminds me of another talented impressionist heard
years ago at the rest stop in Vernon off I-91. We were returning from Cape
May, NJ with a group of teen birders having just participated in the World
Series of Birding with North Branch Nature Center. At the time eBird didn't
have media upload, but I just added the recording to the checklist (linked
below). It will make a nice follow-up to your quiz. How many birds (and
other wildlife) can you ID here?

https://ebird.org/ebird/vt/view/checklist/S10737411

Good Birding,
Larry Clarfeld



On Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 5:51 PM, Alison Wagner <alikatofvt...> wrote:

> Fellow Birding-by-ear Buds,
>
> How many bird species can you identify in this recording? (Disregard the
> Yellow Warbler, who was audio-bombing the recording).
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37757678
>
> Some folks that frequent the Kilowatt Park in Wilder might recognize this
> talented summer resident. I certainly enjoyed his rendition, and it made me
> aware of the company he keeps!
>
> Enjoy!
>
> Ali
>
 

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Date: 12/4/17 2:51 pm
From: Alison Wagner <alikatofvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] BIRD QUIZ!
Fellow Birding-by-ear Buds,

How many bird species can you identify in this recording? (Disregard the Yellow Warbler, who was audio-bombing the recording).

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37757678

Some folks that frequent the Kilowatt Park in Wilder might recognize this talented summer resident. I certainly enjoyed his rendition, and it made me aware of the company he keeps!

Enjoy!

Ali
 

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Date: 12/4/17 1:21 pm
From: Roger <0000012955ad5559-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Winter Owl Exploration this Saturday
Thanks for the info Zac but I cannot make it. Maybe next time. Hope the trip is successful.
Roger Rees.




> On Dec 4, 2017, at 2:35 PM, Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <zcotaweaver...> wrote:
>
> Hello all!
>
> I wanted to share with you this opportunity to join me this coming
> Saturday, 12/9, in search of owls around Dead Creek WMA in Addison. Read
> below for more information about the event, and call (802) 229-6206 or
> email <info...> to register.
>
> *Winter Owl Exploration*
> *Saturday, December 9th*, 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
> Owls are some of our most beloved, yet seldom seen birds. In this outing,
> we'll discuss how and where to search for owls, and how to do so ethically
> and safely. Of the seven owl species that can be regularly encountered in
> Vermont, the migratory Short-eared Owl is one of the most sought after by
> birders. Early winter is a great time to search for Short-eared Owls at
> Dead Creek WMA, where they can be found hunting over large open fields at
> dusk. Afterwards we will visit nearby spots in search of Northern Saw-whet,
> Eastern Screech, Long-eared, Barred, and Great Horned Owls.
> Pre-registration is required and the event is limit to 20 participants.
>
> Participants can meet at 1:30pm at North Branch Nature Center or 3:00pm at
> the Addison Central School parking lot off of Route 17.
>
> *Fee*: $10 member, $20 non-member
> Hope to see you Saturday.
>
> Zac Cota
>
> --
> Zacheriah T. Cota-Weaver
> 175 Depot Street
> Hyde Park, VT 05655
> (802) 696-8613 cell
> <zcotaweaver...>
 

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Date: 12/4/17 11:35 am
From: Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <zcotaweaver...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Winter Owl Exploration this Saturday
Hello all!

I wanted to share with you this opportunity to join me this coming
Saturday, 12/9, in search of owls around Dead Creek WMA in Addison. Read
below for more information about the event, and call (802) 229-6206 or
email <info...> to register.

*Winter Owl Exploration*
*Saturday, December 9th*, 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Owls are some of our most beloved, yet seldom seen birds. In this outing,
we'll discuss how and where to search for owls, and how to do so ethically
and safely. Of the seven owl species that can be regularly encountered in
Vermont, the migratory Short-eared Owl is one of the most sought after by
birders. Early winter is a great time to search for Short-eared Owls at
Dead Creek WMA, where they can be found hunting over large open fields at
dusk. Afterwards we will visit nearby spots in search of Northern Saw-whet,
Eastern Screech, Long-eared, Barred, and Great Horned Owls.
Pre-registration is required and the event is limit to 20 participants.

Participants can meet at 1:30pm at North Branch Nature Center or 3:00pm at
the Addison Central School parking lot off of Route 17.

*Fee*: $10 member, $20 non-member
Hope to see you Saturday.

Zac Cota

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

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Date: 12/3/17 10:10 pm
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Champlain Island CBC-Help Wanted
Over the years, I have tried to recruit birders to the Champlain Islands Christmas Bird Count. It’s a great count and lots of fun. and I am a great spokesperson for the count. Nevertheless we have difficulties attracting more birders to the islands account. The main problem is the Burlington Christmas Bird Count and the Champlain islands Christmas Bird Count are on the same day and always have been. Some of the best birding talent in this area participate in the Burlington Christmas Bird Count in many of them have done it for years. They are loyal to that count and to their territories. They
They are also are more likely to run into new birders and recruit them for the Burlington count.

I’ll keep beating the bushes. And my brain.


Michele Patenaude
172 Woodbury Road
Burlington, VT 05408
802-862-4085

> On Dec 2, 2017, at 9:50 AM, Sally <towanda2...> wrote:
>
> Hi Folks,
>
> We are looking to add some more birders to our CBC group. This is a fun area with lots of waterfowl,eagles,owls,gulls,rare birds and lots more. We have had Snow Geese, Snowy Owl, Pipits, Great Blue Heron, Killdeer... in the past. It covers N. Hero, Isle La Motte, S. Alburgh and parts of Grand Isle, Swanton, Georgia and St Albans.
> The count is Sunday December 17th this year. We generally start birding around 7-8am(unless you want to go owling) and go till 4:30ish. There is a potluck afterwards in North Hero from 5-8pm.
>
> Please contact Terry at <tgmarron...> mailto:<tgmarron...> if you are interested in joining our team of citizen scientists!
 

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Date: 12/3/17 7:27 am
From: Eugenia Cooke <euge24241...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] West Rutland Marsh - Dec 2
No sign of GC Kinglets nor Winter Wren, this a.m., but excitrd to see Snow
Buntings on Pleasant St. until fast moving truck dispersed them. Good look!

On Dec 2, 2017 12:59 PM, "Susan Elliott" <
<00000032e9152660-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> A Winter Wren was a highlight on Rutland County Audubon's walk around West
> Rutland Marsh today. Nine participants tallied 21 species including many
> Golden-crowned Kinglets. The full report is here: http://
> rutlandcountyaudubon.org/journal/2017/12/2/west-
> rutland-marsh-december-2017.html
>
> Sue Elliott
>
 

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Date: 12/3/17 7:21 am
From: Eugenia Cooke <euge24241...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snow Buntings!
Peasant St. West Rutland Marsh, in and on edge of cornfield.
 

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Date: 12/3/17 2:30 am
From: Patricia Fontaine <pfont1...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Please sign me up
Please sign me up for bird sightings. I was on the list, but seem to have dropped off.

Thanks!


Patricia Fontaine
 

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Date: 12/2/17 11:11 am
From: Kevin Tolan <ktolan...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] 3 snowy owls
Three snowy owls on the causeway today. The first was on Sunset Island (second island on the left) on the very southern tip directly above the cliff; it was there when we arrived at 8:30 and when we left at 11:30. The other two were on the causeway and kept being scared up by pedestrians. When we left they were in trees on the New York side of the gap.


View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40858954
 

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Date: 12/2/17 9:59 am
From: Susan Elliott <00000032e9152660-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] West Rutland Marsh - Dec 2
A Winter Wren was a highlight on Rutland County Audubon's walk around West Rutland Marsh today. Nine participants tallied 21 species including many Golden-crowned Kinglets. The full report is here: http://rutlandcountyaudubon.org/journal/2017/12/2/west-rutland-marsh-december-2017.html

Sue Elliott
 

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Date: 12/2/17 6:55 am
From: Sally <towanda2...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Vt Bird listserve settings
How do you change your settings for the list serve? It does not seem to be connected to Vt e-bird. I have searched my e-bird account and do not see where I can change my settings.Thanks Terry
 

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Date: 12/2/17 6:50 am
From: Sally <towanda2...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Champlain Island CBC-Help Wanted
Hi Folks,

We are looking to add some more birders to our CBC group. This is a fun area with lots of waterfowl,eagles,owls,gulls,rare birds and lots more. We have had Snow Geese, Snowy Owl, Pipits, Great Blue Heron, Killdeer... in the past. It covers N. Hero, Isle La Motte, S. Alburgh and parts of Grand Isle, Swanton, Georgia and St Albans.
The count is Sunday December 17th this year. We generally start birding around 7-8am(unless you want to go owling) and go till 4:30ish. There is a potluck afterwards in North Hero from 5-8pm.

Please contact Terry at <tgmarron...> mailto:<tgmarron...> if you are interested in joining our team of citizen scientists!
 

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Date: 12/1/17 5:59 am
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] VT CBCs and eBird tips
Hi Folks,
I now have all the VT CBC dates on the list on Vermont eBird. There is also
a great article on tips for how to best add your CBC data to Vermont eBird
for those of you that like to do that. Visit Vermont eBird for these two
articles and more at http://ebird.org/content/vt/

Stay warm and safe out there on your CBCs!

Kent
____________________________

Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x201

<http://vtecostudies.org/>
 

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Date: 11/30/17 2:10 pm
From: Barry Conolly <barryconolly...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] snowy owl
Hi Peter,

Here is a sighting of a Snowy in Randolf, Vermont.

Were you able to observe last night?

Barry

Barry

On Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 3:58 PM, jennifer megyesi <fatroosterfarm...>
wrote:

> the snowy owl that was first sighted in randolph near the vermont
> technical college on 11.11.17 is alive and well, and has been seen daily by
> either/or/and by birders, farmers, students and campus staff. she moved
> from the interstate to the vtc barn after one day and stayed there for over
> a week. she is now on campus, perching on the greenhouse building just
> north of the library, and has been observed here for at least four days.
> there are several apple trees here with drops on the ground, and campus
> staff have seen her drop to the ground on several occasions. here are some
> pics of her. jenn
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
> checklist/S40825558 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40825558>
>
>
 

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Date: 11/30/17 1:49 pm
From: Sarah Janson <sbjanson...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Middlebury Murder (of crows)
A very large number of crows are gathering now near the intersection of High and Seminary streets in Middlebury.

Sarah Janson
 

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Date: 11/30/17 12:59 pm
From: jennifer megyesi <fatroosterfarm...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] snowy owl
the snowy owl that was first sighted in randolph near the vermont technical college on 11.11.17 is alive and well, and has been seen daily by either/or/and by birders, farmers, students and campus staff. she moved from the interstate to the vtc barn after one day and stayed there for over a week. she is now on campus, perching on the greenhouse building just north of the library, and has been observed here for at least four days. there are several apple trees here with drops on the ground, and campus staff have seen her drop to the ground on several occasions. here are some pics of her. jenn

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40825558 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40825558>
 

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Date: 11/30/17 10:13 am
From: Bryan Pfeiffer <bryan...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] "Getting Gulls" in Montpelier on December 21
Greetings, VTBIRDers:

Here’s your chance to learn gulls and support the amazing work of North Branch Nature Center. On Thursday, December 21, from 7-8PM, I’ll be presenting "Getting Gulls" at NBNC in Montpelier. It’s a fundraiser to help the Nature Center, well, you know — save the world and stuff. We’ll collect a suggested donation of $10 at the door. I’ll even offer an optional extra hour (starting at 8PM or so) on advanced gull identification. Here’s the blurb:

Getting Gulls: A Workshop and Virtual Field Trip
They are among the most successful birds on the planet, living everywhere from the polar regions to parking lots, along shorelines or at sewage ponds. They can be elegant or brutish, ambitious or lazy. And even as they pose for us in plain sight, these birds can be notoriously hard to identify. But in this workshop you will finally be “Getting Gulls.” Bryan’s system for gull identification will even help demystify one birdwatching’s greatest challenges: immature gulls. With Bryan’s images, videos, exuberance, and odd sense of humor, you’ll become a better birdwatcher — maybe even a better person. You want elegance on the wing? Audacity on the beach? You gotta get with gulls.

By the way, the day after I gave this talk for Green Mountain Audubon last November a few birders who attended began finding Iceland Gull and Glaucous Gull here in Vermont. Coincidence? Correlation? Causation? I report; you decide. Even if gulls ain’t your thing, come out anyway to support NBNC and schmooze with other birders. It’ll be fun. (I’ll be there by 6:30PM or so for the early-bird schmoozing.)

And for those of you who don’t know me, here’s a short bio:
A writer, photographer and field naturalist, Bryan Pfeiffer chases wildlife (mostly birds and insects) around the world and teaches writing to graduate students in the natural sciences at the University of Vermont. Bryan co-authored (with Ted Murin) the book Birdwatching in Vermont, co-hosted an award-winning radio program on birds, and wrote and hosted a Vermont public television special on birding. When he’s not outside, Bryan spends a lot of time thinking about insects — and how to teach birding skills to everyone. Find him online at www.bryanpfeiffer.com.

Best,
— Bryan

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

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Date: 11/29/17 7:27 am
From: Stephen Antell <santellvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] King Eiders
Still present today, viewed from DAR and hanging out with a flock of about 30 long-tailed ducks.
Steve Antell

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/27/17 6:43 pm
From: Ruth <birder_rws...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] how to report distance traveled in VT eBird
All pretty fantastic no matter how you calculate it!! You've come a LOOOOONG way baby!


Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset, VT


________________________________
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> on behalf of Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...>
Sent: Monday, November 27, 2017 1:42 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] how to report distance traveled in VT eBird

Hi Folks,
With the new tracks feature in the eBird smartphone apps, we've been
getting a lot of questions. Here's a little article about reporting your
travel distances in eBird on the Vermont eBird site.

http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/how-to-report-backtracking-distance-in-ebird/

Hope this helps,
Kent
____________________________

Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x201

<http://vtecostudies.org/>
Vermont Center for Ecostudies | Uniting People & Science for Conservation<http://vtecostudies.org/>
vtecostudies.org
Advancing the conservation of wildlife across the Americas through research, monitoring and citizen engagement.
 

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Date: 11/27/17 12:26 pm
From: Kenneth Benton <kennethbenton...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Superbowl of Birding 2018
Calling all youth birders!

North Branch Nature Center is reaching out to all youth birders in an
effort to put together a team of young birders to represent Vermont at the
15th Annual Superbowl of Birding. The event, which hosted by Mass
Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center, is a 12 hour period of birding with
the goal of finding as many species as possible within Rockingham County,
NH and/or Essex County, MA. Each species is weighted based on difficulty
and assigned points accordingly. For example: 1 point for Chickadees and 5
points for Dovekies. The team with the highest point tally wins. Over the
years, NBNC’s youth and young adult teams have tallied nearly 100 species,
including gems like King Eider, Razorbill, and Snowy Owl, and has won the
Newbie Award (given to the participant tallying the most life birds).

We would be leaving from the nature center in Montpelier at 4 p.m. Friday,
January the 26th and returning late the next night. We are asking a
fee of $160for
children 12 and under and $175 for anyone over the age of 12. This fee is
to cover the cost of the trip which includes a rental van, gas, entrance fee,
etc...

Please let me know if you would like to have your child join the team and
please pass this along to any young birders you may know! If you have any
questions, you can reach me at <ken...> or by
calling the North Branch Nature Center at 802-229-6206 <(802)%20229-6206>.

Happy Birding!
Ken Benton

--
Ken Benton
Teacher/Naturalist
North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
work: 802-229-6206
cell: 513-505-7484
 

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Date: 11/27/17 10:43 am
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] how to report distance traveled in VT eBird
Hi Folks,
With the new tracks feature in the eBird smartphone apps, we've been
getting a lot of questions. Here's a little article about reporting your
travel distances in eBird on the Vermont eBird site.

http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/how-to-report-backtracking-distance-in-ebird/

Hope this helps,
Kent
____________________________

Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x201

<http://vtecostudies.org/>
 

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Date: 11/26/17 12:00 pm
From: Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Finches Maple St, Brandon, Nov 26, 2017
That poor confused “purple goldfinch”. This is one we should all see! Evergreen
 

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Date: 11/26/17 10:26 am
From: Keri Charles <Kericharles...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Barnacle Goos sightings?
Has anyone seen the Chester Barnacle goose today? Or any goose gaggles at all? I'm in the area trying to locate it and having no luck.
 

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Date: 11/26/17 9:25 am
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Finches Maple St, Brandon, Nov 26, 2017
Purple goldfinch and house finches were at my feeders.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod

>
> Maple St, Brandon, Rutland, Vermont, US
> Nov 26, 2017 7:45 AM - 9:45 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 16 species
>
> Mourning Dove 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Blue Jay 3
> American Crow 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 3
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Dark-eyed Junco 2
> White-throated Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 2
> House Finch 7
> Purple Finch 2
> American Goldfinch 1
> House Sparrow 14
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40747564
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
 

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Date: 11/26/17 8:59 am
From: michael ferraro <birdnvt...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Colchester Causeway Caution
Great job you guys ! Glad he got caught quickly !


________________________________
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> on behalf of Charlotte and Hal Bill <cgbbill...>
Sent: Sunday, November 26, 2017 9:18 AM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Colchester Causeway Caution

Apologies if post is too off topic, but a word of caution anyway:

Just a reminder not to leave any valuables in your car when you're walking
any trail looking for birds..... Yesterday, at the parking lot in
Colchester closest to the causeway to South Hero, we waited (apparently
unobserved) in the car for third member of our birding group to return, and
we watched in disbelief as a young man, apparently stretching for a run on
the trail, quickly turned and hurled what turned out to be a metal knob for
a trailer hitch through the window of a car. We both jumped out, easily got
license plate as car raced away, and called police. Suspect was
apprehended, but as we waited for police, we counted five piles of
shattered glass around this parking lot -- apparently a frequent target of
thieves.

Charlotte Bill
Enosburgh
 

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Date: 11/26/17 6:26 am
From: Rebecca Williams <000002cd70f36334-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Colchester Causeway Caution
Quick thinking by Charlotte and Hal Bill: license number and description of car, and dialing 911.
Police had arrested men even before I (third member of birding party) got back to the car. Thank goodness the bad guys did not have a gun. What is wrong with people??? Birders need to be extra cautious as we go to isolated areas.

Sent from my iPad

> On Nov 26, 2017, at 9:18 AM, Charlotte and Hal Bill <cgbbill...> wrote:
>
> Apologies if post is too off topic, but a word of caution anyway:
>
> Just a reminder not to leave any valuables in your car when you're walking
> any trail looking for birds..... Yesterday, at the parking lot in
> Colchester closest to the causeway to South Hero, we waited (apparently
> unobserved) in the car for third member of our birding group to return, and
> we watched in disbelief as a young man, apparently stretching for a run on
> the trail, quickly turned and hurled what turned out to be a metal knob for
> a trailer hitch through the window of a car. We both jumped out, easily got
> license plate as car raced away, and called police. Suspect was
> apprehended, but as we waited for police, we counted five piles of
> shattered glass around this parking lot -- apparently a frequent target of
> thieves.
>
> Charlotte Bill
> Enosburgh
 

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Date: 11/26/17 6:18 am
From: Charlotte and Hal Bill <cgbbill...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Colchester Causeway Caution
Apologies if post is too off topic, but a word of caution anyway:

Just a reminder not to leave any valuables in your car when you're walking
any trail looking for birds..... Yesterday, at the parking lot in
Colchester closest to the causeway to South Hero, we waited (apparently
unobserved) in the car for third member of our birding group to return, and
we watched in disbelief as a young man, apparently stretching for a run on
the trail, quickly turned and hurled what turned out to be a metal knob for
a trailer hitch through the window of a car. We both jumped out, easily got
license plate as car raced away, and called police. Suspect was
apprehended, but as we waited for police, we counted five piles of
shattered glass around this parking lot -- apparently a frequent target of
thieves.

Charlotte Bill
Enosburgh
 

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Date: 11/25/17 11:44 am
From: Rich Kelley <rich...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy owl
In Missisquoi Bay right now, Dead Creek outlet, watching from Shipyard Rd.

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Date: 11/25/17 11:30 am
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Hoodeds. Lake Dunmore - Salisbury (985 acres), Nov 25, 2017
Hooded merganser males were displaying this afternoon.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod

>
> Lake Dunmore - Salisbury (985 acres), Addison, Vermont, US
> Nov 25, 2017 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Light sprinkles of rain.
> 5 species
>
> Canada Goose 250
> Mallard 15
> Hooded Merganser 10
> Common Merganser 8
> Ring-billed Gull 1
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40723897
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
 

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Date: 11/24/17 12:35 pm
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Hollow Rd., Brandon, Nov 24, 2017
A flash mob mixed flock zipped by this afternoon.
My favorite brown creeper was busy searching in the bark for food.
Sue Wetmore
>
> Hollow Rd., Brandon, Rutland, Vermont, US
> Nov 24, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.75 mile(s)
> 11 species
>
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> American Crow 1
> Common Raven 1
> Black-capped Chickadee 4
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Brown Creeper 1
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
> American Robin 4
> Cedar Waxwing 10
> Dark-eyed Junco 1
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40704319
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
 

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Date: 11/24/17 11:29 am
From: Rich Kelley <rich...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Delta Park Snowy Owl
Could be a second... Ken C and I came off the causeway about 1pm, and believe we saw a snowy on Stave Island's fire tower.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 24, 2017, at 12:32, Scott Morrical <smorrica...> wrote:
>
> Now I am at Delta Park in Colechester. And there is a Snowy Owl on the sand island off the mouth of the Winooski River, viewable from the recreation path bridge over the Winooski. I'm not sure if this is a second Snowy Owl, or the same one that I saw about an hour ago at the Colechester Causeway.
> Scott Morrical
>
> Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/24/17 10:24 am
From: Stacy Robinson <maplemeadows...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] King Eiders Continue
We are looking at the continuing pair of King Eiders from the platform at the top of the staircase at DAR Campgrounds in Addison Cty.

Stacy & Mark Robinson
Port Henry, NY

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Date: 11/24/17 9:32 am
From: Scott Morrical <smorrica...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Delta Park Snowy Owl
Now I am at Delta Park in Colechester. And there is a Snowy Owl on the sand island off the mouth of the Winooski River, viewable from the recreation path bridge over the Winooski. I'm not sure if this is a second Snowy Owl, or the same one that I saw about an hour ago at the Colechester Causeway.
Scott Morrical

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Date: 11/24/17 8:55 am
From: Scott Morrical <smorrica...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Colchester Causeway - Loon, Snowy, Glaucous
Hello – I just returned from a very windy trip out Colchester Causeway. Highlights included a first year Glaucous Gull, and a Snowy Owl perched on the right edge of Sunset Island as viewed from the bridge. There were two loons present. One of these was a Common Loon. The other was interesting. I saw it flying in and then land on the water where it was constantly diving and out of sight for long blocks of time. Conditions were very windy so viewing was not optimal. However I think there's a possibility that this Loon was a Pacific/Arctic. Much smaller and slenderer than Common, but strongly bicolored on its head and neck. Quite dark on the crown and back of the neck contrasting with the white chin and throat. Bill held straight ahead, not the upturned jizz of Red-throated Loon. Again viewing conditions were very sub optimal and I only had it in view for short periods of time. If you head out there definitely worth looking for though.
Scott Morrical,
South Burlington

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Date: 11/24/17 6:02 am
From: Sarah Fellows <towanda2...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Eagles on 89
Two mature bald eagles seen feeding on deer carcass right off of 89 northbound at mile marker 47.9 , near williamstown exit , this am at 8 :00 .

Sally fellows
Williston, vt

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Date: 11/23/17 12:21 pm
From: Michael Foster <mfoster...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] BlueGray Gnatcatcher at Herrick's Cove
I was birding Herrick's Cove this morning and ran into a good birder from
CT who happened to find a BlueGray Gnatcatcher. We both saw and heard the
bird. I got a couple so-so pics that I posted on my checklist. We also
thought we heard a Fox Sparrow but did not see it.


Michael Foster
Website breezyhillturning.com
Email <mfoster.vt...>
 

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Date: 11/22/17 2:05 pm
From: Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Speaking of owls
Short-eared Owls have returned to the Dead Creek WMA. Yesterday at dusk I saw an owl in silhouette at the abandoned barn near Gage Road, identifiable as a Short-eared Owl by its size, shape, and floppy, bat-like flight pattern. Later, I caught a Short-eared Owl, possibly the same bird, in my headlights as I drove (slowly) back toward route 22A on Gage Road.


Bruce MacPherson
South Burlington
 

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Date: 11/22/17 5:59 am
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Champlain Bridge, Nov 21, 2017
The common goldeneyes listed below should state
Common mergansers 4.
Slip of the finger when entering!
Sue Wetmore

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> On Nov 21, 2017, at 2:56 PM, Sue <2birdvt...> wrote:
>
> The wind was blowing but in spite of the waves the following was observed:
> Sue Wetmore
>>
>> Champlain Bridge, Addison, Vermont, US
>> Nov 21, 2017 10:15 AM - 10:35 AM
>> Protocol: Stationary
>> Comments: Steady south wind
>> 9 species
>>
>> American Black Duck 2
>> White-winged Scoter 5
>> Long-tailed Duck 1
>> Bufflehead 3
>> Common Goldeneye 4
>> Red-throated Loon 3
>> Common Loon 1
>> Horned Grebe 1
>> Ring-billed Gull 48
>>
>> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40645164
>>
>> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
 

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Date: 11/21/17 1:30 pm
From: Pat Folsom <pfols...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Plainfield CBC 12/16, seeking volunteers
Hi Sean,
Patti and I will be doing the Mt. Abe count in the morning. If you are reallly short of people, I'd consider joining one of your teams in the afternoon.

Too bad I can't be in two places at once!!

thanks,
Pat

----- Original Message -----
From: "Beckett Sean" <sean...>
To: "VT Bird" <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Monday, November 20, 2017 12:05:16 PM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Plainfield CBC 12/16, seeking volunteers

Greetings!

We are looking for a few additional volunteers to help out with our 57th
annual Plainfield CBC on Saturday, December 16th. Our circle also covers
the Montpelier, Barre, Marshfield, and Calais areas. Experienced birders,
novices, and feeder watchers welcome! Contact me (
<sean...>) to get involved.

Birders may also be interested in our upcoming owl exploration on 12/9. Zac
Cota will be leading a quest around Addison County in search of the elusive
short-eared owl near dusk, then our usual strigid suspects after dark. Head
to northbranchnaturecenter.org for more info and registration.

Thanks, and happy birding!

Sean Beckett
Staff Naturalist
North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm St, Montpelier VT 05602
(802) 229-6206 x 102
 

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Date: 11/21/17 11:58 am
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - DAR State Park, Nov 21, 2017
Try as we might no king eider could be seen.
Sue Wetmore and Enid
>
> DAR State Park, Addison, Vermont, US
> Nov 21, 2017 11:20 AM - 11:50 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 12 species
>
> Mallard 4
> American Black Duck 4
> Lesser Scaup 14
> White-winged Scoter 4
> Common Merganser 4
> Red-throated Loon 2
> Common Loon 3
> Cooper's Hawk 2
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Common Raven 1
> Black-capped Chickadee 2
> Dark-eyed Junco 1
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40645255
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
 

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Date: 11/21/17 11:56 am
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Fwd: eBird Report - Champlain Bridge, Nov 21, 2017
The wind was blowing but in spite of the waves the following was observed:
Sue Wetmore
>
> Champlain Bridge, Addison, Vermont, US
> Nov 21, 2017 10:15 AM - 10:35 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Steady south wind
> 9 species
>
> American Black Duck 2
> White-winged Scoter 5
> Long-tailed Duck 1
> Bufflehead 3
> Common Goldeneye 4
> Red-throated Loon 3
> Common Loon 1
> Horned Grebe 1
> Ring-billed Gull 48
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40645164
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
 

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Date: 11/20/17 2:37 pm
From: Patti Haynes <patti.haynes...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Eagles !Sudbury, VT, Nov 20, 2017
Oh Sue, that must have been awful...I mean offal ;)

Patti
Moretown

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> On Nov 20, 2017, at 3:01 PM, Sue <2birdvt...> wrote:
>
> A short tour of Sudbury had5 bald eagles feeding on offal. Ravens were in on the party--- Ravens chasing eagles, Eagles chasing ravens. What a show!!
> Sue Wetmore
>>
>> Sudbury, VT, Rutland, Vermont, US
>> Nov 20, 2017 1:40 PM - 2:00 PM
>> Protocol: Stationary
>> Comments: On Sawyer/Needham Rd. Snow flurries
>> 4 species
>>
>> Bald Eagle 5 Large raptors, adults with white heads and tail, juveniles with white throughout plumage. All feeding on offal from a beef butchering.
>> American Crow 1
>> Common Raven 3
>> European Starling 75
>>
>> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40626098
>>
>> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
 

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Date: 11/20/17 12:01 pm
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Eagles !Sudbury, VT, Nov 20, 2017
A short tour of Sudbury had5 bald eagles feeding on offal. Ravens were in on the party--- Ravens chasing eagles, Eagles chasing ravens. What a show!!
Sue Wetmore
>
> Sudbury, VT, Rutland, Vermont, US
> Nov 20, 2017 1:40 PM - 2:00 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: On Sawyer/Needham Rd. Snow flurries
> 4 species
>
> Bald Eagle 5 Large raptors, adults with white heads and tail, juveniles with white throughout plumage. All feeding on offal from a beef butchering.
> American Crow 1
> Common Raven 3
> European Starling 75
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40626098
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
 

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Date: 11/20/17 9:05 am
From: Sean Beckett <sean...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Plainfield CBC 12/16, seeking volunteers
Greetings!

We are looking for a few additional volunteers to help out with our 57th
annual Plainfield CBC on Saturday, December 16th. Our circle also covers
the Montpelier, Barre, Marshfield, and Calais areas. Experienced birders,
novices, and feeder watchers welcome! Contact me (
<sean...>) to get involved.

Birders may also be interested in our upcoming owl exploration on 12/9. Zac
Cota will be leading a quest around Addison County in search of the elusive
short-eared owl near dusk, then our usual strigid suspects after dark. Head
to northbranchnaturecenter.org for more info and registration.

Thanks, and happy birding!

Sean Beckett
Staff Naturalist
North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm St, Montpelier VT 05602
(802) 229-6206 x 102
 

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Date: 11/19/17 5:40 pm
From: David J. Hoag <00000139fcf15d8e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl, .. another ....
A Snowy Owl was photographed at a private location in Grand Isle, 19 Nov.
The cell phone small photo and video appear to show a white adult owl,
different from the previously reported darker birds.

Dave Hoag, Grand Isle
 

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Date: 11/19/17 10:45 am
From: jennifer megyesi <fatroosterfarm...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] The Snowy Owl Scoop
thank you , bryan! missed you on monhegan. jenn
> On Nov 19, 2017, at 1:43 PM, Bryan Pfeiffer <bryan...> wrote:
>
> Dear VTBIRDers,
>
> By all means, let's keep respectful distances from Snowy Owls visiting from the Arctic this winter. Same goes for other birds or any wildlife for that matter. To be sure, photographers and birders sometimes get too close. And the concern expressed here on VTBIRD is well-traveled terrain on birding email lists across the continent nearly every winter. So while we’re keeping our distance, let's not forget pernicious threats most of us pose to birds every day. We ourselves collectively harm birds when we:
>
> - flip on a light switch
> - drink industrial coffee or eat chocolate, avocados, bananas and many other foods grown irresponsibly in the tropics (or even here at home)
> - drive our cars to go birding (including all that driving around during Christmas Counts)
> - fire up our computers to comment on birding email lists
> - fail to support conservation organizations that study and protect wildlife and wild places
>
> The list could go on and on. I like to keep it in mind and do the best I can.
>
> But the real reason for this post is to tell you about the Snowy Owl Scoop: https://bryanpfeiffer.com/snowy-owl-scoop/. In the spirit of my Snow Goose Scoop (https://bryanpfeiffer.com/the-snow-goose-scoop/), this new adventure is designed to meet all your Snowy Owl needs this winter (even though many of you might already be savvy about these kinds of resources).
>
> Onward!
>
> Bryan Pfeiffer
>
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> www.bryanpfeiffer.com
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

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Date: 11/19/17 10:43 am
From: Bryan Pfeiffer <bryan...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] The Snowy Owl Scoop
Dear VTBIRDers,

By all means, let's keep respectful distances from Snowy Owls visiting from the Arctic this winter. Same goes for other birds or any wildlife for that matter. To be sure, photographers and birders sometimes get too close. And the concern expressed here on VTBIRD is well-traveled terrain on birding email lists across the continent nearly every winter. So while we’re keeping our distance, let's not forget pernicious threats most of us pose to birds every day. We ourselves collectively harm birds when we:

- flip on a light switch
- drink industrial coffee or eat chocolate, avocados, bananas and many other foods grown irresponsibly in the tropics (or even here at home)
- drive our cars to go birding (including all that driving around during Christmas Counts)
- fire up our computers to comment on birding email lists
- fail to support conservation organizations that study and protect wildlife and wild places

The list could go on and on. I like to keep it in mind and do the best I can.

But the real reason for this post is to tell you about the Snowy Owl Scoop: https://bryanpfeiffer.com/snowy-owl-scoop/. In the spirit of my Snow Goose Scoop (https://bryanpfeiffer.com/the-snow-goose-scoop/), this new adventure is designed to meet all your Snowy Owl needs this winter (even though many of you might already be savvy about these kinds of resources).

Onward!

Bryan Pfeiffer

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

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Date: 11/19/17 10:10 am
From: carolclyde <carolclyde...>
Subject: [VTBIRD]
Thousands of snow geese in cornfields between Rouses Point and Coopersville before Kings Bay comes near the road at 12:45.


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Date: 11/18/17 2:40 pm
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl
This sort of thing happened at Dead Creek during the big influx of snowies. Fortunately we found the rangers and they took care of the person.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod

> On Nov 18, 2017, at 3:46 PM, Mundi Smithers <amen1farm...> wrote:
>
> I may just be overly sensitive but I do wish that people would keep their distance from these owls. I understand that many of them aren’t birders; however when there are birders present it would seem to me that the responsible thing to do would be to politely explain that their presence will stress these birds. And if a bird appears to be injured it would also seem reasonable to contact someone at VINS or another appropriate agency.
>
> There was a similar situation in MA last week and this bird was certainly stressed, had been chased and was indeed injured. In this case the bird was captured and given over to a rehabilitator. The good news is that nothing was broken and the bird is recovering from being seriously malnourished.
>
> End of Rant!
>
> Mundi
> North Pownal
>
>
>
> Mundi Smithers
>
>
> The greatest tragedy in mankind's enitire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
> Arthur C Clarke (1917-2008)
 

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Date: 11/18/17 2:38 pm
From: Gloria Moses <ggm1957...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
I, too, love your photos, Jim. Please keep sharing.



Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S 5, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Jennifer Megyesi <fatroosterfarm...>
Date: 11/18/2017 15:24 (GMT-05:00)
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS

Please PLEASE do not stop sharing these. They make me sooo happy. Jenn

On Nov 18, 2017 15:09, "William Adams" <wmladams...> wrote:

> Being a birder and professional photographer aren't mutually exclusive.
> That said, I don't see any links to purchase photos of the snowy owl. How
> bout we just enjoy the photographs??
> On Sat, Nov 18, 2017 at 2:58 PM Al Merritt <chpmnkx...> wrote:
>
> > Jim,
> > It doesn't seem proper to use VTBIRD to sell your photos. Are you a
> birder
> > or a professional photographer?
> > Al Merritt
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Vermont Birds [mailto:<VTBIRD...>] On Behalf Of Jim Block
> > Sent: Saturday, November 18, 2017 2:25 PM
> > To: <VTBIRD...>
> > Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
> >
> > I put some photos of a snowy owl taken yesterday in Randolph at:
> >
> > https://www.jimblockphoto.com/2017/11/snowy-in-randolph/
> >
> >
> >
> > Jim Block
> >
>
 

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Date: 11/18/17 1:52 pm
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Dunmore
I forgot to sign the Lake Dunmore post.
Sue Wetmore

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Date: 11/18/17 1:18 pm
From: Rebecca Williams <000002cd70f36334-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl
I saw that! Also some guy named Ian Smith saw one but did not say where because of that very reason. Hope you are all tucked in on this stormy afternoon!

Sent from my iPad

> On Nov 18, 2017, at 4:08 PM, Charlotte and Hal Bill <cgbbill...> wrote:
>
> Mundi -- you are not being overly sensitive. Birder/photographer Jim block
> seems to have taken his wonderful photos from an appropriate distance with
> a long lens, but one of those photos shows two men who are way too close!
> No wonder the bird has been reported as no longer there today. I just hope
> it found a spot where it can rest, sun, hunt, and eat in peace!
>
> Charlotte Bill
> Enosburg
>
>> On Sat, Nov 18, 2017 at 3:46 PM, Mundi Smithers <amen1farm...> wrote:
>>
>> I may just be overly sensitive but I do wish that people would keep their
>> distance from these owls. I understand that many of them aren’t birders;
>> however when there are birders present it would seem to me that the
>> responsible thing to do would be to politely explain that their presence
>> will stress these birds. And if a bird appears to be injured it would also
>> seem reasonable to contact someone at VINS or another appropriate agency.
>>
>> There was a similar situation in MA last week and this bird was certainly
>> stressed, had been chased and was indeed injured. In this case the bird
>> was captured and given over to a rehabilitator. The good news is that
>> nothing was broken and the bird is recovering from being seriously
>> malnourished.
>>
>> End of Rant!
>>
>> Mundi
>> North Pownal
>>
>>
>>
>> Mundi Smithers
>>
>>
>> The greatest tragedy in mankind's enitire history may be the hijacking of
>> morality by religion.
>> Arthur C Clarke (1917-2008)
>>
 

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Date: 11/18/17 1:16 pm
From: Marv Elliott <0000000de58b8aa5-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
I too have an opinion.
First, I enjoy seeing the photos whether pro or amature. I would like to know before clicking the link that I am looking at a pro’s photos. That way anyone not wishing to buy can just hit delete.
Second, as responsible birders, lets come up with a way to let people know they should not be approaching these birds so closely. I too have seen it happen many times and feel that it makes us all look bad. My idea is to make up a sign to post near an owl site telling people to keep their distance. We could also include a phone number for the local warden because harassing wildlife is illegal.
Marv Elliott
> On Nov 18, 2017, at 3:35 PM, Al Merritt <chpmnkx...> wrote:
>
> My apologies Jim. But, when I clicked on the blank square I received a
> message that made me think that I would have to contact you to be able to
> see your Snowy Owl photo. By the way they are fantastic. Thanks for sharing.
> Al
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vermont Birds [mailto:<VTBIRD...>] On Behalf Of Jim Block
> Sent: Saturday, November 18, 2017 3:07 PM
> To: <VTBIRD...>
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
>
> Both. But perhaps VTBIRD is not the place to share photos. Jim
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vermont Birds [mailto:<VTBIRD...>] On Behalf Of Al Merritt
> Sent: Saturday, November 18, 2017 2:58 PM
> To: <VTBIRD...>
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
>
> Jim,
> It doesn't seem proper to use VTBIRD to sell your photos. Are you a birder
> or a professional photographer?
> Al Merritt
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vermont Birds [mailto:<VTBIRD...>] On Behalf Of Jim Block
> Sent: Saturday, November 18, 2017 2:25 PM
> To: <VTBIRD...>
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
>
> I put some photos of a snowy owl taken yesterday in Randolph at:
>
> https://www.jimblockphoto.com/2017/11/snowy-in-randolph/
>
>
>
> Jim Block
 

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Date: 11/18/17 1:09 pm
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl
Mundi, you’re concern is an important one and something that is raised and discussed continually on the MASSBird list. One of the greatest stressors these long-traveling, visiting birds have to face is the onslaught of photographers whenever they appear. On the North Shore of Massachusetts a few years ago it got completely out of hand with huge numbers of eager and curious folk descending on all days of the week and too many making close approaches to the birds. Often those who innocently approach due to the limited ability of their cameras will back off apologetically if someone expresses concern, but it often has been those in full photographic regalia who seem the most resistant to pleas for consideration.

In this case, Jim, I appreciated your photo series very much…the range of behaviors and your experience watching the owl all nicely conveyed. I was also glad you included a photo of others too close an approach since this is instructive to all who see and then, hopefully, recognize this is a problem. Those white hay bales were the perfect landing pad for a snowy…don’t ever recall seeing them on those before. One of the great things about these owls is their cosmopolitan nature when it comes to choosing roosting and hunting perches while visiting in New England…runway signs, chimneys, the iconic roof of the pink house on Plum Island in MA. Thank you for sharing those.

Happy owling,

Cherrie Corey



Cherrie A. Corey
Naturalist and photographer
Marlboro, VT
Concord, MA (resident emeritus)
978.760.1933 mobile
www.senseofplace-concord.com



> On Nov 18, 2017, at 3:46 PM, Mundi Smithers <amen1farm...> wrote:
>
> I may just be overly sensitive but I do wish that people would keep their distance from these owls. I understand that many of them aren’t birders; however when there are birders present it would seem to me that the responsible thing to do would be to politely explain that their presence will stress these birds. And if a bird appears to be injured it would also seem reasonable to contact someone at VINS or another appropriate agency.
>
> There was a similar situation in MA last week and this bird was certainly stressed, had been chased and was indeed injured. In this case the bird was captured and given over to a rehabilitator. The good news is that nothing was broken and the bird is recovering from being seriously malnourished.
>
> End of Rant!
>
> Mundi
> North Pownal
>
>
>
> Mundi Smithers
>
>
> The greatest tragedy in mankind's enitire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
> Arthur C Clarke (1917-2008)
 

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Date: 11/18/17 1:09 pm
From: Charlotte and Hal Bill <cgbbill...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl
Mundi -- you are not being overly sensitive. Birder/photographer Jim block
seems to have taken his wonderful photos from an appropriate distance with
a long lens, but one of those photos shows two men who are way too close!
No wonder the bird has been reported as no longer there today. I just hope
it found a spot where it can rest, sun, hunt, and eat in peace!

Charlotte Bill
Enosburg

On Sat, Nov 18, 2017 at 3:46 PM, Mundi Smithers <amen1farm...> wrote:

> I may just be overly sensitive but I do wish that people would keep their
> distance from these owls. I understand that many of them aren’t birders;
> however when there are birders present it would seem to me that the
> responsible thing to do would be to politely explain that their presence
> will stress these birds. And if a bird appears to be injured it would also
> seem reasonable to contact someone at VINS or another appropriate agency.
>
> There was a similar situation in MA last week and this bird was certainly
> stressed, had been chased and was indeed injured. In this case the bird
> was captured and given over to a rehabilitator. The good news is that
> nothing was broken and the bird is recovering from being seriously
> malnourished.
>
> End of Rant!
>
> Mundi
> North Pownal
>
>
>
> Mundi Smithers
>
>
> The greatest tragedy in mankind's enitire history may be the hijacking of
> morality by religion.
> Arthur C Clarke (1917-2008)
>
 

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Date: 11/18/17 12:46 pm
From: Mundi Smithers <amen1farm...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl
I may just be overly sensitive but I do wish that people would keep their distance from these owls. I understand that many of them aren’t birders; however when there are birders present it would seem to me that the responsible thing to do would be to politely explain that their presence will stress these birds. And if a bird appears to be injured it would also seem reasonable to contact someone at VINS or another appropriate agency.

There was a similar situation in MA last week and this bird was certainly stressed, had been chased and was indeed injured. In this case the bird was captured and given over to a rehabilitator. The good news is that nothing was broken and the bird is recovering from being seriously malnourished.

End of Rant!

Mundi
North Pownal



Mundi Smithers


The greatest tragedy in mankind's enitire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
Arthur C Clarke (1917-2008)
 

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Date: 11/18/17 12:35 pm
From: Al Merritt <chpmnkx...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
My apologies Jim. But, when I clicked on the blank square I received a
message that made me think that I would have to contact you to be able to
see your Snowy Owl photo. By the way they are fantastic. Thanks for sharing.
Al

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:<VTBIRD...>] On Behalf Of Jim Block
Sent: Saturday, November 18, 2017 3:07 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS

Both. But perhaps VTBIRD is not the place to share photos. Jim

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:<VTBIRD...>] On Behalf Of Al Merritt
Sent: Saturday, November 18, 2017 2:58 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS

Jim,
It doesn't seem proper to use VTBIRD to sell your photos. Are you a birder
or a professional photographer?
Al Merritt




-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:<VTBIRD...>] On Behalf Of Jim Block
Sent: Saturday, November 18, 2017 2:25 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS

I put some photos of a snowy owl taken yesterday in Randolph at:

https://www.jimblockphoto.com/2017/11/snowy-in-randolph/



Jim Block
 

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Date: 11/18/17 12:24 pm
From: Jennifer Megyesi <fatroosterfarm...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
Please PLEASE do not stop sharing these. They make me sooo happy. Jenn

On Nov 18, 2017 15:09, "William Adams" <wmladams...> wrote:

> Being a birder and professional photographer aren't mutually exclusive.
> That said, I don't see any links to purchase photos of the snowy owl. How
> bout we just enjoy the photographs??
> On Sat, Nov 18, 2017 at 2:58 PM Al Merritt <chpmnkx...> wrote:
>
> > Jim,
> > It doesn't seem proper to use VTBIRD to sell your photos. Are you a
> birder
> > or a professional photographer?
> > Al Merritt
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Vermont Birds [mailto:<VTBIRD...>] On Behalf Of Jim Block
> > Sent: Saturday, November 18, 2017 2:25 PM
> > To: <VTBIRD...>
> > Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
> >
> > I put some photos of a snowy owl taken yesterday in Randolph at:
> >
> > https://www.jimblockphoto.com/2017/11/snowy-in-randolph/
> >
> >
> >
> > Jim Block
> >
>
 

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Date: 11/18/17 12:09 pm
From: William Adams <wmladams...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
Being a birder and professional photographer aren't mutually exclusive.
That said, I don't see any links to purchase photos of the snowy owl. How
bout we just enjoy the photographs??
On Sat, Nov 18, 2017 at 2:58 PM Al Merritt <chpmnkx...> wrote:

> Jim,
> It doesn't seem proper to use VTBIRD to sell your photos. Are you a birder
> or a professional photographer?
> Al Merritt
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vermont Birds [mailto:<VTBIRD...>] On Behalf Of Jim Block
> Sent: Saturday, November 18, 2017 2:25 PM
> To: <VTBIRD...>
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
>
> I put some photos of a snowy owl taken yesterday in Randolph at:
>
> https://www.jimblockphoto.com/2017/11/snowy-in-randolph/
>
>
>
> Jim Block
>
 

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Date: 11/18/17 12:07 pm
From: Jim Block <jab...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
Both. But perhaps VTBIRD is not the place to share photos. Jim

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:<VTBIRD...>] On Behalf Of Al Merritt
Sent: Saturday, November 18, 2017 2:58 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS

Jim,
It doesn't seem proper to use VTBIRD to sell your photos. Are you a birder
or a professional photographer?
Al Merritt




-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:<VTBIRD...>] On Behalf Of Jim Block
Sent: Saturday, November 18, 2017 2:25 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS

I put some photos of a snowy owl taken yesterday in Randolph at:

https://www.jimblockphoto.com/2017/11/snowy-in-randolph/



Jim Block
 

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Date: 11/18/17 11:58 am
From: Al Merritt <chpmnkx...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
Jim,
It doesn't seem proper to use VTBIRD to sell your photos. Are you a birder
or a professional photographer?
Al Merritt




-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:<VTBIRD...>] On Behalf Of Jim Block
Sent: Saturday, November 18, 2017 2:25 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS

I put some photos of a snowy owl taken yesterday in Randolph at:

https://www.jimblockphoto.com/2017/11/snowy-in-randolph/



Jim Block
 

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Date: 11/18/17 11:25 am
From: Jim Block <jab...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Randolph -- PHOTOS
I put some photos of a snowy owl taken yesterday in Randolph at:

https://www.jimblockphoto.com/2017/11/snowy-in-randolph/



Jim Block
 

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Date: 11/18/17 9:30 am
From: Scott Morrical <smorrica...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] King Eiders
Hello, I am at DAR state park right now, and I have the pair of king eiders swimming and diving out in the middle of the lake, due west of the stone picnic pavilion. They are not associated with any other birds, although a few white winged scoters and common goldeneye are around at scattered locations on the lake. 12:29 PM.
Scott Morrical

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 11/18/17 8:09 am
From: Kyle Jones <lkjones13...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl Randolph - NO
I looked briefly for the Snowy Owl this morning and came up empty, as did several other birders. I also quickly checked some of the historic SNOW spots around the campus without success. There was a large flock of Snow Buntings and at least 1 Lapland Longspur in the small cornfield near the veteran's cemetery on Furnace Rd.
 

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Date: 11/17/17 6:38 pm
From: Ruth <birder_rws...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Vermont eBird monthly walks
Re: Hildene Monthly Walks. The link is an obsolete 2015 walk.. Hildene did not want their property designated as a HotSpot because assess is theoretically controlled and available only to paying guests and members. The VT Bird Place has gone out of business, but its owner, Randy Schmidt is committed to coordinating future surveys. He can be contacted at

<swvt-birdwalk...>


thanks for the reminders of the info on ebird.


Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset, VT


________________________________
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> on behalf of Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...>
Sent: Friday, November 17, 2017 10:37 AM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Vermont eBird monthly walks

Just a reminder to folks that if you are ever looking for a monthly birding
walk that use Vermont eBird, we maintain a list on Vermont eBird at
http://ebird.org/content/vt/bird-walks/. Please let me know of any updates
Bird Walks | Vermont eBird<http://ebird.org/content/vt/bird-walks/>
ebird.org
Regularly Occurring Vermont eBird Monitoring Walks. West Rutland Marsh Monthly Monitoring Walk Vermont eBird Hotspot Rutland Audubon Society Upcoming Dates



or additions to regular monitoring walks too.

There are links to our other resources on Vermont eBird home page on the
right side too, including:

Guidance for Reporting Some Tricky Species
A Few Vermont eBird Tips and Tricks
Vermont eBird County Quest
Regular Vermont eBird Walks
Jack Siler's eBird Rarity Map
Official Checklist of VT Birds
Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas
Vermont Bird Records Committee
Vermont Bird Discussion Groups

And I am updating and adding dates to all Vermont CBCs as I get them on
Vemront eBird at
http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/the-118th-annual-christmas-bird-count-in-vermont/
[http://ebird.org/content/vt/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/VCE-LOGO-250-e1429302851705.jpg]<http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/the-118th-annual-christmas-bird-count-in-vermont/>

The 118th Annual Christmas Bird Count in Vermont - ebird.org<http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/the-118th-annual-christmas-bird-count-in-vermont/>
ebird.org
The 118th Christmas Bird Count will take place from December 14 through January 5. This is perhaps the longest running citizen science project in Vermont. Each count ...




Thanks,
Kent

____________________________

Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x201

<http://vtecostudies.org/>
Vermont Center for Ecostudies | Uniting People & Science for Conservation<http://vtecostudies.org/>
vtecostudies.org
Advancing the conservation of wildlife across the Americas through research, monitoring and citizen engagement.
 

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Date: 11/17/17 12:45 pm
From: Sue <2birdvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Creeper Pine Hill Cemetery, Nov 17, 2017
A brown creeper was nice to see as it move through the trees with juncos and a kinglet.
Sue Wetmore
>
> Pine Hill Cemetery, Rutland, Vermont, US
> Nov 17, 2017 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> 8 species
>
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Blue Jay 1
> American Crow 10
> Black-capped Chickadee 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Brown Creeper 1
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
> Dark-eyed Junco 11
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40557501
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
 

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Date: 11/17/17 8:27 am
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] new sensitive species list on eBird
Great idea, Kent! There will still be ways around it (e-mailing locations, etc.) but at least eBird wont be announcing locations.
Maeve Kim
Jericho Center

On Nov 16, 2017, at 11:15 AM, Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...> wrote:

> Bird populations are at risk all around the world. As of 2015, BirdLife
> International assessed that 13% of bird species are threatened with
> extinction. eBird collects site-specific data on these birdsas well as the
> other 9500 bird species in the worldand this is a great benefit to
> birders, researchers, and conservationists around the world. We cannot
> protect the species we care about without knowing where and when they
> occur. However, these site-level data can also put certain species at
> incredible risk. Fine-scale site information can be used by hunters and
> trappers to target certain species. eBird has a responsibility to protect
> the specific locations of these species so that the data are not used to
> exploit these birds. Our new Sensitive Species initiative provides this
> protection.
>
> Read more on Vermont eBird at
> http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/sensitive-species-in-vermont-ebird/
>
> Thanks,
> Kent
>
> ____________________________
>
> Kent McFarland
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
> 802.649.1431 x201
>
> <http://vtecostudies.org/>
 

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Date: 11/17/17 7:38 am
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Vermont eBird monthly walks
Just a reminder to folks that if you are ever looking for a monthly birding
walk that use Vermont eBird, we maintain a list on Vermont eBird at
http://ebird.org/content/vt/bird-walks/. Please let me know of any updates
or additions to regular monitoring walks too.

There are links to our other resources on Vermont eBird home page on the
right side too, including:

Guidance for Reporting Some Tricky Species
A Few Vermont eBird Tips and Tricks
Vermont eBird County Quest
Regular Vermont eBird Walks
Jack Siler's eBird Rarity Map
Official Checklist of VT Birds
Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas
Vermont Bird Records Committee
Vermont Bird Discussion Groups

​And I am updating and adding dates to all Vermont CBCs as I get them on
Vemront eBird at
http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/the-118th-annual-christmas-bird-count-in-vermont/

Thanks,
Kent​

____________________________

Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x201

<http://vtecostudies.org/>
 

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Date: 11/17/17 5:49 am
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 November 18, 2017 on
the Black/Maquam Creek Trail. Meet at 8:00 AM at the parking lot on Rte
78, about 2.5 miles west of Swanton village. 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 91 months of walks we have observed 150 species. In October we added
three new species to our list: Great Black-backed Gull, Peregrine Falcon,
and White-winged Scoter. Hope to see you there!

(Sorry for the late notice.)

--Ken Copenhaver

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

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