VTBIRD
Received From Subject
1/23/20 5:42 pm Mark Paul <mrpbirder...> Re: [VTBIRD] Trapping
1/23/20 5:37 pm John Zelig <jzeligvt...> [VTBIRD] Trapping
1/23/20 3:08 pm pam voss <pkroutvoss2...> Re: [VTBIRD] Jericho-Underhill CBC on TV!
1/23/20 2:43 pm Barbara Brosnan <bbrosnan...> Re: [VTBIRD] Turkey Lane, Panton. Right-of-way to Lake Champlain. Accessibility.
1/23/20 1:10 pm Steve Faccio <sfaccio...> [VTBIRD] Birder's Wanted for VT Forest Bird Monitoring Program
1/23/20 12:37 pm Liz Lackey <lackeytomliz...> Re: [VTBIRD] Blackpoll - Poultney
1/23/20 11:02 am alison wagner <alikatofvt...> Re: [VTBIRD] Blackpoll - Poultney
1/23/20 10:18 am Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...> Re: [VTBIRD] Blackpoll - Poultney
1/23/20 10:01 am Michael Blust <mhblust...> Re: [VTBIRD] Blackpoll - Poultney
1/23/20 9:59 am Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> Re: [VTBIRD] Blackpoll - Poultney
1/23/20 9:50 am Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...> Re: [VTBIRD] Blackpoll - Poultney
1/23/20 9:31 am Michael Blust <mhblust...> [VTBIRD] Blackpoll - Poultney
1/23/20 9:13 am Jim Mead <jimmead4...> Re: [VTBIRD] Turkey Lane, Panton. Right-of-way to Lake Champlain. Accessibility.
1/23/20 9:12 am Karan Cutler <kdcutler42...> Re: [VTBIRD] Turkey Lane, Panton. Right-of-way to Lake Champlain. Accessibility.
1/23/20 9:05 am Ian Worley <iworley...> [VTBIRD] Turkey Lane, Panton. Right-of-way to Lake Champlain. Accessibility.
1/23/20 5:27 am Maeve Kim <maevulus...> [VTBIRD] Jericho-Underhill CBC on TV!
1/22/20 2:40 pm Kay Johnson <0000002d57029402-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] mystery bird
1/22/20 2:35 pm Kay Johnson <0000002d57029402-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] FYI: Lagoon Road HEADS UP!
1/22/20 7:29 am Bridget Butler <birddiva...> [VTBIRD] Consider Joining Birder Broker
1/20/20 1:40 pm Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...> [VTBIRD] Green Mountain eBirders Put Up Huge Numbers in 2019
1/20/20 7:12 am Sean Beckett <sean...> [VTBIRD] Presentation on Friday: Birds of the German Borderlands
1/19/20 6:06 pm Eve Ticknor <edticknor...> Re: [VTBIRD] Black-capped Chickadee---Spring Song
1/19/20 4:41 pm Karyn Lunde <gus1107...> [VTBIRD] Bluebirds in Charlotte, VT 1/19
1/19/20 2:16 pm Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...> Re: [VTBIRD] Black-capped Chickadee---Spring Song
1/19/20 1:54 pm Susan Paradis <susanp.fcwc...> [VTBIRD] Black-capped Chickadee---Spring Song
1/19/20 9:40 am Walter Medwid <wmedwid...> [VTBIRD] Goshawk observation in Derby
1/19/20 5:52 am Karen Lethbridge <kboleth...> Re: [VTBIRD] Blue Jay Bounty
1/19/20 5:34 am Gmail okra <ihateokra88...> Re: [VTBIRD] Blue Jay Bounty
1/18/20 12:37 pm R Stewart <2cnewbirds...> Re: [VTBIRD] Blue Jay Bounty
1/18/20 12:35 pm R Stewart <2cnewbirds...> Re: [VTBIRD] 2 Unusual hawk encounters
1/18/20 11:40 am John Snell <jrsnelljr...> [VTBIRD] Hawk and Raven interaction in Montpelier
1/18/20 11:27 am david merker <buteojamaica...> [VTBIRD] 2 Unusual hawk encounters
1/18/20 7:55 am Ian Clark <ian...> Re: [VTBIRD] Blue Jay Bounty
1/18/20 6:14 am Maeve Kim <maevulus...> [VTBIRD] Jeff Owl
1/17/20 5:29 pm Bridget Butler <birddiva...> [VTBIRD] Birds & Beers VT THURSDAY in Vergennes
1/17/20 6:48 am JJ Allen <jjapple88...> [VTBIRD] Blue Jay Bounty
1/15/20 6:36 pm Chris Rimmer <crimmer...> [VTBIRD] 2019 Norwich Bird Quest final tally
1/15/20 1:03 pm Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...> Re: [VTBIRD] Using eBird
1/15/20 6:51 am kfinch <kfinch51...> Re: [VTBIRD] Bluebirds and goldfinches
1/15/20 6:46 am lawlor <lawlor.coleen...> Re: [VTBIRD] Bluebirds and goldfinches
1/15/20 6:44 am Brennan Michaels <owlhousevt...> Re: [VTBIRD] Bluebirds and goldfinches
1/15/20 6:33 am kfinch <kfinch51...> Re: [VTBIRD] Bluebirds and goldfinches
1/15/20 6:10 am Sarah Fellows <towanda2...> [VTBIRD] Bluebirds and goldfinches
1/15/20 5:55 am Mundi Smithers <amen1farm...> [VTBIRD] Brown Creeper
1/14/20 4:16 pm Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...> Re: [VTBIRD] Using eBird
1/14/20 8:55 am Miriam Lawrence <mirslamlawrence...> Re: [VTBIRD] Giant Thanks to Maeve Kim for Information on Niger Seed
1/14/20 6:58 am Maeve Kim <maevulus...> Re: [VTBIRD] Giant Thanks to Maeve Kim for Information on Niger Seed
1/14/20 6:13 am lizl <lizl...> Re: [VTBIRD] Giant Thanks to Maeve Kim for Information on Niger Seed
1/13/20 2:56 pm Patricia Folsom <pfols...> Re: [VTBIRD] Giant Thanks to Maeve Kim for Information on Niger Seed
1/13/20 2:20 pm David J. Hoag <00000139fcf15d8e-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Brown Creeper
1/13/20 2:11 pm Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...> [VTBIRD] Missisquoi NWR Bird Monitoring Walk
1/13/20 1:57 pm Richard Littauer <richard.littauer...> Re: [VTBIRD] Using eBird
1/13/20 1:25 pm Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...> Re: [VTBIRD] Using eBird
1/13/20 1:06 pm Richard Littauer <richard.littauer...> Re: [VTBIRD] mystery bird
1/13/20 12:58 pm alison wagner <alikatofvt...> Re: [VTBIRD] Brown Creeper
1/13/20 12:11 pm Scott Spangenberg <sjspangenberg...> Re: [VTBIRD] Brown Creeper
1/13/20 10:43 am Gmail okra <ihateokra88...> Re: [VTBIRD] Using eBird
1/13/20 10:13 am Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...> Re: [VTBIRD] Using eBird
1/13/20 9:35 am Rich Kelley <rich...> Re: [VTBIRD] Using eBird
1/13/20 9:18 am Veer Frost <0000038039fb4cf6-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] White-throat
1/13/20 9:18 am Barclay Morris <bemorris...> [VTBIRD] Goldeneye and Mergansers
1/13/20 9:17 am Marcia Baker <00000071bf45faf1-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] White-throat
1/13/20 8:35 am Jeannie Elias <moosewoman...> [VTBIRD] Giant Thanks to Maeve Kim for Information on Niger Seed
1/13/20 7:26 am Michael R. Haas <ihateokra88...> [VTBIRD] Using eBird
1/13/20 4:53 am Janet Warren <jwarren...> Re: [VTBIRD] White-throat
1/12/20 2:34 pm Diana <dlee3...> Re: [VTBIRD] Cardinals in Westminster
1/12/20 11:45 am Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...> Re: [VTBIRD] White-throat
1/12/20 10:47 am John Snell <jrsnelljr...> [VTBIRD] Cardinals in Montpelier
1/12/20 9:11 am Barclay Morris <bemorris...> [VTBIRD] White-throat
1/12/20 8:54 am alison wagner <alikatofvt...> Re: [VTBIRD] FYI: Lagoon Road HEADS UP!
1/12/20 3:17 am Liz Lackey <lackeytomliz...> Re: [VTBIRD] mystery bird
1/12/20 3:12 am Liz Lackey <lackeytomliz...> Re: [VTBIRD] mystery bird
1/11/20 7:57 pm Sarah Fellows <towanda2...> Re: [VTBIRD] mystery bird
1/11/20 5:15 pm Charlie La Rosa <charlie.larosa...> Re: [VTBIRD] FYI: Lagoon Road HEADS UP!
1/11/20 3:27 pm Mundi Smithers <amen1farm...> [VTBIRD] Brown Creeper
1/11/20 2:04 pm Maeve Kim <maevulus...> Re: [VTBIRD] mystery bird
1/11/20 1:12 pm Eve Ticknor <edticknor...> Re: [VTBIRD] FYI: Lagoon Road HEADS UP!
1/11/20 1:00 pm liz lee <lizl...> Re: [VTBIRD] FYI: Lagoon Road HEADS UP!
1/11/20 12:50 pm Teage O'Connor <badger.meli...> [VTBIRD] mystery bird
1/11/20 12:41 pm alison wagner <alikatofvt...> [VTBIRD] FYI: Lagoon Road HEADS UP!
1/8/20 10:41 am Terry Marron <tgmarron...> [VTBIRD] Champlain Island CBC tally
1/7/20 10:17 am Katharine Thompson <kthom22...> Re: [VTBIRD] Cape Ann coastal and pelagic seabirding trip (3/6-3/8) - two spaces left
1/7/20 10:07 am Sean Beckett <sean...> [VTBIRD] Cape Ann coastal and pelagic seabirding trip (3/6-3/8) - two spaces left
1/6/20 7:46 am Bridget Butler <birddiva...> [VTBIRD] Birds & Beers Sponsors
1/6/20 6:06 am kfinch <kfinch51...> [VTBIRD] Grosbeaks
1/5/20 6:59 pm Charlie La Rosa <charlie.larosa...> Re: [VTBIRD] Gold finches
1/5/20 10:06 am Mitchell Harrison <000002ef5c1f1853-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] Gold finches
1/5/20 9:17 am sfogleman <sfogleman...> Re: [VTBIRD] birding in panama?
1/5/20 8:03 am Maeve Kim <maevulus...> Re: [VTBIRD] Gold finches
1/5/20 7:56 am Mundi Smithers <amen1farm...> [VTBIRD] Gold finches
1/5/20 5:47 am Karen Lethbridge <kboleth...> Re: [VTBIRD] birding in panama?
1/5/20 5:46 am Charles Gangas <0000051a71a2f355-dmarc-request...> Re: [VTBIRD] birding in panama?
1/5/20 5:28 am Glenn Etter <glennetterjr...> [VTBIRD] birding in panama?
1/4/20 10:49 am Nancy Goodrich <nancyg3219...> Re: [VTBIRD] Good birding Thursday
1/3/20 8:56 pm Laura Bonazinga Bouyea <lalabonazinga...> Re: [VTBIRD] bald eagle
1/3/20 5:22 pm <Jvickers...> <jvickers...> Re: [VTBIRD] bald eagle
1/3/20 9:37 am Alice Grau <alicecgrau...> [VTBIRD] bald eagle
1/3/20 7:03 am Sarah Fellows <towanda2...> [VTBIRD] Good birding Thursday
1/2/20 6:16 pm Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...> Re: [VTBIRD] Goldfinches in Brattleboro
1/2/20 1:08 pm Maeve Kim <maevulus...> Re: [VTBIRD] Goldfinches in Brattleboro
1/2/20 12:58 pm Janet Warren <jwarren...> Re: [VTBIRD] Goldfinches in Brattleboro
1/2/20 11:46 am Karen Lethbridge <kboleth...> Re: [VTBIRD] Goldfinches in Brattleboro
1/2/20 11:41 am Maeve Kim <maevulus...> Re: [VTBIRD] Goldfinches in Brattleboro
1/2/20 9:10 am Karen Lethbridge <kboleth...> Re: [VTBIRD] Goldfinches in Brattleboro
1/2/20 7:13 am Ralph Palmer <palmer.r.violin...> [VTBIRD] Goldfinches in Brattleboro
12/31/19 1:02 pm Rich Kelley <rich...> [VTBIRD] Snowy
12/27/19 10:38 am Maeve Kim <maevulus...> [VTBIRD] first-ever Jericho-Underhill CBC
12/27/19 9:05 am Bob Stymeist <0000055b75d70f51-dmarc-request...> [VTBIRD] Island Pond CBC
12/26/19 1:28 pm Poleysgmavt <poleys...> [VTBIRD] Good day for Red tails
 
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Date: 1/23/20 5:42 pm
From: Mark Paul <mrpbirder...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Trapping
Hi John,

If you are so inclined, follow protectourwildlife.org and help advocate for
laws that reduce the use of leghold traps.

Mark Paul


On Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 8:37 PM John Zelig <jzeligvt...> wrote:

> Hello, I'm a budding birder! I recently learned that a heron and red
> tailed hawk were caught in leghold traps set for beavers and died back in
> October in Dorset. I didn't realize that if trappers (not trappers using a
> blind) accidentally trap a heron or other bird, they don't even have to
> report it to Vermont Fish & Wildlife? I wish there was a VT regulation that
> requires this. Thoughts?
>
 

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Date: 1/23/20 5:37 pm
From: John Zelig <jzeligvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Trapping
Hello, I'm a budding birder! I recently learned that a heron and red tailed hawk were caught in leghold traps set for beavers and died back in October in Dorset. I didn't realize that if trappers (not trappers using a blind) accidentally trap a heron or other bird, they don't even have to report it to Vermont Fish & Wildlife? I wish there was a VT regulation that requires this. Thoughts?
 

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Date: 1/23/20 3:08 pm
From: pam voss <pkroutvoss2...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Jericho-Underhill CBC on TV!
Nice job Maeve! What a nice presentation! I’ve been doing the CBC in the
Franklin County w/ Charlotte Bill heading the group up. I’ve never seen a
nice presentation as you have put together .... I’m impressed! I always
look forward to this learning event! Pam kvoss

On Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 8:27 AM Maeve Kim <maevulus...> wrote:

> Our wonderful local Mount Mansfield Community Television has posted a
> video about our first-ever CBC:
> https://archive.org/details/jerichounderhillchristmasbirdcount2019 <
> https://archive.org/details/jerichounderhillchristmasbirdcount2019>
> We had very few bird photos from count day, so we supplemented with others
> from our archives.
> Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
 

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Date: 1/23/20 2:43 pm
From: Barbara Brosnan <bbrosnan...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Turkey Lane, Panton. Right-of-way to Lake Champlain. Accessibility.
I am sure some of you remember that Judy Peterson, previous Otter Creek Audubon Pres. and bird guru used to own a lovely log cabin home down to the left on Turkey Lane which afforded us a little more shoreline for birding in that area. Now that her home has been sold I am pleased that the access road Ian spoke of is still open and has public parking. Tundra swans were just off shore of the boat launch a few years ago.
Barbara Brosnan
Weybridge

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:<VTBIRD...>] On Behalf Of Ian Worley
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2020 12:05 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Turkey Lane, Panton. Right-of-way to Lake Champlain. Accessibility.

Hello birders,

During the last year there were some concerns raised about using Turkey
Lane in Panton to access the shore of Lake Champlain for birding. We
have birded there for many, many previous years.

I've just talked with the Panton town clerk. She has assured me the
access we have used for years, that goes straight down to the lake, is
indeed a town access. We are welcome and invited to use it for birding.

The parking area on the right (north) side of the road, just before the
descending right-of-way, where we have parked in the past, is maintained
by the town for persons using the right-of-way. We should park there.

Good birding all ....

Ian
------------------
eBird reviewer
Champlain Valley, Vermont
 

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Date: 1/23/20 1:10 pm
From: Steve Faccio <sfaccio...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Birder's Wanted for VT Forest Bird Monitoring Program
Greetings Birders!

As part of a state-wide, long-term bird monitoring program, the Vermont
Center for Ecostudies (VCE) is seeking volunteers to conduct point
counts at 5 forested study sites across Vermont. Initiated in 1989, the
Vermont Forest Bird Monitoring Program
<https://vtecostudies.org/projects/forests/vermont-forest-bird-monitoring-program/>
(FBMP) is one of the continent’s longest-running studies of interior
forest bird population trends.

Out of our 30 study sites in Vermont we currently have vacancies at the
following 5 sites;

* Steam Mill Brook Wildlife Management Area, Stannard, VT
* Bristol Cliffs Wilderness Area, Bristol, VT
* Breadloaf Wilderness Area, Granville, VT
* Little Ascutney Wildlife Management Area, Weathersfield, VT
* Lye Brook Wilderness Area, Winhall, VT

Descriptions and maps of the above study sites can be found here.
<https://vtecostudies.org/projects/forests/vermont-forest-bird-monitoring-program/project-materials/>


*Skills Required:* Volunteer observers must possess excellent bird
identification skills (both visual and aural), and be capable of
identifying the majority of songbird species that breed in Vermont
forests. They must also be capable of hiking on variable terrain, often
without trails, and navigating with GPS and/or map and compass.

*Time Commitment: * The total time commitment is approximately 8 hours
during each June and July. Because this is a long-term monitoring
program, we are most interested in participants who can make a
multi-year commitment to the project.

*Methods:* On two separate mornings in June, birds are surveyed during a
10-minute sampling period at each of 5 survey points spaced 250 meters
apart. Each survey will take approximately 2 hours (including hiking to
and from your vehicle and between points). Surveys are to be conducted
during the early morning hours (e.g. arrive at the first point at
approximately 5:00 AM, so being functional before dawn is also a
prerequisite!). In addition, another 1-1.5 hours of time is required to
transfer data from field forms onto data sheets, and enter data into an
online, web-based data entry system before August 1st.

*Benefits:* While intangible, they include experiencing the solitude of
some of Vermont's most special and remote forests, enjoying a dawn
chorus, and knowing you are contributing valuable data
<https://vtecostudies.org/projects/forests/vermont-forest-bird-monitoring-program/results/>
on forest bird populations.

Please contact me directly at <sfaccio...> with questions or
to participate.

Thanks,
Steve
--

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Steve Faccio Conservation Biologist Vermont
Center for Ecostudies PO Box 420 ¦ Norwich, VT 05055 /PHYSICAL ADDRESS/
20 Palmer CT White River Jct, VT 05001 802-649-1431 xt.204
www.vtecostudies.org ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

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Date: 1/23/20 12:37 pm
From: Liz Lackey <lackeytomliz...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Blackpoll - Poultney
The more I bird, the more I notice other warbler species besides Black Polls with yellow on their feet/toes. Keeps us birders on our toes when we make identifications!

Liz Lackey
Stowe

> On Jan 23, 2020, at 2:02 PM, alison wagner <alikatofvt...> wrote:
>
> Plus, behavior....Pines migrate early, Blackpolls later!
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <cth4...>
> To: "Vermont Birds" <VTBIRD...>
> Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2020 1:17:07 PM
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Blackpoll - Poultney
>
> You’re welcome, Michael. I honed in on the feet, too, but then noticed the bright yellow face and eye-arcs, and broad white wing bars — pointing more toward Pine Warbler.
>
> While not totally unheard of as far as winter records in the Northeast, Blackpoll would be quite rare and a notable find. Right now, most of the Blackpoll Warblers are in southern Central America and northern South America. Pine Warbler is the next most likely winter candidate for warblers, after other half-hardies such as Yellow-rumped/Myrtle Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and Orange-crowned Warbler.
>
> Good birding!
>
> Sincerely,
> Chris T-H
>
> On Jan 23, 2020, at 1:01 PM, Michael Blust <mhblust...> wrote:
>
> OK - thanks for the feedback. That makes more sense. Guess the yellow on
> the feet threw me off. :-)
>
>
> On Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 12:59 PM Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
> wrote:
>
>> Pine Warbler. Notice no streaking on the back.
>>
>> Rich Guthrie
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>> On Jan 23, 2020, at 12:49 PM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <
>> <cth4...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi Michael,
>>>
>>> Great documentation and thanks for sharing!
>>>
>>> I took a quick glance at the pictures and was wondering if you had
>> considered an overwintering Pine Warbler? Your bird looks like it could in
>> fact be a Pine Warbler. I was lucky enough to observe a Pine Warbler at our
>> suet feeders a few years ago during mid-winter, too.
>>>
>>> Certainly welcome other thoughts.
>>>
>>> Thanks and good birding!
>>>
>>> Sincerely,
>>> Chris T-H
>>>
>>> From Etna, NY…with occasional visits to Vermont :-)
>>>
>>>
>>> On Jan 23, 2020, at 12:30 PM, Michael Blust <mhblust...><mailto:
>> <mhblust...>> wrote:
>>>
>>> First warbler of the year! But not exactly what or when I expected.
>> White
>>> undertail coverts, yellow bottoms on the feet. Photos in the ebird
>> listing:
>>>
>>> https://ebird.org/vt/checklist/S63696715
>>>
>>> --
>>> *Michael H. Blust*
>>> Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Mexico
>>> Prof. Emer. Green Mountain College
>>>
>>> --
>>> Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes
>>> Field Applications Engineer
>>> Center for Conservation Bioacoustics, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
>>> 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, New York 14850
>>> W: 607-254-2418<tel:607-254-2418> M: 607-351-5740<tel:607-351-5740>
>> F: 607-254-1132<tel:607-254-1132>
>>> http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp
>>>
>>
>
>
> --
> *Michael H. Blust*
> Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Mexico
> Prof. Emer. Green Mountain College
 

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Date: 1/23/20 11:02 am
From: alison wagner <alikatofvt...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Blackpoll - Poultney
Plus, behavior....Pines migrate early, Blackpolls later!

----- Original Message -----
From: "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <cth4...>
To: "Vermont Birds" <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2020 1:17:07 PM
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Blackpoll - Poultney

You’re welcome, Michael. I honed in on the feet, too, but then noticed the bright yellow face and eye-arcs, and broad white wing bars — pointing more toward Pine Warbler.

While not totally unheard of as far as winter records in the Northeast, Blackpoll would be quite rare and a notable find. Right now, most of the Blackpoll Warblers are in southern Central America and northern South America. Pine Warbler is the next most likely winter candidate for warblers, after other half-hardies such as Yellow-rumped/Myrtle Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and Orange-crowned Warbler.

Good birding!

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

On Jan 23, 2020, at 1:01 PM, Michael Blust <mhblust...> wrote:

OK - thanks for the feedback. That makes more sense. Guess the yellow on
the feet threw me off. :-)


On Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 12:59 PM Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
wrote:

> Pine Warbler. Notice no streaking on the back.
>
> Rich Guthrie
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jan 23, 2020, at 12:49 PM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <
> <cth4...> wrote:
>>
>> Hi Michael,
>>
>> Great documentation and thanks for sharing!
>>
>> I took a quick glance at the pictures and was wondering if you had
> considered an overwintering Pine Warbler? Your bird looks like it could in
> fact be a Pine Warbler. I was lucky enough to observe a Pine Warbler at our
> suet feeders a few years ago during mid-winter, too.
>>
>> Certainly welcome other thoughts.
>>
>> Thanks and good birding!
>>
>> Sincerely,
>> Chris T-H
>>
>> From Etna, NY…with occasional visits to Vermont :-)
>>
>>
>> On Jan 23, 2020, at 12:30 PM, Michael Blust <mhblust...><mailto:
> <mhblust...>> wrote:
>>
>> First warbler of the year! But not exactly what or when I expected.
> White
>> undertail coverts, yellow bottoms on the feet. Photos in the ebird
> listing:
>>
>> https://ebird.org/vt/checklist/S63696715
>>
>> --
>> *Michael H. Blust*
>> Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Mexico
>> Prof. Emer. Green Mountain College
>>
>> --
>> Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes
>> Field Applications Engineer
>> Center for Conservation Bioacoustics, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
>> 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, New York 14850
>> W: 607-254-2418<tel:607-254-2418> M: 607-351-5740<tel:607-351-5740>
> F: 607-254-1132<tel:607-254-1132>
>> http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp
>>
>


--
*Michael H. Blust*
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Mexico
Prof. Emer. Green Mountain College
 

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Date: 1/23/20 10:18 am
From: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Blackpoll - Poultney
You’re welcome, Michael. I honed in on the feet, too, but then noticed the bright yellow face and eye-arcs, and broad white wing bars — pointing more toward Pine Warbler.

While not totally unheard of as far as winter records in the Northeast, Blackpoll would be quite rare and a notable find. Right now, most of the Blackpoll Warblers are in southern Central America and northern South America. Pine Warbler is the next most likely winter candidate for warblers, after other half-hardies such as Yellow-rumped/Myrtle Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and Orange-crowned Warbler.

Good birding!

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

On Jan 23, 2020, at 1:01 PM, Michael Blust <mhblust...> wrote:

OK - thanks for the feedback. That makes more sense. Guess the yellow on
the feet threw me off. :-)


On Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 12:59 PM Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
wrote:

> Pine Warbler. Notice no streaking on the back.
>
> Rich Guthrie
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jan 23, 2020, at 12:49 PM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <
> <cth4...> wrote:
>>
>> Hi Michael,
>>
>> Great documentation and thanks for sharing!
>>
>> I took a quick glance at the pictures and was wondering if you had
> considered an overwintering Pine Warbler? Your bird looks like it could in
> fact be a Pine Warbler. I was lucky enough to observe a Pine Warbler at our
> suet feeders a few years ago during mid-winter, too.
>>
>> Certainly welcome other thoughts.
>>
>> Thanks and good birding!
>>
>> Sincerely,
>> Chris T-H
>>
>> From Etna, NY…with occasional visits to Vermont :-)
>>
>>
>> On Jan 23, 2020, at 12:30 PM, Michael Blust <mhblust...><mailto:
> <mhblust...>> wrote:
>>
>> First warbler of the year! But not exactly what or when I expected.
> White
>> undertail coverts, yellow bottoms on the feet. Photos in the ebird
> listing:
>>
>> https://ebird.org/vt/checklist/S63696715
>>
>> --
>> *Michael H. Blust*
>> Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Mexico
>> Prof. Emer. Green Mountain College
>>
>> --
>> Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes
>> Field Applications Engineer
>> Center for Conservation Bioacoustics, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
>> 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, New York 14850
>> W: 607-254-2418<tel:607-254-2418> M: 607-351-5740<tel:607-351-5740>
> F: 607-254-1132<tel:607-254-1132>
>> http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp
>>
>


--
*Michael H. Blust*
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Mexico
Prof. Emer. Green Mountain College


 

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Date: 1/23/20 10:01 am
From: Michael Blust <mhblust...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Blackpoll - Poultney
OK - thanks for the feedback. That makes more sense. Guess the yellow on
the feet threw me off. :-)


On Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 12:59 PM Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
wrote:

> Pine Warbler. Notice no streaking on the back.
>
> Rich Guthrie
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Jan 23, 2020, at 12:49 PM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <
> <cth4...> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Michael,
> >
> > Great documentation and thanks for sharing!
> >
> > I took a quick glance at the pictures and was wondering if you had
> considered an overwintering Pine Warbler? Your bird looks like it could in
> fact be a Pine Warbler. I was lucky enough to observe a Pine Warbler at our
> suet feeders a few years ago during mid-winter, too.
> >
> > Certainly welcome other thoughts.
> >
> > Thanks and good birding!
> >
> > Sincerely,
> > Chris T-H
> >
> > From Etna, NY…with occasional visits to Vermont :-)
> >
> >
> > On Jan 23, 2020, at 12:30 PM, Michael Blust <mhblust...><mailto:
> <mhblust...>> wrote:
> >
> > First warbler of the year! But not exactly what or when I expected.
> White
> > undertail coverts, yellow bottoms on the feet. Photos in the ebird
> listing:
> >
> > https://ebird.org/vt/checklist/S63696715
> >
> > --
> > *Michael H. Blust*
> > Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Mexico
> > Prof. Emer. Green Mountain College
> >
> > --
> > Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes
> > Field Applications Engineer
> > Center for Conservation Bioacoustics, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
> > 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, New York 14850
> > W: 607-254-2418<tel:607-254-2418> M: 607-351-5740<tel:607-351-5740>
> F: 607-254-1132<tel:607-254-1132>
> > http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp
> >
>


--
*Michael H. Blust*
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Mexico
Prof. Emer. Green Mountain College
 

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Date: 1/23/20 9:59 am
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Blackpoll - Poultney
Pine Warbler. Notice no streaking on the back.

Rich Guthrie

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 23, 2020, at 12:49 PM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...> wrote:
>
> Hi Michael,
>
> Great documentation and thanks for sharing!
>
> I took a quick glance at the pictures and was wondering if you had considered an overwintering Pine Warbler? Your bird looks like it could in fact be a Pine Warbler. I was lucky enough to observe a Pine Warbler at our suet feeders a few years ago during mid-winter, too.
>
> Certainly welcome other thoughts.
>
> Thanks and good birding!
>
> Sincerely,
> Chris T-H
>
> From Etna, NY…with occasional visits to Vermont :-)
>
>
> On Jan 23, 2020, at 12:30 PM, Michael Blust <mhblust...><mailto:<mhblust...>> wrote:
>
> First warbler of the year! But not exactly what or when I expected. White
> undertail coverts, yellow bottoms on the feet. Photos in the ebird listing:
>
> https://ebird.org/vt/checklist/S63696715
>
> --
> *Michael H. Blust*
> Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Mexico
> Prof. Emer. Green Mountain College
>
> --
> Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes
> Field Applications Engineer
> Center for Conservation Bioacoustics, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
> 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, New York 14850
> W: 607-254-2418<tel:607-254-2418> M: 607-351-5740<tel:607-351-5740> F: 607-254-1132<tel:607-254-1132>
> http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp
>
 

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Date: 1/23/20 9:50 am
From: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Blackpoll - Poultney
Hi Michael,

Great documentation and thanks for sharing!

I took a quick glance at the pictures and was wondering if you had considered an overwintering Pine Warbler? Your bird looks like it could in fact be a Pine Warbler. I was lucky enough to observe a Pine Warbler at our suet feeders a few years ago during mid-winter, too.

Certainly welcome other thoughts.

Thanks and good birding!

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

From Etna, NY…with occasional visits to Vermont :-)


On Jan 23, 2020, at 12:30 PM, Michael Blust <mhblust...><mailto:<mhblust...>> wrote:

First warbler of the year! But not exactly what or when I expected. White
undertail coverts, yellow bottoms on the feet. Photos in the ebird listing:

https://ebird.org/vt/checklist/S63696715

--
*Michael H. Blust*
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Mexico
Prof. Emer. Green Mountain College

--
Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes
Field Applications Engineer
Center for Conservation Bioacoustics, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, New York 14850
W: 607-254-2418<tel:607-254-2418> M: 607-351-5740<tel:607-351-5740> F: 607-254-1132<tel:607-254-1132>
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp

 

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Date: 1/23/20 9:31 am
From: Michael Blust <mhblust...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Blackpoll - Poultney
First warbler of the year! But not exactly what or when I expected. White
undertail coverts, yellow bottoms on the feet. Photos in the ebird listing:

https://ebird.org/vt/checklist/S63696715

--
*Michael H. Blust*
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Mexico
Prof. Emer. Green Mountain College
 

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Date: 1/23/20 9:13 am
From: Jim Mead <jimmead4...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Turkey Lane, Panton. Right-of-way to Lake Champlain. Accessibility.
Thank you very much Ian for getting and providing good information about public access to Turkey Lane. I’ve missed birding at that location but will now be stopping there again sometime in the near future.

Cheers,

Jim Mead

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 23, 2020, at 12:05 PM, Ian Worley <iworley...> wrote:
>
> Hello birders,
>
> During the last year there were some concerns raised about using Turkey Lane in Panton to access the shore of Lake Champlain for birding. We have birded there for many, many previous years.
>
> I've just talked with the Panton town clerk. She has assured me the access we have used for years, that goes straight down to the lake, is indeed a town access. We are welcome and invited to use it for birding.
>
> The parking area on the right (north) side of the road, just before the descending right-of-way, where we have parked in the past, is maintained by the town for persons using the right-of-way. We should park there.
>
> Good birding all ....
>
> Ian
> ------------------
> eBird reviewer
> Champlain Valley, Vermont
 

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Date: 1/23/20 9:12 am
From: Karan Cutler <kdcutler42...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Turkey Lane, Panton. Right-of-way to Lake Champlain. Accessibility.
Thanks, Ian, for checking into this access.

On Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 12:05 PM Ian Worley <iworley...> wrote:

> Hello birders,
>
> During the last year there were some concerns raised about using Turkey
> Lane in Panton to access the shore of Lake Champlain for birding. We
> have birded there for many, many previous years.
>
> I've just talked with the Panton town clerk. She has assured me the
> access we have used for years, that goes straight down to the lake, is
> indeed a town access. We are welcome and invited to use it for birding.
>
> The parking area on the right (north) side of the road, just before the
> descending right-of-way, where we have parked in the past, is maintained
> by the town for persons using the right-of-way. We should park there.
>
> Good birding all ....
>
> Ian
> ------------------
> eBird reviewer
> Champlain Valley, Vermont
>
 

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Date: 1/23/20 9:05 am
From: Ian Worley <iworley...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Turkey Lane, Panton. Right-of-way to Lake Champlain. Accessibility.
Hello birders,

During the last year there were some concerns raised about using Turkey
Lane in Panton to access the shore of Lake Champlain for birding.  We
have birded there for many, many previous years.

I've just talked with the Panton town clerk.  She has assured me the
access we have used for years, that goes straight down to the lake, is
indeed a town access.  We are welcome and invited to use it for birding.

The parking area on the right (north) side of the road, just before the
descending right-of-way, where we have parked in the past, is maintained
by the town for persons using the right-of-way.  We should park there.

Good birding all ....

Ian
------------------
eBird reviewer
Champlain Valley, Vermont
 

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Date: 1/23/20 5:27 am
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Jericho-Underhill CBC on TV!
Our wonderful local Mount Mansfield Community Television has posted a video about our first-ever CBC: https://archive.org/details/jerichounderhillchristmasbirdcount2019 <https://archive.org/details/jerichounderhillchristmasbirdcount2019>
We had very few bird photos from count day, so we supplemented with others from our archives.
Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
 

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Date: 1/22/20 2:40 pm
From: Kay Johnson <0000002d57029402-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] mystery bird
This happens often when I walk my dog on my road in winter. The ruffed grouse erupts also from snow to perch in the woods outside my back door. I see their tracks under bird feeder and on road from time to time, but most often when they are startled and fly from ground to perch for safety. Kay

Kay <Johnsonkj813...>
On Saturday, January 11, 2020, Maeve Kim <maevulus...> wrote:

My guess is that it was a Ruffed Grouse. They erupt from under the snow if they’re startled by walkers, hikers or dogs (considerably startling the walkers, hikers and dogs in the process!). They’re bigger than robins, but it’s not always easy to determine size when you get just a quick glance and you’re startled.
Maeve Kim, Jericho Center

> On Jan 11, 2020, at 3:49 PM, Teage O'Connor <badger.meli...> wrote:
>
> Last night I hiked up Camel's Hump. Just as we were approaching the summit
> (about 9pm), my dog flushed a bird from under the last fir/spruce trees. It
> nearly flew into me before veering off course and off into the thick
> clouds. While I didn't see exactly where it was roosting, it seemed like it
> erupted from the ground (or beneath the snow). The bird was roughly robin
> sized and flew with rapid, steady flapping, and it's wings didn't whistle
> or thump when it flew. First, how startling to encounter a bird at 4000' in
> the winter. And second, what are the possible options for what bird this
> would be? There aren't a lot of eBird reports on Camel's Hump for winter.
>
> --
> Teage O'Connor
> CrowsPath.org <https://crowspath.org/> | Phyllotaxy.com
> <https://www.phyllotaxy.com/>
>
> *Subscribe to the Wild Burlington natural history newsletter*
> https://www.phyllotaxy.com/newsletter-signup/
 

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Date: 1/22/20 2:35 pm
From: Kay Johnson <0000002d57029402-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] FYI: Lagoon Road HEADS UP!
Ali- thanks for this heads up. I will try to reinforce with people I know in Hinesburg police department. Kay

Kay <Johnsonkj813...>
On Saturday, January 11, 2020, alison wagner <alikatofvt...> wrote:

Good afternoon,  Today when leaving Lagoon Road in Hinesburg (after seeing a Kestrel and Rough-legged Hawk), I was stopped by the police.  It seems the neighbors called the police when they saw a car drive down Lagoon Road.  It was the folks that recently bought the property surrounding the treatment plant.  I assured the officer that it is a popular birding spot, especially in the spring and I was just looking for ducks in open water.  I mentioned birders have been given permission to bird there, and have been doing so for many years. Of course when I looked for the business card given to me by the manager of the facility, I could not find it, but I remembered his name and after it was checked (as well as my license) I was free to leave.  Hopefully it will not be an issue for anyone else and we will be able to continue to enjoy birds there. 

Ali
Huntington
 

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Date: 1/22/20 7:29 am
From: Bridget Butler <birddiva...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Consider Joining Birder Broker
Greetings All!

Are you a birding enthusiast who is looking to explore new lands and form
connections in your community? Then consider joining Birder Broker! We want
you to help us advance bird conservation in Vermont!

About Birder Broker

Birder Broker <https://val.vtecostudies.org/projects/birder-broker/> is a
collaborative program between the Vermont Center for Ecostudies’s Vermont
Atlas of Life <http://val.vtecostudies.org/> and Bird Diva Consulting
<https://www.birddiva.com/> that pairs landowners with experienced birders
to survey breeding bird populations on forested properties throughout
Vermont. As a Birder Broker volunteer, you will visit your assigned
landowner’s property on three separate occasions in June and July. During
these visits, you will walk a 1-mile loop on the property and record the
birds you encounter using Vermont eBird. By participating, you will get to
explore previously un-birded territory while helping to further bird
conservation in Vermont. Sounds pretty neat, right?

Our vision for Birder Broker

Currently, over 80% of Vermont’s forested land is privately owned.
Meanwhile, most bird population monitoring occurs on public land.
Similarly, many birders choose to spend their time at birding ‘hotspots’
that are open to the public. This means that we are missing a big piece of
the puzzle when it comes to understanding Vermont’s bird populations.
Through Birder Broker, we aim to obtain data on breeding bird population
trends on private lands, provide landowners with data to use in their
management plans, and build a larger community around bird conservation.

Tools for success

We have few requirements for those interested in becoming a Birder Broker
volunteer. However, we do require that birders are:

· Proficient at identifying Vermont forest bird species

· Able to use VT eBird checklists or willing to learn (guidance
provided)

· Interested in sharing their bird knowledge with their landowner
partner

· Able to walk their assigned birding route a minimum of two times
from June 1st to July 31st

Getting started

Birder Broker cannot succeed without passionate birders who are eager to
take their birding to the next level. If this sounds like you, then it’s
time to fill out an application
<https://val.vtecostudies.org/projects/birder-broker/join-birder-broker/>!
We expect to begin reviewing applications in February and aim to notify
pairs by April 1st.

For more information on Birder Broker, please explore our website
<https://val.vtecostudies.org/projects/birder-broker/join-birder-broker/>.
If you have specific questions that you cannot find the answer to, then
please send us an email.

Thank you in advance for considering to join Birder Broker and we look
forward to seeing you out in the field!

Sincerely,

Bridget Butler
Bird Diva Consulting

Nathaniel Sharp
Vermont Center for Ecostudies

Emily Anderson

Vermont Center for Ecostudies


*Bridget Butler*

*Bird Diva Consulting*
*PO Box 613*
*St. Albans VT 05478*
*(802) 393-4147*
*Website: www.birddiva.com <http://www.birddiva.com>*
*Facebook: www.facebook.com/birddiva <http://www.facebook.com/birddiva>*
*Twitter: @BirdDiva <https://twitter.com/birddiva>*
*Birder Broker: http://bit.ly/BirderBrokerVT <http://bit.ly/BirderBrokerVT>*
*Crows In Vermont: http://bit.ly/CrowsInVT <http://bit.ly/CrowsInVT>*
 

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Date: 1/20/20 1:40 pm
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Green Mountain eBirders Put Up Huge Numbers in 2019
From the first day of 2019 when eBirders reported an incredible 73 bird
species, to the discovery of a Say’s Phoebe (a rare visitor) in late
November, Vermont birders scoured fields and fens, mountains and meadows,
lakes and lawns to find as many bird species as possible during the 9th
annual Vermont eBird County Quest. In the process, they also collected
invaluable data for science and conservation.

The annual year-long contest pits county versus county, birder against
birder, all engaged in a friendly rivalry for top birding honors. The main
idea behind the year-long Quest is simply to get people out birding,
promote camaraderie, and better document bird life across the state—using
Vermont eBird.

2019 marked the 16th year for Vermont eBird, the first state or provincial
portal for eBird. Bird watchers have shared an astounding number of
checklists, making Vermont eBird (a project of the Vermont Atlas of Life)
the largest citizen science biodiversity project in the state. Nearly 8,825
Vermont eBirders have submitted just under 375,000 complete checklists,
representing all 385 species of birds ever reported from Vermont.

Vermont eBird County Quest Champions
In 2018, Windsor County came up just one bird short. In 2019, they set out
to make sure it didn’t happen again. With 26 birds over par, Windsor County
blew the competition away. Congratulations to all the birders who helped
the county claim the 2019 Quest Cup. Thanks to some great individual
efforts, Orleans County was the runner up with 16.5 birds over par.

Read the entire Vermont eBird year in review and learn about all the
amazing birding feats folks like you accomplished during the 9th annual
Vermont eBird County Quest on the VCE Blog at
https://vtecostudies.org/blog/vermont-ebirders-gather-big-bird-data-during-county-quest/

Thanks everyone!
Kent
____________________________

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

<http://val.vtecostudies.org/>
 

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Date: 1/20/20 7:12 am
From: Sean Beckett <sean...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Presentation on Friday: Birds of the German Borderlands
Greetings, Birders,

I wanted to announce a really fascinating talk this Friday at North Branch
Nature Center all about bird conservation in the unintentional nature
reserve created by the Berlin Wall. Kerstin's talk is a superb intersection
of geopolitics, world history, birds, and conservation. Hope you can make
it!


*January 24 – The Birds at the End of the World: Renewal and Remembrance in
the German Borderland – Kerstin LangeFriday, January 24 | 7 PM,*

*North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier VTAdmission by donation*

When the Berlin Wall fell under the pressure of peaceful protests thirty
years ago, the 900-mile-long border that had separated the two German
states also became obsolete. During the four decades that humans were kept
out, this narrow strip of land became a refuge for more than 1,200 rare
plant and animal species. We’ll hear the story of how a 13-year old
ornithologist provided the first, crucial documentation of this remarkable
biodiversity, and how birds formed the basis for an unusual cross-border
friendship.

Between 2016 and 2018, writer and naturalist Kerstin Lange traced the
former border by bicycle and on foot to investigate its human, ecological,
and socio-political legacies. Kerstin will share the story of the border
itself – its layers of history and its transformation into Germany’s
longest, skinniest nature preserve – and reflect on the people she met on
her expedition.


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

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Date: 1/19/20 6:06 pm
From: Eve Ticknor <edticknor...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Black-capped Chickadee---Spring Song
Right now I am up in my home in Ontario. Prescott is on the St Lawrence across from Ogdensburg, NY. I, too, was hearing cardinals along with chickadees. But remember, we had rather mild weather after a cold spell so I think the birds could be forgiven for thinking maybe spring was on its way……… Increasing light and warming weather is a trigger for spring behaviour.


Eve Ticknor
<edticknor...>

Box 2206
Prescott, On
K0E 1T0

24 Birch Ave
Willsboro, NY
12996

"Be thou happy, be thou blest, from thy birth until thy rest.”
(Quaker blessing)

> On Jan 19, 2020, at 5:16 PM, Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...> wrote:
>
> I've been hearing chickadees sing since mid-December here, earlier than usual. But I was really surprised to hear cardinals singing around Christmas time. I checked my book where I keep records of things like first songs, and usually I don't hear cardinals until February. The earliest I had heard one in the last thirty years before this was January 9th. I don't think I would have missed it singing other years, as I am very tuned in to bird songs and calls. Has anyone else noticed really early singing cardinals this year?
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of Susan Paradis
> Sent: Sunday, January 19, 2020 4:54 PM
> To: <VTBIRD...>
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Black-capped Chickadee---Spring Song
>
> Heard a Chickadee singing its Spring song today----first time this year
 

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Date: 1/19/20 4:41 pm
From: Karyn Lunde <gus1107...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Bluebirds in Charlotte, VT 1/19
Saw about 6 bluebirds on the Charlotte Town Link Trail.
They were in the trees near the trail around the open field on the east side of the tunnel under Route 7.

Not what I was expecting to see while out enjoying the new snow!
Happy winter, happy birding!
Karyn Lunde
Charlotte
 

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Date: 1/19/20 2:16 pm
From: Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Black-capped Chickadee---Spring Song
I've been hearing chickadees sing since mid-December here, earlier than usual. But I was really surprised to hear cardinals singing around Christmas time. I checked my book where I keep records of things like first songs, and usually I don't hear cardinals until February. The earliest I had heard one in the last thirty years before this was January 9th. I don't think I would have missed it singing other years, as I am very tuned in to bird songs and calls. Has anyone else noticed really early singing cardinals this year?

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of Susan Paradis
Sent: Sunday, January 19, 2020 4:54 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Black-capped Chickadee---Spring Song

Heard a Chickadee singing its Spring song today----first time this year
 

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Date: 1/19/20 1:54 pm
From: Susan Paradis <susanp.fcwc...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Black-capped Chickadee---Spring Song
Heard a Chickadee singing its Spring song today----first time this year
 

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Date: 1/19/20 9:40 am
From: Walter Medwid <wmedwid...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Goshawk observation in Derby
A glance over the wooded wetland below my house showed something that
wasn’t there before. A large slate backed hawk was perched with its back to
me a few hundred yards from my location. After getting binoculars, the
white eye stripe popped out and then the bird took flight. It looked 3
times the size of the perched bird. What powerful flight. A great treat
after the snowstorm.
 

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Date: 1/19/20 5:52 am
From: Karen Lethbridge <kboleth...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Blue Jay Bounty
Oh Yes!!! We never had a blue jay problem until this year, and also true that numbers and kinds of other varieties are way down.

> On Jan 19, 2020, at 8:34 AM, Gmail okra <ihateokra88...> wrote:
>
> An unruly, voracious mob of 30 blue jays descended on us very shortly after my wife shoveled a spot under the feeders and refreshed the seeds. We have a persistent group of 9-10.
>
> Diversity at the feeders seems a bit down this winter. Blue jays abound, chickadees are present but usually only a couple, occasionally 4-5. Juncos among the commons of course. We had few goldfinches but about a week ago we put sunflower hearts in the small, caged, hanging feeders and the goldfinches have gradually increased their numbers. This morning we counted a flock of twenty. They love the sunflower hearts, much more so than the niger we had out previously.
>
> Hairy, male and female, the only birds that intimidate the jays, and an occasional downy.
>
> We’ve seen few nuthatches, whereas last year the red breasted were constant visitors and the white breasted occasional.
>
> Sparrows showed up during migration but none in weeks. Fox and swamp in fall, tree a couple weeks ago.
>
> No red squirrels! Last year we had two or three constantly.
>
> A pair of ravens lurking about this morning.
>
> Michael R. Haas, VMD, MS
> (610) 533-9443
> 1286 Hazen Notch Rd.
> Lowell, VT 05847
> <ihateokra88...>
>
>
> “If you keep doing what you’ve always done then you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.”
>
>
>
>
>> On Jan 18, 2020, at 3:37 PM, R Stewart <2cnewbirds...> wrote:
>>
>> And here in the banana belt, I have seen 1-4, but mostly zero! Go figure?
>>
>>>> On Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 10:55 AM Ian Clark <ian...> wrote:
>>>
>>> I've got a couple dozen regulars in West Newbury.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> This week, we also added a flock of ~75 starlings. ☹
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of JJ Allen
>>> Sent: Friday, January 17, 2020 9:48 AM
>>> To: <VTBIRD...>
>>> Subject: [VTBIRD] Blue Jay Bounty
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Anyone else have more than normal Blue Jays at your feeders this year? I
>>> had 20-24 at the feeder at once this morning (-7 degrees). That’s been
>>> pretty consistent for a month or so.
>>>
>>> Jeffrey Allen
>>>
>>> Adamant=
>>>
 

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Date: 1/19/20 5:34 am
From: Gmail okra <ihateokra88...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Blue Jay Bounty
An unruly, voracious mob of 30 blue jays descended on us very shortly after my wife shoveled a spot under the feeders and refreshed the seeds. We have a persistent group of 9-10.

Diversity at the feeders seems a bit down this winter. Blue jays abound, chickadees are present but usually only a couple, occasionally 4-5. Juncos among the commons of course. We had few goldfinches but about a week ago we put sunflower hearts in the small, caged, hanging feeders and the goldfinches have gradually increased their numbers. This morning we counted a flock of twenty. They love the sunflower hearts, much more so than the niger we had out previously.

Hairy, male and female, the only birds that intimidate the jays, and an occasional downy.

We’ve seen few nuthatches, whereas last year the red breasted were constant visitors and the white breasted occasional.

Sparrows showed up during migration but none in weeks. Fox and swamp in fall, tree a couple weeks ago.

No red squirrels! Last year we had two or three constantly.

A pair of ravens lurking about this morning.

Michael R. Haas, VMD, MS
(610) 533-9443
1286 Hazen Notch Rd.
Lowell, VT 05847
<ihateokra88...>


“If you keep doing what you’ve always done then you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.”




> On Jan 18, 2020, at 3:37 PM, R Stewart <2cnewbirds...> wrote:
>
> And here in the banana belt, I have seen 1-4, but mostly zero! Go figure?
>
>> On Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 10:55 AM Ian Clark <ian...> wrote:
>>
>> I've got a couple dozen regulars in West Newbury.
>>
>>
>>
>> This week, we also added a flock of ~75 starlings. ☹
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of JJ Allen
>> Sent: Friday, January 17, 2020 9:48 AM
>> To: <VTBIRD...>
>> Subject: [VTBIRD] Blue Jay Bounty
>>
>>
>>
>> Anyone else have more than normal Blue Jays at your feeders this year? I
>> had 20-24 at the feeder at once this morning (-7 degrees). That’s been
>> pretty consistent for a month or so.
>>
>> Jeffrey Allen
>>
>> Adamant=
>>
 

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Date: 1/18/20 12:37 pm
From: R Stewart <2cnewbirds...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Blue Jay Bounty
And here in the banana belt, I have seen 1-4, but mostly zero! Go figure?

On Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 10:55 AM Ian Clark <ian...> wrote:

> I've got a couple dozen regulars in West Newbury.
>
>
>
> This week, we also added a flock of ~75 starlings. ☹
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of JJ Allen
> Sent: Friday, January 17, 2020 9:48 AM
> To: <VTBIRD...>
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Blue Jay Bounty
>
>
>
> Anyone else have more than normal Blue Jays at your feeders this year? I
> had 20-24 at the feeder at once this morning (-7 degrees). That’s been
> pretty consistent for a month or so.
>
> Jeffrey Allen
>
> Adamant=
>
 

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Date: 1/18/20 12:35 pm
From: R Stewart <2cnewbirds...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] 2 Unusual hawk encounters
GREAT tales/tails! Thanks for sharing, David.

On Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 2:26 PM david merker <buteojamaica...>
wrote:

> I was just notified by the bird banding lab that I banded an immature
> coopers hawk on 10/4/2018 at Cape May Point State Park trapping blind. I
> caught the same bird at the same blind in the same month 10/28/19!
>
> Second encounter was last Monday out just west of Middlebury College. We
> were roadside trapping for a redtail. We caught it and it was banded. It
> was banded by Rodney Olsen a few miles away in the same county on
> 11/11/2016.
>
>
> David Merker
> Etna, New Hampshire
> Cape May Raptor Banding Project Inc.
>
> www.capemayraptors.org<http://www.capemayraptors.org>
> <https://twitter.com/hashtag/deletefacebook?src=hash>
>
> #deletefacebook<https://twitter.com/hashtag/deletefacebook?src=hash>
>
 

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Date: 1/18/20 11:40 am
From: John Snell <jrsnelljr...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Hawk and Raven interaction in Montpelier
I’m not sure what kind of hawk it was, but it was been “outed” by a pair of ravens sitting on a branch below the hawk telling the world to stay clear of the area, or something similar. The pair flew off, still talking, and the hawk stuck around.




Still learning to see,

John Snell


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

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Date: 1/18/20 11:27 am
From: david merker <buteojamaica...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] 2 Unusual hawk encounters
I was just notified by the bird banding lab that I banded an immature coopers hawk on 10/4/2018 at Cape May Point State Park trapping blind. I caught the same bird at the same blind in the same month 10/28/19!

Second encounter was last Monday out just west of Middlebury College. We were roadside trapping for a redtail. We caught it and it was banded. It was banded by Rodney Olsen a few miles away in the same county on 11/11/2016.


David Merker
Etna, New Hampshire
Cape May Raptor Banding Project Inc.

www.capemayraptors.org<http://www.capemayraptors.org>
<https://twitter.com/hashtag/deletefacebook?src=hash>

#deletefacebook<https://twitter.com/hashtag/deletefacebook?src=hash>
 

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Date: 1/18/20 7:55 am
From: Ian Clark <ian...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Blue Jay Bounty
I've got a couple dozen regulars in West Newbury.



This week, we also added a flock of ~75 starlings. ☹



-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of JJ Allen
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2020 9:48 AM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Blue Jay Bounty



Anyone else have more than normal Blue Jays at your feeders this year? I had 20-24 at the feeder at once this morning (-7 degrees). That’s been pretty consistent for a month or so.

Jeffrey Allen

Adamant=
 

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Date: 1/18/20 6:14 am
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Jeff Owl
Good morning, fellow birders - One of the most exciting things about my post-retirement “job” teaching birding classes and giving birding programs is the excitement of people who define themselves as non-birders but who love and are fascinated by birds. At a recent talk for the Smuggs 55+ Ski Club, a nice gentleman showed us a video of a Barred Owl at his feeder. It led to our first-ever blog posting about a single species: https://vtbirdsandwords.blogspot.com/2020/01/whooooooo-is-at-your-bird-feeder.html <https://vtbirdsandwords.blogspot.com/2020/01/whooooooo-is-at-your-bird-feeder.html>
Stay warm, everyone!
Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
 

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Date: 1/17/20 5:29 pm
From: Bridget Butler <birddiva...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Birds & Beers VT THURSDAY in Vergennes
Hey all!

IT'S THE FIRST ONE OF THE YEAR! Won't you come out and join me at *Birds &
Beers VT in Vergennes*? I would love to hear how your 2020 birding
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sponsor Gerianne
Smart has kindly helped connect me with the great folks at *Hired Hand
Brewing Co.*
<http://www.hiredhandbrewing.com/?fbclid=IwAR3UC67hwHY8wjLftIoWOCluO-feBR976WEaJcYGlvqs23UsTCn7-18dRKg>
She
would love to hear about Birds of the Otter Creek. Bring stories, photos,
and a deep thirst and I'll see you *Thursday night, January 23rd from 6-9
pm*!

I've got a great giveaway to kick off the year and new this year...LOYALTY
CARDS. Yup, a little punch card for you to track how many Birds & Beers VT
gatherings you make it to this year. And, if you *make it to 8 you get a
Birds & Beers VT pint glass*!

And, good news...Birds & Beers VT has sponsors now through the month of
May! Wow, thank you all! Please reach out to me through my website if you'd
like to request and sponsor one in your community.

Cheers!
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*Bridget Butler*

*Bird Diva Consulting*
*PO Box 613*
*St. Albans VT 05478*
*(802) 393-4147*
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*Crows In Vermont: http://bit.ly/CrowsInVT <http://bit.ly/CrowsInVT>*
 

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Date: 1/17/20 6:48 am
From: JJ Allen <jjapple88...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Blue Jay Bounty
Anyone else have more than normal Blue Jays at your feeders this year? I had 20-24 at the feeder at once this morning (-7 degrees). That’s been pretty consistent for a month or so.
Jeffrey Allen
Adamant
 

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Date: 1/15/20 6:36 pm
From: Chris Rimmer <crimmer...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] 2019 Norwich Bird Quest final tally
Although few subscribers to this listserv spend time birding in Norwich, I
thought I'd share the final outcome of our 2019 Norwich Bird Quest. This
was an informal effort both to chronicle Norwich's bird life during
calendar year 2019, and to get folks out beating the bushes--often
together--using eBird as our recording tool. We set an arbitrary goal of
175 species, and I'm pleased to report that we exceeded it by two, ending
up with a final tally of 177. Equally impressive were the 1,303 eBird
checklists contributed by 17 birders!

If you'd like to learn more, and enjoy Jim Block's and Cindy Crawford's
outstanding photos, check out the VCE blog post:
https://vtecostudies.org/blog/2019-norwich-bird-quest-racks-up-177-species/


With a new year on tap, we’re at it again, and the 2020 Norwich Bird Quest
is now officially underway. It will be a challenge (but we birders love a
challenge...) to top 2019’s numbers, but we’ve set modestly ambitious goals
for ourselves: 180 species (including at least 3 not found in 2019), 1,500
eBird checklists, and 20 eBirders contributing those lists (with at least 3
under the age of 21--we need to get our youth out there!). You can see the
full list of 2019 species here: https://vtecostudies.org/norwich-quest-2019/

Thanks to everyone who participated. It would be fun to see some other
towns follow suit.

Chris

________________________

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

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Date: 1/15/20 1:03 pm
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Using eBird
Ken,
I am afraid that every eBird checklist must have four key elements:

1.

*Date* (a single calendar date)
2.

*Location* (a specific location selected on a map)
3.

*Bird species detected* (sometimes 0, sometimes as many as 345
<https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S24475056>)
4.

*Observer* (a single observer)

Not having one of these three elements means that the data are not a good
fit for eBird—common examples include no specific location, or sightings
spanning multiple dates. If you know only the country you were in, or if
you have sightings that span multiple days, enter these using the
eBird Life list guidelines (
https://support.ebird.org/support/solutions/articles/48000804866-enter-your-pre-ebird-life-list
)


You can read more about this at
https://support.ebird.org/support/solutions/articles/48000795623-ebird-rules-and-best-practices


Kent
____________________________

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

<http://val.vtecostudies.org/>




On Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 7:16 PM Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...> wrote:

> I also wish there was a way to designate "trip" lists or "week" lists. I
> have old (pre-eBird) records that I would like to enter into eBird someday,
> but many of them are from camping trips, etc, where I kept a running list
> of all the species I saw that week. After a discussion some years ago with
> an eBird reviewer, the conclusion, if I'm remembering correctly, is that
> there really is no place in eBird for multi-day lists as they would skew
> frequency and abundance statistics by showing an exaggerated number of
> species seen on one day. If you enter such lists, they should be
> designated as "historical" lists (where hours and distance aren't known)
> and they should be "hidden" ("Hide from eBird output" under "Checklist
> Tools"). You can see your own hidden lists, but they can't be seen by the
> public. My understanding is that researchers can still use them, but they
> would do so with caution. For this reason, it is desirable to note clearly
> that it is a multi-day list and note the date range. Someone please
> correct me if I'm remembering any of this incorrectly!
>
> --Ken Copenhaver
>
> On Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 4:57 PM Richard Littauer <
> <richard.littauer...>
> wrote:
>
> > Regarding naming conventions: I mostly just use the nearest map location,
> > and don't worry too much about the coordinates at all. You can get this
> by
> > pressing near the pin on the map, and eBird will naturally supply it,
> > replacing the latlong coordinates.
> >
> > There are two main exceptions to my using the normal location: if a spot
> > should be a hotspot, I give it a convenient name, and later go on to the
> > eBird website and suggest it as a hotspot. That way, I can use that in
> the
> > future.
> >
> > The other difference is for my home address. Like many people on eBird, I
> > track yard birds. However, sometimes I start checklists walking at my
> > house, and don't want those included in my yard bird count. So, I have
> two
> > locations for the same spot. One is Home (stationary), and Home
> > (traveling). I choose the later if I am leaving my house, and the former
> > for tracking yard birds on eBird.
> >
> > Whenever I go on a trip, I change the trip date to the beginning of the
> > trip. I wish there were ways of recording trips, and I've been working
> on a
> > tool to add data analytics to my exported eBird data so that I can see
> this
> > information better.
> >
> > Hope this helps.
> >
> > On Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 4:25 PM Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...>
> wrote:
> >
> > > Michael, In response to your second question, I've come up with a
> > > semi-consistent naming convention that works for me. If I'm birding
> at a
> > > hotspot, I choose the hotspot location, of course. When I create a
> > > personal location, I name it with the town and state followed by the
> > > address or some other description. For example, Fairfax VT-Back Yard
> or
> > St
> > > Albans VT-Taylor Park. In retrospect, it might have made more sense to
> > > have the state first (VT Fairfax-Back Yard). Or if you plan to do a
> lot
> > of
> > > international birding, maybe US VT Fairfax-Back Yard would be even
> > better.
> > > As mentioned previously, this is for your personal use and makes no
> > > difference to eBird.
> > >
> > > --Ken Copenhaver, Fairfax
> > >
> > > On Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 1:43 PM Gmail okra <ihateokra88...>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Thanks Rich and Kent! That clears up everything and assures me that
> > I’m
> > > > not ignoring some important element of eBird.
> > > >
> > > > Michael R. Haas, VMD, MS
> > > > (610) 533-9443
> > > > 1286 Hazen Notch Rd.
> > > > Lowell, VT 05847
> > > > <ihateokra88...>
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > “If you keep doing what you’ve always done then you’ll keep getting
> > what
> > > > you’ve always gotten.”
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > > On Jan 13, 2020, at 12:35 PM, Rich Kelley <rich...>
> > > wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > Hi Michael & others,
> > > > >
> > > > > I am by no means an expert and maybe Kent or Nathaniel will weigh
> in
> > at
> > > > some point, but here's my understanding:
> > > > >
> > > > > The Trip feature is specific for the app, and is really only for
> your
> > > > personal info, there's nothing sent to eBird with it. It's just a
> way
> > to
> > > > compile checklists for a certain time period. I've used it in the
> past
> > > for
> > > > Christmas Bird counts, where I might have 10-12 checklists for the
> day,
> > > but
> > > > can look at the Trips list to get total numbers. As far as I know,
> the
> > > > eBird app only syncs one-way for the most part. So lists created
> with
> > > the
> > > > app show up on the desktop site, but not the other way around. And
> if
> > > you
> > > > use two mobile devices, lists created on one won't show up on the
> > other,
> > > > but both with go to the desktop version.
> > > > >
> > > > > I 'think' that locations are the exception to info that syncs to
> the
> > > > app... once you create a person location, it's available to you on
> the
> > > main
> > > > site and on the mobile app.
> > > > >
> > > > > For your question on locations, I don't think the names you choose
> > > > really matter to eBird. If you're creating a personal location, you
> > can
> > > > call it whatever you want that makes sense to you. Anyone using the
> > data
> > > > for scientific purposes will get the lat/long of whatever your
> location
> > > > is.
> > > > >
> > > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > > From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of Michael R.
> > Haas
> > > > > Sent: Monday, January 13, 2020 10:26 AM
> > > > > To: <VTBIRD...>
> > > > > Subject: [VTBIRD] Using eBird
> > > > >
> > > > > I’ve been using Cornell’s eBird program for four and a half years.
> > As
> > > a
> > > > kind of New Years resolution I decided to try to up my game a bit in
> > its
> > > > use in 2020. I kind of organized my data, reviewed stuff, etc. this
> > > > weekend – an inclement weather distraction.
> > > > >
> > > > > Out of this, two questions arose and I wonder if anyone would be
> > > willing
> > > > to throw in their two cents:
> > > > >
> > > > > 1. How do you use the “Trips” feature. In all my years I have only
> > > > about four trips listed. What’s more peculiar is that the trips I
> have
> > > > listed on my iPhone don’t match the trips on my ipad. And, I can
> find
> > > no
> > > > reference to any trips on the laptop (i.e., online) version of ebird.
> > > When
> > > > I get out for a birding adventure I generally just start a new
> > checklist
> > > > and start recording; I don’t really even look at “Trips”. When I
> > > reviewed
> > > > things this weekend I realized that I’m really not utilizing this
> > > feature.
> > > > I took Cornell’s free course on how to use eBird – if the Trips
> feature
> > > was
> > > > mentioned, I somehow missed it.
> > > > >
> > > > > 2. Does anyone have a systematic way for naming locations? I use
> the
> > > > lat/long provided by the app, then append some name that is
> reasonable
> > to
> > > > me. If I am at a hotspot or personal location I just use that. Most
> > of
> > > > the time, because of poor cell service, I can’t specify the location
> > at
> > > > the time of creating the checklist so I have to start an offline list
> > and
> > > > name it later.
> > > > >
> > > > > Happy winter birding to all! 😊
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > Michael R. Haas, VMD, MS
> > > > > 1286 Hazen Notch Rd.ize
> > > > > Lowell, VT 05847
> > > > > <Ihateokra88...>
> > > > > (610) 533-9443
> > > > >
> > > > > “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting
> what
> > > > you’ve always gotten.”
> > > > >
> > > > > - Some wise person
> > > >
> > >
> >
> >
> > --
> > Richard | @richlitt <https://twitter.com/richlitt> | burntfen.com
> > <http://www.burntfen.com>
> >
>
 

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Date: 1/15/20 6:51 am
From: kfinch <kfinch51...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Bluebirds and goldfinches
I use a hanging dish (about 4 or 5 inches diameter) with a clear plastic dome over it to keep out most rain and snow.      Ken Finch
-------- Original message --------From: Brennan Michaels <owlhousevt...> Date: 1/15/20 9:44 AM (GMT-05:00) To: <VTBIRD...> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Bluebirds and goldfinches Hi Ken,What kind of feeder do you use for the dried mealworms?thanks, brennanOn Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 9:33 AM kfinch <kfinch51...> wrote:> The half dozen bluebirds that over- winter at our Chester home swarm to> dried mealworms every time I refill that feeder.    Ken Finch> -------- Original message --------From: Sarah Fellows <> <towanda2...> Date: 1/15/20  9:10 AM  (GMT-05:00) To:> <VTBIRD...> Subject: [VTBIRD] Bluebirds and goldfinches Tuesday,> at 3:56 on a dreary dark afternoon, I had just walked past the bluebird box> after chasing a fox out of the yard. I turned  to look at the fox and two> male bluebirds bumped into each other and squeezed into the bird box> together. Then, immediately,three others flew in to the box. one male and> two females. This represents our entire family from last summer. Not a peep> was made as they settled on top of each other for the night.We have seen> two flying around this winter but it was shocking to see the whole family.I> had put suet  on the box 25 feet past the winter home about a mont> ago,hoping to help them out.  The only birds to find and peck on this have> been the blue jays.What are these bluebirds finding to eat"????????? ENough> for five ,apparently.Today, after yet another ravaging by a raccoon, our> feeders are hosting over 50 goldfinches,but we have never seen a bluebird> at our feeders.Birds are truly amazing.Sally Fellows Williston
 

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Date: 1/15/20 6:46 am
From: lawlor <lawlor.coleen...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Bluebirds and goldfinches
I would like to know what kind of feeder for meal worms too


Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 15, 2020, at 9:44 AM, Brennan Michaels <owlhousevt...> wrote:
>
> Hi Ken,
> What kind of feeder do you use for the dried mealworms?
> thanks, brennan
>
>> On Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 9:33 AM kfinch <kfinch51...> wrote:
>>
>> The half dozen bluebirds that over- winter at our Chester home swarm to
>> dried mealworms every time I refill that feeder. Ken Finch
>> -------- Original message --------From: Sarah Fellows <
>> <towanda2...> Date: 1/15/20 9:10 AM (GMT-05:00) To:
>> <VTBIRD...> Subject: [VTBIRD] Bluebirds and goldfinches Tuesday,
>> at 3:56 on a dreary dark afternoon, I had just walked past the bluebird box
>> after chasing a fox out of the yard. I turned to look at the fox and two
>> male bluebirds bumped into each other and squeezed into the bird box
>> together. Then, immediately,three others flew in to the box. one male and
>> two females. This represents our entire family from last summer. Not a peep
>> was made as they settled on top of each other for the night.We have seen
>> two flying around this winter but it was shocking to see the whole family.I
>> had put suet on the box 25 feet past the winter home about a mont
>> ago,hoping to help them out. The only birds to find and peck on this have
>> been the blue jays.What are these bluebirds finding to eat"????????? ENough
>> for five ,apparently.Today, after yet another ravaging by a raccoon, our
>> feeders are hosting over 50 goldfinches,but we have never seen a bluebird
>> at our feeders.Birds are truly amazing.Sally Fellows Williston
 

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Date: 1/15/20 6:44 am
From: Brennan Michaels <owlhousevt...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Bluebirds and goldfinches
Hi Ken,
What kind of feeder do you use for the dried mealworms?
thanks, brennan

On Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 9:33 AM kfinch <kfinch51...> wrote:

> The half dozen bluebirds that over- winter at our Chester home swarm to
> dried mealworms every time I refill that feeder. Ken Finch
> -------- Original message --------From: Sarah Fellows <
> <towanda2...> Date: 1/15/20 9:10 AM (GMT-05:00) To:
> <VTBIRD...> Subject: [VTBIRD] Bluebirds and goldfinches Tuesday,
> at 3:56 on a dreary dark afternoon, I had just walked past the bluebird box
> after chasing a fox out of the yard. I turned to look at the fox and two
> male bluebirds bumped into each other and squeezed into the bird box
> together. Then, immediately,three others flew in to the box. one male and
> two females. This represents our entire family from last summer. Not a peep
> was made as they settled on top of each other for the night.We have seen
> two flying around this winter but it was shocking to see the whole family.I
> had put suet on the box 25 feet past the winter home about a mont
> ago,hoping to help them out. The only birds to find and peck on this have
> been the blue jays.What are these bluebirds finding to eat"????????? ENough
> for five ,apparently.Today, after yet another ravaging by a raccoon, our
> feeders are hosting over 50 goldfinches,but we have never seen a bluebird
> at our feeders.Birds are truly amazing.Sally Fellows Williston
 

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Date: 1/15/20 6:33 am
From: kfinch <kfinch51...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Bluebirds and goldfinches
The half dozen bluebirds that over- winter at our Chester home swarm to dried mealworms every time I refill that feeder.    Ken Finch
-------- Original message --------From: Sarah Fellows <towanda2...> Date: 1/15/20 9:10 AM (GMT-05:00) To: <VTBIRD...> Subject: [VTBIRD] Bluebirds and goldfinches Tuesday, at 3:56 on a dreary dark afternoon, I had just walked past the bluebird box after chasing a fox out of the yard. I turned  to look at the fox and two male bluebirds bumped into each other and squeezed into the bird box together. Then, immediately,three others flew in to the box. one male and two females. This represents our entire family from last summer. Not a peep was made as they settled on top of each other for the night.We have seen two flying around this winter but it was shocking to see the whole family.I had put suet  on the box 25 feet past the winter home about a mont ago,hoping to help them out.  The only birds to find and peck on this have been the blue jays.What are these bluebirds finding to eat"????????? ENough for five ,apparently.Today, after yet another ravaging by a raccoon, our feeders are hosting over 50 goldfinches,but we have never seen a bluebird at our feeders.Birds are truly amazing.Sally Fellows Williston
 

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Date: 1/15/20 6:10 am
From: Sarah Fellows <towanda2...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Bluebirds and goldfinches
Tuesday, at 3:56 on a dreary dark afternoon, I had just walked past the bluebird box after chasing a fox out of the yard. I turned to look at the fox and two male bluebirds bumped into each other and squeezed into the bird box together. Then, immediately,three others flew in to the box. one male and two females. This represents our entire family from last summer. Not a peep was made as they settled on top of each other for the night.

We have seen two flying around this winter but it was shocking to see the whole family.
I had put suet on the box 25 feet past the winter home about a mont ago,hoping to help them out. The only birds to find and peck on this have been the blue jays.

What are these bluebirds finding to eat"????????? ENough for five ,apparently.
Today, after yet another ravaging by a raccoon, our feeders are hosting over 50 goldfinches,but we have never seen a bluebird at our feeders.

Birds are truly amazing.

Sally Fellows
Williston
 

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Date: 1/15/20 5:55 am
From: Mundi Smithers <amen1farm...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Brown Creeper
Thanks to those who shared their thoughts and observations. I will make it a point to spend more time at the tree line that divides our meadows. It contains a nice mix of hardwoods including a few Shagbark Hickories. Just maybe I’ll get lucky.

As an aside, the Bluebirds have been singing this morning...darting in and out of houses. Very unseasonable! I fear for our planet!

Cheers

Mundi
North Pownal

Sent from my iPad

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

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Date: 1/14/20 4:16 pm
From: Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Using eBird
I also wish there was a way to designate "trip" lists or "week" lists. I
have old (pre-eBird) records that I would like to enter into eBird someday,
but many of them are from camping trips, etc, where I kept a running list
of all the species I saw that week. After a discussion some years ago with
an eBird reviewer, the conclusion, if I'm remembering correctly, is that
there really is no place in eBird for multi-day lists as they would skew
frequency and abundance statistics by showing an exaggerated number of
species seen on one day. If you enter such lists, they should be
designated as "historical" lists (where hours and distance aren't known)
and they should be "hidden" ("Hide from eBird output" under "Checklist
Tools"). You can see your own hidden lists, but they can't be seen by the
public. My understanding is that researchers can still use them, but they
would do so with caution. For this reason, it is desirable to note clearly
that it is a multi-day list and note the date range. Someone please
correct me if I'm remembering any of this incorrectly!

--Ken Copenhaver

On Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 4:57 PM Richard Littauer <richard.littauer...>
wrote:

> Regarding naming conventions: I mostly just use the nearest map location,
> and don't worry too much about the coordinates at all. You can get this by
> pressing near the pin on the map, and eBird will naturally supply it,
> replacing the latlong coordinates.
>
> There are two main exceptions to my using the normal location: if a spot
> should be a hotspot, I give it a convenient name, and later go on to the
> eBird website and suggest it as a hotspot. That way, I can use that in the
> future.
>
> The other difference is for my home address. Like many people on eBird, I
> track yard birds. However, sometimes I start checklists walking at my
> house, and don't want those included in my yard bird count. So, I have two
> locations for the same spot. One is Home (stationary), and Home
> (traveling). I choose the later if I am leaving my house, and the former
> for tracking yard birds on eBird.
>
> Whenever I go on a trip, I change the trip date to the beginning of the
> trip. I wish there were ways of recording trips, and I've been working on a
> tool to add data analytics to my exported eBird data so that I can see this
> information better.
>
> Hope this helps.
>
> On Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 4:25 PM Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...> wrote:
>
> > Michael, In response to your second question, I've come up with a
> > semi-consistent naming convention that works for me. If I'm birding at a
> > hotspot, I choose the hotspot location, of course. When I create a
> > personal location, I name it with the town and state followed by the
> > address or some other description. For example, Fairfax VT-Back Yard or
> St
> > Albans VT-Taylor Park. In retrospect, it might have made more sense to
> > have the state first (VT Fairfax-Back Yard). Or if you plan to do a lot
> of
> > international birding, maybe US VT Fairfax-Back Yard would be even
> better.
> > As mentioned previously, this is for your personal use and makes no
> > difference to eBird.
> >
> > --Ken Copenhaver, Fairfax
> >
> > On Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 1:43 PM Gmail okra <ihateokra88...>
> wrote:
> >
> > > Thanks Rich and Kent! That clears up everything and assures me that
> I’m
> > > not ignoring some important element of eBird.
> > >
> > > Michael R. Haas, VMD, MS
> > > (610) 533-9443
> > > 1286 Hazen Notch Rd.
> > > Lowell, VT 05847
> > > <ihateokra88...>
> > >
> > >
> > > “If you keep doing what you’ve always done then you’ll keep getting
> what
> > > you’ve always gotten.”
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > > On Jan 13, 2020, at 12:35 PM, Rich Kelley <rich...>
> > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Hi Michael & others,
> > > >
> > > > I am by no means an expert and maybe Kent or Nathaniel will weigh in
> at
> > > some point, but here's my understanding:
> > > >
> > > > The Trip feature is specific for the app, and is really only for your
> > > personal info, there's nothing sent to eBird with it. It's just a way
> to
> > > compile checklists for a certain time period. I've used it in the past
> > for
> > > Christmas Bird counts, where I might have 10-12 checklists for the day,
> > but
> > > can look at the Trips list to get total numbers. As far as I know, the
> > > eBird app only syncs one-way for the most part. So lists created with
> > the
> > > app show up on the desktop site, but not the other way around. And if
> > you
> > > use two mobile devices, lists created on one won't show up on the
> other,
> > > but both with go to the desktop version.
> > > >
> > > > I 'think' that locations are the exception to info that syncs to the
> > > app... once you create a person location, it's available to you on the
> > main
> > > site and on the mobile app.
> > > >
> > > > For your question on locations, I don't think the names you choose
> > > really matter to eBird. If you're creating a personal location, you
> can
> > > call it whatever you want that makes sense to you. Anyone using the
> data
> > > for scientific purposes will get the lat/long of whatever your location
> > > is.
> > > >
> > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of Michael R.
> Haas
> > > > Sent: Monday, January 13, 2020 10:26 AM
> > > > To: <VTBIRD...>
> > > > Subject: [VTBIRD] Using eBird
> > > >
> > > > I’ve been using Cornell’s eBird program for four and a half years.
> As
> > a
> > > kind of New Years resolution I decided to try to up my game a bit in
> its
> > > use in 2020. I kind of organized my data, reviewed stuff, etc. this
> > > weekend – an inclement weather distraction.
> > > >
> > > > Out of this, two questions arose and I wonder if anyone would be
> > willing
> > > to throw in their two cents:
> > > >
> > > > 1. How do you use the “Trips” feature. In all my years I have only
> > > about four trips listed. What’s more peculiar is that the trips I have
> > > listed on my iPhone don’t match the trips on my ipad. And, I can find
> > no
> > > reference to any trips on the laptop (i.e., online) version of ebird.
> > When
> > > I get out for a birding adventure I generally just start a new
> checklist
> > > and start recording; I don’t really even look at “Trips”. When I
> > reviewed
> > > things this weekend I realized that I’m really not utilizing this
> > feature.
> > > I took Cornell’s free course on how to use eBird – if the Trips feature
> > was
> > > mentioned, I somehow missed it.
> > > >
> > > > 2. Does anyone have a systematic way for naming locations? I use the
> > > lat/long provided by the app, then append some name that is reasonable
> to
> > > me. If I am at a hotspot or personal location I just use that. Most
> of
> > > the time, because of poor cell service, I can’t specify the location
> at
> > > the time of creating the checklist so I have to start an offline list
> and
> > > name it later.
> > > >
> > > > Happy winter birding to all! 😊
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Michael R. Haas, VMD, MS
> > > > 1286 Hazen Notch Rd.ize
> > > > Lowell, VT 05847
> > > > <Ihateokra88...>
> > > > (610) 533-9443
> > > >
> > > > “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what
> > > you’ve always gotten.”
> > > >
> > > > - Some wise person
> > >
> >
>
>
> --
> Richard | @richlitt <https://twitter.com/richlitt> | burntfen.com
> <http://www.burntfen.com>
>
 

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Date: 1/14/20 8:55 am
From: Miriam Lawrence <mirslamlawrence...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Giant Thanks to Maeve Kim for Information on Niger Seed
A few years ago, I bought some Lyric seed at Guy's (not niger specifically
- I generally love Lyric's blends, they are higher quality than almost any
other brand and most don't contain millet, which I studiously avoid to keep
the House Sparrows away) that turned out to be moldy and have little tiny
moths flying around in it.

When I looked at the expiration date on it (which you'll find embossed on
the bottom seam of every bag, I discovered it was more than a year
expired. I took it back. They blamed their distributor. But I did get an
exchange.

After that, I always made sure to check the dates on bags of seed before
purchasing. I hate to say the issue never not get fully resolved - I
continued to find expired seed on their shelves. It's now been a couple of
years since I've bought birdseed there, and it's certainly possible they've
addressed the problem since then, but caveat emptor.

All of this is to say that you should check the date on your niger bag.
It's possible the seed was old and went bad. The birds absolutely know the
difference.

Miriam Lawrence
Monkton


On Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 9:13 AM lizl <lizl...> wrote:

> I hate to be the outlier here, but my feeder is full of Lyric niger that
> I bought at Guy's in November, and the birds aren't touching it. Maybe
> just a bad batch?Liz LeeHinesburgSent from my Galaxy Tab® A
> -------- Original message --------From: Jeannie Elias <
> <moosewoman...> Date: 1/13/20 11:32 AM (GMT-05:00) To:
> <VTBIRD...> Subject: [VTBIRD] Giant Thanks to Maeve Kim for
> Information on Niger Seed I want to send a public giant thank you to Maeve
> Kim for posting some extremely useful information on feeding Niger or
> Thistle seed. If you missed it, Maeve explained that Niger is heat treated
> to prevent the seed from growing thistle in yards and gardens, but if
> treated with too much heat, the seed becomes unappealing to the birds.
> Maeve suggested that one company, Lyric, sold seed that remained palatable
> to the birds. (I believe the implication was the overheating also deprived
> the seed of nutritional value, and that the birds knew that...) I had full
> Niger seed feeders that flocks of American Goldfinches had been ignoring
> all season. I switched brands and got some Lyric brand Niger seed and now
> my Goldfinches are happily chowing down. Thank you Maeve. Jeannie Elias Mad
> Birders Fayston, VT



--
Miriam Lawrence
<mirslamlawrence...>
(c) 802-238-1830
 

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Date: 1/14/20 6:58 am
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Giant Thanks to Maeve Kim for Information on Niger Seed
It could be, Liz. That’s big and frequent problem with niger. I didn’t have any problems with the special stuff from Lyric (the kind that’s shrink-sealed and has some sort of “oxygen excluder packet") but it’s very pricy. Two years ago gave up on niger entirely andI started feeding chipped sunflower instead, and finches love it. Right now we have over 50 goldfinches chowing down on the stuff as fast as we can refill the feeders. If you can get the medium to fine chipped, it fits in thistle feeders.

Maeve Kim, Jericho Center

> On Jan 14, 2020, at 9:13 AM, lizl <lizl...> wrote:
>
> I hate to be the outlier here, but my feeder is full of Lyric niger that I bought at Guy's in November, and the birds aren't touching it. Maybe just a bad batch?Liz LeeHinesburgSent from my Galaxy Tab® A
> -------- Original message --------From: Jeannie Elias <moosewoman...> Date: 1/13/20 11:32 AM (GMT-05:00) To: <VTBIRD...> Subject: [VTBIRD] Giant Thanks to Maeve Kim for Information on Niger Seed I want to send a public giant thank you to Maeve Kim for posting some extremely useful information on feeding Niger or Thistle seed. If you missed it, Maeve explained that Niger is heat treated to prevent the seed from growing thistle in yards and gardens, but if treated with too much heat, the seed becomes unappealing to the birds. Maeve suggested that one company, Lyric, sold seed that remained palatable to the birds. (I believe the implication was the overheating also deprived the seed of nutritional value, and that the birds knew that...) I had full Niger seed feeders that flocks of American Goldfinches had been ignoring all season. I switched brands and got some Lyric brand Niger seed and now my Goldfinches are happily chowing down. Thank you Maeve. Jeannie Elias Mad Birders Fayston, VT
 

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Date: 1/14/20 6:13 am
From: lizl <lizl...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Giant Thanks to Maeve Kim for Information on Niger Seed
I hate to be the outlier  here, but my feeder is full of Lyric  niger that I bought at  Guy's in November,  and the birds aren't  touching it. Maybe just a bad batch?Liz LeeHinesburgSent from my Galaxy Tab® A
-------- Original message --------From: Jeannie Elias <moosewoman...> Date: 1/13/20 11:32 AM (GMT-05:00) To: <VTBIRD...> Subject: [VTBIRD] Giant Thanks to Maeve Kim for Information on Niger Seed I want to send a public giant thank you to Maeve Kim for posting some extremely useful information on feeding Niger or Thistle seed. If you missed it, Maeve explained that Niger is heat treated to prevent the seed from growing thistle in yards and gardens, but if treated with too much heat, the seed becomes unappealing to the birds. Maeve suggested that one company, Lyric, sold seed that remained palatable to the birds. (I believe the implication was the overheating also deprived the seed of nutritional value, and that the birds knew that...) I had full Niger seed feeders that flocks of American Goldfinches had been ignoring all season. I switched brands and got some Lyric brand Niger seed and now my Goldfinches are happily chowing down. Thank you Maeve. Jeannie Elias Mad Birders Fayston, VT
 

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Date: 1/13/20 2:56 pm
From: Patricia Folsom <pfols...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Giant Thanks to Maeve Kim for Information on Niger Seed
Thank you Jeannie


Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 13, 2020, at 11:32 AM, Jeannie Elias <moosewoman...> wrote:
>
> I want to send a public giant thank you to Maeve Kim for posting some extremely useful information on feeding Niger or Thistle seed. If you missed it, Maeve explained that Niger is heat treated to prevent the seed from growing thistle in yards and gardens, but if treated with too much heat, the seed becomes unappealing to the birds. Maeve suggested that one company, Lyric, sold seed that remained palatable to the birds. (I believe the implication was the overheating also deprived the seed of nutritional value, and that the birds knew that...) I had full Niger seed feeders that flocks of American Goldfinches had been ignoring all season. I switched brands and got some Lyric brand Niger seed and now my Goldfinches are happily chowing down. Thank you Maeve.
> Jeannie Elias
> Mad Birders
> Fayston, VT
>
 

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Date: 1/13/20 2:20 pm
From: David J. Hoag <00000139fcf15d8e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Brown Creeper
After years of checking Shagbark Hickories for creeper nests, I found two:
1. a perfect hammock nest under the loose bark of a dying Red Maple.
2. an old nest stuck to the fallen bark of a dead Red Maple four miles away.
Dave Hoag
Grand Isle


Sent: Sat, Jan 11, 2020 8:29 pm
Subject: [VTBIRD] Brown Creeper

Years ago when I lived in one of the western MA hilltowns I often had Brown Creepers in/on the two Sugar Maples just outside my barn. I would hear and then see them as I went about my morning chores. It isn’t as likely for me to hear and see them where I now live as the wood edges are quite a distance from the yard. I recently read that they are particularly fond of trees that have loose bark. I immediately thought about the Shagbark Hickory and wonder if anyone has noted them on a particular variety of tree?

Mundi
North Pownal
 

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Date: 1/13/20 2:11 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, January 18, 2020, on
the Old Railroad Passage Trail. Meet at 8:00 AM at the parking lot on
Tabor Road about a mile past the refuge Visitor Center and across the road
from Stephen Young Marsh. 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 117 months of walks we have observed 158 species. Hope to see you
there!

NOTE: I don't expect the snow to be deep enough to require snowshoes, but
considering the recent weather, trails could be icy, so plan accordingly.

--Ken Copenhaver

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

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Date: 1/13/20 1:57 pm
From: Richard Littauer <richard.littauer...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Using eBird
Regarding naming conventions: I mostly just use the nearest map location,
and don't worry too much about the coordinates at all. You can get this by
pressing near the pin on the map, and eBird will naturally supply it,
replacing the latlong coordinates.

There are two main exceptions to my using the normal location: if a spot
should be a hotspot, I give it a convenient name, and later go on to the
eBird website and suggest it as a hotspot. That way, I can use that in the
future.

The other difference is for my home address. Like many people on eBird, I
track yard birds. However, sometimes I start checklists walking at my
house, and don't want those included in my yard bird count. So, I have two
locations for the same spot. One is Home (stationary), and Home
(traveling). I choose the later if I am leaving my house, and the former
for tracking yard birds on eBird.

Whenever I go on a trip, I change the trip date to the beginning of the
trip. I wish there were ways of recording trips, and I've been working on a
tool to add data analytics to my exported eBird data so that I can see this
information better.

Hope this helps.

On Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 4:25 PM Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...> wrote:

> Michael, In response to your second question, I've come up with a
> semi-consistent naming convention that works for me. If I'm birding at a
> hotspot, I choose the hotspot location, of course. When I create a
> personal location, I name it with the town and state followed by the
> address or some other description. For example, Fairfax VT-Back Yard or St
> Albans VT-Taylor Park. In retrospect, it might have made more sense to
> have the state first (VT Fairfax-Back Yard). Or if you plan to do a lot of
> international birding, maybe US VT Fairfax-Back Yard would be even better.
> As mentioned previously, this is for your personal use and makes no
> difference to eBird.
>
> --Ken Copenhaver, Fairfax
>
> On Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 1:43 PM Gmail okra <ihateokra88...> wrote:
>
> > Thanks Rich and Kent! That clears up everything and assures me that I’m
> > not ignoring some important element of eBird.
> >
> > Michael R. Haas, VMD, MS
> > (610) 533-9443
> > 1286 Hazen Notch Rd.
> > Lowell, VT 05847
> > <ihateokra88...>
> >
> >
> > “If you keep doing what you’ve always done then you’ll keep getting what
> > you’ve always gotten.”
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > > On Jan 13, 2020, at 12:35 PM, Rich Kelley <rich...>
> wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi Michael & others,
> > >
> > > I am by no means an expert and maybe Kent or Nathaniel will weigh in at
> > some point, but here's my understanding:
> > >
> > > The Trip feature is specific for the app, and is really only for your
> > personal info, there's nothing sent to eBird with it. It's just a way to
> > compile checklists for a certain time period. I've used it in the past
> for
> > Christmas Bird counts, where I might have 10-12 checklists for the day,
> but
> > can look at the Trips list to get total numbers. As far as I know, the
> > eBird app only syncs one-way for the most part. So lists created with
> the
> > app show up on the desktop site, but not the other way around. And if
> you
> > use two mobile devices, lists created on one won't show up on the other,
> > but both with go to the desktop version.
> > >
> > > I 'think' that locations are the exception to info that syncs to the
> > app... once you create a person location, it's available to you on the
> main
> > site and on the mobile app.
> > >
> > > For your question on locations, I don't think the names you choose
> > really matter to eBird. If you're creating a personal location, you can
> > call it whatever you want that makes sense to you. Anyone using the data
> > for scientific purposes will get the lat/long of whatever your location
> > is.
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of Michael R. Haas
> > > Sent: Monday, January 13, 2020 10:26 AM
> > > To: <VTBIRD...>
> > > Subject: [VTBIRD] Using eBird
> > >
> > > I’ve been using Cornell’s eBird program for four and a half years. As
> a
> > kind of New Years resolution I decided to try to up my game a bit in its
> > use in 2020. I kind of organized my data, reviewed stuff, etc. this
> > weekend – an inclement weather distraction.
> > >
> > > Out of this, two questions arose and I wonder if anyone would be
> willing
> > to throw in their two cents:
> > >
> > > 1. How do you use the “Trips” feature. In all my years I have only
> > about four trips listed. What’s more peculiar is that the trips I have
> > listed on my iPhone don’t match the trips on my ipad. And, I can find
> no
> > reference to any trips on the laptop (i.e., online) version of ebird.
> When
> > I get out for a birding adventure I generally just start a new checklist
> > and start recording; I don’t really even look at “Trips”. When I
> reviewed
> > things this weekend I realized that I’m really not utilizing this
> feature.
> > I took Cornell’s free course on how to use eBird – if the Trips feature
> was
> > mentioned, I somehow missed it.
> > >
> > > 2. Does anyone have a systematic way for naming locations? I use the
> > lat/long provided by the app, then append some name that is reasonable to
> > me. If I am at a hotspot or personal location I just use that. Most of
> > the time, because of poor cell service, I can’t specify the location at
> > the time of creating the checklist so I have to start an offline list and
> > name it later.
> > >
> > > Happy winter birding to all! 😊
> > >
> > >
> > > Michael R. Haas, VMD, MS
> > > 1286 Hazen Notch Rd.ize
> > > Lowell, VT 05847
> > > <Ihateokra88...>
> > > (610) 533-9443
> > >
> > > “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what
> > you’ve always gotten.”
> > >
> > > - Some wise person
> >
>


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

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Date: 1/13/20 1:25 pm
From: Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Using eBird
Michael, In response to your second question, I've come up with a
semi-consistent naming convention that works for me. If I'm birding at a
hotspot, I choose the hotspot location, of course. When I create a
personal location, I name it with the town and state followed by the
address or some other description. For example, Fairfax VT-Back Yard or St
Albans VT-Taylor Park. In retrospect, it might have made more sense to
have the state first (VT Fairfax-Back Yard). Or if you plan to do a lot of
international birding, maybe US VT Fairfax-Back Yard would be even better.
As mentioned previously, this is for your personal use and makes no
difference to eBird.

--Ken Copenhaver, Fairfax

On Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 1:43 PM Gmail okra <ihateokra88...> wrote:

> Thanks Rich and Kent! That clears up everything and assures me that I’m
> not ignoring some important element of eBird.
>
> Michael R. Haas, VMD, MS
> (610) 533-9443
> 1286 Hazen Notch Rd.
> Lowell, VT 05847
> <ihateokra88...>
>
>
> “If you keep doing what you’ve always done then you’ll keep getting what
> you’ve always gotten.”
>
>
>
>
> > On Jan 13, 2020, at 12:35 PM, Rich Kelley <rich...> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Michael & others,
> >
> > I am by no means an expert and maybe Kent or Nathaniel will weigh in at
> some point, but here's my understanding:
> >
> > The Trip feature is specific for the app, and is really only for your
> personal info, there's nothing sent to eBird with it. It's just a way to
> compile checklists for a certain time period. I've used it in the past for
> Christmas Bird counts, where I might have 10-12 checklists for the day, but
> can look at the Trips list to get total numbers. As far as I know, the
> eBird app only syncs one-way for the most part. So lists created with the
> app show up on the desktop site, but not the other way around. And if you
> use two mobile devices, lists created on one won't show up on the other,
> but both with go to the desktop version.
> >
> > I 'think' that locations are the exception to info that syncs to the
> app... once you create a person location, it's available to you on the main
> site and on the mobile app.
> >
> > For your question on locations, I don't think the names you choose
> really matter to eBird. If you're creating a personal location, you can
> call it whatever you want that makes sense to you. Anyone using the data
> for scientific purposes will get the lat/long of whatever your location
> is.
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of Michael R. Haas
> > Sent: Monday, January 13, 2020 10:26 AM
> > To: <VTBIRD...>
> > Subject: [VTBIRD] Using eBird
> >
> > I’ve been using Cornell’s eBird program for four and a half years. As a
> kind of New Years resolution I decided to try to up my game a bit in its
> use in 2020. I kind of organized my data, reviewed stuff, etc. this
> weekend – an inclement weather distraction.
> >
> > Out of this, two questions arose and I wonder if anyone would be willing
> to throw in their two cents:
> >
> > 1. How do you use the “Trips” feature. In all my years I have only
> about four trips listed. What’s more peculiar is that the trips I have
> listed on my iPhone don’t match the trips on my ipad. And, I can find no
> reference to any trips on the laptop (i.e., online) version of ebird. When
> I get out for a birding adventure I generally just start a new checklist
> and start recording; I don’t really even look at “Trips”. When I reviewed
> things this weekend I realized that I’m really not utilizing this feature.
> I took Cornell’s free course on how to use eBird – if the Trips feature was
> mentioned, I somehow missed it.
> >
> > 2. Does anyone have a systematic way for naming locations? I use the
> lat/long provided by the app, then append some name that is reasonable to
> me. If I am at a hotspot or personal location I just use that. Most of
> the time, because of poor cell service, I can’t specify the location at
> the time of creating the checklist so I have to start an offline list and
> name it later.
> >
> > Happy winter birding to all! 😊
> >
> >
> > Michael R. Haas, VMD, MS
> > 1286 Hazen Notch Rd.ize
> > Lowell, VT 05847
> > <Ihateokra88...>
> > (610) 533-9443
> >
> > “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what
> you’ve always gotten.”
> >
> > - Some wise person
>
 

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Date: 1/13/20 1:06 pm
From: Richard Littauer <richard.littauer...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] mystery bird
I also saw a Robin on top of Hunger Mountain on December 25th. I wouldn't
be surprised to find more robins higher on Camel's Hump.

R

On Sun, Jan 12, 2020 at 6:17 AM Liz Lackey <lackeytomliz...> wrote:

> Whoops. Forgot to add, that my second hand source was Spencer Hardy, and
> he has ebird entries of robins on Burrows Trail, Camels Hump Jan 4, 2020.
> Liz
>
> > On Jan 12, 2020, at 6:12 AM, Liz Lackey <lackeytomliz...>
> wrote:
> >
> > I’ve heard second hand reports of flocks of robins being seeing up high
> this winter, feeding on mountain ash berries.
> > Liz Lackey
> > Stowe, VT
> >
> >> On Jan 11, 2020, at 10:57 PM, Sarah Fellows <towanda2...>
> wrote:
> >>
> >> hi, I just read a chapter in Bernd Heinrich's book "One wild bird at a
> time", in which he describes redpolls finishing at his feeders, then
> ,playing" in the snow making grooves and tunnels. He hypothosizes that they
> were remembering reponses to conditions and
> >> that in the high artic they do this to survive .Perhaps this bird is in
> a position at 4,000 feet to draw on survival behavior that we do not
> usually see here.
> >> But redpolls are smaller than robin size of course,but robins do not
> look like grouse, and perhaps other irrupting northern birds, like pine
> grosbeak, or other large finch types might burrow in cold weather.
> >>
> >> Sally fellows
> >> Williston
> >> Migrants exhibit this behavior. Grosbeaks
> >>
> >>> On Jan 11, 2020, at 5:04 PM, Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> My guess is that it was a Ruffed Grouse. They erupt from under the
> snow if they’re startled by walkers, hikers or dogs (considerably startling
> the walkers, hikers and dogs in the process!). They’re bigger than robins,
> but it’s not always easy to determine size when you get just a quick glance
> and you’re startled.
> >>> Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
> >>>
> >>>> On Jan 11, 2020, at 3:49 PM, Teage O'Connor <badger.meli...>
> wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>> Last night I hiked up Camel's Hump. Just as we were approaching the
> summit
> >>>> (about 9pm), my dog flushed a bird from under the last fir/spruce
> trees. It
> >>>> nearly flew into me before veering off course and off into the thick
> >>>> clouds. While I didn't see exactly where it was roosting, it seemed
> like it
> >>>> erupted from the ground (or beneath the snow). The bird was roughly
> robin
> >>>> sized and flew with rapid, steady flapping, and it's wings didn't
> whistle
> >>>> or thump when it flew. First, how startling to encounter a bird at
> 4000' in
> >>>> the winter. And second, what are the possible options for what bird
> this
> >>>> would be? There aren't a lot of eBird reports on Camel's Hump for
> winter.
> >>>>
> >>>> --
> >>>> Teage O'Connor
> >>>> CrowsPath.org <https://crowspath.org/> | Phyllotaxy.com
> >>>> <https://www.phyllotaxy.com/>
> >>>>
> >>>> *Subscribe to the Wild Burlington natural history newsletter*
> >>>> https://www.phyllotaxy.com/newsletter-signup/
>


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

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Date: 1/13/20 12:58 pm
From: alison wagner <alikatofvt...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Brown Creeper
More about Brown Creepers...

Several years ago I found a pair building a nest under the loose bark of a dead sapling. The birds would enter the nest site from one place and then pop out and fly off from another spot. I notified a friend, Mark Paul, who was documenting N.A. birds and making DVD's. He came the next day and got some footage of the creepers bringing nesting material. Then her returned about a week later to film again. Regardless of letting his camera record for an extended period of time, he did not see any activity. When he told me this, I decided to check it out myself. I did not see any creepers either and a few days later, the loose bark fell from the tree. I believe those birds determined the bark was not stable enough and so they abandoned the site. Birds never cease to amaze me!

Ali
Huntington

----- Original Message -----
From: "Scott Spangenberg" <sjspangenberg...>
To: "Vermont Birds" <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Monday, January 13, 2020 3:11:36 PM
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Brown Creeper

Brown Creepers build their nests under loose bark, so yes, they are indeed fond of such trees. For feeding purposes, however, they will explore many different kinds of trees with bark, loose or not.

Scott Spangenberg
Amherst, NH

> On Jan 11, 2020, at 6:25 PM, Mundi Smithers <amen1farm...> wrote:
>
> Years ago when I lived in one of the western MA hilltowns I often had Brown Creepers in/on the two Sugar Maples just outside my barn. I would hear and then see them as I went about my morning chores. It isn’t as likely for me to hear and see them where I now live as the wood edges are quite a distance from the yard. I recently read that they are particularly fond of trees that have loose bark. I immediately thought about the Shagbark Hickory and wonder if anyone has noted them on a particular variety of tree?
>
> Mundi
> North Pownal
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
> Arthur C Clarke 1917 - 2008
 

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Date: 1/13/20 12:11 pm
From: Scott Spangenberg <sjspangenberg...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Brown Creeper
Brown Creepers build their nests under loose bark, so yes, they are indeed fond of such trees. For feeding purposes, however, they will explore many different kinds of trees with bark, loose or not.

Scott Spangenberg
Amherst, NH

> On Jan 11, 2020, at 6:25 PM, Mundi Smithers <amen1farm...> wrote:
>
> Years ago when I lived in one of the western MA hilltowns I often had Brown Creepers in/on the two Sugar Maples just outside my barn. I would hear and then see them as I went about my morning chores. It isn’t as likely for me to hear and see them where I now live as the wood edges are quite a distance from the yard. I recently read that they are particularly fond of trees that have loose bark. I immediately thought about the Shagbark Hickory and wonder if anyone has noted them on a particular variety of tree?
>
> Mundi
> North Pownal
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
> Arthur C Clarke 1917 - 2008
 

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Date: 1/13/20 10:43 am
From: Gmail okra <ihateokra88...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Using eBird
Thanks Rich and Kent! That clears up everything and assures me that I’m not ignoring some important element of eBird.

Michael R. Haas, VMD, MS
(610) 533-9443
1286 Hazen Notch Rd.
Lowell, VT 05847
<ihateokra88...>


“If you keep doing what you’ve always done then you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.”




> On Jan 13, 2020, at 12:35 PM, Rich Kelley <rich...> wrote:
>
> Hi Michael & others,
>
> I am by no means an expert and maybe Kent or Nathaniel will weigh in at some point, but here's my understanding:
>
> The Trip feature is specific for the app, and is really only for your personal info, there's nothing sent to eBird with it. It's just a way to compile checklists for a certain time period. I've used it in the past for Christmas Bird counts, where I might have 10-12 checklists for the day, but can look at the Trips list to get total numbers. As far as I know, the eBird app only syncs one-way for the most part. So lists created with the app show up on the desktop site, but not the other way around. And if you use two mobile devices, lists created on one won't show up on the other, but both with go to the desktop version.
>
> I 'think' that locations are the exception to info that syncs to the app... once you create a person location, it's available to you on the main site and on the mobile app.
>
> For your question on locations, I don't think the names you choose really matter to eBird. If you're creating a personal location, you can call it whatever you want that makes sense to you. Anyone using the data for scientific purposes will get the lat/long of whatever your location is.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of Michael R. Haas
> Sent: Monday, January 13, 2020 10:26 AM
> To: <VTBIRD...>
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Using eBird
>
> I’ve been using Cornell’s eBird program for four and a half years. As a kind of New Years resolution I decided to try to up my game a bit in its use in 2020. I kind of organized my data, reviewed stuff, etc. this weekend – an inclement weather distraction.
>
> Out of this, two questions arose and I wonder if anyone would be willing to throw in their two cents:
>
> 1. How do you use the “Trips” feature. In all my years I have only about four trips listed. What’s more peculiar is that the trips I have listed on my iPhone don’t match the trips on my ipad. And, I can find no reference to any trips on the laptop (i.e., online) version of ebird. When I get out for a birding adventure I generally just start a new checklist and start recording; I don’t really even look at “Trips”. When I reviewed things this weekend I realized that I’m really not utilizing this feature. I took Cornell’s free course on how to use eBird – if the Trips feature was mentioned, I somehow missed it.
>
> 2. Does anyone have a systematic way for naming locations? I use the lat/long provided by the app, then append some name that is reasonable to me. If I am at a hotspot or personal location I just use that. Most of the time, because of poor cell service, I can’t specify the location at the time of creating the checklist so I have to start an offline list and name it later.
>
> Happy winter birding to all! 😊
>
>
> Michael R. Haas, VMD, MS
> 1286 Hazen Notch Rd.ize
> Lowell, VT 05847
> <Ihateokra88...>
> (610) 533-9443
>
> “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.”
>
> - Some wise person
 

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Date: 1/13/20 10:13 am
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Using eBird
Rich nailed it! Thanks. And welcome to eBird Michael.
We have Vermont eBird here, in case you have not looked it up online. It is
the oldest and first state eBird portal. Check it out at
https://ebird.org/vt/home.
And if you ever have any questions or need any help, just give me a shout.
Thanks for Vermont eBirding!
Kent
____________________________

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

<http://val.vtecostudies.org/>




On Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 12:35 PM Rich Kelley <rich...> wrote:

> Hi Michael & others,
>
> I am by no means an expert and maybe Kent or Nathaniel will weigh in at
> some point, but here's my understanding:
>
> The Trip feature is specific for the app, and is really only for your
> personal info, there's nothing sent to eBird with it. It's just a way to
> compile checklists for a certain time period. I've used it in the past for
> Christmas Bird counts, where I might have 10-12 checklists for the day, but
> can look at the Trips list to get total numbers. As far as I know, the
> eBird app only syncs one-way for the most part. So lists created with the
> app show up on the desktop site, but not the other way around. And if you
> use two mobile devices, lists created on one won't show up on the other,
> but both with go to the desktop version.
>
> I 'think' that locations are the exception to info that syncs to the
> app... once you create a person location, it's available to you on the main
> site and on the mobile app.
>
> For your question on locations, I don't think the names you choose really
> matter to eBird. If you're creating a personal location, you can call it
> whatever you want that makes sense to you. Anyone using the data for
> scientific purposes will get the lat/long of whatever your location is.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of Michael R. Haas
> Sent: Monday, January 13, 2020 10:26 AM
> To: <VTBIRD...>
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Using eBird
>
> I’ve been using Cornell’s eBird program for four and a half years. As a
> kind of New Years resolution I decided to try to up my game a bit in its
> use in 2020. I kind of organized my data, reviewed stuff, etc. this
> weekend – an inclement weather distraction.
>
> Out of this, two questions arose and I wonder if anyone would be willing
> to throw in their two cents:
>
> 1. How do you use the “Trips” feature. In all my years I have only about
> four trips listed. What’s more peculiar is that the trips I have listed on
> my iPhone don’t match the trips on my ipad. And, I can find no reference
> to any trips on the laptop (i.e., online) version of ebird. When I get out
> for a birding adventure I generally just start a new checklist and start
> recording; I don’t really even look at “Trips”. When I reviewed things
> this weekend I realized that I’m really not utilizing this feature. I took
> Cornell’s free course on how to use eBird – if the Trips feature was
> mentioned, I somehow missed it.
>
> 2. Does anyone have a systematic way for naming locations? I use the
> lat/long provided by the app, then append some name that is reasonable to
> me. If I am at a hotspot or personal location I just use that. Most of
> the time, because of poor cell service, I can’t specify the location at
> the time of creating the checklist so I have to start an offline list and
> name it later.
>
> Happy winter birding to all! 😊
>
>
> Michael R. Haas, VMD, MS
> 1286 Hazen Notch Rd.ize
> Lowell, VT 05847
> <Ihateokra88...>
> (610) 533-9443
>
> “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what
> you’ve always gotten.”
>
> - Some wise person
>
 

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Date: 1/13/20 9:35 am
From: Rich Kelley <rich...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Using eBird
Hi Michael & others,

I am by no means an expert and maybe Kent or Nathaniel will weigh in at some point, but here's my understanding:

The Trip feature is specific for the app, and is really only for your personal info, there's nothing sent to eBird with it. It's just a way to compile checklists for a certain time period. I've used it in the past for Christmas Bird counts, where I might have 10-12 checklists for the day, but can look at the Trips list to get total numbers. As far as I know, the eBird app only syncs one-way for the most part. So lists created with the app show up on the desktop site, but not the other way around. And if you use two mobile devices, lists created on one won't show up on the other, but both with go to the desktop version.

I 'think' that locations are the exception to info that syncs to the app... once you create a person location, it's available to you on the main site and on the mobile app.

For your question on locations, I don't think the names you choose really matter to eBird. If you're creating a personal location, you can call it whatever you want that makes sense to you. Anyone using the data for scientific purposes will get the lat/long of whatever your location is.

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds <VTBIRD...> On Behalf Of Michael R. Haas
Sent: Monday, January 13, 2020 10:26 AM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Using eBird

I’ve been using Cornell’s eBird program for four and a half years. As a kind of New Years resolution I decided to try to up my game a bit in its use in 2020. I kind of organized my data, reviewed stuff, etc. this weekend – an inclement weather distraction.

Out of this, two questions arose and I wonder if anyone would be willing to throw in their two cents:

1. How do you use the “Trips” feature. In all my years I have only about four trips listed. What’s more peculiar is that the trips I have listed on my iPhone don’t match the trips on my ipad. And, I can find no reference to any trips on the laptop (i.e., online) version of ebird. When I get out for a birding adventure I generally just start a new checklist and start recording; I don’t really even look at “Trips”. When I reviewed things this weekend I realized that I’m really not utilizing this feature. I took Cornell’s free course on how to use eBird – if the Trips feature was mentioned, I somehow missed it.

2. Does anyone have a systematic way for naming locations? I use the lat/long provided by the app, then append some name that is reasonable to me. If I am at a hotspot or personal location I just use that. Most of the time, because of poor cell service, I can’t specify the location at the time of creating the checklist so I have to start an offline list and name it later.

Happy winter birding to all! 😊


Michael R. Haas, VMD, MS
1286 Hazen Notch Rd.ize
Lowell, VT 05847
<Ihateokra88...>
(610) 533-9443

“If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.”

- Some wise person
 

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Date: 1/13/20 9:18 am
From: Veer Frost <0000038039fb4cf6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] White-throat
Also just one but regularly under winter feeders, here in Passumpsic
NEK.Veer

On 1/13/2020 at 12:17 PM, "Marcia Baker" wrote:And I have had one all
winter in Brownsville.

Marcia Baker

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 13, 2020, at 8:27 AM, Janet Warren wrote:
>
> We’ve had 4 or more white throats this winter. When it’s warm
snd snow-less,they abandon us, but cold brings them back. Usually
there are some only in the fall.
> ,Janet Warren
> Cornwall
>> On Jan 12, 2020, at 12:10 PM, Barclay Morris wrote:
>>
>> Joining the regulars at the feeder this morning, looking a little
lost, if I can anthropomorphize a bit.
>>
>> Barclay
>> East Shore Grand Isle
 

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Date: 1/13/20 9:18 am
From: Barclay Morris <bemorris...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Goldeneye and Mergansers
The Inland Sea keeps trying to freeze over, but just enough wind to keep the ice at bay. Doesn’t stop the Common Goldeneye, 60-70 just off shore, circling and diving, and a moderate sized flock of Common Mergansers , maybe 500?, way out on the fog towards Cedar Island.

Barclay
East Shore Grand Isle
 

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Date: 1/13/20 9:17 am
From: Marcia Baker <00000071bf45faf1-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] White-throat
And I have had one all winter in Brownsville.

Marcia Baker

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 13, 2020, at 8:27 AM, Janet Warren <jwarren...> wrote:
>
> We’ve had 4 or more white throats this winter. When it’s warm snd snow-less,they abandon us, but cold brings them back. Usually there are some only in the fall.
> ,Janet Warren
> Cornwall
>> On Jan 12, 2020, at 12:10 PM, Barclay Morris <bemorris...> wrote:
>>
>> Joining the regulars at the feeder this morning, looking a little lost, if I can anthropomorphize a bit.
>>
>> Barclay
>> East Shore Grand Isle
 

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Date: 1/13/20 8:35 am
From: Jeannie Elias <moosewoman...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Giant Thanks to Maeve Kim for Information on Niger Seed
I want to send a public giant thank you to Maeve Kim for posting some extremely useful information on feeding Niger or Thistle seed. If you missed it, Maeve explained that Niger is heat treated to prevent the seed from growing thistle in yards and gardens, but if treated with too much heat, the seed becomes unappealing to the birds. Maeve suggested that one company, Lyric, sold seed that remained palatable to the birds. (I believe the implication was the overheating also deprived the seed of nutritional value, and that the birds knew that...) I had full Niger seed feeders that flocks of American Goldfinches had been ignoring all season. I switched brands and got some Lyric brand Niger seed and now my Goldfinches are happily chowing down. Thank you Maeve.
Jeannie Elias
Mad Birders
Fayston, VT
 

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Date: 1/13/20 7:26 am
From: Michael R. Haas <ihateokra88...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Using eBird
I’ve been using Cornell’s eBird program for four and a half years. As a kind of New Years resolution I decided to try to up my game a bit in its use in 2020. I kind of organized my data, reviewed stuff, etc. this weekend – an inclement weather distraction.

Out of this, two questions arose and I wonder if anyone would be willing to throw in their two cents:

1. How do you use the “Trips” feature. In all my years I have only about four trips listed. What’s more peculiar is that the trips I have listed on my iPhone don’t match the trips on my ipad. And, I can find no reference to any trips on the laptop (i.e., online) version of ebird. When I get out for a birding adventure I generally just start a new checklist and start recording; I don’t really even look at “Trips”. When I reviewed things this weekend I realized that I’m really not utilizing this feature. I took Cornell’s free course on how to use eBird – if the Trips feature was mentioned, I somehow missed it.

2. Does anyone have a systematic way for naming locations? I use the lat/long provided by the app, then append some name that is reasonable to me. If I am at a hotspot or personal location I just use that. Most of the time, because of poor cell service, I can’t specify the location at the time of creating the checklist so I have to start an offline list and name it later.

Happy winter birding to all! 😊


Michael R. Haas, VMD, MS
1286 Hazen Notch Rd.ize
Lowell, VT 05847
<Ihateokra88...>
(610) 533-9443

“If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.”

- Some wise person
 

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Date: 1/13/20 4:53 am
From: Janet Warren <jwarren...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] White-throat
We’ve had 4 or more white throats this winter. When it’s warm snd snow-less,they abandon us, but cold brings them back. Usually there are some only in the fall.
,Janet Warren
Cornwall
> On Jan 12, 2020, at 12:10 PM, Barclay Morris <bemorris...> wrote:
>
> Joining the regulars at the feeder this morning, looking a little lost, if I can anthropomorphize a bit.
>
> Barclay
> East Shore Grand Isle
 

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Date: 1/12/20 2:34 pm
From: Diana <dlee3...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Cardinals in Westminster
I had four pair flitting about on the ground near my feeder one morning.
What a lovely sight in winter!


Sent from Mail for Windows 10

From: John Snell
Sent: Sunday, January 12, 2020 1:47 PM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Cardinals in Montpelier

Suddenly this morning three pairs of Cardinals at the feeder. I’ve never seen more than a single pair at one time.

Still learning to see,

John

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

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Date: 1/12/20 11:45 am
From: Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] White-throat
I had a White-throated Sparrow at my feeders this morning mixing in quite
happily (again anthropomorphizing) with the goldfinches and juncos.

Ken Copenhaver, Fairfax

On Sun, Jan 12, 2020 at 12:11 PM Barclay Morris <bemorris...> wrote:

> Joining the regulars at the feeder this morning, looking a little lost, if
> I can anthropomorphize a bit.
>
> Barclay
> East Shore Grand Isle
 

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Date: 1/12/20 10:47 am
From: John Snell <jrsnelljr...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Cardinals in Montpelier
Suddenly this morning three pairs of Cardinals at the feeder. I’ve never seen more than a single pair at one time.

Still learning to see,

John

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

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Date: 1/12/20 9:11 am
From: Barclay Morris <bemorris...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] White-throat
Joining the regulars at the feeder this morning, looking a little lost, if I can anthropomorphize a bit.

Barclay
East Shore Grand Isle
 

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Date: 1/12/20 8:54 am
From: alison wagner <alikatofvt...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] FYI: Lagoon Road HEADS UP!
A follow up to yesterday's post. The police officer could not have been kinder. My point is respect no trespassing signs posted by the new owner and be friendly! Absurd bird nerd's the word!

Ali
Huntington

----- Original Message -----
From: "alikatofvt" <alikatofvt...>
To: "Vermont Birds" <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Saturday, January 11, 2020 3:38:21 PM
Subject: FYI: Lagoon Road HEADS UP!

Good afternoon, Today when leaving Lagoon Road in Hinesburg (after seeing a Kestrel and Rough-legged Hawk), I was stopped by the police. It seems the neighbors called the police when they saw a car drive down Lagoon Road. It was the folks that recently bought the property surrounding the treatment plant. I assured the officer that it is a popular birding spot, especially in the spring and I was just looking for ducks in open water. I mentioned birders have been given permission to bird there, and have been doing so for many years. Of course when I looked for the business card given to me by the manager of the facility, I could not find it, but I remembered his name and after it was checked (as well as my license) I was free to leave. Hopefully it will not be an issue for anyone else and we will be able to continue to enjoy birds there.

Ali
Huntington
 

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Date: 1/12/20 3:17 am
From: Liz Lackey <lackeytomliz...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] mystery bird
Whoops. Forgot to add, that my second hand source was Spencer Hardy, and he has ebird entries of robins on Burrows Trail, Camels Hump Jan 4, 2020.
Liz

> On Jan 12, 2020, at 6:12 AM, Liz Lackey <lackeytomliz...> wrote:
>
> I’ve heard second hand reports of flocks of robins being seeing up high this winter, feeding on mountain ash berries.
> Liz Lackey
> Stowe, VT
>
>> On Jan 11, 2020, at 10:57 PM, Sarah Fellows <towanda2...> wrote:
>>
>> hi, I just read a chapter in Bernd Heinrich's book "One wild bird at a time", in which he describes redpolls finishing at his feeders, then ,playing" in the snow making grooves and tunnels. He hypothosizes that they were remembering reponses to conditions and
>> that in the high artic they do this to survive .Perhaps this bird is in a position at 4,000 feet to draw on survival behavior that we do not usually see here.
>> But redpolls are smaller than robin size of course,but robins do not look like grouse, and perhaps other irrupting northern birds, like pine grosbeak, or other large finch types might burrow in cold weather.
>>
>> Sally fellows
>> Williston
>> Migrants exhibit this behavior. Grosbeaks
>>
>>> On Jan 11, 2020, at 5:04 PM, Maeve Kim <maevulus...> wrote:
>>>
>>> My guess is that it was a Ruffed Grouse. They erupt from under the snow if they’re startled by walkers, hikers or dogs (considerably startling the walkers, hikers and dogs in the process!). They’re bigger than robins, but it’s not always easy to determine size when you get just a quick glance and you’re startled.
>>> Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
>>>
>>>> On Jan 11, 2020, at 3:49 PM, Teage O'Connor <badger.meli...> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Last night I hiked up Camel's Hump. Just as we were approaching the summit
>>>> (about 9pm), my dog flushed a bird from under the last fir/spruce trees. It
>>>> nearly flew into me before veering off course and off into the thick
>>>> clouds. While I didn't see exactly where it was roosting, it seemed like it
>>>> erupted from the ground (or beneath the snow). The bird was roughly robin
>>>> sized and flew with rapid, steady flapping, and it's wings didn't whistle
>>>> or thump when it flew. First, how startling to encounter a bird at 4000' in
>>>> the winter. And second, what are the possible options for what bird this
>>>> would be? There aren't a lot of eBird reports on Camel's Hump for winter.
>>>>
>>>> --
>>>> Teage O'Connor
>>>> CrowsPath.org <https://crowspath.org/> | Phyllotaxy.com
>>>> <https://www.phyllotaxy.com/>
>>>>
>>>> *Subscribe to the Wild Burlington natural history newsletter*
>>>> https://www.phyllotaxy.com/newsletter-signup/
 

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

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

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Date: 1/11/20 7:57 pm
From: Sarah Fellows <towanda2...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] mystery bird
hi, I just read a chapter in Bernd Heinrich's book "One wild bird at a time", in which he describes redpolls finishing at his feeders, then ,playing" in the snow making grooves and tunnels. He hypothosizes that they were remembering reponses to conditions and
that in the high artic they do this to survive .Perhaps this bird is in a position at 4,000 feet to draw on survival behavior that we do not usually see here.
But redpolls are smaller than robin size of course,but robins do not look like grouse, and perhaps other irrupting northern birds, like pine grosbeak, or other large finch types might burrow in cold weather.

Sally fellows
Williston
Migrants exhibit this behavior. Grosbeaks

> On Jan 11, 2020, at 5:04 PM, Maeve Kim <maevulus...> wrote:
>
> My guess is that it was a Ruffed Grouse. They erupt from under the snow if they’re startled by walkers, hikers or dogs (considerably startling the walkers, hikers and dogs in the process!). They’re bigger than robins, but it’s not always easy to determine size when you get just a quick glance and you’re startled.
> Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
>
>> On Jan 11, 2020, at 3:49 PM, Teage O'Connor <badger.meli...> wrote:
>>
>> Last night I hiked up Camel's Hump. Just as we were approaching the summit
>> (about 9pm), my dog flushed a bird from under the last fir/spruce trees. It
>> nearly flew into me before veering off course and off into the thick
>> clouds. While I didn't see exactly where it was roosting, it seemed like it
>> erupted from the ground (or beneath the snow). The bird was roughly robin
>> sized and flew with rapid, steady flapping, and it's wings didn't whistle
>> or thump when it flew. First, how startling to encounter a bird at 4000' in
>> the winter. And second, what are the possible options for what bird this
>> would be? There aren't a lot of eBird reports on Camel's Hump for winter.
>>
>> --
>> Teage O'Connor
>> CrowsPath.org <https://crowspath.org/> | Phyllotaxy.com
>> <https://www.phyllotaxy.com/>
>>
>> *Subscribe to the Wild Burlington natural history newsletter*
>> https://www.phyllotaxy.com/newsletter-signup/
 

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Date: 1/11/20 5:15 pm
From: Charlie La Rosa <charlie.larosa...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] FYI: Lagoon Road HEADS UP!
Might be worth it to offer to meet the new owners on the road and show them
what the birders are watching. Then invite them to join VTBird, so they
will know when something really interesting pops up there. Before you know
it, they'll be signed up for the 2020 CBC!

Charlie La Rosa
So. Washington

*“The solution to any problem---work, love, money, whatever---is to go
fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.”*

~ John Gierach, from *Standing in a River Waving a Stick*





On Sat, Jan 11, 2020 at 4:12 PM Eve Ticknor <edticknor...> wrote:

> Should we all be carrying the name and phone # of the manager in case of
> being stopped?
>
>
> Eve Ticknor
> <edticknor...>
>
> Box 2206
> Prescott, On
> K0E 1T0
>
> 24 Birch Ave
> Willsboro, NY
> 12996
>
> "Be thou happy, be thou blest, from thy birth until thy rest.”
> (Quaker blessing)
>
> > On Jan 11, 2020, at 3:38 PM, alison wagner <alikatofvt...> wrote:
> >
> > Good afternoon, Today when leaving Lagoon Road in Hinesburg (after
> seeing a Kestrel and Rough-legged Hawk), I was stopped by the police. It
> seems the neighbors called the police when they saw a car drive down Lagoon
> Road. It was the folks that recently bought the property surrounding the
> treatment plant. I assured the officer that it is a popular birding spot,
> especially in the spring and I was just looking for ducks in open water. I
> mentioned birders have been given permission to bird there, and have been
> doing so for many years. Of course when I looked for the business card
> given to me by the manager of the facility, I could not find it, but I
> remembered his name and after it was checked (as well as my license) I was
> free to leave. Hopefully it will not be an issue for anyone else and we
> will be able to continue to enjoy birds there.
> >
> > Ali
> > Huntington
>
 

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Date: 1/11/20 3:27 pm
From: Mundi Smithers <amen1farm...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Brown Creeper
Years ago when I lived in one of the western MA hilltowns I often had Brown Creepers in/on the two Sugar Maples just outside my barn. I would hear and then see them as I went about my morning chores. It isn’t as likely for me to hear and see them where I now live as the wood edges are quite a distance from the yard. I recently read that they are particularly fond of trees that have loose bark. I immediately thought about the Shagbark Hickory and wonder if anyone has noted them on a particular variety of tree?

Mundi
North Pownal

Sent from my iPad

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

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Date: 1/11/20 2:04 pm
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] mystery bird
My guess is that it was a Ruffed Grouse. They erupt from under the snow if they’re startled by walkers, hikers or dogs (considerably startling the walkers, hikers and dogs in the process!). They’re bigger than robins, but it’s not always easy to determine size when you get just a quick glance and you’re startled.
Maeve Kim, Jericho Center

> On Jan 11, 2020, at 3:49 PM, Teage O'Connor <badger.meli...> wrote:
>
> Last night I hiked up Camel's Hump. Just as we were approaching the summit
> (about 9pm), my dog flushed a bird from under the last fir/spruce trees. It
> nearly flew into me before veering off course and off into the thick
> clouds. While I didn't see exactly where it was roosting, it seemed like it
> erupted from the ground (or beneath the snow). The bird was roughly robin
> sized and flew with rapid, steady flapping, and it's wings didn't whistle
> or thump when it flew. First, how startling to encounter a bird at 4000' in
> the winter. And second, what are the possible options for what bird this
> would be? There aren't a lot of eBird reports on Camel's Hump for winter.
>
> --
> Teage O'Connor
> CrowsPath.org <https://crowspath.org/> | Phyllotaxy.com
> <https://www.phyllotaxy.com/>
>
> *Subscribe to the Wild Burlington natural history newsletter*
> https://www.phyllotaxy.com/newsletter-signup/
 

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Date: 1/11/20 1:12 pm
From: Eve Ticknor <edticknor...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] FYI: Lagoon Road HEADS UP!
Should we all be carrying the name and phone # of the manager in case of being stopped?


Eve Ticknor
<edticknor...>

Box 2206
Prescott, On
K0E 1T0

24 Birch Ave
Willsboro, NY
12996

"Be thou happy, be thou blest, from thy birth until thy rest.”
(Quaker blessing)

> On Jan 11, 2020, at 3:38 PM, alison wagner <alikatofvt...> wrote:
>
> Good afternoon, Today when leaving Lagoon Road in Hinesburg (after seeing a Kestrel and Rough-legged Hawk), I was stopped by the police. It seems the neighbors called the police when they saw a car drive down Lagoon Road. It was the folks that recently bought the property surrounding the treatment plant. I assured the officer that it is a popular birding spot, especially in the spring and I was just looking for ducks in open water. I mentioned birders have been given permission to bird there, and have been doing so for many years. Of course when I looked for the business card given to me by the manager of the facility, I could not find it, but I remembered his name and after it was checked (as well as my license) I was free to leave. Hopefully it will not be an issue for anyone else and we will be able to continue to enjoy birds there.
>
> Ali
> Huntington
 

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Date: 1/11/20 1:00 pm
From: liz lee <lizl...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] FYI: Lagoon Road HEADS UP!
Lagoon Rd. is a town road, and open to the public.  The landowner has
posted both sides of the road, but has no right to call the police for
people using the road.  I might go chat with the police on Monday.

Liz Lee

Hinesburg

On 1/11/2020 3:38 PM, alison wagner wrote:
> Good afternoon, Today when leaving Lagoon Road in Hinesburg (after seeing a Kestrel and Rough-legged Hawk), I was stopped by the police. It seems the neighbors called the police when they saw a car drive down Lagoon Road. It was the folks that recently bought the property surrounding the treatment plant. I assured the officer that it is a popular birding spot, especially in the spring and I was just looking for ducks in open water. I mentioned birders have been given permission to bird there, and have been doing so for many years. Of course when I looked for the business card given to me by the manager of the facility, I could not find it, but I remembered his name and after it was checked (as well as my license) I was free to leave. Hopefully it will not be an issue for anyone else and we will be able to continue to enjoy birds there.
>
> Ali
> Huntington
>
>
 

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Date: 1/11/20 12:50 pm
From: Teage O'Connor <badger.meli...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] mystery bird
Last night I hiked up Camel's Hump. Just as we were approaching the summit
(about 9pm), my dog flushed a bird from under the last fir/spruce trees. It
nearly flew into me before veering off course and off into the thick
clouds. While I didn't see exactly where it was roosting, it seemed like it
erupted from the ground (or beneath the snow). The bird was roughly robin
sized and flew with rapid, steady flapping, and it's wings didn't whistle
or thump when it flew. First, how startling to encounter a bird at 4000' in
the winter. And second, what are the possible options for what bird this
would be? There aren't a lot of eBird reports on Camel's Hump for winter.

--
Teage O'Connor
CrowsPath.org <https://crowspath.org/> | Phyllotaxy.com
<https://www.phyllotaxy.com/>

*Subscribe to the Wild Burlington natural history newsletter*
https://www.phyllotaxy.com/newsletter-signup/
 

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Date: 1/11/20 12:41 pm
From: alison wagner <alikatofvt...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] FYI: Lagoon Road HEADS UP!
Good afternoon, Today when leaving Lagoon Road in Hinesburg (after seeing a Kestrel and Rough-legged Hawk), I was stopped by the police. It seems the neighbors called the police when they saw a car drive down Lagoon Road. It was the folks that recently bought the property surrounding the treatment plant. I assured the officer that it is a popular birding spot, especially in the spring and I was just looking for ducks in open water. I mentioned birders have been given permission to bird there, and have been doing so for many years. Of course when I looked for the business card given to me by the manager of the facility, I could not find it, but I remembered his name and after it was checked (as well as my license) I was free to leave. Hopefully it will not be an issue for anyone else and we will be able to continue to enjoy birds there.

Ali
Huntington
 

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Date: 1/8/20 10:41 am
From: Terry Marron <tgmarron...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Champlain Island CBC tally
Lake Champlain Islands/St. Albans CBC – VTCS

Our count was on December 15, 2019. This was our 33rd count since moving the circle to its current location.

Temperatures were moderate this year (28 to 38 degrees F) and there was very little ice, but winds sometimes in excess of 20 mph presented a challenge. Birds seemed to be "lying low" due to the wind, producing lower than average numbers for many species and a low species count. The wind made nocturnal birding fairly pointless, resulting on no owls found on count day and just one count week Barred Owl to save us from having no owls for the first time since 1987.

We had 33 people in the field and 9 people watching feeders. We logged 4.2 hours (23 miles) of nocturnal birding; 17.25 hours (19 miles) of daytime birding by foot; 66.5 hours (408.8 miles) of daytime birding by car; and 20.25 hours watching feeders.

We ended up with 57 count-day species--well below our average of 66 and quite a drop from 71 last year, but similar to the 58 species in 2017. This compares with a high of 76 count-day species in 2005 and a low of 52 in 1987. The species count was boosted a bit by 5 count-week species, including a first-time bird for our circle--a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Total number of individual birds was 18,128, which was just below last year's count of 18,418 and just below our 32-year average of 19,384 birds. Our total numbers vary greatly depending on the number of Snow Geese reported--7,022 this year. Excluding Snow Geese from all the counts, this year's total was our 6th lowest and about 28% below the non-Snow-Goose average.

Here are a few highlights:
- Red-bellied Woodpecker – 7 Tied previous high counts in 2018 and 2016. This was the 6th consecutive year for this previously rare species.
- Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 1 A new species for the circle, reported in count week.
- Eastern Bluebird – 16 A new high count. Previous high was 14 in 2002.
- American Tree Sparrow – 3 A new low count. Previous low was 35 in 1993.
- House Sparrow - 130 A new low count. Previous low was 142 in 2013.

We had several rare finds:
- Redhead – 1 Found in only 1 previous count (2009).
- White-winged Scoter – 1 Found in only 7 previous counts. This was a count week bird.
- Double-crested Cormorant – 1 Found in only 6 previous counts. This was a count week bird.
- Yellow-rumped Warbler – 2 Found in only 1 previous count (1998).

We had several rare misses:
- Horned Grebe Found in 27 previous counts, but missed for 4th consecutive year.
- Horned Lark Found in 29 previous counts.
- Song Sparrow Found in 28 previous counts.
- Purple Finch Found in 27 previous counts.

The above statistics are based on 33 years of data in our circle's present location. Four earlier years (1983 to 1986), when the circle was located slightly to the north, were excluded. Counts were generally very low in those first few years compared with later counts.
Thanks to all who participated!
--Ken Copenhaver


Snow Goose 7,022
Canada Goose 904
American Black Duck 32
Mallard 562
Redhead 1
Ring-necked Duck 2
Lesser Scaup 14
White-winged Scoter cw
Bufflehead 5
Common Goldeneye 758
Barrow's Goldeneye cw
Hooded Merganser 15
Common Merganser 3,328
duck sp. 20
Ruffed Grouse 1
Wild Turkey 24
Common Loon 3
Double-crested Cormorant cw
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 3
Bald Eagle 13
Northern Harrier 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Cooper's Hawk 4
Red-tailed Hawk 22
Rough-legged Hawk 3
Buteo sp. 1
Ring-billed Gull 145
Herring Gull 105
Great Black-backed Gull 78
gull sp. 46
Rock Pigeon 334
Mourning Dove 153
Barred Owl cw
Red-bellied Woodpecker 7
Downy Woodpecker 47
Hairy Woodpecker 29
Northern (Yellow-shafted) Flicker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Northern Shrike 1
Blue Jay 137
American Crow 403
Common Raven 9
Black-capped Chickadee 576
Tufted Titmouse 19
White-breasted Nuthatch 98
Brown Creeper 9
Carolina Wren 2
Winter Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet cw
Eastern Bluebird 16
American Robin 165
European Starling 1,870
Cedar Waxwing 320
Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler 2
American Tree Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 95
Snow Bunting 3
Northern Cardinal 103
Brown-headed Cowbird 10
House Finch 160
Pine Siskin 17
American Goldfinch 282
House Sparrow 130
Total Individuals 18,128


Count day species 57
Count week (cw) species 5
Total Species 62
 

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Date: 1/7/20 10:17 am
From: Katharine Thompson <kthom22...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Cape Ann coastal and pelagic seabirding trip (3/6-3/8) - two spaces left
My friend Susan Tihiliz is planning on calling you to ask if you would pick
us up at the Sharon Park and Ride Exit 2 off 89....we both live in
Strafford VT ....is this possible....I believe she has signed both of us
for this trip......
Or maybe we have to talk to Zak?
Thanks for your help.
Kathy Thompson

On Tue, Jan 7, 2020, 1:07 PM Sean Beckett <sean...>
wrote:

> Greetings, Birders!
>
> We've got two more spaces open on our upcoming Seabirding and Pelagic
> Birding Boat Trip this March 6-8. We'll be leaving late Friday morning from
> Montpelier and returning mid-afternoon on Sunday. Expect everything
> in-between to be chock-full of Iceland Gulls, King Eiders, Snowy Owls,
> Purple Sandpipers, Razorbills, Harlequin Ducks, Dovekies, and who knows
> what else! The trip includes a half-day pelagic boat trip to the Stellwagen
> Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
>
> This trip includes lodging and transportation, and is guided by the
> venerable Zac Cota!
>
> For more info, species list, and registration, please see:
> https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/event/seabirding-2020/
>
> Thank you,
>
> Sean Beckett
> Staff Naturalist
> North Branch Nature Center
> 713 Elm St, Montpelier VT 05602
> (802) 229-6206 x 102
>
 

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Date: 1/7/20 10:07 am
From: Sean Beckett <sean...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Cape Ann coastal and pelagic seabirding trip (3/6-3/8) - two spaces left
Greetings, Birders!

We've got two more spaces open on our upcoming Seabirding and Pelagic
Birding Boat Trip this March 6-8. We'll be leaving late Friday morning from
Montpelier and returning mid-afternoon on Sunday. Expect everything
in-between to be chock-full of Iceland Gulls, King Eiders, Snowy Owls,
Purple Sandpipers, Razorbills, Harlequin Ducks, Dovekies, and who knows
what else! The trip includes a half-day pelagic boat trip to the Stellwagen
Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

This trip includes lodging and transportation, and is guided by the
venerable Zac Cota!

For more info, species list, and registration, please see:
https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/event/seabirding-2020/

Thank you,

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

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Date: 1/6/20 7:46 am
From: Bridget Butler <birddiva...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Birds & Beers Sponsors
Greetings All!

I'm looking for sponsors for Birds & Beers VT in 2020! What does that
entail? *Sponsors for a B&BVT gathering merely cover my mileage to bring
the event to a local brewery (or distillery!) in your community. *

Last year I had a variety of sponsorships, including the *Birds of Vermont
Museum* who used it as a way to connect with folks in their community about
their events, the *Mad Birders* who held a bird walk right near Lawson's
Liquids before the gathering, and *two birders in Middlebury* who wanted to
gather folks at Flatbread and talk about favorite bird books & adventures.

So think about it! Got a favorite brewery near you that you think would be
great for a gathering? Are you an organization looking for a way to
celebrate birding and potentially meet new supporters? I would love to
bring Birds & Beers VT to your community!

*What does a gathering look like?* Gatherings are held on the fourth
Thursday of each month from 6-9 pm depending on the hours of the brewery. I
help advertise and network to get folks to site, and then I serve as
hostess introducing folks to each other, stimulating conversation, and
sharing upcoming opportunities to learn more about birds. There's a
giveaway each month schwag from Vortex Optics or Bird Diva or even from the
sponsor. It's very informal and relaxed, though sometimes we get a bit
raucous with our bird impressions. It's meant as a way for new bird
enthusiasts to connect with the birding community and to strengthen the
existing community at the same time. Oh, and to enjoy the incredible
variety of craft beers in Vermont!

*So, if you'd like to sponsor a gathering this year, pick the fourth
Thursday of any month, and get in touch with me! *You can use the REQUEST
page on my website found here: https://www.birddiva.com/request

Thanks to everyone who joined me last year at a Birds & Beers VT gathering!
I can't wait to share a beer with you all again in 2020.

Cheers!
Bridget

*Bridget Butler*

*Bird Diva Consulting*
*PO Box 613*
*St. Albans VT 05478*
*(802) 393-4147*
*Website: www.birddiva.com <http://www.birddiva.com>*
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Date: 1/6/20 6:06 am
From: kfinch <kfinch51...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Grosbeaks
FoY m/f evening grosbeaks at my Chester home this morning.    Ken Finch
 

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Date: 1/5/20 6:59 pm
From: Charlie La Rosa <charlie.larosa...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Gold finches
I have just started seeing a trickle of goldfinches coming in. Five today.
A welcome addition today was a single female evening grosbeak. Hope she
returns and brings her friends. Not as many nuthatches as last year but do
have both species. No purple finches. Plenty of chickadees and blue jays.
Juncos daily. Fewer woodpeckers than normal. Occasional turkeys. Flock of
Canadas flew over just recently.

Charlie La Rosa
So. Washington

*“The solution to any problem---work, love, money, whatever---is to go
fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.”*

~ John Gierach, from *Standing in a River Waving a Stick*





On Sun, Jan 5, 2020 at 1:06 PM Mitchell Harrison <
<000002ef5c1f1853-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> And I thought I had a lot with the 20-25 on and beneath our feeders
> recently. Also had a red-bellied woodpecker this morning which was nice.
> Mitch HarrisonAlstead, NH
> On Sunday, January 5, 2020, 11:28:41 AM EST, Maeve Kim <
> <maevulus...> wrote:
>
> We have a giant flock of goldfinches also. They’re hard to count, but it
> looks like at least 55 - 70.
> Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
>
> > On Jan 5, 2020, at 10:55 AM, Mundi Smithers <amen1farm...> wrote:
> >
> > Some of you have written to say that you are experiencing a dearth of
> Goldfinches. I have just counted about 75 at my feeders and on the ground
> beneath them. I feed shelled sunflower seed and they are eating me out of
> house and home.
> >
> > The usual visitors are here as well enjoying the sunflower seeds, suet
> and shelled peanuts. By the way the shelled peanuts are considered most
> desirable bu the woodpeckers, chickadees and Tufted titmice.
> >
> > I wish that I could report a Redbreasted Nuthatch, alas he/she has not
> returned this year. I remain ever hopeful.
> >
> > Happy New Year to all
> >
> > 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: 1/5/20 10:06 am
From: Mitchell Harrison <000002ef5c1f1853-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Gold finches
And I thought I had a lot with the 20-25 on and beneath our feeders recently. Also had a red-bellied woodpecker this morning which was nice. 
Mitch HarrisonAlstead, NH
On Sunday, January 5, 2020, 11:28:41 AM EST, Maeve Kim <maevulus...> wrote:

We have a giant flock of goldfinches also. They’re hard to count, but it looks like at least 55 - 70.
Maeve Kim, Jericho Center

> On Jan 5, 2020, at 10:55 AM, Mundi Smithers <amen1farm...> wrote:
>
> Some of you have written to say that you are experiencing a dearth of Goldfinches. I have just counted about 75 at my feeders and on the ground beneath them. I feed shelled sunflower seed  and they are eating me out of house and home.
>
> The usual visitors are here as well enjoying the sunflower seeds, suet and shelled peanuts. By the way the shelled peanuts are considered most desirable bu the woodpeckers, chickadees and Tufted titmice.
>
> I wish that I could report a Redbreasted Nuthatch, alas he/she has not returned this year. I remain ever hopeful.
>
> Happy New Year to all
>
> 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: 1/5/20 9:17 am
From: sfogleman <sfogleman...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] birding in panama?
Glenn,   My husband and I will be birding in Panama in February also.  This will be my 3d trip. I have not  been to Boca, so I can't advise you about that,  however I will HIGHLY recommend any of the Canopy birding lodges (Tower,  Lodge,  Camp). The guides are topnotch.  We'll be staying at two of the lodges this trip.    Also if you're interested,  I can also recommend a couple of independent (and excellent) guides if you contact me privately.    Buen viaje! Susan FoglemanCampton NHSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Charles Gangas <0000051a71a2f355-dmarc-request...> Date: 1/5/20 8:46 AM (GMT-05:00) To: <VTBIRD...> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] birding in panama? Glenn,I have birded (photographed) in Panama numerous times as my career took me to Panama City frequently. I have a contact for a guide in-country who is exceptional, as he helped me get into position to photograph numerous (and rare) species. If you PM my address below I can offer my recommendations  privately.Best,Chuck <Gangasdashlast...> my photography on:Instagram.com/charlesgangas.photography> On Jan 5, 2020, at 08:28, Glenn Etter <glennetterjr...> wrote:> > Sorry to bother here, but we have finally saved up, and my son (9 years> old) and I are going to Panama this February for a mostly birding trip.> > Has anyone here been birding in Panama?  Any advice on places to go, local> guides, or places to stay (airbnb or ecolodges) would be much appreciated.> Our tentative plan is to spend half our time in Bocas del Toro, half> elsewhere.> > As some of you know, Finn is very into birds :)  So, thanks for any help!> Glenn (and Finn)> > p.s. on the Vermont side, we're having much fewer birds at our feeder this> year, and I still haven't seen any snow buntings.  Not sure why... Finn saw> a small flock of snow buntings at Shelburne Farms last month.
 

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Date: 1/5/20 8:03 am
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Gold finches
We have a giant flock of goldfinches also. They’re hard to count, but it looks like at least 55 - 70.
Maeve Kim, Jericho Center

> On Jan 5, 2020, at 10:55 AM, Mundi Smithers <amen1farm...> wrote:
>
> Some of you have written to say that you are experiencing a dearth of Goldfinches. I have just counted about 75 at my feeders and on the ground beneath them. I feed shelled sunflower seed and they are eating me out of house and home.
>
> The usual visitors are here as well enjoying the sunflower seeds, suet and shelled peanuts. By the way the shelled peanuts are considered most desirable bu the woodpeckers, chickadees and Tufted titmice.
>
> I wish that I could report a Redbreasted Nuthatch, alas he/she has not returned this year. I remain ever hopeful.
>
> Happy New Year to all
>
> 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: 1/5/20 7:56 am
From: Mundi Smithers <amen1farm...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Gold finches
Some of you have written to say that you are experiencing a dearth of Goldfinches. I have just counted about 75 at my feeders and on the ground beneath them. I feed shelled sunflower seed and they are eating me out of house and home.

The usual visitors are here as well enjoying the sunflower seeds, suet and shelled peanuts. By the way the shelled peanuts are considered most desirable bu the woodpeckers, chickadees and Tufted titmice.

I wish that I could report a Redbreasted Nuthatch, alas he/she has not returned this year. I remain ever hopeful.

Happy New Year to all

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: 1/5/20 5:47 am
From: Karen Lethbridge <kboleth...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] birding in panama?
I agree much fewer birds, this particular winter, than in the past 😔

Panama sounds fabulous, enjoy !

> On Jan 5, 2020, at 8:28 AM, Glenn Etter <glennetterjr...> wrote:
>
> Sorry to bother here, but we have finally saved up, and my son (9 years
> old) and I are going to Panama this February for a mostly birding trip.
>
> Has anyone here been birding in Panama? Any advice on places to go, local
> guides, or places to stay (airbnb or ecolodges) would be much appreciated.
> Our tentative plan is to spend half our time in Bocas del Toro, half
> elsewhere.
>
> As some of you know, Finn is very into birds :) So, thanks for any help!
> Glenn (and Finn)
>
> p.s. on the Vermont side, we're having much fewer birds at our feeder this
> year, and I still haven't seen any snow buntings. Not sure why... Finn saw
> a small flock of snow buntings at Shelburne Farms last month.
 

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Date: 1/5/20 5:46 am
From: Charles Gangas <0000051a71a2f355-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] birding in panama?
Glenn,

I have birded (photographed) in Panama numerous times as my career took me to Panama City frequently. I have a contact for a guide in-country who is exceptional, as he helped me get into position to photograph numerous (and rare) species.

If you PM my address below I can offer my recommendations privately.

Best,

Chuck Gangas
<dashlast...>

Follow my photography on:
Instagram.com/charlesgangas.photography

> On Jan 5, 2020, at 08:28, Glenn Etter <glennetterjr...> wrote:
>
> Sorry to bother here, but we have finally saved up, and my son (9 years
> old) and I are going to Panama this February for a mostly birding trip.
>
> Has anyone here been birding in Panama? Any advice on places to go, local
> guides, or places to stay (airbnb or ecolodges) would be much appreciated.
> Our tentative plan is to spend half our time in Bocas del Toro, half
> elsewhere.
>
> As some of you know, Finn is very into birds :) So, thanks for any help!
> Glenn (and Finn)
>
> p.s. on the Vermont side, we're having much fewer birds at our feeder this
> year, and I still haven't seen any snow buntings. Not sure why... Finn saw
> a small flock of snow buntings at Shelburne Farms last month.
 

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Date: 1/5/20 5:28 am
From: Glenn Etter <glennetterjr...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] birding in panama?
Sorry to bother here, but we have finally saved up, and my son (9 years
old) and I are going to Panama this February for a mostly birding trip.

Has anyone here been birding in Panama? Any advice on places to go, local
guides, or places to stay (airbnb or ecolodges) would be much appreciated.
Our tentative plan is to spend half our time in Bocas del Toro, half
elsewhere.

As some of you know, Finn is very into birds :) So, thanks for any help!
Glenn (and Finn)

p.s. on the Vermont side, we're having much fewer birds at our feeder this
year, and I still haven't seen any snow buntings. Not sure why... Finn saw
a small flock of snow buntings at Shelburne Farms last month.
 

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Date: 1/4/20 10:49 am
From: Nancy Goodrich <nancyg3219...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Good birding Thursday
A great way to celebrate a new year of birding!


On Fri, Jan 3, 2020 at 10:03 AM Sarah Fellows <towanda2...> wrote:

> At our house, we had two bluebirds and a Carolina wren ,amongst the
> regulars.
> Terry Marron birded the end of johnny brook road in Williston, next to
> the Winooski. She found a great blue heron, a kingfisher, 4 common
> mergansers, and a shrike !
> Not bad birding!
>
> Sally Fellows
> WIlliston,ft
 

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Date: 1/3/20 8:56 pm
From: Laura Bonazinga Bouyea <lalabonazinga...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] bald eagle
Always great to see a baldie! Birding-on the fly- accepted here without guilt!

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

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> On Jan 3, 2020, at 12:36 PM, Alice Grau <alicecgrau...> wrote:
>
> Just spotted a bald eagle on the ice on the east side of the culvert by Champlain Bridge Marina in Addison. By the time I parked and walked back for a closer look and perhaps a photo, it had taken off into the trees, but circled back across Rt. 17 and alighted on the pine trees above the docks. Once again I am guilty of BWD-birding while driving!
 

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Date: 1/3/20 5:22 pm
From: <Jvickers...> <jvickers...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] bald eagle
Cool

> On Jan 3, 2020, at 12:36 PM, Alice Grau <alicecgrau...> wrote:
>
> Just spotted a bald eagle on the ice on the east side of the culvert by Champlain Bridge Marina in Addison. By the time I parked and walked back for a closer look and perhaps a photo, it had taken off into the trees, but circled back across Rt. 17 and alighted on the pine trees above the docks. Once again I am guilty of BWD-birding while driving!
>
 

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Date: 1/3/20 9:37 am
From: Alice Grau <alicecgrau...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] bald eagle
Just spotted a bald eagle on the ice on the east side of the culvert by Champlain Bridge Marina in Addison. By the time I parked and walked back for a closer look and perhaps a photo, it had taken off into the trees, but circled back across Rt. 17 and alighted on the pine trees above the docks. Once again I am guilty of BWD-birding while driving!
 

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Date: 1/3/20 7:03 am
From: Sarah Fellows <towanda2...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Good birding Thursday
At our house, we had two bluebirds and a Carolina wren ,amongst the regulars.
Terry Marron birded the end of johnny brook road in Williston, next to the Winooski. She found a great blue heron, a kingfisher, 4 common mergansers, and a shrike !
Not bad birding!

Sally Fellows
WIlliston,ft
 

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Date: 1/2/20 6:16 pm
From: Cherrie Corey <cherrie.corey62...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Goldfinches in Brattleboro
Hi Ralph,

We live up the hill from you in Marlboro. Goldfinches have been present year round over all those years, but to varying degrees during the winter. This winter we have a daily party of six, which went up to fifteen during the ice storm, and then dropped back again. Aside from the regulars at or under our feeder, I hear other small bands moving about the weedy edges of our large meadow and in yellow birch canopies in surrounding woods, picking seeds from the tiny female “cones” still high in the trees. I’ve seen them eating blue vervain, smartweed, and various other seedy wildflowers and they’re particular fans of evening primrose’s abundant capsules of nutritious poppy-sized seeds. I offer strictly black oil sunflower seeds which all of our songbirds and woodpeckers seem to prefer.

Others in Marlboro have reported large flocks of goldfinches at their feeder’s this week, that waxed and waned with the icing. The more heavily visited feeders seem to be in areas with more houses and neighborhood feeders, where our neighborhood is less so.

If you or any other VTBird folks in the Brattleboro area are on Facebook and are interested, I invite you to join the Marlboro BIRDS page, which I started two years ago as a community site for sharing sitings, insights, and questions.

Cherrie Corey


> On Jan 2, 2020, at 3:57 PM, Janet Warren <jwarren...> wrote:
>
> We’ve had a flock for about 2 months and they seem to stick around, no matter the weather. We have several tube feeders and we fill them with hulled sunflower seed which is the Goldfinch food of choice here. I was given a small pottery feeder for Christmas and filled it with niger seen. So far, no Goldfinch seems interest in it. In the summer, I plant a “weed” called salsify for it’s fall seeds that form an umbrella shape similar to dandelion, but much prettier. Unfortunately, the Goldfinches love the seeds even before they are formed, such is their passion for them.
>> On Jan 2, 2020, at 10:11 AM, Ralph Palmer <palmer.r.violin...> wrote:
>>
>> Greetings -
>>
>> My wife and I were on a road trip this fall, and didn't get to set out our
>> feeders until the middle of November, when most birds here seem to have set
>> up their winter feeding routes. We gradually started seeing some Juncos,
>> then some other birds we're used to, but no Goldfinches. Then, earlier this
>> week, we had a couple of days with freezing rain, and we suddenly had a
>> dozen or more Goldfinches for extended (at least 15 or 20 minutes) periods
>> of time. So I thought maybe they had finally discovered (through searches
>> founded in necessity) our thistle feeder and added us to their feeding
>> route. However, once the freezing rain disappeared, so (it seems) have the
>> Goldfinches.
>>
>> Two quick questions:
>> 1) Have others on this list had similar experiences? and
>>
>> 2) Does anyone know what food source the Goldfinches may have temporarily
>> lost due to the freezing rain? I'm afraid I don't know much about the
>> Goldfinches' normal diet, especially in the winter.
>>
>> Thanks for your attention and any responses,
>>
>> Ralph
>>
>> --
>> Ralph Palmer
>> Brattleboro, VT
>> USA
>> (he, him, his)
>> <palmer.r.violin...>
 

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Date: 1/2/20 1:08 pm
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Goldfinches in Brattleboro
Many people have had problems with niger seed. Because it’s thistle, and people don’t want thistles sprouting on their yards, the seed is heat-treated. Apparently just a tiny bit too much heat, and the oil content and food value of the seed drops precipitously - and birds won’t touch it.
Maeve Kim, Jericho Center

> On Jan 2, 2020, at 3:57 PM, Janet Warren <jwarren...> wrote:
>
> We’ve had a flock for about 2 months and they seem to stick around, no matter the weather. We have several tube feeders and we fill them with hulled sunflower seed which is the Goldfinch food of choice here. I was given a small pottery feeder for Christmas and filled it with niger seen. So far, no Goldfinch seems interest in it. In the summer, I plant a “weed” called salsify for it’s fall seeds that form an umbrella shape similar to dandelion, but much prettier. Unfortunately, the Goldfinches love the seeds even before they are formed, such is their passion for them.
>> On Jan 2, 2020, at 10:11 AM, Ralph Palmer <palmer.r.violin...> wrote:
>>
>> Greetings -
>>
>> My wife and I were on a road trip this fall, and didn't get to set out our
>> feeders until the middle of November, when most birds here seem to have set
>> up their winter feeding routes. We gradually started seeing some Juncos,
>> then some other birds we're used to, but no Goldfinches. Then, earlier this
>> week, we had a couple of days with freezing rain, and we suddenly had a
>> dozen or more Goldfinches for extended (at least 15 or 20 minutes) periods
>> of time. So I thought maybe they had finally discovered (through searches
>> founded in necessity) our thistle feeder and added us to their feeding
>> route. However, once the freezing rain disappeared, so (it seems) have the
>> Goldfinches.
>>
>> Two quick questions:
>> 1) Have others on this list had similar experiences? and
>>
>> 2) Does anyone know what food source the Goldfinches may have temporarily
>> lost due to the freezing rain? I'm afraid I don't know much about the
>> Goldfinches' normal diet, especially in the winter.
>>
>> Thanks for your attention and any responses,
>>
>> Ralph
>>
>> --
>> Ralph Palmer
>> Brattleboro, VT
>> USA
>> (he, him, his)
>> <palmer.r.violin...>
 

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Date: 1/2/20 12:58 pm
From: Janet Warren <jwarren...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Goldfinches in Brattleboro
We’ve had a flock for about 2 months and they seem to stick around, no matter the weather. We have several tube feeders and we fill them with hulled sunflower seed which is the Goldfinch food of choice here. I was given a small pottery feeder for Christmas and filled it with niger seen. So far, no Goldfinch seems interest in it. In the summer, I plant a “weed” called salsify for it’s fall seeds that form an umbrella shape similar to dandelion, but much prettier. Unfortunately, the Goldfinches love the seeds even before they are formed, such is their passion for them.
> On Jan 2, 2020, at 10:11 AM, Ralph Palmer <palmer.r.violin...> wrote:
>
> Greetings -
>
> My wife and I were on a road trip this fall, and didn't get to set out our
> feeders until the middle of November, when most birds here seem to have set
> up their winter feeding routes. We gradually started seeing some Juncos,
> then some other birds we're used to, but no Goldfinches. Then, earlier this
> week, we had a couple of days with freezing rain, and we suddenly had a
> dozen or more Goldfinches for extended (at least 15 or 20 minutes) periods
> of time. So I thought maybe they had finally discovered (through searches
> founded in necessity) our thistle feeder and added us to their feeding
> route. However, once the freezing rain disappeared, so (it seems) have the
> Goldfinches.
>
> Two quick questions:
> 1) Have others on this list had similar experiences? and
>
> 2) Does anyone know what food source the Goldfinches may have temporarily
> lost due to the freezing rain? I'm afraid I don't know much about the
> Goldfinches' normal diet, especially in the winter.
>
> Thanks for your attention and any responses,
>
> Ralph
>
> --
> Ralph Palmer
> Brattleboro, VT
> USA
> (he, him, his)
> <palmer.r.violin...>
 

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Date: 1/2/20 11:46 am
From: Karen Lethbridge <kboleth...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Goldfinches in Brattleboro
They do like both, for sure!

> On Jan 2, 2020, at 2:41 PM, Maeve Kim <maevulus...> wrote:
>
> For the last two weeks, we’ve had an abundance of goldfinches here at our feeders, feasting on chipped sunflower (not niger). We counted over 50 two days ago - and one lone House Finch.
> Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
>
>> On Jan 2, 2020, at 10:11 AM, Ralph Palmer <palmer.r.violin...> wrote:
>>
>> Greetings -
>>
>> My wife and I were on a road trip this fall, and didn't get to set out our
>> feeders until the middle of November, when most birds here seem to have set
>> up their winter feeding routes. We gradually started seeing some Juncos,
>> then some other birds we're used to, but no Goldfinches. Then, earlier this
>> week, we had a couple of days with freezing rain, and we suddenly had a
>> dozen or more Goldfinches for extended (at least 15 or 20 minutes) periods
>> of time. So I thought maybe they had finally discovered (through searches
>> founded in necessity) our thistle feeder and added us to their feeding
>> route. However, once the freezing rain disappeared, so (it seems) have the
>> Goldfinches.
>>
>> Two quick questions:
>> 1) Have others on this list had similar experiences? and
>>
>> 2) Does anyone know what food source the Goldfinches may have temporarily
>> lost due to the freezing rain? I'm afraid I don't know much about the
>> Goldfinches' normal diet, especially in the winter.
>>
>> Thanks for your attention and any responses,
>>
>> Ralph
>>
>> --
>> Ralph Palmer
>> Brattleboro, VT
>> USA
>> (he, him, his)
>> <palmer.r.violin...>
 

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Date: 1/2/20 11:41 am
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Goldfinches in Brattleboro
For the last two weeks, we’ve had an abundance of goldfinches here at our feeders, feasting on chipped sunflower (not niger). We counted over 50 two days ago - and one lone House Finch.
Maeve Kim, Jericho Center

> On Jan 2, 2020, at 10:11 AM, Ralph Palmer <palmer.r.violin...> wrote:
>
> Greetings -
>
> My wife and I were on a road trip this fall, and didn't get to set out our
> feeders until the middle of November, when most birds here seem to have set
> up their winter feeding routes. We gradually started seeing some Juncos,
> then some other birds we're used to, but no Goldfinches. Then, earlier this
> week, we had a couple of days with freezing rain, and we suddenly had a
> dozen or more Goldfinches for extended (at least 15 or 20 minutes) periods
> of time. So I thought maybe they had finally discovered (through searches
> founded in necessity) our thistle feeder and added us to their feeding
> route. However, once the freezing rain disappeared, so (it seems) have the
> Goldfinches.
>
> Two quick questions:
> 1) Have others on this list had similar experiences? and
>
> 2) Does anyone know what food source the Goldfinches may have temporarily
> lost due to the freezing rain? I'm afraid I don't know much about the
> Goldfinches' normal diet, especially in the winter.
>
> Thanks for your attention and any responses,
>
> Ralph
>
> --
> Ralph Palmer
> Brattleboro, VT
> USA
> (he, him, his)
> <palmer.r.violin...>
 

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Date: 1/2/20 9:10 am
From: Karen Lethbridge <kboleth...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Goldfinches in Brattleboro
Try a Nyger feeder, you'll get lots of goldfinches.
I haven't had nearly the numbers and kinds of birds I have had in the past. This year I'm getting lots of these pesky blue jays and I think they scare off others.


> On Jan 2, 2020, at 10:13 AM, Ralph Palmer <palmer.r.violin...> wrote:
>
> Greetings -
>
> My wife and I were on a road trip this fall, and didn't get to set out our
> feeders until the middle of November, when most birds here seem to have set
> up their winter feeding routes. We gradually started seeing some Juncos,
> then some other birds we're used to, but no Goldfinches. Then, earlier this
> week, we had a couple of days with freezing rain, and we suddenly had a
> dozen or more Goldfinches for extended (at least 15 or 20 minutes) periods
> of time. So I thought maybe they had finally discovered (through searches
> founded in necessity) our thistle feeder and added us to their feeding
> route. However, once the freezing rain disappeared, so (it seems) have the
> Goldfinches.
>
> Two quick questions:
> 1) Have others on this list had similar experiences? and
>
> 2) Does anyone know what food source the Goldfinches may have temporarily
> lost due to the freezing rain? I'm afraid I don't know much about the
> Goldfinches' normal diet, especially in the winter.
>
> Thanks for your attention and any responses,
>
> Ralph
>
> --
> Ralph Palmer
> Brattleboro, VT
> USA
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Date: 1/2/20 7:13 am
From: Ralph Palmer <palmer.r.violin...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Goldfinches in Brattleboro
Greetings -

My wife and I were on a road trip this fall, and didn't get to set out our
feeders until the middle of November, when most birds here seem to have set
up their winter feeding routes. We gradually started seeing some Juncos,
then some other birds we're used to, but no Goldfinches. Then, earlier this
week, we had a couple of days with freezing rain, and we suddenly had a
dozen or more Goldfinches for extended (at least 15 or 20 minutes) periods
of time. So I thought maybe they had finally discovered (through searches
founded in necessity) our thistle feeder and added us to their feeding
route. However, once the freezing rain disappeared, so (it seems) have the
Goldfinches.

Two quick questions:
1) Have others on this list had similar experiences? and

2) Does anyone know what food source the Goldfinches may have temporarily
lost due to the freezing rain? I'm afraid I don't know much about the
Goldfinches' normal diet, especially in the winter.

Thanks for your attention and any responses,

Ralph

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Ralph Palmer
Brattleboro, VT
USA
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Date: 12/31/19 1:02 pm
From: Rich Kelley <rich...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy
If anyone wants to close out 2019 on a high note, I’m looking at a Snowy Owl on Young Island in Grand Isle.

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Date: 12/27/19 10:38 am
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] first-ever Jericho-Underhill CBC
Hello, everyone - Like the Island Pond birders, we lucked into great weather for our 12/22 count. Here’s a posting about the day, with the bird tally:
https://vtbirdsandwords.blogspot.com/2019/12/christmas-bird-count-in-jericho.html <https://vtbirdsandwords.blogspot.com/2019/12/christmas-bird-count-in-jericho.html>

Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
 

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Date: 12/27/19 9:05 am
From: Bob Stymeist <0000055b75d70f51-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Island Pond CBC
The Island Pond Christmas Bird Count was held yesterday December 26.
Four observers found 25 species in the great Northeast Kingdom, we had
the Grand Slam of the Boreal Species, Spruce Grouse, Black-backed
Woodpecker, Canada Jay and Boreal Chickadee. The weather was the best
it could be , a high of 33 degrees, wind picked up in the afternoon.
Here is the list
Hooded Merganser 2
Spruce Grouse  1
Wild Turkey  48
Bald Eagle 1 adult
Rock Pigeon  17
Mourning Dove  1
Black-backed Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  4
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 54
Canada Jay 15
American Crow 18
Common Raven 6
Black-capped Chickadee 108
Boreal Chickadee 2
Brown Creeper 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 15
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 22
European Starling 245
Purple Finch 1
White-winged Crossbill 11
Pine Siskin 29
American Goldfinch 29
Dark-eyed Junco 8

Total 25 species, 704 individuals

Bob Stymeist, compiler
westmore VT
Arlington MA
 

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Date: 12/26/19 1:28 pm
From: Poleysgmavt <poleys...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Good day for Red tails
Today we took a drive to look for raptors and found 12 Red tails betwee Middle Road in Bridport and South Road in Williston.


As a bonus we saw a pair of mature Bald eagles perched in a tree near the big nest on Hawkins road in Ferrisburgh.

Denis and Maria Poley
Richmond, VT

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