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Two-Banded Courser,©Tony Disley

12 Feb Re: Middlebury eagle, deja vu [Peg Gillard ]
11 Feb Middlebury eagle, deja vu ["Peterson, Bruce B." ]
9 Feb NEK Report: Nesting W.W. Crossbills [tfberriman ]
8 Feb Otter Creek Audubon Upcoming Events [Ron Payne ]
7 Feb Re: Kingfisher [Bonnie Dundas ]
7 Feb Kingfisher [Ruth ]
6 Feb Re: Caribbean update [G M ARCHAMBAULT ]
6 Feb Caribbean update [Chris Rimmer ]
6 Feb Black Vultures [Theresa Armata ]
6 Feb 8000 Lake Champlain birds counted from the Champlain Bridge yesterday [Ian Worley ]
5 Feb Champlain Bridge Ducks - Tufted, Redheads, Ring-necked [Isis Erb ]
4 Feb Bald Eagle! [Marcia Baker ]
3 Feb Birding in Jamaica [Larry Levine ]
3 Feb Tufted Duck at Chimney Point ["Cath's Gmail" ]
2 Feb Bohemians [Janet Watton ]
1 Feb crow roost Burlington area [Kent McFarland ]
31 Jan Bohemian waxwing [James Sherwonit ]
29 Jan Re: Fish Crows in Burlington [Michele Patenaude ]
29 Jan Re: Costa Rica [Martha Pfeiffer ]
28 Jan Fish Crows in Burlington [Eric Hynes ]
28 Jan Bald eagles Shelburne bay [Frank Rounds ]
28 Jan Re: VTBIRD Digest - 26 Jan 2016 to 27 Jan 2016 (#2016-27) [Ron Wild ]
28 Jan minor editing: NEK today: winter birding at its BEST! [Alison Wagner ]
27 Jan Re: When does birding trump work? [Alison Wagner ]
27 Jan Re: Costa Rica ["Peterson, Bruce B." ]
27 Jan When does birding trump work? [Curt Alpeter ]
27 Jan Re: Thank you for all the bins advice [Horace Shaw ]
27 Jan Re: Thank you for all the bins advice [Josh Phillips ]
27 Jan Re: Thank you for all the bins advice [Charlotte Bill ]
26 Jan Re: Thank you for all the bins advice [Michele Patenaude ]
26 Jan Re: BOWAs in Waitsfield [Pat Folsom ]
26 Jan BOWAs in Monkton too [Miriam Lawrence ]
26 Jan Victory: Common Redpoll, Crossbills, Evening Grosbeaks [tfberriman ]
26 Jan Re: BOWAs in Waitsfield [Patti Haynes ]
26 Jan Re: BOWAs in Waitsfield [Susan Werntgen ]
26 Jan Re: Request for binocular advice [Patrick Plas ]
26 Jan Binocular Buying Ethics [Larry and Mona Rogers ]
26 Jan BOWAs in Waitsfield [Patti Haynes ]
26 Jan Thank you for all the bins advice [Mona Bearor ]
25 Jan Re: Request for binocular advice [Scott Sainsbury ]
25 Jan Re: Request for binocular advice [Isis Erb ]
25 Jan Re: Request for binocular advice [Jonathan Comeau ]
25 Jan Re: Request for binocular advice [Ken Copenhaver ]
25 Jan Re: Request for binocular advice [Diane Brown ]
25 Jan Re: Request for binocular advice [Jeffrey Sonshine ]
25 Jan Re: Request for binocular advice [Jane Stein ]
25 Jan Re: Request for binocular advice [hilke breder ]
25 Jan Request for binocular advice [Mona Bearor ]
25 Jan American eagle in Royalton [Tom slayton ]
25 Jan Waxwings St. Albans City [Bridget Butler ]
24 Jan Rare Find [Paul Wieczoreck ]
24 Jan Re: NEK today: winter birding at its BEST! [Evergreen Erb ]
24 Jan NEK today: winter birding at its BEST! [Alison Wagner ]
24 Jan Re: Bohemian Rhapsody on Snake Mountain, Cornwall [Ron Payne ]
24 Jan Bohemian Rhapsody on Snake Mountain, Cornwall ["Ian A. Worley" ]
24 Jan Re: Bullock's Oriole [Veer Frost ]
24 Jan Re: Baiting Snowy Owls [Maeve Kim ]
24 Jan Re: Baiting Snowy Owls [Eve Ticknor ]
24 Jan Re: Baiting Snowy Owls [Maeve Kim ]
24 Jan Crown Point Waterfowl Update? [Blake Allison ]
23 Jan Baiting Snowy Owls ["S. Zundell" ]
23 Jan Bullock's Oriole ["S. Zundell" ]
23 Jan Crows eating woodpecker [Michele Patenaude ]
22 Jan Re: redwings/ doves [Bonnie Dundas ]
22 Jan redpoll in Jericho [Maeve Kim ]
21 Jan Re: Juncos [Allan Strong ]
21 Jan Juncos [Barbara Powers ]
20 Jan Very interesting teaching resource on bird anatomy [Walter Medwid ]
20 Jan Re: Bird books for Cuba, United Kingdom [Matt Aeberhard ]
19 Jan Re: Costa Rica [Jim and Julie Moulton ]
19 Jan Re: French translation help [Scott Sainsbury ]
19 Jan French translation help ["Ian A. Worley" ]
19 Jan Re: Bird books for Cuba, United Kingdom [Daniel Echt ]
19 Jan Bird books for Cuba, United Kingdom [Ralph Palmer ]
19 Jan Carolina wren continues in Montpelier. [Thomas K Slayton ]
19 Jan Trip to dentist ["Ian A. Worley" ]

Subject: Re: Middlebury eagle, deja vu
From: Peg Gillard <harley51256 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 01:57:26 +0000
Quite a flock (maybe more than one) of Buffleheads on both sides of the 
Colchester Causeway. I've seen eagles and a Snowy Owl out there this winter as 
well. Peg Gillard 


 
      From: "Peterson, Bruce B." 
 To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU 
 Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2016 5:46 PM
 Subject: [VTBIRD] Middlebury eagle, deja vu
   
On South Street Extension, Middlebury, about 1/2 mile beyond the hospital 
(after where the road becomes dirt) there is a wooded area on west side.  The 
college has a composting area out of sight behind the trees that has attracted 
a large roost (murder) of crows, as it did  all last winter. 


Today, about 4:30, there was an adult bald eagle in a tall tree in the middle 
of the roost - exactly as there was last winter.  I don't recall the date, but 
it was close to today.  I would even swear it was sitting in the same tree. 


I am not losing it.  Same bird (well, not sure about the individual), same 
spot, same tree, almost the same date.  !!!!!!!!!! 


Bruce Peterson

   
Subject: Middlebury eagle, deja vu
From: "Peterson, Bruce B." <peterson AT MIDDLEBURY.EDU>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:46:39 +0000
On South Street Extension, Middlebury, about 1/2 mile beyond the hospital 
(after where the road becomes dirt) there is a wooded area on west side. The 
college has a composting area out of sight behind the trees that has attracted 
a large roost (murder) of crows, as it did all last winter. 


Today, about 4:30, there was an adult bald eagle in a tall tree in the middle 
of the roost - exactly as there was last winter. I don't recall the date, but 
it was close to today. I would even swear it was sitting in the same tree. 


I am not losing it. Same bird (well, not sure about the individual), same spot, 
same tree, almost the same date. !!!!!!!!!! 


Bruce Peterson
Subject: NEK Report: Nesting W.W. Crossbills
From: tfberriman <blackpoll AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 07:54:03 -0500
Josh Lincoln and I spent the day birding Essex County. Although we had the
usual suspects of Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, Gray Jay, Blue Jay, Tree
Sparrow & Goldfinch in 'The Basin' Our luck picked up along the Granby road
with Ruffed Grouse, 2 flocks of Bohemian waxwing (each with 7-9 birds) and a
Northern Shrike in Granby, followed by 20+ Evening Grosbeaks just west of
Bloomfield on Route 105. At the parking lot at Moose Bog both crossbill
species, Junco and R.B. Nuthatch. Along the trail we quickly found 2
Black-backed Woodpeckers and 2 Gray Jays, Red Crossbills & White-winged
Crossbills all standing at about the same place. We noticed one White-winged
female with nesting material and got off a handful of 'documentation' shots.
Other birds were Brown Creeper, Raven, B.C. Chickadee and probably around 50
Pine Siskins.

 

The Northern Shrike gave me (at Josh's suggestion) a chance to do a test
between my Nikon P900 83X (point and shoot camera 2000mm) and my digiscoping
system of Swarovski Scope, Nikon DSLR with 28mm lens tripod and
adapter.(also set to about 2000mm) This because the Shrike agreed to remain
perched atop a branch limb 300 feet away for the length of setting up the
equipment. I posted the results at the link below along with other P900
shots of landscape and Gray Jays and the documentation photo of W.W.
Crossbill with nesting material. I am becoming impressed with the P900 as a
birder's 'documentation' camera!!

 

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

 

Tom Berriman
Subject: Otter Creek Audubon Upcoming Events
From: Ron Payne <rpayne72 AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 19:17:42 -0500
Cabin Fever Lecture Series: Birds of Paradise and Other Stories from Papua New 
Guinea- Feb. 11, 7pm - OCAS Board member Gary Starr will give a 
presentation about his and his wife Kathy’s most recent birding adventure to 
Papua New Guinea in the search of Birds of Paradise. At the Ilsley Public 
Library, Middlebury. 

 
Monthly Wildlife Walk - Feb. 13, 8am - Otter Creek Audubon and the Middlebury 
Area Land Trust invite community members to help us survey birds and other 
wildlife at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland. Meet at the parking area of 
Otter View Park at the intersection of Weybridge St. and Pulp Mill Bridge Road 
in Middlebury. Birders of all ages and abilities welcome. For more information, 
call 388-1007 or 388-6019.  

 
For a complete list of our upcoming events, see the calendar on our website: 
http://wp.me/Pt0Pq-70 a

--
Ron Payne
Middlebury, VT
Subject: Re: Kingfisher
From: Bonnie Dundas <kinglet AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 20:42:46 -0500
Snowdrops blooming here in Bennington.
Bonnie

-----Original Message----- 
From: Ruth
Sent: Sunday, February 07, 2016 2:26 PM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [VTBIRD] Kingfisher

Calling here in E. Dorset on this lovely "Spring"  day.  Why not?  The 
chipmunks are out and daffodils coming up too.

Ruth Stewart

E. Dorset, VT
 
Subject: Kingfisher
From: Ruth <birder_rws AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:26:52 -0500
Calling here in E. Dorset on this lovely "Spring" day. Why not? The chipmunks 
are out and daffodils coming up too. 


Ruth Stewart

E. Dorset, VT
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Caribbean update
From: G M ARCHAMBAULT <gm72125 AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 22:17:14 +0000
Hi, Chris, my friend Ellen from Quincy, MA and I will be heading to DR at the 
end of the month, so I'm curious whether you have any intelligence that might 
help us.  We'd like to reach Cachote, but don't have 4x4 and will need a 
driver.  Chris, what was the park in Sto. Domingo that you found the 2 species 
you mentioned?  I would like to film Bicknell's in DR, but it's not really a 
priority.  Still, it would be nice.  I think the Bay-breasted Cuckoo, 
White-winged Warbler, Eastern Chat-Tanager, and the Quail-doves will be the 
toughest species.  Maybe the Golden Swallow also, and possibly Flat-billed 
Vireo, since what I'm after is quality video.  Did you make it to Zapoten? 
 I'll be spending the first 2 days at the Jardin Botanico in Sto. Domingo, in 
hopes that it will be productive enough to hold my attention for 2 full days! 
 :) 

Well, next I want to read the link you included.  :)  Thanks, man! -Ken 
Archambault, Alabama     


 On Saturday, February 6, 2016 3:36 PM, Chris Rimmer  
wrote: 

 

 This seems to have become my annual midwinter post from the Caribbean,
which I rationalize here only because it features a migrant familiar to all
of us. I'm wrapping up an extended trip, first to Puerto Rico, now the
Dominican Republic. On Puerto Rico, VCE is midway through Year 2 of
islandwide surveys for Bicknell's Thrush, attempting to clarify the
species' status there. I had the privilege of spending 10 days with several
of PR's top birders: José Salguero, Julio Salgado, Alcides Morales and
Fabio Tarazona. Unlike a year ago, we actually scared up a few thrushes,
and (of course) had some memorable birding in the process. For anyone
interested in more detail, check out this blog post:


http://vtecostudies.org/blog/puerto-rico-scorecard-endemics-17-bicknells-thrush-7/ 


My week in the DR has been limited to Santo Domingo, where I have few
exciting birds to report (a lone Hispaniolan Parrot and a male Cape May
Warbler in a city park were notable). I've participated in a series of
meetings and discussions with local partners. VCE's efforts in the country
continue to focus on Sierra de Bahoruco, a biodiversity-rich mountain range
in southwestern DR that provides critical overwintering habitat for
Bicknell's Thrushes and is fast losing ground to illegal charcoal
production and commercial agriculture. We've reported on this situation
numerous times in recent years, as the complex ecological crisis has
intensified. We're working closely with a consortium of local
conservationists who are determined to turn things around, and I'm pleased
to report that momentum appears to be shifting in a positive direction.
Increased scrutiny from the international conservation community *and* the
Dominican public (thanks to local media attention) has spurred the
Dominican government to undertake a facilitated, collaborative strategic
planning process for Bahoruco. The battle is uphill, to say the least -
words are cheap, actions too often elusive. But, this represents an
encouraging turn of events, and we're all feeling a tempered optimism. I
expect to have more encouraging news to report in the months ahead!

Chris

________________________

Chris Rimmer
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x1
http://vtecostudies.org/




Subject: Caribbean update
From: Chris Rimmer <crimmer AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:35:50 -0500
This seems to have become my annual midwinter post from the Caribbean,
which I rationalize here only because it features a migrant familiar to all
of us. I'm wrapping up an extended trip, first to Puerto Rico, now the
Dominican Republic. On Puerto Rico, VCE is midway through Year 2 of
islandwide surveys for Bicknell's Thrush, attempting to clarify the
species' status there. I had the privilege of spending 10 days with several
of PR's top birders: José Salguero, Julio Salgado, Alcides Morales and
Fabio Tarazona. Unlike a year ago, we actually scared up a few thrushes,
and (of course) had some memorable birding in the process. For anyone
interested in more detail, check out this blog post:


http://vtecostudies.org/blog/puerto-rico-scorecard-endemics-17-bicknells-thrush-7/ 


My week in the DR has been limited to Santo Domingo, where I have few
exciting birds to report (a lone Hispaniolan Parrot and a male Cape May
Warbler in a city park were notable). I've participated in a series of
meetings and discussions with local partners. VCE's efforts in the country
continue to focus on Sierra de Bahoruco, a biodiversity-rich mountain range
in southwestern DR that provides critical overwintering habitat for
Bicknell's Thrushes and is fast losing ground to illegal charcoal
production and commercial agriculture. We've reported on this situation
numerous times in recent years, as the complex ecological crisis has
intensified. We're working closely with a consortium of local
conservationists who are determined to turn things around, and I'm pleased
to report that momentum appears to be shifting in a positive direction.
Increased scrutiny from the international conservation community *and* the
Dominican public (thanks to local media attention) has spurred the
Dominican government to undertake a facilitated, collaborative strategic
planning process for Bahoruco. The battle is uphill, to say the least -
words are cheap, actions too often elusive. But, this represents an
encouraging turn of events, and we're all feeling a tempered optimism. I
expect to have more encouraging news to report in the months ahead!

Chris

________________________

Chris Rimmer
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x1
http://vtecostudies.org/


Subject: Black Vultures
From: Theresa Armata <tarmat AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:25:59 -0500
Today soaring over Harwood Hill in Bennington : 2 Black Vultures!
I got a very good look with Binoculars: Short tails with feet covering the 
length, white patches on outer primaries (at the hands). 

No dihedral, circling up on a thermal and then gliding south toward Mt Anthony. 


Quite a pleasant surprise. First I have ever seen. 

Terri Armata 
Bennington.
Subject: 8000 Lake Champlain birds counted from the Champlain Bridge yesterday
From: Ian Worley <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 10:46:16 -0500
Ron Payne and I counted just under 8000 waterbirds from the Champlain 
bridge yesterday, Friday, February 5th.

The details, plus a great picture by Ron of the Tufted Duck with a gull 
that can walk on water, are at:

http://ebird.org/ebird/vt/view/checklist?subID=S27325096

Ian
Subject: Champlain Bridge Ducks - Tufted, Redheads, Ring-necked
From: Isis Erb <isisunit AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 05:22:46 -0500
Hi All,

As with Cat Abbott on Wednesday, both Ian Worley and I got lovely views of
the Tufted Duck yesterday. Of all the many ducks by the bridge it stayed
obligingly close! Fantastic views, and if it weren't for the chop there
would have been lovely photo opportunities - that's how close it was
(though a scope is still your best bet). It's tuft was crystal clear, being
blown around so it didn't even matter that it was actively feeding part of
the time.

Plenty of Scaup (both), Bufflehead, Ring-necked Ducks, Common Goldeneye,
Common Mergansers, and a surprising number of Redheads! Those were the more
interesting, but there were Mallards, American Black Ducks, Canada Geese, a
decent number of Bald Eagles, and a mix of gulls.

Best of luck and calm waters if you try for them,

Isis Erb
Burlington, VT
Subject: Bald Eagle!
From: Marcia Baker <bakermlb AT AOL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 16:57:45 -0500
I can't believe it, but it there is an adult Bald Eagle sitting in the field 
behind our yard beside a puddle of water. How's that for a very special yard 
bird! 


Marcia in Brownsville

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Birding in Jamaica
From: Larry Levine <levine5279 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 20:05:20 -0500
Hello VT birders

I am traveling to Jamaica this spring and seeking advice on finding someone to 
take me out for a day of birding. Have any of you used a guide in Jamaica for 
birding or a tour group? 

I’ll be staying in Negril.

Also, if anyone has a Jamaican birding guide hanging around and wouldn’t mind 
lending it out, I’d be much appreciative. 


Thanks for any suggestions

Larry Levine 
Jericho
Subject: Tufted Duck at Chimney Point
From: "Cath's Gmail" <catabbott1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 14:38:44 -0500
Quite close to the Bridge. Great views of the tuft blowing in the wind (and 
rain). 


Cat Abbott
Dummerston, VT
Subject: Bohemians
From: Janet Watton <musbird AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 08:39:35 -0500
I'm finally blessed! 30 Bohemian Waxwings are hanging out at my house just now, 
enjoying the viburnum berries just outside my kitchen window. No Cedars among 
them. What gorgeous birds! 

Janet Watton
Randolph Center
Subject: crow roost Burlington area
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 09:27:34 -0500
Hi Folks,
I need to visit a crow roost in the Burlington region this week in the
evening as they are streaming in for a story I am doing. If anyone has a
crow roost site that is currently  very reliable, please email me off-list
about the location if you will. Thanks very much.
Kent
____________________________

Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x2


Subject: Bohemian waxwing
From: James Sherwonit <jsherwonit AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 14:36:53 +0000
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!important; } Found one bohemian in with a large flock of cedars yesterday in 
south Burlington. Park st just off Dorset st (near the water tower) 


Jim Sherwonit Old Saybrook, ct

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Subject: Re: Fish Crows in Burlington
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:05:49 -0500
I saw and heard two Fish Crows in the Hannaford parking lot on North Avenue in 
Burlington, about an hour ago (10 am). 


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

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Eric Hynes
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2016 8:40 PM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [VTBIRD] Fish Crows in Burlington

Hello Vermont Birders:

 I have not detected a Fish Crow in Burlington at any of the places I regularly 
visit and encounter Fish Crows during the breeding season (Battery Park area, 
City Market, Food Shelf, etc.) since late last fall. In my limited experience 
in Burlington, I do not consider them a regularly occurring species in winter. 
So I definitely perked up when I heard their distinctive calls this afternoon 
across the street at the Food Shelf. A pair was up to their old habits, lurking 
around the bus stop searching for food scraps. I recorded a lousy snippet of 
their calls and attached it to my eBird report. 


Speaking of eBird, if you haven't noticed, it is remarkably easy to attach and 
archive all sorts of media into an eBird checklist now. I know the VT birding 
community to be remarkably committed to eBird. I applaud all of your efforts. I 
am going to take this opportunity to encourage all of you eBirders to enhance 
your records with recordings, photos, etc. It is literally as simple as drag 
and drop. Check it out sometime. 


Good birding,
Eric

.....................
Eric Hynes
Burlington, VT
---------------------
Field Guides Birding Tours
www.fieldguides.com
http://fieldguides.com/guides/eric-hynes
Subject: Re: Costa Rica
From: Martha Pfeiffer <kmpfeiffer AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:46:53 +0000
 I certainly do not have  the experience or knowledge of Costa Rica that 
Bruce does, but my six winters down here (I'm in Costa Rica now) have given 
me a little insight on the richness of this country and the impossibility of 
covering all the "you must visit" parks and hotspots in a short period 
of time - how about a lifetime!  I stay in the pacific Northwest and make 
excursions from here.  If you are targeting certain species of birds I do 
recommend the book A BIRD FINDING GUIDE TO COSTA RICA by Barrett Lawson.  It 
lists birds by species and provides a chart as to where one might locate a 
particular bird.  If that is not your goal, I certainly concur with Bruce's 
suggestion that you pick up a 10 daybirding tour. I cannot recommend one over 
the other.  There are others on this list who have done that and always seemed 
pleased with their experience.  Perhaps they will comment on this thread.  If 
you do not like the idea of a tour, then I suggest you zero in on a particular 
area like the Osa Peninsula or the Caribbean/ La Selva/Sarapiqui area and 
focus on a smaller area rather than the entire country. Good luck!Cheers, 
 Martha Pfeiffer in Ocotal 

Subject: Fish Crows in Burlington
From: Eric Hynes <erichynes28 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 20:40:05 -0500
Hello Vermont Birders:

 I have not detected a Fish Crow in Burlington at any of the places I
regularly visit and encounter Fish Crows during the breeding season
(Battery Park area, City Market, Food Shelf, etc.) since late last fall. In
my limited experience in Burlington, I do not consider them a regularly
occurring species in winter. So I definitely perked up when I heard their
distinctive calls this afternoon across the street at the Food Shelf. A
pair was up to their old habits, lurking around the bus stop searching for
food scraps. I recorded a lousy snippet of their calls and attached it to
my eBird report.

Speaking of eBird, if you haven't noticed, it is remarkably easy to attach
and archive all sorts of media into an eBird checklist now. I know the VT
birding community to be remarkably committed to eBird. I applaud all of
your efforts. I am going to take this opportunity to encourage all of you
eBirders to enhance your records with recordings, photos, etc. It is
literally as simple as drag and drop. Check it out sometime.

Good birding,
Eric

.....................
Eric Hynes
Burlington, VT
---------------------
Field Guides Birding Tours
www.fieldguides.com
http://fieldguides.com/guides/eric-hynes
Subject: Bald eagles Shelburne bay
From: Frank Rounds <frankrounds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:10:31 -0500
I just counted 5 bald eagles at the Shelburne Bay boat access. Most I've seen 
in one spot, and at one time had 4 in my binoculars. 

Too windy for tripod or I would've tried to digiscope that. 
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: VTBIRD Digest - 26 Jan 2016 to 27 Jan 2016 (#2016-27)
From: Ron Wild <ronhwmail AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:53:12 -0500
Re: Vortex and Eagle Optics

The two companies are connected. For example repairs for Vortex go to EO.
I think they have a common ownership. Very happy with bins and scope from
each.

rw

On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM, VTBIRD automatic digest system <
LISTSERV AT list.uvm.edu> wrote:

> There are 6 messages totaling 249 lines in this issue.
>
> Topics of the day:
>
>   1. Thank you for all the bins advice (3)
>   2. When does birding trump work? (2)
>   3. Costa Rica
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Date:    Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:38:21 +0000
> From:    Charlotte Bill 
> Subject: Re: Thank you for all the bins advice
>
> I'm with Michele re Eagle Optics. They're great!
> I bought a pair of 8X42 Rangers from them about 10 years ago. After years
> of intense use, I finally sent them in for reconditioning. I'd lost an
> eye-cup, and the original eye-cups had not locked in place properly for
> non-glasses wearers, though subsequent models were fine. Eagle Optics
> cleaned and adjusted the binos and fixed the eye-cup problem (of course, I
> should have asked years ago).
> All this for free! And they sent me a nice ball-cap, too, so of course,
> I'm now a walking advertisement, but very happily so!
>
> Cheers!
> Charlotte BillEnosburgh
>
>
>       From: Michele Patenaude 
>  To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
>  Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 9:09 PM
>  Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Thank you for all the bins advice
>
> Eagle Optics will send you binoculars and let you try them out before you
> buy them. I can't say enough good about them. And I have been using their
> Rangers for about 20 years. Great optics.
>
> Michele Patenaude
> 172 Woodbury Road
> Burlington, VT 05408
> 802-862-4085
>
> > On Jan 26, 2016, at 9:02 AM, Mona Bearor 
> wrote:
> >
> > I appreciate all the replies with great advice for my friend.    I'm sure
> > she'll find it all very helpful as she shops for her birding bins!
> > Mona Bearor
> > S Glens Falls, NY
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Wed, 27 Jan 2016 08:38:19 -0500
> From:    Josh Phillips 
> Subject: Re: Thank you for all the bins advice
>
> On that note, I feel I should echo the earlier plug for Vortex as well. I
> have a pair of Vortex Fury (Furies? Funny that binoculars are always
> plural- if you only have one barrel, I don't think you'd say you have a
> 'binocular') 10x42 that are now discontinued but originally sold for $400.
> The optics are excellent for the price, but the service is incredible.
> These bins had seen some hairy conditions and been pretty well dinged up,
> but I finally had to send them in for repair a few weeks ago after they
> were knocked out of alignment by a careless baggage handler at the airport.
> Here's the report I got back:
>
> Repaired both eye cup assemblies. Repaired right strap loop attachment.
> Sealed both objective cells. Tightened hinge. Adjusted diopter so both
> sides focus together. Aligned binoculars. Cleaned binoculars. Installed
> rain guard and new objective lens covers.
>
> --NO CHARGE--
>
> And they paid to FedEx it back! I couldn't be happier with these folks.
> Unfortunately it seems that they've gotten out of the market of making high
> end, non-HD glass bins like the Fury line. The Diamondback would probably
> work well though, particularly the 8x32 ($239).
>
> I'd also like to plug the Vermont Bird Place and Skywatch in Manchester. I
> don't know what they're currently carrying for optics, but being able to go
> in there and try things out (with knowledgeable birders assisting you) is
> really helpful.
>
> Josh Phillips
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Charlotte Bill" 
> > To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
> > Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 7:38:21 AM
> > Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Thank you for all the bins advice
> >
> > I'm with Michele re Eagle Optics. They're great!
> > I bought a pair of 8X42 Rangers from them about 10 years ago. After
> > years of intense use, I finally sent them in for reconditioning. I'd
> > lost an eye-cup, and the original eye-cups had not locked in place
> > properly for non-glasses wearers, though subsequent models were
> > fine. Eagle Optics cleaned and adjusted the binos and fixed the
> > eye-cup problem (of course, I should have asked years ago).
> > All this for free! And they sent me a nice ball-cap, too, so of
> > course, I'm now a walking advertisement, but very happily so!
> >
> > Cheers!
> > Charlotte BillEnosburgh
> >
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:46:00 -0500
> From:    Horace Shaw 
> Subject: Re: Thank you for all the bins advice
>
> We have bought two pairs of Vortex Diamondbacks at Vt Bird Place in
> Manchester, and have been very happy with them.
>
> Horace Shaw
>
> On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, Josh Phillips  wrote:
>
> > On that note, I feel I should echo the earlier plug for Vortex as well. I
> > have a pair of Vortex Fury (Furies? Funny that binoculars are always
> > plural- if you only have one barrel, I don't think you'd say you have a
> > 'binocular') 10x42 that are now discontinued but originally sold for
> $400.
> > The optics are excellent for the price, but the service is incredible.
> > These bins had seen some hairy conditions and been pretty well dinged up,
> > but I finally had to send them in for repair a few weeks ago after they
> > were knocked out of alignment by a careless baggage handler at the
> airport.
> > Here's the report I got back:
> >
> > Repaired both eye cup assemblies. Repaired right strap loop attachment.
> > Sealed both objective cells. Tightened hinge. Adjusted diopter so both
> > sides focus together. Aligned binoculars. Cleaned binoculars. Installed
> > rain guard and new objective lens covers.
> >
> > --NO CHARGE--
> >
> > And they paid to FedEx it back! I couldn't be happier with these folks.
> > Unfortunately it seems that they've gotten out of the market of making
> high
> > end, non-HD glass bins like the Fury line. The Diamondback would probably
> > work well though, particularly the 8x32 ($239).
> >
> > I'd also like to plug the Vermont Bird Place and Skywatch in Manchester.
> I
> > don't know what they're currently carrying for optics, but being able to
> go
> > in there and try things out (with knowledgeable birders assisting you) is
> > really helpful.
> >
> > Josh Phillips
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: "Charlotte Bill" >
> > > To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU 
> > > Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 7:38:21 AM
> > > Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Thank you for all the bins advice
> > >
> > > I'm with Michele re Eagle Optics. They're great!
> > > I bought a pair of 8X42 Rangers from them about 10 years ago. After
> > > years of intense use, I finally sent them in for reconditioning. I'd
> > > lost an eye-cup, and the original eye-cups had not locked in place
> > > properly for non-glasses wearers, though subsequent models were
> > > fine. Eagle Optics cleaned and adjusted the binos and fixed the
> > > eye-cup problem (of course, I should have asked years ago).
> > > All this for free! And they sent me a nice ball-cap, too, so of
> > > course, I'm now a walking advertisement, but very happily so!
> > >
> > > Cheers!
> > > Charlotte BillEnosburgh
> > >
> >
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:18:31 -0500
> From:    Curt Alpeter 
> Subject: When does birding trump work?
>
> When 200+ Bohemian Waxwings descend on the crab apple out side your
> window! What a site and a treat this morning. The flock was all BOWA’s and
> spent quite a while exploring all the available food options around the
> property. I went out and quietly observed them checking out numerous trees
> and the ground as they flew in unison back and forth between the two. The
> bonus was the BOWA is a new life and “property” bird for me as well! 
Truly 

> stunning to see one let alone such a big flock together.
>
> Curt Alpeter
> East Charlotte, Vt
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:49:32 +0000
> From:    "Peterson, Bruce B." 
> Subject: Re: Costa Rica
>
> Hola Fernando,  Hope I get to you before you live.  WE just returned from
> Nicaragua.  In fact, we lived and birded in Costa Rica for 10 years.  The
> place is a birder's heaven.  I could go on at lengths, but here are a few
> ideas.
>
> Tours: Field Guides are my favorite.  Victor Emanuel is also very good.
> You
> can also do it on your own.  Roads are mostly good.  Accommodations vary
> but
> there are lots of good inexpensive places.  The country is overbuilt with
> hotels.  Our favorite hotel in San Jose is the Grano de Oro, a great place
> to spend a night after arrival and very close to a Budget rent-a-car if you
> want to drive yourself.
>
> Places to visit:  Monteverde is famous and justly so, but you can see just
> as much and with less pain (the road to Monteverde is torture.) at Parque
> Rincon de la Vieja near Liberia (Incidentally you can fly into Liberia if
> you prefer.  San Jose has a nice central market and a few good museums, but
> it's not really a destination city -- and you want to bird anyway.)  On the
> Pan-American highway south of San Jose is Cerro de la Muerte, great
> mid-altitude birding, maybe the best quetzal spot I know of.  And my
> favorite place of all is the wonderfully wild Osa Peninsula.   Solitary
> eagle, black-faced ant-tanager (endemic to the Osa) You have to book a trip
> there because you fly into a small airport and take a small boat out into
> the Pacific and along the coast to any of several lodges.  The best, in my
> opinion, is Lapa Rios, but bring your wallet -- not cheap.
>
> As I write this I'm thinking You might want to sign onto a small tour.
> There I so much to see and do that, if you only have a week, you don't want
> to spend a lot of time getting lost and missing some of the best places.  I
> would suggest doing a bit of research on the internet.  Then, if you wish,
> send me a note and I'll tell you what I know (if anything) about any of the
> tour companies.
>
> I envy you.
>
> Bruce Peterson
>
>
> On 1/17/16 1:09 AM, "Fernando B.Corrada"  wrote:
>
> > I am thinking about a photo birding trip to Costa Rica. If I have a week
> to
> > visit, which places I should consider to be a priority? Any tour
> operators
> > that you recommend? Tips on logistics appreciated. If anyone is
> interested on
> > going to Costa Rica this year, please let me know. Thank you.
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:54:19 -0500
> From:    Alison Wagner 
> Subject: Re: When does birding trump work?
>
> Always.  Birding trumps work all ways.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Curt Alpeter
> Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 11:18 AM
> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
> Subject: [VTBIRD] When does birding trump work?
>
> When 200+ Bohemian Waxwings descend on the crab apple out side your window!
> What a site and a treat this morning. The flock was all BOWA’s and spent
> quite a while exploring all the available food options around the property.
> I went out and quietly observed them checking out numerous trees and the
> ground as they flew in unison back and forth between the two. The bonus was
> the BOWA is a new life and “property” bird for me as well! Truly stunning
> to
> see one let alone such a big flock together.
>
> Curt Alpeter
> East Charlotte, Vt
>
> ------------------------------
>
> End of VTBIRD Digest - 26 Jan 2016 to 27 Jan 2016 (#2016-27)
> ************************************************************
>
Subject: minor editing: NEK today: winter birding at its BEST!
From: Alison Wagner <alikatofvt AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:20:48 -0500
Northern Shrike was at Damien's Crossing, NOT Roger's Trail.  Anyone 
familiar with the NEK would realize this makes more sense!
                                             P
Still, hope you get out and U  there to see some birds!

Ali
Huntington

-----Original Message----- 
From: Alison Wagner
Sent: Sunday, January 24, 2016 7:20 PM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [VTBIRD] NEK today: winter birding at its BEST!

Hello Fello Birders,

Today Zac Cota-Weaver and I teamed up with Tom Berriman in Ferdinand, VT to 
walk the Moose Bog Trail in pursuit of all things Boreal.  The moment we 
stepped from the warm security of the car into –16 degrees winter, we were 
greeted with buzzy calls of Boreal Chickadees. A walk to the wetland area on 
S. American Pond Road yielded warm sun, snowshoe hare tracks, but little in 
the way of birds.  However, the Moose Bog Trail proved to be the start of a 
January day that can’t be beat in the NEK.

White-winged Crossbills sang their typical variety of trills, or called 
while flying overhead.  Pine Siskins were heard buzzing everywhere.  One old 
set of tracks in the snow gave us hope that we might encounter a grouse. 
Two Gray Jays floated down to us (when they heard Tom’s jay whistle) and 
gave us long satisfying looks.  The jays were trumped however when a very 
soft and subtle sound came from close by in the woods...Zac and Tom both 
heard what they thought might be a grouse leap frogging from tree to tree. 
We all slipped off the path to investigate and soon Tom announced in a 
whisper, “Spruce Grouse...directly above me.” We watched (from an unusual 

perspective) for only a moment before the bird watched us walk away.  WHAT A 
DAY!

Next we took the snow-covered boardwalk (be careful if you walk it) to the 
“bog,” and soaked up plenty of sunshine while enjoying the next act. We had 

estimated 12 White-winged Crossbills in total along the trail, and now 
several of them were here at this forest edge, this fabulous Amphitheatre. 
We watched several males perform territorial displays, calling in flight, 
and singing from treetops. (They’ve been here for over eight 
months...they’re 

likely breeding).  It was just a matter of time before a Black-backed 
Woodpecker revealed itself with its distinctive drumming.

Feeling the victory of (an unanticipated) Boreal Slam, we walked the road 
back to our cars and headed to Victory.  The temperature, now on the other 
side of zero by 16 degrees, felt balmy.  WHAT A DAY!  Our next destination 
would be a spot along Victory Road, about a mile before River Road, to look 
for more Crossbills.  This is a nice open valley and wetland, a place where 
Tom and I have both had luck finding them in the past. Sure enough, as we 
approached the spot, a male Red Crossbill was in the road getting grit. 
Three males circled the area, possibly showing signs of breeding.  (The 
birds have been in this area now for over eight months...they’re likely 
breeding).

Finally, we took River Road,  heading toward home, with just a few more 
planned stops along the way. Tom and I launched into a brief conversation on 
the History of Birding.  (When we experience an uncommon species in an 
specific spot, we  expect it to be there again, like right now...)  Sure 
enough, there were crossbills south of Roger’s Creek where the river valley 
widens.  And Purple Finches, Pine Siskins, and an Evening Grosbeak.

And so, why shouldn’t there be a Northern Shrike near Roger’s Crossing 
(like 

there was a few years back)?  Right on cue,teed up in a lone tree, for all 
of us to see in all its beauty...

WHAT A DAY!

Thank you Tom, Zac, and fellow birders who took the time to read this post! 
I hope you can get up to the NEK to see these gems.

Ali
Huntington 
Subject: Re: When does birding trump work?
From: Alison Wagner <alikatofvt AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:54:19 -0500
Always.  Birding trumps work all ways.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Curt Alpeter
Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 11:18 AM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [VTBIRD] When does birding trump work?

When 200+ Bohemian Waxwings descend on the crab apple out side your window! 
What a site and a treat this morning. The flock was all BOWA’s and spent 
quite a while exploring all the available food options around the property. 
I went out and quietly observed them checking out numerous trees and the 
ground as they flew in unison back and forth between the two. The bonus was 
the BOWA is a new life and “property” bird for me as well! Truly stunning 
to 

see one let alone such a big flock together.

Curt Alpeter
East Charlotte, Vt 
Subject: Re: Costa Rica
From: "Peterson, Bruce B." <peterson AT MIDDLEBURY.EDU>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:49:32 +0000
Hola Fernando,  Hope I get to you before you live.  WE just returned from
Nicaragua.  In fact, we lived and birded in Costa Rica for 10 years.  The
place is a birder's heaven.  I could go on at lengths, but here are a few
ideas.

Tours: Field Guides are my favorite.  Victor Emanuel is also very good.  You
can also do it on your own.  Roads are mostly good.  Accommodations vary but
there are lots of good inexpensive places.  The country is overbuilt with
hotels.  Our favorite hotel in San Jose is the Grano de Oro, a great place
to spend a night after arrival and very close to a Budget rent-a-car if you
want to drive yourself.

Places to visit:  Monteverde is famous and justly so, but you can see just
as much and with less pain (the road to Monteverde is torture.) at Parque
Rincon de la Vieja near Liberia (Incidentally you can fly into Liberia if
you prefer.  San Jose has a nice central market and a few good museums, but
it's not really a destination city -- and you want to bird anyway.)  On the
Pan-American highway south of San Jose is Cerro de la Muerte, great
mid-altitude birding, maybe the best quetzal spot I know of.  And my
favorite place of all is the wonderfully wild Osa Peninsula.   Solitary
eagle, black-faced ant-tanager (endemic to the Osa) You have to book a trip
there because you fly into a small airport and take a small boat out into
the Pacific and along the coast to any of several lodges.  The best, in my
opinion, is Lapa Rios, but bring your wallet -- not cheap.

As I write this I'm thinking You might want to sign onto a small tour.
There I so much to see and do that, if you only have a week, you don't want
to spend a lot of time getting lost and missing some of the best places.  I
would suggest doing a bit of research on the internet.  Then, if you wish,
send me a note and I'll tell you what I know (if anything) about any of the
tour companies.

I envy you.

Bruce Peterson


On 1/17/16 1:09 AM, "Fernando B.Corrada"  wrote:

> I am thinking about a photo birding trip to Costa Rica. If I have a week to
> visit, which places I should consider to be a priority? Any tour operators
> that you recommend? Tips on logistics appreciated. If anyone is interested on
> going to Costa Rica this year, please let me know. Thank you.
Subject: When does birding trump work?
From: Curt Alpeter <curt AT MADRIVER.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:18:31 -0500
When 200+ Bohemian Waxwings descend on the crab apple out side your window! 
What a site and a treat this morning. The flock was all BOWA’s and spent 
quite a while exploring all the available food options around the property. I 
went out and quietly observed them checking out numerous trees and the ground 
as they flew in unison back and forth between the two. The bonus was the BOWA 
is a new life and “property” bird for me as well! Truly stunning to see one 
let alone such a big flock together. 


Curt Alpeter
East Charlotte, Vt
Subject: Re: Thank you for all the bins advice
From: Horace Shaw <horaceshaw AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:46:00 -0500
We have bought two pairs of Vortex Diamondbacks at Vt Bird Place in
Manchester, and have been very happy with them.

Horace Shaw

On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, Josh Phillips  wrote:

> On that note, I feel I should echo the earlier plug for Vortex as well. I
> have a pair of Vortex Fury (Furies? Funny that binoculars are always
> plural- if you only have one barrel, I don't think you'd say you have a
> 'binocular') 10x42 that are now discontinued but originally sold for $400.
> The optics are excellent for the price, but the service is incredible.
> These bins had seen some hairy conditions and been pretty well dinged up,
> but I finally had to send them in for repair a few weeks ago after they
> were knocked out of alignment by a careless baggage handler at the airport.
> Here's the report I got back:
>
> Repaired both eye cup assemblies. Repaired right strap loop attachment.
> Sealed both objective cells. Tightened hinge. Adjusted diopter so both
> sides focus together. Aligned binoculars. Cleaned binoculars. Installed
> rain guard and new objective lens covers.
>
> --NO CHARGE--
>
> And they paid to FedEx it back! I couldn't be happier with these folks.
> Unfortunately it seems that they've gotten out of the market of making high
> end, non-HD glass bins like the Fury line. The Diamondback would probably
> work well though, particularly the 8x32 ($239).
>
> I'd also like to plug the Vermont Bird Place and Skywatch in Manchester. I
> don't know what they're currently carrying for optics, but being able to go
> in there and try things out (with knowledgeable birders assisting you) is
> really helpful.
>
> Josh Phillips
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Charlotte Bill" >
> > To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU 
> > Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 7:38:21 AM
> > Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Thank you for all the bins advice
> >
> > I'm with Michele re Eagle Optics. They're great!
> > I bought a pair of 8X42 Rangers from them about 10 years ago. After
> > years of intense use, I finally sent them in for reconditioning. I'd
> > lost an eye-cup, and the original eye-cups had not locked in place
> > properly for non-glasses wearers, though subsequent models were
> > fine. Eagle Optics cleaned and adjusted the binos and fixed the
> > eye-cup problem (of course, I should have asked years ago).
> > All this for free! And they sent me a nice ball-cap, too, so of
> > course, I'm now a walking advertisement, but very happily so!
> >
> > Cheers!
> > Charlotte BillEnosburgh
> >
>
Subject: Re: Thank you for all the bins advice
From: Josh Phillips <jdp AT SCRIBERULE.ORG>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 08:38:19 -0500
On that note, I feel I should echo the earlier plug for Vortex as well. I have 
a pair of Vortex Fury (Furies? Funny that binoculars are always plural- if you 
only have one barrel, I don't think you'd say you have a 'binocular') 10x42 
that are now discontinued but originally sold for $400. The optics are 
excellent for the price, but the service is incredible. These bins had seen 
some hairy conditions and been pretty well dinged up, but I finally had to send 
them in for repair a few weeks ago after they were knocked out of alignment by 
a careless baggage handler at the airport. Here's the report I got back: 


Repaired both eye cup assemblies. Repaired right strap loop attachment. Sealed 
both objective cells. Tightened hinge. Adjusted diopter so both sides focus 
together. Aligned binoculars. Cleaned binoculars. Installed rain guard and new 
objective lens covers. 


--NO CHARGE--

And they paid to FedEx it back! I couldn't be happier with these folks. 
Unfortunately it seems that they've gotten out of the market of making high 
end, non-HD glass bins like the Fury line. The Diamondback would probably work 
well though, particularly the 8x32 ($239). 


I'd also like to plug the Vermont Bird Place and Skywatch in Manchester. I 
don't know what they're currently carrying for optics, but being able to go in 
there and try things out (with knowledgeable birders assisting you) is really 
helpful. 


Josh Phillips

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Charlotte Bill" 
> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
> Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 7:38:21 AM
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Thank you for all the bins advice
> 
> I'm with Michele re Eagle Optics. They're great!
> I bought a pair of 8X42 Rangers from them about 10 years ago. After
> years of intense use, I finally sent them in for reconditioning. I'd
> lost an eye-cup, and the original eye-cups had not locked in place
> properly for non-glasses wearers, though subsequent models were
> fine. Eagle Optics cleaned and adjusted the binos and fixed the
> eye-cup problem (of course, I should have asked years ago).
> All this for free! And they sent me a nice ball-cap, too, so of
> course, I'm now a walking advertisement, but very happily so!
> 
> Cheers!
> Charlotte BillEnosburgh
> 
Subject: Re: Thank you for all the bins advice
From: Charlotte Bill <vtcrossbill AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:38:21 +0000
I'm with Michele re Eagle Optics. They're great!
I bought a pair of 8X42 Rangers from them about 10 years ago. After years of 
intense use, I finally sent them in for reconditioning. I'd lost an eye-cup, 
and the original eye-cups had not locked in place properly for non-glasses 
wearers, though subsequent models were fine. Eagle Optics cleaned and adjusted 
the binos and fixed the eye-cup problem (of course, I should have asked years 
ago). 

All this for free! And they sent me a nice ball-cap, too, so of course, I'm now 
a walking advertisement, but very happily so! 


Cheers!
Charlotte BillEnosburgh


      From: Michele Patenaude 
 To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU 
 Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 9:09 PM
 Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Thank you for all the bins advice
   
Eagle Optics will send you binoculars and let you try them out before you buy 
them. I can't say enough good about them. And I have been using their Rangers 
for about 20 years. Great optics. 


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

> On Jan 26, 2016, at 9:02 AM, Mona Bearor  wrote:
> 
> I appreciate all the replies with great advice for my friend.    I'm sure
> she'll find it all very helpful as she shops for her birding bins!
> Mona Bearor
> S Glens Falls, NY



Subject: Re: Thank you for all the bins advice
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 21:09:06 -0500
Eagle Optics will send you binoculars and let you try them out before you buy 
them. I can't say enough good about them. And I have been using their Rangers 
for about 20 years. Great optics. 


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

> On Jan 26, 2016, at 9:02 AM, Mona Bearor  wrote:
> 
> I appreciate all the replies with great advice for my friend.    I'm sure
> she'll find it all very helpful as she shops for her birding bins!
> Mona Bearor
> S Glens Falls, NY
Subject: Re: BOWAs in Waitsfield
From: Pat Folsom <pfols AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:50:53 -0500
Patti - You know they'll be swirling around your hood.

Congrats!!
Pat

----- Original Message -----
From: "Patti Haynes" 
To: "VT Bird" 
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 9:17:33 AM
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] BOWAs in Waitsfield

That means that they are in Moretown village too...Sue is my next door 
neighbor. ;) 

The flock of around 25 in Waitsfield also contained about 6 Cedar Waxwings too, 
which made for a nice comparison of size and color differences. 


Patti

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 26, 2016, at 10:01 AM, Susan Werntgen  wrote:
> 
> Huge flock in our yards this morning too!  9-10ish.
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
>> On Jan 26, 2016, at 9:19 AM, Patti Haynes  wrote:
>> 
>> Bohemian Waxwings have arrived at the Wait House in Waitsfield...a new bird 
for the kindergarten to count!! 

>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: BOWAs in Monkton too
From: Miriam Lawrence <mirslamlawrence AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:03:57 -0500
I've had a flock visiting our shrubs on-again off-again for about a week.

-- 
Miriam Lawrence
Subject: Victory: Common Redpoll, Crossbills, Evening Grosbeaks
From: tfberriman <blackpoll AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:26:34 -0500
Driving the Victory Road I stumbled onto a mixed flock of finch getting grit
on the sanded road. Estimate of around 40 birds with mostly Purple Finch,
Pine Siskin, Am. Goldfinch and 5 White-winged Crossbills (4 males and a
female) The surprise was I caught sight of what I thought was a male Common
Redpoll in a bush for just 1 second flash. After 20 minutes of sitting on
this spot I caught sight of a female Common Redpoll and got a documentation
snap shot. So my instincts were well on target for 2 Common Redpolls the
first this year here. Also heard at this same location Evening Grosbeak. On
the Granby Road 33 Purple Finch and 3 Pine Siskin in another mixed flock on
the road.

In the past 2 days I've found Evening Grosbeak at 7 locations: 3 separate
locations in Island Pond (one flock had over 40 birds), Concord, Granby,
Victory and this morning here at the house in Lyndonville. 

 

Tom Berriman
Subject: Re: BOWAs in Waitsfield
From: Patti Haynes <patti.haynes AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:17:33 -0500
That means that they are in Moretown village too...Sue is my next door 
neighbor. ;) 

The flock of around 25 in Waitsfield also contained about 6 Cedar Waxwings too, 
which made for a nice comparison of size and color differences. 


Patti

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 26, 2016, at 10:01 AM, Susan Werntgen  wrote:
> 
> Huge flock in our yards this morning too!  9-10ish.
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
>> On Jan 26, 2016, at 9:19 AM, Patti Haynes  wrote:
>> 
>> Bohemian Waxwings have arrived at the Wait House in Waitsfield...a new bird 
for the kindergarten to count!! 

>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: BOWAs in Waitsfield
From: Susan Werntgen <swerntgen AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:01:46 -0500
Huge flock in our yards this morning too!  9-10ish.

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 26, 2016, at 9:19 AM, Patti Haynes  wrote:
> 
> Bohemian Waxwings have arrived at the Wait House in Waitsfield...a new bird 
for the kindergarten to count!! 

> 
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Request for binocular advice
From: Patrick Plas <plas.vt AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:26:29 -0500
My Vortex Diamondbacks 10 x 42 ($220) are very impressive for their price
and I could not find anything in the $500 range that beat them. I've moved
up to the Vortex Razor HDs now, but still hold the Diamondbacks in high
regard. Plus the lifetime warranty on all Vortex products is great!

-Pat Plas
Duxbury, VT

On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 3:14 PM, Mona Bearor 
wrote:

> A friend asked me for advice on purchasing birding bins.  She is a new
> birder and willing to spend between $200 and $500, but stressed that the
> upper limit was reserved for a pair that was " noticeably superior to
> others."  Can anyone offer practical advice or review on a specific model
> they use in this price range?  I've already suggested WBU in Saratoga if
> she
> wants to shop local and have a face-to-face  "hands-on" and Eagle Optics
> for
> a good selection and expert advice.  I also gave her a basic "Choosing a
> Birding Binocular" handout that I prepared years ago for our Audubon
> chapter
> so she can get familiar with all the terminology.
>
> Thanks for any advice I can pass on to her,
> Mona Bearor
> S Glens Falls
>
>
Subject: Binocular Buying Ethics
From: Larry and Mona Rogers <4181rogers AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:23:02 -0500
 

               Diane Brown wrote:

 

I second Jeffrey's endorsement of the Nikon Monarchs. I recommended them to
two friends & they are very satisfied with the quality of the coated lens &
clarity of optics. Best bet though, is to go to a place where you can wrap
your hands around some test models & give them a go outdoors.

 

               Of course, if you go to a real bricks and mortar store to try
a pair of binoculars, you'll buy them there rather than searching for the
lowest price on line, right?

 

               Larry

 
Subject: BOWAs in Waitsfield
From: Patti Haynes <patti.haynes AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:19:10 -0500
Bohemian Waxwings have arrived at the Wait House in Waitsfield...a new bird for 
the kindergarten to count!! 


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Subject: Thank you for all the bins advice
From: Mona Bearor <conservebirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:02:17 -0500
I appreciate all the replies with great advice for my friend.    I'm sure
she'll find it all very helpful as she shops for her birding bins!
Mona Bearor
S Glens Falls, NY
Subject: Re: Request for binocular advice
From: Scott Sainsbury <scott AT BEACONASSOCIATES.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 22:58:31 -0500
Every couple years, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology does a pretty comprehensive 
test. Here’s the link to the latest. 

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/finding-the-best-binoculars-for-birding/

Scott Sainsbury
Moretown

> On Jan 25, 2016, at 3:14 PM, Mona Bearor  wrote:
> 
> A friend asked me for advice on purchasing birding bins.  She is a new
> birder and willing to spend between $200 and $500, but stressed that the
> upper limit was reserved for a pair that was " noticeably superior to
> others."  Can anyone offer practical advice or review on a specific model
> they use in this price range?  I've already suggested WBU in Saratoga if she
> wants to shop local and have a face-to-face  "hands-on" and Eagle Optics for
> a good selection and expert advice.  I also gave her a basic "Choosing a
> Birding Binocular" handout that I prepared years ago for our Audubon chapter
> so she can get familiar with all the terminology.
> 
> Thanks for any advice I can pass on to her,
> Mona Bearor
> S Glens Falls
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Request for binocular advice
From: Isis Erb <isisunit AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 19:09:23 -0500
I'll toss out that I've got the Zeiss Terra ED 8x42 (Eagle Optics $339, 5
star rating) and LOVE them. They're lightweight, have a great field of
vision & rock when it comes to lowlight situations. I've had other folks
with much pricier binoculars try mine and drool. In this price range I
think they are tops. Oh, and I wear glasses and have ample eye relief with
these.

But I completely agree that if your friend can they should go to a local
store to get some hands on experience to see what feels best for them.

I'd also suggest looking at B&HPHOTO for price comparison - they
periodically run sales that leave me stunned ($1500-2000 difference from
next nearest competitor in Kowa scopes, etc. & I've had excellent customer
service when dealing with them).

Best of luck & happy birding,

Isis Erb
Burlington, VT

On Monday, January 25, 2016, Mona Bearor  wrote:

> A friend asked me for advice on purchasing birding bins.  She is a new
> birder and willing to spend between $200 and $500, but stressed that the
> upper limit was reserved for a pair that was " noticeably superior to
> others."  Can anyone offer practical advice or review on a specific model
> they use in this price range?  I've already suggested WBU in Saratoga if
> she
> wants to shop local and have a face-to-face  "hands-on" and Eagle Optics
> for
> a good selection and expert advice.  I also gave her a basic "Choosing a
> Birding Binocular" handout that I prepared years ago for our Audubon
> chapter
> so she can get familiar with all the terminology.
>
> Thanks for any advice I can pass on to her,
> Mona Bearor
> S Glens Falls
>
>
Subject: Re: Request for binocular advice
From: Jonathan Comeau <harrier22 AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 18:50:37 -0500
I would recommend looking at Nikon Monarchs. A couple others in that price 
range that I've heard good things about are the Vortex Diamondbacks and Zeiss 
Terras. Both are in the upper end of that price range. A good place to check 
out binoculars is the Wild Bird Center in Freeport, ME. 


Jonathan Comeau

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> On Jan 25, 2016, at 3:14 PM, Mona Bearor  wrote:
> 
> A friend asked me for advice on purchasing birding bins.  She is a new
> birder and willing to spend between $200 and $500, but stressed that the
> upper limit was reserved for a pair that was " noticeably superior to
> others."  Can anyone offer practical advice or review on a specific model
> they use in this price range?  I've already suggested WBU in Saratoga if she
> wants to shop local and have a face-to-face  "hands-on" and Eagle Optics for
> a good selection and expert advice.  I also gave her a basic "Choosing a
> Birding Binocular" handout that I prepared years ago for our Audubon chapter
> so she can get familiar with all the terminology.
> 
> Thanks for any advice I can pass on to her,
> Mona Bearor
> S Glens Falls
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Request for binocular advice
From: Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:52:09 -0500
Also consider the Nikon Monarch 5.  They're the best bang for the buck that
I know of.  I've recommended them to several beginning birders who are very
happy with them, and I bought a pair for my wife (not really a birder, but
sometimes accompanies me).  I also use them as "kitchen" binoculars for
watching bird feeders.  At $299 for 8x42 and $329 for 10x42, they're hard
to beat.  They have very close focus, decent field of view, and enough eye
relief for people who wear glasses.  They're also light and compact for a
42mm lens.

--Ken Copenhaver

On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 4:53 PM, Jeffrey Sonshine <
jeffrey.sonshine AT gmail.com> wrote:

> I managed to get the Nikon Monarch 7's for about $425.  They're pretty good
> without having to spend $1000-$2000.  They were the highest rated in that
> price range when I last looked.  You can buy them from B&H photo video.
>
>
> 
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/880214-REG/Nikon_7548_8x42_Monarch_7_Binocular.html 

>
> Jeff
>
> On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 4:44 PM, Jane Stein  wrote:
>
> > The rule of thumb I used to see all the time was that buying mid-range --
> > ie, over $500 but below $1,000 or so -- was wasting your money. If you
> > don't want to/can't shell out the big bucks for top of the line binos,
> > there are plenty around $400 or $500 that are really superb, and nothing
> in
> > the mid-range is more than marginally better than those, at best.
> >
> >
> >
> > On 1/25/2016 4:27 PM, hilke breder wrote:
> >
> >> I followed the recommendations on Better View Desired and bought the
> Nikon
> >> Superior e 8x32 years ago. Paid about $500 then. They are still ranked
> >> highly and cost about the same. Here are a couple of links:
> >>
> >> http://betterviewdesired.com/Overall-Best-Birding-Binoculars.php
> >>
> >> http://www.birdforum.net/reviews/showproduct.php/product/60
> >>
> >> On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 3:14 PM, Mona Bearor 
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >> A friend asked me for advice on purchasing birding bins.  She is a new
> >>> birder and willing to spend between $200 and $500, but stressed that
> the
> >>> upper limit was reserved for a pair that was " noticeably superior to
> >>> others."  Can anyone offer practical advice or review on a specific
> model
> >>> they use in this price range?  I've already suggested WBU in Saratoga
> if
> >>> she
> >>> wants to shop local and have a face-to-face  "hands-on" and Eagle
> Optics
> >>> for
> >>> a good selection and expert advice.  I also gave her a basic "Choosing
> a
> >>> Birding Binocular" handout that I prepared years ago for our Audubon
> >>> chapter
> >>> so she can get familiar with all the terminology.
> >>>
> >>> Thanks for any advice I can pass on to her,
> >>> Mona Bearor
> >>> S Glens Falls
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>
>
>
> --
> Jeffrey Sonshine, CFP
> 36 Laurel Ledge Court
> Stamford, CT 06903
> 973-441-1115
>
Subject: Re: Request for binocular advice
From: Diane Brown <deejbrown AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:40:33 -0500
I second Jeffrey's endorsement of the Nikon Monarchs. I recommended them to
two friends & they are very satisfied with the quality of the coated lens &
clarity of optics. Best bet though, is to go to a place where you can wrap
your hands around some test models & give them a go outdoors.

Diane Brown
Middlebury

On Monday, January 25, 2016, Jeffrey Sonshine 
wrote:

> I managed to get the Nikon Monarch 7's for about $425.  They're pretty good
> without having to spend $1000-$2000.  They were the highest rated in that
> price range when I last looked.  You can buy them from B&H photo video.
>
>
> 
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/880214-REG/Nikon_7548_8x42_Monarch_7_Binocular.html 

>
> Jeff
>
> On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 4:44 PM, Jane Stein  > wrote:
>
> > The rule of thumb I used to see all the time was that buying mid-range --
> > ie, over $500 but below $1,000 or so -- was wasting your money. If you
> > don't want to/can't shell out the big bucks for top of the line binos,
> > there are plenty around $400 or $500 that are really superb, and nothing
> in
> > the mid-range is more than marginally better than those, at best.
> >
> >
> >
> > On 1/25/2016 4:27 PM, hilke breder wrote:
> >
> >> I followed the recommendations on Better View Desired and bought the
> Nikon
> >> Superior e 8x32 years ago. Paid about $500 then. They are still ranked
> >> highly and cost about the same. Here are a couple of links:
> >>
> >> http://betterviewdesired.com/Overall-Best-Birding-Binoculars.php
> >>
> >> http://www.birdforum.net/reviews/showproduct.php/product/60
> >>
> >> On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 3:14 PM, Mona Bearor  >
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >> A friend asked me for advice on purchasing birding bins.  She is a new
> >>> birder and willing to spend between $200 and $500, but stressed that
> the
> >>> upper limit was reserved for a pair that was " noticeably superior to
> >>> others."  Can anyone offer practical advice or review on a specific
> model
> >>> they use in this price range?  I've already suggested WBU in Saratoga
> if
> >>> she
> >>> wants to shop local and have a face-to-face  "hands-on" and Eagle
> Optics
> >>> for
> >>> a good selection and expert advice.  I also gave her a basic "Choosing
> a
> >>> Birding Binocular" handout that I prepared years ago for our Audubon
> >>> chapter
> >>> so she can get familiar with all the terminology.
> >>>
> >>> Thanks for any advice I can pass on to her,
> >>> Mona Bearor
> >>> S Glens Falls
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>
>
>
> --
> Jeffrey Sonshine, CFP
> 36 Laurel Ledge Court
> Stamford, CT 06903
> 973-441-1115
>
Subject: Re: Request for binocular advice
From: Jeffrey Sonshine <jeffrey.sonshine AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:53:49 -0500
I managed to get the Nikon Monarch 7's for about $425.  They're pretty good
without having to spend $1000-$2000.  They were the highest rated in that
price range when I last looked.  You can buy them from B&H photo video.


http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/880214-REG/Nikon_7548_8x42_Monarch_7_Binocular.html 


Jeff

On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 4:44 PM, Jane Stein  wrote:

> The rule of thumb I used to see all the time was that buying mid-range --
> ie, over $500 but below $1,000 or so -- was wasting your money. If you
> don't want to/can't shell out the big bucks for top of the line binos,
> there are plenty around $400 or $500 that are really superb, and nothing in
> the mid-range is more than marginally better than those, at best.
>
>
>
> On 1/25/2016 4:27 PM, hilke breder wrote:
>
>> I followed the recommendations on Better View Desired and bought the Nikon
>> Superior e 8x32 years ago. Paid about $500 then. They are still ranked
>> highly and cost about the same. Here are a couple of links:
>>
>> http://betterviewdesired.com/Overall-Best-Birding-Binoculars.php
>>
>> http://www.birdforum.net/reviews/showproduct.php/product/60
>>
>> On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 3:14 PM, Mona Bearor 
>> wrote:
>>
>> A friend asked me for advice on purchasing birding bins.  She is a new
>>> birder and willing to spend between $200 and $500, but stressed that the
>>> upper limit was reserved for a pair that was " noticeably superior to
>>> others."  Can anyone offer practical advice or review on a specific model
>>> they use in this price range?  I've already suggested WBU in Saratoga if
>>> she
>>> wants to shop local and have a face-to-face  "hands-on" and Eagle Optics
>>> for
>>> a good selection and expert advice.  I also gave her a basic "Choosing a
>>> Birding Binocular" handout that I prepared years ago for our Audubon
>>> chapter
>>> so she can get familiar with all the terminology.
>>>
>>> Thanks for any advice I can pass on to her,
>>> Mona Bearor
>>> S Glens Falls
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>


-- 
Jeffrey Sonshine, CFP
36 Laurel Ledge Court
Stamford, CT 06903
973-441-1115
Subject: Re: Request for binocular advice
From: Jane Stein <jeshawks AT SHOREHAM.NET>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:44:07 -0500
The rule of thumb I used to see all the time was that buying mid-range 
-- ie, over $500 but below $1,000 or so -- was wasting your money. If 
you don't want to/can't shell out the big bucks for top of the line 
binos, there are plenty around $400 or $500 that are really superb, and 
nothing in the mid-range is more than marginally better than those, at best.



On 1/25/2016 4:27 PM, hilke breder wrote:
> I followed the recommendations on Better View Desired and bought the Nikon
> Superior e 8x32 years ago. Paid about $500 then. They are still ranked
> highly and cost about the same. Here are a couple of links:
>
> http://betterviewdesired.com/Overall-Best-Birding-Binoculars.php
>
> http://www.birdforum.net/reviews/showproduct.php/product/60
>
> On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 3:14 PM, Mona Bearor 
> wrote:
>
>> A friend asked me for advice on purchasing birding bins.  She is a new
>> birder and willing to spend between $200 and $500, but stressed that the
>> upper limit was reserved for a pair that was " noticeably superior to
>> others."  Can anyone offer practical advice or review on a specific model
>> they use in this price range?  I've already suggested WBU in Saratoga if
>> she
>> wants to shop local and have a face-to-face  "hands-on" and Eagle Optics
>> for
>> a good selection and expert advice.  I also gave her a basic "Choosing a
>> Birding Binocular" handout that I prepared years ago for our Audubon
>> chapter
>> so she can get familiar with all the terminology.
>>
>> Thanks for any advice I can pass on to her,
>> Mona Bearor
>> S Glens Falls
>>
>>
>
Subject: Re: Request for binocular advice
From: hilke breder <htbreder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:27:29 -0500
I followed the recommendations on Better View Desired and bought the Nikon
Superior e 8x32 years ago. Paid about $500 then. They are still ranked
highly and cost about the same. Here are a couple of links:

http://betterviewdesired.com/Overall-Best-Birding-Binoculars.php

http://www.birdforum.net/reviews/showproduct.php/product/60

On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 3:14 PM, Mona Bearor 
wrote:

> A friend asked me for advice on purchasing birding bins.  She is a new
> birder and willing to spend between $200 and $500, but stressed that the
> upper limit was reserved for a pair that was " noticeably superior to
> others."  Can anyone offer practical advice or review on a specific model
> they use in this price range?  I've already suggested WBU in Saratoga if
> she
> wants to shop local and have a face-to-face  "hands-on" and Eagle Optics
> for
> a good selection and expert advice.  I also gave her a basic "Choosing a
> Birding Binocular" handout that I prepared years ago for our Audubon
> chapter
> so she can get familiar with all the terminology.
>
> Thanks for any advice I can pass on to her,
> Mona Bearor
> S Glens Falls
>
>
Subject: Request for binocular advice
From: Mona Bearor <conservebirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:14:29 -0500
A friend asked me for advice on purchasing birding bins.  She is a new
birder and willing to spend between $200 and $500, but stressed that the
upper limit was reserved for a pair that was " noticeably superior to
others."  Can anyone offer practical advice or review on a specific model
they use in this price range?  I've already suggested WBU in Saratoga if she
wants to shop local and have a face-to-face  "hands-on" and Eagle Optics for
a good selection and expert advice.  I also gave her a basic "Choosing a
Birding Binocular" handout that I prepared years ago for our Audubon chapter
so she can get familiar with all the terminology.
 
Thanks for any advice I can pass on to her,
Mona Bearor
S Glens Falls
 
Subject: American eagle in Royalton
From: Tom slayton <slayton.tom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:43:04 -0500
 Soaring high over the hills just west of the White River, near where I-89 
crosses and Bethel/ Royalton exit, an adult American eagle, white head and tail 
gleaming in the January sunlight. Observed about 11:40 a.m. 

   Tom Slayton

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Subject: Waxwings St. Albans City
From: Bridget Butler <birddiva AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 08:59:08 -0500
Greetings All!

I was feeling a little sad that I haven't been out birding much lately
after reading all the great sightings from this weekend. The birding cosmos
responded and dropped approximately *120 waxwings* in my front yard this
morning!

Mixed flock of both *Bohemians and Cedars (mostly BOWAs)* was a delight for
me and the kiddos as we were headed to daycare today...or at least tried
to! So glad we took some time to sneak up on them feeding on crabapples and
ash berries in the neighborhood. Alas, they were gone when I arrived home
after drop-off.

I'm sure though that cruising some of the roads in the city would bring a
lucky sighting. Especially in Taylor Park in the center of town which is
loaded with crabapples.

What a great way to start a Monday!!!

Bridget
Bridget Butler
Bird Diva Consulting
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Subject: Rare Find
From: Paul Wieczoreck <mgcpw AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:32:41 -0500
This afternoon I decided to take advantage of the recent bout of "real winter" 
and take a stroll on a section of the now frozen LaPlatt river here in 
Hinesburg. Lots of Coyote tracks to ponder but It was mostly quiet bird wise 
until I came across a low lying shrubby area along a bend in the river. Within 
5 minutes I was able to count 52 American Tree Sparrows which was more than 
twice the number we had counted for the entire Hinesburg CBC three weeks 
earlier . Encouraged by my good fortune, I continued another half mile or so up 
stream where I reached another section with similar habitat. Stopping to ponder 
the wisdom of crossing a sketchy section of river ice, I heard a familiar 
series of chip notes - but ones I hadn’t heard for many months. If it had 
been July I would not have doubted what first came to mind - Common Yellow 
Throat! Sure enough, with a little pishing, there it was .Wow , that will 
brighten your day! Although no perfect looks, i didn't get a hint o! 

 f a mask so I’m guessing a female. Would love to figure out what this bird 
is eating to survive our now snow covered, frozen landscape. 

Paul Wieczoreck
Hinesburg
Subject: Re: NEK today: winter birding at its BEST!
From: Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 20:05:23 -0500
I loved reading your post Ali.thanks so much. You are a gifted writer who 
always brings me right to place. I must admit though, I have never had a gray 
jay look at me in a satisfying way, especially for a long time. LOL 


Evergreen in Jericho
Subject: NEK today: winter birding at its BEST!
From: Alison Wagner <alikatofvt AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 19:20:24 -0500
Hello Fello Birders,

Today Zac Cota-Weaver and I teamed up with Tom Berriman in Ferdinand, VT to 
walk the Moose Bog Trail in pursuit of all things Boreal. The moment we stepped 
from the warm security of the car into –16 degrees winter, we were greeted 
with buzzy calls of Boreal Chickadees. A walk to the wetland area on S. 
American Pond Road yielded warm sun, snowshoe hare tracks, but little in the 
way of birds. However, the Moose Bog Trail proved to be the start of a January 
day that can’t be beat in the NEK. 


White-winged Crossbills sang their typical variety of trills, or called while 
flying overhead. Pine Siskins were heard buzzing everywhere. One old set of 
tracks in the snow gave us hope that we might encounter a grouse. Two Gray Jays 
floated down to us (when they heard Tom’s jay whistle) and gave us long 
satisfying looks. The jays were trumped however when a very soft and subtle 
sound came from close by in the woods...Zac and Tom both heard what they 
thought might be a grouse leap frogging from tree to tree. We all slipped off 
the path to investigate and soon Tom announced in a whisper, “Spruce 
Grouse...directly above me.” We watched (from an unusual perspective) for 
only a moment before the bird watched us walk away. WHAT A DAY! 


Next we took the snow-covered boardwalk (be careful if you walk it) to the 
“bog,” and soaked up plenty of sunshine while enjoying the next act. We had 
estimated 12 White-winged Crossbills in total along the trail, and now several 
of them were here at this forest edge, this fabulous Amphitheatre. We watched 
several males perform territorial displays, calling in flight, and singing from 
treetops. (They’ve been here for over eight months...they’re likely 
breeding). It was just a matter of time before a Black-backed Woodpecker 
revealed itself with its distinctive drumming. 


Feeling the victory of (an unanticipated) Boreal Slam, we walked the road back 
to our cars and headed to Victory. The temperature, now on the other side of 
zero by 16 degrees, felt balmy. WHAT A DAY! Our next destination would be a 
spot along Victory Road, about a mile before River Road, to look for more 
Crossbills. This is a nice open valley and wetland, a place where Tom and I 
have both had luck finding them in the past. Sure enough, as we approached the 
spot, a male Red Crossbill was in the road getting grit. Three males circled 
the area, possibly showing signs of breeding. (The birds have been in this area 
now for over eight months...they’re likely breeding). 


Finally, we took River Road, heading toward home, with just a few more planned 
stops along the way. Tom and I launched into a brief conversation on the 
History of Birding. (When we experience an uncommon species in an specific 
spot, we expect it to be there again, like right now...) Sure enough, there 
were crossbills south of Roger’s Creek where the river valley widens. And 
Purple Finches, Pine Siskins, and an Evening Grosbeak. 


And so, why shouldn’t there be a Northern Shrike near Roger’s Crossing 
(like there was a few years back)? Right on cue,teed up in a lone tree, for all 
of us to see in all its beauty... 


WHAT A DAY!

Thank you Tom, Zac, and fellow birders who took the time to read this post! I 
hope you can get up to the NEK to see these gems. 


Ali
Huntington
Subject: Re: Bohemian Rhapsody on Snake Mountain, Cornwall
From: Ron Payne <rpayne72 AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 16:03:11 -0500
At 2pm there was a mixed flock of about 200 Cedar and 80 Bohemian
waxwings visiting the flowering crabapple trees in the parking lot
behind the Middlebury College Museum of Art. I also saw a
Sharp-shinned Hawk take two unsuccessful runs at them. An adult Bald
Eagle flew by overhead as well showing no interest in either crabapples
or Waxwings. 

--
Ron Payne
Middlebury, VT

On Sun, 24 Jan 2016 14:53:27 -0500, "Ian A. Worley"  wrote:

       Well, actually a chorus of rather buzzy trills all searching for the
same pitch.

Just now, 69 Bohemian Waxwings lounging atop a couple of walnut trees
behind the house. Unlike the common comment of late "I searched for a
Bohemian among the Cedar Waxwings," I can say .....

.... I searched for a Cedar Waxwing among the Bohemians, but no luck.

Ian
Subject: Bohemian Rhapsody on Snake Mountain, Cornwall
From: "Ian A. Worley" <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 14:53:27 -0500
Well, actually a chorus of rather buzzy trills all searching for the 
same pitch.

Just now, 69 Bohemian Waxwings lounging atop a couple of walnut trees 
behind the house.  Unlike the common comment of late "I searched for a 
Bohemian among the Cedar Waxwings,"  I can say .....

.....  I searched for a Cedar Waxwing among the Bohemians, but no luck.

Ian
Subject: Re: Bullock's Oriole
From: Veer Frost <v_t_frost AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 11:16:20 -0500
Many thanks for this update! ...this has been a fascinating winter birding 
saga. 


---- On Sat, 23 Jan 2016 19:14:07 -0500 S. Zundell <szund AT AOL.COM> wrote 
---- 


For anyone interested, here's a link to the update for the Bullock's Oriole in 
Ottawa, ON. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/bullocks-oriole-1.3416191 






____________________________________
Veer Frost, Passumpsic
Subject: Re: Baiting Snowy Owls
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus AT SURFGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 07:07:44 -0500
Googling birding ethics will get you many. Here are the two I mentioned:

http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html 

http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/aboutus.ethics


Maeve Kim
Jericho Center


On Jan 24, 2016, at 6:48 AM, Eve Ticknor  wrote:

> Perhaps you can send the codes or websites for them as many people need to 
read them. 

>> On Jan 24, 2016, at 6:28 AM, Maeve Kim  wrote:
>> 
>> You could politely hand them (or stick under the windshield of their car) a 
copy of a code of ethics. Ill send you (off-list) the codes from the American 
Birding Association and the Ontario Field Ornithologists.You could also contact 
the local Fish and Wildlife people while youre still at the site and report 
the infraction, giving a description of the car, license number and people. (Of 
course, its possible that the people were some sort of scientists who had a 
legitimate reason for what they were doing - but in that case theyd probably 
appreciate your advocacy on behalf of the birds!). 

>> 
>> Maeve Kim
>> Jericho Center
>> 
>> 
>> On Jan 23, 2016, at 8:41 PM, S. Zundell  wrote:
>> 
>>> My sister and a friend were birding on a country road in an area noted for 
Snowy Owls not far from Ottawa, Ontario. They saw two cars parked on the 
roadside and noticed four people walking out into a field carrying a cooler and 
photo equipment. When the group stopped, they laid on their stomachs, opened 
the cooler and threw bait to a Snowy Owl. What can or should an observer do in 
this instance? 

>> 
> 
> 
> 
> Eve Ticknor
> Box 2206
> Prescott, On  K0E 1T0
> Canada
> res: 613-925-5528
> cell: 613-859-9545
> 
> The Blue Nest
> 24 Birch Ave, Willsboro, NY 12996
> U S A
> res: 518-963-7404
> cell: 518-524-7377
> 
> http://aquavisions.me
> 
> "We find beauty not in the thing itself, but in the pattern of shadows, the 
light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates." J. Tanazaki 

Subject: Re: Baiting Snowy Owls
From: Eve Ticknor <edticknor AT SYMPATICO.CA>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 06:48:10 -0500
Perhaps you can send the codes or websites for them as many people need to read 
them. 

> On Jan 24, 2016, at 6:28 AM, Maeve Kim  wrote:
> 
> You could politely hand them (or stick under the windshield of their car) a 
copy of a code of ethics. Ill send you (off-list) the codes from the American 
Birding Association and the Ontario Field Ornithologists.You could also contact 
the local Fish and Wildlife people while youre still at the site and report 
the infraction, giving a description of the car, license number and people. (Of 
course, its possible that the people were some sort of scientists who had a 
legitimate reason for what they were doing - but in that case theyd probably 
appreciate your advocacy on behalf of the birds!). 

> 
> Maeve Kim
> Jericho Center
> 
> 
> On Jan 23, 2016, at 8:41 PM, S. Zundell  wrote:
> 
>> My sister and a friend were birding on a country road in an area noted for 
Snowy Owls not far from Ottawa, Ontario. They saw two cars parked on the 
roadside and noticed four people walking out into a field carrying a cooler and 
photo equipment. When the group stopped, they laid on their stomachs, opened 
the cooler and threw bait to a Snowy Owl. What can or should an observer do in 
this instance? 

> 



Eve Ticknor
Box 2206
Prescott, On  K0E 1T0
Canada
res: 613-925-5528
cell: 613-859-9545

The Blue Nest
24 Birch Ave, Willsboro, NY 12996
U S A
res: 518-963-7404
cell: 518-524-7377

http://aquavisions.me

"We find beauty not in the thing itself, but in the pattern of shadows, the 
light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates." J. Tanazaki 

Subject: Re: Baiting Snowy Owls
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus AT SURFGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 06:28:03 -0500
You could politely hand them (or stick under the windshield of their car) a 
copy of a code of ethics. Ill send you (off-list) the codes from the American 
Birding Association and the Ontario Field Ornithologists.You could also contact 
the local Fish and Wildlife people while youre still at the site and report 
the infraction, giving a description of the car, license number and people. (Of 
course, its possible that the people were some sort of scientists who had a 
legitimate reason for what they were doing - but in that case theyd probably 
appreciate your advocacy on behalf of the birds!). 


Maeve Kim
Jericho Center


On Jan 23, 2016, at 8:41 PM, S. Zundell  wrote:

> My sister and a friend were birding on a country road in an area noted for 
Snowy Owls not far from Ottawa, Ontario. They saw two cars parked on the 
roadside and noticed four people walking out into a field carrying a cooler and 
photo equipment. When the group stopped, they laid on their stomachs, opened 
the cooler and threw bait to a Snowy Owl. What can or should an observer do in 
this instance? 

Subject: Crown Point Waterfowl Update?
From: Blake Allison <blake_allison AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 05:05:07 +0000
What's around?
Thanks for your input.
Blake AllisonLyme, NH 03768-3322
Subject: Baiting Snowy Owls
From: "S. Zundell" <szund AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 20:41:14 -0500
My sister and a friend were birding on a country road in an area noted for 
Snowy Owls not far from Ottawa, Ontario. They saw two cars parked on the 
roadside and noticed four people walking out into a field carrying a cooler and 
photo equipment. When the group stopped, they laid on their stomachs, opened 
the cooler and threw bait to a Snowy Owl. What can or should an observer do in 
this instance? 

Subject: Bullock's Oriole
From: "S. Zundell" <szund AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 19:14:07 -0500
For anyone interested, here's a link to the update for the Bullock's Oriole in 
Ottawa, ON. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/bullocks-oriole-1.3416191 

Subject: Crows eating woodpecker
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 10:48:34 -0500
At about nine this morning I looked out at my birdfeeders to see two American 
Crows taking turns plucking the feathers off a dead male Red -bellied 
Woodpecker. I have had a male Red- bellied Woodpecker frequenting my suet 
feeder this winter. It was probably him. I don't think they killed the 
woodpecker because it seemed to be stiff as they were the plucking the feathers 
off. It must have died during the frigid night. One crow eventually flew off 
with the body. 


Michele Patenaude 
172 Woodbury Road
Burlington, VT 05408
802-862-4085
Subject: Re: redwings/ doves
From: Bonnie Dundas <kinglet AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2016 21:58:15 -0500
They like cracked corn.
Bonnie Dundas

-----Original Message----- 
From: Janet Warren
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 5:28 AM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [VTBIRD] redwings/ doves

We have at least 10 redwings coming to our feeding area (we scatter seed on 
the ground).  Can they survive this week’s freezing weather? Is there 
anything besides seed and grated suet that I could put out?

We also have a lot of doves. They seem to be the favorite meal for the 
coopers hawk that is hanging around.

Janet Warren
South Bingham, Cornwall 
Subject: redpoll in Jericho
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus AT SURFGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:09:08 -0500
Yesterday one lone Common Redpoll was mixed in with the almost fifty American 
Goldfinches. I havent seen it yet this morning, so Im hoping he flew north a 
bit and is busy telling his buddies about the yummy chipped sunflower seed at 
my house! 


Maeve Kim
Jericho Center
Subject: Re: Juncos
From: Allan Strong <Allan.Strong AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:31:31 +0000
Hi Barbara,

Try googling " junco plumage age sex"

Some helpful resources come up...one from Chipper Woods Bird Observatory and 
another from McGill Bird Observatory. 


Allan

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Barbara Powers
Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2016 12:26 AM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [VTBIRD] Juncos

Is there any field marks to look for to tell males from females when looking at 
juncos? Thanks for your input. 

Barbara Powers 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Juncos
From: Barbara Powers <barkiepvt AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:25:54 -0500
Is there any field marks to look for to tell males from females when looking at 
juncos? Thanks for your input. 

Barbara Powers 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Very interesting teaching resource on bird anatomy
From: Walter Medwid <wmedwid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:15:35 -0500
From Cornell Lab....link below.



https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/features/birdanatomy/?utm_source=Cornell+Lab+eNews&utm_campaign=6be7171855-PFW+eNews%3A+project+reminders+12-17-2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-6be7171855-278054645 

Subject: Re: Bird books for Cuba, United Kingdom
From: Matt Aeberhard <serenget AT DIRCON.CO.UK>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:08:18 -0500
Hi Ralph,
I am English and the best book to use for UK / Europe is undoubtably Collins 
Bird Guide 2nd Ed, by Lars Svensson et al. 

It really is the best guide to a specific regional bird fauna anywhere (by 
far). 

Have fun on your trips.
Matt.


On 19 Jan 2016, at 14:54, Ralph Palmer wrote:

> Greetings -
> 
> My wife and I are travelling to Cuba and to Ireland and the United Kingdom
> for short visits this winter/spring. Can anyone suggest birding books for
> those two areas? "United Kingdom" actually means Wales, England and
> Scotland (not Northern Ireland, though I would expect the birds to be
> similar to the birds in the Republic of Ireland).
> 
> I appreciate your time and help,
> 
> Ralph
> 
> -- 
> Ralph Palmer
> Brattleboro, VT
> USA
> palmer.r.violin AT gmail.com
Subject: Re: Costa Rica
From: Jim and Julie Moulton <jmoultons AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 23:09:03 -0500
My absolute favorite place was in the northeast near Boca Tapada and the
Nic bordor.
The Laguna del Lagarto Lodge was a fun stay and the guides were great.
http://www.lagarto-lodge-costa-rica.com/
If you find an Agami Heron...OMG!!
Subject: Re: French translation help
From: Scott Sainsbury <scott AT BEACONASSOCIATES.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:53:29 -0500
Hi Ian,
Did you try Google’s free translator translate.google.com 
 

Amazingly good. I know several very high level translators who use it, and then 
just clean up the small stuff 

Scott

> On Jan 19, 2016, at 4:06 PM, Ian A. Worley  wrote:
> 
> Some of the volunteering I do for eBird involves communicating by email with 
a couple of French language only individuals in small oceanic island locations. 

> 
> I'm English only. Is there anyone who might be willing to give me some 
assistance with translation? 

> 
> Please contact me off the list at:    iworley AT uvm.edu
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Ian
> 
Subject: French translation help
From: "Ian A. Worley" <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:06:59 -0500
Some of the volunteering I do for eBird involves communicating by email 
with a couple of French language only individuals in small oceanic 
island locations.

I'm English only.  Is there anyone who might be willing to give me some 
assistance with translation?

Please contact me off the list at:    iworley AT uvm.edu

Thanks,

Ian
Subject: Re: Bird books for Cuba, United Kingdom
From: Daniel Echt <danecht AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:09:08 -0500
When I lived in Ireland I used the Peterson guide for Britain and Europe -
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Field-Britain-Europe-Peterson-Guides/dp/0618166750

Dan

On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 2:54 PM, Ralph Palmer 
wrote:

> Greetings -
>
> My wife and I are travelling to Cuba and to Ireland and the United Kingdom
> for short visits this winter/spring. Can anyone suggest birding books for
> those two areas? "United Kingdom" actually means Wales, England and
> Scotland (not Northern Ireland, though I would expect the birds to be
> similar to the birds in the Republic of Ireland).
>
> I appreciate your time and help,
>
> Ralph
>
> --
> Ralph Palmer
> Brattleboro, VT
> USA
> palmer.r.violin AT gmail.com
>
Subject: Bird books for Cuba, United Kingdom
From: Ralph Palmer <palmer.r.violin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 14:54:32 -0500
Greetings -

My wife and I are travelling to Cuba and to Ireland and the United Kingdom
for short visits this winter/spring. Can anyone suggest birding books for
those two areas? "United Kingdom" actually means Wales, England and
Scotland (not Northern Ireland, though I would expect the birds to be
similar to the birds in the Republic of Ireland).

I appreciate your time and help,

Ralph

-- 
Ralph Palmer
Brattleboro, VT
USA
palmer.r.violin AT gmail.com
Subject: Carolina wren continues in Montpelier.
From: Thomas K Slayton <slayton.tom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 14:21:58 -0500
This lovely little wren, lively and alert, shows up for the feeders...usually 
the suet...about every other day or so. Not at all a regular visitor. Lots of 
others today, in the blustery cold wind, including a flock of about 8 robins. 

   Sure hope everybody makes it to Spring!
   Tom Slayton

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Trip to dentist
From: "Ian A. Worley" <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 13:50:05 -0500
Maeve is right, stay at home ... the bridge would be a beast.

I chose going to the dentist, and saw these stalwarts on the way into town.

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

Lemon Fair Road, Weybridge, Addison, Vermont, US
Jan 19, 2016 8:48 AM - 9:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.6 mile(s)
Comments:     Snowing fine snow. 3-4" snow cover. Light to calm winds.  
7 deg F.  Low overcast.
27 species

Wild Turkey  7
Northern Harrier  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Rough-legged Hawk  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  31
Mourning Dove  7
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  67     counted by individuals
Common Raven  1
Horned Lark  5
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  3
European Starling  1
Lapland Longspur  1
Snow Bunting  8
American Tree Sparrow  41     In hedgerows by road and on roadside. Two 
groups, each counted several times.
Dark-eyed Junco  13
Savannah Sparrow  2     One near east end of this stretch of road, one 
near west end.  Sparrow with streaked flanks and breast.  Breast 
"stick-pin" dot.  Simple lines on back.  White throat and belly. Faint 
yellow wash in loral region for one, brighter for the other. Traveling 
with ATSP but stand-offish and not directly interacting with them.
Purple Finch  1
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  3

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26997553