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Updated on Friday, April 18 at 09:36 PM EST
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Spotted Towhee,©Dan Lane

18 Apr Re: 3 eggs [Courtney Appleyard ]
18 Apr South heating up [Theresa Armata ]
18 Apr Red-throated Loon at Lake Runnemede / Evarts Pond - (62 acres) - Paradise Park, Apr 18, 2014 [Roy Pilcher ]
18 Apr Cota Field April Monitoring Walk [Zacheriah Cota-Weaver ]
18 Apr Common Loons - Lake Bomoseen [Susan Elliott ]
18 Apr Warbler [Sue Wetmore ]
18 Apr Upland Sandpiper and Snowy [Alan Belford ]
18 Apr Chipping Sp. [Sue Wetmore ]
18 Apr Snowy owl, North Springfield [JoAnne Russo ]
18 Apr FOY Thrasher ["paulagills tds.net" ]
18 Apr Red Rocks Field and Swamp Sparrows [UVM ]
18 Apr Sad News........................................................Rick Enser [Richard Enser ]
18 Apr Field sparrow- Pearl St., Brandon, Apr 18, 2014 [Sue Wetmore ]
18 Apr Volunteer birder needed for surveys at Lye Brook Wilderness [Steve Faccio ]
18 Apr wood ducks [Linda Di Sante ]
18 Apr Yellow-bellied [J J Allen ]
17 Apr Egret Invasion! [Tina Valentinetti ]
17 Apr Leucistic Heron? [Robert Salter ]
17 Apr West Rutland Marsh - April 17 [Susan Elliott ]
17 Apr White-throated Sparrow FOY singing this frigid morning [Veer Frost ]
16 Apr Black-crowned Night-Heron at Stephen J. Young Marsh, W. Swanton [Robert Salter ]
17 Apr Re: snow birds [Ed Good ]
16 Apr Re: snow birds [Ken Copenhaver ]
16 Apr snow birds [Jean Arrowsmith ]
16 Apr Sparrow day in Waitsfield [Pat Folsom ]
16 Apr Snipe in Hinesburg [Bruce MacPherson ]
16 Apr Fw: eBird Report - Northwood Park, Rutland Town, Apr 16, 2014 [Susan Elliott ]
16 Apr Ducks [Sue Wetmore ]
16 Apr Activity at Cota Field [Zacheriah Cota-Weaver ]
16 Apr Re: Lesser BB and Iceland Gulls [UVM ]
16 Apr Lesser BB and Iceland Gulls [UVM ]
16 Apr Re: Loons: Mission Possible? [Carl Runge ]
16 Apr Re: FW: [nysbirds-l] FW: [Ontbirds] Eastern Ontario: Snowy Owl northbound [Larry Clarfeld ]
16 Apr Re: Snakes in the road [Kent McFarland ]
16 Apr Meadowlark Bennington [Theresa Armata ]
16 Apr Snake again ["Peterson, Bruce B." ]
16 Apr Loons: Mission Possible? [alison wagner ]
16 Apr Re: Snakes in the road [Ronald Payne ]
16 Apr Re: Snakes in the road [Kent McFarland ]
16 Apr Re: Snakes in the road ["Peterson, Bruce B." ]
16 Apr Re: "Snow Birds" in the snow [Michele Patenaude ]
15 Apr Common Loon on Berlin Pond [William Adams ]
15 Apr Blue-Winged Teals [Jesse Wampler ]
15 Apr "Snow Birds" in the snow [Ken Copenhaver ]
15 Apr N. Shoveler [David Johnston ]
15 Apr Re: woodcock singing at night [Nancy Perlee ]
15 Apr Re: woodcock singing at night [Ken Copenhaver ]
15 Apr Lesser Black-backed & Iceland Gulls at Champlain Bridge [UVM ]
15 Apr dawn chorus [alison wagner ]
15 Apr Re: woodcock singing at night [Scott Sainsbury ]
15 Apr Re: woodcock singing at night [Pat Folsom ]
15 Apr Re: 3 eggs [m372 AT aol.com ]
15 Apr FW: [nysbirds-l] FW: [Ontbirds] Eastern Ontario: Snowy Owl northbound [Joan Collins ]
15 Apr Eastern Towhee ... Southern end of Snake Mountain, Cornwall ["Ian A. Worley" ]
15 Apr Gnatcatchers and Broad-winged Hawk, Woodside park, April 14 [Amanda Spears ]
15 Apr Re: woodcock singing at night [Miriam Lawrence ]
15 Apr Re: 3 eggs [Betty ]
15 Apr woodcock singing at night [Linda Gionti ]
15 Apr Hermit Thrush [Larry Levine ]
15 Apr Colchester Pond, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Spring Peepers [Travis Collingwood ]
14 Apr Re: Snakes in the road [Sue Wetmore ]
14 Apr Re: Snakes in the road [Bonnie Dundas ]
14 Apr Snakes in the road ["Peterson, Bruce B." ]
14 Apr Osprey question [Priscilla Douglas ]
14 Apr Fwd: eBird Report - 22 E.Center St. Rutland, Apr 14, 2014 [Fred Bates ]
14 Apr bittern- Pearl St., Brandon, Apr 14, 2014 [Sue Wetmore ]
14 Apr Looking for volunteer to conduct breeding bird surveys at Forestry for the Birds sites ["Sharpless, Kristen" ]
14 Apr LOWA back ["hg2 AT myfairpoint.net" ]
13 Apr Monthly Missisquoi NWR Bird Monitoring Walk [Ken Copenhaver ]
13 Apr Herrick's Cove [Ken Cox ]
13 Apr Lake Runnemede, Windsor [Ken Cox ]
13 Apr No. Shrike [Walter Medwid ]
13 Apr Pink-footed goose [Sue Wetmore ]
13 Apr 3 eggs [Courtney Appleyard ]
13 Apr Glaucous or Iceland Gull [Thomas Berriman ]
13 Apr Re: VTBIRD Digest - 11 Apr 2014 to 12 Apr 2014 (#2014-103) [Tom and Joy ]

Subject: Re: 3 eggs
From: Courtney Appleyard <courtapple AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:13:11 -0400
Silly me Betty - forgot to mention, "Betty" is my female bluebird. I must admit 
I'm nervous given the sub-freezing temps we've had the past few days, but she's 
in there incubating, so hopefully she's keeping them warm enough! 


Courtney in Manchester.
Subject: South heating up
From: Theresa Armata <tarmat AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:30:34 -0400
Southwestern VT is getting active. 
Yesterday and today in Shaftsbury, Bennington and Pownal:
Palm, Pine, Yellow-rump Warblers here, as well as Ruby and Golden Crowned 
Kinglets, 

First of the year (for myself), Hermit Thrush and Brown Thrasher.
Nice surprise was getting a great look at a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

Happy Easter All!

Terri Armata- Bennington
Subject: Red-throated Loon at Lake Runnemede / Evarts Pond - (62 acres) - Paradise Park, Apr 18, 2014
From: Roy Pilcher <shamwarivt AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:29:04 -0400
A nice surprise!  Red-necked Grebe would have been a more likely candidate!  

Cheers, Roy Pilcher




Lake Runnemede / Evarts Pond - (62 acres) - Paradise Park, Windsor, US-VT
Apr 18, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Another birder mentioned seeing Palm Warbler and Yellow-rumped 
Warbler.
17 species

American Black Duck  2
Common Merganser  13
Red-breasted Merganser  1
Red-throated Loon  1     In the center of the lake.  Appeared to be in winter 
plumage or immature bird, probably the former since the neck was white.  Fine 
dark beak, tilted up from time to time, steep forehead. Mostly resting and 
preening but seen later to be diving.  Photographed and observed by two other 
birders.
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Egret  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  4
Tree Swallow  150     Estimate, hawking over the water.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Song Sparrow  5
Swamp Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  3
American Goldfinch  2

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17951155 


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

 
Subject: Cota Field April Monitoring Walk
From: Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <zcotaweaver AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:02:41 -0400
Happy spring birding to all! Please join me a week from tomorrow, Saturday
April 26, for the Monthly Monitoring Walk at Cota Field in Starksboro.
Nature lovers of all ages and experiences welcome. We will meet at 10 am at
the parking area off of States Prison Hollow Road. Early birders can join
me at 7:30 for a pre-walk scout.

Below is a link to the hotspot where you can see what birds have been seen
lately, including a Brown Thrasher and Blue-headed Vireo today. Hope to see
you there!

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L2288215

-- 
Zacheriah T. Cota-Weaver
Starksboro, VT 05487
zcotaweaver AT gmail.com
Subject: Common Loons - Lake Bomoseen
From: Susan Elliott <ovenbird14 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:03:38 -0400
Four Common Loons were on Lake Bomoseen this afternoon.

Sue and Marv Elliott

Sent from my iPod
Subject: Warbler
From: Sue Wetmore <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:23:22 -0400
Pine warbler back singing  in his same spot on Hollow Rd.
Sue Wetmore
Brandon
TestSent from my iPod
Subject: Upland Sandpiper and Snowy
From: Alan Belford <alan_belford AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:48:22 -0400
I took a few hours at the end of the day yesterday to poke around the Champlain 
Valley, spending about 2 and a half hours in Vermont, and finding a nice 
collection of spring birds. 


 

The best birding was along Jersey Street North where I found and Upland 
Sandpiper just below the junction with Goodrich Corner Road, and a Snowy Owl 
about 150 meters to the right of that junction across the street from the pond. 


 

Also along Jersey Street/Goodrich:

 

N. Harrier, Red-taileds, Kestrels

Purple Martins, Barn Swallows

 

Good Birding!

 

Alan Belford

Saranac Lake, NY
 		 	   		  
Subject: Chipping Sp.
From: Sue Wetmore <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:54:22 -0400
A singing Chipping Sp. Here in my yard.
Sue Wetmore
Brandon

TestSent from my iPod
Subject: Snowy owl, North Springfield
From: JoAnne Russo <sukirusso AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:24:28 -0400
Snowy still at the junction of 106 and 10, sitting on white fence at 10:15 when 
we left. 


Sent from my iPad
Subject: FOY Thrasher
From: "paulagills tds.net" <paulagills AT TDS.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:19:35 -0400
Brown Thrasher in my front yard as I write this.  Not finding them breeding
on our property in the past few years, but still come here first to hang
out a bit.

Paula Gills
Brookfield

-- 
*Birds were the earth's first musicians.*
                                    *Olivier Messiaen*
Subject: Red Rocks Field and Swamp Sparrows
From: UVM <smorrica AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:32:46 -0400
Yesterday I found an interesting flock of migrant sparrows in Red Rocks Park in 
South Burlington. The flock consisted of mostly White-throated Sparrows, but 
also included a Field Sparrow and a Swamp Sparrow. In my many years of birding 
at Red Rocks, I don't recall ever seeing a Field Sparrow there, even in 
migration. I can only recall one other sighting of Swamp Sparrow there as well. 


Also of note at Red Rocks yesterday: Pine Warblers are back; a pair of Pileated 
Woodpeckers was excavating a nest hole, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Hermit 
Thrushes were scattered throughout. 


Scott Morrical,
South Burlington 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Sad News........................................................Rick Enser
From: Richard Enser <rickenser AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:26:25 -0700
Hello,


 I really hope you get this fast. I could not inform anyone about our 
trip, because it was impromptu. we had to be in Philippines for 
Tour..The program was successful, but our journey has turned sour. we 
misplaced our wallet and cell phone on our way back to the hotel we 
lodge in after we went for sight seeing. The wallet contained all the 
valuables we had. Now, our passport is in custody of the hotel 
management pending when we make payment.

I
 am sorry for any inconvenience caused, but i have only very few people 
to run to now. i will be indeed very grateful if i can get a short term 
loan from you ($2,450.00 USD) or whatever amount you can afford to help 
with, I promise to refund it in full as soon as soon as I return. please
 let me know if you can be of any assistance. let me know soonest.

I will check my email every 30 minutes for your reply.


Thanks

Rick Enser
Subject: Field sparrow- Pearl St., Brandon, Apr 18, 2014
From: Sue Wetmore <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:37:47 +0000
Did not expect to see a field sparrow along the road this morning. Pearl St is 
underwater by the covered bridge. 

Sue Wetmore 

----- Forwarded Message -----

From: do-not-reply AT ebird.org 
To: 2birdvt AT comcast.net 
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 8:29:48 AM 
Subject: eBird Report - Pearl St., Brandon, Apr 18, 2014 

Pearl St., Brandon, Rutland, US-VT 
Apr 18, 2014 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM 
Protocol: Traveling 
2.0 mile(s) 
25 species 

Canada Goose  5 
Wild Turkey  1 
Mourning Dove  5 
Belted Kingfisher  1 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1 
Downy Woodpecker  3 
Northern Flicker  2 
Eastern Phoebe  1 
Blue Jay  5 
Black-capped Chickadee  2 
Tufted Titmouse  2 
White-breasted Nuthatch  1 
Eastern Bluebird  2 
American Robin  27 
European Starling  5 
Field Sparrow  1 
Song Sparrow  3 
White-throated Sparrow  3 
Dark-eyed Junco  16 
Northern Cardinal  7 
Red-winged Blackbird  3 
Common Grackle  2 
Brown-headed Cowbird  1 
House Finch  3 
American Goldfinch  3 

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17941055 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 
Subject: Volunteer birder needed for surveys at Lye Brook Wilderness
From: Steve Faccio <sfaccio AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:09:49 -0400
Hello Birders;
As part of the Vermont Forest Bird Monitoring Program (FBMP), the 
Vermont Center for Ecostudies is looking for a skilled birder to conduct 
breeding bird surveys at the Lye Brook Wilderness Area near Manchester, 
VT.  Briefly, the FBMP was initiated in 1989 with the primary goal of 
tracking long-term population trends of interior forest birds.  
Currently, the program consists of 30 study sites in forested habitats 
throughout the state.  Each study site has 5 permanently marked survey 
stations (point counts) at which birds are sampled for 10 minutes on two 
different mornings during June.

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

_*Time Commitment:*_  The site should be surveyed on two different 
mornings during June, with each survey taking between 1.5 and 2 hours to 
complete.  This does not include travel time to and from the study 
site.  Surveys are to be conducted during the early morning hours (e.g. 
arrive at the first point at approximately 5:30 AM).  In addition, 
another 1-1.5 hours of time is required to transfer data from field 
forms onto coding sheets, and to enter data into an online, web-based 
data entry system before August 1st.  Because this is a long-term 
monitoring program, participants should be able to make a multi-year 
commitment to the project.

This is a great opportunity for someone to "bird with a purpose" and 
contribute to a long-term dataset.

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in becoming an FBMP 
volunteer, or if you simply want more information.  You can also visit 
the FBMP webpage at http://www.vtecostudies.org/FBMP/.

Thanks,
Steve

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Steve Faccio
Conservation Biologist
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
20 Palmer CT
White River Junction, VT 05001
*/Mailing address
/*PO Box 420
Norwich, VT 05055
802-649-1431 xt.3
/sfaccio AT vtecostudies.org
/_www.vtecostudies.org
_~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Subject: wood ducks
From: Linda Di Sante <ldisante AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:39:04 +0000
We were happily surprised to see a pair of wood ducks which dropped by early 
this a.m. to check out a dead red pine with lots of holes on our property in 
the New North End of Burlington. 

While they were perched there, a squirrel popped its head out of one of the 
holes next to the male, inches from him, checking him out! It was pretty funny. 
We are just a couple of blocks away from both the intervale and Lake Champlain, 
but the little ducklings would have a harrowing walk to the water if they would 
nest here. They did fly on so maybe they figured that out too - but it was a 
nice treat for us! 


Linda Di Sante 
Subject: Yellow-bellied
From: J J Allen <jjapple88 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:45:45 -0400
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker tapping code Wednesday 4-16 Montpelier

Sent from iPad
Subject: Egret Invasion!
From: Tina Valentinetti <jazzytinav AT MADRIVER.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:10:04 -0400
Counted five Great White Egrets on the Sandbar today, all in mainly the 
same area. Also counted two and a GB Heron there on Mon., and another 
two on Mon. at Shelburne Bay. So beautiful to watch, plus good photo ops!
Tina
Subject: Leucistic Heron?
From: Robert Salter <rsalter_637 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:47:04 -0400
I posted these pictures on Facebook Vermont Birding Group as well. I saw this 
bird on Sunday and also today at lunch in the marsh by RT 78 and Campbell Bay 
Rd in W. Swanton (Charcoal Creek, Missisquoi NWR). Not sure if its a Leucistic 
Great Blue Heron, a Wurdemanns Heron, or something else. 


http://imageshack.com/a/img836/6674/5xoa.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img842/9286/2t2z.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img838/7309/xkyd.jpg

It looks a lot like the bird described here as a Heron x Egret:
http://home.earthlink.net/%7Epomarine/id22.html

Can anyone help identify?

Thanks, 
Bob Salter
Subject: West Rutland Marsh - April 17
From: Susan Elliott <ovenbird14 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:57:01 -0700
Despite the cold weather, it was a fine walk around West Rutland Marsh this 
morning. You can read the details about the 39 species seen here: 



http://rutlandcountyaudubon.org/journal/2014/4/17/west-rutland-marsh-april-monitoring-walk.html 



Sue Elliott
Subject: White-throated Sparrow FOY singing this frigid morning
From: Veer Frost <v_t_frost AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:16:38 -0700
A bit thrilling, the first time it comes out of what seems like unending winter
___________________________
Veer Frost, Passumpsic (NEK)
Subject: Black-crowned Night-Heron at Stephen J. Young Marsh, W. Swanton
From: Robert Salter <rsalter_637 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:45:35 -0400
I saw my first Black-crowned Night-Heron at Stephen J. Young Marsh, Missisquoi 
NWR in W. Swanton, VT around 7pm this evening. 

Here are a few pictures:
http://imageshack.com/a/img836/8382/tlr4.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img845/9786/7q27p.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img845/772/f95g.jpg

Also had a Bald Eagle fly over:
http://imageshack.com/a/img843/8010/j2ei.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img836/6313/0edl.jpg

Bob Salter
Subject: Re: snow birds
From: Ed Good <edwardgood123 AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:22:40 +0000
Speaking of snow bird juncos, one partially albino showed up in my yard 
today (I've seen partially albino juncos several times through the 
years) which looked at first glance like a breeding plumage snow 
bunting--the other snow bird. 

On Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:44:32 -0400, Ken Copenhaver  wrote:
Hi Jean (and all),
>
> I received many off-line replies from people who knew juncos as snow birds
> from various areas of the country, so the name is apparently widespread. 
> Here is one of the more interesting blog posts about snow birds, from East
> Brunswick, NJ:
>
> 
http://eastbrunswick.patch.com/groups/dave-moskowitzs-blog/p/bp--backyard-feeder-birds-the-junco-our-winter-snowbird 

>
> Thanks to all who replied!
>
> --Ken Copenhaver
>
>
> On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 4:27 PM, Jean Arrowsmith  wrote:
>
> > Ken -- the snow bird designation for juncos seems to be pretty widespread. 
> >  I have heard it in various parts of the country. When I correct people
> > here in AZ  for calling me a snow bird (I winter here) I say  "Don't call
> > me a snow bird, call me a junco" many/most birders get it. 
> >
> > Jean Arrowsmith
> > soon to be back home
> >
>
>
Subject: Re: snow birds
From: Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:44:32 -0400
Hi Jean (and all),

I received many off-line replies from people who knew juncos as snow birds
from various areas of the country, so the name is apparently widespread.
Here is one of the more interesting blog posts about snow birds, from East
Brunswick, NJ:


http://eastbrunswick.patch.com/groups/dave-moskowitzs-blog/p/bp--backyard-feeder-birds-the-junco-our-winter-snowbird 


Thanks to all who replied!

--Ken Copenhaver


On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 4:27 PM, Jean Arrowsmith  wrote:

> Ken -- the snow bird designation for juncos seems to be pretty widespread.
>  I have heard it in various parts of the country. When I correct people
> here in AZ  for calling me a snow bird (I winter here) I say  "Don't call
> me a snow bird, call me a junco" many/most birders get it.
>
> Jean Arrowsmith
> soon to be back home
>
Subject: snow birds
From: Jean Arrowsmith <jeanbird AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:27:50 -0400
Ken -- the snow bird designation for juncos seems to be pretty  
widespread.  I have heard it in various parts of the country. When I  
correct people here in AZ  for calling me a snow bird (I winter here)  
I say  "Don't call me a snow bird, call me a junco" many/most birders  
get it.

Jean Arrowsmith
soon to be back home
Subject: Sparrow day in Waitsfield
From: Pat Folsom <pfols AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:53:25 -0400
Hi Birders,

I bet a lot of you had lots of birds in your yard, looking for food on this
snowy day.  In Waitsfield, I had lots of sparrows - Juncoes (at least 35),
White-throated, Chipping, Song, and Fox.  There were also Purple and
Goldfinches, Robins, Bluebirds.

Mad Birders will hold our first walk tomorrow evening - Woodcock Walk on
Freeman Hill, Moretown. Check out our website (madbirders.org) for more
info on all our events.  Everyone is welcome to join us.

Happy birding,
Pat
Subject: Snipe in Hinesburg
From: Bruce MacPherson <bmacphe AT AOL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:22:47 -0400
Lagoon Road in Hinesburg is a reliable spot to see Wilson's Snipe. This 
afternoon I counted 6 Wilson's Snipe in the wet fields west of Lagoon Road. 
Also, a trio of BW Teal was swimming nearby. 



Bruce MacPherson
South Burlington
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Northwood Park, Rutland Town, Apr 16, 2014
From: Susan Elliott <ovenbird14 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:51:53 -0700
Seven Hermit Thrushes at Northwood Park this morning! Now to hear them sing....


13 species

Common Merganser 2
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1
Hermit Thrush 7
American Robin 22
White-throated Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 36

Sue Elliott
Subject: Ducks
From: Sue Wetmore <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:21:54 -0400
More hooded mergansers on the pond south of Brandon. At Fern Lake the 
incongruity of snow all around and spring peepers calling. 

Both this lake and Dunmore are ice free.

Sue Wetmore

TestSent from my iPod
Subject: Activity at Cota Field
From: Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <zcotaweaver AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:16:05 -0400
Plenty of bird activity at Cota Field this afternoon including my first
Brown Thrasher, several Hermit Thrush and both Kinglet species. Link below
to the list with pictures.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17919039

-- 
Zacheriah T. Cota-Weaver
Starksboro, VT 05487
zcotaweaver AT gmail.com
Subject: Re: Lesser BB and Iceland Gulls
From: UVM <smorrica AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:48:05 -0400
Also a Caspian Tern at the bridge.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 16, 2014, at 1:34 PM, UVM  wrote:
> 
> Hello: the adult Lesser Black-backed and 1st year Iceland Gull are still 
present near the Champlain Bridge in Addison. Currently they are with the gull 
flock in a corn field 1/8 mile east of the bridge, along Rte. 125. 

> 
> Reported by Scott Morrical  with Ted Murin
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Lesser BB and Iceland Gulls
From: UVM <smorrica AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:34:47 -0400
Hello: the adult Lesser Black-backed and 1st year Iceland Gull are still 
present near the Champlain Bridge in Addison. Currently they are with the gull 
flock in a corn field 1/8 mile east of the bridge, along Rte. 125. 


Reported by Scott Morrical  with Ted Murin

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Loons: Mission Possible?
From: Carl Runge <cfrun2 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:11:32 -0400
No loons in the pond by the Health Ctr. Just a pair of mallards and a few Song 
Sparrows. At the old "loon pond" near Shaws, a dozen RBGs, a flock of starlings 
and a Killdeer. 

Carl

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 16, 2014, at 10:13 AM, alison wagner  wrote:

> Hi Folks,
> 
> A non-birder friend just told me he thinks he saw two loons in a storm
> containment pond at Taft Corners.  It is located in the Blair Park complex,
> in the northwest quadrant of Taft Corners, near the Fletcher Allen doctor
> offices.
> 
> I am hoping it is a pair of Common Mergansers....if anyone is driving by
> that area, would they mind checking?  If it's loons, they will definitely
> be trapped as this pond is much smaller than the pond behind Friendly's
> (where a loon was captured and relocated.....remember?)
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> Ali
> Huntington
Subject: Re: FW: [nysbirds-l] FW: [Ontbirds] Eastern Ontario: Snowy Owl northbound
From: Larry Clarfeld <lclarfeld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:50:09 -0400
Hi VTBirders,

A few other interesting observations of northbound Snowy Owls include 2
sightings from last Friday, April 11:

1 Snowy Owl was found by Dick Mansfield at Wrightsville Reservoir (near
Montpelier): http://www.vtbirder.com/back-in-vermont-birding/

1 Snowy Owl landed at the headquarters for WCAX in South Burlington:
http://www.wcax.com/story/25224545/snowy-owl-visits-wcax

Both didn't stay long and were at locations where they would not have been
expected.

Good Birding,
Larry


On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 9:16 AM, Joan Collins wrote:

> I thought this post from Bruce DiLabio (Ontario) would be of interest to
> VT and Northern NY birders.
>
> Joan Collins
> Long Lake, NY
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: bounce-114465033-13418206 AT list.cornell.edu [mailto:
> bounce-114465033-13418206 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Willie D'Anna
> and Betsy Potter
> Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 7:39 AM
> To: 'geneseebirds'; NYSBirds
> Subject: [nysbirds-l] FW: [Ontbirds] Eastern Ontario: Snowy Owl northbound
>
> I thought NY birders would find this post to the Ontario birding list by
> Bruce DiLabio of interest.
>
> Good birding!
> Willie
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ONTBIRDS [mailto:birdalert-bounces AT ontbirds.ca] On Behalf Of bruce
> dilabio via ONTBIRDS
> Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 6:34 PM
> To: ONTBIRDS
> Subject: [Ontbirds] Eastern Ontario: Snowy Owl northbound
>
> Hi Everyone
>
> After an incredible winter with record high numbers of Snowy Owls numbers,
> these Arctic beauties are now returning north. Today, 7 Snowy Owls were
> observed in Ottawa, 4 were observed along the Ottawa River and another 5
> were observed south west of Ottawa. All these birds were in areas that
> didn’t hold any long term wintering birds. Last week I observed 23 Snowy
> Owls in the Ste. Rose-St.Isidore area. Based on winter observations many of
> these birds were migrants. Overall it was an exciting winter in eastern
> Ontario for Snowy Owls and likely a record number for both the
> Ottawa-Gatineau district and eastern Ontario. Starting in mid November
> reports of Snowy Owls were reported and by early December it was apparent
> an irruption was taking place with many owls reported from suitable habitat
> across eastern Ontario and further south. This movement coincided with the
> high numbers on the Avalon Peninsular in Newfoundland. Using Christmas Bird
> Count data and personal observation from!
>   Brian Morin, Jacques Bouvier and myself I’ve estimated that there were
> 140+ in the Ottawa-Gatineau district and over 350+ in eastern Ontario west
> to Presqu’ile Provincial Park. An amazing winter for Snowys. Interestingly
> there were few birds found dead in an emaciated condition. In the Ottawa
> area at least 10 individuals were hit by cars and rehabilitated, and
> another few were found dead as road kill. All Snowys appeared to be
> surviving well for the winter on a variety of  prey including Meadow Voles
> and other small rodents and water birds. It was a great winter to observe
> these birds and study behavior. Many individuals set up winter territories
> and were present for weeks at the same location. Another interesting
> observation was that the Snowy Owl is as nocturnal as any other owl. On
> many occasions during January and February I observed Snowy Owls hunting at
> night from telephone poles between 5:00p.m. and 12:00 midnight. Over the
> past 4 decades I never looked for Snow!
>  y Owls during the night and just considered them a diurnal owl. Between
> Carp and Kanata Ben and I observed at least 5 individuals hunting and these
> birds were very alert looking for prey not like the numerous birds we saw
> during the day that were more docile. All in all an exciting winter for
> learning!
>
> Good birding,
>
> Bruce
>
>
>
> --
>
> NYSbirds-L List Info:
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>
> ARCHIVES:
> 1) http://www.mail-archive.com/nysbirds-l AT cornell.edu/maillist.html
> 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L
> 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/NYSB.html
>
> Please submit your observations to eBird:
> http://ebird.org/content/ebird/
>
> --
>



-- 
Larry Clarfeld
Environmental Educator
Youth Birding Coordinator

North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm St.
Montpelier, VT 05602

www.NorthBranchNatureCenter.org
(802) 229-6206
larry AT NorthBranchNatureCenter.org
Subject: Re: Snakes in the road
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:24:00 -0400
Also, iNaturalist Vermont sends all herp and reptile records to the atlas
each quarter, so you are helping big time with your observations! Now, back
to your regularly scheduled program - birds!
Kent

____________________________

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

[image: VCE Logo] 
  

   



On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 9:58 AM, Ronald Payne wrote:

> And a great place to help you identify which species of snake it was is
> the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas:
> http://community.middlebury.edu/~herpatlas/index.html?SpeciesList.htm
>
>  --
> Ron Payne
> Middlebury, VT
>
> On Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:39:55 -0400, Kent McFarland <
> kmcfarland AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG> wrote:
> A great place to put your non-avian sightings in Vermont like this snake
>
>> sighting, with photos preferably, and have people help you ID things, is
>> iNaturalist Vermont. Like Vermont eBird and e-Butterfly, its a project of
>> the Vermont Atlas of Life. Check it out at
>> http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/vermont-atlas-of-life and add your
>> observations. Thanks,
>> Kent
>>
>> ____________________________
>>
>> Kent McFarland
>> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
>> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
>> 802.649.1431 x2
>>
>> [image: VCE Logo] 
>>   
>> > >
>>    
>>
>>
>>
>> On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 7:58 AM, Peterson, Bruce B. <
>> peterson AT middlebury.edu
>> > wrote:
>>
>> > Sue is correct.  I blew it on this.  Thought I was still in NC. But I'm
>> > really intrigued now.  I know milk snakes well -- not that.  Definitely
>> not
>> > a red water snake.  Some pattern but obscured by old skin and dust.
>>  About
>> > two feet long.  Any ideas?
>> >
>> > Bruce Peterson
>> >
>> >
>> > On 4/14/14 2:02 PM, "Sue Wetmore" <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET> wrote:
>> >
>> > > Pine snake is a southern species. I'm wondering if it was a milk
>> snake. > >
>> > > Sue Wetmore
>> > >
>> > > TestSent from my iPod
>> > >
>> > > On Apr 14, 2014, at 1:48 PM, Bonnie Dundas  wrote:
>> > >
>> > >> Hi Bruce,
>> > >> Could you tell me more about Pine Snakes?  I've never seen one here
>> in
>> > >> Vermont. Does it have another local name?
>> > >> Bonnie Dundas
>> > >>
>> > >> -----Original Message----- From: Peterson, Bruce B. > >> Sent:
>> Monday, April 14, 2014 1:39 PM
>> > >> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
>> > >> Subject: [VTBIRD] Snakes in the road
>> > >>
>> > >> Saw two pine snakes in the middle of Pond Road in Shelburne, one
>> dead,
>> > the
>> > >> other quickly transported to a dry hillside.  One other dead but
>> > >> unidentifiable snake on rt. 116 in Bristol.  Drive carefully.  Bruce
>> > Peterson
>> >
>>
>>
>>
Subject: Meadowlark Bennington
From: Theresa Armata <tarmat AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:31:22 -0400
This morning , despite the 2 -3 inches of snow a 
Meadowlark was singing sweetly from a treetop.
Hopefully nesting will follow in the fields.

Terri Armata 
Bennington
Subject: Snake again
From: "Peterson, Bruce B." <peterson AT MIDDLEBURY.EDU>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:18:23 +0000
Thanks to you all. Im going with northern water snake. It was indeed chunky 
and the habitat was right. Fits well except for the large triangular head. Ah 
well. 


Morale of the story: always carry a camera.

Bruce Peterson
Subject: Loons: Mission Possible?
From: alison wagner <alikatofvt AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:13:21 -0400
Hi Folks,

A non-birder friend just told me he thinks he saw two loons in a storm
containment pond at Taft Corners.  It is located in the Blair Park complex,
in the northwest quadrant of Taft Corners, near the Fletcher Allen doctor
offices.

I am hoping it is a pair of Common Mergansers....if anyone is driving by
that area, would they mind checking?  If it's loons, they will definitely
be trapped as this pond is much smaller than the pond behind Friendly's
(where a loon was captured and relocated.....remember?)

Thanks!

Ali
Huntington
Subject: Re: Snakes in the road
From: Ronald Payne <rpayne72 AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:58:22 -0400
And a great place to help you identify which species of snake it was is 
the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas:
http://community.middlebury.edu/~herpatlas/index.html?SpeciesList.htm 

  --
Ron Payne
Middlebury, VT

On Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:39:55 -0400, Kent McFarland 
 wrote:
A great place to put your non-avian sightings in Vermont like this snake
> sighting, with photos preferably, and have people help you ID things, is
> iNaturalist Vermont. Like Vermont eBird and e-Butterfly, its a project of
> the Vermont Atlas of Life. Check it out at
> http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/vermont-atlas-of-life and add your
> observations. 
> Thanks,
> Kent
>
> ____________________________
>
> Kent McFarland
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
> 802.649.1431 x2
>
> [image: VCE Logo] 
>   
> 
>    
>
>
>
> On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 7:58 AM, Peterson, Bruce B.  > wrote:
>
> > Sue is correct.  I blew it on this.  Thought I was still in NC. But I'm
> > really intrigued now.  I know milk snakes well -- not that.  Definitely not
> > a red water snake.  Some pattern but obscured by old skin and dust.  About
> > two feet long.  Any ideas?
> >
> > Bruce Peterson
> >
> >
> > On 4/14/14 2:02 PM, "Sue Wetmore" <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET> wrote:
> >
> > > Pine snake is a southern species. I'm wondering if it was a milk snake. 
> > >
> > > Sue Wetmore
> > >
> > > TestSent from my iPod
> > >
> > > On Apr 14, 2014, at 1:48 PM, Bonnie Dundas  wrote:
> > >
> > >> Hi Bruce,
> > >> Could you tell me more about Pine Snakes?  I've never seen one here in
> > >> Vermont. Does it have another local name?
> > >> Bonnie Dundas
> > >>
> > >> -----Original Message----- From: Peterson, Bruce B. 
> > >> Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 1:39 PM
> > >> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
> > >> Subject: [VTBIRD] Snakes in the road
> > >>
> > >> Saw two pine snakes in the middle of Pond Road in Shelburne, one dead,
> > the
> > >> other quickly transported to a dry hillside.  One other dead but
> > >> unidentifiable snake on rt. 116 in Bristol.  Drive carefully.  Bruce
> > Peterson
> >
>
>
Subject: Re: Snakes in the road
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:39:55 -0400
A great place to put your non-avian sightings in Vermont like this snake
sighting, with photos preferably, and have people help you ID things, is
iNaturalist Vermont. Like Vermont eBird and e-Butterfly, its a project of
the Vermont Atlas of Life. Check it out at
http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/vermont-atlas-of-life and add your
observations.
Thanks,
Kent

____________________________

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

[image: VCE Logo] 
  

   



On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 7:58 AM, Peterson, Bruce B.  wrote:

> Sue is correct.  I blew it on this.  Thought I was still in NC. But I'm
> really intrigued now.  I know milk snakes well -- not that.  Definitely not
> a red water snake.  Some pattern but obscured by old skin and dust.  About
> two feet long.  Any ideas?
>
> Bruce Peterson
>
>
> On 4/14/14 2:02 PM, "Sue Wetmore" <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET> wrote:
>
> > Pine snake is a southern species. I'm wondering if it was a milk snake.
> >
> > Sue Wetmore
> >
> > TestSent from my iPod
> >
> > On Apr 14, 2014, at 1:48 PM, Bonnie Dundas  wrote:
> >
> >> Hi Bruce,
> >> Could you tell me more about Pine Snakes?  I've never seen one here in
> >> Vermont. Does it have another local name?
> >> Bonnie Dundas
> >>
> >> -----Original Message----- From: Peterson, Bruce B.
> >> Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 1:39 PM
> >> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
> >> Subject: [VTBIRD] Snakes in the road
> >>
> >> Saw two pine snakes in the middle of Pond Road in Shelburne, one dead,
> the
> >> other quickly transported to a dry hillside.  One other dead but
> >> unidentifiable snake on rt. 116 in Bristol.  Drive carefully.  Bruce
> Peterson
>
Subject: Re: Snakes in the road
From: "Peterson, Bruce B." <peterson AT MIDDLEBURY.EDU>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:58:14 +0000
Sue is correct.  I blew it on this.  Thought I was still in NC. But I'm
really intrigued now.  I know milk snakes well -- not that.  Definitely not
a red water snake.  Some pattern but obscured by old skin and dust.  About
two feet long.  Any ideas?

Bruce Peterson


On 4/14/14 2:02 PM, "Sue Wetmore" <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET> wrote:

> Pine snake is a southern species. I'm wondering if it was a milk snake.
> 
> Sue Wetmore
> 
> TestSent from my iPod
> 
> On Apr 14, 2014, at 1:48 PM, Bonnie Dundas  wrote:
> 
>> Hi Bruce,
>> Could you tell me more about Pine Snakes?  I've never seen one here in
>> Vermont. Does it have another local name?
>> Bonnie Dundas
>> 
>> -----Original Message----- From: Peterson, Bruce B.
>> Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 1:39 PM
>> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
>> Subject: [VTBIRD] Snakes in the road
>> 
>> Saw two pine snakes in the middle of Pond Road in Shelburne, one dead, the
>> other quickly transported to a dry hillside.  One other dead but
>> unidentifiable snake on rt. 116 in Bristol. Drive carefully. Bruce Peterson 

Subject: Re: "Snow Birds" in the snow
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:14:00 -0400
Ken, 

My grandmothers and mother also called juncoes "snow birds" and they lived in 
Rhode Island. 


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

> On Apr 15, 2014, at 9:20 PM, Ken Copenhaver  wrote:
> 
> At about 6:30 this evening, shortly after the snow started and the grass
> was just barely covered with snow, it was also covered with Juncos -- I
> counted about 115.  I think that's the most Juncos I've seen at once.
> 
> It reminded me that when I was a kid, my mother called Juncos "snow birds"
> because they always showed up when it snowed.  I don't know if it was a
> regional name (south central PA) or if it's generally know, but I don't
> recall hearing it other than in PA. (My father still calls Mourning Doves
> "rain doves" -- possibly another regional name.)
> 
> Ken Copenhaver
> Fairfax VT
Subject: Common Loon on Berlin Pond
From: William Adams <wmladams AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:19:12 -0400
I enjoyed my first sighting of the year of a Common Loon on Berlin Pond this 
afternoon between 3:00 and 4:00. 

Subject: Blue-Winged Teals
From: Jesse Wampler <jswampler AT MAIL.PLYMOUTH.EDU>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:49:20 -0400
A group of 4 Blue-winged Teals off shore of Vermont Yankee caught my eye this 
morning on a brief walk. Along with a field sparrow, a few singing swamp 
sparrows, 3 ruby-crowned kinglets, a group of palms, a pair of bald eagles with 
a female on the nest, a pair of kingfishers, loads of geese, a few ring-necked 
ducks, common mergansers, pine warblers, a sapsucker and a lone osprey carrying 
sticks to the nest post. Oh and a mute swan. 


__________________________________
Jesse Wampler
33 Beech St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301

(802) 579-1256 (home)
Subject: "Snow Birds" in the snow
From: Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:20:25 -0400
At about 6:30 this evening, shortly after the snow started and the grass
was just barely covered with snow, it was also covered with Juncos -- I
counted about 115.  I think that's the most Juncos I've seen at once.

It reminded me that when I was a kid, my mother called Juncos "snow birds"
because they always showed up when it snowed.  I don't know if it was a
regional name (south central PA) or if it's generally know, but I don't
recall hearing it other than in PA. (My father still calls Mourning Doves
"rain doves" -- possibly another regional name.)

Ken Copenhaver
Fairfax VT
Subject: N. Shoveler
From: David Johnston <dakk21 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:47:23 -0400
A drake N. Shoveler was busy preening and feeding at the puddle inside of the 
water treatment plant on Rt 30 in Brattleboro this evening about 6:00. A pair 
of Greater Scaup, 1 female C. Goldeneye, and 3 D-c Cormorants occupied in the 
waters of the Retreat Meadows this evening as well. 

Subject: Re: woodcock singing at night
From: Nancy Perlee <nperlee AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:34:57 -0400
I have to drive out to pick up my FOY Woodcock but wanted to add peepers at
Bristol Pond Monday the 14th for the first time this year also.


On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 12:27 PM, Ken Copenhaver  wrote:

> I heard one just outside our yard Monday morning at 5:10 (still pretty
> dark).  They are usually in the field across the road.
>
> Ken Copenhaver
> Fairfax
>
>
> On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 11:46 AM, Scott Sainsbury <
> scott AT beaconassociates.com> wrote:
>
> > Heard them last night at our place in Moretown.  And up at Knapp airport
> > (berlin) as well.
> > On Apr 15, 2014, at 11:38 AM, Pat Folsom  wrote:
> >
> > > I heard at least 5 woodcock on my drive on East Warren Rd, Waitsfield,
> > last
> > > evening, one in my yard
> > >
> > >
> > > On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 8:02 AM, Miriam Lawrence
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > >> We had our first woodcock peenting last night as well, in Monkton.
> > >>
> > >> Miriam Lawrence
> > >>
> > >
> >
> >
> > Scott Sainsbury
> > Beacon Associates
> >
> > 802-496-9393
> > 802-249-0525 (mobile)
> > www.beaconassociates.com
> > Mailing Address
> > P.O. 1660
> > Waitsfield, VT.  05673
> > Delivery Address
> > 75 Bridge Road
> > Moretown, VT.  05660
> >
>
Subject: Re: woodcock singing at night
From: Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:27:53 -0400
I heard one just outside our yard Monday morning at 5:10 (still pretty
dark).  They are usually in the field across the road.

Ken Copenhaver
Fairfax


On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 11:46 AM, Scott Sainsbury <
scott AT beaconassociates.com> wrote:

> Heard them last night at our place in Moretown.  And up at Knapp airport
> (berlin) as well.
> On Apr 15, 2014, at 11:38 AM, Pat Folsom  wrote:
>
> > I heard at least 5 woodcock on my drive on East Warren Rd, Waitsfield,
> last
> > evening, one in my yard
> >
> >
> > On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 8:02 AM, Miriam Lawrence
> > wrote:
> >
> >> We had our first woodcock peenting last night as well, in Monkton.
> >>
> >> Miriam Lawrence
> >>
> >
>
>
> Scott Sainsbury
> Beacon Associates
>
> 802-496-9393
> 802-249-0525 (mobile)
> www.beaconassociates.com
> Mailing Address
> P.O. 1660
> Waitsfield, VT.  05673
> Delivery Address
> 75 Bridge Road
> Moretown, VT.  05660
>
Subject: Lesser Black-backed & Iceland Gulls at Champlain Bridge
From: UVM <smorrica AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:23:38 -0400
At about 10 o'clock this morning, just as the rain was starting to come down at 
the Champlain Bridge in Addison, I observed an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull 
and a white-winged gull that I believe to be a 1st year Iceland Gull. They were 
with a mixed flock of 500 or so gulls. The exact size of the flock is hard to 
estimate because viewing conditions were somewhat awful. The white-winged gull 
was similar in size to Herring Gulls that it was interacting with. It was 
almost all white except for some faint gray on the face. The relatively small 
bill was mostly dark with a bit of paleness at the base. This makes me lean 
towards 1st year Iceland as opposed to a young Glaucous. The latter is expected 
to have a sharply zoned bill with pink at the base and black at the tip, and 
would be more massive esp. compared to the Herrings. The Iceland was still 
there when I left. The LBBG flew north up the lake with part of the gull flock 
as the heavier rain moved in. 


Elsewhere, I saw a Great Egret in the wetland SE of Dorset St. X Cheesefactory 
Rd. in Shelburne. 


Scott Morrical

South Burlington

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: dawn chorus
From: alison wagner <alikatofvt AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:49:51 -0400
And a dawn chorus .in Huntington this morning!  I enjoyed the robins,
chickadees, red-breasted nut, jays, juncos, goldfinches, ravens and phoebes
until the second movement (probably causing some) when a Sharp-shinned
joined in, circling above and quieting the chorus.  Then it was just the
ravens vocalizing.  I went to the door to see if I could spot the hawk and
it flew up right in front of me!

Ali
Huntington


On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 11:38 AM, Pat Folsom  wrote:

> I heard at least 5 woodcock on my drive on East Warren Rd, Waitsfield, last
> evening, one in my yard
>
>
> On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 8:02 AM, Miriam Lawrence
> wrote:
>
> > We had our first woodcock peenting last night as well, in Monkton.
> >
> > Miriam Lawrence
> >
>
Subject: Re: woodcock singing at night
From: Scott Sainsbury <scott AT BEACONASSOCIATES.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:46:10 -0400
Heard them last night at our place in Moretown. And up at Knapp airport 
(berlin) as well. 

On Apr 15, 2014, at 11:38 AM, Pat Folsom  wrote:

> I heard at least 5 woodcock on my drive on East Warren Rd, Waitsfield, last
> evening, one in my yard
> 
> 
> On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 8:02 AM, Miriam Lawrence
> wrote:
> 
>> We had our first woodcock peenting last night as well, in Monkton.
>> 
>> Miriam Lawrence
>> 
> 


Scott Sainsbury
Beacon Associates

802-496-9393
802-249-0525 (mobile)
www.beaconassociates.com
Mailing Address
P.O. 1660
Waitsfield, VT.  05673
Delivery Address
75 Bridge Road
Moretown, VT.  05660
Subject: Re: woodcock singing at night
From: Pat Folsom <pfols AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:38:55 -0400
I heard at least 5 woodcock on my drive on East Warren Rd, Waitsfield, last
evening, one in my yard


On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 8:02 AM, Miriam Lawrence
wrote:

> We had our first woodcock peenting last night as well, in Monkton.
>
> Miriam Lawrence
>
Subject: Re: 3 eggs
From: m372 AT aol.com <m372@AOL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:43:42 -0400
I have Bluebird eggs in So Hero. Been feeding mealworms  most of winter.

Marylyn Pillsbury
So Hero

Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone

----- Reply message -----
From: "Betty" 
To: 
Subject: [VTBIRD] 3 eggs
Date: Tue, Apr 15, 2014 8:01 am


Hi, Courtney,
    OK, what species is your breeder.  Please don't tell me it is a House 
Sparrow or European Starling...
    Cheers, The Other Betty

-----Original Message----- 
From: Courtney Appleyard
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 1:43 PM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [VTBIRD] 3 eggs

Just checked the favored nesting box as I noted Betty (my resident female) 
had spent a long time in there this am - 3 eggs!!   So excited!  I feel like 
it's a bit early given the weather, but I am keeping them well-fed.

Courtney in Manchester
Subject: FW: [nysbirds-l] FW: [Ontbirds] Eastern Ontario: Snowy Owl northbound
From: Joan Collins <joan.collins AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:16:40 -0400
I thought this post from Bruce DiLabio (Ontario) would be of interest to VT and 
Northern NY birders. 


Joan Collins
Long Lake, NY

-----Original Message-----
From: bounce-114465033-13418206 AT list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-114465033-13418206 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Willie D'Anna 
and Betsy Potter 

Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 7:39 AM
To: 'geneseebirds'; NYSBirds
Subject: [nysbirds-l] FW: [Ontbirds] Eastern Ontario: Snowy Owl northbound

I thought NY birders would find this post to the Ontario birding list by Bruce 
DiLabio of interest. 


Good birding!
Willie

-----Original Message-----
From: ONTBIRDS [mailto:birdalert-bounces AT ontbirds.ca] On Behalf Of bruce 
dilabio via ONTBIRDS 

Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 6:34 PM
To: ONTBIRDS
Subject: [Ontbirds] Eastern Ontario: Snowy Owl northbound

Hi Everyone

After an incredible winter with record high numbers of Snowy Owls numbers, 
these Arctic beauties are now returning north. Today, 7 Snowy Owls were 
observed in Ottawa, 4 were observed along the Ottawa River and another 5 were 
observed south west of Ottawa. All these birds were in areas that didn’t hold 
any long term wintering birds. Last week I observed 23 Snowy Owls in the Ste. 
Rose-St.Isidore area. Based on winter observations many of these birds were 
migrants. Overall it was an exciting winter in eastern Ontario for Snowy Owls 
and likely a record number for both the Ottawa-Gatineau district and eastern 
Ontario. Starting in mid November reports of Snowy Owls were reported and by 
early December it was apparent an irruption was taking place with many owls 
reported from suitable habitat across eastern Ontario and further south. This 
movement coincided with the high numbers on the Avalon Peninsular in 
Newfoundland. Using Christmas Bird Count data and personal observation from! 

 Brian Morin, Jacques Bouvier and myself I’ve estimated that there were 140+ 
in the Ottawa-Gatineau district and over 350+ in eastern Ontario west to 
Presqu’ile Provincial Park. An amazing winter for Snowys. Interestingly there 
were few birds found dead in an emaciated condition. In the Ottawa area at 
least 10 individuals were hit by cars and rehabilitated, and another few were 
found dead as road kill. All Snowys appeared to be surviving well for the 
winter on a variety of prey including Meadow Voles and other small rodents and 
water birds. It was a great winter to observe these birds and study behavior. 
Many individuals set up winter territories and were present for weeks at the 
same location. Another interesting observation was that the Snowy Owl is as 
nocturnal as any other owl. On many occasions during January and February I 
observed Snowy Owls hunting at night from telephone poles between 5:00p.m. and 
12:00 midnight. Over the past 4 decades I never looked for Snow! 

 y Owls during the night and just considered them a diurnal owl. Between Carp 
and Kanata Ben and I observed at least 5 individuals hunting and these birds 
were very alert looking for prey not like the numerous birds we saw during the 
day that were more docile. All in all an exciting winter for learning! 


Good birding, 

Bruce 



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Subject: Eastern Towhee ... Southern end of Snake Mountain, Cornwall
From: "Ian A. Worley" <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:18:09 -0400
Just on schedule for this location.

Ian
Subject: Gnatcatchers and Broad-winged Hawk, Woodside park, April 14
From: Amanda Spears <amandacamille144 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:23:15 -0400
A few friends and I took a nice stroll through Woodside Park in Winooski 
yesterday morning, noting birds and hoping to see some new arrivals. We were 
not disappointed, observing the pair of Red-shouldered Hawks at their nest, 
flyover Great Egrets, a wheeling Broad-winged Hawk, a Merlin, singing 
Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and 2 early, fussy Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. 


The complete checklist for the morning is attached below.

Happy spring!
Amanda Spears

> Canada Goose  11     4 in water, 7 flying overhead
> Wood Duck  6
> Hooded Merganser  3
> Great Blue Heron  2     1 flying overhead, 1 spooked from marsh
> Great Egret  2     flying overhead
> Turkey Vulture  3
> Red-shouldered Hawk  1     at nest
> Broad-winged Hawk 1 Observed flying high over the juvenile rehab center. 
Wheeled a few times, allowing us to observe short, broad wings outlined with 
thin black line, clear black-and-white striped tail, and solid brown back. 
Red-shouldered Hawks nearby for comparison. 

> Red-tailed Hawk  1
> Ring-billed Gull  2     flying overhead
> Belted Kingfisher  2
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  3
> Northern Flicker  2
> Merlin  1
> Eastern Phoebe  1     sighted
> American Crow  5
> Black-capped Chickadee  10
> Tufted Titmouse  2
> White-breasted Nuthatch  3
> Brown Creeper  2     heard
> Carolina Wren  1
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Eastern) 2 Heard harsh, but quiet "whining" call, 
which allowed us to locate and sight the birds. Observed small size, long tail, 
and light-bluish color. Were very active, and quickly flitted downstream out of 
sight. 

> Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
> American Robin  12
> European Starling  2
> Song Sparrow  3     sighted one, heard two
> Swamp Sparrow  1
> White-throated Sparrow  1
> Northern Cardinal  6
> Red-winged Blackbird  25
> Common Grackle  8
> Brown-headed Cowbird  4
> American Goldfinch 2
Subject: Re: woodcock singing at night
From: Miriam Lawrence <mirslamlawrence AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:02:04 -0400
We had our first woodcock peenting last night as well, in Monkton. 

Miriam Lawrence
Subject: Re: 3 eggs
From: Betty <egilbert AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:01:49 -0400
Hi, Courtney,
    OK, what species is your breeder.  Please don't tell me it is a House 
Sparrow or European Starling...
    Cheers, The Other Betty

-----Original Message----- 
From: Courtney Appleyard
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 1:43 PM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [VTBIRD] 3 eggs

Just checked the favored nesting box as I noted Betty (my resident female) 
had spent a long time in there this am - 3 eggs!!   So excited!  I feel like 
it's a bit early given the weather, but I am keeping them well-fed.

Courtney in Manchester
Subject: woodcock singing at night
From: Linda Gionti <lgionti AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:12:46 -0400
I heard a woodcock in the early morning hours PEENTing under the full moon out 
in the yard... during the eclipse (which I did not get up to see). 

FOY spring peepers heard last night here in Hanksville. 

- Linda Gionti
Subject: Hermit Thrush
From: Larry Levine <levine5279 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:27:24 -0400
One more voice added to the chorus this morning. Hermit Thrush singing
away...

Larry Levine
Jericho
Subject: Colchester Pond, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Spring Peepers
From: Travis Collingwood <traviscoll AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:02:31 +0000
I took a windy evening walk along Colchester Pond today. Saw three 
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers in the forest; One female and Two males. Also saw two 
Tree Swallows flying high above the pond. As I was leaving the Spring Peepers 
started their chorus in a wet area near the pond. What a great sound to hear. 
Have Fun out there. 

 
Travis
Winooski, VT
 
> 
> 
> Colchester Pond - Colchester (186 acres), Chittenden, US-VT
> Apr 14, 2014 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> Comments: Partly Sunny; Hot 79 degrees; Very Windy; Pond half frozen; Spring 
Peepers Heard near Pond 

> 11 species
> 
> Canada Goose  5
> Turkey Vulture  9           Flying in a Kettle
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
> Hairy Woodpecker  1
> American Crow  2
> Tree Swallow  2
> White-breasted Nuthatch  1
> Brown Creeper  1
> American Robin  2
> Song Sparrow  3
> Red-winged Blackbird  3
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17897078 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Snakes in the road
From: Sue Wetmore <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:02:31 -0400
Pine snake is a southern species. I'm wondering if it was a milk snake.

Sue Wetmore

TestSent from my iPod

On Apr 14, 2014, at 1:48 PM, Bonnie Dundas  wrote:

> Hi Bruce,
> Could you tell me more about Pine Snakes? I've never seen one here in 
Vermont. Does it have another local name? 

> Bonnie Dundas
> 
> -----Original Message----- From: Peterson, Bruce B.
> Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 1:39 PM
> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Snakes in the road
> 
> Saw two pine snakes in the middle of Pond Road in Shelburne, one dead, the 
other quickly transported to a dry hillside. One other dead but unidentifiable 
snake on rt. 116 in Bristol. Drive carefully. Bruce Peterson 

Subject: Re: Snakes in the road
From: Bonnie Dundas <kinglet AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:48:22 -0400
Hi Bruce,
Could you tell me more about Pine Snakes?  I've never seen one here in 
Vermont. Does it have another local name?
Bonnie Dundas

-----Original Message----- 
From: Peterson, Bruce B.
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 1:39 PM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snakes in the road

Saw two pine snakes in the middle of Pond Road in Shelburne, one dead, the 
other quickly transported to a dry hillside.  One other dead but 
unidentifiable snake on rt. 116 in Bristol.  Drive carefully.  Bruce 
Peterson 
Subject: Snakes in the road
From: "Peterson, Bruce B." <peterson AT MIDDLEBURY.EDU>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:39:58 +0000
Saw two pine snakes in the middle of Pond Road in Shelburne, one dead, the 
other quickly transported to a dry hillside. One other dead but unidentifiable 
snake on rt. 116 in Bristol. Drive carefully. Bruce Peterson 

Subject: Osprey question
From: Priscilla Douglas <pxdougla AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:34:26 -0400
Hi - I counted 14 osprey this morning on the stretch near Sandbar State
Park (and that was a drive-by count!)  I wonder how many have been seen
there this spring?  Also, there are some large nests in the trees beyond
the power line; I think some are herons and wonder how many might have been
identified as osprey nests (in addition to the ones on the power lines.)
It is thrilling to see so many ospreys there!
Priscilla Douglas
Burlington (en route to Plattsburgh)
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - 22 E.Center St. Rutland, Apr 14, 2014
From: Fred Bates <batesx2 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:23:10 +0000
Located the nest of the Merlins that have been around our yard here in Rutland. 
Was able to get my scope on the nest high up in what I think is a white pine 
and got a glimpse of a tail. Guess we will not be getting any birds at our 
feeders this summer. 

Fred Bates
Rutland




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Sent: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:11:40 -0000 (UTC) Subject: eBird Report - 22 E.Center 
St. Rutland, Apr 14, 2014 22 E.Center St. Rutland, Rutland, US-VT Apr 14, 2014 
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Protocol: Stationary Comments: Located nest of a pair of 
Merlins. 1 species Merlin 2 View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17888110 This report was generated 
automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt) 

Subject: bittern- Pearl St., Brandon, Apr 14, 2014
From: Sue Wetmore <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:34:23 +0000
Things have livened up along this route. Bittern calling was a nice surprise. 
Sue Wetmore 

----- Original Message -----

From: do-not-reply AT ebird.org 
To: 2birdvt AT comcast.net 
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 8:27:32 AM 
Subject: eBird Report - Pearl St., Brandon, Apr 14, 2014 

Pearl St., Brandon, Rutland, US-VT 
Apr 14, 2014 7:00 AM - 8:20 AM 
Protocol: Traveling 
2.0 mile(s) 
35 species 

Canada Goose  7 
Wood Duck  3 
American Black Duck  2 
Mallard  12 
American Bittern  1 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1 
Cooper's Hawk  1 
Killdeer  2 
Mourning Dove  4 
Belted Kingfisher  1 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  4 
Downy Woodpecker  2 
Hairy Woodpecker  2 
Northern Flicker  4 
Eastern Phoebe  3 
Blue Jay  3 
American Crow  3 
Common Raven  1 
Black-capped Chickadee  6 
Tufted Titmouse  2 
Carolina Wren  1 
Eastern Bluebird  2     female appeared to be carrying food. 
American Robin  9 
European Starling  11 
American Tree Sparrow  2 
Song Sparrow  3 
White-throated Sparrow  3 
Dark-eyed Junco  3 
Northern Cardinal  5 
Red-winged Blackbird  3 
Common Grackle  3 
Brown-headed Cowbird  2 
House Finch  2 
House Sparrow  1 

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17885950 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 
Subject: Looking for volunteer to conduct breeding bird surveys at Forestry for the Birds sites
From: "Sharpless, Kristen" <ksharpless AT AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:25:21 +0000
How does sustainable forest management impact birds?  Help us find out.
In collaboration with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation, 
Audubon Vermont is conducting breeding forest bird monitoring at several test 
and demonstration sites across Vermont and in New Hampshire. Partner landowners 
and foresters at these sites have recently conducted timber harvests intended 
to demonstrate integrated management for forest products and songbird habitat 
improvement (for more information on the project, please visit our website: 
http://vt.audubon.org/demonstration-sites ). We are studying the actual impacts 
of the management activities on breeding forest birds and are currently seeking 
a volunteer to help conduct bird monitoring at the Upper Valley Stewardship 
Center in Pike, New Hampshire and at Calvin Coolidge State Forest in Plymouth, 
Vermont. At each site, volunteers will "adopt" a study site consisting of 7-8 
point count stations spaced 200 to 250 meters apart. Each June these points 
will be surveyed during two early morning visits, and every bird seen or heard 
will be recorded within a 10-minute listening period. 


Skills Required
Volunteers must possess excellent bird identification skills (visual and 
aural), and be capable of identifying most of the forest birds in our region. 
They must also be capable of hiking on variable terrain without trails and 
navigating with GPS and/or map and compass. 


Time Commitment
Each survey will take between 2 and 4 hours (depending on the number of points 
surveyed) during two mornings in June. This does not include travel time to and 
from the site. Surveys are to be conducted during the early morning hours (e.g. 
arrive at the first point at approximately 5-5:30 AM). In addition, another 2-3 
hours of time is required to transfer data from field forms onto data sheets, 
which are to be returned to Audubon Vermont for data entry and analysis. 
Because we are hoping that this will be a long-term monitoring program, we are 
most interested in participants who can make a multi-year commitment to the 
project. 


More information
For more information or to sign up, please contact Kristen Sharpless at 
ksharpless AT audubon.org or (802) 363-5470 or 
Steve Hagenbuch at shagenbuch AT audubon.org or 
(802) 233-0332. 


Thanks!

Kristen Sharpless
Conservation Biologist
Audubon Vermont
255 Sherman Hollow Road
Huntington, VT 05462
Office: 802-434-3068
Cell: 802-363-5470
vt.audubon.org
Subject: LOWA back
From: "hg2 AT myfairpoint.net" <hg2@MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:43:55 -0400
Louisiana waterthrush singing in my yard. Continues a 10-year tradition

Hector Galbraith, PhD
National Wildlife Federation
802 258 4836
802 222 1916 (cell)
Subject: Monthly Missisquoi NWR Bird Monitoring Walk
From: Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:14:18 -0400
Join us as we monitor a variety of bird species at Missisquoi National
Wildlife Refuge.

This month's Bird Monitoring Walk will be on Saturday April 19, 2014 on the
Maquam/Black Creek Trail.  Meet at 8:00 AM at the parking lot located on
Rte 78 approx 2  miles west of Swanton.  If you have any questions, just
reply to this email.

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

After 48 months of walks we have observed 131 species.  Hope to see you
there!

--Ken Copenhaver

For information on other refuge events, visit: http://friendsofmissisquoi.
org/
Also check out the eBird Trail Tracker to find out what eBirders have been
seeing on the refuge:
http://friendsofmissisquoi.org/ebird/
Subject: Herrick's Cove
From: Ken Cox <kencox5 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:23:01 -0400
An afternoon walk (1515-1740) produced the following:

Canada Goose  7
Mallard  2
Ring-necked Duck  ~65
Lesser Scaup  3
Bufflehead  2
Common Goldeneye  11
Hooded Merganser  10+
Common Merganser  9
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  1 FOY
Bald Eagle  1
Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk  1
Wilson's Snipe  4
Ring-billed Gull  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  3
Eastern Phoebe  7
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  1
Tree Swallow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5+
American Robin  1
Palm Warbler  6
Pine Warbler  1 FOY
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1 FOY
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  12+
Red-winged Blackbird  1

-- 
Kenneth Cox
South Reading, VT
http://northernwingsbirder.blogspot.com/
Subject: Lake Runnemede, Windsor
From: Ken Cox <kencox5 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:01:25 -0400
This afternoon (1240-1405) the Great Egret posted yesterday was still
present.  Other birds sighted/heard included:

Ring-necked Duck  33
Greater Scaup  2 (pr.)
Lesser Scaup  1
Common Goldeneye  3
Hooded Merganser  24
Common Merganser  32
Double-crested Cormorant  2 FOY
Great Egret  1 FOY
Belted Kingfisher  1
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  X
American Crow  X
Tree Swallow  X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  4+ FOY
Barn Swallow  2+  FOY
Tufted Titmouse  2
Louisiana Waterthrush  1 FOY song heard
Song Sparrow  X
Northern Cardinal  5
Red-winged Blackbird  1
American Goldfinch  X

----
Kenneth Cox
South Reading, VT
http://northernwingsbirder.blogspot.com/
Subject: No. Shrike
From: Walter Medwid <wmedwid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:47:55 -0400
A shrike was calling from the wooded wetland below our home most of the
afternoon. While outside around 5:30 to hear if woodcock were calling I saw
a shrike chase after a sparrow...either song or tree....and catch it and
flew off. Just hearing the shrike was interesting but seeing it in hawk
mode for the first time was especially interesting.  An interesting mix of
seasons. Snow is disappearing quickly and the spring wave of new
arrivals is kicking in strongly.

From Derby/Lake Memphremagog.
Subject: Pink-footed goose
From: Sue Wetmore <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:24:25 -0400
Several of us could not locate the pink-footed goose around mid day today. 
Spent about an hour searching. A strong south wind had most of the Canadas in 
the grasses. 

Glossy ibis was on the south side of the road in an easterly direction.

Sue Wetmore
TestSent from my iPod
Subject: 3 eggs
From: Courtney Appleyard <courtapple AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:43:45 -0400
Just checked the favored nesting box as I noted Betty (my resident female) had 
spent a long time in there this am - 3 eggs!! So excited! I feel like it's a 
bit early given the weather, but I am keeping them well-fed. 


Courtney in Manchester
Subject: Glaucous or Iceland Gull
From: Thomas Berriman <blackpoll AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:48:47 -0400
Some discussion on correct species I.D. of the Memphremagog Gull. Here is a 
link for some digiscopes at 250 feet which give pretty good field marks. 
Because gull was by itself size comparison was difficult at that distance. Ian 
also provide link for short clip on identifying both gulls. 


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


 http://www.bto.org/about-birds/bird-id/eye-iceland-and-glaucous-gulls 

Tom Berriman
Subject: Re: VTBIRD Digest - 11 Apr 2014 to 12 Apr 2014 (#2014-103)
From: Tom and Joy <tomandjoy AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:05:31 -0400
Excellent photos and painting.  Also easy viewing at your web site.

On Apr 13, 2014, at 12:00 AM, VTBIRD automatic digest system wrote:

> There are 10 messages totaling 242 lines in this issue.
> 
> Topics of the day:
> 
>  1. FOY Chipman Hill Middlebury
>  2. FOY Eastern Phoebe
>  3. Pink-footed goose (2)
>  4. Pink-Footed Goose - still there?
>  5. Herrick's Cove 45 spp.
>  6. Phoebe
>  7. Northern Flicker (2)
>  8. Sprint Migrants in the Upper Valley (Windsor County) Vermont, with photos
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Sat, 12 Apr 2014 06:37:11 -0400
> From:    Rich Wickman 
> Subject: FOY Chipman Hill Middlebury
> 
> Yesterday (4/11) the resident Broad Wings arrived, calling all the 
> while.  This am, at 545, White Throats singing in the yard.
> 
> -- 
> 
> 
>   Rich Wickman
>   Email Reply to:
>   Rich AT hvt.org  (work)
>   rwickman AT sover.net   (home and road)
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Sat, 12 Apr 2014 06:47:25 -0400
> From:    Kim Sargeant 
> Subject: FOY Eastern Phoebe
> 
> Heard yesterday in Hookerville (S. Cabot)
> 
> I still have not heard or seen my annual Woodcock and he is usually here in
> March.
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:39:30 -0400
> From:    Sue Wetmore <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
> Subject: Pink-footed goose
> 
> Yesterday I noted Ted and Scott's posting and hot footed up to Salisbury and 
found the goose thanks to them. 

> Couldn't locate the ibis but all the other waterfowl was a treat.
> Sue Wetmore
> 
> TestSent from my iPod
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:35:10 -0400
> From:    Miriam Lawrence 
> Subject: Pink-Footed Goose - still there?
> 
> Has the goose been seen this morning?
> 
> --Miriam Lawrence
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:40:52 -0400
> From:    Jim Mead 
> Subject: Re: Pink-footed goose
> 
> Hello all,
> 
> I just left Creek Rd. in Salisbury and the Pink-footed Goose is still there 
and has been seen by many observers. 

> 
> Enjoy birds,
> 
> Jim Mead
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Apr 12, 2014, at 7:39 AM, Sue Wetmore <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET> wrote:
>> 
>> Yesterday I noted Ted and Scott's posting and hot footed up to Salisbury and 
found the goose thanks to them. 

>> Couldn't locate the ibis but all the other waterfowl was a treat.
>> Sue Wetmore
>> 
>> TestSent from my iPod
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:01:22 -0400
> From:    Ken Cox 
> Subject: Herrick's Cove 45 spp.
> 
> The Cove was hopping this morning (0825-1100) with several new (FOY)
> arrivals included with a total species count of 45 noted below. Counts in
> parentheses are from yesterday morning's walk (0840-1020).
> 
> Canada Goose  200+/- most flyovers (10)
> Wood Duck  4 (2)
> Mallard  2 (5)
> Green-winged Teal  2 (67)
> Ring-necked Duck  50 (15)
> Lesser Scaup  6 (2)
> Bufflehead  5 (4)
> Hooded Merganser  20 undercount (33)
> Common Merganser  9 (14)
> Ruddy Duck  2 FOY
> Great Blue Heron  1
> Bald Eagle  1 adult (1 juv.)
> Northern Harrier (1)
> Killdeer  1 (1)
> Common Snipe  1 FOY
> Ring-billed Gull  7
> Mourning Dove  1
> Belted Kingfisher  1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  1
> Hairy Woodpecker (1)
> Northern Flicker  1 (1)
> Pileated Woodpecker  1 (2)
> Eastern Phoebe 4
> Blue Jay  X (X)
> American Crow  2 (2)
> Tree Swallow  25 (X)
> Black-capped Chickadee  X (X)
> Tufted Titmouse  2
> White-breasted Nuthatch  3 (2)
> Golden-crowned Kinglet  1 FOY (7)
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1 FOY
> American Robin  X (X)
> Palm Warbler  1 FOY
> American Tree Sparrow 7+
> Chipping Sparrow  1 FOY
> Field Sparrow  1 (1 FOY)
> Song Sparrow  X (X)
> Swamp Sparrow  1 FOY
> White-throated Sparrow  3
> Northern Cardinal  4 (4)
> Red-winged Blackbird  X (X)
> Common Grackle  X (X)
> Brown-headed Cowbird  (1)
> House Finch  1
> 
> -- 
> Kenneth Cox
> South Reading, VT
> http://northernwingsbirder.blogspot.com/
> 
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> 
> Date:    Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:26:41 -0400
> From:    Sue Wetmore <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
> Subject: Phoebe
> 
> A male phoebe's song greeted me this morning.
> Sue Wetmore
> Brandon
> 
> TestSent from my iPod
> 
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> 
> Date:    Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:14:51 -0400
> From:    Liz Lackey 
> Subject: Northern Flicker
> 
> I skinned up and skied down Big Spruce today in Stowe. Half way up what 
should I hear, and then see? A Northern Flicker. FOY, and quite the alpine 
surprise. Tons of snow still on the mountain slopes. 

> 
> Liz Lackey
> Stowe, VT
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:26:30 -0400
> From:    cynthia crawford 
> Subject: Sprint Migrants in the Upper Valley (Windsor County) Vermont, with 
photos 

> 
> Have seen some nice Ring-Necked Ducks, with the rings visible at Kendall
> Station in Norwich, Rusty Blackbirds at Campbell Flats (Norwich), a
> Northern Harrier on Bragg Hill (Norwich), and Gadwalls in Weathersfield.
> Also the resident Northern Mockingbird(s) -2 of them, gave a nice view at
> the Wilder Dam are in Wilder.  Here are photos of the above:
> 
> http://galleries.creaturekinships.com/?page_id=757
> 
> Other FOY seen this week were Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Phoebe,
> Green-winged Teal, Great Blue Heron...probably more. Gee, there's still
> snow up where I live, but I guess spring has sprung!
> 
> Cynthia Crawford
> 
> Creature Kinships and Natural Affinities
> Animal and Nature Paintings, Portraits and Prints
> www.creaturekinships.com
> Photos: http://pbase.com/creaturekinships
> BLOG: http://creature-kinships.blogspot.com/
> 
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> 
> Date:    Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:13:32 -0400
> From:    Sarah Fellows 
> Subject: Re: Northern Flicker
> 
> Hey Liz,
> 
> I have been skiing every day (literally) for the last two or more weeks ,BY 
MYSELF!!!!!!!!!! It has been fantastic and often quite challenging ,but always 
gratifying .No one is at bolton.NO ONE!!!!!!!!!! I talked Kit into a ski up to 
cat glades today and it was goood, ugly and fantastic.You never know what is 
under you!. 

> I am gonna keep skiing next week after the freeze and the warm 
up..THURSDAY????? 

> 
> Bottom streams broke yesterday but all uphill streams are holding their own 
with no water bar problem.This access to good skiing could go on for a couple 
weeks. 

> 
> I am looking for a ski buddy during the week, as it is really fun but much 
more so with more folks.I do not feel done at ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man there is 
good stuff to be had. 

> 
> Any chance of hooking up? Am considering Mad River and jay ,but onlyafter my 
beloved Bolton is SHOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

> Can we get together?
> 
> hope so
> 
> Sally Fellows
>> On Apr 12, 2014, at 7:14 PM, Liz Lackey  wrote:
>> 
>> I skinned up and skied down Big Spruce today in Stowe. Half way up what 
should I hear, and then see? A Northern Flicker. FOY, and quite the alpine 
surprise. Tons of snow still on the mountain slopes. 

>> 
>> Liz Lackey
>> Stowe, VT
> 
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