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28 Nov Re: Snowy Owl (don't miss) [Isis Erb ]
28 Nov Re: Gage Rd. Short-eared Owls [Deirdre Dolan ]
28 Nov Gage Rd. Short-eared Owls [Tyler Pockette ]
28 Nov Snowy Owl (don't miss) ["Peterson, Bruce B." ]
28 Nov wwhite-eyed vireo--- Burlington Intervale, Nov 28, 2014 [Sue Wetmore ]
28 Nov N. Shrike [b flewelling ]
28 Nov White-eyed Vireo Still at Intervale [Isis Erb ]
28 Nov Re: pine siskins in Jericho [Pat Folsom ]
28 Nov pine siskins in Jericho [Eric Wood ]
28 Nov Re: VTBIRD Digest - 26 Nov 2014 to 27 Nov 2014 (#2014-324) [Tom and Joy ]
28 Nov Thanksgiving Surprise [Carole Carlson ]
27 Nov Vireo [Sue ]
27 Nov Re: Snow Greese snow-birding south .... Cornwall [Liz Lackey ]
27 Nov Thanksgiving White-eyed Vireo Photos [Isis Erb ]
27 Nov A Thanksgiving Day Gift [Jim Mead ]
27 Nov Snow Greese snow-birding south .... Cornwall ["Ian A. Worley" ]
27 Nov Thanksgiving Ode [Martha Pfeiffer ]
26 Nov Re: Project Snowstorm/ Snowy Owl update [Jane Stein ]
26 Nov Project Snowstorm/ Snowy Owl update [Liz Lackey ]
26 Nov Re: Thanksgiving Reflections [Linda Verchereau Becker ]
26 Nov Re: Dry Tortugas [Larry Levine ]
26 Nov Re: Thanksgiving Reflections [Jean Harrison ]
26 Nov Re: Thanksgiving Reflections [Pat Folsom ]
26 Nov Re: White-eyed Vireo - Still Present [Elizabeth Lee ]
26 Nov Re: Thanksgiving Reflections [Evergreen Erb ]
26 Nov Re: Thanksgiving Reflections [Marianne Ward ]
26 Nov Thanksgiving Reflections [vtfiliberti ]
26 Nov Re: White-eyed Vireo - Still Present [Donald Jones ]
26 Nov Snow geese....finally! [Walter Medwid ]
25 Nov Re: White-eyed Vireo - Still Present [Michele Patenaude ]
25 Nov Re: White-eyed Vireo - Still Present [Michele Patenaude ]
25 Nov Short-eared Owls at Dead Creek [Bruce MacPherson ]
25 Nov Re: White-eyed Vireo [Alison Wagner ]
25 Nov Re: White-eyed Vireo [Kevin Thorley ]
25 Nov Photos of White-eyed Vireo at Intervale Ave. [Isis Erb ]
25 Nov White-eyed Vireo [Gary Chapin ]
25 Nov Re: White-eyed Vireo - Still Present [Zac Coto ]
24 Nov Re: White-eyed Vireo - Still Present [Patti Haynes ]
24 Nov Re: White-eyed Vireo ? [Stephen Antell ]
24 Nov White-eyed Vireo - Still Present [Fred and Chris Pratt ]
24 Nov warbler at the feeder [Maeve Kim ]
23 Nov Scaup and a Peregrine Falcon [Michele Patenaude ]
23 Nov CBC [Ruth ]
23 Nov White-eyed Vireo ? [Michele Patenaude ]
23 Nov Greater White Fronted Goose in Addison [Michele Patenaude ]
23 Nov Glaucous Gull ... Bridport ["Ian A. Worley" ]
23 Nov Winhall CBC - Dec 14 [Ruth ]
23 Nov Re: Changing how VT's wildlife is managed [Scott Sainsbury ]
23 Nov Re: White-eyed Vireo - details [Alison Wagner ]
23 Nov Re: White-eyed Vireo - details [Jim Mead ]
23 Nov White-eyed Vireo - details [Larry Clarfeld ]
23 Nov White eyed vireo [Larry Clarfeld ]
22 Nov Re: Addison birding report [Jane Stein ]
22 Nov Addison birding report ["Fernando B.Corrada" ]
22 Nov Re: Dry Tortugas [Scott Stoner ]
22 Nov Re: Dry Tortugas [Barbara Brosnan ]
22 Nov Hooded Mergansers at Colchester Pond [Bruce MacPherson ]
22 Nov Lake Bomoseen-Castleton (2360 acres), Nov 22, 2014 [Roy Pilcher ]
22 Nov Union St. [Sue ]
22 Nov Pine Warbler [Martha Pfeiffer ]
22 Nov Re: Dry Tortugas [Thomas Wermager ]
22 Nov Coot meets eagle ["hg2 AT myfairpoint.net" ]
22 Nov Dry Tortugas [Larry Levine ]
22 Nov Changing how VT's wildlife is managed [Walter Medwid ]
22 Nov Common Redpoll - Middlebury College [Donald Jones ]
20 Nov Northern Shovelers at Shelburne Bay [Bruce MacPherson ]
20 Nov Re: County Quest numbers [Patti Haynes ]
20 Nov Re: County Quest numbers [Fred and Chris Pratt ]
20 Nov Re: County Quest numbers [Kent McFarland ]
20 Nov Shorebird in snow [Walter Medwid ]
20 Nov Re: County Quest numbers [Patti Haynes ]
20 Nov 5340 waterfowl, 590 gulls, 2 Pacific Loons .... Bridport ["Ian A. Worley" ]
19 Nov County Quest numbers [tfberriman ]
19 Nov Vermont eBird County Quest Heating Up [Kent McFarland ]
18 Nov NEK Report: Accipiters [tfberriman ]
18 Nov Fox Sparrows [Ruth ]

Subject: Re: Snowy Owl (don't miss)
From: Isis Erb <isisunit AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 21:59:27 -0500
Hi All -

Thank you Bruce!

Is anyone from the general Burlington area interested in carpooling to
Middlebury to look for this lovely owl tomorrow? If so, please call me at
(802) 578-2510 (as I have sporadic Internet access at best).

Good Birding,
Isis Erb

On Friday, November 28, 2014, Peterson, Bruce B. 
wrote:

> South Street extension beyond the hospital (Middlebury) makes a big sweep
> to the East and then South with several telephone poles next to the road.
> The owl was on one of the poles at 4pm today (Friday).  It then flew south
> into an open field and landed on a turned furrow about 75 yards away.  It
> was still there about a half hour later.
>
> This is a spectacular bird — immaculately white, not a single black
> marking I could see.  I’ve seen a good number of snowy owls, but this one
> is the champ.  Good luck,
>
> Bruce Peterson
>
Subject: Re: Gage Rd. Short-eared Owls
From: Deirdre Dolan <kdeirdredolan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:32:02 -0500
I'm new to Vermont. Can you tell me where Gage Road is?

Deirdre Dolan

On Fri, Nov 28, 2014 at 6:06 PM, Tyler Pockette 
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Tonight, myself and a few other birders converged upon Gage Rd. around
> sunset in hopes of spotting Short-eared Owls. We were not disappointed. At
> 4:15, 3 SEOWs emerged from the vegetation from the direction of the marsh
> to the west. Sunset tonight was at 4:17pm, so these birds were out a bit
> early, at least the earliest I've ever observed them. There was even enough
> light to snap a few photos as they passed overhead barking at us, which is
> saying something for my 400mm lens which has VERY poor light gathering
> abilities. A couple of my photos are on my Flickr site.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/106350684 AT N05/
>
> Happy birding!
>
> -Tyler Pockette
>
Subject: Gage Rd. Short-eared Owls
From: Tyler Pockette <tylerpockette4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:06:45 -0500
Hi all,

Tonight, myself and a few other birders converged upon Gage Rd. around
sunset in hopes of spotting Short-eared Owls. We were not disappointed. At
4:15, 3 SEOWs emerged from the vegetation from the direction of the marsh
to the west. Sunset tonight was at 4:17pm, so these birds were out a bit
early, at least the earliest I've ever observed them. There was even enough
light to snap a few photos as they passed overhead barking at us, which is
saying something for my 400mm lens which has VERY poor light gathering
abilities. A couple of my photos are on my Flickr site.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/106350684 AT N05/

Happy birding!

-Tyler Pockette
Subject: Snowy Owl (don't miss)
From: "Peterson, Bruce B." <peterson AT MIDDLEBURY.EDU>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 22:03:43 +0000
South Street extension beyond the hospital (Middlebury) makes a big sweep to 
the East and then South with several telephone poles next to the road. The owl 
was on one of the poles at 4pm today (Friday). It then flew south into an open 
field and landed on a turned furrow about 75 yards away. It was still there 
about a half hour later. 


This is a spectacular bird  immaculately white, not a single black marking I 
could see. Ive seen a good number of snowy owls, but this one is the champ. 
Good luck, 


Bruce Peterson
Subject: wwhite-eyed vireo--- Burlington Intervale, Nov 28, 2014
From: Sue Wetmore <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:47:44 +0000
Roy Pilcher and I were rewarded with a grand view of the White-eyed Vireo after 
about a 2hour search. Photos were taken as well. Other species included evening 
grosbeaks and a hermit thrush. 

Sue Wetmore 
----- Original Message -----

From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu 
To: 2birdvt AT comcast.net 
Sent: Friday, November 28, 2014 1:43:21 PM 
Subject: eBird Report - Burlington Intervale, Nov 28, 2014 

Burlington Intervale, Chittenden, US-VT 
Nov 28, 2014 9:50 AM - 11:50 AM 
Protocol: Stationary 
Comments:     Temperature: 26 degress 
15 species 

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1 
White-eyed Vireo  1     yellowish vireo sized bird with white eye. Well seen 
and photographed. 

Blue Jay  2 
American Crow  3 
Black-capped Chickadee  2 
Hermit Thrush (Northern/Eastern)  1     bird seen in bushes---cocking tail 
in typical fashion. 

Cedar Waxwing  7 
American Tree Sparrow  6 
Song Sparrow  1 
White-throated Sparrow  1 
Dark-eyed Junco  1 
House Finch  1 
American Goldfinch  1 
Evening Grosbeak  2 
House Sparrow  2 

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20707580 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 
Subject: N. Shrike
From: b flewelling <bflewelling3263 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:46:31 +0000
A first winter Northern Shrike decided to harass my feeder birds this 
afternoon.  It is the first time yard bird for me.  It hung around long 
enough for me to get some pictures.  

Bruce Flewelling 
RT 73, Rochester 
Subject: White-eyed Vireo Still at Intervale
From: Isis Erb <isisunit AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:40:34 -0500
Hi All -

For those still interested, the White-eyed Vireo has been seen off and on
all morning down at the Intervale. It was seen last seen at 12:25 this
afternoon.

Generally it seems to be from the parking area (on the right past the Tommy
Thompson Community Garden sign at the front of the row of cedar trees) down
to the end of the gardening space - look for it on either side of the road.
And much of today it has been up unusually high, but still changing its
altitude repeatedly.

Good luck & good birding,
Isis Erb
Subject: Re: pine siskins in Jericho
From: Pat Folsom <pfols AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:33:55 -0500
I had five Pine Siskins in Waitsfield yesterday and a couple Common
Redpolls today - Hooray for winter finches!

On Fri, Nov 28, 2014 at 10:23 AM, Eric Wood  wrote:

> Had two today at the feeders here.  Yesterday watched a ruffed grouse eat
> buds off a tree in central Vt.
> -Eric
>
Subject: pine siskins in Jericho
From: Eric Wood <ericw5 AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:23:56 -0500
Had two today at the feeders here. Yesterday watched a ruffed grouse eat buds 
off a tree in central Vt. 

-Eric
Subject: Re: VTBIRD Digest - 26 Nov 2014 to 27 Nov 2014 (#2014-324)
From: Tom and Joy <tomandjoy AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:17:39 -0500
The photos are marvelous, especially the last one in the group.

On Nov 28, 2014, at 12:00 AM, VTBIRD automatic digest system wrote:

> There are 7 messages totaling 139 lines in this issue.
> 
> Topics of the day:
> 
>  1. Thanksgiving Ode
>  2. Snow Greese snow-birding south .... Cornwall (2)
>  3. A Thanksgiving Day Gift
>  4. Thanksgiving White-eyed Vireo Photos
>  5. Vireo
>  6. Thanksgiving Surprise
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:02:01 +0000
> From:    Martha Pfeiffer 
> Subject: Thanksgiving Ode
> 
> Thank you, Julie for putting into words my Thanksgiving blessing for the 
birds. Happy birding, Martha Pfeiffer,Dorset 

> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:50:28 -0500
> From:    "Ian A. Worley" 
> Subject: Snow Greese snow-birding south .... Cornwall
> 
> So far this morning a few thousand Snow Geese have taken advantage of 
> the northerly winds aloft to stream southward in large Vs over Snake 
> Mountain (Cornwall/Bridport)... and they are still coming.
> 
> Ian
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:57:41 -0500
> From:    Jim Mead 
> Subject: A Thanksgiving Day Gift
> 
> Hello all,
> 
> Firstly, Happy Thanksgiving to you & your families!!
> 
> Secondly, if anyone is wondering how the White-eyed Vireo fared after 
yesterday's snow storm, 

> I can tell you with certainty that it is doing very well indeed. I got there 
around 7:45 a.m. A few 

> minutes later, Isis Erb showed up and we birded together until 10:10 a.m. We 
first saw the Vireo 

> at 7:55 for about a minute. We then saw it for the second time at 8:55 for 
about a minute. We were 

> in the rows of berries watching it work its' way west and across the road 
that we drove in on. Isis 

> thought she saw it in one of the cedars so we headed over there. We relocated 
it in a cedar tree 

> next to and north of the Tommy Thompson Community Garden sign. We didn't 
realize it then but our 

> "gift" was being able to watch & observe the Vireo for over an hour. It 
worked its' way along the west 

> side of the road until it reached the Goldenrod patch just north of the large 
Spruce Tree. The reason we 

> didn't lose track of the bird was because of the snow. It spent a lot of time 
in the undergrowth and even 

> though we couldn't see it down there (at times) we could see the snow falling 
from a stem that it would 

> fly to or hop on. We could then focus on that area and the Vireo would come 
back into view. It actually 

> flew toward us several times and was within 6' of us, anywhere from ground 
level to 15' off the ground. 

> Several times when it was that close we also observed it at eye level. It 
kept tipping its' head (side to side) 

> looking for insects? or worms? We definitely saw it eating small grapes and a 
few times I thought it was 

> feeding on some type of insect or worm. 
> Anyway, it was very active and seemingly unaffected by the snow. The other 
thing that became blatantly 

> obvious was that it was also unaffected by our being there. Seeing a 
White-eyed Vireo in VT but especially 

> this late in the year is awesome, but to see it with all of this snow- is 
absolutely incredible. This bird is already 

> quite spectacular to see but its' beauty and colors really show with an all 
white background. 

> I know that many of you will be with your families today but if you get any 
time later or maybe tomorrow, you 

> might want to try and see this rare treat again (or for the first time).
> 
> Good luck if you go,
> 
> Enjoy Birds,
> 
> Jim Mead
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:13:38 -0500
> From:    Isis Erb 
> Subject: Thanksgiving White-eyed Vireo Photos
> 
> Happy Thanksgiving All!
> 
> As Jim Mead so eloquently posted earlier, he and I were granted an amazing
> gift this holiday. . . three sightings of the beautiful White-eyed Vireo,
> the last of which lasted for at least an hour. It was an amazing gift, and
> for me, easily a life-long memory.
> 
> For those of you unable to get down to the Intervale today, here are some
> more photos of our lovely visitor in the fresh snow. And it seems to
> confirm that it is indeed an omnivore, as we see both a Winterberry and a
> fly being consumed [images 0076 & 0115]).
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/isisunit/sets/72157649472291745/
> 
> Good Birding Everyone,
> Isis Erb
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:28:46 -0500
> From:    Liz Lackey 
> Subject: Re: Snow Greese snow-birding south .... Cornwall
> 
> Lots of Snow Geese overhead in Stowe today as well. First Ive seen over here 
this year. Due to hosting T-giving at my house I didnt get a chance to stay 
outside for long, but what treat. 

> Liz Lackey
> 
>> On Nov 27, 2014, at 10:50 AM, Ian A. Worley  wrote:
>> 
>> So far this morning a few thousand Snow Geese have taken advantage of the 
northerly winds aloft to stream southward in large Vs over Snake Mountain 
(Cornwall/Bridport)... and they are still coming. 

>> 
>> Ian
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:37:10 -0500
> From:    Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
> Subject: Vireo
> 
> Anyone from the Brandon area going up tomorrow to find the white-eyed vireo?
> Sue Wetmore
> 
> Sent from my iPod
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Fri, 28 Nov 2014 02:53:55 +0000
> From:    Carole Carlson 
> Subject: Thanksgiving Surprise
> 
> Our Thanksgiving Day surprise was a red-winged blackbird hungrily eating from 
the snow-covered feeder. 

> Carole Carlson 
> Shelburne 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> End of VTBIRD Digest - 26 Nov 2014 to 27 Nov 2014 (#2014-324)
> *************************************************************
> 
Subject: Thanksgiving Surprise
From: Carole Carlson <carolecarlson38 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 02:53:55 +0000
Our Thanksgiving Day surprise was a red-winged blackbird hungrily eating from 
the snow-covered feeder. 

Carole Carlson 
Shelburne 
Subject: Vireo
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:37:10 -0500
Anyone from the Brandon area going up tomorrow to find the white-eyed vireo?
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod
Subject: Re: Snow Greese snow-birding south .... Cornwall
From: Liz Lackey <lackeytomliz AT PWSHIFT.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:28:46 -0500
Lots of Snow Geese overhead in Stowe today as well. First Ive seen over here 
this year. Due to hosting T-giving at my house I didnt get a chance to stay 
outside for long, but what treat. 

Liz Lackey

> On Nov 27, 2014, at 10:50 AM, Ian A. Worley  wrote:
> 
> So far this morning a few thousand Snow Geese have taken advantage of the 
northerly winds aloft to stream southward in large Vs over Snake Mountain 
(Cornwall/Bridport)... and they are still coming. 

> 
> Ian
Subject: Thanksgiving White-eyed Vireo Photos
From: Isis Erb <isisunit AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:13:38 -0500
Happy Thanksgiving All!

As Jim Mead so eloquently posted earlier, he and I were granted an amazing
gift this holiday. . . three sightings of the beautiful White-eyed Vireo,
the last of which lasted for at least an hour. It was an amazing gift, and
for me, easily a life-long memory.

For those of you unable to get down to the Intervale today, here are some
more photos of our lovely visitor in the fresh snow. And it seems to
confirm that it is indeed an omnivore, as we see both a Winterberry and a
fly being consumed [images 0076 & 0115]).

https://www.flickr.com/photos/isisunit/sets/72157649472291745/

Good Birding Everyone,
Isis Erb
Subject: A Thanksgiving Day Gift
From: Jim Mead <jimmead4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:57:41 -0500
Hello all,

Firstly, Happy Thanksgiving to you & your families!!

Secondly, if anyone is wondering how the White-eyed Vireo fared after 
yesterday's snow storm, 

I can tell you with certainty that it is doing very well indeed. I got there 
around 7:45 a.m. A few 

minutes later, Isis Erb showed up and we birded together until 10:10 a.m. We 
first saw the Vireo 

at 7:55 for about a minute. We then saw it for the second time at 8:55 for 
about a minute. We were 

in the rows of berries watching it work its' way west and across the road that 
we drove in on. Isis 

thought she saw it in one of the cedars so we headed over there. We relocated 
it in a cedar tree 

next to and north of the Tommy Thompson Community Garden sign. We didn't 
realize it then but our 

"gift" was being able to watch & observe the Vireo for over an hour. It worked 
its' way along the west 

side of the road until it reached the Goldenrod patch just north of the large 
Spruce Tree. The reason we 

didn't lose track of the bird was because of the snow. It spent a lot of time 
in the undergrowth and even 

though we couldn't see it down there (at times) we could see the snow falling 
from a stem that it would 

fly to or hop on. We could then focus on that area and the Vireo would come 
back into view. It actually 

flew toward us several times and was within 6' of us, anywhere from ground 
level to 15' off the ground. 

Several times when it was that close we also observed it at eye level. It kept 
tipping its' head (side to side) 

looking for insects? or worms? We definitely saw it eating small grapes and a 
few times I thought it was 

feeding on some type of insect or worm. 
Anyway, it was very active and seemingly unaffected by the snow. The other 
thing that became blatantly 

obvious was that it was also unaffected by our being there. Seeing a White-eyed 
Vireo in VT but especially 

this late in the year is awesome, but to see it with all of this snow- is 
absolutely incredible. This bird is already 

quite spectacular to see but its' beauty and colors really show with an all 
white background. 

I know that many of you will be with your families today but if you get any 
time later or maybe tomorrow, you 

might want to try and see this rare treat again (or for the first time).

Good luck if you go,

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead
Subject: Snow Greese snow-birding south .... Cornwall
From: "Ian A. Worley" <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:50:28 -0500
So far this morning a few thousand Snow Geese have taken advantage of 
the northerly winds aloft to stream southward in large Vs over Snake 
Mountain (Cornwall/Bridport)... and they are still coming.

Ian
Subject: Thanksgiving Ode
From: Martha Pfeiffer <kmpfeiffer AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:02:01 +0000
Thank you, Julie for putting into words my Thanksgiving blessing for the 
birds. Happy birding,  Martha Pfeiffer,Dorset 

Subject: Re: Project Snowstorm/ Snowy Owl update
From: Jane Stein <jeshawks AT SHOREHAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:32:44 -0500
Wow!  Many, many thanks, Liz.

Also interesting is what Weidensaul says about this year, "We’re closely 
watching the development of this year’s significant irruption, which is 
already perhaps two-thirds the intensity of what we experienced last 
year at this time. Interestingly, some of the owls showing up in places 
like Maryland are adults — unlike the almost uniformly juvenile invasion 
last year."

Jane




On 11/26/2014 7:10 PM, Liz Lackey wrote:
> For those of you tucked in for the night while the storm dumps snow outside, 
I thought you might enjoy reading about the info. that is being collected from 
one of the Snowy Owls outfitted with a transmitter last winter in Erie Pa. 

> This owl has recently returned to the area and it’s “cell phone” is 
back in range. Thousand of hours of locational history is being downloaded, 
letting us see where in the north he spent the intervening months. Fascinating 
stuff. Enjoy, Happy Thanksgiving, and may Vermont be graced with Snowy Owls 
again this winter. 

>
> Liz Lackey
> Stowe
>
>
>
> Millcreek is Back! - Project SNOWstorm 
 

>
> http://www.projectsnowstorm.org/posts/millcreek-back/ 
 (cut and paste version) 

>
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Subject: Project Snowstorm/ Snowy Owl update
From: Liz Lackey <lackeytomliz AT PWSHIFT.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:10:41 -0500
For those of you tucked in for the night while the storm dumps snow outside, I 
thought you might enjoy reading about the info. that is being collected from 
one of the Snowy Owls outfitted with a transmitter last winter in Erie Pa. 

This owl has recently returned to the area and it’s “cell phone” is back 
in range. Thousand of hours of locational history is being downloaded, letting 
us see where in the north he spent the intervening months. Fascinating stuff. 
Enjoy, Happy Thanksgiving, and may Vermont be graced with Snowy Owls again this 
winter. 


Liz Lackey
Stowe



Millcreek is Back! - Project SNOWstorm 
 


http://www.projectsnowstorm.org/posts/millcreek-back/ 
 (cut and paste version) 
Subject: Re: Thanksgiving Reflections
From: Linda Verchereau Becker <daylilies56 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:13:00 -0500
The very best email I received today - thank you Julie.

Linda Verchereau Becker
Montpelier, VT

-----Original Message----- 
From: vtfiliberti
Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 9:04 AM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [VTBIRD] Thanksgiving Reflections

Hi all,
It’s once again the time of year to reflect on all of the things that are 
important in life, and knowing we all share the same love and passion, it’s 
probably pretty safe to assume that birds made your list too. I found myself 
with some quiet time this week for some reflection (time in the kitchen 
seems to do that) and my thoughts began popping out in the form of a poem. 
I’m 

sharing these verses with you because, like the birds, each one of you is 
also on my list of blessings. In my few short years of birding, I have 
learned, and continue to learn, so much from each and every one of you and 
I’m 

truly appreciative of your collective wealth of knowledge. I’ve enjoyed 
getting to meet and bird with so many of you, putting friendly faces with 
the plethora of names I see in my inbox. For those that I have yet to meet, 
I look forward to a future day when I will have the pleasure to do so. This 
poem is for all of you and the little community we all share. Wishing you 
all a warm and Happy Thanksgiving!

Julie
in Fairfax

A Birders Ode



Gather round my little treasures, feathered gems gleaming in the sky.

We birders cherish each of you and aspire to tell you why.

For each of you, and all your kin, from places far and wide,

Are our relaxation, our “raison d’etre”, our passion, and our pride.

Your countenance, it thrills us, sheer brilliance to behold,

Fanciful feathering donning rubies, indigos, and golds.

Decked and dapper, precisely preened, iridescent in the sun,

You serve as candy to our eyes, handsomeness never quite outdone.

You grace us with your music, melodic food for our weary souls.

Each song a welcome harmony that succeeds to make us whole.

We marvel at your multitudes, find fancy in your legions.

We scan the skies to watch you gather and move us through the seasons.

When autumn comes and you head south, you leave us in despair.

We plan vacations to follow your path with hopes to find you there.

And in the spring, when you return, our blues subside and melt,

And our smiles broaden with each new find – true jubilance is felt.

You fill us all with wonder, raise questions in our minds,

You amaze us, yet confound us, and surprise us all the time.

We awe at your existence despite the grave dangers you face,

Making your majestic migrations or just moving from place to place.

We see you soar at such great heights, playful in currents that you love,

And we dream to be graceful birds like you, gazing down from high above.

We live to count you, and to list you, and to look you up in books.

We patiently wait for hours and days just to get “great looks”.

Whether you’re familiar at the feeder, or strange and out of range,

We’re at peace to just behold you, a love that will never change.

We call ourselves “birders” and “birding” is what we do,

But you are the root of the word and the love, and it’s you we’re indebted 
to.= 
Subject: Re: Dry Tortugas
From: Larry Levine <levine5279 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:53:31 -0500
Thanks for the info. Much appreciated. 

Sent from my iPad mini

> On Nov 22, 2014, at 12:24 PM, Thomas Wermager  
wrote: 

> 
> In response to your questions about Dry Tortugas.
> 
> My wife and I were in Key West FL for a week this past September and made a 
day trip out to Dry Tortugas/Fort Jefferson National Park. We 

> enjoyed our stay in Key West as well as our trip out to the park. Great 
places to go birding! 

> 
> As for staying at the park, they do allow camping however there are no real 
facilities that we noticed other than picnic tables and barbecue pits. 

> 
> There are a couple of ways to get out to the park that leave from Key West. 
One is by ferry the other is by sea plane. 

> 
> For more info go to drytortugas.com
> 
> Have a Great trip!
> Tom Wermager
> Sharon
> 
> 
>> On Nov 22, 2014, at 10:33 AM, Larry Levine  wrote:
>> 
>> Greeting VT birders
>> 
>> I am considering a trip to southern FL and Dry Tortugas in April. I am 
wondering if any of you have been to Dry Tortugas, and if so, if you have any 
recommendations for... 

>> 1. how many days to spend there 
>> 2. do I need a tour group
>> 3. Recommendations for a tour company
>> 
>> Thanks for the suggestions!
>> Larry Levine
>> Jericho
>> 
>> Sent from my iPad mini
>> 
Subject: Re: Thanksgiving Reflections
From: Jean Harrison <seajean AT CRUZIO.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:12:56 -0800
Dear Julie,
A wonderful ode.  Thank you.
Jean, in  CA now, but Hartland for summers

> A Birders Ode
>
>
>
> Gather round my little treasures, feathered gems gleaming in the sky.
>
> We birders cherish each of you and aspire to tell you why.
>
> For each of you, and all your kin, from places far and wide,
>
> Are our relaxation, our “raison d’etre”, our passion, and our pride.
>
> Your countenance, it thrills us, sheer brilliance to behold,
>
> Fanciful feathering donning rubies, indigos, and golds.
>
> Decked and dapper, precisely preened, iridescent in the sun,
>
> You serve as candy to our eyes, handsomeness never quite outdone.
>
> You grace us with your music, melodic food for our weary souls.
>
> Each song a welcome harmony that succeeds to make us whole.
>
> We marvel at your multitudes, find fancy in your legions.
>
> We scan the skies to watch you gather and move us through the seasons.
>
> When autumn comes and you head south, you leave us in despair.
>
> We plan vacations to follow your path with hopes to find you there.
>
> And in the spring, when you return, our blues subside and melt,
>
> And our smiles broaden with each new find – true jubilance is felt.
>
> You fill us all with wonder, raise questions in our minds,
>
> You amaze us, yet confound us, and surprise us all the time.
>
> We awe at your existence despite the grave dangers you face,
>
> Making your majestic migrations or just moving from place to place.
>
> We see you soar at such great heights, playful in currents that you love,
>
> And we dream to be graceful birds like you, gazing down from high above.
>
> We live to count you, and to list you, and to look you up in books.
>
> We patiently wait for hours and days just to get “great looks”.
>
> Whether you’re familiar at the feeder, or strange and out of range,
>
> We’re at peace to just behold you, a love that will never change.
>
> We call ourselves “birders” and “birding” is what we do,
>
> But you are the root of the word and the love, and it’s you we’re 
indebted 

> to.
>
>
> -----
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> 
Subject: Re: Thanksgiving Reflections
From: Pat Folsom <pfols AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:45:21 -0500
Thank you, Julie.  Wonderful and wonderful birding with you.  Birds and
birder friends, I cherish every one.  Happy Thanksgiving!


On Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 9:45 AM, Evergreen Erb 
wrote:

> Wonderful Julie!  We all have much to be thankful for…just living in
> Vermont is the best…I am thankful for my daughter, who has finally seen the
> light…or the birds!  Yay for many days of birding with her.  Evergreen in
> Jericho
>
Subject: Re: White-eyed Vireo - Still Present
From: Elizabeth Lee <lizl AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:49:50 -0500
A little after 11 the bird was down the farm road with the gate on the
right after the parking area.   It was in the mature trees at the T with
another farm road. The mixed flock was predominated by American tree
sparrows.
Liz Lee
On Nov 26, 2014 8:20 AM, "Donald Jones"  wrote:

> Bird seen briefly but well by many observers at 8:00 this morning in the
> vicinity of the raspberry patch.
>
> Good birding,
> Don Jones
> Middlebury, VT / Laramie, WY
>
> On Tuesday, November 25, 2014, Zac Coto  wrote:
>
> > Bird present this morning at the intervale. Many observers.
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > > On Nov 24, 2014, at 6:48 PM, Patti Haynes  > > wrote:
> > >
> > > It would be great to see some photos of this bird. Have any of you
> > birders
> > > posted any? Larry?
> > > And congrats to you, Larry Clarfeld, for finding and reporting this
> great
> > > bird!
> > >
> > > Patti
> > >
> > > On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 1:20 PM, Fred and Chris Pratt  > >
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > >> Team Pipit enjoyed multiple close views this morning (10:05-10:45) of
> > the
> > >> White-eyed Vireo at the Intervale. It was working the raspberry patch
> > >> across the road from the little row of cedars and the community garden
> > >> previously given as guides for finding the bird. Also present were
> > numerous
> > >> sparrows (juncos, Tree Sparrows and White-throated Sparrows) as well
> as
> > >> about 7 or 8 chickadees. All of our views of the bird were at about a
> > foot
> > >> or two above the ground. He was basically feeding on his own, paying
> no
> > >> attention to the sparrows and chickadees also in the area.
> > >>
> > >> Those who have already seen this bird as well as those still hoping to
> > see
> > >> it might consider the following:
> > >>
> > >> 1)  I have been birding in Vermont for forty odd years and this fellow
> > is
> > >> species number 315 for Team Pipit in this state. This bird is a rarity
> > and
> > >> a treat.
> > >>
> > >> 2)  This individual is sporting bright fresh fall plumage, an absolute
> > joy
> > >> to behold.
> > >>
> > >> 3)  Chances are decent that he will hang around for a while. I once
> saw
> > one
> > >> of these guys on a CBC I used to do back when we lived in Rhode
> Island.
> > >>
> > >> 4)  It is difficult to imagine this species surviving a Vermont
> winter.
> > I
> > >> guess we should all hope he tries to find his way south sooner rather
> > than
> > >> later.
> > >>
> > >> Pipit
> > >>
> >
>
Subject: Re: Thanksgiving Reflections
From: Evergreen Erb <evergreenerb AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:45:49 -0500
Wonderful Julie! We all have much to be thankful forjust living in Vermont is 
the bestI am thankful for my daughter, who has finally seen the lightor the 
birds! Yay for many days of birding with her. Evergreen in Jericho 

Subject: Re: Thanksgiving Reflections
From: Marianne Ward <mjw AT BURLINGTONTELECOM.NET>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:39:19 -0500
Lovely! :) 



-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:VTBIRD AT list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of vtfiliberti
Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 9:04 AM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [VTBIRD] Thanksgiving Reflections

Hi all,
It's once again the time of year to reflect on all of the things that are
important in life, and knowing we all share the same love and passion, it's
probably pretty safe to assume that birds made your list too. I found myself
with some quiet time this week for some reflection (time in the kitchen
seems to do that) and my thoughts began popping out in the form of a poem.
I'm sharing these verses with you because, like the birds, each one of you
is also on my list of blessings. In my few short years of birding, I have
learned, and continue to learn, so much from each and every one of you and
I'm truly appreciative of your collective wealth of knowledge. I've enjoyed
getting to meet and bird with so many of you, putting friendly faces with
the plethora of names I see in my inbox. For those that I have yet to meet,
I look forward to a future day when I will have the pleasure to do so. This
poem is for all of you and the little community we all share. Wishing you
all a warm and Happy Thanksgiving!

Julie
in Fairfax

A Birders Ode

 

Gather round my little treasures, feathered gems gleaming in the sky.

We birders cherish each of you and aspire to tell you why.

For each of you, and all your kin, from places far and wide,

Are our relaxation, our "raison d'etre", our passion, and our pride.

Your countenance, it thrills us, sheer brilliance to behold,

Fanciful feathering donning rubies, indigos, and golds.

Decked and dapper, precisely preened, iridescent in the sun,

You serve as candy to our eyes, handsomeness never quite outdone.

You grace us with your music, melodic food for our weary souls.

Each song a welcome harmony that succeeds to make us whole.

We marvel at your multitudes, find fancy in your legions.

We scan the skies to watch you gather and move us through the seasons.

When autumn comes and you head south, you leave us in despair.

We plan vacations to follow your path with hopes to find you there.

And in the spring, when you return, our blues subside and melt,

And our smiles broaden with each new find - true jubilance is felt.

You fill us all with wonder, raise questions in our minds,

You amaze us, yet confound us, and surprise us all the time.

We awe at your existence despite the grave dangers you face,

Making your majestic migrations or just moving from place to place.

We see you soar at such great heights, playful in currents that you love,

And we dream to be graceful birds like you, gazing down from high above.

We live to count you, and to list you, and to look you up in books.

We patiently wait for hours and days just to get "great looks".

Whether you're familiar at the feeder, or strange and out of range,

We're at peace to just behold you, a love that will never change.

We call ourselves "birders" and "birding" is what we do,

But you are the root of the word and the love, and it's you we're indebted
to.=
Subject: Thanksgiving Reflections
From: vtfiliberti <vtfiliberti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:04:02 -0500
Hi all,
It’s once again the time of year to reflect on all of the things that are 
important in life, and knowing we all share the same love and passion, it’s 
probably pretty safe to assume that birds made your list too. I found myself 
with some quiet time this week for some reflection (time in the kitchen seems 
to do that) and my thoughts began popping out in the form of a poem. I’m 
sharing these verses with you because, like the birds, each one of you is also 
on my list of blessings. In my few short years of birding, I have learned, and 
continue to learn, so much from each and every one of you and I’m truly 
appreciative of your collective wealth of knowledge. I’ve enjoyed getting to 
meet and bird with so many of you, putting friendly faces with the plethora of 
names I see in my inbox. For those that I have yet to meet, I look forward to a 
future day when I will have the pleasure to do so. This poem is for all of you 
and the little community we all share. Wishing you all a warm and Happy 
Thanksgiving! 


Julie
in Fairfax

A Birders Ode

 

Gather round my little treasures, feathered gems gleaming in the sky.

We birders cherish each of you and aspire to tell you why.

For each of you, and all your kin, from places far and wide,

Are our relaxation, our “raison d’etre”, our passion, and our pride.

Your countenance, it thrills us, sheer brilliance to behold,

Fanciful feathering donning rubies, indigos, and golds.

Decked and dapper, precisely preened, iridescent in the sun,

You serve as candy to our eyes, handsomeness never quite outdone.

You grace us with your music, melodic food for our weary souls.

Each song a welcome harmony that succeeds to make us whole.

We marvel at your multitudes, find fancy in your legions.

We scan the skies to watch you gather and move us through the seasons.

When autumn comes and you head south, you leave us in despair.

We plan vacations to follow your path with hopes to find you there.

And in the spring, when you return, our blues subside and melt,

And our smiles broaden with each new find – true jubilance is felt.

You fill us all with wonder, raise questions in our minds,

You amaze us, yet confound us, and surprise us all the time.

We awe at your existence despite the grave dangers you face,

Making your majestic migrations or just moving from place to place.

We see you soar at such great heights, playful in currents that you love,

And we dream to be graceful birds like you, gazing down from high above.

We live to count you, and to list you, and to look you up in books.

We patiently wait for hours and days just to get “great looks”.

Whether you’re familiar at the feeder, or strange and out of range,

We’re at peace to just behold you, a love that will never change.

We call ourselves “birders” and “birding” is what we do,

But you are the root of the word and the love, and it’s you we’re indebted 
to. 
Subject: Re: White-eyed Vireo - Still Present
From: Donald Jones <dwilbertjones AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:20:14 -0500
Bird seen briefly but well by many observers at 8:00 this morning in the
vicinity of the raspberry patch.

Good birding,
Don Jones
Middlebury, VT / Laramie, WY

On Tuesday, November 25, 2014, Zac Coto  wrote:

> Bird present this morning at the intervale. Many observers.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Nov 24, 2014, at 6:48 PM, Patti Haynes  > wrote:
> >
> > It would be great to see some photos of this bird. Have any of you
> birders
> > posted any? Larry?
> > And congrats to you, Larry Clarfeld, for finding and reporting this great
> > bird!
> >
> > Patti
> >
> > On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 1:20 PM, Fred and Chris Pratt  >
> > wrote:
> >
> >> Team Pipit enjoyed multiple close views this morning (10:05-10:45) of
> the
> >> White-eyed Vireo at the Intervale. It was working the raspberry patch
> >> across the road from the little row of cedars and the community garden
> >> previously given as guides for finding the bird. Also present were
> numerous
> >> sparrows (juncos, Tree Sparrows and White-throated Sparrows) as well as
> >> about 7 or 8 chickadees. All of our views of the bird were at about a
> foot
> >> or two above the ground. He was basically feeding on his own, paying no
> >> attention to the sparrows and chickadees also in the area.
> >>
> >> Those who have already seen this bird as well as those still hoping to
> see
> >> it might consider the following:
> >>
> >> 1)  I have been birding in Vermont for forty odd years and this fellow
> is
> >> species number 315 for Team Pipit in this state. This bird is a rarity
> and
> >> a treat.
> >>
> >> 2)  This individual is sporting bright fresh fall plumage, an absolute
> joy
> >> to behold.
> >>
> >> 3)  Chances are decent that he will hang around for a while. I once saw
> one
> >> of these guys on a CBC I used to do back when we lived in Rhode Island.
> >>
> >> 4)  It is difficult to imagine this species surviving a Vermont winter.
> I
> >> guess we should all hope he tries to find his way south sooner rather
> than
> >> later.
> >>
> >> Pipit
> >>
>
Subject: Snow geese....finally!
From: Walter Medwid <wmedwid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:30:52 -0500
My first sighting of snow geese this fall. About 175 flew over Memphremagog
and headed east. Great sight and sound!
Subject: Re: White-eyed Vireo - Still Present
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:10:13 -0500
Oops. My apologies for the last message. So sorry.

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

> On Nov 25, 2014, at 10:08 PM, Michele Patenaude  wrote:
> 
> 23 through the 30
> 
> Instead of a conference call, I propose a face-to-face get together meeting 
while I am in RI. Perhaps,we can have a snack in the evening at Gregg's. 

> 
> Please let me know any of these days that work for you. If you can get back 
to me by the day after Thanksgiving, that would be nice. It will be good to all 
be together. 

> 
> December 23 (yes for me)
> December 24 no -- Christmas Eve
> December 25 no -- Christmas Day 
> December 26 (yes for me)
> December 27 (no for me)
> December 28 (yes for me)
> December 29 (yes for me)
> December 30 (yes for me)
> 
> 
> Michele Patenaude 
> 172 Woodbury Road
> Burlington, VT 05408
> 802-862-4085
> 
>> On Nov 25, 2014, at 8:33 AM, Zac Coto  wrote:
>> 
>> Bird present this morning at the intervale. Many observers.
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>>> On Nov 24, 2014, at 6:48 PM, Patti Haynes  wrote:
>>> 
>>> It would be great to see some photos of this bird. Have any of you birders
>>> posted any? Larry?
>>> And congrats to you, Larry Clarfeld, for finding and reporting this great
>>> bird!
>>> 
>>> Patti
>>> 
>>> On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 1:20 PM, Fred and Chris Pratt 
>>> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> Team Pipit enjoyed multiple close views this morning (10:05-10:45) of the
>>>> White-eyed Vireo at the Intervale. It was working the raspberry patch
>>>> across the road from the little row of cedars and the community garden
>>>> previously given as guides for finding the bird. Also present were 
numerous 

>>>> sparrows (juncos, Tree Sparrows and White-throated Sparrows) as well as
>>>> about 7 or 8 chickadees. All of our views of the bird were at about a foot
>>>> or two above the ground. He was basically feeding on his own, paying no
>>>> attention to the sparrows and chickadees also in the area.
>>>> 
>>>> Those who have already seen this bird as well as those still hoping to see
>>>> it might consider the following:
>>>> 
>>>> 1)  I have been birding in Vermont for forty odd years and this fellow is
>>>> species number 315 for Team Pipit in this state. This bird is a rarity and
>>>> a treat.
>>>> 
>>>> 2)  This individual is sporting bright fresh fall plumage, an absolute joy
>>>> to behold.
>>>> 
>>>> 3) Chances are decent that he will hang around for a while. I once saw one 

>>>> of these guys on a CBC I used to do back when we lived in Rhode Island.
>>>> 
>>>> 4)  It is difficult to imagine this species surviving a Vermont winter. I
>>>> guess we should all hope he tries to find his way south sooner rather than
>>>> later.
>>>> 
>>>> Pipit
>>>> 
Subject: Re: White-eyed Vireo - Still Present
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:08:19 -0500
23 through the 30

Instead of a conference call, I propose a face-to-face get together meeting 
while I am in RI. Perhaps,we can have a snack in the evening at Gregg's. 


Please let me know any of these days that work for you. If you can get back to 
me by the day after Thanksgiving, that would be nice. It will be good to all be 
together. 


December 23 (yes for me)
December 24 no -- Christmas Eve
December 25 no -- Christmas Day 
December 26 (yes for me)
December 27 (no for me)
December 28 (yes for me)
December 29 (yes for me)
December 30 (yes for me)


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

> On Nov 25, 2014, at 8:33 AM, Zac Coto  wrote:
> 
> Bird present this morning at the intervale. Many observers.
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Nov 24, 2014, at 6:48 PM, Patti Haynes  wrote:
>> 
>> It would be great to see some photos of this bird. Have any of you birders
>> posted any? Larry?
>> And congrats to you, Larry Clarfeld, for finding and reporting this great
>> bird!
>> 
>> Patti
>> 
>> On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 1:20 PM, Fred and Chris Pratt 
>> wrote:
>> 
>>> Team Pipit enjoyed multiple close views this morning (10:05-10:45) of the
>>> White-eyed Vireo at the Intervale. It was working the raspberry patch
>>> across the road from the little row of cedars and the community garden
>>> previously given as guides for finding the bird. Also present were numerous
>>> sparrows (juncos, Tree Sparrows and White-throated Sparrows) as well as
>>> about 7 or 8 chickadees. All of our views of the bird were at about a foot
>>> or two above the ground. He was basically feeding on his own, paying no
>>> attention to the sparrows and chickadees also in the area.
>>> 
>>> Those who have already seen this bird as well as those still hoping to see
>>> it might consider the following:
>>> 
>>> 1)  I have been birding in Vermont for forty odd years and this fellow is
>>> species number 315 for Team Pipit in this state. This bird is a rarity and
>>> a treat.
>>> 
>>> 2)  This individual is sporting bright fresh fall plumage, an absolute joy
>>> to behold.
>>> 
>>> 3)  Chances are decent that he will hang around for a while. I once saw one
>>> of these guys on a CBC I used to do back when we lived in Rhode Island.
>>> 
>>> 4)  It is difficult to imagine this species surviving a Vermont winter. I
>>> guess we should all hope he tries to find his way south sooner rather than
>>> later.
>>> 
>>> Pipit
>>> 
Subject: Short-eared Owls at Dead Creek
From: Bruce MacPherson <bmacphe AT AOL.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:36:37 -0500
I took the afternoon off from vireo searching and visited Dead Creek WMA and 
Gage Road. Snow Geese continue at Dead Creek, though they were situated well 
back from the viewing area today. I saw four different Northern Harriers at 
various times, including two working the field to the south of Gage Road at 
dusk. Shortly after sunset beneath a waxing crescent moon, two Short-eared Owls 
emerged from the trees and fluttered over the same field. One of the owls was 
unusually curious about my presence and circled around at a distance of about 
10 yards from my head, the closest encounter I have ever had with one of these 
fascinating creatures. 



Beautiful sunset; beautiful birds.


Bruce MacPherson
South Burlington
Subject: Re: White-eyed Vireo
From: Alison Wagner <alikatofvt AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:38:26 -0500
Another Elvis sighting...I decided to try my luck again this afternoon at
the Intervale community garden.  I figured if I didn't see the bird there
was at least a chance to run into some birding friends.  Success with both!
I arrived around 1:30.  Scott Sainsbury and I decided to look in an area
away from the usual sighting locations and walked in the field north and
east of the parking area. Just as we returned to the gate (slightly north & 
east of
the parking lot), the vireo flew to the right of the tall spruce Larry
Clarfeld originally described in his detailed post.  It flitted around in
its usual fashion.  At times it was within six feet of us at eye level,
hopping around in the row of cedars. This time it had an audience of 5.

Ali
Huntington

-----Original Message----- 
From: Kevin Thorley
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 4:04 PM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] White-eyed Vireo

Still there at 3:40. I spent about 30 minutes looking for it. Just as I was
about to leave it flew right in front of me, stopped on a branch next to
the parking lot, then into the raspberry bushes. I followed it and got
great looks at it with a small worm in its mouth.

On Tue Nov 25 2014 at 2:13:52 PM Gary Chapin 
wrote:

> Present at the parking lot at the Community Garden from 1:45 to 2:00 PM.
>
> Gary Chapin
> Ticonderoga, NY
> 
Subject: Re: White-eyed Vireo
From: Kevin Thorley <elron8711 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:04:14 +0000
Still there at 3:40. I spent about 30 minutes looking for it. Just as I was
about to leave it flew right in front of me, stopped on a branch next to
the parking lot, then into the raspberry bushes. I followed it and got
great looks at it with a small worm in its mouth.

On Tue Nov 25 2014 at 2:13:52 PM Gary Chapin 
wrote:

> Present at the parking lot at the Community Garden from 1:45 to 2:00 PM.
>
> Gary Chapin
> Ticonderoga, NY
>
Subject: Photos of White-eyed Vireo at Intervale Ave.
From: Isis Erb <isisunit AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:54:49 -0500
Hello All,

Thanks to Jim and Paul I was lucky enough to not only see the lovely
White-eyed Vireo, but also get a few photos in. I apologize in advance, as
not only am I new to birding, but also to photography - and the Vireo was
not granting me a clear shot (but I'm happy to have gotten to see it let
alone get a few photos)!

So you can see them at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/128733357 AT N05/sets/72157649472291745/

Or simply go to Flickr and search for "isisunit" (less the quotation
marks), then look for the Album named White-eyed Vireo.

Good Birding,
Isis Erb
Subject: White-eyed Vireo
From: Gary Chapin <gchapin1 AT ROCHESTER.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:13:12 -0500
Present at the parking lot at the Community Garden from 1:45 to 2:00 PM. 

Gary Chapin
Ticonderoga, NY
Subject: Re: White-eyed Vireo - Still Present
From: Zac Coto <zcotaweaver AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:33:09 -0500
Bird present this morning at the intervale. Many observers.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 24, 2014, at 6:48 PM, Patti Haynes  wrote:
> 
> It would be great to see some photos of this bird. Have any of you birders
> posted any? Larry?
> And congrats to you, Larry Clarfeld, for finding and reporting this great
> bird!
> 
> Patti
> 
> On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 1:20 PM, Fred and Chris Pratt 
> wrote:
> 
>> Team Pipit enjoyed multiple close views this morning (10:05-10:45) of the
>> White-eyed Vireo at the Intervale. It was working the raspberry patch
>> across the road from the little row of cedars and the community garden
>> previously given as guides for finding the bird. Also present were numerous
>> sparrows (juncos, Tree Sparrows and White-throated Sparrows) as well as
>> about 7 or 8 chickadees. All of our views of the bird were at about a foot
>> or two above the ground. He was basically feeding on his own, paying no
>> attention to the sparrows and chickadees also in the area.
>> 
>> Those who have already seen this bird as well as those still hoping to see
>> it might consider the following:
>> 
>> 1)  I have been birding in Vermont for forty odd years and this fellow is
>> species number 315 for Team Pipit in this state. This bird is a rarity and
>> a treat.
>> 
>> 2)  This individual is sporting bright fresh fall plumage, an absolute joy
>> to behold.
>> 
>> 3)  Chances are decent that he will hang around for a while. I once saw one
>> of these guys on a CBC I used to do back when we lived in Rhode Island.
>> 
>> 4)  It is difficult to imagine this species surviving a Vermont winter. I
>> guess we should all hope he tries to find his way south sooner rather than
>> later.
>> 
>> Pipit
>> 
Subject: Re: White-eyed Vireo - Still Present
From: Patti Haynes <patti.haynes AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:48:40 -0500
It would be great to see some photos of this bird. Have any of you birders
posted any? Larry?
And congrats to you, Larry Clarfeld, for finding and reporting this great
bird!

Patti

On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 1:20 PM, Fred and Chris Pratt 
wrote:

> Team Pipit enjoyed multiple close views this morning (10:05-10:45) of the
> White-eyed Vireo at the Intervale. It was working the raspberry patch
> across the road from the little row of cedars and the community garden
> previously given as guides for finding the bird. Also present were numerous
> sparrows (juncos, Tree Sparrows and White-throated Sparrows) as well as
> about 7 or 8 chickadees. All of our views of the bird were at about a foot
> or two above the ground. He was basically feeding on his own, paying no
> attention to the sparrows and chickadees also in the area.
>
> Those who have already seen this bird as well as those still hoping to see
> it might consider the following:
>
> 1)  I have been birding in Vermont for forty odd years and this fellow is
> species number 315 for Team Pipit in this state. This bird is a rarity and
> a treat.
>
> 2)  This individual is sporting bright fresh fall plumage, an absolute joy
> to behold.
>
> 3)  Chances are decent that he will hang around for a while. I once saw one
> of these guys on a CBC I used to do back when we lived in Rhode Island.
>
> 4)  It is difficult to imagine this species surviving a Vermont winter. I
> guess we should all hope he tries to find his way south sooner rather than
> later.
>
> Pipit
>
Subject: Re: White-eyed Vireo ?
From: Stephen Antell <santellvt AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:08:00 -0500
I saw it briefly today (Monday) about 9:00 moving around in a low tree just
south of the garden and on the same side.  Chickadees and juncos were also
in the area.  Wish I had gotten a longer and better look but I'm confident
it was the white eyed vireo.  With this balmy weather, what's the point of
heading south?

Steve Antell

On Sunday, November 23, 2014, Michele Patenaude  wrote:

> Did anyone see the White-eyed Vireo after noon today? I might go looking
> for it tomorrow morning.
>
> Michele Patenaude
> 172 Woodbury Road
> Burlington, VT 05408
> 802-862-4085
>
Subject: White-eyed Vireo - Still Present
From: Fred and Chris Pratt <pipit AT WCVT.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:20:23 -0500
Team Pipit enjoyed multiple close views this morning (10:05-10:45) of the
White-eyed Vireo at the Intervale. It was working the raspberry patch
across the road from the little row of cedars and the community garden
previously given as guides for finding the bird. Also present were numerous
sparrows (juncos, Tree Sparrows and White-throated Sparrows) as well as
about 7 or 8 chickadees. All of our views of the bird were at about a foot
or two above the ground. He was basically feeding on his own, paying no
attention to the sparrows and chickadees also in the area.

Those who have already seen this bird as well as those still hoping to see
it might consider the following:

1)  I have been birding in Vermont for forty odd years and this fellow is
species number 315 for Team Pipit in this state. This bird is a rarity and
a treat.

2)  This individual is sporting bright fresh fall plumage, an absolute joy
to behold.

3)  Chances are decent that he will hang around for a while. I once saw one
of these guys on a CBC I used to do back when we lived in Rhode Island.

4)  It is difficult to imagine this species surviving a Vermont winter. I
guess we should all hope he tries to find his way south sooner rather than
later.

Pipit
Subject: warbler at the feeder
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus AT SURFGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:10:54 -0500
For the last two days, one lone Yellow-rumped Warbler has been visiting a 
platform feeder at my house, apparently eating chipped sunflower. Ive never 
seen this species at a feeder! 


Maeve Kim
Jericho Center
Subject: Scaup and a Peregrine Falcon
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:38:07 -0500
Highlights of the day spent birdwatching began with a raft of 3 1/2 thousand 
Scaup at Delta Park and ended with a Peregrine Falcon taking a birdbath in a 
shallow puddle at the edge of the bay at Shelbune Town Beach. 


Michele Patenaude 
172 Woodbury Road
Burlington, VT 05408
802-862-4085
Subject: CBC
From: Ruth <birder_rws AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:31:31 -0500
Can someone please tell me who is coordinating CBC for Brattleboro (Al 
Merritt?) , Saxton's River (Don Clark?) and Springfield (Hugh Putman) and 
dates? I want to put a news release in The Message about the Winhall CBC, but I 
think Message may cover all the above areas too. 


Ruth Stewart

E. Dorset, VT
 		 	   		  
Subject: White-eyed Vireo ?
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:26:02 -0500
Did anyone see the White-eyed Vireo after noon today? I might go looking for it 
tomorrow morning. 


Michele Patenaude 
172 Woodbury Road
Burlington, VT 05408
802-862-4085
Subject: Greater White Fronted Goose in Addison
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:22:47 -0500
> I saw a Greater White-fronted Goose on Saturday at about 2 pm in the farm 
field to the north of the Brilyea Access Road. It was at the front edge of the 
large flocks of Snow Geese and Canada Geese that were gathered there. 

>  
> The bird was dark brownish gray with a white undertail and lower belly. Its 
head and face were dark but there was white in front of the eye and around the 
bill and on the face and forehead. The bill was yellowish pink. The bird seemed 
a bit smaller than the snow geese in back of it, but that was hard to 
determine. It was not in a family group as far as I could tell. 

>  
> The bird was sitting in the plowed dirt piles and I could not see the orange 
legs or the white tip end of the tail. The bird did not have a white flank 
line. 

>  
> However, the white on the front of the face and forehead was very distinct as 
was the pale, yellow-pink bill. The bird was preening and I watched the it for 
about 10 minutes and then a good portion of the whole group flew off when a 
red-tailed hawk set them up. I was not able to locate it again. 

>  

Michele Patenaude 
172 Woodbury Road
Burlington, VT 05408
802-862-4085
Subject: Glaucous Gull ... Bridport
From: "Ian A. Worley" <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:21:43 -0500
Today midday, Spencer Hardy, Ron Payne and I viewed an adult 
non-breeding Glaucous Gull.  First seen on the water, it then flew up 
and disappeared going northward.

Ian
Subject: Winhall CBC - Dec 14
From: Ruth <birder_rws AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:55:43 -0500
The Winhall CBC will take place Sunday, December 14.  Participants welcome.  
The Winhall 15 mile diameter count circle is centered one mile south of the 
four corners on Winhall Hollow Road, north of Gale Meadows. The west border is 
Manchester Depot, north just south of Weston village; east at the edge of 
Windham village and south almost to Jamaica. It encompasses the villages of 
Peru, Landgrove, Londonderry, S. Londonderry, Bondville, and Rawsonville as 
well as Stratton, Bromley and Magic Ski areas. Many counters are needed to 
cover this circle. 


Ruth Stewart

E. Dorset, VT
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Changing how VT's wildlife is managed
From: Scott Sainsbury <scott AT BEACONASSOCIATES.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:13:23 -0500
Im interested in your ideas Walter.  
Scott

Scott Sainsbury
Moretown, Vermont

> On Nov 22, 2014, at 10:14 AM, Walter Medwid  wrote:
> 
> I'm proposing that VT change the way wildlife management decisions are
> made. If you are interested in this issue would you contact me offline:
> wmedwid AT gmail.com
> 
Subject: Re: White-eyed Vireo - details
From: Alison Wagner <alikatofvt AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:03:05 -0500
.....and I managed to pass Jim on his way out/my way in....thanks AGAIN to 
Larry for finding such a special bird.  Larry, your photo got me motivated 
to get away from my computer, into the car, take a risk on (not) dipping. 
What a beautiful bird!  After about twenty minutes of searching, Donny 
Coleman arrived.  Together, we moved a little south from the tree Larry 
described in his second post and followed the chipnotes of some Chickadees. 
Donny noticed movement in the scrubby trees along the eastern edge of the 
road and caught a hint of wingbars.  If not for his keen eyes, I may have 
gone home without a Vermont lifer...

Ali
Huntington

-----Original Message----- 
From: Jim Mead
Sent: Sunday, November 23, 2014 3:48 PM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] White-eyed Vireo - details

Hello all,

Thanks to Larry for finding this bird and for letting the rest of us know 
about it. I arrived there around 1:20 p.m.
and a few minutes later Kyle Rosenblad showed up. We searched together for 
about 20 minutes and then saw
the White-eyed Vireo fly directly across the road from the Tommy Thompson 
Community Garden sign. We were
then able to see it at eye level with the sun at our backs. We had very good 
looks at it while it went from one branch to another. We were very lucky and 
it was also a life bird for Kyle!!! We saw it again about 25 minutes later 
and then I was able to see it one last time before I left at around 2:40 
p.m.

Thanks again Larry,

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead 
Subject: Re: White-eyed Vireo - details
From: Jim Mead <jimmead4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:48:31 -0500
Hello all,

Thanks to Larry for finding this bird and for letting the rest of us know about 
it. I arrived there around 1:20 p.m. 

and a few minutes later Kyle Rosenblad showed up. We searched together for 
about 20 minutes and then saw 

the White-eyed Vireo fly directly across the road from the Tommy Thompson 
Community Garden sign. We were 

then able to see it at eye level with the sun at our backs. We had very good 
looks at it while it went from one branch to another. We were very lucky and it 
was also a life bird for Kyle!!! We saw it again about 25 minutes later and 
then I was able to see it one last time before I left at around 2:40 p.m. 


Thanks again Larry,

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead
Subject: White-eyed Vireo - details
From: Larry Clarfeld <lclarfeld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:11:09 -0500
Hi folks,

To follow up on my earlier report, I spotted a WHITE-EYED VIREO at the
Intervale at about 9:20 this morning right near the Tommy Thompson
community garden. As you are driving into the Intervale, you'll eventually
see a brown sign on the left for the community garden, and if you drive a
little further there is a parking area on the right. Across the road from
the parking area there is a large spruce tree, and it was initially spotted
to the right of the spruce in a large Hackberry.

The bird was seen on-and-off through noon, very actively foraging near a
group of tree sparrows and chickadees. It was seen foraging on both sides
of the road and up to 50 m away from the road, but remaining pretty
faithful to the community gardens area, which it revisited several times. I
was joined by Ted Murin and a few others, who also observed the bird.  Good
luck for anyone who tries for it!

Photo posted on flickr, ebird checklist will be entered soon:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/27953043 AT N08/15861095955/

Good Birding,
Larry


-- 
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: White eyed vireo
From: Larry Clarfeld <lclarfeld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:03:25 -0500
right now at the burlington intervale near the tommy Thompson community
garden.

 Larry clarfeld



-- 
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: Addison birding report
From: Jane Stein <jeshawks AT SHOREHAM.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:12:51 -0500
FYI, Bluebirds are present in Vermont, at least in Addison county, 
year-round.  I've seen them over the years around Dead Creek in deepest 
winter.  They nest on my property, but then small groups of them drop in 
from time to time throughout the winter.  No idea, of course, whether 
these are "my" birds or even the same ones from visit to visit in the 
winter.  My understanding is they're pretty nomadic in wintertime, so 
likely different birds each time, but who knows.

Jane
(Shoreham, southern Addison County)



On 11/22/2014 8:09 PM, Fernando B.Corrada wrote:
> Phil Magnant and I drove to Addison this blustery morning to see the Snow 
Geese. We found a few scattered flocks west of the Brylea access road on the 
plowed field behind the first farm after the bridge. There were probably about 
1,000 Snow Geese and about 125 Canada Geese. They were too far for good photos. 

>
> Afterwards we drove to Gage Road and there we observed 3-4 Northern Harriers, 
American Tree Sparrows (5), Snow Buntings (15 + 30), European Starlings (100+), 
Crows (20+), Ring-billed Gulls (15). 

>
> A bit later we drove to Fort Cassin and on the way there we were surprised to 
see Eastern Bluebirds (3). In Fort Cassin Rd. we found the following: 

> American Tree Sparrow (4)
> Tufted Titmouse (3)
> American Trre Sparrow (6)
> White-breasted Nuthatch (3)
> Hairy Woodpecker (1)
> Downy Woodpecker (1)
> Black-capped Chickadee (7)
> Red-winged Blackbird (1)
> Common Merganser (16)
> Hooded Merganser (5)
> Mallard (1)
> Ringed-billed Gull (10)
> Bald Eagle (3)
> American Goldfinch (8)
> Blue Jay (1)
> American Crow (30)
> Gadwall ? (1)
>
>
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Subject: Addison birding report
From: "Fernando B.Corrada" <fcorrada AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:09:37 -0500
Phil Magnant and I drove to Addison this blustery morning to see the Snow 
Geese. We found a few scattered flocks west of the Brylea access road on the 
plowed field behind the first farm after the bridge. There were probably about 
1,000 Snow Geese and about 125 Canada Geese. They were too far for good photos. 


Afterwards we drove to Gage Road and there we observed 3-4 Northern Harriers, 
American Tree Sparrows (5), Snow Buntings (15 + 30), European Starlings (100+), 
Crows (20+), Ring-billed Gulls (15). 


A bit later we drove to Fort Cassin and on the way there we were surprised to 
see Eastern Bluebirds (3). In Fort Cassin Rd. we found the following: 

American Tree Sparrow (4)
Tufted Titmouse (3)
American Trre Sparrow (6)
White-breasted Nuthatch (3)
Hairy Woodpecker (1)
Downy Woodpecker (1)
Black-capped Chickadee (7)
Red-winged Blackbird (1)
Common Merganser (16)
Hooded Merganser (5)
Mallard (1)
Ringed-billed Gull (10)
Bald Eagle (3)
American Goldfinch (8)
Blue Jay (1)
American Crow (30)
Gadwall ? (1)
Subject: Re: Dry Tortugas
From: Scott Stoner <scottjstoner AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:08:15 -0500
We went with Larry Manfredi - multi day boat trip. Highly recommend him and 
that duration. Scott Stoner, Albany NY 


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

Barbara Brosnan  wrote:

>We spent 4 days with a Jaeger Tours guide on the small excursion boat Tiburon 
which took a big sweep out into the Gulf to pick up Pelagics then anchored off 
of Ft Jefferson. We slept and ate on the boat then traveled around to other 
islands. As a result we walked, sailed and even snorkeled (optional) and found 
wonderful birds everywhere. I highly recommend traveling by boat and staying a 
few days. 

>Barbara Brosnan
>Weybridge
>
>Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Nov 22, 2014, at 10:33 AM, Larry Levine  wrote:
>> 
>> Greeting VT birders
>> 
>> I am considering a trip to southern FL and Dry Tortugas in April. I am 
wondering if any of you have been to Dry Tortugas, and if so, if you have any 
recommendations for... 

>> 1. how many days to spend there 
>> 2. do I need a tour group
>> 3. Recommendations for a tour company
>> 
>> Thanks for the suggestions!
>> Larry Levine
>> Jericho
>> 
>> Sent from my iPad mini
Subject: Re: Dry Tortugas
From: Barbara Brosnan <bbrosnan AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:04:24 -0500
We spent 4 days with a Jaeger Tours guide on the small excursion boat Tiburon 
which took a big sweep out into the Gulf to pick up Pelagics then anchored off 
of Ft Jefferson. We slept and ate on the boat then traveled around to other 
islands. As a result we walked, sailed and even snorkeled (optional) and found 
wonderful birds everywhere. I highly recommend traveling by boat and staying a 
few days. 

Barbara Brosnan
Weybridge

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 22, 2014, at 10:33 AM, Larry Levine  wrote:
> 
> Greeting VT birders
> 
> I am considering a trip to southern FL and Dry Tortugas in April. I am 
wondering if any of you have been to Dry Tortugas, and if so, if you have any 
recommendations for... 

> 1. how many days to spend there 
> 2. do I need a tour group
> 3. Recommendations for a tour company
> 
> Thanks for the suggestions!
> Larry Levine
> Jericho
> 
> Sent from my iPad mini
Subject: Hooded Mergansers at Colchester Pond
From: Bruce MacPherson <bmacphe AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:00:14 -0500
There was a nice collection of ducks and geese at Colchester Pond this 
afternoon. The highlight was 61 Hooded Mergansers scattered throughout the 
southern end of the pond. 



Bruce MacPherson
South Burlington

Subject: Lake Bomoseen-Castleton (2360 acres), Nov 22, 2014
From: Roy Pilcher <shamwarivt AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:07:39 -0500
Cheers, Roy Pilcher
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-checklist 
To: shamwariVT 
Sent: Sat, Nov 22, 2014 4:04 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Lake Bomoseen-Castleton (2360 acres), Nov 22, 2014


Lake Bomoseen-Castleton (2360 acres), Rutland, US-VT
Nov 22, 2014 8:50 AM - 11:05 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Temperature 27 degrees F. Brisk south wind. White caps on lake. 

Southern channel starting to freeze over.  Lake north of Grady Bridge mostly 
frozen.  Observations made from several stations around the lake.
17 species

Canada Goose  217     Arrived in three flocks.  South end.
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  62
Bufflehead  52     Single raft, actively feeding/diving.  south end.
Common Goldeneye 72 Single raft toward the south. Actively diving/feeding. 

Checked for Barrow's!
Hooded Merganser 133 Not an unprecedented occurrence for this time of year 

and lake.  North end just south of Grady Bridge and near advancing ice .  
Leisurely diving/feeding.
Common Merganser  16
Common Loon  1
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  4
Black-capped Chickadee  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
American Robin  1
American Tree Sparrow  5
Dark-eyed Junco  4
American Goldfinch  2

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20636278 


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

 

Subject: Union St.
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:34:20 -0500
No drama in Brandon this afternoon, just 29 starlings, 2 rock pigeons and one 
chickadee. 

A small milkweed tussock caterpillar was a surprise.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod
Subject: Pine Warbler
From: Martha Pfeiffer <kmpfeiffer AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:18:24 +0000
Along with Mallards and Hoodies at Lake St. Catherine today was a lonesome 
little Pine Warbler.No mixed flock, not even a chickadee in the surrounding 
area to give company.  Perhaps that's why it welcomed my presence and allowed 
me to get some good close up photos. 

Back at my house in Dorset I had a Song Sparrow under the feeder this morning. 
 Haven't had one of those in weeks.   Martha Pfeiffer, Dorset 

Subject: Re: Dry Tortugas
From: Thomas Wermager <nnn0tgw AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:24:50 -0500
In response to your questions about Dry Tortugas.

My wife and I were in Key West FL for a week this past September and made a day 
trip out to Dry Tortugas/Fort Jefferson National Park. We 

enjoyed our stay in Key West as well as our trip out to the park. Great places 
to go birding! 


As for staying at the park, they do allow camping however there are no real 
facilities that we noticed other than picnic tables and barbecue pits. 


There are a couple of ways to get out to the park that leave from Key West. One 
is by ferry the other is by sea plane. 


For more info go to drytortugas.com

Have a Great trip!
Tom Wermager
Sharon


On Nov 22, 2014, at 10:33 AM, Larry Levine  wrote:

> Greeting VT birders
> 
> I am considering a trip to southern FL and Dry Tortugas in April. I am 
wondering if any of you have been to Dry Tortugas, and if so, if you have any 
recommendations for... 

> 1. how many days to spend there 
> 2. do I need a tour group
> 3. Recommendations for a tour company
> 
> Thanks for the suggestions!
> Larry Levine
> Jericho
> 
> Sent from my iPad mini
> 
Subject: Coot meets eagle
From: "hg2 AT myfairpoint.net" <hg2@MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:47:51 -0500
Birding down at Vernon Dam on the Connecticut River this morning, I noticed 
what looked like a big black phalarope swimming around in on of the ice-free 
pools. On putting the scope on it I realized that it was a coot with its neck 
fully extended upward and swimming in tight circles. Looked very agitated. I 
realized why when one of the local adult bald eagles rocketed into the field of 
view, dropped its talons and made a pass at the coot, which immediately dived 
in a gout of water. The eagle circled back around and begun hovering like some 
giant kestrel above the spot where the coot dived. After about 20 seconds the 
coot surfaced and the eagle dived on it. The coot then dived again to evade a 
surprise demise and the eagle began its hovering again. This happened about 4 
times over the course of a couple of minutes. At no time was the coot able to 
spend any more than a second or so on the surface and, my guess, was unable to 
replenish its oxygen supply. Eventually, the coot was! 

 barely able to get under the surface at which time the eagle splashed down 
into the water where the coot had dived. The eagle lay on the water surface 
with its wings outstretched for buoyancy for about 30 seconds then took off, at 
which time I saw that it was holding in its talons the struggling coot. The 
eagle carried the coot (which was stretching its neck out and peering around 
and kicking its legs) to a half-submerged log where the eagle began to eat its 
prey alive. Nature red in tooth and claw? 


Sent from my iPad
Subject: Dry Tortugas
From: Larry Levine <levine5279 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:33:22 -0500
Greeting VT birders

I am considering a trip to southern FL and Dry Tortugas in April. I am 
wondering if any of you have been to Dry Tortugas, and if so, if you have any 
recommendations for... 

1. how many days to spend there 
2. do I need a tour group
3. Recommendations for a tour company

Thanks for the suggestions!
Larry Levine
Jericho

Sent from my iPad mini
Subject: Changing how VT's wildlife is managed
From: Walter Medwid <wmedwid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:14:07 -0500
I'm proposing that VT change the way wildlife management decisions are
made. If you are interested in this issue would you contact me offline:
wmedwid AT gmail.com
Subject: Common Redpoll - Middlebury College
From: Donald Jones <dwilbertjones AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:37:52 -0500
Hi all,

I walked out the door of my dorm this morning to glimpse briefly, and hear
well, one Common Redpoll in the top of a nearby tree. The bird took off and
flew east all by itself after a few seconds. Winter must be on the way!

Best,
Don Jones
Middlebury, VT / Laramie, WY
Subject: Northern Shovelers at Shelburne Bay
From: Bruce MacPherson <bmacphe AT AOL.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:48:37 -0500
In addition to the expected Canada Geese, Mallards, and Black Ducks, there was 
a tight group of 10 Northern Shovelers and the same number of Gadwall at 
Shelburne Bay this afternoon. The Gadwall were foraging with the Mallards near 
the shoreline at the mouth of the LaPlatte River, whereas the Shovelers were 
clustered by themselves in the water next to the canoe/kayak access. 



Also, I spotted a Barred Owl while walking down the Ti-Haul trail at dusk.


Bruce MacPherson
South Burlington

Subject: Re: County Quest numbers
From: Patti Haynes <patti.haynes AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:18:15 -0500
Team Pipit brings up a good point, as does Tom Berriman. Birders might consider 
getting out of their comfort zone and take on the challenge of birding in new, 
more difficult territory. Make it fun...and enjoy! 


Patti Haynes, sent from my iPod

On Nov 20, 2014, at 11:12 AM, Fred and Chris Pratt  wrote:

> Team Pipit is doing its part in this effort - would like ultimately to
> reach the 150 species mark in a calendar year in each of Vermont's 14
> counties. We've accomplished that in six counties so far (Washington,
> Orange, Windsor, Chittenden, Addison and Rutland). Some of the remaining
> counties will be very tough due to distance from home (notably Bennington
> and Windham) and Essex may be the toughest of all due to limited habitat
> diversity. It is going to be interesting and challenging. Contemplating
> Orleans and Essex next year, Tom.
> 
> Pipit
> 
> On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 8:08 AM, Kent McFarland > wrote:
> 
>> It does bring up a point that I am working on. We have a huge dataset in
>> Vermont eBird now. It is likely the largest biodiversity dataset ever
>> assembled for the state. Yeah for all of us! And the value of this is
>> enormous. But, there are a lot of places we, the collective we, have not
>> eBirded at all. Large blocks of areas are Vermont eBird deserts. I am
>> working on a way for us to present an interactive map that would allow
>> birders to easily see those blanks, for any time of year, and bird them.
>> Something like - No County Left Behind.
>> Happy eBirding,
>> Kent
>> 
>> ____________________________
>> 
>> Kent McFarland
>> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
>> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
>> 802.649.1431 x2
>> 
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 6:50 AM, Patti Haynes 
>> wrote:
>> 
>>> I second Tom's motion!
>>> 
>>> Patti Haynes, sent from my iPod
>>> 
>>> On Nov 19, 2014, at 3:09 PM, tfberriman  wrote:
>>> 
>>>> Since we in the Kingdom have been last for 3 years in a row we get 3
>>> first
>>>> round draft picks in 2015. So Ian, Alison and Jim Mead will only be
>> able
>>> to
>>>> bird and send in reports from the Northeast Kingdom next year J
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Tom Berriman
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Hello Birders,
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> It might be cold outside, but the Vermont eBird County Quest is heating
>>> up
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> big time. Read the whole story at
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> http://vtecostudies.org/blog/v...
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Some counties and individuals are putting up some amazing numbers this
>>> year!
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Kent
>>>> 
>>>> - See more at:
>>>> 
>>> 
>> http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=812636&MLID=VT&MLNM=Vermont#sthash
>>> .
>>>> Whtstxbp.dpuf
>>> 
>> 
Subject: Re: County Quest numbers
From: Fred and Chris Pratt <pipit AT WCVT.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:12:19 -0500
Team Pipit is doing its part in this effort - would like ultimately to
reach the 150 species mark in a calendar year in each of Vermont's 14
counties. We've accomplished that in six counties so far (Washington,
Orange, Windsor, Chittenden, Addison and Rutland). Some of the remaining
counties will be very tough due to distance from home (notably Bennington
and Windham) and Essex may be the toughest of all due to limited habitat
diversity. It is going to be interesting and challenging. Contemplating
Orleans and Essex next year, Tom.

Pipit

On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 8:08 AM, Kent McFarland  wrote:

> It does bring up a point that I am working on. We have a huge dataset in
> Vermont eBird now. It is likely the largest biodiversity dataset ever
> assembled for the state. Yeah for all of us! And the value of this is
> enormous. But, there are a lot of places we, the collective we, have not
> eBirded at all. Large blocks of areas are Vermont eBird deserts. I am
> working on a way for us to present an interactive map that would allow
> birders to easily see those blanks, for any time of year, and bird them.
> Something like - No County Left Behind.
> Happy eBirding,
> Kent
>
> ____________________________
>
> Kent McFarland
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
> 802.649.1431 x2
>
> 
>   
> 
> 
>
>
> On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 6:50 AM, Patti Haynes 
> wrote:
>
> > I second Tom's motion!
> >
> > Patti Haynes, sent from my iPod
> >
> > On Nov 19, 2014, at 3:09 PM, tfberriman  wrote:
> >
> > > Since we in the Kingdom have been last for 3 years in a row we get 3
> > first
> > > round draft picks in 2015. So Ian, Alison and Jim Mead will only be
> able
> > to
> > > bird and send in reports from the Northeast Kingdom next year J
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Tom Berriman
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Hello Birders,
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > It might be cold outside, but the Vermont eBird County Quest is heating
> > up
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > big time. Read the whole story at
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > 
> > > http://vtecostudies.org/blog/v...
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Some counties and individuals are putting up some amazing numbers this
> > year!
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Kent
> > >
> > > - See more at:
> > >
> >
> http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=812636&MLID=VT&MLNM=Vermont#sthash
> > .
> > > Whtstxbp.dpuf
> >
>
Subject: Re: County Quest numbers
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:08:44 -0500
It does bring up a point that I am working on. We have a huge dataset in
Vermont eBird now. It is likely the largest biodiversity dataset ever
assembled for the state. Yeah for all of us! And the value of this is
enormous. But, there are a lot of places we, the collective we, have not
eBirded at all. Large blocks of areas are Vermont eBird deserts. I am
working on a way for us to present an interactive map that would allow
birders to easily see those blanks, for any time of year, and bird them.
Something like - No County Left Behind.
Happy eBirding,
Kent

____________________________

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


  




On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 6:50 AM, Patti Haynes 
wrote:

> I second Tom's motion!
>
> Patti Haynes, sent from my iPod
>
> On Nov 19, 2014, at 3:09 PM, tfberriman  wrote:
>
> > Since we in the Kingdom have been last for 3 years in a row we get 3
> first
> > round draft picks in 2015. So Ian, Alison and Jim Mead will only be able
> to
> > bird and send in reports from the Northeast Kingdom next year J
> >
> >
> >
> > Tom Berriman
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Hello Birders,
> >
> >
> >
> > It might be cold outside, but the Vermont eBird County Quest is heating
> up
> >
> >
> >
> > big time. Read the whole story at
> >
> >
> >
> > 
> > http://vtecostudies.org/blog/v...
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Some counties and individuals are putting up some amazing numbers this
> year!
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Kent
> >
> > - See more at:
> >
> http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=812636&MLID=VT&MLNM=Vermont#sthash
> .
> > Whtstxbp.dpuf
>
Subject: Shorebird in snow
From: Walter Medwid <wmedwid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:02:57 -0500
With temps in the low 20's and high winds, a shorebird-unidentified-flushed
from a small patch of open water in an otherwise frozen wetland along the
Lake Memphremagog bike path. Really remarkable at this time of year and
under such conditions.
Subject: Re: County Quest numbers
From: Patti Haynes <patti.haynes AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:50:16 -0500
I second Tom's motion!

Patti Haynes, sent from my iPod

On Nov 19, 2014, at 3:09 PM, tfberriman  wrote:

> Since we in the Kingdom have been last for 3 years in a row we get 3 first
> round draft picks in 2015. So Ian, Alison and Jim Mead will only be able to
> bird and send in reports from the Northeast Kingdom next year J
> 
> 
> 
> Tom Berriman
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Hello Birders,
> 
> 
> 
> It might be cold outside, but the Vermont eBird County Quest is heating up
> 
> 
> 
> big time. Read the whole story at
> 
> 
> 
> 
> http://vtecostudies.org/blog/v...
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Some counties and individuals are putting up some amazing numbers this year!
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Kent
> 
> - See more at:
> http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=812636&MLID=VT&MLNM=Vermont#sthash.
> Whtstxbp.dpuf
Subject: 5340 waterfowl, 590 gulls, 2 Pacific Loons .... Bridport
From: "Ian A. Worley" <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:57:27 -0500
Yesterday Ron Payne and I surveyed from the Bridport shore Lake 
Champlain birds spread from Goose Cove south to Jones Dock and Giards 
Bay, a lake distance of about 3.5 miles.  Lake bird numbers continue to 
increase in this part of the lake south of the Champlain Bridge.

Highlights of the day were two Pacific Loons in non-breeding plumage.  
One was close enough for excellent viewing slightly northwest of Jones 
Dock.  The other was more distant, in New York waters west of Goose Bay 
about 1.4 miles southeast of the Champlain Bridge.  Given their 
propensity to travel long distances above and (often) below water even 
while being observed, their locations may change within this area 
frequently.

Scaup numbers have increased to over 4100, with a very high proportion 
(apparently 90% or more) being Lesser Scaup.  They were somewhat 
scattered in seven smaller rafts plus one large group of 3000 (counted 
by 50s).  The scattering was likely enhanced the morning's hunter 
activity.  Common Goldeneye have begun to assemble; we counted 216.  In 
total there were 15 waterfowl species (see below), including a couple 
Northern Shovelers.  Nearly 600 Ring-billed Gulls were dispersed among 
the various scaup rafts plus in thin streams traveling along the 
shoreline.  The only other gulls seen were three Herring Gulls.  We 
spotted a single Bald Eagle.

Laboring into a stiff west wind, a Peregrine Falcon weighted down with a 
freshly caught Rock Pigeon in its talons made slow progress crossing 
Lake Champlain, apparently in the attempt to avoid a cruising 
Rough-legged Hawk.

Waterfowl numbers are below.

Ian
===========
Waterfowl:

Scaup      4100 (apparently 90% or more being Lesser Scaup)
Canada Goose      781
Common Goldeneye       216
Mallard       153
Bufflehead      27
Hooded Merganser     18
American Black Duck     10
White-winged Scoter      8
Black Scoter      8
Common Loon      4
Pacific Loon      2
Gadwall      2
Green-winged Teal      2
Ring-necked Duck      2
Northern Shoveler      2

Double-crested Cormorant      4
Subject: County Quest numbers
From: tfberriman <blackpoll AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:09:37 -0500
 Since we in the Kingdom have been last for 3 years in a row we get 3 first
round draft picks in 2015. So Ian, Alison and Jim Mead will only be able to
bird and send in reports from the Northeast Kingdom next year J

 

Tom Berriman

 

 

 

Hello Birders,



It might be cold outside, but the Vermont eBird County Quest is heating up



big time. Read the whole story at



 
http://vtecostudies.org/blog/v...







Some counties and individuals are putting up some amazing numbers this year!







Kent

- See more at:
http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=812636&MLID=VT&MLNM=Vermont#sthash.
Whtstxbp.dpuf
Subject: Vermont eBird County Quest Heating Up
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:10:22 -0500
Hello Birders,
It might be cold outside, but the Vermont eBird County Quest is heating up
big time. Read the whole story at
http://vtecostudies.org/blog/vermont-ebird-county-quest-heats-up/

Some counties and individuals are putting up some amazing numbers this year!

Kent
____________________________

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

[image: VCE Logo] 
  


Subject: NEK Report: Accipiters
From: tfberriman <blackpoll AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:36:12 -0500
On Friday I had a Sharp-shinned Hawk, Sunday a Cooper's Hawk and this
afternoon the Northern Goshawk visit my feeders in Lyndonville. Triple crown
of accipiters. Managed a digiscope through the sliding door of the Goshawk
at the link.

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackpoll1/15637028737/ 

 

Tom Berriman
Subject: Fox Sparrows
From: Ruth <birder_rws AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:57:28 -0500
Finally spotted a couple of these colorful sparrows under my feeder today - 
along with 3 white-thr sparrows and one TREE SPARROW.... juncos, chickadees, 
TUTI, Hairy & Downy WP. 


Ruth Stewart

E. Dorset, VT