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Black Stork,©Jan Wilczur

24 Apr Wren [Sue Wetmore ]
24 Apr Re: Last call for pledges to the Bobolink Project [Karan Cutler ]
24 Apr Last call for pledges to the Bobolink Project [Allan Strong ]
23 Apr And another FOY sparrow in Burlington [Ann Curran ]
23 Apr Happy endings! ["Nancy A. Brown" ]
23 Apr Snow Geese in Middlesex [Patti Haynes ]
23 Apr finding and reporting sensitive species [Kent McFarland ]
23 Apr Re: crazed white throated sparrow [Ruth ]
23 Apr FOY White-throated in Burlington [Ann Curran ]
23 Apr Rail [Ronald Payne ]
22 Apr Great Egret goes fishing with Common Mergansers [cynthia crawford ]
22 Apr Re: Feeder birds [Christina Davenport ]
22 Apr Re: Feeder birds [Christina Davenport ]
22 Apr Feeder birds [b flewelling ]
22 Apr Louisiana waterthrush in Lincoln [Tina Scharf ]
22 Apr snipe-- Union St Brandon, Apr 22, 2014 [Sue Wetmore ]
22 Apr FOY Louisiana Waterthrush... [Linda Gionti ]
22 Apr Glossy Ibis [David Johnston ]
22 Apr Re: Phoebes in my garage - Oh No! ["paulagills tds.net" ]
22 Apr Re: Phoebes in my garage - Oh No! [Jane Stein ]
22 Apr Phoebes in my garage - Oh No! [Larry and Mona Rogers ]
22 Apr too early?? foy Northern Waterthrush, NEK [Veer Frost ]
22 Apr Re: Colchester Pond Evening Highlights [Travis Collingwood ]
22 Apr Colchester Pond Evening Highlights [Travis Collingwood ]
22 Apr such a lovely sight.... [Carole Carlson ]
21 Apr Re: crazed white throated sparrow [liz lee ]
21 Apr Re: crazed white throated sparrow [Jim Phillips ]
21 Apr crazed white throated sparrow [Liz Lee ]
21 Apr Broad wing hawk in Randolph [Tom and Joy ]
21 Apr First warblers of the year [Walter Medwid ]
20 Apr More recent Snowy pictures plus Red-breasted Merganser and Red-throated Loon [cynthia crawford ]
20 Apr Re: April Snowy Owls in Vermont [Jo Ann Lafayette ]
20 Apr Re: April Snowy Owls in Vermont [William Adams ]
20 Apr herricks cove, bellows falls [suki russo ]
20 Apr Bomoseen State Park and area - April 20 [Susan Elliott ]
20 Apr Re: April Snowy Owls in Vermont [William Adams ]
20 Apr Re: April Snowy Owls in Vermont [Ruth Coppersmith ]
20 Apr Osprey on territory [Walter Medwid ]
20 Apr Herricks cove, bellows falls [JoAnne Russo ]
20 Apr Re: April Snowy Owls in Vermont [William Adams ]
20 Apr April Snowy Owls in Vermont ["Ian A. Worley" ]
20 Apr Saturday Birding [Shelagh Smith ]
19 Apr Birding Firsts Today [William Adams ]
19 Apr sighting of upland sandpiper? [Sarah Fellows ]
19 Apr Re: Snakes in the road [Kay Johnson ]
19 Apr Little Gull Button Bay [Gary Chapin ]
19 Apr Pair of Pecs [David Johnston ]
19 Apr Snowy Owl in East Montpelier [Bryan Pfeiffer ]
19 Apr report breeding evidence to VT eBird [Kent McFarland ]
19 Apr Rusties in South Hero [Bruce MacPherson ]
19 Apr South Street Ext. Flooded field [Richard Harlow ]
19 Apr Re: Sad news... [Janet Watton ]
19 Apr Pine warbler - Hollow Rd., Brandon, Apr 18, 2014 [Sue Wetmore ]
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 ]

Subject: Wren
From: Sue Wetmore <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:45 -0400
My noisy House Wren was singing away early this morning.
Sue Wetmore
Brandon

TestSent from my iPod
Subject: Re: Last call for pledges to the Bobolink Project
From: Karan Cutler <kdcutler42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:54:35 -0400
Alan: We were unable to get our farmer enrolled last year as our schedule
did not exactly match the project guidelines, but he did limit his mowing
and we had both bobolinks and meadow larks nesting on our fields. We'd like
to try again this year to qualify him for a reimbursement of some kind, as
he was able to harvest far less hay than he normall does. Where can I find
the guidelines and application materials? Many thanks, Karan Cutler,
Bridport


On Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 7:44 AM, Allan Strong  wrote:

> Dear Birders,
>
> The fund raising period for the Bobolink Project ends on Monday the 28th!
>  We've gotten a great response from farmers (potential to enroll over 800
> acres), but we need more help on pledges.
>
> For all of you that have already made a pledge, thanks so much!
>
> If you're wondering what the project is all about, the Bobolink Project is
> a collaboration between UVM, UVM Extension, and U. Conn. The idea is that
> habitat for our declining grassland bird species is something that we all
> value and might even pay for.  We work with farmers willing to delay mowing
> of hayfields until after the nesting season and have them submit a bid
> telling us what price they would need to implement "bird-friendly"
> management practices. The amount of acreage we can enroll depends on the
> value of pledges received from the public. The hope is not only to create
> safe habitat for grassland birds, but also to help maintain the state's
> agricultural heritage.  Because our work on the project is funded on a
> grant, 100% of the pledges goes directly to Vermont farmers.
>
> To pledge, go to www.bobolinkproject.com
>
> The website also has:
> A story on the project from WCAX: http://www.wcax.com/story/
> 25058302/vt-farmers-participate-project
> Information on grassland bird management: http://www.bobolinkproject.
> com/resources.php
> And testimonials from farmers: http://www.bobolinkproject.
> com/testimonials.php
>
> Thanks,
> Allan
> --
>
> *******************************************************************
> Allan M. Strong
> University of Vermont
> The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
> 220L Aiken Center
>
> 81 Carrigan Drive
> Burlington, VT 05405
> 802-656-2910
> *******************************************************************
>
Subject: Last call for pledges to the Bobolink Project
From: Allan Strong <astrong AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:44:01 -0400
Dear Birders,

The fund raising period for the Bobolink Project ends on Monday the 
28th!  We've gotten a great response from farmers (potential to enroll 
over 800 acres), but we need more help on pledges.

For all of you that have already made a pledge, thanks so much!

If you're wondering what the project is all about, the Bobolink Project 
is a collaboration between UVM, UVM Extension, and U. Conn. The idea is 
that habitat for our declining grassland bird species is something that 
we all value and might even pay for.  We work with farmers willing to 
delay mowing of hayfields until after the nesting season and have them 
submit a bid telling us what price they would need to implement 
"bird-friendly" management practices. The amount of acreage we can 
enroll depends on the value of pledges received from the public. The 
hope is not only to create safe habitat for grassland birds, but also to 
help maintain the state's agricultural heritage.  Because our work on 
the project is funded on a grant, 100% of the pledges goes directly to 
Vermont farmers.

To pledge, go to www.bobolinkproject.com

The website also has:
A story on the project from WCAX: 
http://www.wcax.com/story/25058302/vt-farmers-participate-project
Information on grassland bird management: 
http://www.bobolinkproject.com/resources.php
And testimonials from farmers: 
http://www.bobolinkproject.com/testimonials.php

Thanks,
Allan
-- 

*******************************************************************
Allan M. Strong
University of Vermont
The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
220L Aiken Center

81 Carrigan Drive
Burlington, VT 05405
802-656-2910
*******************************************************************
Subject: And another FOY sparrow in Burlington
From: Ann Curran <acurran802 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:10:43 -0400
Fred Curran spotted our first Chipping Sparrow of the year.
Subject: Happy endings!
From: "Nancy A. Brown" <whites AT VERMONTEL.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:58:00 -0400
Last week I was all excited on finding a Mourning Dove on her nest with (2) 
half grown younguns! Two days later the nest was empty with a lot of feathers, 
although the feathers did not appear to be Dove but Jay. Yesterday I watched a 
Dove attack a Jay under the feeder. Usually the Doves do not interact with the 
other birds, moves aside for the Crow. Just now I went out and a Dove and (2) 
very wobbly younguns in flight headed for the juniper bush. Yeah they all 
survived the raid on their nest. Now will have to wait and see if she will 
reuse the site. The other arrivals are coming back slowly, I have a box of Blue 
Birds and Tree Swallows at 8 other boxes. Looks like a White-breasted Nuthatch 
will be in bird box at cemetery this year. Both Woodcock & Snipe heard each 
morning in the lower meadow. It is SPRING!! at Danby Four Corners. 

Subject: Snow Geese in Middlesex
From: Patti Haynes <patti.haynes AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:55:34 -0400
10:20 This morning on the way in to Montpelier we found four somewhat odd
looking Snow Geese in the "pond' at Settlement Farm on Rt 2. They were
resting with some Canada's and when they lifted their heads they appeared
pinkish-brown. I can only assume that whatever they had been eating stained
their feathers...manure?!? Ugh..

The Snow Geese were still present at 1:40 pm, but out much further in the
farm field traveling with the Canada's. They are not difficult to spot!

Enjoy birds,
Patti
Moretown
Subject: finding and reporting sensitive species
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:53:31 -0400
It's that time of year again. Owls and other raptors are already nesting
and more and more other species will be soon too. We've put up a friendly
reminder and guide for folks about reporting sensitive species to Vermont
eBird and for everyone to remember and review the ABA birding ethics
document. Many of us carry around handy little devices for photographs and
to play sounds and we all need to keep in mind the potential to cause birds
stress and harm if we don't use them properly. Check out the article on
Vermont eBird at
http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/guidelines-for-reporting-sensitive-species/and
have a super fun, productive, safe and consciencious time birding this
spring. Thanks for eBirding folks!

Kent
____________________________

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

[image: VCE Logo] 
  

   
Subject: Re: crazed white throated sparrow
From: Ruth <birder_rws AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:23:35 -0400
We had a robin 'working' our bedroom window just two days ago at 6:30. Despite 
being scared off several times he persisted. I finally put a couple of pillows 
in the lower windows and that seemed to 'take away the attraction.' 

 
Robin building in nest area AGAIN under roof of overhang entrance to our 
barn.... years of loyalty there. 

 
For the past 2 weeks we have also been seeing/hearing daily altercations 
between ravens and crows. They have (probably) nested at the top of Green Peak 
(divides Dorset and E. Dorset) in the past, but I suspect they are much further 
down the mountain this time. 

 
And then there are the 12 gluttonous blue jays... I know, I know... don't feed 
them.... but they are soooooo much fun to watchūüėä 


Ruth Stewart

E. Dorset, VT

 
> Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:17:24 -0400
> From: jim AT THEPHILLIPS.COM
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] crazed white throated sparrow
> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
> 
> I once watched a junco beating madly against the window after dark, and 
> as I was watching a barred owl suddenly picked it off the window and 
> flew away.
> 
> 
> On 4/21/2014 8:59 PM, Liz Lee wrote:
> > While sitting at the desktop, entering ebird data, no less, a few 
> > moments ago and well after dark, a bird started throwing itself 
> > against the window.  It was a white throated sparrow.  I turned the 
> > light in the room off, but he persisted.  I am about to get off the 
> > computer so there is no light n this room, but I assume he saw his 
> > reflection as a competitor.  I think he should save his energy for the 
> > commute ahead.  Anyone else ever seen this?
> >
> > Liz Lee
> >
> > Hinesburg
 		 	   		  
Subject: FOY White-throated in Burlington
From: Ann Curran <acurran802 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:17:43 -0400
Handsome White-throated sparrow in our backyard this a.m.
Subject: Rail
From: Ronald Payne <rpayne72 AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:48:59 -0400
A Virgina Rail was "gid-diking" from the Marsh at Otter View Park in Middlebury 
this morning.  


 --
Ron Payne
Middlebury, VT
Subject: Great Egret goes fishing with Common Mergansers
From: cynthia crawford <cynthia.crawford AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:16:13 -0400
I was amused to see a scene unfold at Lake Runnemede today. A Great Egret
was fishing along the shore when it spied 2 Common Mergansers rapidly
diving and fishing nearby. It immediately flew over to them and watched
intently, presumably to snatch or catch a fish from them. No luck- they
quickly swam away.

Photos here:
http://galleries.creaturekinships.com/?p=774

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/
Subject: Re: Feeder birds
From: Christina Davenport <christina.davenport AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:34:02 -0400
(Sorry for the previous incomplete message; my pug knocked my phone from my 
hand.) 


Fun feeder watching in Williston this evening, too, with our FOY white-throated 
showing up. We also had a downy on the suet, and on/under the feeders were 
brown-headed cowbirds, a red-winged blackbird, mourning doves, rock pigeons, 
chickadees, abundant house and goldfinches, cardinals, juncos and other 
sparrows (house, song, chipping, and tree). Not bad for 5 minutes stationary 
(from the couch)! 


Also, the killdeer has returned to the field at Adam's Farm Market. It was 
joined by a northern harrier hunting low to the ground two nights ago. 


Christina 

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 22, 2014, at 6:47 PM, b flewelling  wrote:

> An interesting mix of species on or under my feeder this evening. 
White-throated Sparrow (FOY), Junco, Chickadee, Mourning Dove, Tufted Titmouse, 
Common Grackle and Downy Woodpecker, all at the same time! 

> 
> 
> Bruce Flewelling 
> RT 73, Rochester 
Subject: Re: Feeder birds
From: Christina Davenport <christina.davenport AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:22:32 -0400
Fun feeder watching in g

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 22, 2014, at 6:47 PM, b flewelling  wrote:

> An interesting mix of species on or under my feeder this evening. 
White-throated Sparrow (FOY), Junco, Chickadee, Mourning Dove, Tufted Titmouse, 
Common Grackle and Downy Woodpecker, all at the same time! 

> 
> 
> Bruce Flewelling 
> RT 73, Rochester 
Subject: Feeder birds
From: b flewelling <bflewelling3263 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:47:37 +0000
An interesting mix of species on or under my feeder this evening.  
White-throated Sparrow (FOY), Junco, Chickadee, Mourning Dove, Tufted Titmouse, 
Common Grackle and Downy Woodpecker, all at the same time! 



Bruce Flewelling 
RT 73, Rochester 
Subject: Louisiana waterthrush in Lincoln
From: Tina Scharf <cmscharf AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:39:42 -0700
Sunday morning I awoke to a haunting and unfamiliar†bird song. I forced myself 
out of bed and out the door -†and discovered a Louisiana waterthrush.† 
The†Vermont Bird Atlas does show the LOWA as nesting in VT, but I had never 
seen one†in the state before. Better yet - he was†still in the neighborhood 
this morning! 

Subject: snipe-- Union St Brandon, Apr 22, 2014
From: Sue Wetmore <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:28:46 +0000
Lots of new arrivals on Union St. 
  
Sue Wetmore 

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

From: do-not-reply AT ebird.org 
To: 2birdvt AT comcast.net 
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:21:32 AM 
Subject: eBird Report - Union St Brandon, Apr 22, 2014 

Union St Brandon, Rutland, US-VT 
Apr 22, 2014 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM 
Protocol: Traveling 
2.0 mile(s) 
30 species 

Canada Goose  6 
Wood Duck  8 
Mallard  11 
Wild Turkey  1 
Pied-billed Grebe  2     pair rose uo out of the water with necks entwined 
then swam apart. 

Great Blue Heron  1 
Wilson's Snipe  2 
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3 
Belted Kingfisher  2 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  4 
Hairy Woodpecker  1 
Northern Flicker  1 
American Kestrel  1 
Eastern Phoebe  2 
Blue Jay  2 
American Crow  2 
Tree Swallow  4 
Black-capped Chickadee  2 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2 
American Robin  18 
European Starling  26 
Savannah Sparrow  2 
Song Sparrow  6 
Swamp Sparrow  1 
White-throated Sparrow  1 
Northern Cardinal  3 
Red-winged Blackbird  7 
Eastern Meadowlark  2 
House Sparrow  4 

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18027473 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 
Subject: FOY Louisiana Waterthrush...
From: Linda Gionti <lgionti AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:26:41 -0400
Yah! Just heard my first one of the year through my closed windows (open now)! 
Must try for a glimpse... 


Linda Gionti
Huntington, VT
Subject: Glossy Ibis
From: David Johnston <dakk21 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:48:13 -0400
A Glossy Ibis was feeding around the pool inside of the water treatment plant 
on Rt 30 this morning in Brattleboro between 7:40- 8:00. It was still there 
when I left. 

Subject: Re: Phoebes in my garage - Oh No!
From: "paulagills tds.net" <paulagills AT TDS.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:12:50 -0400
Regarding Phoebe nesting close to windows, doors, window air conditioners
or in attached structures.  They are notorious carriers of bird mites that
can, if one is sensitive, render chigger-like bites.  After several rounds
of this, I finally figured out what was biting me.  Respond to me off line
if you think you have had this problem, and I can help with information.

Paula Gills
Brookfield


On Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 9:04 AM, Jane Stein  wrote:

> And then beware because they will usually renest almost immediately after
> the first hatch has fledged and often in the same place, if it's a nice
> secure one like inside a garage.
>
> I have this problem every year with both the barn, if I leave the door
> open on the wrong day, and the attached woodshed/garden shed at the back of
> my house, whose sliding door doesn't close all the way.  I have to nail a
> piece of tarp over the shed opening from shortly after the birds arrive
> back in the spring until I can see them going to and from a nest somewhere
> else.  And then again in early summer after fledging.
>
> Jane
> (Shoreham)
>
> On 4/22/2014 8:55 AM, Larry and Mona Rogers wrote:
>
>>                 Early last winter the floor drain in my garage became
>> clogged
>> with mud leaving a good sized puddle for the rest of the winter.  I
>> finally
>> got around to cleaning it out last Thursday, not a terribly pleasant job.
>>  I
>> left the cars in the driveway and the garage door open to dry things out.
>>  I
>> finally closed the door Sunday evening.  When I opened the garage door
>> yesterday morning a fairly frantic phoebe flew out.  I guess I'll be
>> leaving
>> the door open for the rest of the nesting season.  Sigh. . .
>>
>>                 Larry in Brandon
>>
>>
>> -----
>> No virus found in this message.
>> Checked by AVG - www.avg.com
>> Version: 2014.0.4355 / Virus Database: 3882/7373 - Release Date: 04/21/14
>>
>>


-- 
*Birds were the earth's first musicians.*
                                    *Olivier Messiaen*
Subject: Re: Phoebes in my garage - Oh No!
From: Jane Stein <jeshawks AT SHOREHAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:04:44 -0400
And then beware because they will usually renest almost immediately 
after the first hatch has fledged and often in the same place, if it's a 
nice secure one like inside a garage.

I have this problem every year with both the barn, if I leave the door 
open on the wrong day, and the attached woodshed/garden shed at the back 
of my house, whose sliding door doesn't close all the way.  I have to 
nail a piece of tarp over the shed opening from shortly after the birds 
arrive back in the spring until I can see them going to and from a nest 
somewhere else.  And then again in early summer after fledging.

Jane
(Shoreham)

On 4/22/2014 8:55 AM, Larry and Mona Rogers wrote:
>                 Early last winter the floor drain in my garage became clogged
> with mud leaving a good sized puddle for the rest of the winter.  I finally
> got around to cleaning it out last Thursday, not a terribly pleasant job.  I
> left the cars in the driveway and the garage door open to dry things out.  I
> finally closed the door Sunday evening.  When I opened the garage door
> yesterday morning a fairly frantic phoebe flew out.  I guess I'll be leaving
> the door open for the rest of the nesting season.  Sigh. . .
>
>                 Larry in Brandon
>
>
> -----
> No virus found in this message.
> Checked by AVG - www.avg.com
> Version: 2014.0.4355 / Virus Database: 3882/7373 - Release Date: 04/21/14
>
Subject: Phoebes in my garage - Oh No!
From: Larry and Mona Rogers <4181rogers AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:55:54 -0400
               Early last winter the floor drain in my garage became clogged
with mud leaving a good sized puddle for the rest of the winter.  I finally
got around to cleaning it out last Thursday, not a terribly pleasant job.  I
left the cars in the driveway and the garage door open to dry things out.  I
finally closed the door Sunday evening.  When I opened the garage door
yesterday morning a fairly frantic phoebe flew out.  I guess I'll be leaving
the door open for the rest of the nesting season.  Sigh. . .

               Larry in Brandon
Subject: too early?? foy Northern Waterthrush, NEK
From: Veer Frost <v_t_frost AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:38:53 -0700
Seemingly unmistakeable Northern Waterthrush singing this Earth Day morning, 
but hesitant to ebird it as it seems early (I've yet to see a Yellow-rumped 
warbler). Thanks, Veer Frost, Passumpsic 

____________________________________
Subject: Re: Colchester Pond Evening Highlights
From: Travis Collingwood <traviscoll AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:56:50 +0000
Sorry that message got jumbled together.  Lets try again:
 


 
I took a walk along Colchester Pond this Monday Evening and saw/heard these 
highlights: Hermit Thrush; American Tree Sparrow; Pine Warbler; Barred Owl; 
Bufflehead. There were also some Round-lobed Hepatica flowering.....And several 
ticks and mosquitoes in the woods (seven ticks picked off my pants). Not to 
mention a couple crazy high school kids using the rope swing to jump into the 
pond. A little too cold for my blood ;) Take Care. TravisWinooski, VT 
Subject: Colchester Pond Evening Highlights
From: Travis Collingwood <traviscoll AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:46:00 +0000
 
I took a walk along Colchester Pond this Monday Evening and saw/heard these 
highlights: Hermit ThrushAmerican Tree SparrowPine WarblerBarred OwlBufflehead 
There were also some Round-lobed Hepatica flowering.....And several ticks and 
mosquitoes in the woods (seven ticks picked off my pants). Not to mention a 
couple crazy high school kids using the rope swing to jump into the pond. A 
little too cold for my blood ;) Take Care. TravisWinooski, VT 
Subject: such a lovely sight....
From: Carole Carlson <carolecarlson38 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:36:46 +0000
One of my spring joys: looking for wood ducks along Fort Cassin Road. Saw 7 
pair today. Just as we exited Fort Cassin Road, we encountered another colorful 
and unexpected surprise: a male peacock strutting along and making it clear 
that he owned the road. 

Carole Carlson 
Shelburne 
Subject: Re: crazed white throated sparrow
From: liz lee <lizl AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:20:28 -0400
Interesting, as I heard a barred owl here last night.  Now on the laptop 
away from the window!

Liz

On 4/21/2014 9:17 PM, Jim Phillips wrote:
> I once watched a junco beating madly against the window after dark, 
> and as I was watching a barred owl suddenly picked it off the window 
> and flew away.
>
>
> On 4/21/2014 8:59 PM, Liz Lee wrote:
>> While sitting at the desktop, entering ebird data, no less, a few 
>> moments ago and well after dark, a bird started throwing itself 
>> against the window.  It was a white throated sparrow.  I turned the 
>> light in the room off, but he persisted.  I am about to get off the 
>> computer so there is no light n this room, but I assume he saw his 
>> reflection as a competitor.  I think he should save his energy for 
>> the commute ahead.  Anyone else ever seen this?
>>
>> Liz Lee
>>
>> Hinesburg
Subject: Re: crazed white throated sparrow
From: Jim Phillips <jim AT THEPHILLIPS.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:17:24 -0400
I once watched a junco beating madly against the window after dark, and 
as I was watching a barred owl suddenly picked it off the window and 
flew away.


On 4/21/2014 8:59 PM, Liz Lee wrote:
> While sitting at the desktop, entering ebird data, no less, a few 
> moments ago and well after dark, a bird started throwing itself 
> against the window.  It was a white throated sparrow.  I turned the 
> light in the room off, but he persisted.  I am about to get off the 
> computer so there is no light n this room, but I assume he saw his 
> reflection as a competitor.  I think he should save his energy for the 
> commute ahead.  Anyone else ever seen this?
>
> Liz Lee
>
> Hinesburg
Subject: crazed white throated sparrow
From: Liz Lee <lizl AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:59:15 -0400
While sitting at the desktop, entering ebird data, no less, a few 
moments ago and well after dark, a bird started throwing itself against 
the window.  It was a white throated sparrow.  I turned the light in the 
room off, but he persisted.  I am about to get off the computer so there 
is no light n this room, but I assume he saw his reflection as a 
competitor.  I think he should save his energy for the commute ahead.  
Anyone else ever seen this?

Liz Lee

Hinesburg
Subject: Broad wing hawk in Randolph
From: Tom and Joy <tomandjoy AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:02:21 -0400
I was able to identify a Broad Wing Hawk sitting in the top of a tree from its 
voice and an outline of its shape. I was walking on my road and I heard its 
voice and thought it was a small bird. But it was a very directional sound and 
the size of the bird surprised me. I also noted that it had a short tail. I had 
no glasses with me so I had to consult a guide at home and a friend on the 
telephone. Coincidently I had discs with bird voices in my car and found the 
very distinctive Broad Wing sound. It is amazingly high pitched for such a 
large bird. 


My only previous sighting of a Broad Wing was during fall migration in a 
kettle. 


Tom
Subject: First warblers of the year
From: Walter Medwid <wmedwid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:31:49 -0400
Two pine warblers worked the ground at a forest edge in the midst of a
group of very vocal bluebirds. Usually see yellow rumps first but not this
year. From Derby/Lake Memphremagog.
Subject: More recent Snowy pictures plus Red-breasted Merganser and Red-throated Loon
From: cynthia crawford <cynthia.crawford AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:15:26 -0400
Perhaps these will shed some light on the sex i.d. of the Snowy at the
intersection of rt.10 and 106? Taken 4/18/2014

http://galleries.creaturekinships.com/?p=655

(There are other pictures of a Snowy seen at the Berlin Airport on Jan. 5
as well)

Merganser and Loon here:

http://galleries.creaturekinships.com/?p=769

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/
Subject: Re: April Snowy Owls in Vermont
From: Jo Ann Lafayette <jolafayett AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:28:20 -0700
Hello Will,

I am going to be in Montpelier tomorrow a.m. so will try to see that owl.† If I 
take Gallison hill Road from Rte 2, in which direction shall I turn onto Towne 
Hill road (as from your observations today). † Surely he can move around but 
maybe I can know where to start.† † I'll have my young grandchildren with me so 
hope to find it.† Did you see it on the ground or perched up somewhere? † 
Thanks very much for your help, Jo Lafayette Burlington 



†
Jo Lafayette  jolafayett AT yahoo.com


________________________________
 From: William Adams 
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU 
Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2014 4:17 PM
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] April Snowy Owls in Vermont
 

He's currently in the same spot he was in this morning just pas Gallison Hill 
Road and he's gathered quite the crowd! 


Will Adams
Sent from my iPhone


> On Apr 20, 2014, at 12:59 PM, Ruth Coppersmith  wrote:
> 
> where exactly in E. Mplr?† Was that the Towne Hill Road location?
> 
>> On Apr 20, 2014, at 9:54 AM, William Adams wrote:
>> 
>> I observed and photographed a Snowy Owl in East Montpelier yesterday 
afternoon at about 4:00 and then again this morning at 6:30 a.m.† I'll add this 
morning's observation to eBird. 

>>
Subject: Re: April Snowy Owls in Vermont
From: William Adams <wmladams AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:17:26 -0400
He's currently in the same spot he was in this morning just pas Gallison Hill 
Road and he's gathered quite the crowd! 


Will Adams
Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 20, 2014, at 12:59 PM, Ruth Coppersmith  wrote:
> 
> where exactly in E. Mplr?  Was that the Towne Hill Road location?
> 
>> On Apr 20, 2014, at 9:54 AM, William Adams wrote:
>> 
>> I observed and photographed a Snowy Owl in East Montpelier yesterday 
afternoon at about 4:00 and then again this morning at 6:30 a.m. I'll add this 
morning's observation to eBird. 

>> 
Subject: herricks cove, bellows falls
From: suki russo <sukirusso AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:56:48 -0700
FOY American bittern

sorry about the previous jumble of unintelligible letters, I sent the same 
message from my iPad, not sure why it screws up the font! 

†

JoAnne Russo

Saxtons River, VT
Subject: Bomoseen State Park and area - April 20
From: Susan Elliott <ovenbird14 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:27:27 -0700
A Black Vulture was sharing air space with five Turkey Vultures and a 
Broad-winged Hawk at Bomoseen State Park today. A Red-shouldered Hawk was 
vocalizing loudly in the woods along the nature trail there. We also heard and 
saw a Louisiana Waterthrush near the rushing stream near the entrance station. 


Also in the area, two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were at the Kehoe Fishing Access 
on Lake Bomoseen. Three Common Loons and a Red-necked Grebe were on the lake. 
The Bomoseen/Hubbardton Marsh at the north end had 81 Ring-necked Ducks. 



Lake Bomoseen State Park:†

Canada Goose† 2
Wood Duck† 2
Bufflehead† 2
Ruffed Grouse† 1
Great Blue Heron† 1
Black Vulture† 1
Turkey Vulture† 6
Red-shouldered Hawk† 1
Broad-winged Hawk† 1
Belted Kingfisher† 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker† 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker† 3
Downy Woodpecker† 3
Pileated Woodpecker† 1
Eastern Phoebe† 1
Blue Jay† 1
American Crow† 3
Common Raven† 1
Tree Swallow† 2
Black-capped Chickadee† 8
Tufted Titmouse† 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch† 1
White-breasted Nuthatch† 1
Brown Creeper† 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet† 2
Hermit Thrush† 1
American Robin† 5
Louisiana Waterthrush† 1
Chipping Sparrow† 1
Song Sparrow† 3
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)† 1
Northern Cardinal† 2
Red-winged Blackbird† 3
Common Grackle† 5
Brown-headed Cowbird† 2
House Finch† 1
American Goldfinch† 4

http://rutlandcountyaudubon.org/bomoseen/

Sue and Marv Elliott, Tracey and Millie Busony
Subject: Re: April Snowy Owls in Vermont
From: William Adams <wmladams AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:51:00 -0400
Yes. I heard a report it was there at 1:00. 

Will Adams
Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 20, 2014, at 12:59 PM, Ruth Coppersmith  wrote:
> 
> where exactly in E. Mplr?  Was that the Towne Hill Road location?
> 
>> On Apr 20, 2014, at 9:54 AM, William Adams wrote:
>> 
>> I observed and photographed a Snowy Owl in East Montpelier yesterday 
afternoon at about 4:00 and then again this morning at 6:30 a.m. I'll add this 
morning's observation to eBird. 

>> 
Subject: Re: April Snowy Owls in Vermont
From: Ruth Coppersmith <coppsky AT EZCLOUD.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:59:57 -0400
where exactly in E. Mplr?  Was that the Towne Hill Road location?

On Apr 20, 2014, at 9:54 AM, William Adams wrote:

> I observed and photographed a Snowy Owl in East Montpelier yesterday 
afternoon at about 4:00 and then again this morning at 6:30 a.m. I'll add this 
morning's observation to eBird. 

> 
Subject: Osprey on territory
From: Walter Medwid <wmedwid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:33:46 -0400
With lots of ice on most of Memphremagog, an osprey was positioned high
(500 feet or more) over a nesting site and calling loudly and frequently.
Bluebirds and tree swallows in house inspection mode. No sign of a
no. shrike that had been seen and heard over the last 10 days. From Derby.
Subject: Herricks cove, bellows falls
From: JoAnne Russo <sukirusso AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:01:57 -0400
FOY American bittern

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Re: April Snowy Owls in Vermont
From: William Adams <wmladams AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:54:48 -0400
I observed and photographed a Snowy Owl in East Montpelier yesterday afternoon 
at about 4:00 and then again this morning at 6:30 a.m. I'll add this morning's 
observation to eBird. 

Subject: April Snowy Owls in Vermont
From: "Ian A. Worley" <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:18:55 -0400
Hello all,

It would be nice if we could get into eBird all the April observations 
of Snowy Owls in Vermont on this amazing irruption episode.

So far I see in eBird these reports:

Weathersfield  4-1
West Addison  4-1
Dead Creek WMA Goose Viewing station  4-4
Stephen Young Marsh, Missisquoi NWR  4-6
Old Town Road, Worcester 4-11
Towne Hill Road  4-19

There are three additional sightings in Addison County (4-3, 4-3, 4-18), 
and one at WCAX in Burlington  (4-11) that I know of.  I'm working on 
getting them entered.

Does anyone know of any others?

Thanks,

Ian
Subject: Saturday Birding
From: Shelagh Smith <vdxshelagh AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:53:14 -0700
Couldn't find any Sandhills in Monkton yesterday, but at the Bristol Pond 
access we were surrounded by a flitting flock of curious Winter Wrens. At the 
Smead Road heronry in Salisbury there was an Osprey sitting on the big nest, 
and four GBHs courting, standing on nests, and flying in back of the pond. Frog 
singing loudly in the reeds where we pulled off the road. Shelagh in Leicester. 

Subject: Birding Firsts Today
From: William Adams <wmladams AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:14:47 -0400
I had the pleasure of observing and photographing a Snowy Owl in East 
Montpelier for the first time today, followed by observing and photographing 
two Cormorants on Berlin Pond. Great day for a new birder! 

Subject: sighting of upland sandpiper?
From: Sarah Fellows <towanda2 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:32:02 -0400
Has anyone seen the upland sandpiper on saturday? would like to look fo it on 
Sunday. 


Sally Fellows
Williston




> On Apr 18, 2014, at 1:48 PM, Alan Belford  wrote:
> 
> 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: Re: Snakes in the road
From: Kay Johnson <kj813 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:01:52 -0400
I believe I ran over the snake on Pond Road. Could not identify. Kay in 
Hinesburg 



Kay Johnson
kj813 AT aol.com




-----Original Message-----
From: Peterson, Bruce B. 
To: VTBIRD 
Sent: Wed, Apr 16, 2014 2:44 pm
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snakes in the road


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: Little Gull Button Bay
From: Gary Chapin <gchapin1 AT ROCHESTER.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:07:56 -0400
There is an adult breeding plumaged LITTLE GULL swimming north in a line of 
Bonaparte's and Ring-billed Gulls at Buttons Bay. I have been watching the bird 
from the bluff above the lake at the boat launch on the very south edge of 
Button Bay SP. 


Additionally, just south of this location at Pease and Arnold Bay Roads is an 
immense blue home on the lake with a large congregation of loafing gulls in the 
yard. Among them is a sub adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and several CASPIAN 
TERNS. 


Gary Chapin
Ticonderoga, NY 
Subject: Pair of Pecs
From: David Johnston <dakk21 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:35:59 -0400
Two Pectoral Sandpipers were feasting on worms at the edge of a pool in a field 
on the east side of Rt5 at the south end of Westminster this morning. The field 
is just before the sign saying "Westminster/ Bellows Falls 5 miles." 

Subject: Snowy Owl in East Montpelier
From: Bryan Pfeiffer <bryan AT BRYANPFEIFFER.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:15:41 -0400
Greetings, VTBIRDers:

A Snowy Owl is hanging out along Towne Hill Road in East Montpelier. 
Look for it on telephone poles or rooftops in the vicinity of Towne 
Hill's intersection with Old Farm Road (on Google Maps) and David 
Blosser Designs, whose sign you'll see along Towne Hill. I just left the 
bird about 15 minutes ago. A farmer in the area says it's been around 
for about a week.

Best,
Bryan Pfeiffer
-- 
bryan AT bryanpfeiffer.com
http://www.bryanpfeiffer.com
Subject: report breeding evidence to VT eBird
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:12:50 -0400
The Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Vermont (2003-2007) was an
amazing effort by the birding community. Many of us searched the state to
document breeding bird species. The atlas collected important conservation
information and it was a lot of fun. Many of us miss it. But with Vermont
eBird, the atlas never ends! We want you to keep documenting the nesting
status of the birds you are finding.

Read more at

http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/the-breeding-bird-atlas-is-never-complete-at-vermont-ebird/ 


Thanks,
Kent
____________________________

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

[image: VCE Logo] 
  

   
Subject: Rusties in South Hero
From: Bruce MacPherson <bmacphe AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:05:53 -0400
This morning at a GMAS-sponsored field trip to the South Hero Marsh in support 
of the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz, 10 sharp-eyed observers spotted 
26 Rusty Blackbirds in several small flocks. Other sightings of note included a 
Hermit Thrush, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Swamp Sparrows, a few lingering American 
Tree Sparrows, and a singing Yellow-rumped Warbler. 



These results will be entered into VT eBird.


Bruce MacPherson
GMAS
Subject: South Street Ext. Flooded field
From: Richard Harlow <raharlow AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:22:24 -0400
It might be interesting to know that a large lake, flooded field, on 
South Street Extension in Middlebury I counted 126 Canada Geese, that 
are still feeding and loafing on the lake and lake shore. Also, 8 
Northern Pintail, 6 Mallard, 12 Green-winged Teal, 8 Black Duck and 2 
Wood Duck, some of which are still there as of 1020 this morning.
Dick Harlow
Middlebury
Subject: Re: Sad news...
From: Janet Watton <musbird AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:34:38 -0400
I certainly hope you all have recognized that poor Rick Ensor has been hacked. 
Keep your wallets shut, no matter how much you love him! I'm sure he's not in 
the Philippines. 

Janet Watton

On Apr 19, 2014, at 12:00 AM, VTBIRD automatic digest system 
 wrote: 


> There are 16 messages totaling 419 lines in this issue.
> 
> Topics of the day:
> 
>  1. Yellow-bellied
>  2. wood ducks
>  3. Volunteer birder needed for surveys at Lye Brook Wilderness
>  4. Field sparrow- Pearl St., Brandon, Apr 18, 2014
> 5. Sad News........................................................Rick Enser 

>  6. Red Rocks Field and Swamp Sparrows
>  7. FOY Thrasher
>  8. Snowy owl, North Springfield
>  9. Chipping Sp.
> 10. Upland Sandpiper and Snowy
> 11. Warbler
> 12. Common Loons - Lake Bomoseen
> 13. Cota Field April Monitoring Walk
> 14. Red-throated Loon at Lake Runnemede / Evarts Pond - (62 acres) - Paradise
>     Park, Apr 18, 2014
> 15. South heating up
> 16. 3 eggs
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:45:45 -0400
> From:    J J Allen 
> Subject: Yellow-bellied
> 
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker tapping code Wednesday 4-16 Montpelier
> 
> Sent from iPad
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:39:04 +0000
> From:    Linda Di Sante 
> Subject: wood ducks
> 
> 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 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:09:49 -0400
> From:    Steve Faccio 
> Subject: Volunteer birder needed for surveys at Lye Brook Wilderness
> 
> 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
> _~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:37:47 +0000
> From:    Sue Wetmore <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
> Subject: Field sparrow- Pearl St., Brandon, Apr 18, 2014
> 
> 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) 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:26:25 -0700
> From:    Richard Enser 
> Subject: Sad News........................................................Rick 
Enser 

> 
> 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
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:32:46 -0400
> From:    UVM 
> Subject: Red Rocks Field and Swamp Sparrows
> 
> 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
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:19:35 -0400
> From:    "paulagills tds.net" 
> Subject: FOY Thrasher
> 
> 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*
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:24:28 -0400
> From:    JoAnne Russo 
> Subject: Snowy owl, North Springfield
> 
> Snowy still at the junction of 106 and 10, sitting on white fence at 10:15 
when we left. 

> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:54:22 -0400
> From:    Sue Wetmore <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
> Subject: Chipping Sp.
> 
> A singing Chipping Sp. Here in my yard.
> Sue Wetmore
> Brandon
> 
> TestSent from my iPod
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:48:22 -0400
> From:    Alan Belford 
> Subject: Upland Sandpiper and Snowy
> 
> 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
> 		 	   		  
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:23:22 -0400
> From:    Sue Wetmore <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
> Subject: Warbler
> 
> Pine warbler back singing  in his same spot on Hollow Rd.
> Sue Wetmore
> Brandon
> TestSent from my iPod
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:03:38 -0400
> From:    Susan Elliott 
> Subject: Common Loons - Lake Bomoseen
> 
> Four Common Loons were on Lake Bomoseen this afternoon.
> 
> Sue and Marv Elliott
> 
> Sent from my iPod
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:02:41 -0400
> From:    Zacheriah Cota-Weaver 
> Subject: Cota Field April Monitoring Walk
> 
> 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
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:29:04 -0400
> From:    Roy Pilcher 
> Subject: Red-throated Loon at Lake Runnemede / Evarts Pond - (62 acres) - 
Paradise Park, Apr 18, 2014 

> 
> 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)
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:30:34 -0400
> From:    Theresa Armata 
> Subject: South heating up
> 
> 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
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:13:11 -0400
> From:    Courtney Appleyard 
> Subject: Re: 3 eggs
> 
> 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.
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> End of VTBIRD Digest - 17 Apr 2014 to 18 Apr 2014 (#2014-109)
> *************************************************************
Subject: Pine warbler - Hollow Rd., Brandon, Apr 18, 2014
From: Sue Wetmore <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:47:57 +0000
In addition to the Pine warbler warbling, I saw Colt's foot in bloom, Trout 
lily leaves peeking thru the leaf litter and a Comma and mourning Cloak. 

Sue Wetmore 

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

From: do-not-reply AT ebird.org 
To: 2birdvt AT comcast.net 
Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2014 7:45:06 AM 
Subject: eBird Report - Hollow Rd., Brandon, Apr 18, 2014 

Hollow Rd., Brandon, Rutland, US-VT 
Apr 18, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 
Protocol: Traveling 
2.0 mile(s) 
18 species 

Northern Harrier  1 
Broad-winged Hawk  1 
Red-tailed Hawk  1 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1 
Hairy Woodpecker  1 
Northern Flicker  3 
Eastern Phoebe  1 
American Crow  2 
White-breasted Nuthatch  1 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3 
Eastern Bluebird  1 
American Robin  6 
Pine Warbler  1 
Song Sparrow  1 
White-throated Sparrow  7 
Dark-eyed Junco  1 
Brown-headed Cowbird  1 
House Finch  1 

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17956310 


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

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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 


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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 itís a Leucistic 
Great Blue Heron, a Wurdemannís 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
>