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Stresemanns Bush-crow,©Tony Disley

27 May Nighthawk follow up [alison wagner ]
27 May Rutland County Century Count XX on Sat., May 30 [Marian McDonald ]
27 May Big Morning thanks from VCE [Chris Rimmer ]
27 May Whips and whets [tfberriman ]
26 May Re: 8:06 p.m. GET OUTSIDE NOW! Common Nighthawks... [Pat Folsom ]
26 May 8:06 p.m. GET OUTSIDE NOW! Common Nighthawks... [Alison Wagner ]
25 May BWWA Hollow Rd [Sue ]
25 May Rail [Sue ]
25 May Quest for Birds: NEK Report [tfberriman ]
24 May Re: Big Morning Wrap Up [Maeve Kim ]
24 May Re: Big Morning Wrap Up [Pat Folsom ]
23 May big morning [Scott Sainsbury ]
23 May Big Morning Wrap Up [Scott Sainsbury ]
23 May Louisiana Waterthrush [UVM ]
23 May Mt. Independence [Sue ]
23 May Cerulean Barely at Route 4 Rest Stop, Mourning Warbler, 5/23 [Mike Resch ]
23 May To those of you eBirding Fish Crow observations from the Burlington area ... ["Ian A. Worley" ]
23 May FOY Indigo bunting [Maria Poley ]
23 May Test [Maria Poley ]
22 May Re: Bird Drawing Contest Judges Needed! [Kenneth Benton ]
22 May Re: Bird Drawing Contest Judges Needed! [Clay Poitras ]
22 May Re: 4th Annual Big Morning and Birder's BBQ -- May 23 [Marianne Ward ]
21 May Big Morning -- Saturday May 23 (not 25th) [Scott Sainsbury ]
21 May Re: 4th Annual Big Morning and Birder's BBQ -- May 23 [Scott Sainsbury ]
21 May death by Cooper's hawk [Sarah Fellows ]
21 May Killdeer (Saga) in Hinesburg [Alison Wagner ]
21 May Winged Warbler Photos? [Bridget Butler ]
21 May FOY Yellow-bellied Flycatcher [Veer Frost ]
21 May Re: 4th Annual Big Morning and Birder's BBQ -- May 23 [Marianne Ward ]
21 May Eider [Sue ]
21 May Re: kingfisher and brook trout [Connie Youngstrom ]
20 May kingfisher and brook trout [Linda Gionti ]
20 May dancing finch [Veer Frost ]
19 May 3 Am Bitterns [Ruth ]
19 May Re: FOY Veery song [Becky Giroux ]
19 May Bird Drawing Contest Judges Needed! [Kenneth Benton ]
19 May Whip-poor-will surveyors needed [Kent McFarland ]
19 May Lake Iroquois vireos and redstarts [Miriam Lawrence ]
19 May Re: FOY Veery song [Ken Kretzer ]
19 May FOY Veery song [Veer Frost ]
18 May Fwd: [VTBIRD] Bobolinks [Carl Runge ]
18 May Re: Bobolinks [Ian Clark ]
18 May Cerulean x 2 [Sue ]
18 May Re: Bobolinks [Linda Gionti ]
18 May Cerulean warbler [Sue ]
18 May Re: Bobolinks [Pat Folsom ]
18 May FOY Kingbird [Veer Frost ]
18 May Historic bird data [Kent McFarland ]
17 May Black-billed cuckoo - boxes.. [Ruth ]
17 May possible Audubon's yellow-rumped warbler [Eric Wood ]
17 May Golden Eagle, Newport [Bill & Jeanne Prue ]
17 May Bobolinks [Marie Couture ]
17 May Re: The Bobolink Project - 2015 results [Karan Cutler ]
17 May The Bobolink Project - 2015 results [Allan Strong ]
17 May Wilder Vt [Sue ]
17 May Loons [Sue ]
17 May Tennessee warbler [Sue ]
17 May FOY Parula, Yellowthroat [Veer Frost ]
17 May Reminder: 4th Annual Big Morning and Birder's BBQ -- May 23 [Scott Sainsbury ]
17 May Red Rocks warblers [UVM ]
17 May Cerulean in Franklin Co [Alison Wagner ]
16 May Raven game? [Veer Frost ]
16 May West Rutland Marsh - [Sue ]
16 May Bird walk [Sue ]
16 May Scarlet Tanagers and Warblers [Linda Verchereau Becker ]
16 May Re: Muddy Brook Wetland Reserve [Ken Kretzer ]
15 May Tennessee Warbler and many others [Maeve Kim ]
15 May Tennessee [UVM ]
15 May Bay-breasted Warbler at Green Mt Audubon Center [Jim Shallow ]
15 May Brigham Hill warblers [Rick Renaud ]
15 May Birding While Horizontal [Peg Clement ]
15 May Re: Red rocks [Tom Jiamachello ]
15 May Red rocks [Zac Cota ]
14 May Re: European Goldfinch [Sue ]
14 May European Goldfinch [Randy Schmidt ]
14 May Share Flicker Photos [Barbara Powers ]

Subject: Nighthawk follow up
From: alison wagner <alikatofvt AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 08:57:24 -0400
Dear Readers, 

Last night Levi and I shared a rare moment counting nighthawks. It was "Zen 
Birding" at its best! Earlier in the afternoon, while setting up to play bird 
bingo, Levi had stated, "I want the card with the Red-tailed Hawk AND the 
nighthawk." We were content on playing games, not looking for chance migrating 
gems. A few hours later, during dinner, when we heard a Common Nighthawk in 
flight, we bolted to the door. I was not alone in the shear exuberance of the 
moment. Between 7:45 and 8:30 we had counted 29 birds. Each bird passing high 
overhead was greeted with a loud, "THERE'S ANOTHER ONE!" I had no idea so many 
would cross the narrow blue sky bordered by the forested foothills of the Green 
Mountains near my home. At one point, when another appeared, Levi again 
called,"I see another one! Or...that could be one we already counted." A 
natural-born scientist! 


Ali 
Huntington 
Subject: Rutland County Century Count XX on Sat., May 30
From: Marian McDonald <marianmcd1000 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 08:34:53 -0400
It's almost here - Century Count XX. May 30 (Saturday): come for half a day or 
the whole day. This is our annual attempt to tally 100 species in Rutland 
County, stopping at some of our area's best birding spots. We start at 6 a.m. 
and meet at the West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot. Bring lunch. Here is 
the Price Chopper address if you need it: 100 Westway Mall Dr, West Rutland, VT 
05777. 

Subject: Big Morning thanks from VCE
From: Chris Rimmer <crimmer AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 08:27:20 -0400
Greetings VT birders - on behalf of everyone here at VCE, I want to 
relay our sincere thanks to Scott and Pat Sainsbury, and to the Mad 
Birders, for hosting what was clearly another fun, lively and productive 
morning at Crosshaven Farm this past weekend. We're very grateful for 
your support of VCE's and NBNC's work - the Vermont birding community 
never ceases to amaze with its energy, dedication and camaraderie!  Only 
our regret is that, yet again, none of us were able to attend this year.

Kudos to everyone for your support of birding and bird conservation in 
Vermont, and beyond.  I'm eager to join the Big Morning fray in 2016.

Chris

-- 
Chris Rimmer
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
P.O. Box 420
Norwich, VT 05055
802-649-1431 ext. 1
www.vtecostudies.org
Subject: Whips and whets
From: tfberriman <blackpoll AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 07:17:49 -0400
Along the Whip route in East Concord last night:

Common Loon

American Bittern

Wilson's Snipe

3 Barred Owls

2 Saw Whet

2 Whip-poor-wills

3 Veery

1 Bat Species

1 abandoned pick-up with local fire Dept. putting out fire set to truck and
causing road closure for last 2 stops of route.

 

Tom Berriman
Subject: Re: 8:06 p.m. GET OUTSIDE NOW! Common Nighthawks...
From: Pat Folsom <pfols AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 23:00:37 -0400
Daughter Sharon and I heard and spotted 4 in Essex Junction this evening -
very cool!!

On Tue, May 26, 2015 at 8:06 PM, Alison Wagner  wrote:

> ...are streaming over the mountains!  From Huntington Center, I’ve counted
> (with my six-year old birding buddy Levi) nineteen nighthawks in the past
> fifteen minutes!  I’ve left him in charge of the count while being pulled
> away to my computer to type this!
>
> Ali
> HUntington
>
Subject: 8:06 p.m. GET OUTSIDE NOW! Common Nighthawks...
From: Alison Wagner <alikatofvt AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 20:06:49 -0400
...are streaming over the mountains! From Huntington Center, I’ve counted 
(with my six-year old birding buddy Levi) nineteen nighthawks in the past 
fifteen minutes! I’ve left him in charge of the count while being pulled away 
to my computer to type this! 


Ali
HUntington
Subject: BWWA Hollow Rd
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 15:57:50 -0400
Both winged warblers present on the conserved land.
Sue Wetmore 

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: May 25, 2015 at 3:50:06 PM EDT
> To: 2birdvt AT comcast.net
> Subject: eBird Report - Hollow Rd., Brandon, May 21, 2015
> 
> Hollow Rd., Brandon, Rutland, US-VT
> May 21, 2015 8:00 AM - 10:10 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> 36 species (+1 other taxa)
> 
> Canada Goose  3
> Mourning Dove  2
> Black-billed Cuckoo  1     bird was heard calling
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee  1     bird was seen and heard singing.
> Alder Flycatcher  1
> Eastern Phoebe  1
> Great Crested Flycatcher  3
> Warbling Vireo  2
> Red-eyed Vireo  7
> Blue Jay  2
> American Crow  1
> Common Raven  1     appeared to have something in bill
> Barn Swallow  1
> Black-capped Chickadee  3
> House Wren  1
> Veery  1
> Hermit Thrush  2
> American Robin  3
> Gray Catbird  3
> European Starling  1
> Cedar Waxwing  7     bathing
> Ovenbird  5
> Blue-winged Warbler  1     bird seen in correct plumage and song
> Blue-winged/Golden-winged Warbler 1 bird seen had gold-winged plumage but did 
not sing. 

> Common Yellowthroat  3
> Chestnut-sided Warbler  3
> Prairie Warbler  1
> Black-throated Green Warbler  1
> Eastern Towhee  2
> Field Sparrow  1
> Song Sparrow  4
> Northern Cardinal  1
> Red-winged Blackbird  2
> Brown-headed Cowbird  2
> Baltimore Oriole  2
> American Goldfinch  1
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23631615 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Rail
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 15:56:05 -0400
The heady scent of cypress spurge filled the air as I made my way down to the 
covered bridge. 

Virginia rail grunted a greeting and slipped thin as a rail thru the cattails.
Kingbird incubating eggs with the male on guard.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: May 25, 2015 at 3:37:41 PM EDT
> To: 2birdvt AT comcast.net
> Subject: eBird Report - Pearl St., Brandon, May 25, 2015
> 
> Pearl St., Brandon, Rutland, US-VT
> May 25, 2015 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> 48 species
> 
> Canada Goose  3
> Wood Duck  1
> Great Blue Heron  3
> Green Heron  1
> Virginia Rail  1
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
> Mourning Dove  3
> Chimney Swift  6
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  4
> Hairy Woodpecker  3
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
> Pileated Woodpecker  1
> Eastern Phoebe  1
> Eastern Kingbird  3
> Warbling Vireo  3
> Red-eyed Vireo  4
> Blue Jay  2
> American Crow  4
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
> Tree Swallow  2
> Barn Swallow  3
> Black-capped Chickadee  4
> Tufted Titmouse  1
> House Wren  3
> Carolina Wren  1
> Eastern Bluebird  1
> Veery  1
> Wood Thrush  1
> American Robin  11
> Gray Catbird  6
> Brown Thrasher  1
> European Starling  8
> Common Yellowthroat  2
> American Redstart  2
> Yellow Warbler  1
> Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
> Chipping Sparrow  1
> Song Sparrow  7
> Scarlet Tanager  1
> Northern Cardinal  3
> Indigo Bunting  1
> Bobolink  1
> Red-winged Blackbird  8
> Common Grackle  6
> Baltimore Oriole  1
> House Finch  1
> American Goldfinch  4
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23631384 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Quest for Birds: NEK Report
From: tfberriman <blackpoll AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 09:37:57 -0400
NEK Audubon's Quest for birds in the Kingdom was a good success yesterday.
About 12 hours of nonstop birding produced 116 species. A group of 12 made
the circuit from the Fairbanks Museum in St. Jay at 0500 to Orleans and
birded the River Road to Newport, hit the South Bay WMA, then on to Eagle
Point on Memphremagog over to Moose Bog by midafternoon. Bob & Martha
Stymeist birded just Orleans County and picked up Cliff Swallow, Least
Sandpiper, Semi-palmated Plover and a few raptors to add to the list. Dave
Govatski, Mary & Carl hit Moose bog earlier in the morning and found a
couple Spruce Grouse and 4 Gray Jays to add to the main list of 105 species
by the group from St. Jay. No one had enough time in the day to bird the
Conte Refuge or the Victory WMA so it was a pretty good list for missing 2
of the best "birding Hot-spots" in the Kingdom. No one found a Wild Turkey
for the list or a Black-backed woodpecker even though I'd had a half dozen
in the weeks before. 20 Warbler species including, Tennessee, Mourning,
Blackpoll and Palm were found . List of shorebirds found below (the
Dowitchers were the bird of the day for many of us in the Kingdom):

 

Semi-palmated Plover 

Killdeer

Spotted Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper (5)

Semi-palmated Sandpiper (15)

Short-billed Dowitcher (3)

Wilson's snipe

American Woodcock

 

Tom Berriman

 
Subject: Re: Big Morning Wrap Up
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus AT SURFGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 15:00:41 -0400
I second Pats comments! I keep smiling as I remember the awesome sight of male 
and female Blackburnian Warblers in full sun - and a cluster of open-mouthed 
birders. 


Thanks also to the Mad Birders, who once again provided a delicious spread.

Maeve Kim
Jericho Center


On May 24, 2015, at 7:01 AM, Pat Folsom  wrote:

> Many, many thanks to Scott and Pat Sainsbury for their incredible
> generosity in hosting this great birding event every year!!
> 
> On Sat, May 23, 2015 at 9:04 PM, Scott Sainsbury > wrote:
> 
>> Well, the 4th Annual "Mad Birders Big Morning and Birder BBQ" is in the
>> books.
>> 
>> And this one proved to be just as satisfying and surprising as its three
>> cousins.
>> 
>> Today, 58 people from across Vermont (and a couple from Connecticut),
>> spanning ages from 12 to 81 gathered to bird CrossHaven Farm in Moretown,
>> and enjoy some mighty tasty breakfast and lunch fare.
>> 
>> The group split up into five groups with Jeannie Elias, Pat Folsom, Zac
>> Cota-Weaver, Ali Wagner and Ken Copenhaver doing navigator duties around
>> the property.
>> 
>> Sixty four species were tallied.  A bit less than some years.  But it was
>> cold!!!  and as Ken said, "The bugs arent out, so the birds arent out.
>> Even so, the groups were treated to some good sightings.  A Peregrine
>> Falcon offered good views to one group.  Several Parulas were present.
>> Blackburnians were everywhere in the woods.  Happily, Bob-o-links were
>> found in the fields.  Alder and Willow Flycatchers said hello.  A Brown
>> Thrasher provided singing accompaniment.  And, Pat Sainsburys many
>> Hummingbird feeders were humming.  At one point there were eight at the
>> feeders in the back yard, and, at the same time, a even more in the front
>> yard!  Everyone had close encounters of the pointy-nosed kind as the
>> hummers went about their business jousting with each other at the feeders
>> on the porch  with birders standing just inches under them.
>> 
>> But, the big surprise for this year was a magical appearance by a pair of
>> Evening Grosbeaks!  As we were drinking coffee and getting organized, the
>> pair (male and female) flew in out of nowhere, landed on the tube feeder in
>> the front yard, not more than a few feet away from 40 birders, and only 3
>> off the ground.  They sat and chatted with each other, enjoyed a little
>> breakfast, and disappeared up over the house and out the back.   Zac asked,
>> What do you do, pay for these birds to show up?   I checked ebird, and I
>> have not recorded one on the property since 2011!  It all happened so
>> mysteriously, at such close range and with so many people completely
>> spell-bound and silent that is was one of those moments that 10 minutes
>> later youre asking, Did I really just see that?  Indeed we did.  Really
>> wonderful.
>> 
>> As always, we joined together to celebrate the birds and natural world we
>> so appreciate.  And, once again, everyone was generous with donations for
>> the great programs at North Branch Nature Center and Vermont Center for
>> Eco-studies.  For the fourth time, we raised over $1,000 that will be
>> divided between those organizations.  Amy Butler and Larry Clarfeld were
>> present from NBNC.  Amy is Director of all Education Programs at the
>> Center, and shared with us some delightful stories from the incredible ECO
>> (Educating Children Outdoors) program that NBNC runs in seven Central
>> Vermont schools.  Thanks Amy!
>> 
>> Many, many thanks to everyone who came and shared their friendship and
>> their generosity on a beautiful Memorial Day Weekend morning.  It was a
>> great day.
>> 
>> If you missed this year, hopefully you will join the Mad Birders next year
>> for the 5th annual event!
>> 
>> 
>> Scott Sainsbury
>> for the Mad Birders
Subject: Re: Big Morning Wrap Up
From: Pat Folsom <pfols AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 07:01:52 -0400
Many, many thanks to Scott and Pat Sainsbury for their incredible
generosity in hosting this great birding event every year!!

On Sat, May 23, 2015 at 9:04 PM, Scott Sainsbury  wrote:

> Well, the 4th Annual "Mad Birders Big Morning and Birder BBQ" is in the
> books.
>
> And this one proved to be just as satisfying and surprising as its three
> cousins.
>
> Today, 58 people from across Vermont (and a couple from Connecticut),
> spanning ages from 12 to 81 gathered to bird CrossHaven Farm in Moretown,
> and enjoy some mighty tasty breakfast and lunch fare.
>
> The group split up into five groups with Jeannie Elias, Pat Folsom, Zac
> Cota-Weaver, Ali Wagner and Ken Copenhaver doing navigator duties around
> the property.
>
> Sixty four species were tallied.  A bit less than some years.  But it was
> cold!!! — and as Ken said, "The bugs aren’t out, so the birds aren’t 
out”. 

> Even so, the groups were treated to some good sightings.  A Peregrine
> Falcon offered good views to one group.  Several Parulas were present.
> Blackburnians were everywhere in the woods.  Happily, Bob-o-links were
> found in the fields.  Alder and Willow Flycatchers said hello.  A Brown
> Thrasher provided singing accompaniment.  And, Pat Sainsbury’s many
> Hummingbird feeders were humming.  At one point there were eight at the
> feeders in the back yard, and, at the same time, a even more in the front
> yard!  Everyone had close encounters of the pointy-nosed kind as the
> hummers went about their business jousting with each other at the feeders
> on the porch — with birders standing just inches under them.
>
> But, the big surprise for this year was a magical appearance by a pair of
> Evening Grosbeaks!  As we were drinking coffee and getting organized, the
> pair (male and female) flew in out of nowhere, landed on the tube feeder in
> the front yard, not more than a few feet away from 40 birders, and only 3’
> off the ground.  They sat and chatted with each other, enjoyed a little
> breakfast, and disappeared up over the house and out the back.   Zac asked,
> “What do you do, pay for these birds to show up?” I checked ebird, and I 

> have not recorded one on the property since 2011!  It all happened so
> mysteriously, at such close range and with so many people completely
> spell-bound and silent that is was one of those moments that 10 minutes
> later you’re asking, “Did I really just see that?” Indeed we did. 
Really 

> wonderful.
>
> As always, we joined together to celebrate the birds and natural world we
> so appreciate.  And, once again, everyone was generous with donations for
> the great programs at North Branch Nature Center and Vermont Center for
> Eco-studies.  For the fourth time, we raised over $1,000 that will be
> divided between those organizations.  Amy Butler and Larry Clarfeld were
> present from NBNC.  Amy is Director of all Education Programs at the
> Center, and shared with us some delightful stories from the incredible ECO
> (Educating Children Outdoors) program that NBNC runs in seven Central
> Vermont schools.  Thanks Amy!
>
> Many, many thanks to everyone who came and shared their friendship and
> their generosity on a beautiful Memorial Day Weekend morning.  It was a
> great day.
>
> If you missed this year, hopefully you will join the Mad Birders next year
> for the 5th annual event!
>
>
> Scott Sainsbury
> for the Mad Birders
Subject: big morning
From: Scott Sainsbury <scott AT BEACONASSOCIATES.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 21:10:50 -0400
Sorry — I forgot to say thank you to Ian Clark and Tom Berriman who both 
donated gorgeous photographic prints that were sold by silent auction. Ian’s 
as always were incredible (Loon and Oriole). And Tom hit the “coincidence” 
buzzer by showing up with a print of Evening Grosbeaks, right after their live 
counterparts and made the scene. 


Thanks gents.

Scott

Ian posted a group photo from the event on the Mad Birders Facebook page.
Subject: Big Morning Wrap Up
From: Scott Sainsbury <scott AT BEACONASSOCIATES.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 21:04:53 -0400
Well, the 4th Annual "Mad Birders Big Morning and Birder BBQ" is in the books.

And this one proved to be just as satisfying and surprising as its three 
cousins. 


Today, 58 people from across Vermont (and a couple from Connecticut), spanning 
ages from 12 to 81 gathered to bird CrossHaven Farm in Moretown, and enjoy some 
mighty tasty breakfast and lunch fare. 


The group split up into five groups with Jeannie Elias, Pat Folsom, Zac 
Cota-Weaver, Ali Wagner and Ken Copenhaver doing navigator duties around the 
property. 


Sixty four species were tallied. A bit less than some years. But it was cold!!! 
— and as Ken said, "The bugs aren’t out, so the birds aren’t out”. Even 
so, the groups were treated to some good sightings. A Peregrine Falcon offered 
good views to one group. Several Parulas were present. Blackburnians were 
everywhere in the woods. Happily, Bob-o-links were found in the fields. Alder 
and Willow Flycatchers said hello. A Brown Thrasher provided singing 
accompaniment. And, Pat Sainsbury’s many Hummingbird feeders were humming. At 
one point there were eight at the feeders in the back yard, and, at the same 
time, a even more in the front yard! Everyone had close encounters of the 
pointy-nosed kind as the hummers went about their business jousting with each 
other at the feeders on the porch — with birders standing just inches under 
them. 


But, the big surprise for this year was a magical appearance by a pair of 
Evening Grosbeaks! As we were drinking coffee and getting organized, the pair 
(male and female) flew in out of nowhere, landed on the tube feeder in the 
front yard, not more than a few feet away from 40 birders, and only 3’ off 
the ground. They sat and chatted with each other, enjoyed a little breakfast, 
and disappeared up over the house and out the back. Zac asked, “What do you 
do, pay for these birds to show up?” I checked ebird, and I have not recorded 
one on the property since 2011! It all happened so mysteriously, at such close 
range and with so many people completely spell-bound and silent that is was one 
of those moments that 10 minutes later you’re asking, “Did I really just 
see that?” Indeed we did. Really wonderful. 


As always, we joined together to celebrate the birds and natural world we so 
appreciate. And, once again, everyone was generous with donations for the great 
programs at North Branch Nature Center and Vermont Center for Eco-studies. For 
the fourth time, we raised over $1,000 that will be divided between those 
organizations. Amy Butler and Larry Clarfeld were present from NBNC. Amy is 
Director of all Education Programs at the Center, and shared with us some 
delightful stories from the incredible ECO (Educating Children Outdoors) 
program that NBNC runs in seven Central Vermont schools. Thanks Amy! 


Many, many thanks to everyone who came and shared their friendship and their 
generosity on a beautiful Memorial Day Weekend morning. It was a great day. 


If you missed this year, hopefully you will join the Mad Birders next year for 
the 5th annual event! 



Scott Sainsbury
for the Mad Birders
Subject: Louisiana Waterthrush
From: UVM <smorrica AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 18:56:30 -0400
1 and possibly 2 Louisiana Waterthrushes were singing by the stream along 
Economou Rd. In Hinesburg this morning about 11:00 AM. One was very active and 
easily seen, but moved around a lot. Possibly another one was singing upstream 
but I can't rule out that it was just the same bird singing in a different 
spot. Also a Barred Owl was calling in the same area. 


Scott Morrical

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Mt. Independence
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 16:46:14 -0400
A cold start to the day as I led 20 people on the trails on Mt. Independence 
and had a nice variety of birds. 

A pair of scarlet tanagers delighted us as they searched for food .
Magnolia warblers are always a thrill.
Ovenbirds and red-eyed vireos were in profusion over the Mount.
Sue Wetmore
Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: May 23, 2015 at 4:40:19 PM EDT
> To: 2birdvt AT comcast.net
> Subject: eBird Report - Mount Independence, May 23, 2015
> 
> Mount Independence, Addison, US-VT
> May 23, 2015 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> 44 species
> 
> Ruffed Grouse  1
> Turkey Vulture  5
> Osprey (American)  1
> Broad-winged Hawk  1
> Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern)  1
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
> Mourning Dove  4
> Common Nighthawk  1
> Chimney Swift  1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  3     birds were heard in three locations.
> Hairy Woodpecker  1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
> Great Crested Flycatcher  4
> Red-eyed Vireo  21     all were heard singing along the orange trails.
> Blue Jay  3
> American Crow  2
> Common Raven  2
> Black-capped Chickadee  6
> Tufted Titmouse  1
> Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
> White-breasted Nuthatch  1
> Wood Thrush  3
> American Robin  8
> Gray Catbird  5
> Brown Thrasher  1
> European Starling  2
> Ovenbird  17
> Black-and-white Warbler  3
> Tennessee Warbler  2
> Nashville Warbler  2
> Common Yellowthroat  2
> American Redstart  2
> Magnolia Warbler  2
> Blackpoll Warbler  2
> Pine Warbler  6
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2
> Chipping Sparrow  1
> Song Sparrow  1
> Scarlet Tanager  7     both heard and seen along the orange trails.
> Northern Cardinal  2
> Red-winged Blackbird  1
> Common Grackle  4
> House Finch  1
> American Goldfinch  4
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23594561 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Cerulean Barely at Route 4 Rest Stop, Mourning Warbler, 5/23
From: Mike Resch <mresch8702 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 13:51:31 -0400
I arrived at the Route 4 Rest Stop at 8 and walked right up the hill to where 
the trail from the parking lot reaches a "T" with the larger E-W woods trail. 
Just after I arrived I heard 2 Cerulean Warbler songs in the distance to the 
north. But that was it for 2+ hours of birding in the area. I also walked about 
1/3 mile to the E and to the W on the woods trail with no luck. I see that 
another birder (Lane Vargas) had 2 birds at the rest stop between 7:20 and 7:40 
this morning (per an e-Bird post). So they're still around but not as vocal as 
in the past, at least not today. 


Sure was lots of bird song from other species though. I had a total of 10 
species of warblers there including - 

8 Redstarts (at least!)
6 Ovenbirds
3 Blackpolls
3 Black-and-whites
2 Nashvilles
1 Tennessee
1 Yellowthroat
1 Blackburnian
1 Mourning - female - skulking in a honeysuckle thicket- the only warbler not 
in song 


If others are going to look for the Ceruleans - note that there were at least 2 
Redstarts giving superficially similar songs. So be careful birding by ear! 



Mike Resch
www.statebirding.blogspot.com
Pepperell, MA
 
Subject: To those of you eBirding Fish Crow observations from the Burlington area ...
From: "Ian A. Worley" <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 10:15:49 -0400
Hello to all observers of Fish Crows in the Burlington area.

As the local eBird reviewer, I am encountering more and more submissions 
that inadequately distinguish Fish Crows from American Crows in the 
Burlington area.  This is a reminder that reporting a nasal call is 
almost always not sufficient for confirmation 
(http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/counting-vermonts-crows/). Here are 
some examples of comments I've received recently to support a Fish Crow 
observation, but do not provide adequate documentation for our small 
Burlington population:

"heard"
"Fish Crow call"
"heard distinct call"
"called"
"one calling"
"heard calling"
"calling distinctively"
"nasal"
"nasal call"
"distinctive nasal call"

Adequate notations that I've seen this year include:

"Gave two note nasal 'uh oh' call."
"Two note 'uh uh' call in nasal voice."
"Distinctive high 'hah-hah' repeated."
"Calling frequently with the classic 'eh eh' call"
"Nasal caw call repeatedly, and then 'uh-uh' call repeatedly."
"They both gave the classic 'uh-uh' call."

Jim Mead gave this excellent description and good example of 
documentation (which you can find via the eBird maps) when he submitted 
two Fish Crows in January at the Canoe Access, Champlain Mill Path.  It 
documents one bird and then uses two different size comparisons to 
document the other.

"Fish Crow 2.  I heard one repeatedly calling with the distinct nasal 
uh-uh call. It called for about a minute, giving me enough time to find 
and watch it while it was still calling. I also found another one next 
to it and on the same branch. It was not calling but was of equal size. 
I also saw them fly off together. There were many American Crows in the 
same tree. Two of them were on a branch about 3' away from the Fish 
Crows which showed a good size comparison. The Fish Crows were 
noticeably proportionally smaller."

A very useful distinction between the nasal calls of the two species is 
found in this widely used reference.  I've excerpted the most useful 
paragraphs below.


http://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/FishCrow.htm?__hstc=60209138.78aef478b359884bd20fec190b9b8764.1404547686722.1432340445006.1432379190611.924&__hssc=60209138.18.1432379190611&__hsfp=1451114978 


The excerpts:

Visually, Fish Crows are difficult to tell from American Crows. Unless 
one has a great deal of experience in close observation of the species, 
identification is only safely done by voice.

The calls of Fish Crows and American Crows are readily told apart. 
American Crows most frequently give the familiar "caw-caw."   Fish Crows 
have a much more nasal call that may be better enumerated "awh" or 
"uhn." The most diagnostic call of the Fish Crow is the double noted 
"uh-uh." I always say that if you want to tell the species of crow, ask 
it if it is an American Crow. Fish Crows will deny this by their 
emphatic "uh-uh!"

The begging calls of the American Crow and the normal calls of the Fish 
Crow, although rather similar, can generally be distinguished by their 
construction. The overall quality and tone of the two are about the 
same. American Crow begs, however, are generally of longer duration and 
do not have the same abrupt ending that Fish Crows calls do. Think of if 
as "aaawwwwww" versus "aawwp". The American Crow begging call also often 
drops in pitch slightly at the end, which the Fish Crow call does not. 
American Crows never give the double noted "uh-uh" call that is so 
typical of Fish Crows in most areas. And Fish Crow calls are never 
terminated by the higher pitched gobbling notes that often end an 
American Crow's begging bout when it is fed.
...................................
Hopefully this information will be a helpful aid when you next encounter 
a possible Fish Crow!

Good birding to all,

Ian
.........................
eBird reviewer
Champlain Valley
Vermont
Subject: FOY Indigo bunting
From: Maria Poley <poleys AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 08:05:18 -0400
Yesterday afternoon at 6:28 PM there was a male Indigo bunting at our feeder 
here in Richmond. 


Denis & Maria Poley
Richmond, VT

Sent from my i-pad.
Subject: Test
From: Maria Poley <poleys AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 07:59:48 -0400
Test

Sent from my i-pad.
Subject: Re: Bird Drawing Contest Judges Needed!
From: Kenneth Benton <kennethbenton AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 20:00:57 -0400
Thanks so much Clay and Gail!

Best,
Ken

On Fri, May 22, 2015 at 5:29 PM, Clay Poitras 
wrote:

> We voted!  Best wishes for a fun "Birdfest"!
>
> Hope everything's going great for you, personally and professionally!
>
> Best Regards,
> Clay & Gail Poitras
> Montpelier
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On May 19, 2015, at 12:49 PM, Kenneth Benton 
> wrote:
> >
> > Calling all birders!  North Branch Nature Center would like to invite you
> > to come and participate in the judging of our 3rd annual Bird Drawing
> > Contest!  We set a record this year with over 130 entrants, spanning
> > Kindergarten through 8th grade, each submitting their portrayal of
> either a
> > Baltimore Oriole, Wood Duck, or Northern Saw-whet Owl.  Judging will be
> > open today May 19th through Friday, May 22nd, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
> > Drawings are displayed at NBNC in the barn, with judges scorecards and
> > instructions clearly labeled as you walk in.  If you are in need of
> > assistance, please see NBNC staff in the house.
> >
> > If you are unable to participate in the judging, you can still view all
> of
> > the student artwork May 30th at BirdFest.  Contest winners will also be
> > announced at this time!
> >
> > Thank you in advance!
> >
> > Ken Benton
> > Teacher Naturalist
> > North Branch Nature Center
> > 713 Elm Street
> > Montpelier, VT 05602
> > work: 802-229-6206
> > cell: 513-505-7484
> >
>



-- 
Ken Benton
Teacher Naturalist
North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
work: 802-229-6206
cell: 513-505-7484

*Hey Teachers! North Branch Nature Center will be holding ECO Level 1 and
Level 2 Teacher Training Courses* in July of 2015. Do you want to connect
your science, math or literacy curriculum to a nature immersion routine?
Contact Angie  to sign up for a course
today! For more information on the courses:
http://www.northbranchnaturecenter.org/eco_training.html
Subject: Re: Bird Drawing Contest Judges Needed!
From: Clay Poitras <clay.gailvt AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 17:29:53 -0400
We voted!  Best wishes for a fun "Birdfest"!

Hope everything's going great for you, personally and professionally!

Best Regards,
Clay & Gail Poitras
Montpelier

Sent from my iPad

> On May 19, 2015, at 12:49 PM, Kenneth Benton  wrote:
> 
> Calling all birders!  North Branch Nature Center would like to invite you
> to come and participate in the judging of our 3rd annual Bird Drawing
> Contest!  We set a record this year with over 130 entrants, spanning
> Kindergarten through 8th grade, each submitting their portrayal of either a
> Baltimore Oriole, Wood Duck, or Northern Saw-whet Owl.  Judging will be
> open today May 19th through Friday, May 22nd, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
> Drawings are displayed at NBNC in the barn, with judges scorecards and
> instructions clearly labeled as you walk in.  If you are in need of
> assistance, please see NBNC staff in the house.
> 
> If you are unable to participate in the judging, you can still view all of
> the student artwork May 30th at BirdFest.  Contest winners will also be
> announced at this time!
> 
> Thank you in advance!
> 
> Ken Benton
> Teacher Naturalist
> North Branch Nature Center
> 713 Elm Street
> Montpelier, VT 05602
> work: 802-229-6206
> cell: 513-505-7484
> 
Subject: Re: 4th Annual Big Morning and Birder's BBQ -- May 23
From: Marianne Ward <mjw AT BURLINGTONTELECOM.NET>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 04:59:39 -0400
Thanks Scott,

I don't know Moretown and Bridge Road; could you please provide more
details?  Coming from Burlington.

Thanks,
Marianne



-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:VTBIRD AT list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Scott
Sainsbury
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2015 10:12 PM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] 4th Annual Big Morning and Birder's BBQ -- May 23

Yes, Saturday the 23rd!
Look forward to having you with us
Scott




> On May 21, 2015, at 1:25 PM, Marianne Ward 
wrote:
> 
> Hello:
> 
> I'm guessing the event is Saturday the 23rd but, the 25th was mentioned
> below so, I just want to make sure.  This would be a first for me if it
> isn't too late to sign up.  Sounds like it would be a fun time.
> 
> 
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Marianne
> 
> Burlington
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vermont Birds [mailto:VTBIRD AT list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Scott
> Sainsbury
> Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2015 7:38 PM
> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
> Subject: [VTBIRD] 4th Annual Big Morning and Birder's BBQ -- May 23
> 
> 
> 
>> Announcing.
> 
>> 
> 
>> The Mad Birders' Fourth Annual "Big Morning and Birders' BBQ" at
> Sainsbury's CrossHaven Farm in Moretown on Saturday, May 23rd!
> 
>> 
> 
>> The last three years' gatherings of the Vermont Birding Community for
this
> event have been inspirational!  Over 50 bird-crazy, good-natured folk from
> all around the state have gathered to meet one another, enjoy great food
and
> hospitality -- and log over 70 species each year!!  
> 
>> 
> 
>> Particularly noteworthy have been the Acadian Flycatcher that Chip
> Darmstadt's keen ears nabbed while walking through the woods year 1.  And
> the Clay Colored Sparrow provided by Craig Provost in year 2!  Who knows
> what we'll see for 2015!
> 
>> 
> 
>> The "Big Morning and Birders' BBQ" is a great opportunity for many of us
> who bird together on the net, but don't often see one another, to join up
> for some birding and socializing at Scott and Pat Sainsbury's farm.
> Moretown is about as "middle of the state" as you can get, so if you came
> before, come again -- and if you missed last year, please join us for this
> wonderful event
> 
>> 
> 
>> CrossHaven farm has 300 acres of mixed age / mixed species forest, plus
> 100 acres of hay fields and pastures, and 1-1/2 miles of river front on
the
> Mad River.
> 
>> 
> 
>> There are paths in the woods and plenty of open areas to hike and bird.
> The place can be very birdy.  128 species have been recorded there.
> 
>> 
> 
>> We'll have trail maps for everyone.  After three years, many of us know
> the lay of the land pretty well and can join-up with those who don't.
> 
>> 
> 
>> The game-plan will be to see how many birds we can tally in one morning.
> And to put faces and names together while we share our (tall) stories
about
> the morning, over lunch.  We'll also hear from Chip Darmstadt of North
> Branch Nature Center and from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies on their
> great programs and future vision for their organizations.
> 
>> 
> 
>> Here's the schedule:
> 
>> 
> 
>> Mad Birder events are usually free to members and $5 for non-members.
> This one will be free to all.   At the same time, as in prior years, we
feel
> that it makes a great statement if -- when we join together in celebration
> of the birds we all love -- we also show support for those who work so
hard
> to protect and teach about them.  
> 
> 
> 
>> We'll have a donations box at the sign-in desk, and would like to ask
> everyone to pitch-in $20, or whatever you feel comfortable giving.  If 50
or
> so of us attend again this year, we could raise $1000 or more!  Last year,
> we raised $1200, and.All of the money was / will be given to VCE for their
> avian research and North Branch Nature Center for their youth birding and
> nature education programs.  As a bonus, anyone who donates will be entered
> in a raffle for some nifty prizes!
> 
> 
> 
>>> 
> 
>>> 6:30 - 7:30 AM - Registration, coffee and goodies, orientation (how many
> trails, easy to difficult, habitat, etc.)
> 
>>> 
> 
>>> 7:30 - 11 AM - Main Walk
> 
>>> 
> 
>>> 11 AM - Lunch, speakers, bird list, raffle winners
> 
>>> 
> 
>>> 1 PM - done and dusted
> 
>>> 
> 
>>> 
> 
>> The MadBirders and the Sainsbury's are pleased to host this great event
> again this year -- to serve up some great breakfast, lunch and
> birdie-sightings for everyone -- and to raise some money for the birds we
> all love.  So, please bring a few bucks from the piggy bank, and help us
> support the worthy work at VCE and NBNC.  Together, we can make a
> difference! 
> 
>> 
> 
>> The traditional "Big Morning" menu will include:
> 
>>> 
> 
>>> Breakfast
> 
>>> Juice, coffee, fruit and baked goodies
> 
>>> 
> 
>>> Lunch
> 
>>> Pulled pork and beef brisket bbq sandwiches
> 
>>> Cole Slaw
> 
>>> Potato and other Salads
> 
>>> Baked Beans
> 
>>> Iced tea and Lemonade
> 
>>> Watermelon
> 
>> 
> 
>> There is a 60x100' indoor riding ring at the farm, so lunch will be rain
> or shine.  There is a fair amount of seating on the porch, but bring a
> folding chair or two if you like.
> 
>> 
> 
>> It's going to be a great time.  Come along and enjoy the day!
> 
>> 
> 
>> Since we're serving food, we'll need to keep track of how many are
coming.
> If you would please reply to Nancy Turner at nancyturner AT madriver.com
>   with a count on the number in your
party,
> it would be greatly appreciated.  If you could let her know by the 20th,
> that would be very helpful.
> 
>> 
> 
>> We look forward to seeing you on the 25th!
> 
>> 
> 
>> 
> 
>> For the Mad Birders,
> 
>> 
> 
>> Scott Sainsbury
> 
>> 
> 
>> 
> 
>> PS -- Enter 75 Bridge Road, Moretown in your map program and you'll see
> where the farm is located.  If you need further directions, drop me a
note.
> 
>> 
> 
>> It's a straight shot up 100 to 100b from Rutland.  It's 5 miles off exit
9
> of I-89 for those from the Burlington and the NW or NE/SE.  And its a
> beautiful and birdy drive over App-Gap from Addison / Middlebury.  An hour
> to an hour and a half from all those places (Brattleboro is 2 hours).
> 
Subject: Big Morning -- Saturday May 23 (not 25th)
From: Scott Sainsbury <scott AT BEACONASSOCIATES.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 22:28:09 -0400
A couple people brought to my attention that down at the bottom of the 
invitations to this year’s Mad Birder’s Big Morning, it says “See you on 
the 25th”. 

That is a mistake — the sentence was left-over from last year’s invitation.

This year’s event is this Saturday, the 23rd.  

Sorry for the confusion.

Scott Sainsbury
for the Mad Birders
Subject: Re: 4th Annual Big Morning and Birder's BBQ -- May 23
From: Scott Sainsbury <scott AT BEACONASSOCIATES.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 22:11:38 -0400
Yes, Saturday the 23rd!
Look forward to having you with us
Scott




> On May 21, 2015, at 1:25 PM, Marianne Ward  wrote:
> 
> Hello:
> 
> I'm guessing the event is Saturday the 23rd but, the 25th was mentioned
> below so, I just want to make sure.  This would be a first for me if it
> isn't too late to sign up.  Sounds like it would be a fun time.
> 
> 
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Marianne
> 
> Burlington
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vermont Birds [mailto:VTBIRD AT list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Scott
> Sainsbury
> Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2015 7:38 PM
> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
> Subject: [VTBIRD] 4th Annual Big Morning and Birder's BBQ -- May 23
> 
> 
> 
>> Announcing.
> 
>> 
> 
>> The Mad Birders' Fourth Annual "Big Morning and Birders' BBQ" at
> Sainsbury's CrossHaven Farm in Moretown on Saturday, May 23rd!
> 
>> 
> 
>> The last three years' gatherings of the Vermont Birding Community for this
> event have been inspirational!  Over 50 bird-crazy, good-natured folk from
> all around the state have gathered to meet one another, enjoy great food and
> hospitality -- and log over 70 species each year!!  
> 
>> 
> 
>> Particularly noteworthy have been the Acadian Flycatcher that Chip
> Darmstadt's keen ears nabbed while walking through the woods year 1.  And
> the Clay Colored Sparrow provided by Craig Provost in year 2!  Who knows
> what we'll see for 2015!
> 
>> 
> 
>> The "Big Morning and Birders' BBQ" is a great opportunity for many of us
> who bird together on the net, but don't often see one another, to join up
> for some birding and socializing at Scott and Pat Sainsbury's farm.
> Moretown is about as "middle of the state" as you can get, so if you came
> before, come again -- and if you missed last year, please join us for this
> wonderful event
> 
>> 
> 
>> CrossHaven farm has 300 acres of mixed age / mixed species forest, plus
> 100 acres of hay fields and pastures, and 1-1/2 miles of river front on the
> Mad River.
> 
>> 
> 
>> There are paths in the woods and plenty of open areas to hike and bird.
> The place can be very birdy.  128 species have been recorded there.
> 
>> 
> 
>> We'll have trail maps for everyone.  After three years, many of us know
> the lay of the land pretty well and can join-up with those who don't.
> 
>> 
> 
>> The game-plan will be to see how many birds we can tally in one morning.
> And to put faces and names together while we share our (tall) stories about
> the morning, over lunch.  We'll also hear from Chip Darmstadt of North
> Branch Nature Center and from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies on their
> great programs and future vision for their organizations.
> 
>> 
> 
>> Here's the schedule:
> 
>> 
> 
>> Mad Birder events are usually free to members and $5 for non-members.
> This one will be free to all.   At the same time, as in prior years, we feel
> that it makes a great statement if -- when we join together in celebration
> of the birds we all love -- we also show support for those who work so hard
> to protect and teach about them.  
> 
> 
> 
>> We'll have a donations box at the sign-in desk, and would like to ask
> everyone to pitch-in $20, or whatever you feel comfortable giving.  If 50 or
> so of us attend again this year, we could raise $1000 or more!  Last year,
> we raised $1200, and.All of the money was / will be given to VCE for their
> avian research and North Branch Nature Center for their youth birding and
> nature education programs.  As a bonus, anyone who donates will be entered
> in a raffle for some nifty prizes!
> 
> 
> 
>>> 
> 
>>> 6:30 - 7:30 AM - Registration, coffee and goodies, orientation (how many
> trails, easy to difficult, habitat, etc.)
> 
>>> 
> 
>>> 7:30 - 11 AM - Main Walk
> 
>>> 
> 
>>> 11 AM - Lunch, speakers, bird list, raffle winners
> 
>>> 
> 
>>> 1 PM - done and dusted
> 
>>> 
> 
>>> 
> 
>> The MadBirders and the Sainsbury's are pleased to host this great event
> again this year -- to serve up some great breakfast, lunch and
> birdie-sightings for everyone -- and to raise some money for the birds we
> all love.  So, please bring a few bucks from the piggy bank, and help us
> support the worthy work at VCE and NBNC.  Together, we can make a
> difference! 
> 
>> 
> 
>> The traditional "Big Morning" menu will include:
> 
>>> 
> 
>>> Breakfast
> 
>>> Juice, coffee, fruit and baked goodies
> 
>>> 
> 
>>> Lunch
> 
>>> Pulled pork and beef brisket bbq sandwiches
> 
>>> Cole Slaw
> 
>>> Potato and other Salads
> 
>>> Baked Beans
> 
>>> Iced tea and Lemonade
> 
>>> Watermelon
> 
>> 
> 
>> There is a 60x100' indoor riding ring at the farm, so lunch will be rain
> or shine.  There is a fair amount of seating on the porch, but bring a
> folding chair or two if you like.
> 
>> 
> 
>> It's going to be a great time.  Come along and enjoy the day!
> 
>> 
> 
>> Since we're serving food, we'll need to keep track of how many are coming.
> If you would please reply to Nancy Turner at nancyturner AT madriver.com
>   with a count on the number in your party,
> it would be greatly appreciated.  If you could let her know by the 20th,
> that would be very helpful.
> 
>> 
> 
>> We look forward to seeing you on the 25th!
> 
>> 
> 
>> 
> 
>> For the Mad Birders,
> 
>> 
> 
>> Scott Sainsbury
> 
>> 
> 
>> 
> 
>> PS -- Enter 75 Bridge Road, Moretown in your map program and you'll see
> where the farm is located.  If you need further directions, drop me a note.
> 
>> 
> 
>> It's a straight shot up 100 to 100b from Rutland.  It's 5 miles off exit 9
> of I-89 for those from the Burlington and the NW or NE/SE.  And its a
> beautiful and birdy drive over App-Gap from Addison / Middlebury.  An hour
> to an hour and a half from all those places (Brattleboro is 2 hours).
> 
Subject: death by Cooper's hawk
From: Sarah Fellows <towanda2 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 21:58:53 -0400
This afternoon I was strolling down my usual trail chatting with all the birds 
when everyone went silent. then I heard a whoosh of tree branches swishing and 
a coopers hawk flew through the trees and grabbed a large dark object. Then ,as 
it went to land on the next tree, a small crow was right on it's tail. I admit 
to attempting to change the ways of nature and screamed at it ,along with the 
crow. To no avail. With great strength, it rose with the baby crow ,looking to 
be too much for it to handle, but it did not drop it and the last I saw was 
more branches breaking and many crows chasing a lost cause. 

The bird chatter started back up within seconds. Just another moment in the 
woods. 


Sally Fellows
Williston
Subject: Killdeer (Saga) in Hinesburg
From: Alison Wagner <alikatofvt AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 17:20:21 -0400
Dear Fellow Birders (interested in hearing another drama of Killdeer at 
Hinesburg Community School), 


Today I stepped out the front entrance of HCS during my break intending to go 
for a walk (until the coaxing calls of Killdeer parents caught my attention). I 
was expecting this annual rite of passage (of chicks dropping from the roof). 
The parents plead the chicks to make the move from 10 feet (+) above. Looking 
up, I see four adorable pom-poms, miniature replicas of their parents, on 
skinny, knobby stilts standing at the edge of the roof. (come on, Little 
Ones....you can do it!). Within seconds, one steps into thin air, its 
all-natural parachute of total-fluff seems to hold it, slow it for just an 
extra (necessary) moment as it floats to the grass...then bounces. It appears 
stunned and does not move (I am stunned...and do not move). Soon two more join 
it. (3 down....one to go). 


Next I see a sixth grade class, taking a walking break during test week. They 
do not believe it, that the chicks step off the roof, until they see the 
remaining chick standing alone (with a parent now by its side) still up above. 
I explain this spring-time Killdeer ritual. I insist they become guardians by 
keeping little kids away (and thus keeping themselves under control). They are 
captivated! 


“They are so cute!” (from most of the girls)
“WE WILL!...keep them safe” (from curious hands)
“What ARE they?” (from soft-hearted boys)
“I want to eat them” (from a boy from Tanzania)

Later, the sixth graders make a point of stopping to check on the 4 babies 
whenever they pass by a row of windows in the hall. (So nice of them to be able 
to think of others). Photos and movies are taken. I delight in watching their 
delight. I explain that the babies usually stay in the safe alcove they are 
currently in for a day or so. (PERFECT since tomorrow is Friday and it’s a 
long weekend). I point out the storm drain, now covered with cardboard. I tell 
them the mowers are not coming back until next week. I mention the inevitable 
journey across the precarious parking lot.....(they get it...the odds of 
survival are slim). 


I have always felt a sort of responsibility to these Killdeer families since 
the pebbled roof has lured them to this place (full of extraneous dangers). And 
now, thanks to some progressive-minded folks in town, there is another 
human-made habitat perfect for them. At the junction of route 116 & Silver 
Street, a series of terraced ponds were constructed to control storm water run 
off from entering the LaPlatte River. Looking a bit like a series of beaver 
dams, the ponds are lined with many varieties of native wetland plants. 


Later in the afternoon, all testing is done and the kids will spend the 
remainder of the day playing on the playground. It frees me up to check on the 
chicks. (UH! The parents are already moving them from the alcove). I find a 
chick in the bus parking area. It’s fallen off the curb and cannot return to 
safety without a little help. Next I see a small spot in the middle of route 
116. (Where it is often not safe for people in the crosswalk...). Sure enough, 
it’s another chick. Cars whiz by and don’t see my flailing arms...we both 
get lucky when the road is clear and I am able to herd it back. Not able to 
take any more, I head to the playground to watch kickball. When school ends, I 
take my binoculars to the containment pools and locate two chicks (I can live 
with this). 


Ali
Huntington
Subject: Winged Warbler Photos?
From: Bridget Butler <birddiva AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 16:31:50 -0400
In search of Blue or Golden-winged Warbler photos from this season. If you
have any from the Helen Buckner Preserve in Rutland County, even better!
I'm trying to help a reporter with photos from that site for a story she's
doing. Any warbler photos from that site would be great as well.

Please contact me off-list if you can help.

Thank you!
Bridget

Bridget Butler
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Subject: FOY Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
From: Veer Frost <v_t_frost AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 15:09:51 -0400
Riverside habitat, LOUD; doesn't usually stay.

____________________________________
Veer Frost, Passumpsic
Subject: Re: 4th Annual Big Morning and Birder's BBQ -- May 23
From: Marianne Ward <mjw AT BURLINGTONTELECOM.NET>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 13:25:29 -0400
Hello:

I'm guessing the event is Saturday the 23rd but, the 25th was mentioned
below so, I just want to make sure.  This would be a first for me if it
isn't too late to sign up.  Sounds like it would be a fun time.

 

Thanks,

Marianne

Burlington

 

 

    

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:VTBIRD AT list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Scott
Sainsbury
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2015 7:38 PM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [VTBIRD] 4th Annual Big Morning and Birder's BBQ -- May 23

 

> Announcing.

> 

> The Mad Birders' Fourth Annual "Big Morning and Birders' BBQ" at
Sainsbury's CrossHaven Farm in Moretown on Saturday, May 23rd!

> 

> The last three years' gatherings of the Vermont Birding Community for this
event have been inspirational!  Over 50 bird-crazy, good-natured folk from
all around the state have gathered to meet one another, enjoy great food and
hospitality -- and log over 70 species each year!!  

> 

> Particularly noteworthy have been the Acadian Flycatcher that Chip
Darmstadt's keen ears nabbed while walking through the woods year 1.  And
the Clay Colored Sparrow provided by Craig Provost in year 2!  Who knows
what we'll see for 2015!

> 

> The "Big Morning and Birders' BBQ" is a great opportunity for many of us
who bird together on the net, but don't often see one another, to join up
for some birding and socializing at Scott and Pat Sainsbury's farm.
Moretown is about as "middle of the state" as you can get, so if you came
before, come again -- and if you missed last year, please join us for this
wonderful event

> 

> CrossHaven farm has 300 acres of mixed age / mixed species forest, plus
100 acres of hay fields and pastures, and 1-1/2 miles of river front on the
Mad River.

> 

> There are paths in the woods and plenty of open areas to hike and bird.
The place can be very birdy.  128 species have been recorded there.

> 

> We'll have trail maps for everyone.  After three years, many of us know
the lay of the land pretty well and can join-up with those who don't.

> 

> The game-plan will be to see how many birds we can tally in one morning.
And to put faces and names together while we share our (tall) stories about
the morning, over lunch.  We'll also hear from Chip Darmstadt of North
Branch Nature Center and from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies on their
great programs and future vision for their organizations.

> 

> Here's the schedule:

> 

> Mad Birder events are usually free to members and $5 for non-members.
This one will be free to all.   At the same time, as in prior years, we feel
that it makes a great statement if -- when we join together in celebration
of the birds we all love -- we also show support for those who work so hard
to protect and teach about them.  

 

> We'll have a donations box at the sign-in desk, and would like to ask
everyone to pitch-in $20, or whatever you feel comfortable giving.  If 50 or
so of us attend again this year, we could raise $1000 or more!  Last year,
we raised $1200, and.All of the money was / will be given to VCE for their
avian research and North Branch Nature Center for their youth birding and
nature education programs.  As a bonus, anyone who donates will be entered
in a raffle for some nifty prizes!

 

>>  

>> 6:30 - 7:30 AM - Registration, coffee and goodies, orientation (how many
trails, easy to difficult, habitat, etc.)

>>  

>> 7:30 - 11 AM - Main Walk

>>  

>> 11 AM - Lunch, speakers, bird list, raffle winners

>>  

>> 1 PM - done and dusted

>> 

>> 

> The MadBirders and the Sainsbury's are pleased to host this great event
again this year -- to serve up some great breakfast, lunch and
birdie-sightings for everyone -- and to raise some money for the birds we
all love.  So, please bring a few bucks from the piggy bank, and help us
support the worthy work at VCE and NBNC.  Together, we can make a
difference! 

> 

> The traditional "Big Morning" menu will include:

>> 

>> Breakfast

>> Juice, coffee, fruit and baked goodies

>> 

>> Lunch

>> Pulled pork and beef brisket bbq sandwiches

>> Cole Slaw

>> Potato and other Salads

>> Baked Beans

>> Iced tea and Lemonade

>> Watermelon

> 

> There is a 60x100' indoor riding ring at the farm, so lunch will be rain
or shine.  There is a fair amount of seating on the porch, but bring a
folding chair or two if you like.

> 

> It's going to be a great time.  Come along and enjoy the day!

> 

> Since we're serving food, we'll need to keep track of how many are coming.
If you would please reply to Nancy Turner at nancyturner AT madriver.com
  with a count on the number in your party,
it would be greatly appreciated.  If you could let her know by the 20th,
that would be very helpful.

> 

> We look forward to seeing you on the 25th!

> 

> 

> For the Mad Birders,

> 

> Scott Sainsbury

> 

> 

> PS -- Enter 75 Bridge Road, Moretown in your map program and you'll see
where the farm is located.  If you need further directions, drop me a note.

> 

> It's a straight shot up 100 to 100b from Rutland.  It's 5 miles off exit 9
of I-89 for those from the Burlington and the NW or NE/SE.  And its a
beautiful and birdy drive over App-Gap from Addison / Middlebury.  An hour
to an hour and a half from all those places (Brattleboro is 2 hours).
Subject: Eider
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 10:17:04 -0400
A Common Eider was seen yesterday at Thurman Dix reservoir at 4:00 pm.
This report came to me from Steve Pink a birder from Washington.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod
Subject: Re: kingfisher and brook trout
From: Connie Youngstrom <conniey AT VERMONTEL.NET>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 07:20:59 -0400
What a great sighting, Linda. It sounds like you live in a woodsy paradise 
complete with private brook! 

Connie

Sent from my iPad

Connie

> On May 20, 2015, at 9:35 PM, Linda Gionti  wrote:
> 
> This morning from inside the wildlife blind (aka house) while trying to 
hustle out the door to meet friends for a bird walk, I saw a flurry of movement 
down by the creek, and saw a kingfisher land on a stout horizontal limb witih a 
trout almost as big as him or herself. Realistically, I would say the trout was 
6 inches. The bird proceeded to thwack said fish against the limb. This went on 
for a good 10 minutes during which I left to make breakfast, returning to find 
it still thwacking the fish. It did in fact, finally swallow the fish, although 
I don't think it was quite done with the procedure when I left. It was 
astounding to see the bird swallow prey that might've been about 1/3 of its own 
body weight. I'm making up the part about the body weight as I haven't looked 
into how much a kingfisher weighs, but it was astounding to contemplate how it 
could fit that long a trout inside its body. Jeezum. 

> 
> Linda Gionti
> Huntington, VT
> 
> 
Subject: kingfisher and brook trout
From: Linda Gionti <lgionti AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 21:35:46 -0400
This morning from inside the wildlife blind (aka house) while trying to hustle 
out the door to meet friends for a bird walk, I saw a flurry of movement down 
by the creek, and saw a kingfisher land on a stout horizontal limb witih a 
trout almost as big as him or herself. Realistically, I would say the trout was 
6 inches. The bird proceeded to thwack said fish against the limb. This went on 
for a good 10 minutes during which I left to make breakfast, returning to find 
it still thwacking the fish. It did in fact, finally swallow the fish, although 
I don't think it was quite done with the procedure when I left. It was 
astounding to see the bird swallow prey that might've been about 1/3 of its own 
body weight. I'm making up the part about the body weight as I haven't looked 
into how much a kingfisher weighs, but it was astounding to contemplate how it 
could fit that long a trout inside its body. Jeezum. 


Linda Gionti
Huntington, VT
Subject: dancing finch
From: Veer Frost <v_t_frost AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 16:13:49 -0400
Before 6 this morning I noticed a female Purple Finch on porch railing, a bit 
surprised as she is usually a focused feeder, but no, just poised there when 
male in raspberry glory landed some inches away and proceeded to raise and 
shake his wings, bob his brilliant crown, and trace a wild hopping circle on 
the rail for his audience of one, a moment of intensity then both were gone. 


____________________________________
Veer Frost, Passumpsic (NEK)
Subject: 3 Am Bitterns
From: Ruth <birder_rws AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 23:14:01 -0400
It's always a delight to hear these guys, but 2 C 3 fly up from the wetland is 
a special treat.This is a pond, marsh area along Rte 7 in E. Dorset sporting 
both Alder and Willow FC this a.m. 


Ruth Stewart

E. Dorset, VT


> Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 22:50:27 -0400
> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> To: birder_rws AT hotmail.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Frosts, May 19, 2015
> 
> Frosts, Bennington, US-VT
> May 19, 2015 7:20 AM - 9:20 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.04 mile(s)
> Comments:     60s Overcast. Light rain in night.  RWS & Chris Rimmer
> 27 species
>    Canada Goose - 4
> Wood Duck  4
> Mallard  2
> American Bittern  3   Va Rail - 1
> Killdeer  2
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
> Alder Flycatcher  1
> Willow Flycatcher  2
> Least Flycatcher  1
> Red-eyed Vireo  1
> American Crow  2
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
> Tree Swallow  10
> Veery  1
> Wood Thrush  1
> American Robin  1
> Gray Catbird  2
> European Starling  6
> Ovenbird  1
> Common Yellowthroat  6
> Yellow Warbler  4
> Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
> Song Sparrow  3
> Swamp Sparrow  4
> Red-winged Blackbird  15
> Common Grackle  6
> American Goldfinch  6
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23541054 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
 		 	   		   		 	   		  
Subject: Re: FOY Veery song
From: Becky Giroux <ravenrr AT WCVT.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 20:43:06 -0400
I agree! Monday evening was the most perfect evening for music. About 8:00 the 
Veery, Hermit Thrush and Ovenbird were all singing. And to top it all off, my 
neighbor was playing classical music on his grand piano. They made beautiful 
music together. If only spring could last a little longer. 

Subject: Bird Drawing Contest Judges Needed!
From: Kenneth Benton <kennethbenton AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 12:49:58 -0400
Calling all birders!  North Branch Nature Center would like to invite you
to come and participate in the judging of our 3rd annual Bird Drawing
Contest!  We set a record this year with over 130 entrants, spanning
Kindergarten through 8th grade, each submitting their portrayal of either a
Baltimore Oriole, Wood Duck, or Northern Saw-whet Owl.  Judging will be
open today May 19th through Friday, May 22nd, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Drawings are displayed at NBNC in the barn, with judges scorecards and
instructions clearly labeled as you walk in.  If you are in need of
assistance, please see NBNC staff in the house.

If you are unable to participate in the judging, you can still view all of
the student artwork May 30th at BirdFest.  Contest winners will also be
announced at this time!

Thank you in advance!

Ken Benton
Teacher Naturalist
North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
work: 802-229-6206
cell: 513-505-7484
Subject: Whip-poor-will surveyors needed
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 10:26:17 -0400
Do you like the sounds of a summer night? Do you have a few hours to spare
for Whip-poor-wills in May or June? For years, volunteers have helped us
survey Whip-poor-will routes across Vermont, but we need a few more valiant
souls. Three routes have yet to be claimed in Wells, West Haven, and
Hartland. This is a great opportunity to help out with a regional
conservation project with a very small investment of your time! If you are
interested in learning more about the survey, please contact Sara Zahendra (
szahendra AT vtecostudies.org) for more information.

____________________________

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


  


Subject: Lake Iroquois vireos and redstarts
From: Miriam Lawrence <mirslamlawrence AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 09:37:44 -0400
Birded  this morning along the fishing access parking lot and road and then
the road to the beach.

Highlights included Warbling Vireos at the fishing access, a great look at
a curious Veery, a couple of very loud and visible Yellow-throated Vireos
along the beach road pretty close to the beach parking lot, and absolute
Redstart mayhem all the way along the beach road. If anyone wants nice
Redstart looks (and listens), that's your spot!

-- 
Miriam Lawrence
Monkton
Subject: Re: FOY Veery song
From: Ken Kretzer <kretzvt AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 09:25:45 -0400
My favorite song💜

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Veer Frost  wrote:

> Words fail, just amazement. before 5 in light rain.
>
> -
>
>
> ____________________________________
> Veer Frost Passumpsic
>


-- 
Ken Kretzer
Subject: FOY Veery song
From: Veer Frost <v_t_frost AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 05:38:41 -0400
Words fail, just amazement. before 5 in light rain.

-


____________________________________
Veer Frost Passumpsic
Subject: Fwd: [VTBIRD] Bobolinks
From: Carl Runge <cfrun2 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 23:06:49 -0400
5 males at Catamount in Williston this am. 
Carl Runge

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Linda Gionti 
> Date: May 18, 2015 9:02:58 PM EDT
> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Bobolinks
> Reply-To: Vermont Birds 
> 
> And I saw a bobolink singing in a field just north of Jerusalem on Rte 17. 
> 
> Linda Gionti
> Huntington, VT
> 
> 
> On May 18, 2015, at 7:09 PM, Pat Folsom wrote:
> 
>> Found Bobolinks singing on Rolston Rd in Waitsfield this afternoon.
>> 
>> On Sun, May 17, 2015 at 7:13 PM, Marie Couture 
>> wrote:
>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> At Shelburne bay park in the field off the main path. This morning
>>> 
>>> Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note® 4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: Re: Bobolinks
From: Ian Clark <recipes AT IANCLARK.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 21:06:34 -0400
Several Bobolinks calling around my field in West Newbury the last couple
days. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:VTBIRD AT list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Linda Gionti
Sent: Monday, May 18, 2015 9:03 PM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Bobolinks

And I saw a bobolink singing in a field just north of Jerusalem on Rte 17. 

Linda Gionti
Huntington, VT


On May 18, 2015, at 7:09 PM, Pat Folsom wrote:

> Found Bobolinks singing on Rolston Rd in Waitsfield this afternoon.
> 
> On Sun, May 17, 2015 at 7:13 PM, Marie Couture

> wrote:
> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> At Shelburne bay park in the field off the main path. This morning
>> 
>> Sent via the Samsung Galaxy NoteR 4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: Cerulean x 2
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 21:01:12 -0400
Coming down the hill near the parking area we were excited to hear another 
Cerulean warbler singing. 

Persistence in seeking it paid off with great views plus the bonus of my 
getting a photo. 

Sue Wetmore, Marv&Sue Elliott

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: May 18, 2015 at 8:55:30 PM EDT
> To: 2birdvt AT comcast.net
> Subject: eBird Report - Blueberry Hill WMA - Rte 4, May 18, 2015
> 
> Blueberry Hill WMA - Rte 4, Rutland, US-VT
> May 18, 2015 7:50 AM - 8:20 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.25 mile(s)
> 13 species
> 
> Turkey Vulture  2
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
> Red-eyed Vireo  4
> Black-capped Chickadee  1
> Veery  1
> Wood Thrush  1
> Ovenbird  1
> Black-and-white Warbler  1
> Tennessee Warbler  1
> American Redstart  5
> Cerulean Warbler 1 white underneath; blue neck band, blue head and back with 
streaks on side; photo; also identified by song; at top of trail from the rest 
area: Cerulean Warbler 

> Magnolia Warbler  1
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23516675 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
Subject: Re: Bobolinks
From: Linda Gionti <lgionti AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 21:02:58 -0400
And I saw a bobolink singing in a field just north of Jerusalem on Rte 17. 

Linda Gionti
Huntington, VT


On May 18, 2015, at 7:09 PM, Pat Folsom wrote:

> Found Bobolinks singing on Rolston Rd in Waitsfield this afternoon.
> 
> On Sun, May 17, 2015 at 7:13 PM, Marie Couture 
> wrote:
> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> At Shelburne bay park in the field off the main path. This morning
>> 
>> Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: Cerulean warbler
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 20:58:01 -0400
The Elliotts and me had a great time finding this cerulean. Song was heard from 
several spots along the trail. 

Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: May 18, 2015 at 8:54:32 PM EDT
> To: 2birdvt AT comcast.net
> Subject: eBird Report - Rte 4 Rest area-non WMA, May 18, 2015
> 
> Rte 4 Rest area-non WMA, Rutland, US-VT
> May 18, 2015 8:20 AM - 10:15 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> 29 species
> 
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
> Alder Flycatcher  2
> Least Flycatcher  1
> Yellow-throated Vireo  1
> Red-eyed Vireo  8
> Blue Jay  1
> Black-capped Chickadee  1
> Tufted Titmouse  1
> Veery  2
> Wood Thrush  3
> Gray Catbird  2
> Ovenbird  3
> Blue-winged Warbler 1 yellow from stem to stern; yellow head with black line 
through eye; blue wing with two white wing bars; sang BWWA song, beez-buzz; 
photo 

> Black-and-white Warbler  1
> Tennessee Warbler  1
> Mourning Warbler  1
> Common Yellowthroat  1
> American Redstart  8
> Cerulean Warbler 1 along the dirt road; between the wood pile and the 
clearing; seen briefly (white below through chin with neck band; blue above); 
song heard clearly; possibility of a second bird as there was chasing 

> Magnolia Warbler  1
> Blackburnian Warbler  2
> Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
> Song Sparrow  1
> Scarlet Tanager  2
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
> Indigo Bunting  1
> Baltimore Oriole  2
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23516667 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
Subject: Re: Bobolinks
From: Pat Folsom <pfols AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 19:09:06 -0400
Found Bobolinks singing on Rolston Rd in Waitsfield this afternoon.

On Sun, May 17, 2015 at 7:13 PM, Marie Couture 
wrote:

>
>
>
> At Shelburne bay park in the field off the main path. This morning
>
> Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note® 4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: FOY Kingbird
From: Veer Frost <v_t_frost AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 15:02:52 -0400
On his/her normal patch along the river, time to get these foy reports onto 
eBird. 


____________________________________
Veer Frost, Passumpsic (NEK)
Subject: Historic bird data
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 11:39:13 -0400
I know there is a lot of birding action outdoors right now, but if anyone
has even a few minutes of time, we'd love help entering historic Vermont
bird data. And, we've made it easy to do from the comfort of your own home!
It is all online. Just visit our project site at
http://volunteer.ala.org.au/project/index/6607580, check out the short
tutorial and go on a virtual birding trip. We're hoping that many of us can
make short work of this job. Even just a few entries adds up if we can get
many helping. Best of all, all the data will be available for everyone to
use on Vermont eBird! How can you resist? Thanks for considering.
Kent

http://volunteer.ala.org.au/project/index/6607580
____________________________

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


  


Subject: Black-billed cuckoo - boxes..
From: Ruth <birder_rws AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 22:10:54 -0400
Calling in my yd this Sun morning.  NICE!
I did a check pn Sat of the 33 boxes we have up at the Manchester Rec Area. 
It's so discouraging to see so many unclaimedl Two were T Swallow, 5 were 
'active' wren and one was a BC Chickadee. I think the latter is a first for 
this. Another box appeared to be nest of EABluebirds...and yg, but no adults in 
the area. There was also 1 dead male TRES in a box.. lots of poop, but no 
nesting materials?/ 


Ruth Stewart

E. Dorset, VT
 		 	   		  
Subject: possible Audubon's yellow-rumped warbler
From: Eric Wood <ericw5 AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 21:50:45 -0400
My sister and I were birding at the Geprag preserve in Hinesburg yesterday 
afternoon, and may have seen a Audubon's yellow-rumped warbler. I'm fairly 
certain I saw the yellow throat with a black band below it, but frankly did not 
get a great look. We were in, I think, the second clearing looking at trees to 
the south. So, if you bird in there, just to be aware of this. 


Eric
Subject: Golden Eagle, Newport
From: Bill & Jeanne Prue <wjprue AT JEANNERAECRAFTS.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 20:00:00 -0400
5/17/2015 Golden Eagle at Darling Hill Rd. just before Derby/Newport line.
First-year eagle with white patches at the base of the primaries, white above 
black-banded tail. While driving close to home, saw this eagle at relatively 
close range, both of us saw the 3 white patches and the black banded tail. 


Bill & Jeanne Prue, Newport
Subject: Bobolinks
From: Marie Couture <endlesssummer54 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 19:13:51 -0400
    

At Shelburne bay park in the field off the main path. This morning 

Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note® 4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: Re: The Bobolink Project - 2015 results
From: Karan Cutler <kdcutler42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 17:01:38 -0400
Allan: Just wanted to let you know that we saw our first bobolink on May
10. Beautiful as ever. Regards, KaranA

On Sun, May 17, 2015 at 4:41 PM, Allan Strong  wrote:

> Hi VTBirders,
>
> I wanted to thank all of you who participated in the Bobolink Project this
> year. Pledges for 2015 are now closed and it appears we will be able to
> provide funding for farmers on about 530-540 acres this year, a great
> increase from 340 acres in 2014 (and from 200 acres in 2013). Once again,
> we received more bids from landowners than we were able to fill, so there
> is still plenty of room for the program to grow.
>
> I'll be back in touch soon with opportunities for a field visit in June on
> one of the properties that we enrolled. We should have another great year
> of successful nesting from these amazing songbirds.
>
> Thanks so much all of your conservation efforts!
>
> All the best,
> Allan
>
> --
> **************************************************
> Allan M. Strong
> Rubenstein School of Env and Natural Resources
> 200L Aiken Center
> 81 Carrigan Drive
> Burlington, VT 05405
> 802-656-2910
> **************************************************
>
Subject: The Bobolink Project - 2015 results
From: Allan Strong <astrong AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 16:41:22 -0400
Hi VTBirders,

I wanted to thank all of you who participated in the Bobolink Project 
this year. Pledges for 2015 are now closed and it appears we will be 
able to provide funding for farmers on about 530-540 acres this year, a 
great increase from 340 acres in 2014 (and from 200 acres in 2013). Once 
again, we received more bids from landowners than we were able to fill, 
so there is still plenty of room for the program to grow.

I'll be back in touch soon with opportunities for a field visit in June 
on one of the properties that we enrolled. We should have another great 
year of successful nesting from these amazing songbirds.

Thanks so much all of your conservation efforts!

All the best,
Allan

-- 
**************************************************
Allan M. Strong
Rubenstein School of Env and Natural Resources
200L Aiken Center
81 Carrigan Drive
Burlington, VT 05405
802-656-2910
**************************************************
Subject: Wilder Vt
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 14:38:50 -0400
A new area to me had a fly by Merlin plus great looks at a tanager. Part of our 
group was treated to a chestnut-sided warbler flying by us at knee level. 

Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: May 17, 2015 at 2:22:34 PM EDT
> To: 2birdvt AT comcast.net
> Subject: eBird Report - Wilder Picnic Area--CT River, May 16, 2015
> 
> Wilder Picnic Area--CT River, Windsor, US-VT
> May 16, 2015 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> 37 species
> 
> Mallard  5
> Spotted Sandpiper  2
> Mourning Dove  2
> Chimney Swift  5
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
> Hairy Woodpecker  1
> Pileated Woodpecker  1
> Merlin  1
> Eastern Phoebe  1
> Great Crested Flycatcher  1
> Eastern Kingbird  2
> Red-eyed Vireo  1
> Blue Jay  18
> American Crow  1
> Barn Swallow  1
> Black-capped Chickadee  2
> Tufted Titmouse  1
> White-breasted Nuthatch  1
> House Wren  1
> American Robin  2
> Gray Catbird  5
> Brown Thrasher  1
> European Starling  1
> Ovenbird  2
> Common Yellowthroat  3
> Yellow Warbler  2
> Chestnut-sided Warbler  4
> Pine Warbler  1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  5
> Chipping Sparrow  2
> Song Sparrow  5
> Scarlet Tanager  1
> Northern Cardinal  1
> Indigo Bunting  1
> Baltimore Oriole  1
> American Goldfinch  1
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23492923 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Loons
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 14:36:34 -0400
Yesterday a loon pair was not pleased with a bold Canada goose that was 
invading their nest site. Much splashing and low to the water maneuvers by the 
loons was interesting to observe. 

Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: May 17, 2015 at 2:27:44 PM EDT
> To: 2birdvt AT comcast.net
> Subject: eBird Report - Kent Pond - Killington (99 acres), May 17, 2015
> 
> Kent Pond - Killington (99 acres), Rutland, US-VT
> May 17, 2015 6:30 AM - 7:00 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 13 species
> 
> Canada Goose  3
> Mallard  1
> Common Loon  2     pair interacting with a Canada goose
> Solitary Sandpiper  1
> Blue Jay  1
> Black-capped Chickadee  2
> American Robin  1
> Gray Catbird  1
> Ovenbird  2
> Common Yellowthroat  2
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
> Song Sparrow  1
> Red-winged Blackbird  1
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23493012 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Tennessee warbler
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 14:33:13 -0400
For those of us that remember what a typewriter sounds like----- a Tennessee 
warbler was doing its best to sound like one. An eye level look at the beauty 
was wonderful. 

The cuckoo was heard but remained elusive.
Mosquitoes are definitely here!
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: May 17, 2015 at 2:14:15 PM EDT
> To: 2birdvt AT comcast.net
> Subject: eBird Report - Pearl St., Brandon, May 17, 2015
> 
> Pearl St., Brandon, Rutland, US-VT
> May 17, 2015 6:00 AM - 8:10 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> 55 species (+1 other taxa)
> 
> Canada Goose  3
> Mallard  2
> Hooded Merganser  1
> Ruffed Grouse  1
> Wild Turkey  3
> Great Blue Heron  2
> Green Heron  1
> Virginia Rail  1
> Mourning Dove  4
> Black-billed Cuckoo 1 one bird heard calling by the otter Creek in Brandon. 

> Chimney Swift  3
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
> Belted Kingfisher  1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  1
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
> Alder Flycatcher  2
> Least Flycatcher  2
> Eastern Phoebe  2
> Great Crested Flycatcher  1
> Eastern Kingbird  2
> Yellow-throated Vireo  3
> Warbling Vireo  3
> Red-eyed Vireo  5
> American Crow  3
> Tree Swallow  3
> Barn Swallow  2
> Cliff Swallow  2
> Black-capped Chickadee  2
> Tufted Titmouse  2
> White-breasted Nuthatch  1
> House Wren  4
> Eastern Bluebird  1
> Veery  2
> Wood Thrush  1
> American Robin  14
> Gray Catbird  6
> Brown Thrasher  2
> European Starling  6
> Ovenbird  1
> Brewster's Warbler (hybrid) 1 Bird was seen with yellow head, dark eye line, 
yellow breast and belly.yellow wing bars. Bird sang Bee Buzz song. This spot 
has had a Blue-winged warbler by plumage and song for the past several years. I 
have photos of this current bird . 

> Tennessee Warbler  1
> Common Yellowthroat  5
> American Redstart  6     first year male and a female courting.
> Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
> Chipping Sparrow  4
> Song Sparrow  6
> Swamp Sparrow  1
> Scarlet Tanager  1
> Northern Cardinal  4
> Red-winged Blackbird  8
> Common Grackle  2
> Baltimore Oriole  1
> House Finch  2
> American Goldfinch  5
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23492728 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: FOY Parula, Yellowthroat
From: Veer Frost <v_t_frost AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 13:03:53 -0400
Northern par buzzed through this am, Common Yellowthroat skulking silently in 
leaf litter, low branches. 


____________________________________
Veer Frost, Passumpsic (NEK)
Subject: Reminder: 4th Annual Big Morning and Birder's BBQ -- May 23
From: Scott Sainsbury <scott AT BEACONASSOCIATES.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 08:45:49 -0400
Hi all,

A reminder that the 4th annual Big Morning and Birder’s BBQ is coming up next 
Saturday, May 23. 


The MadBirders and Pat Sainsbury are cooking up lunch for 60 or so hungry 
birders. 


And the young Orchard Oriole is still hanging around the backyard. This morning 
he was joined by an Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager and 3 Baltimore Orioles — 
cavorting in the blossoming apple trees. It was quite a display of spring 
colors. 


So, if you haven’t let Nancy Turner know that you’re coming, please drop 
her a note (e-mail address at bottom of announcement, below) 


A special note. This year, many new names have appeared on the listserve. One 
of the great things about this event is that it has given birders from around 
the state a chance to put faces and names together. So, don’t be shy. Come 
meet your fellow birders and have some fun (and great birding) on a lovely old 
Vermont farm. 


We look forward to greeting everyone next Saturday,
Scott Sainsbury for the Mad Birders


> 
>> Announcing…
>> 
>> The Mad Birders' Fourth Annual "Big Morning and Birders' BBQ" at Sainsbury's 
CrossHaven Farm in Moretown on Saturday, May 23rd! 

>> 
>> The last three years' gatherings of the Vermont Birding Community for this 
event have been inspirational! Over 50 bird-crazy, good-natured folk from all 
around the state have gathered to meet one another, enjoy great food and 
hospitality -- and log over 70 species each year!! 

>> 
>> Particularly noteworthy have been the Acadian Flycatcher that Chip 
Darmstadt's keen ears nabbed while walking through the woods year 1. And the 
Clay Colored Sparrow provided by Craig Provost in year 2! Who knows what we'll 
see for 2015! 

>> 
>> The "Big Morning and Birders' BBQ" is a great opportunity for many of us who 
bird together on the net, but don't often see one another, to join up for some 
birding and socializing at Scott and Pat Sainsbury's farm. Moretown is about as 
"middle of the state" as you can get, so if you came before, come again -- and 
if you missed last year, please join us for this wonderful event 

>> 
>> CrossHaven farm has 300 acres of mixed age / mixed species forest, plus 100 
acres of hay fields and pastures, and 1-1/2 miles of river front on the Mad 
River. 

>> 
>> There are paths in the woods and plenty of open areas to hike and bird. The 
place can be very birdy. 128 species have been recorded there. 

>> 
>> We'll have trail maps for everyone. After three years, many of us know the 
lay of the land pretty well and can join-up with those who don't. 

>> 
>> The game-plan will be to see how many birds we can tally in one morning. And 
to put faces and names together while we share our (tall) stories about the 
morning, over lunch. We'll also hear from Chip Darmstadt of North Branch Nature 
Center and from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies on their great programs and 
future vision for their organizations. 

>> 
>> Here's the schedule:
>> 
>> Mad Birder events are usually free to members and $5 for non-members. This 
one will be free to all. At the same time, as in prior years, we feel that it 
makes a great statement if -- when we join together in celebration of the birds 
we all love -- we also show support for those who work so hard to protect and 
teach about them. 

> 
>> We'll have a donations box at the sign-in desk, and would like to ask 
everyone to pitch-in $20, or whatever you feel comfortable giving. If 50 or so 
of us attend again this year, we could raise $1000 or more! Last year, we 
raised $1200, and…All of the money was / will be given to VCE for their avian 
research and North Branch Nature Center for their youth birding and nature 
education programs. As a bonus, anyone who donates will be entered in a raffle 
for some nifty prizes! 

> 
>>>  
>>> 6:30 - 7:30 AM - Registration, coffee and goodies, orientation (how many 
trails, easy to difficult, habitat, etc.) 

>>>  
>>> 7:30 - 11 AM - Main Walk
>>>  
>>> 11 AM - Lunch, speakers, bird list, raffle winners
>>>  
>>> 1 PM - done and dusted
>>> 
>>> 
>> The MadBirders and the Sainsbury's are pleased to host this great event 
again this year -- to serve up some great breakfast, lunch and birdie-sightings 
for everyone -- and to raise some money for the birds we all love. So, please 
bring a few bucks from the piggy bank, and help us support the worthy work at 
VCE and NBNC. Together, we can make a difference! 

>> 
>> The traditional “Big Morning” menu will include:
>>> 
>>> Breakfast
>>> Juice, coffee, fruit and baked goodies
>>> 
>>> Lunch
>>> Pulled pork and beef brisket bbq sandwiches
>>> Cole Slaw
>>> Potato and other Salads
>>> Baked Beans
>>> Iced tea and Lemonade
>>> Watermelon
>> 
>> There is a 60x100' indoor riding ring at the farm, so lunch will be rain or 
shine. There is a fair amount of seating on the porch, but bring a folding 
chair or two if you like. 

>> 
>> It's going to be a great time.  Come along and enjoy the day!
>> 
>> Since we're serving food, we'll need to keep track of how many are coming. 
If you would please reply to Nancy Turner at nancyturner AT madriver.com 
 with a count on the number in your party, it 
would be greatly appreciated. If you could let her know by the 20th, that would 
be very helpful. 

>> 
>> We look forward to seeing you on the 25th!
>> 
>> 
>> For the Mad Birders,
>> 
>> Scott Sainsbury
>> 
>> 
>> PS -- Enter 75 Bridge Road, Moretown in your map program and you'll see 
where the farm is located. If you need further directions, drop me a note. 

>> 
>> It's a straight shot up 100 to 100b from Rutland. It's 5 miles off exit 9 of 
I-89 for those from the Burlington and the NW or NE/SE. And its a beautiful and 
birdy drive over App-Gap from Addison / Middlebury. An hour to an hour and a 
half from all those places (Brattleboro is 2 hours). 

> 
> 
Subject: Red Rocks warblers
From: UVM <smorrica AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 08:44:03 -0400
Good morning. This morning at red rocks park I had the following warblers:

1 Bay-breasted
1 Tennessee
1 Blackburnian
1 American Redstart
2 Black-throated Blue
2 Black-throated Green
2 Black and white
3 Yellow rumped
2 Pine
4 Ovenbirds
1 Northern Parula
2 Magnolia

Also 8-10 Red-eyes Vireos, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 2 Great-crested Flycatchers, 
and others 


Scott Morrical


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Cerulean in Franklin Co
From: Alison Wagner <alikatofvt AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 06:56:03 -0400
BIrders in search of cerulean blue:

While doing a Big Day, Shirley Johnson and I located a Cerulean on St. Armand 
Road in Highgate. Park at the small access area by the bridge and you will hear 
it if it’s still around. It was relocated yesterday by Jim Mead. Originally 
we found it about 30 feet west of the bridge. Jim had it to the east of the 
bridge. Hopefully the beauty is shopping for real estate. 


Ali
Huntington
Subject: Raven game?
From: Veer Frost <v_t_frost AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 19:43:35 -0400
This is the fourth day ravens (either one or a pair) have been flying low 
overhead (not a lot above trees) while vocalising short barks, closely chased 
by two grackles. The ravens lift and swoop and maybe it's the weather but 
there's a game like quality (anthropomorphically speaking), but is this simply 
ravens predating upon grackle nest areas with logical consequence? (if they do 
indeed do that) 


____________________________________
Veer Frost, Passumpsic (NEK)
Subject: West Rutland Marsh -
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 15:42:45 -0400
Today we had a record breaking total of 81 species.
The link below will give you the list plus Sue Elliott's narrative of the day's 
events. 

Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Susan Elliott
> Subject: West Rutland Marsh - May 16
> Reply-To: Susan Elliott 
> 
> A fantastic day at West Rutland Marsh for Rutland County Audubon's monthly 
monitoring walk: 

> 
> 
http://rutlandcountyaudubon.org/journal/2015/5/16/west-rutland-marsh-may-monitoring-walkd.html 

> 
Subject: Bird walk
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 13:42:19 -0400
I will be leading a bird walk at Mt. Independence on Saturday, May 23 starting 
at 8:00 a.m. 

Wear appropriate footwear, no pets.
Park entrance fee applies, $5.00.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod
Subject: Scarlet Tanagers and Warblers
From: Linda Verchereau Becker <daylilies56 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 13:02:58 -0400
This morning on Upper Pleasant Valley Rd in Jeffersonville:

4 male Scarlet Tanagers

1 Black-Throated Blue Warbler (up close)
1 Black and White Warbler
1 Black-Throated Green Warbler (heard only)
many Oven Birds and Hermit Thrushes


Linda Verchereau Becker
Montpelier, VT
daylilies56 AT comcast.net




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Subject: Re: Muddy Brook Wetland Reserve
From: Ken Kretzer <kretzvt AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 09:33:03 -0400
Thanks for the tip Zac! Hit this on the way home yesterday. Immediately
greeted by several yellow warblers. Saw, Turkey vultures, northern harrier,
tree swallows, redstart, catbird, red wing blackbirds and goldfinches. Nice
place!

On Thursday, May 14, 2015, Zac Cota  wrote:

> This park is relatively new to Winooski Valley Park District and I'm
> betting many haven't had the chance to bird it yet. Fantastic diversity
> this morning, the standout has been a Wilson's Warbler singing nonstop.
> Trailhead and parking off of Van Sicklen in So. B. Definitely worth
> stopping by.
>
> Zac
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>


-- 
Ken Kretzer
Subject: Tennessee Warbler and many others
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus AT SURFGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 15:36:11 -0400
Sometimes when its May and there are so many birds to see, I find myself 
resenting my big beautiful yard with its old oaks and maples, and its little 
patch of cattails, and its old apple orchard, and its many perennials and its 
raised veggie beds. Theres just SO much mowing, weeding, planting, pruning, 
raking and digging to do, and it really cuts into birding time! However, this 
morning I wore binoculars for several hours as I worked outside and was well 
rewarded. Following is a list of what birds joined me from 8 this morning until 
a few minutes ago. 


Related to backyard birding, Pete Dunne has a great article in the current 
issue of BirdWatching magazine, in which he reflects that physical limitations 
(after a stroke) are preventing him from driving from one end of the state to 
another in search of birds someone has reported. Instead, hes taking walks 
around his neighborhood and looking in his yard  and has found himself 
watching birds. He really studies a Cardinal (and every cone cell in my eyes 
went into hyper-drive"). He watches Ring-necked Ducks long enough to know 
exactly what theyre bringing up and eating. He ends with this birdwatching is 
fun stuff! 


Heres my list:

Red-tailed Hawk

Mourning Dove

Ruby-throated Hummingbird  

Hairy Woodpecker

Eastern Phoebe

Warbling Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo - FOY

Blue Jay  

American Crow

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

White-breasted Nuthatch

House Wren

American Robin  

Ovenbird

Tennessee Warbler  - FOY, and a first for my yard

Common Yellowthroat

American Redstart  

Song Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak  

Red-winged Blackbird  

Baltimore Oriole

American Goldfinch

Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
Subject: Tennessee
From: UVM <smorrica AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 09:47:02 -0400
Just had a Tennessee Warbler in trees along Dorset Hgts. street in South 
Burlington. Another good year for them. Willow FC calling in the distance. 

Scott

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Bay-breasted Warbler at Green Mt Audubon Center
From: Jim Shallow <jshallow AT AUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 09:46:24 -0400
This morning at the Green Mountain Audubon Center as we were tuning up for next 
Thursday's staff Birdathon, we saw a Bay-breasted Warbler along our Arboretum 
Trail. We also had a Mourning Warbler, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, 
Black-and-white Warbler, Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, several 
Chestnut-sided Warblers, Indigo Bunting, OVenbird and a Veery. Good way to 
start a Friday! 

Subject: Brigham Hill warblers
From: Rick Renaud <rickr AT GARDENERS.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 08:49:07 -0400
Treated to a beautiful Cape May among 11 warbler species gleaning in the apple 
blossoms yesterday in Essex. Several Tennessee warblers active and singing like 
mad. 

Subject: Birding While Horizontal
From: Peg Clement <clementpeg AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 08:25:55 -0400
>
> Barely awake at 6 am, from my bed at Red Rock condos, Burlington, the
> windows open to the woods of Red Rock Park:
>
> Listening to a scarlet tanager accompanied by an Ovenbird in two-part
> harmony.
>


> Peg Clement, Burlington
>
Subject: Re: Red rocks
From: Tom Jiamachello <topofvt AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 08:19:44 -0400
Zac,


Thanks for the report. In relation to the parking area, where did you find this 
flock? 



Tom



-----Original Message-----
From: Zac Cota 
To: VTBIRD 
Sent: Fri, May 15, 2015 7:28 am
Subject: Red rocks


Feeding flock now with Philly Vireo, Bay Breasted, Nashville, Magnolia and many
others in same group of trees. Worth checking out.

Sent from my iPhone

 
Subject: Red rocks
From: Zac Cota <zcotaweaver AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 07:28:17 -0400
Feeding flock now with Philly Vireo, Bay Breasted, Nashville, Magnolia and many 
others in same group of trees. Worth checking out. 


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: European Goldfinch
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 19:31:40 -0400
Perhaps an escapee from an aviary?
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod

> On May 14, 2015, at 7:24 PM, Randy Schmidt  
wrote: 

> 
> Was lucky enough to get some great photos of the European Goldfinch that 
Barbara Powers reported earlier here in Manchester . I have uploaded them to 
the VT Flick Account on ebird. Of note, on several photos you can clearly see a 
blue band on the bird's right leg. Possibly a silver or white band on the left, 
but could just be feathers. 

> 
> Here is the link! 
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/groups/vtebird/pool/
> 
> What a TREAT this was! 
> 
> Randy Schmidt
> The Vermont Bird Place & Sky Watch
> Manchester Center, VT
Subject: European Goldfinch
From: Randy Schmidt <randy AT THEVERMONTBIRDPLACE.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 19:24:49 -0400
Was lucky enough to get some great photos of the European Goldfinch that 
Barbara Powers reported earlier here in Manchester . I have uploaded them to 
the VT Flick Account on ebird. Of note, on several photos you can clearly see a 
blue band on the bird's right leg. Possibly a silver or white band on the left, 
but could just be feathers. 


Here is the link! 

https://www.flickr.com/groups/vtebird/pool/

What a TREAT this was! 

Randy Schmidt
The Vermont Bird Place & Sky Watch
Manchester Center, VT 
Subject: Share Flicker Photos
From: Barbara Powers <barkiepvt AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 18:00:38 -0400
I tried to send photos of the European Goldfinch to Vermont Bird from Flicker 
but obviously didn't do it right. How do you do it? Thanks. 

Barbara Powers