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23 Nov Greater White Fronted Goose in Addison [Michele Patenaude ]
23 Nov Glaucous Gull ... Bridport ["Ian A. Worley" ]
23 Nov Winhall CBC - Dec 14 [Ruth ]
23 Nov Re: Changing how VT's wildlife is managed [Scott Sainsbury ]
23 Nov Re: White-eyed Vireo - details [Alison Wagner ]
23 Nov Re: White-eyed Vireo - details [Jim Mead ]
23 Nov White-eyed Vireo - details [Larry Clarfeld ]
23 Nov White eyed vireo [Larry Clarfeld ]
22 Nov Re: Addison birding report [Jane Stein ]
22 Nov Addison birding report ["Fernando B.Corrada" ]
22 Nov Re: Dry Tortugas [Scott Stoner ]
22 Nov Re: Dry Tortugas [Barbara Brosnan ]
22 Nov Hooded Mergansers at Colchester Pond [Bruce MacPherson ]
22 Nov Lake Bomoseen-Castleton (2360 acres), Nov 22, 2014 [Roy Pilcher ]
22 Nov Union St. [Sue ]
22 Nov Pine Warbler [Martha Pfeiffer ]
22 Nov Re: Dry Tortugas [Thomas Wermager ]
22 Nov Coot meets eagle ["hg2 AT myfairpoint.net" ]
22 Nov Dry Tortugas [Larry Levine ]
22 Nov Changing how VT's wildlife is managed [Walter Medwid ]
22 Nov Common Redpoll - Middlebury College [Donald Jones ]
20 Nov Northern Shovelers at Shelburne Bay [Bruce MacPherson ]
20 Nov Re: County Quest numbers [Patti Haynes ]
20 Nov Re: County Quest numbers [Fred and Chris Pratt ]
20 Nov Re: County Quest numbers [Kent McFarland ]
20 Nov Shorebird in snow [Walter Medwid ]
20 Nov Re: County Quest numbers [Patti Haynes ]
20 Nov 5340 waterfowl, 590 gulls, 2 Pacific Loons .... Bridport ["Ian A. Worley" ]
19 Nov County Quest numbers [tfberriman ]
19 Nov Vermont eBird County Quest Heating Up [Kent McFarland ]
18 Nov NEK Report: Accipiters [tfberriman ]
18 Nov Fox Sparrows [Ruth ]
18 Nov CBC locations and dates [Kent McFarland ]
18 Nov CBC dates for Vermont [Kent McFarland ]
18 Nov Siskins/Redpoll [Dorothy Lavallee ]
18 Nov Re: Snowy Owl sighting, Hinesburg/Williston [William Adams ]
17 Nov RW Blackbird [b flewelling ]
17 Nov Snow Geese at Gage Road & Dead Creek WMA Viewing area yesterday. ["Ian A. Worley" ]
16 Nov Cape May Warbler in Wilder [Chris Rimmer ]
16 Nov Snowy Owl sighting, Hinesburg/Williston [Miriam Lawrence ]
16 Nov Rt 17 West Addison, Vt [Sue ]
15 Nov Re: Snow Geese sightings? [Ken Copenhaver ]
15 Nov Re: Snow Geese sightings? [Bob Malbon ]
15 Nov Re: Snow Geese sightings? [Ken Copenhaver ]
15 Nov Re: Snow Geese sightings? [Michael Blust ]
15 Nov Re: Snow Geese sightings? [Bob Malbon ]
15 Nov Re: Snow Geese sightings? [Sue ]
15 Nov Re: Snow Geese sightings? ["Trombulak, Stephen C." ]
15 Nov Re: Snow Geese sightings? [Bob Phillips ]
15 Nov Re: Snow Geese sightings? [William Adams ]
15 Nov Tri Town Long-tailed Duck [Eric Hynes ]
15 Nov No swans at Turkey Lane [Eric Hynes ]
15 Nov Re: Swan Lake ["Ian A. Worley" ]
14 Nov Swan Lake [Barbara Brosnan ]
14 Nov Re: Tundra Swans at Turkey Lane Panton [Jim Mead ]
14 Nov Re: Snow Geese sightings? [Karan Cutler ]
14 Nov Snow Geese sightings? [Bob Malbon ]
14 Nov Tundra Swans at Turkey Lane Panton [Ian Almer Worley ]
14 Nov Lake Runnemeade [Susan Hindinger ]
13 Nov Purple Sandpiper / Grand Isle [David Hoag ]
13 Nov new eBird tool [Kent McFarland ]
13 Nov Re: VTBIRD Digest - 11 Nov 2014 to 12 Nov 2014 (#2014-310) [John Snell ]
13 Nov Pelots Point, North Hero [Michele Patenaude ]
13 Nov Re: VTBIRD Digest - 11 Nov 2014 to 12 Nov 2014 (#2014-310) [Will Raup ]
12 Nov House Wren in Montpelier [John Snell ]
12 Nov American Coot [b flewelling ]
11 Nov Owls heard from backyard , southern end of Snake Mt., Cornwall ["Ian A. Worley" ]
11 Nov Half Moon ovenbird [Sue ]
11 Nov shrike [Sue Wetmore ]
11 Nov Hooded Mergansers [Martha Pfeiffer ]
11 Nov Golden Eagle over Williston [Maeve Kim ]
11 Nov White dove [Gloria Moses ]
10 Nov Rough-legged Hawk and Northern Shrike [Roy Pilcher ]
10 Nov Re: Sanderling still at Shelburne Bay [Jim Mead ]
10 Nov Bicknell's Thrush: Conserving a Bird of Two Worlds-a GMAS program [Bruce MacPherson ]
10 Nov Sanderling still at Shelburne Bay [UVM ]

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

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

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

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

>  

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

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


Ruth Stewart

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

Scott Sainsbury
Moretown, Vermont

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

Ali
Huntington

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

Hello all,

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

Thanks again Larry,

Enjoy Birds,

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

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

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

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

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


Thanks again Larry,

Enjoy Birds,

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

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

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

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

Good Birding,
Larry


-- 
Larry Clarfeld
Environmental Educator
Youth Birding Coordinator

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

www.NorthBranchNatureCenter.org
(802) 229-6206
larry AT NorthBranchNatureCenter.org
Subject: White eyed vireo
From: Larry Clarfeld <lclarfeld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:03:25 -0500
right now at the burlington intervale near the tommy Thompson community
garden.

 Larry clarfeld



-- 
Larry Clarfeld
Environmental Educator
Youth Birding Coordinator

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

www.NorthBranchNatureCenter.org
(802) 229-6206
larry AT NorthBranchNatureCenter.org
Subject: Re: Addison birding report
From: Jane Stein <jeshawks AT SHOREHAM.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:12:51 -0500
FYI, Bluebirds are present in Vermont, at least in Addison county, 
year-round.  I've seen them over the years around Dead Creek in deepest 
winter.  They nest on my property, but then small groups of them drop in 
from time to time throughout the winter.  No idea, of course, whether 
these are "my" birds or even the same ones from visit to visit in the 
winter.  My understanding is they're pretty nomadic in wintertime, so 
likely different birds each time, but who knows.

Jane
(Shoreham, southern Addison County)



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

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

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

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


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


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

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


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

Barbara Brosnan  wrote:

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

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

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

Barbara Brosnan
Weybridge

Sent from my iPhone

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

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



Bruce MacPherson
South Burlington

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

A small milkweed tussock caterpillar was a surprise.
Sue Wetmore

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


For more info go to drytortugas.com

Have a Great trip!
Tom Wermager
Sharon


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Thanks for the suggestions!
Larry Levine
Jericho

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

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

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



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


Bruce MacPherson
South Burlington

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


Patti Haynes, sent from my iPod

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

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

Pipit

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

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

____________________________

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


  




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

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

Patti Haynes, sent from my iPod

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

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

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

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

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

Waterfowl numbers are below.

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

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

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

 

Tom Berriman

 

 

 

Hello Birders,



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



big time. Read the whole story at



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







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







Kent

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

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

Kent
____________________________

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

[image: VCE Logo] 
  


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

 

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

 

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


Ruth Stewart

E. Dorset, VT
 		 	   		  
Subject: CBC locations and dates
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:31:07 -0500
Folks,
Visit the Vermont Center for Ecostudies Facebook page and I have listed
sources there for NH, QUE, and NY in case anyone is interested in traveling
a bit farther afield.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vermont-Center-for-Ecostudies/56930912454
Happy birding. Stay warm.
Kent
____________________________

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

[image: VCE Logo] 
  


Subject: CBC dates for Vermont
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:20:38 -0500
Hello Birders,

The 115th Christmas Bird Count will take place from December 14, 2014
through January 5, 2015. This is perhaps the longest running citizen
science project in Vermont. Each count occurs in a designated circle, 15
miles in diameter, and is led by an experienced birder, or designated
“compiler”. Read more to learn where Vermont CBCs are located, date of
counts and compiler contact information on Vermont eBird at
http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/the-115th-christmas-bird-count-in-vermont/

Additionally, many of you like to put your CBC data in eBird. Here's an
article that explains how and gives you some tips to make your data even
more valuable.
http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/adding-your-cbc-data-to-vermont-ebird/

Thanks,
Kent

____________________________

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

[image: VCE Logo] 
  


Subject: Siskins/Redpoll
From: Dorothy Lavallee <dottilava03 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:35:04 +0000
A few weeks ago, we had good numbers of Pine Siskins at the feeders, but they 
quickly disappeared, all of them.  Then today at a feeder, a single Redpoll in 
with about 50 Goldfinch.  Don't often see just one. 

  
Dottie 
Subject: Re: Snowy Owl sighting, Hinesburg/Williston
From: William Adams <wmladams AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:21:46 -0500
Any recent sightings of this bird?

On Sun, Nov 16, 2014 at 3:36 PM, Miriam Lawrence 
wrote:

> Slightly late second-hand report - my friend (not a birder) saw and
> photographed a Snowy Owl yesterday afternoon on  Oak Hill Road between
> Hinesburg and Williston. Sighting was between 4:30-5:30 p.m; owl was
> perched on a telephone pole.  He describes the location as "2 or 3 poles
> south of Butternut road on the E. side of Oak Hill Road."
>
> Photo quality is poor, but it's a close shot and pretty much no doubt it's
> a Snowy, especially since he described it as "a big white owl."I've put the
> photo in a Dropbox folder for viewing if anyone wants to confirm:
> http://bit.ly/1sVt5bT
>
> Good luck if anyone goes looking!
>
> -Miriam
>
> -------------------
> Miriam Lawrence
> 802-238-1830
>
> Sent from my iPad




-- 
William L. Adams
44 Elmwood Avenue
Barre, Vermont 05641
(802) 229-8321
www.WmAdamsPhotography.com
www.Facebook.com/WmAdamsPhotography
Subject: RW Blackbird
From: b flewelling <bflewelling3263 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:19:17 +0000
A very soggy Red-winged Blackbird hung around my feeder most of the day. 

Bruce Flewelling 
RT 73, Rochester 
Subject: Snow Geese at Gage Road & Dead Creek WMA Viewing area yesterday.
From: "Ian A. Worley" <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 05:38:03 -0500
Yesterday morning a small group of birders from the Hampshire Bird Club 
of Amherst, MA stopped by Gage Road and the Goose Viewing area at Dead 
Creek WMA and made a count-based estimate of 4500 Snow Geese.  Thanks to 
Mike Locher for submitting the numbers to eBird. (Delightfully, I 
happened to meet up with the group at Tri-town later in the day.)

Then, late afternoon yesterday I happened by the Goose Viewing area 
while a very large flock settled over the course of several minutes; 
there were two other flocks already on the ground.  By counts of 50s 
converted to 100s, then converted to 400s and then to 1000s I came up 
with 4000 birds visible to me.  When I first saw them, my initial 
estimate bracket was at least 3500 and not over 5000 Snow Geese 
visible.  None of the birds were right by the road, but they were in 
several, easy-to-view groups at various distances.

Ian
Subject: Cape May Warbler in Wilder
From: Chris Rimmer <crimmer AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:55:45 -0500
I couldn't have been more surprised at 3 pm this afternoon to have a 
close encounter with a male Cape May Warbler at Kilowatt South Park in 
Wilder.  The bird was foraging with two chickadees in 
honeysuckle-dominated thickets.  I observed it for 3-4 minutes at 
distances of 2-3 meters.  Its distinctive facial pattern, prominent 
black streaking on yellowish breast and sides, and single bold white 
wingbar made for an unamibiguous identification.   The bird was 
completely unconcerned about me, even coming close to investigate a 
couple of times.

Although most Cape May Warblers are in the West Indies now, the species 
is known to linger in northern temperate areas more frequently than most 
other long-distance migrant warblers.  Some will remember the bird that 
was present at a Rutland feeder through November and December of 2005, 
and eBird records show a bird reported by multiple observers in Essex, 
NY on December 7, 2013.

Thirty minutes later, at Lake Pinneo in Quechee were 135 Hooded and 45 
Common mergansers, a Great Blue Heron, and the Herring Gull that has 
been present there for some time.

Chris

-- 
Chris Rimmer
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
P.O. Box 420
Norwich, VT 05055
802-649-1431 ext. 1
www.vtecostudies.org
Subject: Snowy Owl sighting, Hinesburg/Williston
From: Miriam Lawrence <mirslamlawrence AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:36:46 -0500
Slightly late second-hand report - my friend (not a birder) saw and 
photographed a Snowy Owl yesterday afternoon on Oak Hill Road between Hinesburg 
and Williston. Sighting was between 4:30-5:30 p.m; owl was perched on a 
telephone pole. He describes the location as "2 or 3 poles south of Butternut 
road on the E. side of Oak Hill Road." 


Photo quality is poor, but it's a close shot and pretty much no doubt it's a 
Snowy, especially since he described it as "a big white owl."I've put the photo 
in a Dropbox folder for viewing if anyone wants to confirm: 
http://bit.ly/1sVt5bT 


Good luck if anyone goes looking!

-Miriam

-------------------
Miriam Lawrence
802-238-1830

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Rt 17 West Addison, Vt
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:22:57 -0500
Yesterday was a raptor day plus some waterfowl off the bridge and Button Bay 
SP. There we saw a raptor that remains unidentified . We know what it is not 
but not certain what it is. It proceeded west towards the lake at the park. 

Wetmore, Elliotts & Busony team 

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: November 16, 2014 at 12:18:05 PM EST
> To: 2birdvt AT comcast.net
> Subject: eBird Report - Rte 17, West Addison, Nov 15, 2014
> 
> Rte 17, West Addison, Addison, US-VT
> Nov 15, 2014 1:50 PM - 1:55 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 6 species
> 
> Northern Harrier  1
> Bald Eagle  1
> Rough-legged Hawk  1
> Merlin  1
> American Crow  2
> Common Raven  1
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20563534 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
Subject: Re: Snow Geese sightings?
From: Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:59:25 -0500
At Monty Bay the closest birds were probably only 100 ft away.  Close
enough that a single bird would fill up the scope when zoomed in.  They
became quite accustomed to our presence and didn't scatter.  At Point Au
Roche they were right up to the beach, but I'm sure they would have
scattered if we would have walked toward them, so we kept a respectful
distance away, probably 100 yards or more.  We had already seen them close
up, so we didn't push it, and we didn't try to look for Ross's here. We
were content to be amazed at the sheer numbers.

--Ken

On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 6:13 PM, Bob Malbon  wrote:

> Ken. How close?  Bob
>
> On Saturday, November 15, 2014, Ken Copenhaver  wrote:
>
> > Apologies in advance for the out-of-state post, but if anyone needs a
> Snow
> > Goose fix, head over to Point Au Roche State Park in NY.  Julie
> Filiberti,
> > her husband Dave, and I found 10,000 (very rough estimate) there this
> > afternoon.  They were in the water just off the beach, so close viewing
> was
> > possible.  Today was perfect with full sun.  Also found about 4000
> further
> > north in Monty Bay in Chazy.  Again, they were in the water just off
> shore,
> > with even closer viewing than at Point Au Roche.  We even had a positive
> ID
> > on a Ross's Goose (and my best-ever view of a Ross's).  It's worth the
> > trip!
> >
> > Ken Copenhaver
> >
> >
> > On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 4:55 PM, Michael Blust  > > wrote:
> >
> > > There were a good number (about 1000 around 3:45 this afternoon, but
> far
> > > south of the viewing area.
> > >
> > > *Michael H. Blust*
> > > Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Mexico
> > > Prof. Emer. Green Mountain College
> > >
> > > On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 4:26 PM, Bob Malbon  > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Thanks Folks,  This helps - heading to Dead Creek on Sunday.
> Regards,
> > > Bob
> > > >
> > > > On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 3:53 PM, Sue <2birdvt AT comcast.net
> > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > None around 3:00 pm today.
> > > > > Sue Wetmore
> > > > >
> > > > > Sent from my iPod
> > > > >
> > > > > > On Nov 15, 2014, at 2:52 PM, Trombulak, Stephen C. <
> > > > > trombula AT MIDDLEBURY.EDU > wrote:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Yes, there were quite a few (more than 100, at least) to the
> south
> > of
> > > > the
> > > > > > Goose Viewing Area at around 1:30.  I was viewing them from the
> > > Brilyea
> > > > > > Access Road at the first turn out.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Steve Trombulak
> > > > > >
> > > > > >> On 11/15/14, 11:12 AM, "William Adams"  > > wrote:
> > > > > >>
> > > > > >> Any sightings today, Saturday?
> > > > > >>
> > > > > >> Will Adams
> > > > > >> Sent from my iPhone
> > > > > >>
> > > > > >>> On Nov 14, 2014, at 7:01 PM, Karan Cutler <
> kdcutler42 AT GMAIL.COM
> > >
> > > > > wrote:
> > > > > >>>
> > > > > >>> There were tens of hundreds on Thursday, yesterday, and many
> were
> > > > only
> > > > > >>> two
> > > > > >>> dozen feet from the viewing area.
> > > > > >>>
> > > > > >>>> On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 6:57 PM, Bob Malbon <
> > bobmalbon AT gmail.com >
> > > > > >>>> wrote:
> > > > > >>>>
> > > > > >>>> Folks, have there been any Snow Geese sightings at Dead Creek
> in
> > > the
> > > > > >>>> last
> > > > > >>>> few days?
> > > > > >>>> Thanks,
> > > > > >>>> Bob Malbon
> > > > > >>>>
> > > > >
> > > >
> > >
> >
>
Subject: Re: Snow Geese sightings?
From: Bob Malbon <bobmalbon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:13:50 -0500
Ken. How close?  Bob

On Saturday, November 15, 2014, Ken Copenhaver  wrote:

> Apologies in advance for the out-of-state post, but if anyone needs a Snow
> Goose fix, head over to Point Au Roche State Park in NY.  Julie Filiberti,
> her husband Dave, and I found 10,000 (very rough estimate) there this
> afternoon.  They were in the water just off the beach, so close viewing was
> possible.  Today was perfect with full sun.  Also found about 4000 further
> north in Monty Bay in Chazy.  Again, they were in the water just off shore,
> with even closer viewing than at Point Au Roche.  We even had a positive ID
> on a Ross's Goose (and my best-ever view of a Ross's).  It's worth the
> trip!
>
> Ken Copenhaver
>
>
> On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 4:55 PM, Michael Blust  > wrote:
>
> > There were a good number (about 1000 around 3:45 this afternoon, but far
> > south of the viewing area.
> >
> > *Michael H. Blust*
> > Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Mexico
> > Prof. Emer. Green Mountain College
> >
> > On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 4:26 PM, Bob Malbon  > wrote:
> >
> > > Thanks Folks,  This helps - heading to Dead Creek on Sunday.  Regards,
> > Bob
> > >
> > > On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 3:53 PM, Sue <2birdvt AT comcast.net
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > > None around 3:00 pm today.
> > > > Sue Wetmore
> > > >
> > > > Sent from my iPod
> > > >
> > > > > On Nov 15, 2014, at 2:52 PM, Trombulak, Stephen C. <
> > > > trombula AT MIDDLEBURY.EDU > wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > Yes, there were quite a few (more than 100, at least) to the south
> of
> > > the
> > > > > Goose Viewing Area at around 1:30.  I was viewing them from the
> > Brilyea
> > > > > Access Road at the first turn out.
> > > > >
> > > > > Steve Trombulak
> > > > >
> > > > >> On 11/15/14, 11:12 AM, "William Adams"  > wrote:
> > > > >>
> > > > >> Any sightings today, Saturday?
> > > > >>
> > > > >> Will Adams
> > > > >> Sent from my iPhone
> > > > >>
> > > > >>> On Nov 14, 2014, at 7:01 PM, Karan Cutler  >
> > > > wrote:
> > > > >>>
> > > > >>> There were tens of hundreds on Thursday, yesterday, and many were
> > > only
> > > > >>> two
> > > > >>> dozen feet from the viewing area.
> > > > >>>
> > > > >>>> On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 6:57 PM, Bob Malbon <
> bobmalbon AT gmail.com >
> > > > >>>> wrote:
> > > > >>>>
> > > > >>>> Folks, have there been any Snow Geese sightings at Dead Creek in
> > the
> > > > >>>> last
> > > > >>>> few days?
> > > > >>>> Thanks,
> > > > >>>> Bob Malbon
> > > > >>>>
> > > >
> > >
> >
>
Subject: Re: Snow Geese sightings?
From: Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:09:31 -0500
Apologies in advance for the out-of-state post, but if anyone needs a Snow
Goose fix, head over to Point Au Roche State Park in NY.  Julie Filiberti,
her husband Dave, and I found 10,000 (very rough estimate) there this
afternoon.  They were in the water just off the beach, so close viewing was
possible.  Today was perfect with full sun.  Also found about 4000 further
north in Monty Bay in Chazy.  Again, they were in the water just off shore,
with even closer viewing than at Point Au Roche.  We even had a positive ID
on a Ross's Goose (and my best-ever view of a Ross's).  It's worth the trip!

Ken Copenhaver


On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 4:55 PM, Michael Blust  wrote:

> There were a good number (about 1000 around 3:45 this afternoon, but far
> south of the viewing area.
>
> *Michael H. Blust*
> Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Mexico
> Prof. Emer. Green Mountain College
>
> On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 4:26 PM, Bob Malbon  wrote:
>
> > Thanks Folks,  This helps - heading to Dead Creek on Sunday.  Regards,
> Bob
> >
> > On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 3:53 PM, Sue <2birdvt AT comcast.net> wrote:
> >
> > > None around 3:00 pm today.
> > > Sue Wetmore
> > >
> > > Sent from my iPod
> > >
> > > > On Nov 15, 2014, at 2:52 PM, Trombulak, Stephen C. <
> > > trombula AT MIDDLEBURY.EDU> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Yes, there were quite a few (more than 100, at least) to the south of
> > the
> > > > Goose Viewing Area at around 1:30.  I was viewing them from the
> Brilyea
> > > > Access Road at the first turn out.
> > > >
> > > > Steve Trombulak
> > > >
> > > >> On 11/15/14, 11:12 AM, "William Adams"  wrote:
> > > >>
> > > >> Any sightings today, Saturday?
> > > >>
> > > >> Will Adams
> > > >> Sent from my iPhone
> > > >>
> > > >>> On Nov 14, 2014, at 7:01 PM, Karan Cutler 
> > > wrote:
> > > >>>
> > > >>> There were tens of hundreds on Thursday, yesterday, and many were
> > only
> > > >>> two
> > > >>> dozen feet from the viewing area.
> > > >>>
> > > >>>> On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 6:57 PM, Bob Malbon 
> > > >>>> wrote:
> > > >>>>
> > > >>>> Folks, have there been any Snow Geese sightings at Dead Creek in
> the
> > > >>>> last
> > > >>>> few days?
> > > >>>> Thanks,
> > > >>>> Bob Malbon
> > > >>>>
> > >
> >
>
Subject: Re: Snow Geese sightings?
From: Michael Blust <blustm AT GREENMTN.EDU>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:55:00 -0500
There were a good number (about 1000 around 3:45 this afternoon, but far
south of the viewing area.

*Michael H. Blust*
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Mexico
Prof. Emer. Green Mountain College

On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 4:26 PM, Bob Malbon  wrote:

> Thanks Folks,  This helps - heading to Dead Creek on Sunday.  Regards, Bob
>
> On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 3:53 PM, Sue <2birdvt AT comcast.net> wrote:
>
> > None around 3:00 pm today.
> > Sue Wetmore
> >
> > Sent from my iPod
> >
> > > On Nov 15, 2014, at 2:52 PM, Trombulak, Stephen C. <
> > trombula AT MIDDLEBURY.EDU> wrote:
> > >
> > > Yes, there were quite a few (more than 100, at least) to the south of
> the
> > > Goose Viewing Area at around 1:30.  I was viewing them from the Brilyea
> > > Access Road at the first turn out.
> > >
> > > Steve Trombulak
> > >
> > >> On 11/15/14, 11:12 AM, "William Adams"  wrote:
> > >>
> > >> Any sightings today, Saturday?
> > >>
> > >> Will Adams
> > >> Sent from my iPhone
> > >>
> > >>> On Nov 14, 2014, at 7:01 PM, Karan Cutler 
> > wrote:
> > >>>
> > >>> There were tens of hundreds on Thursday, yesterday, and many were
> only
> > >>> two
> > >>> dozen feet from the viewing area.
> > >>>
> > >>>> On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 6:57 PM, Bob Malbon 
> > >>>> wrote:
> > >>>>
> > >>>> Folks, have there been any Snow Geese sightings at Dead Creek in the
> > >>>> last
> > >>>> few days?
> > >>>> Thanks,
> > >>>> Bob Malbon
> > >>>>
> >
>
Subject: Re: Snow Geese sightings?
From: Bob Malbon <bobmalbon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:26:00 -0500
Thanks Folks,  This helps - heading to Dead Creek on Sunday.  Regards, Bob

On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 3:53 PM, Sue <2birdvt AT comcast.net> wrote:

> None around 3:00 pm today.
> Sue Wetmore
>
> Sent from my iPod
>
> > On Nov 15, 2014, at 2:52 PM, Trombulak, Stephen C. <
> trombula AT MIDDLEBURY.EDU> wrote:
> >
> > Yes, there were quite a few (more than 100, at least) to the south of the
> > Goose Viewing Area at around 1:30.  I was viewing them from the Brilyea
> > Access Road at the first turn out.
> >
> > Steve Trombulak
> >
> >> On 11/15/14, 11:12 AM, "William Adams"  wrote:
> >>
> >> Any sightings today, Saturday?
> >>
> >> Will Adams
> >> Sent from my iPhone
> >>
> >>> On Nov 14, 2014, at 7:01 PM, Karan Cutler 
> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> There were tens of hundreds on Thursday, yesterday, and many were only
> >>> two
> >>> dozen feet from the viewing area.
> >>>
> >>>> On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 6:57 PM, Bob Malbon 
> >>>> wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>> Folks, have there been any Snow Geese sightings at Dead Creek in the
> >>>> last
> >>>> few days?
> >>>> Thanks,
> >>>> Bob Malbon
> >>>>
>
Subject: Re: Snow Geese sightings?
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 15:53:07 -0500
None around 3:00 pm today.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod

> On Nov 15, 2014, at 2:52 PM, Trombulak, Stephen C.  
wrote: 

> 
> Yes, there were quite a few (more than 100, at least) to the south of the
> Goose Viewing Area at around 1:30.  I was viewing them from the Brilyea
> Access Road at the first turn out.
> 
> Steve Trombulak
> 
>> On 11/15/14, 11:12 AM, "William Adams"  wrote:
>> 
>> Any sightings today, Saturday?
>> 
>> Will Adams
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>>> On Nov 14, 2014, at 7:01 PM, Karan Cutler  wrote:
>>> 
>>> There were tens of hundreds on Thursday, yesterday, and many were only
>>> two
>>> dozen feet from the viewing area.
>>> 
>>>> On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 6:57 PM, Bob Malbon 
>>>> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> Folks, have there been any Snow Geese sightings at Dead Creek in the
>>>> last
>>>> few days?
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Bob Malbon
>>>> 
Subject: Re: Snow Geese sightings?
From: "Trombulak, Stephen C." <trombula AT MIDDLEBURY.EDU>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 19:52:55 +0000
Yes, there were quite a few (more than 100, at least) to the south of the
Goose Viewing Area at around 1:30.  I was viewing them from the Brilyea
Access Road at the first turn out.

Steve Trombulak

On 11/15/14, 11:12 AM, "William Adams"  wrote:

>Any sightings today, Saturday?
>
>Will Adams
>Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Nov 14, 2014, at 7:01 PM, Karan Cutler  wrote:
>> 
>> There were tens of hundreds on Thursday, yesterday, and many were only
>>two
>> dozen feet from the viewing area.
>> 
>>> On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 6:57 PM, Bob Malbon 
>>>wrote:
>>> 
>>> Folks, have there been any Snow Geese sightings at Dead Creek in the
>>>last
>>> few days?
>>> Thanks,
>>> Bob Malbon
>>> 
Subject: Re: Snow Geese sightings?
From: Bob Phillips <bphillips155 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 12:29:57 -0500
On Friday around 2:30 PM there were several hundred way out to the south of
the viewing area.

On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM, William Adams  wrote:

> Any sightings today, Saturday?
>
> Will Adams
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Nov 14, 2014, at 7:01 PM, Karan Cutler  wrote:
> >
> > There were tens of hundreds on Thursday, yesterday, and many were only
> two
> > dozen feet from the viewing area.
> >
> >> On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 6:57 PM, Bob Malbon 
> wrote:
> >>
> >> Folks, have there been any Snow Geese sightings at Dead Creek in the
> last
> >> few days?
> >> Thanks,
> >> Bob Malbon
> >>
>
Subject: Re: Snow Geese sightings?
From: William Adams <wmladams AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:12:55 -0500
Any sightings today, Saturday?

Will Adams
Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 14, 2014, at 7:01 PM, Karan Cutler  wrote:
> 
> There were tens of hundreds on Thursday, yesterday, and many were only two
> dozen feet from the viewing area.
> 
>> On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 6:57 PM, Bob Malbon  wrote:
>> 
>> Folks, have there been any Snow Geese sightings at Dead Creek in the last
>> few days?
>> Thanks,
>> Bob Malbon
>> 
Subject: Tri Town Long-tailed Duck
From: Eric Hynes <erichynes28 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:19:36 -0500
Hello Vermont Birders:

No luck with swans at Potash Bay or Tri Town either but there was a
handsome Long-tailed Duck and several Red-throated Loons in view from Tri
Town.

Good birding,
Eric

.....................
Eric Hynes
Burlington, VT
---------------------
Field Guides Birding Tours
www.fieldguides.com
http://fieldguides.com/guides/eric-hynes
Subject: No swans at Turkey Lane
From: Eric Hynes <erichynes28 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 06:51:08 -0500
As of 0650, no swans in sight at Turkey Lane

Eric Hynes

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Swan Lake
From: "Ian A. Worley" <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 04:36:58 -0500
Congratulations to John!  Such a notable lifetime achievement. ....  And 
what a wonderful story and happy moment for you folks.

By the way, Ron Payne and I were birding together when we discovered the 
swans.  It was Ron who remembered that I might have my iPad in the car 
and that we should get the word out if there it could get enough 
reception.  Barely got it sent with only one bar of reception.

Ian
=====================
On 11/14/2014 8:46 PM, Barbara Brosnan wrote:
> Ian Worley's post of the Tundra Swans arrived on my computer  around 12:30
> today, Friday, and I told John knowing that this was a species he had yet to
> add to his life list.  His response was "I have to go see these birds."  I
> asked why the urgency and he said "Right now I have 599 species on my ABA
> life list."
>
>   
>
> We drove through spitting snow and at 1:10 we arrived at the boat access on
> Turkey Lane.  Sure enough two pure white Tundra Swans were swimming off the
> point just to our north.  They slowly swam out to a shallow reef of rocks
> and began feeding and preening.   We could not see a bright yellow spot but
> we clearly saw the short concave bill and round head and fat cheeks.  Their
> faces were smudged with a rusty yellow color, probably from where they had
> been feeding.   Just as we were turning to leave, the clouds opened just
> enough to send a shaft of bright sunlight to spotlight these two brilliant
> white birds out on the gray water.  Number 600 could not have been more
> memorable.
>
>   
>
> Thank you for everyone who posts their birding finds, and thank you Ian.  We
> never know which of our birds will be special for someone else out there.
>
>   
>
> Barbara Brosnan
>
> Weybridge
Subject: Swan Lake
From: Barbara Brosnan <bbrosnan AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:46:36 -0500
Ian Worley's post of the Tundra Swans arrived on my computer  around 12:30
today, Friday, and I told John knowing that this was a species he had yet to
add to his life list.  His response was "I have to go see these birds."  I
asked why the urgency and he said "Right now I have 599 species on my ABA
life list."

 

We drove through spitting snow and at 1:10 we arrived at the boat access on
Turkey Lane.  Sure enough two pure white Tundra Swans were swimming off the
point just to our north.  They slowly swam out to a shallow reef of rocks
and began feeding and preening.   We could not see a bright yellow spot but
we clearly saw the short concave bill and round head and fat cheeks.  Their
faces were smudged with a rusty yellow color, probably from where they had
been feeding.   Just as we were turning to leave, the clouds opened just
enough to send a shaft of bright sunlight to spotlight these two brilliant
white birds out on the gray water.  Number 600 could not have been more
memorable.

 

Thank you for everyone who posts their birding finds, and thank you Ian.  We
never know which of our birds will be special for someone else out there. 

 

Barbara Brosnan

Weybridge
Subject: Re: Tundra Swans at Turkey Lane Panton
From: Jim Mead <jimmead4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19:38:19 -0500
Hi all,

I went to Turkey Lane in Panton, walked down to the shoreline, looked toward 
the north and did see the Tundra Swans that Ian reported. I saw them at 2:52 
p.m. They were way over on the northern edge of White's Bay. They are adults 
with all black bills. I did some research and found out that only about 10% of 
the Tundra Swan population does not have any yellow on the bill. I watched them 
until they picked up, flew north and out of sight which happened at 3:35 p.m. 
They then returned flying along the shoreline and put down about 100-150 yds 
from Turkey Lane. That was at 3:52 p.m. I left at 3:55 p.m. They seemed pretty 
happy there and had started feeding. I think there is a good chance that they 
"may" stay there this evening and perhaps be there tomorrow morning. Good luck 
to those of you that try to see them. 


Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead
Subject: Re: Snow Geese sightings?
From: Karan Cutler <kdcutler42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19:01:50 -0500
There were tens of hundreds on Thursday, yesterday, and many were only two
dozen feet from the viewing area.

On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 6:57 PM, Bob Malbon  wrote:

> Folks, have there been any Snow Geese sightings at Dead Creek in the last
> few days?
> Thanks,
> Bob Malbon
>
Subject: Snow Geese sightings?
From: Bob Malbon <bobmalbon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:57:46 -0500
Folks, have there been any Snow Geese sightings at Dead Creek in the last
few days?
Thanks,
Bob Malbon
Subject: Tundra Swans at Turkey Lane Panton
From: Ian Almer Worley <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:32:48 -0500
There are two Tundra Swans north of Turkey Lane just now.

Ian


















".............
> The polar vortex brought a Purple Sandpiper to a  private beach in Grand
> Isle.
> With both a Snowy Owl and a Glaucous Gull across  Lake Champlain in NY,
> there may be more arctic visitors wandering around the  shoreline.
>
> Four Piper Photos  at:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/25681757 AT N00/15785547002/
>
> Dave Hoag,  Grand Isle
>
Subject: Lake Runnemeade
From: Susan Hindinger <shindinger AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 06:35:36 -0500
Yesterday morning, Lake Runnemeade was glassy and quiet. I observed, on the
water, 4 bufflehead, 2 grebes (I think pied-billed, but didn't have a scope
to confirm), 4 black ducks, 1 ring-billed duck. Two kingfishers were
chasing each other and chattering, matching each other's acrobatics like
they were performing with the blue angels. Along the water's edge, there
were 3 American Tree Sparrows, 2 Blue Jays, a White-breasted Nuthatch,
numerous chickadees and goldfinches, and overhead, dozens of crows.

-- 
Susan Hindinger
Associate Director
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
P.O. Box 420, Norwich, VT 05055
802-649-1431 x 103
Subject: Purple Sandpiper / Grand Isle
From: David Hoag <SR71BLBRD AT AOL.COM>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:36:42 -0500
The polar vortex brought a Purple Sandpiper to a  private beach in Grand 
Isle.
With both a Snowy Owl and a Glaucous Gull across  Lake Champlain in NY,
there may be more arctic visitors wandering around the  shoreline.

Four Piper Photos  at:                     
https://www.flickr.com/photos/25681757 AT N00/15785547002/

Dave Hoag,  Grand Isle  
Subject: new eBird tool
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:55:37 -0500
We've got a new Vermont eBird tool that is pretty cool. It is called eBird
Targets. It is a new tool that creates a prioritized list of county, state,
or life birds that you can expect to find in a region. Enter a region,
range of months, and then select the list you’d like to compare. eBird
compares your selected list against the full species list for the selected
region and months, creating a target species list that can be sorted
taxonomically or by frequency (the percentage of checklists that have
reported the species).

Read more about it at

http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/introducing-ebird-targets-explore-the-possibilities/ 


Enjoy,

Kent
____________________________

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

[image: VCE Logo] 
  


Subject: Re: VTBIRD Digest - 11 Nov 2014 to 12 Nov 2014 (#2014-310)
From: John Snell <jrsnelljr AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:04:10 -0500
Thanks! May well have been a Winter Wren but not sure now. Definitely not a 
Carolina. 


John

On Nov 13, 2014, at 12:03 AM, Will Raup  wrote:

> RE: House Wren in Montpelier
> This is extremely late for a House Wren, Was Carolina or Winter Wren ruled 
out? Both are much more likely this time of year than House Wren. 

> Good Birding!
> Will RaupAlbany, NY> Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:30 -0500
>> From: LISTSERV AT list.uvm.edu
>> Subject: VTBIRD Digest - 11 Nov 2014 to 12 Nov 2014 (#2014-310)
>> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
>> 
>> There are 2 messages totaling 38 lines in this issue.
>> 
>> Topics of the day:
>> 
>>  1. American Coot
>>  2. House Wren in Montpelier
>> 
>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>> 
>> Date:    Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:24:59 +0000
>> From:    b flewelling 
>> Subject: American Coot
>> 
>> An American Coot was feeding in the shallows along the Brilyea access road 
yesterday about 11:30. 

>> 
>> Bruce Flewelling 
>> 
>> ------------------------------
>> 
>> Date:    Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:51:13 -0500
>> From:    John Snell 
>> Subject: House Wren in Montpelier
>> 
>> A delight to be scolded by a House Wren this morning. As I watched it work 
its way through a Tamarack tree, it stopped at an abandoned nest and spent a 
full minute working it over—perhaps more insects there? 

>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Still learning to see,
>> 
>> John Snell
>> 
>> 
>> http://www.eyeimagein.com
>> http://www.stilllearningtosee.com
>> 
>> ------------------------------
>> 
>> End of VTBIRD Digest - 11 Nov 2014 to 12 Nov 2014 (#2014-310)
>> *************************************************************
> 		 	   		  
Subject: Pelots Point, North Hero
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 04:04:51 -0500
Highlights of my visit on Wednesday November 12  to Pelots Point  in North
Hero were:

 

A Little Gull

6 White Winged Scoters

8 Red-breasted Mergansers

 

 

The complete list: 

 

Pelots Point Road, barn silo, North Hero, VT, Grand Isle, US-VT Nov 12, 2014
9:15 AM - 9:48 AM

Protocol: Stationary

11 species (+2 other taxa)

 

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  3

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  5

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca)  6     Continuing.

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 8

Common Loon (Gavia immer)  

 Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)  1

Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)  5     Estimate

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus)  1     Small, tern- like gull. Flying in
the distance. Like a Bonapartes, but no leading white edge to wings. White
upper wing, Dark under wing. Observed for several minutes as it flew South
in the distance.

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1

Larus sp. (Larus sp.)  1     Herring or Ring-Billed

gull sp. (Larinae sp.)  25

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1

 

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20533998

 

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

 

 

Michele Patenaude

172 Woodbury Road

Burlington, VT 05408

802-862-4085

 
Subject: Re: VTBIRD Digest - 11 Nov 2014 to 12 Nov 2014 (#2014-310)
From: Will Raup <hoaryredpoll AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:03:08 -0500
RE: House Wren in Montpelier
This is extremely late for a House Wren, Was Carolina or Winter Wren ruled out? 
Both are much more likely this time of year than House Wren. 

Good Birding!
Will RaupAlbany, NY> Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:30 -0500
> From: LISTSERV AT list.uvm.edu
> Subject: VTBIRD Digest - 11 Nov 2014 to 12 Nov 2014 (#2014-310)
> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
> 
> There are 2 messages totaling 38 lines in this issue.
> 
> Topics of the day:
> 
>   1. American Coot
>   2. House Wren in Montpelier
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:24:59 +0000
> From:    b flewelling 
> Subject: American Coot
> 
> An American Coot was feeding in the shallows along the Brilyea access road 
yesterday about 11:30. 

> 
> Bruce Flewelling 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:51:13 -0500
> From:    John Snell 
> Subject: House Wren in Montpelier
> 
> A delight to be scolded by a House Wren this morning. As I watched it work 
its way through a Tamarack tree, it stopped at an abandoned nest and spent a 
full minute working it over—perhaps more insects there? 

> 
> 
> 
> 
> Still learning to see,
> 
> John Snell
> 
> 
> http://www.eyeimagein.com
> http://www.stilllearningtosee.com
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> End of VTBIRD Digest - 11 Nov 2014 to 12 Nov 2014 (#2014-310)
> *************************************************************
 		 	   		  
Subject: House Wren in Montpelier
From: John Snell <jrsnelljr AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:51:13 -0500
A delight to be scolded by a House Wren this morning. As I watched it work its 
way through a Tamarack tree, it stopped at an abandoned nest and spent a full 
minute working it over—perhaps more insects there? 





Still learning to see,

John Snell


http://www.eyeimagein.com
http://www.stilllearningtosee.com
Subject: American Coot
From: b flewelling <bflewelling3263 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:24:59 +0000
An American Coot was feeding in the shallows along the Brilyea access road 
yesterday about 11:30.  


Bruce Flewelling 
Subject: Owls heard from backyard , southern end of Snake Mt., Cornwall
From: "Ian A. Worley" <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:00:25 -0500
On this mild, still evening, four different owls spoke in the darkness 
.... readily heard from our backyard on the flanks of Snake Mountain in 
Cornwall.  Coyotes commented also, up on the ridge.

Great-horned Owl.  Continuous repeats of hoot song from 5:13-5:29pm.

Barred Owl.  Several emphatic hooawww calls from 6:05-6:14pm.

Northern Saw-whet Owl.  Two ksew calls; quite close to the house. 8:24pm.

Eastern Screech Owl.  Whinny calls from 8:39-8:44pm.

Ian
Subject: Half Moon ovenbird
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:06:54 -0500
Here's the complete list from today.
Sue E and Sue W

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Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: November 11, 2014 at 4:04:34 PM EST
> To: 2birdvt AT comcast.net
> Subject: eBird Report - Half Moon Pond - Hubbardton (23 acres), Nov 11, 2014
> 
> Half Moon Pond - Hubbardton (23 acres), Rutland, US-VT
> Nov 11, 2014 11:20 AM - 12:45 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> 21 species
> 
> Common Goldeneye  35
> Hooded Merganser  5
> Red-tailed Hawk  1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Blue Jay  4
> American Crow  2
> Common Raven  1
> Black-capped Chickadee  20
> Tufted Titmouse  2
> Red-breasted Nuthatch  7
> White-breasted Nuthatch  2
> Brown Creeper  2     singing!
> Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 small, greenish with wing bar; partial eye ring giving 
it a surprised look; no markings on head 

> American Robin  1
> Ovenbird 1 photo by Sue Wetmore; small (smaller than thrush); speckled breast 
against clean white; olive-brown above; white eye ring prominent; trail raised; 
walking up branch in typical Ovenbird manner 

> Dark-eyed Junco  1
> Northern Cardinal  3
> Pine Siskin  1
> American Goldfinch  9
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20516604 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
Subject: shrike
From: Sue Wetmore <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:47:35 +0000
Today Sue Elliott and I explored L. Bomoseen and Half Moon State Park. The most 
interesting finds were a NORTHERN SHRIKE flying by at the golf course on 
Bomoseen.Waterfowl included c. loon, pied-billed and horned grebes, black 
scoters, hoodies, mallards. We hiked into Half Moon where chickadees and both 
nutchatches abounded. C. Goldeneye and hoodies on the pond. The most unusual 
find was an OVENBIRD. 

Great day to be out. 
  
Sue Wetmore 
Subject: Hooded Mergansers
From: Martha Pfeiffer <kmpfeiffer AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:38:37 -0800
Ten Adult females and juveniles along with two beautiful male Mallards enjoying 
Equinox Pond in Manchester today. 

 
  Martha Pfeiffer
   Dorset
Subject: Golden Eagle over Williston
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus AT SURFGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:35:10 -0500
At about 12:45 this afternoon, I was driving east on Route 2 leaving Williston. 
I’d just passed the intersection with Oak Hill Road when I saw a large bird far 
ahead, to my left. A superficial glance showed me unusual size with slow wing 
beats, and I automatically thought Great Blue Heron – but a split second later 
I realized that the shape was all wrong. The bird crossed Route 2 ahead of me 
and flew over a farm field. It was huge, and its head was much lighter than the 
body. I said aloud “eagle!” and then realized that the head was definitely not 
white but rather goldy tan in the bright sunlight. I made a quick right turn 
into a little unnamed dirt road that dead-ends at the interstate. From the 
stopped car, I could see a uniformly warm blond head and nape, with the rest of 
the body very dark brown. The tail stuck out from the body much farther than 
the rather small head. I watched the bird again cross in front of me, go over 
the interstate, and go out of sight heading south. (I had only a few seconds, 
so I didn’t even try to dig out my “car binocs”.) 


Maeve Kim
Jericho Center
Subject: White dove
From: Gloria Moses <ggm1957 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:01:40 -0500
Does anyone know who has white doves in the Island Pond area?  
Gloria 		 	   		  
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk and Northern Shrike
From: Roy Pilcher <shamwarivt AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:34:29 -0500
Observed a dark morph Rough-legged Hawk being harassed by a Common Raven and a 
Northern Shrike taking advantage of a hedge row to undertake foraging forays 
for ground prey at East Creek WMA, Orwell. 


Also, a single Sanderling, 4 Pectoral Sandpipers, a Killdeer and a Greater 
Yellowlegs observed at Shelburne Bay along with the Bonaparte's Gulls. 



Cheers, Roy Pilcher



Subject: Re: Sanderling still at Shelburne Bay
From: Jim Mead <jimmead4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 16:27:27 -0500
Hi all,

I went to Shelburne Bay this afternoon. I immediately joined 3 birders who were 
already there. Chris Rimmer, Chip Wright and Jo. Chris was kind enough to point 
out to me (much appreciated), the exact locations of the following 6 species of 
shorebirds: 


Killdeer- 1
Greater Yellowlegs- 2 (one of them had an injured left leg)
Sanderling- 1
White-rumped Sandpiper- 3
Pectoral Sandpiper- 3
Wilson's Snipe- 2

It's also that time of year to be on the lookout for Red Phalarope and Purple 
Sandpiper!!! 


Chris had to leave but Chip, Jo and myself had a nice walk around the LaPlatte 
River Marsh Trail. It was pretty quiet in there but we did see a nice Barred 
Owl flying from one tree to another. 


Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead

Sent from my iPad

> On Nov 10, 2014, at 9:59 AM, UVM  wrote:
> 
> At Shelburne Bay this morning:
> 
> 1 Sanderling
> 1 Pectoral Sandpiper
> 2 Greater Yellowlegs
> 1 Killdeer
> 100-200 Bonaparte's Gulls
> 
> Scott Morrical  
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Bicknell's Thrush: Conserving a Bird of Two Worlds-a GMAS program
From: Bruce MacPherson <bmacphe AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:23:04 -0500
Bicknell's Thrush: Conserving a Bird of Two Worlds

Speaker: Chris Rimmer, Executive Director, Vermont Center for Ecostudies
Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Time: 6:30 P.M.
Location: Richmond Free Library, Bridge St., Richmond, VT
Sponsor: Green Mountain Audubon Society

Breeding on northern New England's mountaintops and wintering in Hispaniola, 
Bicknell's Thrush is a rare bird threatened by climate change, acid rain, and 
human encroachment on its habitat. For the past 20 years Chris Rimmer has 
spearheaded conservation work in both Vermont and the Caribbean to protect the 
habitat of this iconic bird of two worlds. Join us to learn more about VCE's 
efforts to conserve this embattled songbird and the challenges that we will 
confront in the future.

This program is free and open to the public. Free parking is available on site. 

For more information send an email to gmas AT greenmountainaudubon.org or visit 
the GMAS website at 

http://greenmountainaudubon.org .

Hope to see you there.

Bruce MacPherson on behalf of the GMAS

Subject: Sanderling still at Shelburne Bay
From: UVM <smorrica AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:59:45 -0500
At Shelburne Bay this morning:

1 Sanderling
1 Pectoral Sandpiper
2 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Killdeer
100-200 Bonaparte's Gulls

Scott Morrical  

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