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Lesser Roadrunner,©Dan Lane

19 Oct CBC dates? [Eric Cannizzaro ]
19 Oct Missisquoi shorebirds questions [Eric Hynes ]
19 Oct Bob Spear 1920-2014 [E Talmage ]
18 Oct Re: Shelburne Bay [Patti Haynes ]
18 Oct Shelburne Bay [Michele Patenaude ]
18 Oct The Snow Goose Scoop [Bryan Pfeiffer ]
18 Oct parking and scoping at Shipyard Road/Dead Creek [Liz Lackey ]
18 Oct Vernon pipits, warblers, lapspur, etc ["hg2 AT myfairpoint.net" ]
18 Oct Who cooks for you? [Ruth ]
17 Oct Re: Night hawk migration [Jean Harrison ]
17 Oct Re: Orange-crowned and Nashville warbler ["Nancy A. Brown" ]
17 Oct Re: Orange-crowned and Nashville warbler [Fred and Chris Pratt ]
17 Oct dickcissel- Maple St, Brandon, Oct 17, 2014 [Sue Wetmore ]
17 Oct Fw: eBird Report - Catamount Family Center, Oct 17, 2014 [Carl Runge ]
17 Oct Rarity!!!! [Sue ]
16 Oct Orange-crowned and Nashville warbler [Chris Rimmer ]
16 Oct juncos [Ruth ]
16 Oct Carolina Wren [Veer Frost ]
15 Oct Phoebe, ladybugs, harrier, white-crowned sparrow [Walter Medwid ]
15 Oct Re: Night hawk migration [Liz Lackey ]
15 Oct Night hawk migration [Liz Lackey ]
15 Oct Important upgrades in the eBird submission process [Kent McFarland ]
15 Oct Brown Booby, Grand Isle, Oct 15 [David Hoag ]
15 Oct Vesper sparrow at Brattleboro ["hg2 AT myfairpoint.net" ]
14 Oct snow geese, Addison Goose Viewing Area [Karan Cutler ]
14 Oct Bomoseen State Park 13 October [Marvin Elliott ]
13 Oct Re: Orange-crowned Warbler [Jean Harrison ]
13 Oct Re: VTBIRD Digest - 10 Oct 2014 to 11 Oct 2014 (#2014-281) [Blake Allison ]
13 Oct Monthly Missisquoi NWR Bird Monitoring Walk [Ken Copenhaver ]
13 Oct Re: Orange-crowned Warbler [Sue ]
13 Oct Re: Orange-crowned Warbler [Jean Harrison ]
13 Oct Kinglets [Sue ]
13 Oct Evening grosbeaks [Sue ]
13 Oct Eurasian Wigeon? [Maeve Kim ]
13 Oct Orange-crowned Warbler [b flewelling ]
13 Oct Rough-legged Hawk, Randolph [Clifford Seifer ]
13 Oct UNSUBSCRIBE [Mundi Smithers ]
13 Oct Grosbeaks [Sue ]
12 Oct unsubscribe [Ruth ]
12 Oct American Avocet in Highgate [Jim Mead ]
12 Oct Red Crossbill [Michele Patenaude ]
12 Oct first-of-fall juncos back [Veer Frost ]
12 Oct Juncos [Marcia Baker ]
12 Oct Tree sparrow [Sue ]
12 Oct Re: EABLs in the birdbath [Janet Warren ]
11 Oct Whiney Creek WMA [Gary Chapin ]
11 Oct Cackling Goose in Burlington [Jim Mead ]
11 Oct EABLs in the birdbath [Jane Stein ]
11 Oct Chickadees [Sue ]
11 Oct Re: Lake Champlain Birds are on the move [Alison Wagner ]
11 Oct Ruddy Ducks - Lake Bomoseen [Susan Elliott ]
11 Oct Fw: eBird Report - Merck Forest and Farmland, Rupert VT, Oct 11, 2014 [Martha Pfeiffer ]
11 Oct Lake Champlain Birds are on the move [Jim Mead ]
10 Oct Re: Ruddy Duck in Shelburne [Roy Pilcher ]
10 Oct palm warbler-Hollow Rd., Brandon, Oct 10, 2014 [Sue Wetmore ]
10 Oct Sharp shinned hawk [Sue ]
10 Oct Union St warblers [Sue ]
10 Oct Re: Merlin [Ruth ]
10 Oct Hawk [Sue ]
10 Oct Recommendations for a bird book for the Bahamas [Graham Bates ]
10 Oct Ruddy Duck in Shelburne [Jim Mead ]
9 Oct Merlin [Sue ]
8 Oct Fox Sparrow, etc. Emily Proctor Trail [David Hof ]
8 Oct Sparrows [Sue ]
8 Oct Orange-crowned Warbler in WRJ [Chris Rimmer ]
7 Oct Re: Birder meets Hunter [Ruth ]
6 Oct Re: Birder meets Hunter [Jean Harrison ]
6 Oct [SPAM?:###] Re: [VTBIRD] Birder meets Hunter [Mundi Smithers ]
6 Oct Re: Birder meets Hunter [Mona Bearor ]
6 Oct Birder meets Hunter [Alison Wagner ]
6 Oct Re: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon : lecture with Joel Greenberg on October 8 [Bruce MacPherson ]
6 Oct The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon : lecture with Joel Greenberg on October 8 [E Talmage ]
6 Oct FW: Kirby Vermont, Pipits, Bluebirds [tfberriman ]
6 Oct OCAS Monthly Wildlife Walk [Ron Payne ]
6 Oct Re: Grackle Gang , Oct 4, 2014 [Ruth ]
6 Oct Re: Grackle Gang , Oct 4, 2014 [Pamela Coleman ]

Subject: CBC dates?
From: Eric Cannizzaro <oporornis.p AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:02:06 -0700
Hi,

I'm wondering if the CBC dates for this year have been decided/ compiled,
and where to find them.

Thanks,

Eric Cannizzaro
Subject: Missisquoi shorebirds questions
From: Eric Hynes <erichynes28 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:39:37 -0400
Hello Vermont Birders:

First and foremost, I would love to see a post(s) about any efforts today
to locate the regionally rare shorebirds previously reported up at the
mouth of the Missisquoi River.

I've got several questions about birding the Dead Creek Outlet.

It seems this shorebirding hotspot can best be viewed from Shipyard Road.
My questions are:

1. Is there a canoe access point off Shipyard Road?
2. If no to question 1, where is the best place to launch a canoe to try
for the Hudwit, etc?
3. I finally have a free morning tomorrow and intend to head up there early
with my canoe and return no later than noon. A second (or third I suppose)
able-bodied birder in the canoe would be welcomed. If you are interested in
joining me (leave Burlington at 0600ish), please reply to this email
directly to me (OFF the listserv).

Thanks so much,
Eric

.....................
Eric Hynes
Burlington, VT
---------------------
Field Guides Birding Tours
www.fieldguides.com
http://fieldguides.com/guides/eric-hynes
Subject: Bob Spear 1920-2014
From: E Talmage <bovm_erin AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:33:01 -0400
We are saddened to announce that Bob Spear, friend, teacher, carver,
naturalist, father, partner, and so much more, passed away on Sunday,
October 19, 2014, surrounded by family and friends.

We at the Birds of Vermont Museum extend our deep condolences to everyone
who knew him. We are and always will be grateful for all Bob shared with
us: his passion for birds, his gift with wood, his constancy, persistence,
dry humor, and deep knowledge.

We will pass on information about further arrangements when we learn of
them.

You are welcome to call or write to us; we will pass messages to his family
as well. Please stay in touch.

*Erin Talmage*, Executive Director
*Shirley Johnson*, Board of Trustees Chair
and the Museum Staff and Board members

Birds of Vermont Museum
900 Sherman Hollow Road
Huntington, VT 05462
802-434-2167
www.birdsofvermont.org
Subject: Re: Shelburne Bay
From: Patti Haynes <patti.haynes AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:36:08 -0400
So, in your opinion, what was your 'best' sighting?
I'd go with the Murin ;)

On Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 4:33 PM, Michele Patenaude 
wrote:

> A Semipalmated Plover, 19 Pectoral Sandpipers, about 20 Greater
> Yellowlegs, a Ruddy Duck, and Ted Murin were highlights of a wet afternoon
> at Shelburne Bay.
>
> Michele Patenaude
> 172 Woodbury Road
> Burlington, VT 05408
> 802-862-4085
>
Subject: Shelburne Bay
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:33:25 -0400
A Semipalmated Plover, 19 Pectoral Sandpipers, about 20 Greater Yellowlegs, a 
Ruddy Duck, and Ted Murin were highlights of a wet afternoon at Shelburne Bay. 


Michele Patenaude 
172 Woodbury Road
Burlington, VT 05408
802-862-4085
Subject: The Snow Goose Scoop
From: Bryan Pfeiffer <bryan AT BRYANPFEIFFER.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:01:00 -0400
Greetings, VTBIRDers:

Meeting all your Greater Snow Goose needs since, well, at least since 2014:
http://bryanpfeiffer.com/the-snow-goose-scoop/

Best,
Bryan Pfeiffer
-- 
bryan AT bryanpfeiffer.com
http://www.bryanpfeiffer.com
Subject: parking and scoping at Shipyard Road/Dead Creek
From: Liz Lackey <lackeytomliz AT PWSHIFT.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:17:59 -0400
Is it obvious where to park and scope for birds in the Dead Creek area from 
along Shipyard Rd in Highgate? May try to make it up there. 

Thanks,
Liz Lackey
Stowe, VT
Subject: Vernon pipits, warblers, lapspur, etc
From: "hg2 AT myfairpoint.net" <hg2@MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:02:57 -0400
This morning at Vernon there were 150 pipits in a flock with one calling 
lapspur flying with them. Also seen were a late yellow warbler, an equally late 
Wilson's, about 30 myrtles, one common yellowthroat, 15-20 eastern palms, a 
couple of catbirds, and a host of song, white-throated, white-crowned, savanna, 
and Lincoln's sparrows. Also around we're about 15 purple finches, an r-c 
kinglet. 


Hector Galbraith, PhD
National Wildlife Federation
802 258 4836
802 222 1916 (cell)
Subject: Who cooks for you?
From: Ruth <birder_rws AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:15:44 -0400
> Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:11:08 -0400
> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> To: birder_rws AT hotmail.com
> Subject: eBird Report - My yard birds, Oct 17, 2014
> 
> My yard birds, Bennington, US-VT
> Oct 17, 2014 6:00 PM
> Protocol: Incidental
> 1 species
> 
> Barred Owl  1     hooting behind house
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20263840 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Night hawk migration
From: Jean Harrison <seajean AT CRUZIO.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:21:33 -0700
Awesome.  Thanks, Liz.  Jean Harrison
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Liz Lackey" 
To: 
Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:23 PM
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Night hawk migration


> Here is the cut and paste version of the link to watch the nighthawk 
> flight.
>
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVAgKjc39u4
>
> Liz Lackey
> On Oct 15, 2014, at 10:49 AM, Liz Lackey  wrote:
>
>> I have yet to witness the Nighthawk migration in Vermont.  Stowe just 
>> doesn’t seem to be on their route.  However, if you want to watch a video 
>> of their migration, check out the footage of this year’s passage of these 
>> birds over the Florida Keys Hawk Watch.
>> They recorded 4275 birds on Sept. 10.
>> Enjoy.
>> Liz Lackey
>>
>> 4275 Nighthawks! | Florida Keys Hawkwatch
>
>
> -----
> No virus found in this message.
> Checked by AVG - www.avg.com
> Version: 2015.0.5315 / Virus Database: 4181/8393 - Release Date: 10/15/14
> 
Subject: Re: Orange-crowned and Nashville warbler
From: "Nancy A. Brown" <whites AT VERMONTEL.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:58:31 -0400
Okay now it is more than a fluke! The Orange -crowned  I saw was right after 
looking at a Nashville.   Is it just because both are late migrants.  Or 
birds stick together, everywhere I find Chickadees calling there has been 
warblers with them.  Nancy at Danby, VT

--------------------------------------------------
From: "Fred and Chris Pratt" 
Sent: Friday, October 17, 2014 4:01 PM
To: 
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Orange-crowned and Nashville warbler

> Interesting. Twice this fall Team Pipit found late Nashville Warblers and
> twice suspected an Orange-crowned was also present. In both cases, we did
> not see the bird well enough to rule out Tennessee. Also, as you know, 
> some
> Orange-crowneds are devilishly similar to Nashvilles, showing broken 
> rather
> than complete eye circles. On one occasion I concluded that I had probably
> seen two Nashvilles.
>
> Pipit
>
> On Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM, Chris Rimmer 
> wrote:
>
>> For a second time this month, today I found an Orange-crowned and
>> Nashville warbler foraging together.  They were in second growth scrub
>> behind the Norwich Racquet Club, off Rt. 5 near Fogg's Hardware.  I first
>> saw the Nashville, then the Orange-crowned, and I watched both forage 
>> side
>> by side in the same willow for ~2 minutes. It's likely pure coincidence
>> that the only two Orange-crowneds I've seen this fall were associating
>> closely with Nashvilles, but it has been striking both times.
>>
>> Highlights of birds seen here and around the Coop gardens:
>>
>> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
>> Blue-headed Vireo  1
>> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
>> American Robin  8
>> Orange-crowned Warbler  1
>> Nashville Warbler  1
>> Palm Warbler (Yellow)  2
>> Chipping Sparrow  6
>> Song Sparrow  8
>> Lincoln's Sparrow  1
>> White-throated Sparrow  8
>> White-crowned Sparrow  1
>> Pine Siskin  2     calling in flight
>>
>> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
>> checklist?subID=S20252635
>>
>> --
>> Chris Rimmer
>> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
>> P.O. Box 420
>> Norwich, VT 05055
>> 802-649-1431 ext. 1
>> www.vtecostudies.org
>>
> 
Subject: Re: Orange-crowned and Nashville warbler
From: Fred and Chris Pratt <pipit AT WCVT.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:01:02 -0400
Interesting. Twice this fall Team Pipit found late Nashville Warblers and
twice suspected an Orange-crowned was also present. In both cases, we did
not see the bird well enough to rule out Tennessee. Also, as you know, some
Orange-crowneds are devilishly similar to Nashvilles, showing broken rather
than complete eye circles. On one occasion I concluded that I had probably
seen two Nashvilles.

Pipit

On Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM, Chris Rimmer 
wrote:

> For a second time this month, today I found an Orange-crowned and
> Nashville warbler foraging together.  They were in second growth scrub
> behind the Norwich Racquet Club, off Rt. 5 near Fogg's Hardware.  I first
> saw the Nashville, then the Orange-crowned, and I watched both forage side
> by side in the same willow for ~2 minutes. It's likely pure coincidence
> that the only two Orange-crowneds I've seen this fall were associating
> closely with Nashvilles, but it has been striking both times.
>
> Highlights of birds seen here and around the Coop gardens:
>
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
> Blue-headed Vireo  1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
> American Robin  8
> Orange-crowned Warbler  1
> Nashville Warbler  1
> Palm Warbler (Yellow)  2
> Chipping Sparrow  6
> Song Sparrow  8
> Lincoln's Sparrow  1
> White-throated Sparrow  8
> White-crowned Sparrow  1
> Pine Siskin  2     calling in flight
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
> checklist?subID=S20252635
>
> --
> Chris Rimmer
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> P.O. Box 420
> Norwich, VT 05055
> 802-649-1431 ext. 1
> www.vtecostudies.org
>
Subject: dickcissel- Maple St, Brandon, Oct 17, 2014
From: Sue Wetmore <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:08:26 +0000
This is the second time a DICKCISSEL has visited our yard. Last time was 
several years ago during the first week in December. 

Observed two blue jays engage in a real combat---both on the ground with much 
wing flapping and scuffling. No doubt over some peanuts. 

  
Sue Wetmore 

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

From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu 
To: 2birdvt AT comcast.net 
Sent: Friday, October 17, 2014 1:04:06 PM 
Subject: eBird Report - Maple St, Brandon, Oct 17, 2014 

Maple St, Brandon, Rutland, US-VT 
Oct 17, 2014 9:38 AM - 12:38 PM 
Protocol: Stationary 
14 species 

Mourning Dove  5 
Downy Woodpecker  1 
Pileated Woodpecker  1 
Blue Jay  4 
Black-capped Chickadee  3 
Tufted Titmouse  2 
White-breasted Nuthatch  2 
Carolina Wren  1 
White-throated Sparrow  3 
White-crowned Sparrow (Eastern)  1 
Northern Cardinal  1 
Dickcissel  1     bird first heard calling a buzzy"zeet" note, landed 
briefly on the feeder and appeared to be either a female or imm. 

Purple Finch  5 
American Goldfinch  1 

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20257117 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Catamount Family Center, Oct 17, 2014
From: Carl Runge <cfrun2 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:47:07 +0000
A good morning at Catamount for 16 folks from GMAS.  The south wind seemed to 
be holding back the migrants for a while.  Lots of kinglets and yellow-rumps, 
a nice collection of raptors, and the first Buffleheads recorded at this 
location. 

Carl


 On Friday, October 17, 2014 12:33 PM, "ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu" 
 wrote: 

   

 Catamount Family Center, Chittenden, US-VT
Oct 17, 2014 7:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:    60F cloudy south wind
38 species

Canada Goose  35
Mallard  1
Bufflehead  3    First record this locale
Hooded Merganser  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Northern Harrier  3
Sharp-shinned Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  12
Black-capped Chickadee  15
Tufted Titmouse  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  16    Common: undercounted
Eastern Bluebird  8
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  25    Abundant: undercounted
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  17
Yellow-rumped Warbler  25    Abundant: under counted
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  5
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  35    Abundant: undercounted
White-crowned Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  4
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  25
House Finch  3
Purple Finch  1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20256813 


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



Subject: Rarity!!!!
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:40:57 -0400
Dickcissel just blew thru my yard!!! I heard this weird buzz call and had a 
brief visual of the bird and then it left. The call note was the buzzy zeet . 
Second time for this species. 


Sent from my iPod
Subject: Orange-crowned and Nashville warbler
From: Chris Rimmer <crimmer AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:34:35 -0400
For a second time this month, today I found an Orange-crowned and 
Nashville warbler foraging together.  They were in second growth scrub 
behind the Norwich Racquet Club, off Rt. 5 near Fogg's Hardware.  I 
first saw the Nashville, then the Orange-crowned, and I watched both 
forage side by side in the same willow for ~2 minutes. It's likely pure 
coincidence that the only two Orange-crowneds I've seen this fall were 
associating closely with Nashvilles, but it has been striking both times.

Highlights of birds seen here and around the Coop gardens:

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  8
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler  1
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  2
Chipping Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  8
Lincoln's Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  8
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Pine Siskin  2     calling in flight

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20252635

-- 
Chris Rimmer
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
P.O. Box 420
Norwich, VT 05055
802-649-1431 ext. 1
www.vtecostudies.org
Subject: juncos
From: Ruth <birder_rws AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:43:08 -0400
Have come, white-thr sparrows have gone.... but the grackles have not.  

Ruth Stewart

E. Dorset, VT
 		 	   		  
Subject: Carolina Wren
From: Veer Frost <v_t_frost AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:49:55 -0700
Singing right now in light, warm rain!




____________________________________
Veer Frost, Passumpsic (NEK)
Subject: Phoebe, ladybugs, harrier, white-crowned sparrow
From: Walter Medwid <wmedwid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:38:19 -0400
The near 80 degree temperatures have brought hundreds of ladybugs out of
the siding's cracks and crevices. A phoebe has been working the sides of
the house in search of the easy meals. One bird broke into its spring call
note for about a minute. A female harrier cruised by very closely. It
looked very big that close up. White crowned sparrows are enjoying the
winter rye seeds  I planted in the garden. Peepers are calling from their
hibernation locations in the woodlands. From the border....Derby/Lake
Memphremagog.
Subject: Re: Night hawk migration
From: Liz Lackey <lackeytomliz AT PWSHIFT.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:23:08 -0400
Here is the cut and paste version of the link to watch the nighthawk flight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVAgKjc39u4

Liz Lackey
On Oct 15, 2014, at 10:49 AM, Liz Lackey  wrote:

> I have yet to witness the Nighthawk migration in Vermont. Stowe just doesn’t 
seem to be on their route. However, if you want to watch a video of their 
migration, check out the footage of this year’s passage of these birds over the 
Florida Keys Hawk Watch. 

> They recorded 4275 birds on Sept. 10.
> Enjoy.
> Liz Lackey
> 
> 4275 Nighthawks! | Florida Keys Hawkwatch
Subject: Night hawk migration
From: Liz Lackey <lackeytomliz AT PWSHIFT.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:49:53 -0400
I have yet to witness the Nighthawk migration in Vermont. Stowe just doesn’t 
seem to be on their route. However, if you want to watch a video of their 
migration, check out the footage of this year’s passage of these birds over the 
Florida Keys Hawk Watch. 

They recorded 4275 birds on Sept. 10.
Enjoy.
Liz Lackey

4275 Nighthawks! | Florida Keys Hawkwatch
Subject: Important upgrades in the eBird submission process
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:27:57 -0400
Hi Birders,

We wanted to alert all of you to some changes that have been made on eBird
in the data submission process. You might have noticed recently three
changes in the eBird submission process.

(a) There is now a "historical" category added to the list of types of
observations.  It is for observations for which effort measures are not
available.  This is for use by birders putting into eBird their records
from years before there was eBird, and often those effort measures (number
of observers, duration, distance, and/or area) were not documented in those
days.  Providing the "historical" category simplifies eBird data for its
major analytical purposes.

(b) When you select "incidental" as your type of observation, eBird
automatically selects “No” for the question about "complete checklists".
Thus you no longer can have a checklist that is both "incidental" and
"complete".  This resolves a common misunderstanding about what an
"incidental" checklist is.

(c) And, if you submit a checklist with only one species and select "Yes"
for the question"Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you
were able to identify?" a big red box appears and asks you if it really is
a complete checklist.

The big red box question states:

"You have reported fewer than five taxa on a complete checklist of birds.
Answering 'yes' to 'Are you reporting all species?' implies that an effort
was made to record all species present, not just highlight species. Please
confirm that you understand this question or change it to 'no' if it was
not an effort to record all species present."

{The reference to five taxa is a typo and will soon be changed to say "one
species"}

The "complete checklist" question is very important in the application of
eBird records in many analyses and applications of the data.  For example,
any questions about which birds are common and which rare requires that
there is an effort to record all species detectable. It extends to all
checklists, not just those with a single species.

The lists of species are based on the observer putting in some effort to
record all species that they were able to identify by sight and/or sound.
 "Identify" means to name the species, or use a category such as
Lesser/Greater Scaup, Larus sp., dabbling duck, etc. as provided by eBird.

However, eBird has discovered that the Yes/No question was widely
misunderstood and incorrectly answered.  For example, they discovered that
tens of thousands of checklists recorded as "complete" for a Snowy Owl, or
other charismatic uncommon species, contained only that one species and
none of the other surrounding birds ... even if other species were in
photographs submitted.  This really made a mess of the data and rendered
them generally unusable for the basic eBird analyses.

Thus, to answer "Yes, this is a complete checklist" you should have "made
an effort to record all species present." In practice this means to record
all the birds you were able to detect by the common methods used by the
birding community, and to identify them to species or group as noted above.

Also, thankfully, it does not mean that specialized methods such as mist
netting, baiting, calling, stationary cameras, radar, etc. are necessary.
It also does not mean that you must spend any certain amount of time, cover
any specific acreage, travel a standard distance or increase the number of
observers .... since the effort measures capture all the variety of
everyday birding outings, and make the eBird data we all collect useful for
countless analyses locally and worldwide.

Thanks for your contributions to eBird.

Kent McFarland and the county coordinators at Vermont eBird

Special thanks to county coordinator Ian Worley for getting this
information together.
____________________________

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

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Subject: Brown Booby, Grand Isle, Oct 15
From: David Hoag <SR71BLBRD AT AOL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:46:50 -0400
The adult Brown Booby flew north past the west shore 
of Grand Isle at 07:55 this morning, Oct 15,
and returned south, against the wind, at 08:25.

Dave Hoag, Grand Isle
Subject: Vesper sparrow at Brattleboro
From: "hg2 AT myfairpoint.net" <hg2@MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:21:06 -0400
This morning at the Marina fields were at least one, possibly two, vespers, not 
a common bird around here. Also still around a phoebe, two eastern palms, and a 
few Lincolns sparrows 


Hector Galbraith, PhD
National Wildlife Federation
802 258 4836
802 222 1916 (cell)
Subject: snow geese, Addison Goose Viewing Area
From: Karan Cutler <kdcutler42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:23:56 -0400
The snow geese are back! Several hundred visible the last three mornings.
Subject: Bomoseen State Park 13 October
From: Marvin Elliott <vtbirdhouses AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:40:10 -0700
A red-necked grebe was seen yesterday at Bomoseen State Park.
There was a large flock of American goldfinches with a few pine siskins mixed 
in. 



Bomoseen State Park, Rutland, US-VT
Oct 13, 2014 11:25 AM - 2:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
34 species

Wood Duck  2
Mallard  9
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Red-necked Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Common Raven  1
Black-capped Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Brown Creeper  1
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  14
White-crowned Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  1
House Finch  2
Purple Finch  1
Pine Siskin  7
American Goldfinch  52


Sue and Marv Elliott
	* 
Subject: Re: Orange-crowned Warbler
From: Jean Harrison <seajean AT CRUZIO.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:59:36 -0700
Is it .......an Orange-crowned Warbler?  I've never seen an orange crown on 
one, but that is what they're called.
 Jean Harrison

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "b flewelling" 
To: 
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2014 11:03 AM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Orange-crowned Warbler


> For a few days, I have been trying to identify a small bird that has been 
> hanging around in my lilac and rhododendron bushes. It wasn't one of the 
> Yellow-rumped which also showed up at the same time. This morning as I 
> watched it, it flew up to the windowsill, flared his orange crown and 
> pecked at his reflection in the window! What a sight.
>
>
> Bruce Flewelling
> RT 73, Rochester
>
>
>
> -----
> No virus found in this message.
> Checked by AVG - www.avg.com
> Version: 2015.0.5315 / Virus Database: 4181/8382 - Release Date: 10/13/14
> 
Subject: Re: VTBIRD Digest - 10 Oct 2014 to 11 Oct 2014 (#2014-281)
From: Blake Allison <blake_allison AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:31:13 -0700
Does anyone have an an update on activity at Missisquoi NWR? I am thinking of 
heading up there Wednesday but have seen no reports regarding activity. Input 
will be appreciated. 


Blake Allison
Lyme, NH 03768-3322




On Sunday, October 12, 2014 12:00 AM, VTBIRD automatic digest system 
 wrote: 

 


There are 8 messages totaling 325 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. Lake Champlain Birds are on the move (2)
  2. Fw: eBird Report - Merck Forest and Farmland, Rupert VT, Oct 11, 2014
  3. Ruddy Ducks - Lake Bomoseen
  4. Chickadees
  5. EABLs in the birdbath
  6. Cackling Goose in Burlington
  7. Whiney Creek WMA

----------------------------------------------------------------------

Date:    Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:42:43 -0400
From:    Jim Mead 
Subject: Lake Champlain Birds are on the move

Hello all,

I went to Whiskey Bay this morning for a mini Lake Watch and found the 
following: 


Cloudy sky, SW wind  AT  1 mph, 42° F. (7:34 a.m.- 8:51 a.m.)

Brant- 273 (131, 142) heading south

Canada Goose- 171 (16,16,31,20,3,4,36,23,5,17) heading south

American Black Duck- 34 (2,10,15,7) heading south

Mallard- 13 (8,5) heading south

White-winged Scoter- 30 (4,21,5) heading south

Common Goldeneye- 1 heading south

Hooded Merganser- 4 heading south

Common Merganser- 1 on the water west of Whiskey Bay.

Common Loon- 6 (4 heading south & 2 on the water W of Whiskey Bay).

Red-necked Grebe- 2 on the water in Whiskey Bay and were quite close to me.

Double-crested Cormorant- x

Bonaparte's Gull- 100+ conservative estimate as there were many flying around.

Ring-billed Gull- x

Peregrine Falcon- I spooked it off its' perch when I walked down there. It flew 
south and found another perch. I believe 

 it is a local bird because I have seen it there on several different 
occasions. 


American Crow- 2


I also stopped at The Charlotte Town Beach and counted 42 Common Loons and 12 
Horned Grebes. 


I then went to Meach Cove and joined Scott Morrical.
We saw 35-40 Common Loons, 65 Brant flying south, at least 10 Horned Grebes, 1 
Red-necked Grebe & others. 


I "suspect" tomorrow morning "might" be another good movind day. Last night 
brought in hundreds of new migrants 

and it was just the beginning of what's to come. . .

I will stop by The Charlotte Town Beach this afternoon sometime to look for 
birds on the water. The visibilty should be decent if the clouds stick around. 
Good luck if any of you are able to get out there sometime soon. 


Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead

------------------------------

Date:    Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:54:37 -0700
From:    Martha Pfeiffer 
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Merck Forest and Farmland, Rupert VT, Oct 11, 2014





On Saturday, October 11, 2014 4:44 PM, "ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu" 
 wrote: 



>
>
>Merck Forest and Farmland, Rupert VT, Bennington, US-VT
>Oct 11, 2014 8:15 AM - 11:45 AM
>Protocol: Traveling
>4.04 mile(s)
>Comments:     Cloudy, no wind, 58 degrees
>12 species
>
>
>For the amount of time spent and distance walked, this was a short checklist. 
No "flocks" of any species. 

>
>Ruffed Grouse  1
>Hairy Woodpecker  1
>Northern Flicker  3
>Blue Jay  10
>American Crow  3
>Black-capped Chickadee  15
>White-breasted Nuthatch  2
>American Robin  15
>Song Sparrow  2
>Lincoln's Sparrow 1 perched on branch facing me with a beige streaked breast 
band glowing in early morning light 

>White-throated Sparrow  12
>Dark-eyed Junco  6
>
>View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20200136 

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

------------------------------

Date:    Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:04:04 +0000
From:    Susan Elliott 
Subject: Ruddy Ducks - Lake Bomoseen

Yesterday there were 16 Ruddy Ducks on Lake Bomoseen. Also, four Pine Siskins 
were mixed in with a large flock of goldfinches at Bomoseen State Park. 

Bomoseen State Park, Rutland, US-VT
Oct 10, 2014 12:10 PM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
26 species

Canada Goose  54   Wood Duck  2
Mallard  9
Turkey Vulture  2
Ring-billed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  2
Common Raven  1
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  6
Chipping Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  13
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Purple Finch  3
Pine Siskin  4
American Goldfinch  47

------------------------------

Date:    Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:36:37 -0400
From:    Alison Wagner 
Subject: Re: Lake Champlain Birds are on the move

Nice!  Also today, at Sand Bar, in the marshy areas at the eastern end of 
the causeway, I estimated 320 Ring-necked Ducks and 200 Wood Ducks!

Ali
Huntington

-----Original Message----- 
From: Jim Mead
Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2014 1:42 PM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [VTBIRD] Lake Champlain Birds are on the move

Hello all,

I went to Whiskey Bay this morning for a mini Lake Watch and found the 
following:

Cloudy sky, SW wind  AT  1 mph, 42° F. (7:34 a.m.- 8:51 a.m.)

Brant- 273 (131, 142) heading south

Canada Goose- 171 (16,16,31,20,3,4,36,23,5,17) heading south

American Black Duck- 34 (2,10,15,7) heading south

Mallard- 13 (8,5) heading south

White-winged Scoter- 30 (4,21,5) heading south

Common Goldeneye- 1 heading south

Hooded Merganser- 4 heading south

Common Merganser- 1 on the water west of Whiskey Bay.

Common Loon- 6 (4 heading south & 2 on the water W of Whiskey Bay).

Red-necked Grebe- 2 on the water in Whiskey Bay and were quite close to me.

Double-crested Cormorant- x

Bonaparte's Gull- 100+ conservative estimate as there were many flying 
around.

Ring-billed Gull- x

Peregrine Falcon- I spooked it off its' perch when I walked down there. It 
flew south and found another perch. I believe
                             it is a local bird because I have seen it there 
on several different occasions.

American Crow- 2


I also stopped at The Charlotte Town Beach and counted 42 Common Loons and 
12 Horned Grebes.

I then went to Meach Cove and joined Scott Morrical.
We saw 35-40 Common Loons, 65 Brant flying south, at least 10 Horned Grebes, 
1 Red-necked Grebe & others.

I "suspect" tomorrow morning "might" be another good movind day. Last night 
brought in hundreds of new migrants
and it was just the beginning of what's to come. . .

I will stop by The Charlotte Town Beach this afternoon sometime to look for 
birds on the water. The visibilty should be decent if the clouds stick 
around. Good luck if any of you are able to get out there sometime soon.

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead 

------------------------------

Date:    Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:39:26 -0400
From:    Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Subject: Chickadees

I was on the NY side of the Champlain Bridge in the campground when I 
encountered the largest flock of chickadees ever, 32. They were moving rapidly 
thru the trees then headed to the Vt side as one large flock. 

The other exciting scene was a sharp shinned hawk performing amazing maneuvers 
while chasing a small bird. We were at the arch on the bridge as this scene 
unfolded. The lucky small bird finally hid in the structure avoiding becoming 
lunch! 


Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod

------------------------------

Date:    Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:58:11 -0400
From:    Jane Stein 
Subject: EABLs in the birdbath

Glanced out my window to see 5 male bluebirds splashing around at once 
in the birdbath.  I usually have a pair nesting here, but hadn't seen or 
heard any around since late summer, so I assume these gentlemen just 
blew in.  I've never seen bluebirds at the birdbath before.

Also, the first bunch of juncos of the season, and the male red-bellied 
woodpecker, a couple of downies and a wb nuthatch hanging upside down at 
the sunflowers.

I am sooo ready for Redpolls!

Jane
(Shoreham)

------------------------------

Date:    Sat, 11 Oct 2014 18:23:03 -0400
From:    Jim Mead 
Subject: Cackling Goose in Burlington

Hello all,

I am at Blodgett Beach parked in front 
of the gate. The Cackling Goose is so close
that I ID'd it with my bins. There are at 
least 500 Canada Geese here. Tomorrow morning 
this might be a good stop. 

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead

------------------------------

Date:    Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:35:29 -0400
From:    Gary Chapin 
Subject: Whiney Creek WMA

Early this afternoon I walked the lane at Whitney Creek WMA. Only a short
walk down the lane (the gate was still visible behind me) I had an immature
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER foraging in the goldenrod that lines the initial
portion of the lane.

There were lots of birds along the lane (up until I reached the woods
further along where all activity essentially ceased), although diversity was
limited. Other birds seen here included;

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Nashville Warbler - 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler - X
Common Yellowthroat - 1
Song Sparrow - X
Swamp Sparrow - X
White-throated Sparrow - X
White-crowned Sparrow - X
Dark-eyed Junco - 1

Gary Chapin 
Ticonderoga, NY

------------------------------

End of VTBIRD Digest - 10 Oct 2014 to 11 Oct 2014 (#2014-281)
*************************************************************
Subject: Monthly Missisquoi NWR Bird Monitoring Walk
From: Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:04:55 -0400
Join us as we monitor a variety of bird species at Missisquoi National
Wildlife Refuge.

This month's Bird Monitoring Walk will be on Saturday October 18, 2014 on
the Old Railroad Passage Trail.  Meet at 8:00 AM at the parking lot on
Tabor Rd, about 1 mile south of the refuge Visitor Center and across the
road from the marsh.  If you have any questions, just reply to this email.

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

After 54 months of walks we have observed 134 species.  Hope to see you
there!

--Ken Copenhaver

For information on other refuge events, visit: http://friendsofmissisquoi.
org/
Subject: Re: Orange-crowned Warbler
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:50:06 -0400
Ovenbird would have streaks on the breast. I think that would have been noted 
right away by Bruce but an orange-crowned is fairly dull overall. 

Sue Wetmore


Sent from my iPod

> On Oct 13, 2014, at 4:25 PM, Jean Harrison  wrote:
> 
> Ovenbird?  Jean Harrison, currently in California
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "b flewelling" 
 

> To: 
> Sent: Monday, October 13, 2014 11:03 AM
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Orange-crowned Warbler
> 
> 
>> For a few days, I have been trying to identify a small bird that has been 
hanging around in my lilac and rhododendron bushes. It wasn't one of the 
Yellow-rumped which also showed up at the same time. This morning as I watched 
it, it flew up to the windowsill, flared his orange crown and pecked at his 
reflection in the window! What a sight. 

>> 
>> 
>> Bruce Flewelling
>> RT 73, Rochester
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> -----
>> No virus found in this message.
>> Checked by AVG - www.avg.com
>> Version: 2015.0.5315 / Virus Database: 4181/8382 - Release Date: 10/13/14
Subject: Re: Orange-crowned Warbler
From: Jean Harrison <seajean AT CRUZIO.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:25:46 -0700
Ovenbird?  Jean Harrison, currently in California

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "b flewelling" 
To: 
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2014 11:03 AM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Orange-crowned Warbler


> For a few days, I have been trying to identify a small bird that has been 
> hanging around in my lilac and rhododendron bushes. It wasn't one of the 
> Yellow-rumped which also showed up at the same time. This morning as I 
> watched it, it flew up to the windowsill, flared his orange crown and 
> pecked at his reflection in the window! What a sight.
>
>
> Bruce Flewelling
> RT 73, Rochester
>
>
>
> -----
> No virus found in this message.
> Checked by AVG - www.avg.com
> Version: 2015.0.5315 / Virus Database: 4181/8382 - Release Date: 10/13/14
> 
Subject: Kinglets
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:10:48 -0400
Sent from my iPod

> Subject: eBird Report - Pine Hill Cemetery, Oct 12, 2014
> 
> Pine Hill Cemetery, Brandon,US-VT
> Oct 12, 2014 3:00 PM - 3:46 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> 10 species
> 
> Red-tailed Hawk  1
> Mourning Dove  4
> Blue Jay  5
> American Crow  1
> Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
> White-breasted Nuthatch  3
> Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
> White-throated Sparrow  7
> American Goldfinch  6
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20222037 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Evening grosbeaks
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:09:05 -0400
> Subject: eBird Report - Pearl St., Brandon, Oct 13, 2014
> 
> Pearl St., Brandon, Rutland, US-VT
> Oct 13, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> 23 species
> 
> Canada Goose  4
> Green-winged Teal (American)  13
> Great Blue Heron  1
> Mourning Dove  2
> Blue-headed Vireo  1
> Blue Jay  3
> American Crow  3
> Black-capped Chickadee  4
> White-breasted Nuthatch  3
> Carolina Wren  1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
> Hermit Thrush  1
> American Robin  4
> European Starling  11
> Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
> Chipping Sparrow  2
> Song Sparrow  8
> White-throated Sparrow  5
> White-crowned Sparrow (Eastern)  2
> Northern Cardinal  2
> Red-winged Blackbird  49
> American Goldfinch  4
> Evening Grosbeak  2
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20222019 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Eurasian Wigeon?
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus AT SURFGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:38:27 -0400
I spent quite a while at McCuen Slang today (not the fishing access, but the 
small parking area on the east side of the road, near Whitney Creek), much of 
it staring at a distant mystery duck. My notes: 


a little larger than two wood ducks that drifted by it at one point
red or red-brown head that looked like a slightly flattened ball
pale bill
gray and brown top of body, orangy-tan on the sides at the water line
tail sort of pointed
a bit of white at the side just before the tail
fairly noticeable eye in a dark smudge
The closest I can come up with is a female Eurasian Wigeon.


Maeve Kim
Jericho Center
Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler
From: b flewelling <bflewelling3263 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:03:59 +0000
For a few days, I have been trying to identify a small bird that has been 
hanging around in my lilac and rhododendron bushes.  It wasn't one of the 
Yellow-rumped which also showed up at the same time.  This morning as I 
watched it, it flew up to the windowsill, flared his orange crown and pecked at 
his reflection in the window!  What a sight.  

   

Bruce Flewelling 
RT 73, Rochester 
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk, Randolph
From: Clifford Seifer <clifdisc AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:05:49 -0400
Sitting in the passenger seat driving on 89S I just passed a Rough-legged
Hawk sitting close to the road just past exit 4 in Randolph.

-- Clifford Seifer
Keene NH
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Subject: Grosbeaks
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:24:51 -0400
Two evening grosbeaks seen on Pearl St in Brandon this morning.
Sue Wetmorr

Sent from my iPod
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Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:58:55 -0400
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Subject: American Avocet in Highgate
From: Jim Mead <jimmead4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 12:06:20 -0400
Hello all,

Dick Lavallee has found an American Avocet in 
Goose Bay in Highgate this morning. He is on
Shipyard Rd. I'm sorry that I do not remember
the exact address but the coordinates are
44.9773446, -73.1108272. I hope that this is
helpful info. 

Good luck,

Jim Mead
Subject: Red Crossbill
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:05:44 -0400
Here at the Big Sit at the Birds of Vermont Museum we had a pair of Red 
Crossbills at 7:14. We are watching for a Northern Goshawk which has been here 
regularly and as recently as two days ago. 


Michele Patenaude 
172 Woodbury Road
Burlington, VT 05408
802-862-4085
Subject: first-of-fall juncos back
From: Veer Frost <v_t_frost AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 06:08:24 -0700
One of those balancing moments between seasons: halfdozen Darkeyed Juncos 
flitting/flashing in leaf litter around feeder area (with Whitethroats, song 
sparrows), while Carolina wren offers four clear notes as the sun finally 
dispels river fog. 



____________________________________
Veer Frost, Passumpsic (NEK)
Subject: Juncos
From: Marcia Baker <bakermlb AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:00:39 -0400
First juncos of the year on the deck this morning.

Marcia in Brownsville

Sent from my iPad

> On Oct 12, 2014, at 8:46 AM, Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET> wrote:
> 
> First of the season tree sparrow at my feeder this morning.
> Sue Wetmore
> Brandon
> 
> Sent from my iPod
Subject: Tree sparrow
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 08:46:51 -0400
First of the season tree sparrow at my feeder this morning.
Sue Wetmore
Brandon

Sent from my iPod
Subject: Re: EABLs in the birdbath
From: Janet Warren <jwarren AT SHOREHAM.NET>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 05:20:39 -0400
We had a family of bluebirds somewhere in the field north of us this summer. 
The whole family came to bathe in our birdbaths every afternoon at around 4:00 
for a week or two in late July. 

On Oct 11, 2014, at 5:58 PM, Jane Stein wrote:

> Glanced out my window to see 5 male bluebirds splashing around at once in the 
birdbath. I usually have a pair nesting here, but hadn't seen or heard any 
around since late summer, so I assume these gentlemen just blew in. I've never 
seen bluebirds at the birdbath before. 

> 
> Also, the first bunch of juncos of the season, and the male red-bellied 
woodpecker, a couple of downies and a wb nuthatch hanging upside down at the 
sunflowers. 

> 
> I am sooo ready for Redpolls!
> 
> Jane
> (Shoreham)
Subject: Whiney Creek WMA
From: Gary Chapin <gchapin1 AT ROCHESTER.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:35:29 -0400
Early this afternoon I walked the lane at Whitney Creek WMA. Only a short
walk down the lane (the gate was still visible behind me) I had an immature
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER foraging in the goldenrod that lines the initial
portion of the lane.

There were lots of birds along the lane (up until I reached the woods
further along where all activity essentially ceased), although diversity was
limited. Other birds seen here included;

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Nashville Warbler - 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler - X
Common Yellowthroat - 1
Song Sparrow - X
Swamp Sparrow - X
White-throated Sparrow - X
White-crowned Sparrow - X
Dark-eyed Junco - 1

Gary Chapin 
Ticonderoga, NY
Subject: Cackling Goose in Burlington
From: Jim Mead <jimmead4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 18:23:03 -0400
Hello all,

I am at Blodgett Beach parked in front 
of the gate. The Cackling Goose is so close
that I ID'd it with my bins. There are at 
least 500 Canada Geese here. Tomorrow morning 
this might be a good stop. 

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead
Subject: EABLs in the birdbath
From: Jane Stein <jeshawks AT SHOREHAM.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:58:11 -0400
Glanced out my window to see 5 male bluebirds splashing around at once 
in the birdbath.  I usually have a pair nesting here, but hadn't seen or 
heard any around since late summer, so I assume these gentlemen just 
blew in.  I've never seen bluebirds at the birdbath before.

Also, the first bunch of juncos of the season, and the male red-bellied 
woodpecker, a couple of downies and a wb nuthatch hanging upside down at 
the sunflowers.

I am sooo ready for Redpolls!

Jane
(Shoreham)
Subject: Chickadees
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:39:26 -0400
I was on the NY side of the Champlain Bridge in the campground when I 
encountered the largest flock of chickadees ever, 32. They were moving rapidly 
thru the trees then headed to the Vt side as one large flock. 

The other exciting scene was a sharp shinned hawk performing amazing maneuvers 
while chasing a small bird. We were at the arch on the bridge as this scene 
unfolded. The lucky small bird finally hid in the structure avoiding becoming 
lunch! 


Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod
Subject: Re: Lake Champlain Birds are on the move
From: Alison Wagner <alikatofvt AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:36:37 -0400
Nice!  Also today, at Sand Bar, in the marshy areas at the eastern end of 
the causeway, I estimated 320 Ring-necked Ducks and 200 Wood Ducks!

Ali
Huntington

-----Original Message----- 
From: Jim Mead
Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2014 1:42 PM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [VTBIRD] Lake Champlain Birds are on the move

Hello all,

I went to Whiskey Bay this morning for a mini Lake Watch and found the 
following:

Cloudy sky, SW wind  AT  1 mph, 42° F. (7:34 a.m.- 8:51 a.m.)

Brant- 273 (131, 142) heading south

Canada Goose- 171 (16,16,31,20,3,4,36,23,5,17) heading south

American Black Duck- 34 (2,10,15,7) heading south

Mallard- 13 (8,5) heading south

White-winged Scoter- 30 (4,21,5) heading south

Common Goldeneye- 1 heading south

Hooded Merganser- 4 heading south

Common Merganser- 1 on the water west of Whiskey Bay.

Common Loon- 6 (4 heading south & 2 on the water W of Whiskey Bay).

Red-necked Grebe- 2 on the water in Whiskey Bay and were quite close to me.

Double-crested Cormorant- x

Bonaparte's Gull- 100+ conservative estimate as there were many flying 
around.

Ring-billed Gull- x

Peregrine Falcon- I spooked it off its' perch when I walked down there. It 
flew south and found another perch. I believe
                             it is a local bird because I have seen it there 
on several different occasions.

American Crow- 2


I also stopped at The Charlotte Town Beach and counted 42 Common Loons and 
12 Horned Grebes.

I then went to Meach Cove and joined Scott Morrical.
We saw 35-40 Common Loons, 65 Brant flying south, at least 10 Horned Grebes, 
1 Red-necked Grebe & others.

I "suspect" tomorrow morning "might" be another good movind day. Last night 
brought in hundreds of new migrants
and it was just the beginning of what's to come. . .

I will stop by The Charlotte Town Beach this afternoon sometime to look for 
birds on the water. The visibilty should be decent if the clouds stick 
around. Good luck if any of you are able to get out there sometime soon.

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead 
Subject: Ruddy Ducks - Lake Bomoseen
From: Susan Elliott <ovenbird14 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:04:04 +0000
Yesterday there were 16 Ruddy Ducks on Lake Bomoseen. Also, four Pine Siskins 
were mixed in with a large flock of goldfinches at Bomoseen State Park.  

Bomoseen State Park, Rutland, US-VT
Oct 10, 2014 12:10 PM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
26 species

Canada Goose  54   Wood Duck  2
Mallard  9
Turkey Vulture  2
Ring-billed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  2
Common Raven  1
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  6
Chipping Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  13
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Purple Finch  3
Pine Siskin  4
American Goldfinch  47
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Merck Forest and Farmland, Rupert VT, Oct 11, 2014
From: Martha Pfeiffer <kmpfeiffer AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:54:37 -0700
 



On Saturday, October 11, 2014 4:44 PM, "ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu" 
 wrote: 

 

>
>
>Merck Forest and Farmland, Rupert VT, Bennington, US-VT
>Oct 11, 2014 8:15 AM - 11:45 AM
>Protocol: Traveling
>4.04 mile(s)
>Comments:     Cloudy, no wind, 58 degrees
>12 species
>
>
>For the amount of time spent and distance walked, this was a short checklist. 
No "flocks" of any species. 

>
>Ruffed Grouse  1
>Hairy Woodpecker  1
>Northern Flicker  3
>Blue Jay  10
>American Crow  3
>Black-capped Chickadee  15
>White-breasted Nuthatch  2
>American Robin  15
>Song Sparrow  2
>Lincoln's Sparrow 1 perched on branch facing me with a beige streaked breast 
band glowing in early morning light 

>White-throated Sparrow  12
>Dark-eyed Junco  6
>
>View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20200136 

>
>This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
>
>
Subject: Lake Champlain Birds are on the move
From: Jim Mead <jimmead4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:42:43 -0400
Hello all,

I went to Whiskey Bay this morning for a mini Lake Watch and found the 
following: 


Cloudy sky, SW wind  AT  1 mph, 42° F. (7:34 a.m.- 8:51 a.m.)

Brant- 273 (131, 142) heading south

Canada Goose- 171 (16,16,31,20,3,4,36,23,5,17) heading south

American Black Duck- 34 (2,10,15,7) heading south

Mallard- 13 (8,5) heading south

White-winged Scoter- 30 (4,21,5) heading south

Common Goldeneye- 1 heading south

Hooded Merganser- 4 heading south

Common Merganser- 1 on the water west of Whiskey Bay.

Common Loon- 6 (4 heading south & 2 on the water W of Whiskey Bay).

Red-necked Grebe- 2 on the water in Whiskey Bay and were quite close to me.

Double-crested Cormorant- x

Bonaparte's Gull- 100+ conservative estimate as there were many flying around.

Ring-billed Gull- x

Peregrine Falcon- I spooked it off its' perch when I walked down there. It flew 
south and found another perch. I believe 

 it is a local bird because I have seen it there on several different 
occasions. 


American Crow- 2


I also stopped at The Charlotte Town Beach and counted 42 Common Loons and 12 
Horned Grebes. 


I then went to Meach Cove and joined Scott Morrical.
We saw 35-40 Common Loons, 65 Brant flying south, at least 10 Horned Grebes, 1 
Red-necked Grebe & others. 


I "suspect" tomorrow morning "might" be another good movind day. Last night 
brought in hundreds of new migrants 

and it was just the beginning of what's to come. . .

I will stop by The Charlotte Town Beach this afternoon sometime to look for 
birds on the water. The visibilty should be decent if the clouds stick around. 
Good luck if any of you are able to get out there sometime soon. 


Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead
Subject: Re: Ruddy Duck in Shelburne
From: Roy Pilcher <shamwarivt AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:11:27 -0400
I had three male Ruddy Ducks this morning at Shelburne Pond and a fourth bird 
that I could not ID , probably a female Ruddy Duck. 

 
I will be reporting what I believe was a juvenile Forster's Tern at Meach Cove 
at about 2:30 p.m. today also a female Gadwall at Shelburne Bay at 1:00 p.m. 

 
 Cheers, Roy Pilcher
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Mead 
To: VTBIRD 
Sent: Fri, Oct 10, 2014 7:21 am
Subject: [VTBIRD] Ruddy Duck in Shelburne


Hi all,

I just left the boat access area for Shelburne
Pond and found a female Ruddy Duck. I also
heard a few Rusty Blackbirds. 

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead

 

Subject: palm warbler-Hollow Rd., Brandon, Oct 10, 2014
From: Sue Wetmore <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:45:51 +0000
Not expecting much I was surprised by a towhee on the powerline and a flock of 
red-breasted nuthatches as they tooted thru the trees. A palm warbler pumped 
its tail quite dramatically while overhead a red-tailed hawk went into a stoop 
and rocketed downward. A family of bluebirds added to the morning's walk. 

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

From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu 
To: 2birdvt AT comcast.net 
Sent: Friday, October 10, 2014 12:40:16 PM 
Subject: eBird Report - Hollow Rd., Brandon, Oct 10, 2014 

Hollow Rd., Brandon, Rutland, US-VT 
Oct 10, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 
Protocol: Traveling 
2.0 mile(s) 
21 species 

Canada Goose  63 
Turkey Vulture  2 
Red-tailed Hawk  1     watched as it went into a stoop. 
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4 
Mourning Dove  3 
Pileated Woodpecker  1 
Eastern Phoebe  2 
Blue Jay  3 
American Crow  2 
Black-capped Chickadee  3 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  6 
White-breasted Nuthatch  2 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1 
Eastern Bluebird  6 
American Robin  3 
Gray Catbird  1 
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  1 
Eastern Towhee  1 
Song Sparrow  4 
White-throated Sparrow  2 
Northern Cardinal  1 

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20187927 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 
Subject: Sharp shinned hawk
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:39:28 -0400
High drama with the sharpie.
Sue Wetmore
> Subject: eBird Report - Hollow Rd., Brandon, Oct 8, 2014
> 
> Hollow Rd., Brandon, Rutland, US-VT
> Oct 8, 2014 2:30 AM - 3:30 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> 15 species
> 
> Sharp-shinned Hawk  1     in pursuit of a meal
> Mourning Dove  5
> Downy Woodpecker  1
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
> Blue Jay  1
> American Crow  2
> Black-capped Chickadee  9
> White-breasted Nuthatch  1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
> American Robin  1
> Gray Catbird  1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  3
> Song Sparrow  5
> Lincoln's Sparrow  1
> White-throated Sparrow  3
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20186145 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Union St warblers
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:38:09 -0400
The other day in Brandon yellow-rumps were present.
Sue Wetmore
> Subject: eBird Report - Union St Brandon, Oct 8, 2014
> 
> Union St Brandon, Rutland, US-VT
> Oct 8, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> 16 species
> 
> Common Merganser  2
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  1
> Hairy Woodpecker  1
> Eastern Phoebe  1
> Blue Jay  3
> American Crow  3
> Common Raven  1
> White-breasted Nuthatch  1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
> Eastern Bluebird  2
> European Starling  113
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  9
> Song Sparrow  1
> Swamp Sparrow  1
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20186118 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Re: Merlin
From: Ruth <birder_rws AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:22:39 -0400
High class restaurant or high class merlin????  

Ruth Stewart

E. Dorset, VT

 
> Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 18:54:21 -0400
> From: 2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Merlin
> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
> 
> While dining at a local restaurant today in Brandon a Merlin landed on a 
nearby utility pole with its meal. 

> 
> Sue Wetmore
> 
> Sent from my iPod
 		 	   		  
Subject: Hawk
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:20:04 -0400
Just now a Cooper's hawk flew over our house here in Brandon.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod
Subject: Recommendations for a bird book for the Bahamas
From: Graham Bates <batesg AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:31:44 -0400
My wife and I traveling to Nassau in the Bahamas in November, and I am
planning to do a little birding while down there. I am looking for
recommendations for a good, small (field guide size) bird book for
Caribbean/Bahamian birding...any recommendations? Feel free to reply off
list...thanks!!

Graham
Subject: Ruddy Duck in Shelburne
From: Jim Mead <jimmead4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:21:26 -0400
Hi all,

I just left the boat access area for Shelburne
Pond and found a female Ruddy Duck. I also
heard a few Rusty Blackbirds. 

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead
Subject: Merlin
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 18:54:21 -0400
While dining at a local restaurant today in Brandon a Merlin landed on a nearby 
utility pole with its meal. 


Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod
Subject: Fox Sparrow, etc. Emily Proctor Trail
From: David Hof <davehof2002 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 17:18:52 -0400
On Sunday, I went for a hike on the Emily Proctor Trail to the summit of Mt. 
Wilson. It's one of my favorite hikes in the Green Mountains and I do it a few 
times every year and at least once every fall. One nice surprise was a Fox 
Sparrow in spruce-fir forest a bit below the Emily Proctor shelter. I also 
encountered several mixed species flocks with high numbers of Yellow-rumped 
Warblers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets and a nice array of other warblers including 
a late Black-and-White, Northern Parula, Tennessee, a couple of Palms, a few 
Blackpolls, and a female Black-throated Blue Warbler. At the viewpoint from the 
summit, a Merlin and a Sharp-shinned Hawk interacted repeatedly, and each 
perched on a snag close to me. 


David Hof


Emily Proctor Trail, Addison, US-VT
Oct 5, 2014 1:05 PM - 4:07 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
Comments: several mixed species flocks encountered, with 4 especially large 
flocks. 

25 species

Ruffed Grouse  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  8
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Blue-headed Vireo 7 In each of two mixed species flocks, 3 individuals were 
seen at once; 1 bird seen in another mixed species flock 

Red-eyed Vireo  2     1 bird seen in each of two mixed species flocks
Blue Jay  1
Black-capped Chickadee 46 very abundant; several flocks encountered ranging 
estimates of 4-12 individuals. 

Tufted Titmouse  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 26 very abundant; counted minimums of 7, 5, 3, & 8 
individuals in 4 separate mixed species flocks, and two additional individuals 
detected 

American Robin  1
Black-and-white Warbler 1 In mixed species flock along lower section of trail 

Tennessee Warbler  1
Northern Parula  1
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  22     most abundant in spruce-fir forest
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
Fox Sparrow 1 In spruce-fir forest 1/4-1/2 mile below Emily Proctor Shelter; 
first detected by loud, empathic "chuck" note, similar to Brown Thrasher; Very 
large sparrow with wide beak - upper mandible appeared dark when viewed head-on 
and lower mandible yellowish or orange-yellow; heavily streaked reddish/rufous 
with slate-gray on head and neck. 

Dark-eyed Junco  3

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20073716 


Mt. Wilson, Addison, US-VT
Oct 5, 2014 4:07 PM - 5:37 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.8 mile(s)
Comments: Hiked along Long Trail from the Emily Proctor Shelter to viewpoint at 
summit of Mt. Wilson 

12 species

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Interacted repeatedly with Merlin near Mt. Wilson summit 

Merlin 1 Interacted repeatedly with sharp-shinned hawk near Mt. Wilson summit 

Black-capped Chickadee  4
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  13     minimum count
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  18     minimum count; very abundant in flocks
Bay-breasted Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  2
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  40     extremely abundant; rough conservative estimate
White-throated Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  3

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20172692 
Subject: Sparrows
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 16:06:06 -0400
Here on Hollow Rd in Brandon I found white-throated, song and a favorite 
Lincoln's sparrows this afternoon. Yellow-rumped warblers were busy as was a 
sharp shinned hawk chasing down some potential snack. 


Sue Wetmore
Sent from my iPod
Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler in WRJ
From: Chris Rimmer <crimmer AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 13:45:24 -0400
One of my "holy grail" birds for this fall - Orange-crowned Warbler - 
finally obliged me this morning. While my car underwent a brake job at 
Merchand Brothers Garage, just south of the Upper Valley Aquatic Center 
on Rt. 5, I took a walk down Melisi Road and connected to the fire 
access road that skirts the south side of the pond (of White-winged Tern 
fame in June 1987), then worked the cattail-shrub swamp along Rt. 5. 
Landbirds were hopping, diversity surprisingly high.  A scolding 
Carolina Wren in the shrub swamp had me fooled for a moment, thinking it 
was a Marsh Wren...

Highlights:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Merlin  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Carolina Wren  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  1
Hermit Thrush  2
Gray Catbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  10
Orange-crowned Warbler  1     observed carefully at close range for 3-4 
minutes as it foraged in understory shrubs with a Nashville Warbler
Nashville Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  4
Palm Warbler (Western)  4
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  12
Song Sparrow  22
Lincoln's Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  9
White-throated Sparrow  36     likely undercounted; a large flock of >25 
birds along Melisi Road
White-crowned Sparrow (Eastern)  1
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Purple Finch  11

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20072092

-- 

-- 
Chris Rimmer
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
P.O. Box 420
Norwich, VT 05055
802-649-1431 ext. 1
www.vtecostudies.org
Subject: Re: Birder meets Hunter
From: Ruth <birder_rws AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 07:25:00 -0400
Beautiful, Ali... Thank you.  

Ruth Stewart

E. Dorset, VT

 
> Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 20:01:18 -0400
> From: alikatofvt AT GMAVT.NET
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Birder meets Hunter
> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
> 
> Dear Birders and Hunters,
> 
> Today while gathering wood chips for my blueberries along a back road in 
Huntington, I noticed a small SUV driving down a steep class four road. I 
didn’t know was drivable. I waved the driver down to ask if it’s possible to 
get to the top. He said it was; he’d been up there birding. Oh, no, he had said 
bird hunting. 

> 
> “Any luck?” I asked, but I really wanted to know if “anyone” was unlucky. 
Yes, he got a woodcock. I wondered if it was one of the birds I’d seen and 
heard in the past spring(s); a bird I can actually say is a “favorite” as their 
return to Huntington means spring is coming and many more birds will soon be on 
the way. 

> 
> I wanted to say good bye and to cherish its beauty. “Could I see it?” 
Yes...it was so soft, so small, and still warm, as if life was still clinging 
to it. I stretched out its wing to try and take in all its beauty. He told me 
he uses these feathers to make flies and silently, I thanked him. 

> 
> We stood beside each other on a bridge with our secret brook babbling below. 
He fishes here and I cool off in fabulous swimming holes. The brook is pure and 
wild, just like this bird, and in my heart, I felt a little joy knowing this 
woodcock would be back again in the spring when this hunter returns to catch 
brook trout. He’s just like me, I thought, respecting nature and loving this 
beautiful place. Here, where this little bird has bridged a birder and a hunter 
together where there is room for both of us. 

> 
> 
> 
> Ali
> 
> Huntington
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Birder meets Hunter
From: Jean Harrison <seajean AT CRUZIO.COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 19:19:26 -0700
Beautiful story.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Alison Wagner" 
To: 
Sent: Monday, October 06, 2014 5:01 PM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Birder meets Hunter


> Dear Birders and Hunters,
>
>     Today while gathering wood chips for my blueberries along a back road 
> in Huntington, I noticed a small SUV driving down a steep class four road. 
> I didn’t know was drivable.  I waved the driver down to ask if it’s 
> possible to get to the top.  He said it was; he’d been up there birding. 
> Oh, no, he had said bird hunting.
>
> “Any luck?” I asked, but I really wanted to know if “anyone” was 

> unlucky. Yes, he got a woodcock. I wondered if it was one of the birds I’d 

> seen and heard in the past spring(s); a bird I can actually say is a 
> “favorite” as their return to Huntington means spring is coming and many 
> more birds will soon be on the way.
>
> I wanted to say good bye and to cherish its beauty. “Could I see it?” 

> Yes...it was so soft, so small, and still warm, as if life was still 
> clinging to it.  I stretched out its wing to try and take in all its 
> beauty.   He told me he uses these feathers to make flies and silently, I 
> thanked him.
>
>     We stood beside each other on a bridge with our secret brook babbling 
> below. He fishes here and I cool off in fabulous swimming holes.  The 
> brook is pure and wild, just like this bird, and in my heart, I felt a 
> little joy knowing this woodcock would be back again in the spring when 
> this hunter returns to catch brook trout.  He’s just like me, I thought, 
> respecting nature and loving this beautiful place.  Here, where this 
> little bird has bridged a birder and a hunter together where there is room 
> for both of us.
>
>
>
> Ali
>
> Huntington
>
>
>
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Subject: [SPAM?:###] Re: [VTBIRD] Birder meets Hunter
From: Mundi Smithers <amen1farm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 20:53:42 -0400
What a wonderful reflection! It speaks to this wonderous place that we call 
home. 


Mundi
North Pownal


Sent from my iPad

> On Oct 6, 2014, at 8:01 PM, Alison Wagner  wrote:
> 
> Dear Birders and Hunters,
> 
> Today while gathering wood chips for my blueberries along a back road in 
Huntington, I noticed a small SUV driving down a steep class four road. I 
didn’t know was drivable. I waved the driver down to ask if it’s possible 
to get to the top. He said it was; he’d been up there birding. Oh, no, he had 
said bird hunting. 

> 
> “Any luck?” I asked, but I really wanted to know if “anyone” was 
unlucky. Yes, he got a woodcock. I wondered if it was one of the birds I’d 
seen and heard in the past spring(s); a bird I can actually say is a 
“favorite” as their return to Huntington means spring is coming and many 
more birds will soon be on the way. 

> 
> I wanted to say good bye and to cherish its beauty. “Could I see it?” 
Yes...it was so soft, so small, and still warm, as if life was still clinging 
to it. I stretched out its wing to try and take in all its beauty. He told me 
he uses these feathers to make flies and silently, I thanked him. 

> 
> We stood beside each other on a bridge with our secret brook babbling below. 
He fishes here and I cool off in fabulous swimming holes. The brook is pure and 
wild, just like this bird, and in my heart, I felt a little joy knowing this 
woodcock would be back again in the spring when this hunter returns to catch 
brook trout. He’s just like me, I thought, respecting nature and loving this 
beautiful place. Here, where this little bird has bridged a birder and a hunter 
together where there is room for both of us. 

> 
> 
> 
> Ali
> 
> Huntington
Subject: Re: Birder meets Hunter
From: Mona Bearor <conservebirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 20:31:21 -0400
A beautiful story...thanks for sharing. It brought tears to my eyes, but also 
made my heart feel good. 

Mona Bearor
S Glens Falls

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:VTBIRD AT list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Alison Wagner
Sent: Monday, October 06, 2014 8:01 PM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [VTBIRD] Birder meets Hunter

Dear Birders and Hunters,

 Today while gathering wood chips for my blueberries along a back road in 
Huntington, I noticed a small SUV driving down a steep class four road. I 
didn’t know was drivable. I waved the driver down to ask if it’s possible 
to get to the top. He said it was; he’d been up there birding. Oh, no, he had 
said bird hunting. 


 “Any luck?” I asked, but I really wanted to know if “anyone” was 
unlucky. Yes, he got a woodcock. I wondered if it was one of the birds I’d 
seen and heard in the past spring(s); a bird I can actually say is a 
“favorite” as their return to Huntington means spring is coming and many 
more birds will soon be on the way. 


 I wanted to say good bye and to cherish its beauty. “Could I see it?” 
Yes...it was so soft, so small, and still warm, as if life was still clinging 
to it. I stretched out its wing to try and take in all its beauty. He told me 
he uses these feathers to make flies and silently, I thanked him. 


 We stood beside each other on a bridge with our secret brook babbling below. 
He fishes here and I cool off in fabulous swimming holes. The brook is pure and 
wild, just like this bird, and in my heart, I felt a little joy knowing this 
woodcock would be back again in the spring when this hunter returns to catch 
brook trout. He’s just like me, I thought, respecting nature and loving this 
beautiful place. Here, where this little bird has bridged a birder and a hunter 
together where there is room for both of us. 




Ali

Huntington
Subject: Birder meets Hunter
From: Alison Wagner <alikatofvt AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 20:01:18 -0400
Dear Birders and Hunters,

 Today while gathering wood chips for my blueberries along a back road in 
Huntington, I noticed a small SUV driving down a steep class four road. I 
didn’t know was drivable. I waved the driver down to ask if it’s possible 
to get to the top. He said it was; he’d been up there birding. Oh, no, he had 
said bird hunting. 


 “Any luck?” I asked, but I really wanted to know if “anyone” was 
unlucky. Yes, he got a woodcock. I wondered if it was one of the birds I’d 
seen and heard in the past spring(s); a bird I can actually say is a 
“favorite” as their return to Huntington means spring is coming and many 
more birds will soon be on the way. 


 I wanted to say good bye and to cherish its beauty. “Could I see it?” 
Yes...it was so soft, so small, and still warm, as if life was still clinging 
to it. I stretched out its wing to try and take in all its beauty. He told me 
he uses these feathers to make flies and silently, I thanked him. 


 We stood beside each other on a bridge with our secret brook babbling below. 
He fishes here and I cool off in fabulous swimming holes. The brook is pure and 
wild, just like this bird, and in my heart, I felt a little joy knowing this 
woodcock would be back again in the spring when this hunter returns to catch 
brook trout. He’s just like me, I thought, respecting nature and loving this 
beautiful place. Here, where this little bird has bridged a birder and a hunter 
together where there is room for both of us. 




Ali

Huntington
Subject: Re: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon : lecture with Joel Greenberg on October 8
From: Bruce MacPherson <bmacphe AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 19:21:11 -0400
In preparation for Joel Greenberg's lecture I posted a brief essay about the 
extinction of the Passenger Pigeon on the Home page of the GMAS website at: 



http://greenmountainaudubon.org


Comments are welcome.


Hope some of you will be able to attend this talk, which should be both timely 
and informative. 



Bruce MacPherson
GMAS



-----Original Message-----
From: E Talmage 
To: VTBIRD 
Sent: Mon, Oct 6, 2014 5:13 pm
Subject: [VTBIRD] The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon : lecture with 
Joel Greenberg on October 8 



Hello,
The Birds of Vermont Museum and the Green Mountain Audubon Society are
co-sponsoring

*"THE ECHOES OF THEIR WINGS"*

The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon with *Joel Greenberg*

*Wednesday*, October 8 • 7:00 – 8:30pm

University of Vermont campus, 207 Lafayette Hall, Burlington, Vermont

The passenger pigeon, abundant beyond current imagining, is gone. What can
we, have we, and will we learn from our relationship with this remarkable
species? Listen for "the echoes of their wings" in a presentation by author
Joel Greenberg, a naturalist and author affiliated with the Peggy Notebaert
Nature Museum at the University of Chicago.

Meet at the University of Vermont Lafayette Hall. Co-sponsored by Green
Mountain Audubon Society and the Birds of Vermont Museum. Donations welcome.


Joel will also be at the Birds of Vermont Museum on Wednesday from 11 - 2:30 if
you want to have a book signed, but can't make the evening event.  Feel
free to email with questions, or for directions.

-- 
Erin Talmage
Executive Director
Birds of Vermont Museum
900 Sherman Hollow Road
Huntington, VT 05462
802-434-2167
www.birdsofvermont.org

 

Subject: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon : lecture with Joel Greenberg on October 8
From: E Talmage <bovm_erin AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 17:13:44 -0400
Hello,
The Birds of Vermont Museum and the Green Mountain Audubon Society are
co-sponsoring

*"THE ECHOES OF THEIR WINGS"*

The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon with *Joel Greenberg*

*Wednesday*, October 8 • 7:00 – 8:30pm

University of Vermont campus, 207 Lafayette Hall, Burlington, Vermont

The passenger pigeon, abundant beyond current imagining, is gone. What can
we, have we, and will we learn from our relationship with this remarkable
species? Listen for "the echoes of their wings" in a presentation by author
Joel Greenberg, a naturalist and author affiliated with the Peggy Notebaert
Nature Museum at the University of Chicago.

Meet at the University of Vermont Lafayette Hall. Co-sponsored by Green
Mountain Audubon Society and the Birds of Vermont Museum. Donations welcome.


Joel will also be at the Birds of Vermont Museum on Wednesday from 11 - 2:30 if
you want to have a book signed, but can't make the evening event.  Feel
free to email with questions, or for directions.

-- 
Erin Talmage
Executive Director
Birds of Vermont Museum
900 Sherman Hollow Road
Huntington, VT 05462
802-434-2167
www.birdsofvermont.org
Subject: FW: Kirby Vermont, Pipits, Bluebirds
From: tfberriman <blackpoll AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 16:32:17 -0400
That was Northeast Vermont secret code for : 

 

In south Kirby I Found 27 American Pipits foraging in a newly cut corn field
and a short distance down the road 15 Eastern Bluebirds on the wires hanging
out with  a few Palm and Yellow rumped warblers 

Tom Berriman

 
Subject: OCAS Monthly Wildlife Walk
From: Ron Payne <rpayne72 AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 15:20:12 -0400
Thursday, Oct. 9, 8am - Otter Creek Audubon and the Middlebury Area Land Trust 
invite community members to help us survey birds and other wildlife at Otter 
View Park and the Hurd Grassland. Meet at the parking area of Otter View Park 
at the intersection of Weybridge St. and Pulp Mill Bridge Road in Middlebury. 
Birders of all ages and abilities welcome. For more information, call 388-1007 
or 388-6019. 


For information on all our upcoming events, see the calender on our website: 
http://wp.me/Pt0Pq-70 


--
Ron Payne
Middlebury, VT
Subject: Re: Grackle Gang , Oct 4, 2014
From: Ruth <birder_rws AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:24:55 -0400
That was a test to see how young you are......  TOO young!

Ruth Stewart

E. Dorset, VT


> Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 11:22:31 -0700
> From: perryfalcon1013 AT YAHOO.COM
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Grackle Gang , Oct 4, 2014
> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
> 
> Here in Mt Tabor too Ruth, started mid-week, w/the largest flock (+/- 50) 
last evening around 6:00. ....and I do know of "The Birds" lol Pam 

> 
> 
> 
> ________________________________
>  From: Ruth 
> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU 
> Sent: Monday, October 6, 2014 2:11 PM
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Grackle Gang , Oct 4, 2014
>  
> 
> Last week migrant activity in my yard was intense every morning from 8-9.... 
mostly robins and more robins feeding on Autumn Olive (I know, I know-- alien 
species, but the birds do love (and spread) it. Juncos arrived as did 
White-throated Sparrow... the latter still here in good numbers. 

> 
> The bird moment of the week was on Sat about 11 am. The cacophony of sounds 
from the yard tree tops drew me outside.... blackbirds everywhere... I could 
determine nothing but Co Grackles, but, undoubtedly other species within. A 
handful remained to take advantage of the sunflowers seeds, but most were gone 
within 5 min. Shades of Hitchcock's THE BIRDS. (Now who on this list doesn't 
know the movie about which I speak??!!) 

> 
> Ruth Stewart
> 
> E. Dorset, VT
> 
> 
> > Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:01:43 -0400
> > From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> > To: birder_rws AT hotmail.com
> > Subject: eBird Report - My yard birds, Oct 4, 2014
> > 
> > My yard birds, Bennington, US-VT
> > Oct 4, 2014 11:00 AM
> > Protocol: Incidental
> > 1 species
> > 
> > Common Grackle 100 Large flock into trees and bushes in yard. Several on 
lawn and under feeder. Certainly could have been other blackbird species mixed 
in. ALL on lawn have doark head of males. Lots of 'noise'! Gone within 3-5 min. 
migrating, not feeding. 

> > 
> > View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20027493 

> > 
> > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Grackle Gang , Oct 4, 2014
From: Pamela Coleman <perryfalcon1013 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 11:22:31 -0700
Here in Mt Tabor too Ruth, started mid-week, w/the largest flock (+/- 50) last 
evening around 6:00. ....and I do know of "The Birds" lol Pam 




________________________________
 From: Ruth 
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU 
Sent: Monday, October 6, 2014 2:11 PM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Grackle Gang , Oct 4, 2014
 

Last week migrant activity in my yard was intense every morning from 8-9.... 
mostly robins and more robins feeding on Autumn Olive (I know, I know-- alien 
species, but the birds do love (and spread) it. Juncos arrived as did 
White-throated Sparrow... the latter still here in good numbers. 


The bird moment of the week was on Sat about 11 am. The cacophony of sounds 
from the yard tree tops drew me outside.... blackbirds everywhere... I could 
determine nothing but Co Grackles, but, undoubtedly other species within. A 
handful remained to take advantage of the sunflowers seeds, but most were gone 
within 5 min. Shades of Hitchcock's THE BIRDS. (Now who on this list doesn't 
know the movie about which I speak??!!) 


Ruth Stewart

E. Dorset, VT


> Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:01:43 -0400
> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> To: birder_rws AT hotmail.com
> Subject: eBird Report - My yard birds, Oct 4, 2014
> 
> My yard birds, Bennington, US-VT
> Oct 4, 2014 11:00 AM
> Protocol: Incidental
> 1 species
> 
> Common Grackle 100 Large flock into trees and bushes in yard. Several on lawn 
and under feeder. Certainly could have been other blackbird species mixed in. 
ALL on lawn have doark head of males. Lots of 'noise'! Gone within 3-5 min. 
migrating, not feeding. 

> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20027493 

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