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20 Mar West Rutland Marsh Monitoring Walk - March 23 [Susan Elliott ]
19 Mar Re: Pink footed goose [Michele Patenaude ]
19 Mar Snow Geese with Canada Geese today in Shelburne [Robert Coleburn ]
19 Mar Rusty Blackbirds [Hector Galbraith ]
19 Mar Re: Brandon Trumpeter Swan still present [Patrick Phillips ]
19 Mar Re: Brandon Trumpeter Swan still present [Kathleen Upton ]
19 Mar Re: Brandon Trumpeter Swan still present [Patrick Phillips ]
19 Mar Re: Sum of all Canada Geese reported today from Lake Champlain .. MORE [Ian Worley ]
14 Mar Re: FOY Redpoll [Cathryn Abbott ]
18 Mar Re: Pink footed goose [michelep ]
18 Mar Re: Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay? [Michele Patenaude ]
18 Mar Re: Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay? [Rich Kelley ]
18 Mar Re: Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay? [Michele Patenaude ]
18 Mar Re: Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay? [Martha McClintock ]
18 Mar Brandon Trumpeter Swan still present ["White's Construction" ]
18 Mar woodcocks struggling with Stella [Maeve Kim ]
18 Mar Snow Buntings [Linda Graves ]
18 Mar Re: woodcocks struggling with Stella [Ian Worley ]
18 Mar Sum of all Canada Geese reported today from Lake Champlain [Ian Worley ]
18 Mar Pink footed goose [Michele Patenaude ]
15 Mar Monthly Missisquoi NWR Bird Monitoring Walk [Ken Copenhaver ]
15 Mar grackle invasion!! [Maeve Kim ]
15 Mar foy cardinal [Leslie Nulty ]
14 Mar New VBRC online form [Kent McFarland ]
16 Mar Pink-footed Goose still in St. Alvans Bay [Jim Mead ]
14 Mar Re: New VBRC online form [Veer Frost ]
14 Mar FOY Redpoll [Michael Foster ]
16 Mar Short-eared Owl in Weybridge ["Trombulak, Stephen C." ]
15 Mar Re: grackle invasion!! [Ruth ]
14 Mar chipping sparrow in Jericho [Eric Wood ]
15 Mar Feeder birds [Barclay Morris ]
15 Mar Trumpeter swan [Kathy Dube ]
15 Mar Re: grackle invasion!! [EHK Personal ]
14 Mar Re: New VBRC online form [Kent McFarland ]
17 Mar Re: Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay? [alison wagner ]
17 Mar Re: Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay? [alison wagner ]
15 Mar and a peregrine! [Maeve Kim ]
17 Mar Re: Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay? [Bruce MacPherson ]
17 Mar Roadside birding (Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow) [Spencer Hardy ]
9 Mar Trumpeter Swan in Brandon [Spencer Hardy ]
10 Mar Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES [Bruce MacPherson ]
10 Mar Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES ["White's Construction" ]
10 Mar Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES [Eugenia Cooke ]
9 Mar Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES [Spencer Hardy ]
9 Mar Carolina wrens [Carol Yarnell ]
10 Mar Re: Trumpeter still present as of 4:45 pm [alison wagner ]
10 Mar Re: Trumpeter still present as of 4:45 pm [Elisabeth Kulas ]
10 Mar Re: Trumpeter still present as of 4:45 pm [Pat Folsom ]
10 Mar Trumpeter still present as of 8:55 [Michael Foster ]
11 Mar Re: Trumpeter still there yesterday afternoon [Elisabeth Kulas ]
11 Mar Brandon Swan [Scott Sainsbury ]
9 Mar Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES [Jim Mead ]
9 Mar Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES [Kent McFarland ]
10 Mar Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES [Linda M Verchereau ]
9 Mar Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES [Spencer Hardy ]
10 Mar [SPAM?:###] Trumpeter Swan - YES [Zac Cota ]
9 Mar Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES [Graham Bates ]
11 Mar Trumpeter still there yesterday afternoon [Larry and Mona Rogers ]
11 Mar Re: Trumpeter still there yesterday afternoon [Richard Guthrie ]
9 Mar Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES [Ron Payne ]
9 Mar Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES [b flewelling ]
11 Mar Re: Trumpeter still there yesterday afternoon [Ian Worley ]
11 Mar Fwd: Trumpeter Present at 11am [Pat Folsom ]
7 Mar bears [Bonnie Dundas ]
27 Feb Red-winged [Jack Travelstead ]
27 Feb Red wing [Mundi Smithers ]
27 Feb Red wing on the border-Derby [Walter Medwid ]
26 Feb Re: Snow Goose x Canada Goose hybrid .. Lemon Fair WMA, Cornwall. [Ian Worley ]
26 Feb Re: Snow Goose x Canada Goose hybrid .. Lemon Fair WMA, Cornwall. [Jane Stein ]
26 Feb Re: Snow Goose x Canada Goose hybrid .. Lemon Fair WMA, Cornwall. [Ian Worley ]
26 Feb Re: Snow Goose x Canada Goose hybrid .. Lemon Fair WMA, Cornwall. [anneboby ]
26 Feb Snow Goose x Canada Goose hybrid .. Lemon Fair WMA, Cornwall. [Ian Worley ]
26 Feb waterfowl migration in lower CT River [Hector Galbraith ]
26 Feb Re: Brown Creeper [Ken Kretzer ]
25 Feb Brown Creeper [Larry Levine ]
25 Feb No Subject [Spencer Hardy ]

Subject: West Rutland Marsh Monitoring Walk - March 23
From: Susan Elliott <00000032e9152660-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:37:37 +0000
Join Rutland County Audubon on Thursday, March 23, for its monthly monitoring 
walk around West Rutland Marsh as we search for spring migrants. Go the 3.7 
route or go halfway.  

Free and open to all! Meet at the West Rutland Price Chopper parking lot at 8 
a.m. 

http://rutlandcountyaudubon.org/



Sue Elliott
Subject: Re: Pink footed goose
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:56:37 -0400
I did not see the Pink-footed Goose today. There were hundreds, perhaps 
thousands of Canada Geese at dawn today on St. Albans Bay. Over the next few 
hours they gradually took to the air to feed in nearby fields. I searched but I 
never found the Pink-footed. 


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

> On Mar 18, 2017, at 10:22 PM, michelep  wrote:
> 
> The geese were on St. Albans Bay off Hathaway Point Road.
> 
> 
> Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Express 3, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
> -------- Original message --------From: Michele Patenaude 
 Date: 3/18/17 9:56 PM (GMT-05:00) To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU 
Subject: [VTBIRD] Pink footed goose 

> Late this afternoon I was watching a group of about 50 Canada geese in Saint 
Albans Bay on the ice. I stayed and as the sun was setting hundreds and 
hundreds of geese flew in from the north and landed on the ice. I scanned them 
until it was too dark to see well . They were pretty spread out. 

> 
> It's possible the Pink-footed Goose is in with these geese. I'm going to try 
to get up there before sunrise tomorrow, and see what I can see as the 
sunrises. 

> 
> Michele Patenaude 
> 172 Woodbury Road
> Burlington, VT 05408
> 802-862-4085
Subject: Snow Geese with Canada Geese today in Shelburne
From: Robert Coleburn <rcoleburn AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:31:03 -0400
Observed quite a few Snow Geese flying with Canada Geese today in Shelburne on 
Bostwick Rd. 


https://flic.kr/p/RRWVb8

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Rusty Blackbirds
From: Hector Galbraith <hg2 AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:27:27 -0400
8 RUBL this morning at Blodgett Farm, Vernon. This together with 4 last week at 
Brattleboro Retreat Meadows. Shaping up to be a half-reasonable spring passage 
(by modern standards). 


Hector Galbraith, PhD
EcoSolutions
hg2 AT myfairpoint.net 
802 258 4836
802 222 1916 (c)
Subject: Re: Brandon Trumpeter Swan still present
From: Patrick Phillips <phillipspatj AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:12:39 +0000
Take 73 West out of Brandon. Just beyond the railroad overpass, there is a
small area of open water just south of the road. Swan is visible about 150
away. You can see clearly with binoculars, nuts scope would help,
On Sun, Mar 19, 2017 at 12:09 PM Kathleen Upton 
wrote:

> Could someone repost the location for viewing the swan?
>
> > On Mar 19, 2017, at 12:03 PM, Patrick Phillips 
> wrote:
> >
> > Trumpeter Swan still there at noon!
> > On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 12:47 PM White's Construction <
> whites AT vermontel.net>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> 10:32 am to 11:06 am  Watched marsh now frozen over with a central ditch
> >> that is partially open.     Trumpeter  was moving about and feeding at
> >> northeast end of ditch.     Many geese and  an abundance of Wood Ducks
> >> congregated here.     Nancy Brown / Danby Four Corners
> >>
>
Subject: Re: Brandon Trumpeter Swan still present
From: Kathleen Upton <wallton AT VERMONTEL.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:09:42 -0400
Could someone repost the location for viewing the swan?

> On Mar 19, 2017, at 12:03 PM, Patrick Phillips  
wrote: 

> 
> Trumpeter Swan still there at noon!
> On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 12:47 PM White's Construction 
> wrote:
> 
>> 10:32 am to 11:06 am  Watched marsh now frozen over with a central ditch
>> that is partially open.     Trumpeter  was moving about and feeding at
>> northeast end of ditch.     Many geese and  an abundance of Wood Ducks
>> congregated here.     Nancy Brown / Danby Four Corners
>> 
Subject: Re: Brandon Trumpeter Swan still present
From: Patrick Phillips <phillipspatj AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:03:58 +0000
Trumpeter Swan still there at noon!
On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 12:47 PM White's Construction 
wrote:

> 10:32 am to 11:06 am  Watched marsh now frozen over with a central ditch
> that is partially open.     Trumpeter  was moving about and feeding at
> northeast end of ditch.     Many geese and  an abundance of Wood Ducks
> congregated here.     Nancy Brown / Danby Four Corners
>
Subject: Re: Sum of all Canada Geese reported today from Lake Champlain .. MORE
From: Ian Worley <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 08:54:23 -0400
I've received some additional counts of Canada Geese from other lake 
locations bringing the total accounted for to approximately 22,000 
Canada Geese using Lake Champlain yesterday in this post-Nor'easter 
time.  There also are several large areas of the lake which might have 
had significant numbers not seen or counted, that would increase this 
number even more.

Thanks to everyone for being out birding and counting those birds, be 
there a few in sight, or huge flocks on ice or water ... and then 
reporting them to eBird for all to use.

Ian

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


On 3/18/2017 9:24 PM, Ian Worley wrote:
> If you have been around Lake Champlain since the Nor'easter you've 
> noticed that it appears all the Canada Geese that were on migration 
> during the previous warm spell hit a road block from the Nor'easter 
> and piled up in the lake.  You also may have seen them in the mornings 
> heading to adjacent cornfields.
>
> Well, I just added up all the Canada Geese counted in and along the 
> lake, and submitted to eBird for today as of 9:00 pm, plus one 
> aggregation not yet submitted.  The total is 15,400 Canada Geese. 
> There were also three Xs submitted from locations yesterday or the day 
> before that had from 1000 to 3000 geese.
>
> Ian
>
Subject: Re: FOY Redpoll
From: Cathryn Abbott <catabbott1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:56:58 -0400
We, too, have had some FOY visitors during the blizzard: 32 Bohemian waxwings 
and 1 tree sparrow. 


Cat Abbott
Dummerston

> On Mar 14, 2017, at 4:27 PM, Michael Foster  wrote:
> 
> A redpoll just came to visit our feeder in this blizzard, along with 24 red 
winged blackbirds 

> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> Breezyhillturning.com
Subject: Re: Pink footed goose
From: michelep <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 22:22:17 -0400
The geese were on St. Albans Bay off Hathaway Point Road.


Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Express 3, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Michele Patenaude  
Date: 3/18/17 9:56 PM (GMT-05:00) To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU Subject: [VTBIRD] 
Pink footed goose 

Late this afternoon I was watching a group of about 50 Canada geese in Saint 
Albans Bay on the ice. I stayed and as the sun was setting hundreds and 
hundreds of geese flew in from the north and landed on the ice. I scanned them 
until it was too dark to see well . They were pretty spread out. 


It's possible the Pink-footed Goose is in with these geese. I'm going to try to 
get up there before sunrise tomorrow, and see what I can see as the sunrises. 


Michele Patenaude 
172 Woodbury Road
Burlington, VT 05408
802-862-4085
Subject: Re: Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay?
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:28:10 -0400
Please keep us posted on this bird. I'm working today and can't get there till 
5:30. 


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

> On Mar 17, 2017, at 3:25 PM, Bruce MacPherson 
<00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request AT LIST.UVM.EDU> wrote: 

> 
> PF Goose here right now with hundreds of other Canada Geese
> 
> Bruce MacPherson
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Mar 17, 2017, at 2:09 PM, alison wagner  wrote:
>> 
>> Yea! I have just heard from Eddy Edwards that as of 1 p.m. the goose was 
still hanging around! I hope to see some birding friends there this afternoon! 
Ali 

>> 
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Alison Wagner" 
>> To: "Vermont Birds" 
>> Sent: Friday, March 17, 2017 11:35:03 AM
>> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay?
>> 
>> Has anyone gone on a wild goose chase today with success? Please post either 
way... 

>> 
>> Ali Wagner and Pat Folsom
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Jim Mead 
>> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
>> Sent: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:29:58 -0400 (EDT)
>> Subject: [VTBIRD] Pink-footed Goose still in St. Alvans Bay
>> 
>> Hello all,
>> 
>> The Pink-footed Goose that Eddy Edwards found this morning is still in St. 
Albans Bay. We 

>> found it 1.5 miles down Hathaway Point Rd. from Rte. 36. It is with a group 
of Canada Geese 

>> and quite close to the road. 
>> 
>> Good luck if you try for it. 
>> 
>> Enjoy Birds,
>> 
>> Jim Mead
Subject: Re: Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay?
From: Rich Kelley <rich AT WESTSWANTON.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:56:27 -0400
I just left there... No luck today. Bay has iced up and geese have mostly moved 
back well away from shore. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 18, 2017, at 10:28, Michele Patenaude  wrote:
> 
> Please keep us posted on this bird. I'm working today and can't get there 
till 5:30. 

> 
> Michele Patenaude 
> 172 Woodbury Road
> Burlington, VT 05408
> 802-862-4085
> 
>> On Mar 17, 2017, at 3:25 PM, Bruce MacPherson 
<00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request AT LIST.UVM.EDU> wrote: 

>> 
>> PF Goose here right now with hundreds of other Canada Geese
>> 
>> Bruce MacPherson
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>>> On Mar 17, 2017, at 2:09 PM, alison wagner  wrote:
>>> 
>>> Yea! I have just heard from Eddy Edwards that as of 1 p.m. the goose was 
still hanging around! I hope to see some birding friends there this afternoon! 
Ali 

>>> 
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Alison Wagner" 
>>> To: "Vermont Birds" 
>>> Sent: Friday, March 17, 2017 11:35:03 AM
>>> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay?
>>> 
>>> Has anyone gone on a wild goose chase today with success? Please post 
either way... 

>>> 
>>> Ali Wagner and Pat Folsom
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: Jim Mead 
>>> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
>>> Sent: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:29:58 -0400 (EDT)
>>> Subject: [VTBIRD] Pink-footed Goose still in St. Alvans Bay
>>> 
>>> Hello all,
>>> 
>>> The Pink-footed Goose that Eddy Edwards found this morning is still in St. 
Albans Bay. We 

>>> found it 1.5 miles down Hathaway Point Rd. from Rte. 36. It is with a group 
of Canada Geese 

>>> and quite close to the road. 
>>> 
>>> Good luck if you try for it. 
>>> 
>>> Enjoy Birds,
>>> 
>>> Jim Mead
Subject: Re: Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay?
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 13:01:18 -0400
Thanks anyway.

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

> On Mar 18, 2017, at 12:33 PM, Martha McClintock  
wrote: 

> 
> We are also having no pink footed luck.  But we drove around some of the
> back roads and are seeing large groups of geese there.  Only one goose
> other than Canada...a snow goose.  Many snow buntings and horned larks.
> Two foy song sparrows.
> 
> Martha
> 
> On Mar 18, 2017 11:56 AM, "Rich Kelley"  wrote:
> 
> I just left there... No luck today.  Bay has iced up and geese have mostly
> moved back well away from shore.
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Mar 18, 2017, at 10:28, Michele Patenaude  wrote:
>> 
>> Please keep us posted on this bird. I'm working today and can't get there
> till 5:30.
>> 
>> Michele Patenaude
>> 172 Woodbury Road
>> Burlington, VT 05408
>> 802-862-4085
>> 
>>> On Mar 17, 2017, at 3:25 PM, Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-
> request AT LIST.UVM.EDU> wrote:
>>> 
>>> PF Goose here right now with hundreds of other Canada Geese
>>> 
>>> Bruce MacPherson
>>> 
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> 
>>>> On Mar 17, 2017, at 2:09 PM, alison wagner  wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> Yea!  I have just heard from Eddy Edwards that as of 1 p.m. the goose
> was still hanging around!  I hope to see some birding friends there this
> afternoon!  Ali
>>>> 
>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>> From: "Alison Wagner" 
>>>> To: "Vermont Birds" 
>>>> Sent: Friday, March 17, 2017 11:35:03 AM
>>>> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay?
>>>> 
>>>> Has anyone gone on a wild goose chase today with success?  Please post
> either way...
>>>> 
>>>> Ali Wagner and Pat Folsom
>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>> From: Jim Mead 
>>>> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
>>>> Sent: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:29:58 -0400 (EDT)
>>>> Subject: [VTBIRD] Pink-footed Goose still in St. Alvans Bay
>>>> 
>>>> Hello all,
>>>> 
>>>> The Pink-footed Goose that Eddy Edwards found this morning is still in
> St. Albans Bay. We
>>>> found it 1.5 miles down Hathaway Point Rd. from Rte. 36. It is with a
> group of Canada Geese
>>>> and quite close to the road.
>>>> 
>>>> Good luck if you try for it.
>>>> 
>>>> Enjoy Birds,
>>>> 
>>>> Jim Mead
Subject: Re: Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay?
From: Martha McClintock <mbmcclintock AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:33:25 -0400
We are also having no pink footed luck.  But we drove around some of the
back roads and are seeing large groups of geese there.  Only one goose
other than Canada...a snow goose.  Many snow buntings and horned larks.
Two foy song sparrows.

Martha

On Mar 18, 2017 11:56 AM, "Rich Kelley"  wrote:

I just left there... No luck today.  Bay has iced up and geese have mostly
moved back well away from shore.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 18, 2017, at 10:28, Michele Patenaude  wrote:
>
> Please keep us posted on this bird. I'm working today and can't get there
till 5:30.
>
> Michele Patenaude
> 172 Woodbury Road
> Burlington, VT 05408
> 802-862-4085
>
>> On Mar 17, 2017, at 3:25 PM, Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-
request AT LIST.UVM.EDU> wrote:
>>
>> PF Goose here right now with hundreds of other Canada Geese
>>
>> Bruce MacPherson
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>> On Mar 17, 2017, at 2:09 PM, alison wagner  wrote:
>>>
>>> Yea!  I have just heard from Eddy Edwards that as of 1 p.m. the goose
was still hanging around!  I hope to see some birding friends there this
afternoon!  Ali
>>>
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Alison Wagner" 
>>> To: "Vermont Birds" 
>>> Sent: Friday, March 17, 2017 11:35:03 AM
>>> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay?
>>>
>>> Has anyone gone on a wild goose chase today with success?  Please post
either way...
>>>
>>> Ali Wagner and Pat Folsom
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: Jim Mead 
>>> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
>>> Sent: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:29:58 -0400 (EDT)
>>> Subject: [VTBIRD] Pink-footed Goose still in St. Alvans Bay
>>>
>>> Hello all,
>>>
>>> The Pink-footed Goose that Eddy Edwards found this morning is still in
St. Albans Bay. We
>>> found it 1.5 miles down Hathaway Point Rd. from Rte. 36. It is with a
group of Canada Geese
>>> and quite close to the road.
>>>
>>> Good luck if you try for it.
>>>
>>> Enjoy Birds,
>>>
>>> Jim Mead
Subject: Brandon Trumpeter Swan still present
From: "White's Construction" <whites AT VERMONTEL.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:47:27 -0400
10:32 am to 11:06 am  Watched marsh now frozen over with a central ditch
that is partially open.     Trumpeter  was moving about and feeding at
northeast end of ditch.     Many geese and  an abundance of Wood Ducks
congregated here.     Nancy Brown / Danby Four Corners
Subject: woodcocks struggling with Stella
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus AT SURFGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:19:33 -0400
Hello. everyone - A fellow birder and participant in some of my classes just 
sent this, forwarded from NJ. Woodcocks are just beginning to get to Vermont. 
Maybe we VT birders can help a few of them! - Maeve Kim, Jericho Center 



>>> Winter Storm Stella - Tough on Birds.  
>>> 
>>> With the unusually warm weather in February and early March, many migratory 
birds returned to our area early. Then Stella arrived. 

>>> 
>>> Particularly hard hit has been the American Woodcock. This Nerf football of 
a bird eats a diet almost entirely made up of earthworms. 

>>> 
>>> With this hard snow cover, Woodcocks are starving, failing and in distress 
in huge numbers. In the last 48 hours we admitted more Woodcocks at The Raptor 
Trust than in the entire 2016 calendar year. 

>>> 
>>> If you find one of these rotund worm-eaters, please do everything you can 
to get it into a box quickly, keep it warm, and get it to a licensed wildlife 
rehabilitator as soon as possible. 

>>> 
>>> Having just returned from their wintering grounds in the Southern United 
States, the Woodcocks arrive in our area thin, stressed and very hungry after 
hundreds of miles of in-flight migration. That they have arrived to find no 
food has compounded the problem for them. 

>>> 
>>> Again, if you find a struggling Woodcock, please do what you can to get it 
to a wildlife rehab facility. 

Subject: Snow Buntings
From: Linda Graves <ljoslyngross AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:33:47 -0400
Sweet small batch of about 8 Snow Buntings in the branches of a tree on the
north side of Park Road (quite close to the road) in South Burlington this
afternoon.
Subject: Re: woodcocks struggling with Stella
From: Ian Worley <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:09:04 -0400
Maeve's comments and link (below) about suffering woodcocks got me 
thinking about previous years.

Below is the recent history of the arrival of American Woodcocks each 
spring from 2006 to this year as recorded in eBird.  Four items of 
interest are tabulated.  Using weekly data, of interest are the dates of 
the first birds to arrive, the peak of woodcock numbers (which is very 
shortly after the first birds arrived and displays are at a max), 
whether numbers increase continuously to that peak or if there is a gap 
or other setback such as we are experiencing this year, and are the 
arrival and peak numbers revealing a climatic warming.

I don't know about other observers, but I monitor the woodcock site at 
our home on the southern end of Snake Mountain daily for the 10 minutes 
before and after the beginning of civil twilight each morning, and the 
for the 10 minutes before and after the end of civil twilight each 
evening starting sometime in early February.  Those times are the 
transition moments for our eyes switching between rods and cones, and 
when we switch between having difficulty doing ordinary visual tasks 
(because of darkness) and having sufficient light.  The light sensors of 
the woodcocks are coded for that time as well, and it is the most likely 
time to hear them.

First, what do we know so far this year?  Is it like some earlier years, 
or a new pattern?

2017:  February 25-26 --- the first arrivals; 3 locations, 4 birds
            March 1-2 --- 2 locations, 2 birds
            March 6-10 --- 6 locations, 7 birds  (the last time 
woodcocks were recorded; today is March 18th)

2017:   First birds --- February week 4.   Gaps till ??    Peak --- ??
2016:   First birds --- March week 1.       Peak --- March week 4.
2015:   First birds --- March week 4.       Peak --- April week 2.
2014:   First birds --- March week 1.       Gap of 2 weeks.    Peak --- 
April week 1.
2013:   First birds --- March week 1.       Peak --- April week 2.
2012:   First birds --- March week 1.       Peak --- March week 3.
2011:   First birds --- March week 2.       Peak --- April week 1.
2010:   First birds --- March week 2.       Peak --- March week 4.
2009:   First birds --- March week 3.       Peak --- March week 4.
2008:   First birds --- March week 1.       Gap of 2 weeks.    Peak --- 
April week 3.
2007:   First birds --- March week 3.       Peak --- March week 4.
2006:   First birds --- March week 2.       Peak --- March week 4.

The first week of observation from 2006 to 2011 is mid-March except for 
one year when it was the first week.
The first week of observation from 2012 to 2016 is the first week of 
March, except for one year when it was the last week'
The first week of observation for 2017 was the last week of February.
So these crude data show a trend toward earlier arrival of woodcocks.

Three of the 12 years (25%) have gaps in arrivals, probably all being 
weather related; this year clearly has had early thaws interspersed with 
hard frosts and several days in a row staying below freezing ... plus 
Stella the Nor'easter.  Not anywhere are there enough data to talk about 
trends or not.  However, for those 25% of the years it is likely most of 
the early arrivals will not survive.

Peak dates are all during the last week of March or sometime in April, 
but no trends of change are emerging.  With the peak dates so close to 
the beginning of migrations, the migration can be characterized as a 
wave of birds all moving at the same time, with a few individuals 
dispersing northward well in advance of the wave.

 From these data, It would seem that American Woodcocks are not locked 
in to just day-length triggers for migration, but are responsive to 
temperatures and perhaps more complex weather/climate factors.  If so, 
that responsiveness may be a boon for the species during a period of 
global warming.  I'm sure there is a large literature on this topic for 
the species.  But for now, this little exploration is done.

Ian
====================================




On 3/18/2017 2:19 PM, Maeve Kim wrote:
> Hello. everyone - A fellow birder and participant in some of my classes just 
sent this, forwarded from NJ. Woodcocks are just beginning to get to Vermont. 
Maybe we VT birders can help a few of them! - Maeve Kim, Jericho Center 

>
>
>>>> Winter Storm Stella - Tough on Birds.
>>>>
>>>> With the unusually warm weather in February and early March, many 
migratory birds returned to our area early. Then Stella arrived. 

>>>>
>>>> Particularly hard hit has been the American Woodcock. This Nerf football 
of a bird eats a diet almost entirely made up of earthworms. 

>>>>
>>>> With this hard snow cover, Woodcocks are starving, failing and in distress 
in huge numbers. In the last 48 hours we admitted more Woodcocks at The Raptor 
Trust than in the entire 2016 calendar year. 

>>>>
>>>> If you find one of these rotund worm-eaters, please do everything you can 
to get it into a box quickly, keep it warm, and get it to a licensed wildlife 
rehabilitator as soon as possible. 

>>>>
>>>> Having just returned from their wintering grounds in the Southern United 
States, the Woodcocks arrive in our area thin, stressed and very hungry after 
hundreds of miles of in-flight migration. That they have arrived to find no 
food has compounded the problem for them. 

>>>>
>>>> Again, if you find a struggling Woodcock, please do what you can to get it 
to a wildlife rehab facility. 

Subject: Sum of all Canada Geese reported today from Lake Champlain
From: Ian Worley <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:24:41 -0400
If you have been around Lake Champlain since the Nor'easter you've 
noticed that it appears all the Canada Geese that were on migration 
during the previous warm spell hit a road block from the Nor'easter and 
piled up in the lake.  You also may have seen them in the mornings 
heading to adjacent cornfields.

Well, I just added up all the Canada Geese counted in and along the 
lake, and submitted to eBird for today as of 9:00 pm, plus one 
aggregation not yet submitted.  The total is 15,400 Canada Geese. There 
were also three Xs submitted from locations yesterday or the day before 
that had from 1000 to 3000 geese.

Ian
Subject: Pink footed goose
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:56:52 -0400
Late this afternoon I was watching a group of about 50 Canada geese in Saint 
Albans Bay on the ice. I stayed and as the sun was setting hundreds and 
hundreds of geese flew in from the north and landed on the ice. I scanned them 
until it was too dark to see well . They were pretty spread out. 


It's possible the Pink-footed Goose is in with these geese. I'm going to try to 
get up there before sunrise tomorrow, and see what I can see as the sunrises. 


Michele Patenaude 
172 Woodbury Road
Burlington, VT 05408
802-862-4085
Subject: Monthly Missisquoi NWR Bird Monitoring Walk
From: Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:19:27 -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 March 18, 2017 on the
Railroad Trail.  Meet at 8:00 AM at the parking lot on Tabor Rd, about 1
mile past the Visitor Center.  If you have any questions, email me at
copenhvr AT gmail.com

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 83 months of walks we have observed 145 species.  Hope to see you
there!

NOTE: Snowshoes are highly recommended!


--Ken Copenhaver

For information on other refuge events, visit: http://friendsofmissisquoi.
org/
Subject: grackle invasion!!
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus AT SURFGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:17:47 -0400
We now have at least 96 Common Grackles at the feeders - mixed in with some 
cowbirds (including three females), Red-winged Blackbirds and starlings. I’ve 
never seen this many grackles in my life! 


Maeve Kim
Jericho Center
Subject: foy cardinal
From: Leslie Nulty <lenulty84 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:22:05 -0400
male at feeder 1000ft elev. - gorgeous against the snow!

-- 
Best regards,

Leslie

Leslie Nulty
P.O. Box 1121
Jericho Center, VT 05465
home office: 802-899-4582
cell: 802-324-1496
Subject: New VBRC online form
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:37:40 -0400
Hello Birders,

The Vermont Bird Records Committee (VBRC) is pleased to announce a new
online form with media uploading for reporting observations of rare,
out-of-season, and rare nesting bird species in the state. The tool was
created for the committee by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Visit the
VBRC web site at http://vtecostudies.org/wildlife/wildlife-watching/vbrc/.

Founded in 1980, the mission of the VBRC is to validate records of birds
within the State of Vermont and maintain the state bird checklist. The
committee is composed of expert birders and ornithologists from Vermont.

This new online form has been prepared to encourage full and detailed
documentation of rare or unseasonal birds observed in Vermont. Please use
this online form only. We do not accept paper or emailed forms. These
reports represent a permanent record of the observation and should be as
detailed as possible. New reports are reviewed annually by the VBRC, which
evaluates records for their acceptability to future researchers and for
inclusion in the official Vermont State Bird List.

Bird records typically originate as written descriptions and/or photographs
that are submitted by observers involved with the discovery of a rare bird,
rare nesting species, or out-of-season reports. The committee actively
solicits reports of any species on the review list as well as any species
not currently on the official Vermont Bird Checklist. Each year the
committee publishes an annual report detailing the decisions on all species
reviewed during that year. The Committee meets annually in November.

You can consult the official Vermont Bird Checklist to determine which
species require Rare Species Documentation, Rare Nesting Documentation, or
Out of Season Report, as well as our list of subspecies that require
reports on our web site at
http://vtecostudies.org/wildlife/wildlife-watching/vbrc/.

Please consider entering all of your bird sightings, rare or common, on
Vermont eBird (http://ebird.org/content/vt/), a project of the Vermont
Atlas of Life (http://val.vtecostudies.org/). All accepted records reviewed
by VBRC, if not added by the observer(s), are shared in Vermont eBird and
are fully searchable there.

Thank you for helping us to document Vermont's birds.

Kent McFarland
VBRC co-chair and Vermont eBird portal manager

____________________________

Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x201


Subject: Pink-footed Goose still in St. Alvans Bay
From: Jim Mead <jimmead4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:29:58 -0400
Hello all,

The Pink-footed Goose that Eddy Edwards found this morning is still in St. 
Albans Bay. We 

found it 1.5 miles down Hathaway Point Rd. from Rte. 36. It is with a group of 
Canada Geese 

and quite close to the road. 

Good luck if you try for it. 

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead
Subject: Re: New VBRC online form
From: Veer Frost <veer.frost AT HUSHMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:24:07 -0400
Hi Kent and thank you. Though I suspect this matter wouldn't apply to
a 'common garden variety' of birder like myself, I've been wondering
why I wasn't able to find Northern Harrier or Marsh Hawk on the
ebirding list when I saw the male a few days back. The female was here
around the xmas bird count so I wasn't surprised that a male was seen.
Is this an 'out of season' sighting then?
Thank you! Veer
Veer Frost Passumpsic NEK

On March 14, 2017 at 10:38 AM, "Kent McFarland"  wrote:Hello Birders,

The Vermont Bird Records Committee (VBRC) is pleased to announce a new
online form with media uploading for reporting observations of rare,
out-of-season, and rare nesting bird species in the state. The tool
was
created for the committee by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Visit
the
VBRC web site at
http://vtecostudies.org/wildlife/wildlife-watching/vbrc/.

Founded in 1980, the mission of the VBRC is to validate records of
birds
within the State of Vermont and maintain the state bird checklist. The
committee is composed of expert birders and ornithologists from
Vermont.

This new online form has been prepared to encourage full and detailed
documentation of rare or unseasonal birds observed in Vermont. Please
use
this online form only. We do not accept paper or emailed forms. These
reports represent a permanent record of the observation and should be
as
detailed as possible. New reports are reviewed annually by the VBRC,
which
evaluates records for their acceptability to future researchers and
for
inclusion in the official Vermont State Bird List.

Bird records typically originate as written descriptions and/or
photographs
that are submitted by observers involved with the discovery of a rare
bird,
rare nesting species, or out-of-season reports. The committee actively
solicits reports of any species on the review list as well as any
species
not currently on the official Vermont Bird Checklist. Each year the
committee publishes an annual report detailing the decisions on all
species
reviewed during that year. The Committee meets annually in November.

You can consult the official Vermont Bird Checklist to determine which
species require Rare Species Documentation, Rare Nesting
Documentation, or
Out of Season Report, as well as our list of subspecies that require
reports on our web site at
http://vtecostudies.org/wildlife/wildlife-watching/vbrc/.

Please consider entering all of your bird sightings, rare or common,
on
Vermont eBird (http://ebird.org/content/vt/), a project of the Vermont
Atlas of Life (http://val.vtecostudies.org/). All accepted records
reviewed
by VBRC, if not added by the observer(s), are shared in Vermont eBird
and
are fully searchable there.

Thank you for helping us to document Vermont's birds.

Kent McFarland
VBRC co-chair and Vermont eBird portal manager

____________________________

Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x201
Subject: FOY Redpoll
From: Michael Foster <mfoster AT VERMONTEL.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:27:40 -0400
A redpoll just came to visit our feeder in this blizzard, along with 24 red 
winged blackbirds 


Sent from my iPhone
Breezyhillturning.com
Subject: Short-eared Owl in Weybridge
From: "Trombulak, Stephen C." <trombula AT MIDDLEBURY.EDU>
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:28:09 +0000
Driving home tonight, I saw an adult male Short-eared Owl sitting in the snow 
in the small field on the northwestern corner of Hamilton Road and Cave Road in 
Weybridge. After a few minutes, it flew south across Hamilton Road to perch on 
a piece of farm machinery. Views were quite good! 


Steve Trombulak
Weybridge
Subject: Re: grackle invasion!!
From: Ruth <birder_rws AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:47:04 +0000
Interestingly, no grackles, cowbirds here (at my feeder) in the southern 
tier.... but 50-60 Red-winged Blackbirds are pigging out at my feeder along 
with the 47!!! Bluejays this a.m. There appear to be a couple of females in the 
RWBL flock, altho one is definitely a juvl, streaky male. 



Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset, VT


________________________________
From: Vermont Birds  on behalf of Maeve Kim 
 

Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 9:17 AM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [VTBIRD] grackle invasion!!

We now have at least 96 Common Grackles at the feeders - mixed in with some 
cowbirds (including three females), Red-winged Blackbirds and starlings. I’ve 
never seen this many grackles in my life! 


Maeve Kim
Jericho Center
Subject: chipping sparrow in Jericho
From: Eric Wood <ericw5 AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:32:02 -0400
About 6:30 pm today a chipping sparrow was at the feeder, along with a number 
of juncos and tree sparrows still feeding seemingly late in the day, but the 
stormy weather may have had something to do with both situations. This is the 
earliest we've had one, by about a week - early April is more the norm. 


Also, had two pileated woodpeckers here yesterday.

Eric
Subject: Feeder birds
From: Barclay Morris <bemorris AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:53:59 -0400
5 Tree Sparrows along with our usual Juncos, Chickadees, Cardinals, and a 
Carolina Wren at the feeder here in Grand Isle today 

We had a Red-tail hanging on for dear life, to an Oak limb in our front yard as 
dusk set in last night. I kept telling him to head to the 90’ Pine but he 
wouldn’t listen. (Gusts to 38mph here) 

Subject: Trumpeter swan
From: Kathy Dube <kdube AT NCIA.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:31:16 -0400
Any sighting of the swan yesterday or today? Thank you, Kathy Dube, Berlin, NH
Subject: Re: grackle invasion!!
From: EHK Personal <ekulas AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:54:32 -0400
We are having a similar invasion in Clarendon. Amusingly the "locals" are more 
comfortable when the squirrels take over the feeders, than they are with the 
grackles. They just don't know what to do. 


Elisabeth Kulas - Sent from my iPad

> On Mar 15, 2017, at 9:17 AM, Maeve Kim  wrote:
> 
> We now have at least 96 Common Grackles at the feeders - mixed in with some 
cowbirds (including three females), Red-winged Blackbirds and starlings. I’ve 
never seen this many grackles in my life! 

> 
> Maeve Kim
> Jericho Center
> 
Subject: Re: New VBRC online form
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:34:31 -0400
Hi Veer,
You never know! Many rare birds are found in backyards and reported!
You can look up all the birds and if and when they should be reported to
the committee on the state checklist here -
http://vtecostudies.org/wildlife/wildlife-watching/vbrc/bird-checklists/
Northern Harrier is listed as 3B-1A+ for timing (MOnth is the number, week
of the month is the letter). With that + sign, it means it is sometimes to
regularly seen beyond those months and weeks so no out-of-season report is
needed.

Best,
Kent

____________________________

Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x201



On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 11:24 AM, Veer Frost 
wrote:

> Hi Kent and thank you. Though I suspect this matter wouldn't apply to
> a 'common garden variety' of birder like myself, I've been wondering
> why I wasn't able to find Northern Harrier or Marsh Hawk on the
> ebirding list when I saw the male a few days back. The female was here
> around the xmas bird count so I wasn't surprised that a male was seen.
> Is this an 'out of season' sighting then?
> Thank you! Veer
> Veer Frost Passumpsic NEK
>
> On March 14, 2017 at 10:38 AM, "Kent McFarland"  wrote:Hello Birders,
>
> The Vermont Bird Records Committee (VBRC) is pleased to announce a new
> online form with media uploading for reporting observations of rare,
> out-of-season, and rare nesting bird species in the state. The tool
> was
> created for the committee by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Visit
> the
> VBRC web site at
> http://vtecostudies.org/wildlife/wildlife-watching/vbrc/.
>
> Founded in 1980, the mission of the VBRC is to validate records of
> birds
> within the State of Vermont and maintain the state bird checklist. The
> committee is composed of expert birders and ornithologists from
> Vermont.
>
> This new online form has been prepared to encourage full and detailed
> documentation of rare or unseasonal birds observed in Vermont. Please
> use
> this online form only. We do not accept paper or emailed forms. These
> reports represent a permanent record of the observation and should be
> as
> detailed as possible. New reports are reviewed annually by the VBRC,
> which
> evaluates records for their acceptability to future researchers and
> for
> inclusion in the official Vermont State Bird List.
>
> Bird records typically originate as written descriptions and/or
> photographs
> that are submitted by observers involved with the discovery of a rare
> bird,
> rare nesting species, or out-of-season reports. The committee actively
> solicits reports of any species on the review list as well as any
> species
> not currently on the official Vermont Bird Checklist. Each year the
> committee publishes an annual report detailing the decisions on all
> species
> reviewed during that year. The Committee meets annually in November.
>
> You can consult the official Vermont Bird Checklist to determine which
> species require Rare Species Documentation, Rare Nesting
> Documentation, or
> Out of Season Report, as well as our list of subspecies that require
> reports on our web site at
> http://vtecostudies.org/wildlife/wildlife-watching/vbrc/.
>
> Please consider entering all of your bird sightings, rare or common,
> on
> Vermont eBird (http://ebird.org/content/vt/), a project of the Vermont
> Atlas of Life (http://val.vtecostudies.org/). All accepted records
> reviewed
> by VBRC, if not added by the observer(s), are shared in Vermont eBird
> and
> are fully searchable there.
>
> Thank you for helping us to document Vermont's birds.
>
> Kent McFarland
> VBRC co-chair and Vermont eBird portal manager
>
> ____________________________
>
> Kent McFarland
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
> 802.649.1431 x201
>
Subject: Re: Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay?
From: alison wagner <alikatofvt AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:09:41 -0400
Yea! I have just heard from Eddy Edwards that as of 1 p.m. the goose was still 
hanging around! I hope to see some birding friends there this afternoon! Ali 


----- Original Message -----
From: "Alison Wagner" 
To: "Vermont Birds" 
Sent: Friday, March 17, 2017 11:35:03 AM
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay?

Has anyone gone on a wild goose chase today with success? Please post either 
way... 


Ali Wagner and Pat Folsom
----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Mead 
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Sent: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:29:58 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: [VTBIRD] Pink-footed Goose still in St. Alvans Bay

Hello all,

The Pink-footed Goose that Eddy Edwards found this morning is still in St. 
Albans Bay. We 

found it 1.5 miles down Hathaway Point Rd. from Rte. 36. It is with a group of 
Canada Geese 

and quite close to the road. 

Good luck if you try for it. 

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead
Subject: Re: Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay?
From: alison wagner <alikatofvt AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:35:03 -0400
Has anyone gone on a wild goose chase today with success? Please post either 
way... 


Ali Wagner and Pat Folsom
----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Mead 
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Sent: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:29:58 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: [VTBIRD] Pink-footed Goose still in St. Alvans Bay

Hello all,

The Pink-footed Goose that Eddy Edwards found this morning is still in St. 
Albans Bay. We 

found it 1.5 miles down Hathaway Point Rd. from Rte. 36. It is with a group of 
Canada Geese 

and quite close to the road. 

Good luck if you try for it. 

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead
Subject: and a peregrine!
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus AT SURFGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:16:47 -0400
We knew when we got up that this would be an exciting FeederWatch day! The 
grackle invasion is on-going (several pounds of seed gone already) and, a few 
minutes ago, we watched a Peregrine Falcon scatter the whole flock and zoom out 
of the yard in pursuit of a desperately flying grackle. 


Maeve Kim
Jericho Center
Subject: Re: Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay?
From: Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:25:34 -0400
PF Goose here right now with hundreds of other Canada Geese

Bruce MacPherson

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 17, 2017, at 2:09 PM, alison wagner  wrote:
> 
> Yea! I have just heard from Eddy Edwards that as of 1 p.m. the goose was 
still hanging around! I hope to see some birding friends there this afternoon! 
Ali 

> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Alison Wagner" 
> To: "Vermont Birds" 
> Sent: Friday, March 17, 2017 11:35:03 AM
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay?
> 
> Has anyone gone on a wild goose chase today with success? Please post either 
way... 

> 
> Ali Wagner and Pat Folsom
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Jim Mead 
> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
> Sent: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:29:58 -0400 (EDT)
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Pink-footed Goose still in St. Alvans Bay
> 
> Hello all,
> 
> The Pink-footed Goose that Eddy Edwards found this morning is still in St. 
Albans Bay. We 

> found it 1.5 miles down Hathaway Point Rd. from Rte. 36. It is with a group 
of Canada Geese 

> and quite close to the road. 
> 
> Good luck if you try for it. 
> 
> Enjoy Birds,
> 
> Jim Mead
Subject: Roadside birding (Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow)
From: Spencer Hardy <curlewsandpiper17 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:04:13 -0400
I drove a loop through Cornwall this morning in hopes of finding birds 
concentrated by the recent snow. As expected, the edges of the roads had lots 
of songbirds, especially on the less traveled dirt roads. 


The best stretch was along the weedy field on Three Mile Bridge Road with 5 
species of sparrows, including 5 immature White-crowned, of two subspecies! At 
one point, the Gambel’s (a northwestern subspecies that shows up in the east 
occasionally) was right next to a leucophrys (the common subspecies in the 
east). 


My checklist with photos is here, but be warned, the phone-scoping Gods were 
not on my side today: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35230399 
 


Other roadside birds included Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, American Robins, 
Red-winged Blackbirds, and a single Purple Finch. 


The waterfowl are also not enjoying the recent return to winter, as 800+ plus 
birds were huddled in a small patch of bare ground and open water along Creek 
Road in Cornwall Swamp: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35235838 
 



Happy Spring!
Spencer Hardy
Middlebury, VT
Subject: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon
From: Spencer Hardy <curlewsandpiper17 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 07:16:15 -0500
A photo was recently posted to the Vermont Birding Facebook page that appears 
to show an adult Trumpeter Swan in Brandon. Apparently it has been around since 
Sunday. 


"from RT 7 in Brandon, take RT 73 W towards Sudbury to the RR overpass. The 
single adult swan is in the flooded area south of the RR tracks. But it’s 
best seen if traveling in the east bound lane towards Brandon” 


I am going to go look for it shortly, and will post again if its found. I 
believe this would be the second state record. 


Cheers, 
Spencer
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES
From: Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:18:58 -0500
The swan was still foraging at Otter Creek this afternoon about 2:30 PM.

Bruce MacPherson
South Burlington

Sent from AOL Mobile Mail


-----Original Message-----
From: Eugenia Cooke 
To: VTBIRD 
Sent: Fri, Mar 10, 2017 12:50 PM
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES


Still here. Life bird for us and others! Beautiful.

On Mar 10, 2017 10:18 AM, "Linda M Verchereau" <daylilies56 AT comcast.net> 

wrote:

> I hope it's OK thru Sunday; it's going to be cold!!
>
> Linda in Montpelier
>
>
> > On March 9, 2017 at 4:24 PM Graham Bates <batesg AT GMAIL.COM> wrote: 

> >
> >
> > Still present actively feeding at 4:25pm today's. Beautiful in the
> sunshine!
> >
> > Graham
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > > On Mar 9, 2017, at 12:14 PM, Spencer Hardy <
> curlewsandpiper17 AT GMAIL.COM> 
wrote: 

> > >
> > > A photo (with more coming) plus the exact location is here:
> > > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35059688 < 

> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35059688> 

> > >
> > > Also, while we were watching it around 8:30 this morning, a Golden
> Eagle circled over!
> > >
> > > Good luck to those who try for it!
> > > Spencer
> > >
> > >> On Mar 9, 2017, at 11:47 AM, Kent McFarland <
> kmcfarland AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG> 
wrote: 

> > >>
> > >> Hi folks
> > >> Here's a little info. From vt bird record committee.
> > >>
> > >> Trumpeter Swan *(Cygnus buccinator) *David Johnston observed,
> documented,
> > >> and photographed the first fully accepted record from Tri-Town Water
> > >> District along Lake Champlain in Addison on 26 May 2014. Three prior
> > >> reports were not accepted. Active reintroduction efforts in Ontario
> and the
> > >> Great Lakes area may contribute to additional records in Vermont.
> > >>
> > >> Best
> > >> Kent
> > >>> On Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 11:39 AM Jim Mead <jimmead4 AT gmail.com> wrote: 

> > >>>
> > >>> Trumpeter Swan still here at 11:38 a.m.
> > >>>
> > >>> Enjoy Birds,
> > >>>
> > >>> Jim Mead
> > >>>
> > >>> Sent from my iPhone
> > >>>
> > >>>> On Mar 9, 2017, at 11:14 AM, Ron Payne <rpayne72 AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET> 

> wrote:
> > >>>>
> > >>>> Still there as of 10:40. Also a life bird for me.
> > >>>>
> > >>>> ---
> > >>>> Ron Payne
> > >>>> Middlebury, VT
> > >>>>
> > >>>> On Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:10:58 +0000, b flewelling  wrote:
> > >>>>
> > >>>> It was still there when I left at 9:30. It was feeding for a while,
> then
> > >>> was hanging out with the Canada Geese. A life bird for me!
> > >>>>
> > >>>> ----- Original Message -----
> > >>>>
> > >>>> From: "Spencer Hardy"
> > >>>> To: "VTBIRD"
> > >>>> Sent: Thursday, March 9, 2017 8:27:39 AM
> > >>>> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES
> > >>>>
> > >>>> Watching it now. Trumpeter indeed.
> > >>>>
> > >>>> Sent from my iPhone
> > >>>>
> > >>>>> On Mar 9, 2017, at 7:16 AM, Spencer Hardy  wrote:
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>> A photo was recently posted to the Vermont Birding Facebook page
> that
> > >>> appears to show an adult Trumpeter Swan in Brandon. Apparently it
> has been
> > >>> around since Sunday.
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>> "from RT 7 in Brandon, take RT 73 W towards Sudbury to the RR
> overpass.
> > >>> The single adult swan is in the flooded area south of the RR tracks.
> But
> > >>> it’s best seen if traveling in the east bound lane towards Brandon”
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>> I am going to go look for it shortly, and will post again if its
> found.
> > >>> I believe this would be the second state record.
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>> Cheers,
> > >>>>> Spencer
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>>
> > >>>
> > >> --
> > >> ____________________________
> > >>
> > >> Kent McFarland
> > >> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> > >> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
> > >> 802.649.1431 x201
> > >>
> > >> <http://vtecostudies.org/> 

>
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES
From: "White's Construction" <whites AT VERMONTEL.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:36:21 -0500
It was a life bird for me also, saw yesterday. My E-bird search has found that 
this a swan of Alaska and NW Canada. A population is beginning to breed on the 
western Great Lakes. Several dozen have over wintered there this year. These 
birds are well equipped for the cold, Just need open water or fields to find 
food, probably enjoying their banana belt visit. Nancy; Danby, VT 


-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:VTBIRD AT list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Eugenia Cooke
Sent: Friday, March 10, 2017 11:50 AM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES

Still here. Life bird for us and others! Beautiful.

On Mar 10, 2017 10:18 AM, "Linda M Verchereau" 
wrote:

> I hope it's OK thru Sunday; it's going to be cold!!
>
> Linda in Montpelier
>
>
> > On March 9, 2017 at 4:24 PM Graham Bates  wrote:
> >
> >
> > Still present actively feeding at 4:25pm today's. Beautiful in the
> sunshine!
> >
> > Graham
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > > On Mar 9, 2017, at 12:14 PM, Spencer Hardy <
> curlewsandpiper17 AT GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> > >
> > > A photo (with more coming) plus the exact location is here:
> > > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35059688 <
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35059688>
> > >
> > > Also, while we were watching it around 8:30 this morning, a Golden
> Eagle circled over!
> > >
> > > Good luck to those who try for it!
> > > Spencer
> > >
> > >> On Mar 9, 2017, at 11:47 AM, Kent McFarland <
> kmcfarland AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG> wrote:
> > >>
> > >> Hi folks
> > >> Here's a little info. From vt bird record committee.
> > >>
> > >> Trumpeter Swan *(Cygnus buccinator) *David Johnston observed,
> documented,
> > >> and photographed the first fully accepted record from Tri-Town 
> > >> Water District along Lake Champlain in Addison on 26 May 2014. 
> > >> Three prior reports were not accepted. Active reintroduction 
> > >> efforts in Ontario
> and the
> > >> Great Lakes area may contribute to additional records in Vermont.
> > >>
> > >> Best
> > >> Kent
> > >>> On Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 11:39 AM Jim Mead  wrote:
> > >>>
> > >>> Trumpeter Swan still here at 11:38 a.m.
> > >>>
> > >>> Enjoy Birds,
> > >>>
> > >>> Jim Mead
> > >>>
> > >>> Sent from my iPhone
> > >>>
> > >>>> On Mar 9, 2017, at 11:14 AM, Ron Payne 
> > >>>> 
> wrote:
> > >>>>
> > >>>> Still there as of 10:40. Also a life bird for me.
> > >>>>
> > >>>> ---
> > >>>> Ron Payne
> > >>>> Middlebury, VT
> > >>>>
> > >>>> On Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:10:58 +0000, b flewelling  wrote:
> > >>>>
> > >>>> It was still there when I left at 9:30. It was feeding for a 
> > >>>> while,
> then
> > >>> was hanging out with the Canada Geese. A life bird for me!
> > >>>>
> > >>>> ----- Original Message -----
> > >>>>
> > >>>> From: "Spencer Hardy"
> > >>>> To: "VTBIRD"
> > >>>> Sent: Thursday, March 9, 2017 8:27:39 AM
> > >>>> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES
> > >>>>
> > >>>> Watching it now. Trumpeter indeed.
> > >>>>
> > >>>> Sent from my iPhone
> > >>>>
> > >>>>> On Mar 9, 2017, at 7:16 AM, Spencer Hardy  wrote:
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>> A photo was recently posted to the Vermont Birding Facebook 
> > >>>>> page
> that
> > >>> appears to show an adult Trumpeter Swan in Brandon. Apparently 
> > >>> it
> has been
> > >>> around since Sunday.
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>> "from RT 7 in Brandon, take RT 73 W towards Sudbury to the RR
> overpass.
> > >>> The single adult swan is in the flooded area south of the RR tracks.
> But
> > >>> it’s best seen if traveling in the east bound lane towards Brandon”
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>> I am going to go look for it shortly, and will post again if 
> > >>>>> its
> found.
> > >>> I believe this would be the second state record.
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>> Cheers,
> > >>>>> Spencer
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>>
> > >>>
> > >> --
> > >> ____________________________
> > >>
> > >> Kent McFarland
> > >> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> > >> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
> > >> 802.649.1431 x201
> > >>
> > >> 
>
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES
From: Eugenia Cooke <euge24241 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:50:06 -0800
Still here. Life bird for us and others! Beautiful.

On Mar 10, 2017 10:18 AM, "Linda M Verchereau" 
wrote:

> I hope it's OK thru Sunday; it's going to be cold!!
>
> Linda in Montpelier
>
>
> > On March 9, 2017 at 4:24 PM Graham Bates  wrote:
> >
> >
> > Still present actively feeding at 4:25pm today's. Beautiful in the
> sunshine!
> >
> > Graham
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > > On Mar 9, 2017, at 12:14 PM, Spencer Hardy <
> curlewsandpiper17 AT GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> > >
> > > A photo (with more coming) plus the exact location is here:
> > > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35059688 <
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35059688>
> > >
> > > Also, while we were watching it around 8:30 this morning, a Golden
> Eagle circled over!
> > >
> > > Good luck to those who try for it!
> > > Spencer
> > >
> > >> On Mar 9, 2017, at 11:47 AM, Kent McFarland <
> kmcfarland AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG> wrote:
> > >>
> > >> Hi folks
> > >> Here's a little info. From vt bird record committee.
> > >>
> > >> Trumpeter Swan *(Cygnus buccinator) *David Johnston observed,
> documented,
> > >> and photographed the first fully accepted record from Tri-Town Water
> > >> District along Lake Champlain in Addison on 26 May 2014. Three prior
> > >> reports were not accepted. Active reintroduction efforts in Ontario
> and the
> > >> Great Lakes area may contribute to additional records in Vermont.
> > >>
> > >> Best
> > >> Kent
> > >>> On Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 11:39 AM Jim Mead  wrote:
> > >>>
> > >>> Trumpeter Swan still here at 11:38 a.m.
> > >>>
> > >>> Enjoy Birds,
> > >>>
> > >>> Jim Mead
> > >>>
> > >>> Sent from my iPhone
> > >>>
> > >>>> On Mar 9, 2017, at 11:14 AM, Ron Payne 
> wrote:
> > >>>>
> > >>>> Still there as of 10:40. Also a life bird for me.
> > >>>>
> > >>>> ---
> > >>>> Ron Payne
> > >>>> Middlebury, VT
> > >>>>
> > >>>> On Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:10:58 +0000, b flewelling  wrote:
> > >>>>
> > >>>> It was still there when I left at 9:30. It was feeding for a while,
> then
> > >>> was hanging out with the Canada Geese. A life bird for me!
> > >>>>
> > >>>> ----- Original Message -----
> > >>>>
> > >>>> From: "Spencer Hardy"
> > >>>> To: "VTBIRD"
> > >>>> Sent: Thursday, March 9, 2017 8:27:39 AM
> > >>>> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES
> > >>>>
> > >>>> Watching it now. Trumpeter indeed.
> > >>>>
> > >>>> Sent from my iPhone
> > >>>>
> > >>>>> On Mar 9, 2017, at 7:16 AM, Spencer Hardy  wrote:
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>> A photo was recently posted to the Vermont Birding Facebook page
> that
> > >>> appears to show an adult Trumpeter Swan in Brandon. Apparently it
> has been
> > >>> around since Sunday.
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>> "from RT 7 in Brandon, take RT 73 W towards Sudbury to the RR
> overpass.
> > >>> The single adult swan is in the flooded area south of the RR tracks.
> But
> > >>> it’s best seen if traveling in the east bound lane towards Brandon”
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>> I am going to go look for it shortly, and will post again if its
> found.
> > >>> I believe this would be the second state record.
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>> Cheers,
> > >>>>> Spencer
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>>
> > >>>
> > >> --
> > >> ____________________________
> > >>
> > >> Kent McFarland
> > >> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> > >> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
> > >> 802.649.1431 x201
> > >>
> > >> 
>
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES
From: Spencer Hardy <curlewsandpiper17 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 08:27:39 -0500
Watching it now. Trumpeter indeed. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 9, 2017, at 7:16 AM, Spencer Hardy  
wrote: 

> 
> A photo was recently posted to the Vermont Birding Facebook page that appears 
to show an adult Trumpeter Swan in Brandon. Apparently it has been around since 
Sunday. 

> 
> "from RT 7 in Brandon, take RT 73 W towards Sudbury to the RR overpass. The 
single adult swan is in the flooded area south of the RR tracks. But itˇŻs best 
seen if traveling in the east bound lane towards Brandonˇ± 

> 
> I am going to go look for it shortly, and will post again if its found. I 
believe this would be the second state record. 

> 
> Cheers, 
> Spencer
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Carolina wrens
From: Carol Yarnell <carolclyde AT FAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 13:24:41 -0400
Two Carolina wrens are spending some time at and under the Suet 
feeder.
Carol Yarnell
South Alburgh
Subject: Re: Trumpeter still present as of 4:45 pm
From: alison wagner <alikatofvt AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:10:41 -0500
And nice of the swan to wake up and grant us nice looks after the weather 
cleared up enough for us to see the bird from the overpass while we walked back 
to our car (with Pat Folsom). Also met a local who was curious about all the 
excitement on the road the past few days....she enjoyed looks in my 
scope....everyone's a birder, just not everyone knows it yet! 


Ali
Huntington
----- Original Message -----
From: Pat Folsom 
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Sent: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:01:29 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Trumpeter still present as of 4:45 pm

Nice to meet you and your son, Elizabeth. The heavy snow squall didn't help in 
locating the sleeping swan. 


----- Original Message -----
From: "Elisabeth Kulas" 
To: "VT Bird" 
Sent: Friday, March 10, 2017 5:12:35 PM
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Trumpeter still present as of 4:45 pm

He's still there, but took some work to find. The map others have posted was 
accurate, but we had to climb/slide down the hill to the railroad bed and walk 
south along the east side of the flooded field. The Canada Geese were noisy and 
helped us find the right vicinity. 


Elisabeth Kulas 
Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 10, 2017, at 8:55 AM, Michael Foster  wrote:
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> Breezyhillturning.com
>
Subject: Re: Trumpeter still present as of 4:45 pm
From: Elisabeth Kulas <ekulas AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:12:35 -0500
He's still there, but took some work to find. The map others have posted was 
accurate, but we had to climb/slide down the hill to the railroad bed and walk 
south along the east side of the flooded field. The Canada Geese were noisy and 
helped us find the right vicinity. 


Elisabeth Kulas 
Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 10, 2017, at 8:55 AM, Michael Foster  wrote:
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> Breezyhillturning.com
> 
Subject: Re: Trumpeter still present as of 4:45 pm
From: Pat Folsom <pfols AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:01:29 -0500
Nice to meet you and your son, Elizabeth. The heavy snow squall didn't help in 
locating the sleeping swan. 


----- Original Message -----
From: "Elisabeth Kulas" 
To: "VT Bird" 
Sent: Friday, March 10, 2017 5:12:35 PM
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Trumpeter still present as of 4:45 pm

He's still there, but took some work to find. The map others have posted was 
accurate, but we had to climb/slide down the hill to the railroad bed and walk 
south along the east side of the flooded field. The Canada Geese were noisy and 
helped us find the right vicinity. 


Elisabeth Kulas 
Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 10, 2017, at 8:55 AM, Michael Foster  wrote:
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> Breezyhillturning.com
>
Subject: Trumpeter still present as of 8:55
From: Michael Foster <mfoster AT VERMONTEL.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:55:34 -0500
Sent from my iPhone
Breezyhillturning.com
Subject: Re: Trumpeter still there yesterday afternoon
From: Elisabeth Kulas <ekulas AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 18:14:44 -0500
To that point, I almost stepped on a Woodcock yesterday while looking for the 
trumpeter Swan. I am not sure who was more startled. 


Elisabeth Kulas 
Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 11, 2017, at 8:39 AM, Richard Guthrie  
wrote: 

> 
> I think it's worth it, and any other species observed while there.
> 
> Some day, a grad student will take a look at the "other" species reported
> by all the visitors at a rare bird stake-out. I can imagine the level of
> reporting and the variety of findings, including estimated (and counted)
> numbers, "ordinary" stuff, and wozza rarities (Patigonian Picnic Table
> Effect).
> 
> There's a thesis in there.
> 
> Rich Guthrie
> 
> On Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 8:32 AM, Larry and Mona Rogers <
> 4181rogers AT comcast.net> wrote:
> 
>> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
>> 
>> Spotted at around 2:45 PM. Life bird number 819 – Vermont bird number 209. 

>> 
>> Larry and Mona
>> 
>> PS  E-Bird question: Is it worthwhile making an E-Bird report?  I’m sure
>> many folks have already recorded the sighting.
>> 
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> Richard Guthrie
> 
Subject: Brandon Swan
From: Scott Sainsbury <scott AT BEACONASSOCIATES.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 17:30:19 -0500
Still present at 3:15 this afternoon. In a group with Canada Geese ESE of the 
bridge above the railroad tracks -- in open water beyond the rushes. 

Scott Sainsbury
Moretown
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES
From: Jim Mead <jimmead4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 11:38:50 -0500
Trumpeter Swan still here at 11:38 a.m. 

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 9, 2017, at 11:14 AM, Ron Payne  wrote:
> 
> Still there as of 10:40. Also a life bird for me.
> 
> ---
> Ron Payne
> Middlebury, VT
> 
> On Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:10:58 +0000, b flewelling  wrote:
> 
> It was still there when I left at 9:30. It was feeding for a while, then was 
hanging out with the Canada Geese. A life bird for me! 

> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> 
> From: "Spencer Hardy"  
> To: "VTBIRD"  
> Sent: Thursday, March 9, 2017 8:27:39 AM 
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES 
> 
> Watching it now. Trumpeter indeed. 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone 
> 
>> On Mar 9, 2017, at 7:16 AM, Spencer Hardy  wrote: 
>> 
>> A photo was recently posted to the Vermont Birding Facebook page that 
appears to show an adult Trumpeter Swan in Brandon. Apparently it has been 
around since Sunday. 

>> 
>> "from RT 7 in Brandon, take RT 73 W towards Sudbury to the RR overpass. The 
single adult swan is in the flooded area south of the RR tracks. But it’s 
best seen if traveling in the east bound lane towards Brandon” 

>> 
>> I am going to go look for it shortly, and will post again if its found. I 
believe this would be the second state record. 

>> 
>> Cheers, 
>> Spencer 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 16:47:40 +0000
Hi folks
Here's a little info. From vt bird record committee.

Trumpeter Swan *(Cygnus buccinator) *David Johnston observed, documented,
and photographed the first fully accepted record from Tri-Town Water
District along Lake Champlain in Addison on 26 May 2014. Three prior
reports were not accepted. Active reintroduction efforts in Ontario and the
Great Lakes area may contribute to additional records in Vermont.

Best
Kent
On Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 11:39 AM Jim Mead  wrote:

> Trumpeter Swan still here at 11:38 a.m.
>
> Enjoy Birds,
>
> Jim Mead
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Mar 9, 2017, at 11:14 AM, Ron Payne  wrote:
> >
> > Still there as of 10:40. Also a life bird for me.
> >
> > ---
> > Ron Payne
> > Middlebury, VT
> >
> > On Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:10:58 +0000, b flewelling  wrote:
> >
> > It was still there when I left at 9:30. It was feeding for a while, then
> was hanging out with the Canada Geese. A life bird for me!
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> >
> > From: "Spencer Hardy"
> > To: "VTBIRD"
> > Sent: Thursday, March 9, 2017 8:27:39 AM
> > Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES
> >
> > Watching it now. Trumpeter indeed.
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >> On Mar 9, 2017, at 7:16 AM, Spencer Hardy  wrote:
> >>
> >> A photo was recently posted to the Vermont Birding Facebook page that
> appears to show an adult Trumpeter Swan in Brandon. Apparently it has been
> around since Sunday.
> >>
> >> "from RT 7 in Brandon, take RT 73 W towards Sudbury to the RR overpass.
> The single adult swan is in the flooded area south of the RR tracks. But
> it’s best seen if traveling in the east bound lane towards Brandon”
> >>
> >> I am going to go look for it shortly, and will post again if its found.
> I believe this would be the second state record.
> >>
> >> Cheers,
> >> Spencer
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
>
-- 
____________________________

Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x201


Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES
From: Linda M Verchereau <daylilies56 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:18:42 -0500
I hope it's OK thru Sunday; it's going to be cold!! 

Linda in Montpelier


> On March 9, 2017 at 4:24 PM Graham Bates  wrote:
> 
> 
> Still present actively feeding at 4:25pm today's. Beautiful in the sunshine!
> 
> Graham
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> > On Mar 9, 2017, at 12:14 PM, Spencer Hardy  
wrote: 

> > 
> > A photo (with more coming) plus the exact location is here: 
> > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35059688 
 

> > 
> > Also, while we were watching it around 8:30 this morning, a Golden Eagle 
circled over! 

> > 
> > Good luck to those who try for it!
> > Spencer
> > 
> >> On Mar 9, 2017, at 11:47 AM, Kent McFarland  
wrote: 

> >> 
> >> Hi folks
> >> Here's a little info. From vt bird record committee.
> >> 
> >> Trumpeter Swan *(Cygnus buccinator) *David Johnston observed, documented,
> >> and photographed the first fully accepted record from Tri-Town Water
> >> District along Lake Champlain in Addison on 26 May 2014. Three prior
> >> reports were not accepted. Active reintroduction efforts in Ontario and 
the 

> >> Great Lakes area may contribute to additional records in Vermont.
> >> 
> >> Best
> >> Kent
> >>> On Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 11:39 AM Jim Mead  wrote:
> >>> 
> >>> Trumpeter Swan still here at 11:38 a.m.
> >>> 
> >>> Enjoy Birds,
> >>> 
> >>> Jim Mead
> >>> 
> >>> Sent from my iPhone
> >>> 
> >>>> On Mar 9, 2017, at 11:14 AM, Ron Payne  wrote:
> >>>> 
> >>>> Still there as of 10:40. Also a life bird for me.
> >>>> 
> >>>> ---
> >>>> Ron Payne
> >>>> Middlebury, VT
> >>>> 
> >>>> On Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:10:58 +0000, b flewelling  wrote:
> >>>> 
> >>>> It was still there when I left at 9:30. It was feeding for a while, then
> >>> was hanging out with the Canada Geese. A life bird for me!
> >>>> 
> >>>> ----- Original Message -----
> >>>> 
> >>>> From: "Spencer Hardy"
> >>>> To: "VTBIRD"
> >>>> Sent: Thursday, March 9, 2017 8:27:39 AM
> >>>> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES
> >>>> 
> >>>> Watching it now. Trumpeter indeed.
> >>>> 
> >>>> Sent from my iPhone
> >>>> 
> >>>>> On Mar 9, 2017, at 7:16 AM, Spencer Hardy  wrote:
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> A photo was recently posted to the Vermont Birding Facebook page that
> >>> appears to show an adult Trumpeter Swan in Brandon. Apparently it has 
been 

> >>> around since Sunday.
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> "from RT 7 in Brandon, take RT 73 W towards Sudbury to the RR overpass.
> >>> The single adult swan is in the flooded area south of the RR tracks. But
> >>> it’s best seen if traveling in the east bound lane towards Brandon”
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> I am going to go look for it shortly, and will post again if its found.
> >>> I believe this would be the second state record.
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> Cheers,
> >>>>> Spencer
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> 
> >>> 
> >> -- 
> >> ____________________________
> >> 
> >> Kent McFarland
> >> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> >> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
> >> 802.649.1431 x201
> >> 
> >> 
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES
From: Spencer Hardy <curlewsandpiper17 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 12:14:45 -0500
A photo (with more coming) plus the exact location is here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35059688 
 


Also, while we were watching it around 8:30 this morning, a Golden Eagle 
circled over! 


Good luck to those who try for it!
Spencer

> On Mar 9, 2017, at 11:47 AM, Kent McFarland  
wrote: 

> 
> Hi folks
> Here's a little info. From vt bird record committee.
> 
> Trumpeter Swan *(Cygnus buccinator) *David Johnston observed, documented,
> and photographed the first fully accepted record from Tri-Town Water
> District along Lake Champlain in Addison on 26 May 2014. Three prior
> reports were not accepted. Active reintroduction efforts in Ontario and the
> Great Lakes area may contribute to additional records in Vermont.
> 
> Best
> Kent
> On Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 11:39 AM Jim Mead  wrote:
> 
>> Trumpeter Swan still here at 11:38 a.m.
>> 
>> Enjoy Birds,
>> 
>> Jim Mead
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>>> On Mar 9, 2017, at 11:14 AM, Ron Payne  wrote:
>>> 
>>> Still there as of 10:40. Also a life bird for me.
>>> 
>>> ---
>>> Ron Payne
>>> Middlebury, VT
>>> 
>>> On Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:10:58 +0000, b flewelling  wrote:
>>> 
>>> It was still there when I left at 9:30. It was feeding for a while, then
>> was hanging out with the Canada Geese. A life bird for me!
>>> 
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> 
>>> From: "Spencer Hardy"
>>> To: "VTBIRD"
>>> Sent: Thursday, March 9, 2017 8:27:39 AM
>>> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES
>>> 
>>> Watching it now. Trumpeter indeed.
>>> 
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> 
>>>> On Mar 9, 2017, at 7:16 AM, Spencer Hardy  wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> A photo was recently posted to the Vermont Birding Facebook page that
>> appears to show an adult Trumpeter Swan in Brandon. Apparently it has been
>> around since Sunday.
>>>> 
>>>> "from RT 7 in Brandon, take RT 73 W towards Sudbury to the RR overpass.
>> The single adult swan is in the flooded area south of the RR tracks. But
>> it’s best seen if traveling in the east bound lane towards Brandon”
>>>> 
>>>> I am going to go look for it shortly, and will post again if its found.
>> I believe this would be the second state record.
>>>> 
>>>> Cheers,
>>>> Spencer
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>> 
> -- 
> ____________________________
> 
> Kent McFarland
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
> 802.649.1431 x201
> 
> 
Subject: [SPAM?:###] Trumpeter Swan - YES
From: Zac Cota <zcotaweaver AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:57:11 -0500
The trumpeter swan continues this morning, actively foraging with Canada geese

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES
From: Graham Bates <batesg AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 16:24:28 -0500
Still present actively feeding at 4:25pm today's. Beautiful in the sunshine!

Graham

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 9, 2017, at 12:14 PM, Spencer Hardy  
wrote: 

> 
> A photo (with more coming) plus the exact location is here: 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35059688 
 

> 
> Also, while we were watching it around 8:30 this morning, a Golden Eagle 
circled over! 

> 
> Good luck to those who try for it!
> Spencer
> 
>> On Mar 9, 2017, at 11:47 AM, Kent McFarland  
wrote: 

>> 
>> Hi folks
>> Here's a little info. From vt bird record committee.
>> 
>> Trumpeter Swan *(Cygnus buccinator) *David Johnston observed, documented,
>> and photographed the first fully accepted record from Tri-Town Water
>> District along Lake Champlain in Addison on 26 May 2014. Three prior
>> reports were not accepted. Active reintroduction efforts in Ontario and the
>> Great Lakes area may contribute to additional records in Vermont.
>> 
>> Best
>> Kent
>>> On Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 11:39 AM Jim Mead  wrote:
>>> 
>>> Trumpeter Swan still here at 11:38 a.m.
>>> 
>>> Enjoy Birds,
>>> 
>>> Jim Mead
>>> 
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> 
>>>> On Mar 9, 2017, at 11:14 AM, Ron Payne  wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> Still there as of 10:40. Also a life bird for me.
>>>> 
>>>> ---
>>>> Ron Payne
>>>> Middlebury, VT
>>>> 
>>>> On Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:10:58 +0000, b flewelling  wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> It was still there when I left at 9:30. It was feeding for a while, then
>>> was hanging out with the Canada Geese. A life bird for me!
>>>> 
>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>> 
>>>> From: "Spencer Hardy"
>>>> To: "VTBIRD"
>>>> Sent: Thursday, March 9, 2017 8:27:39 AM
>>>> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES
>>>> 
>>>> Watching it now. Trumpeter indeed.
>>>> 
>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>> 
>>>>> On Mar 9, 2017, at 7:16 AM, Spencer Hardy  wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>> A photo was recently posted to the Vermont Birding Facebook page that
>>> appears to show an adult Trumpeter Swan in Brandon. Apparently it has been
>>> around since Sunday.
>>>>> 
>>>>> "from RT 7 in Brandon, take RT 73 W towards Sudbury to the RR overpass.
>>> The single adult swan is in the flooded area south of the RR tracks. But
>>> it’s best seen if traveling in the east bound lane towards Brandon”
>>>>> 
>>>>> I am going to go look for it shortly, and will post again if its found.
>>> I believe this would be the second state record.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Cheers,
>>>>> Spencer
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>> 
>> -- 
>> ____________________________
>> 
>> Kent McFarland
>> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
>> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
>> 802.649.1431 x201
>> 
>> 
Subject: Trumpeter still there yesterday afternoon
From: Larry and Mona Rogers <4181rogers AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 08:32:09 -0500
Sent from Mail for Windows 10

Spotted at around 2:45 PM.  Life bird number 819 – Vermont bird number 209.

Larry and Mona

PS E-Bird question: Is it worthwhile making an E-Bird report? I’m sure many 
folks have already recorded the sighting. 

Subject: Re: Trumpeter still there yesterday afternoon
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 08:39:25 -0500
I think it's worth it, and any other species observed while there.

Some day, a grad student will take a look at the "other" species reported
by all the visitors at a rare bird stake-out. I can imagine the level of
reporting and the variety of findings, including estimated (and counted)
numbers, "ordinary" stuff, and wozza rarities (Patigonian Picnic Table
Effect).

There's a thesis in there.

Rich Guthrie

On Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 8:32 AM, Larry and Mona Rogers <
4181rogers AT comcast.net> wrote:

> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
>
> Spotted at around 2:45 PM.  Life bird number 819 – Vermont bird number 209.
>
> Larry and Mona
>
> PS  E-Bird question: Is it worthwhile making an E-Bird report?  I’m sure
> many folks have already recorded the sighting.
>



-- 
Richard Guthrie
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES
From: Ron Payne <rpayne72 AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 11:14:14 -0500
Still there as of 10:40. Also a life bird for me.

---
Ron Payne
Middlebury, VT

On Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:10:58 +0000, b flewelling  wrote:

It was still there when I left at 9:30. It was feeding for a while, then was 
hanging out with the Canada Geese. A life bird for me! 


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

From: "Spencer Hardy"  
To: "VTBIRD"  
Sent: Thursday, March 9, 2017 8:27:39 AM 
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES 

Watching it now. Trumpeter indeed. 

Sent from my iPhone 

> On Mar 9, 2017, at 7:16 AM, Spencer Hardy  wrote: 
> 
> A photo was recently posted to the Vermont Birding Facebook page that appears 
to show an adult Trumpeter Swan in Brandon. Apparently it has been around since 
Sunday. 

> 
> "from RT 7 in Brandon, take RT 73 W towards Sudbury to the RR overpass. The 
single adult swan is in the flooded area south of the RR tracks. But it’s 
best seen if traveling in the east bound lane towards Brandon” 

> 
> I am going to go look for it shortly, and will post again if its found. I 
believe this would be the second state record. 

> 
> Cheers, 
> Spencer 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES
From: b flewelling <bflewelling3263 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:10:58 +0000
It was still there when I left at 9:30. It was feeding for a while, then was 
hanging out with the Canada Geese. A life bird for me! 


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

From: "Spencer Hardy"  
To: "VTBIRD"  
Sent: Thursday, March 9, 2017 8:27:39 AM 
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Trumpeter Swan in Brandon--YES 

Watching it now. Trumpeter indeed. 

Sent from my iPhone 

> On Mar 9, 2017, at 7:16 AM, Spencer Hardy  
wrote: 

> 
> A photo was recently posted to the Vermont Birding Facebook page that appears 
to show an adult Trumpeter Swan in Brandon. Apparently it has been around since 
Sunday. 

> 
> "from RT 7 in Brandon, take RT 73 W towards Sudbury to the RR overpass. The 
single adult swan is in the flooded area south of the RR tracks. But it’s 
best seen if traveling in the east bound lane towards Brandon” 

> 
> I am going to go look for it shortly, and will post again if its found. I 
believe this would be the second state record. 

> 
> Cheers, 
> Spencer 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Trumpeter still there yesterday afternoon
From: Ian Worley <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 10:03:42 -0500
Absolutely it is worth the eBird report!  If most everyone does so, 
there will be a fine collection of bird records for that location for 
the duration of the swan's visit ... and you don't know how long that 
will be.  There have been numerous long-term "stake-out" rarities, some 
for many months.

Good birding all,

Ian

==================


On 3/11/2017 8:32 AM, Larry and Mona Rogers wrote:
> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
>
> Spotted at around 2:45 PM.  Life bird number 819 – Vermont bird number 209.
>
> Larry and Mona
>
> PS E-Bird question: Is it worthwhile making an E-Bird report? I’m sure many 
folks have already recorded the sighting. 

Subject: Fwd: Trumpeter Present at 11am
From: Pat Folsom <pfols AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 12:13:51 -0500
From: Jeanne Elias < moosewoman AT madriver.com > 
Date: March 11, 2017 at 11:18:58 AM EST 
To: Vermont Birds < VTBIRD AT list.uvm.edu > 
Subject: Trumpeter Present at 11am 






BQ_BEGIN

Great looks of it walking on the ice! Ebird checklist with photo later 


BQ_BEGIN

BQ_END


BQ_END
Subject: bears
From: Bonnie Dundas <kinglet AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2017 14:58:06 -0500
For those of you who live in the Bennington area, we had a bear visit the 
feeders last night. This is a little early for us, but it certainly has been 
warmer down here. 

Bonnie Dundas, Bennington
Subject: Red-winged
From: Jack Travelstead <jgtravel54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:01:16 -0500
26 male Red-winged, 1 female Red-winged, 1 Brown-headed Cowbird, 1 Common 
Grackle, and two A. Crows on Woodbury Mountain this morning. 


Jack
West Woodbury
Subject: Red wing
From: Mundi Smithers <amen1farm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:03:00 -0500
Male Red wing in North Pownal this morning. Two Peregrines on territory on 
Saturday. 


Mundi
North Pownal

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Red wing on the border-Derby
From: Walter Medwid <wmedwid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:22:18 -0500
A red winged blackbird looked over the feeder this morning.
Subject: Re: Snow Goose x Canada Goose hybrid .. Lemon Fair WMA, Cornwall.
From: Ian Worley <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:36:53 -0500
That's part of the reason my first thought was domestic. However, some 
of the Canada Geese we have in the Champlain Valley are quite small.

Hopefully someone will have some sustained views of the bird, and well 
describe the bird.

Ian

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


On 2/26/2017 7:58 PM, Jane Stein wrote:
> Ian, why/how would a snow-Canada hybrid be bigger than a Canada?
>
> Jane
> (Shoreham)
>
> On 2/26/2017 7:50 PM, Ian Worley wrote:
>> Hi Bob,
>>
>> Thanks for the thought.  I didn't get a good enough look to really
>> explore the options.  I would have, if the group had stayed in place.
>>
>> My starting point was the heft of the bird, so noticeably larger in
>> appearance than the Canadas it was with, which were small Canadas if the
>> Snow Goose was a normal size.  That sent my brain to a domestic goose of
>> some sort, but I couldn't make that hold up later with a cursory on-line
>> search.
>>
>> I've seen all sorts of leucistic birds with varying degrees and
>> distributions of white.  That may not have jumped into my mind because I
>> perceived the bird to be more stocky than a Canada Goose.  I haven't
>> forgot about other species being hybridized as well.
>>
>> I'll try to find it again tomorrow.  Where first seen it was only
>> 300-400 feet away.  Where it went was 4000 feet distant, and there was a
>> lot of heat distortion in the cold air over the warm ground of the last
>> few days.  If I do refind it, I'm curious to see if my quick
>> observations in that limited time hold up during a more sustained and
>> comprehensive view.
>>
>> Best regards,
>>
>> Ian
>>
>> ------------------------------------------------------
>>
>>
>> On 2/26/2017 7:12 PM, anneboby wrote:
>>> Ian - may I suggest it was possibly a leucistic Canada (a bird with
>>> partial white plumage) rather than a hybrid.  I suggest this after
>>> recently banding my second leucistic Red-tailed Hawk in NY.
>>>
>>> Bob Yunick
>>> Schenectady, NY
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Ian Worley 
>>> To: VTBIRD 
>>> Sent: Sun, Feb 26, 2017 1:37 pm
>>> Subject: [VTBIRD] Snow Goose x Canada Goose hybrid .. Lemon Fair WMA,
>>> Cornwall.
>>>
>>> While beginning to count 2300 Canada Geese today in the flooded Lemon
>>> Fair River flats west of West Street, Cornwall, I came upon a 
>>> noticeably
>>> large goose, as compared with the Canada Geese and one Snow Goose it 
>>> was
>>> foraging with.  I was struck by its size, but it didn't really look 
>>> like
>>> any domestic goose with which I am familiar.  I now think it is a Snow
>>> Goose x Canada Goose hybrid.
>>>
>>> As I was taking notes on its plumage, the ensemble of geese bolted 
>>> as an
>>> immature Red-tailed Hawk made a zooming pass.  They landed about 0.3
>>> miles up stream with other geese at a location I could not see well.
>>>
>>> I saw the bird from right and left rear quarter view as it swam and 
>>> when
>>> it took flight.  It was dark bodied above, and white below. The wings
>>> were dark but the outer primaries were all white and very striking in
>>> flight. My look at the neck was remembered poorly, though it definitely
>>> was not white.  The head was prominently pied in color, a mottling of
>>> dark spots or blotches on a white field.  I did not see the bill or 
>>> feet
>>> with any clarity.
>>>
>>> Ian
Subject: Re: Snow Goose x Canada Goose hybrid .. Lemon Fair WMA, Cornwall.
From: Jane Stein <jeshawks AT SHOREHAM.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:58:42 -0500
Ian, why/how would a snow-Canada hybrid be bigger than a Canada?

Jane
(Shoreham)

On 2/26/2017 7:50 PM, Ian Worley wrote:
> Hi Bob,
>
> Thanks for the thought.  I didn't get a good enough look to really
> explore the options.  I would have, if the group had stayed in place.
>
> My starting point was the heft of the bird, so noticeably larger in
> appearance than the Canadas it was with, which were small Canadas if the
> Snow Goose was a normal size.  That sent my brain to a domestic goose of
> some sort, but I couldn't make that hold up later with a cursory on-line
> search.
>
> I've seen all sorts of leucistic birds with varying degrees and
> distributions of white.  That may not have jumped into my mind because I
> perceived the bird to be more stocky than a Canada Goose.  I haven't
> forgot about other species being hybridized as well.
>
> I'll try to find it again tomorrow.  Where first seen it was only
> 300-400 feet away.  Where it went was 4000 feet distant, and there was a
> lot of heat distortion in the cold air over the warm ground of the last
> few days.  If I do refind it, I'm curious to see if my quick
> observations in that limited time hold up during a more sustained and
> comprehensive view.
>
> Best regards,
>
> Ian
>
> ------------------------------------------------------
>
>
> On 2/26/2017 7:12 PM, anneboby wrote:
>> Ian - may I suggest it was possibly a leucistic Canada (a bird with
>> partial white plumage) rather than a hybrid.  I suggest this after
>> recently banding my second leucistic Red-tailed Hawk in NY.
>>
>> Bob Yunick
>> Schenectady, NY
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Ian Worley 
>> To: VTBIRD 
>> Sent: Sun, Feb 26, 2017 1:37 pm
>> Subject: [VTBIRD] Snow Goose x Canada Goose hybrid .. Lemon Fair WMA,
>> Cornwall.
>>
>> While beginning to count 2300 Canada Geese today in the flooded Lemon
>> Fair River flats west of West Street, Cornwall, I came upon a noticeably
>> large goose, as compared with the Canada Geese and one Snow Goose it was
>> foraging with.  I was struck by its size, but it didn't really look like
>> any domestic goose with which I am familiar.  I now think it is a Snow
>> Goose x Canada Goose hybrid.
>>
>> As I was taking notes on its plumage, the ensemble of geese bolted as an
>> immature Red-tailed Hawk made a zooming pass.  They landed about 0.3
>> miles up stream with other geese at a location I could not see well.
>>
>> I saw the bird from right and left rear quarter view as it swam and when
>> it took flight.  It was dark bodied above, and white below.  The wings
>> were dark but the outer primaries were all white and very striking in
>> flight. My look at the neck was remembered poorly, though it definitely
>> was not white.  The head was prominently pied in color, a mottling of
>> dark spots or blotches on a white field.  I did not see the bill or feet
>> with any clarity.
>>
>> Ian
Subject: Re: Snow Goose x Canada Goose hybrid .. Lemon Fair WMA, Cornwall.
From: Ian Worley <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:50:42 -0500
Hi Bob,

Thanks for the thought.  I didn't get a good enough look to really 
explore the options.  I would have, if the group had stayed in place.

My starting point was the heft of the bird, so noticeably larger in 
appearance than the Canadas it was with, which were small Canadas if the 
Snow Goose was a normal size.  That sent my brain to a domestic goose of 
some sort, but I couldn't make that hold up later with a cursory on-line 
search.

I've seen all sorts of leucistic birds with varying degrees and 
distributions of white.  That may not have jumped into my mind because I 
perceived the bird to be more stocky than a Canada Goose.  I haven't 
forgot about other species being hybridized as well.

I'll try to find it again tomorrow.  Where first seen it was only 
300-400 feet away.  Where it went was 4000 feet distant, and there was a 
lot of heat distortion in the cold air over the warm ground of the last 
few days.  If I do refind it, I'm curious to see if my quick 
observations in that limited time hold up during a more sustained and 
comprehensive view.

Best regards,

Ian

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


On 2/26/2017 7:12 PM, anneboby wrote:
> Ian - may I suggest it was possibly a leucistic Canada (a bird with partial 
white plumage) rather than a hybrid. I suggest this after recently banding my 
second leucistic Red-tailed Hawk in NY. 

>
> Bob Yunick
> Schenectady, NY
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ian Worley 
> To: VTBIRD 
> Sent: Sun, Feb 26, 2017 1:37 pm
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Snow Goose x Canada Goose hybrid .. Lemon Fair WMA, 
Cornwall. 

>
> While beginning to count 2300 Canada Geese today in the flooded Lemon
> Fair River flats west of West Street, Cornwall, I came upon a noticeably
> large goose, as compared with the Canada Geese and one Snow Goose it was
> foraging with.  I was struck by its size, but it didn't really look like
> any domestic goose with which I am familiar.  I now think it is a Snow
> Goose x Canada Goose hybrid.
>
> As I was taking notes on its plumage, the ensemble of geese bolted as an
> immature Red-tailed Hawk made a zooming pass.  They landed about 0.3
> miles up stream with other geese at a location I could not see well.
>
> I saw the bird from right and left rear quarter view as it swam and when
> it took flight.  It was dark bodied above, and white below.  The wings
> were dark but the outer primaries were all white and very striking in
> flight. My look at the neck was remembered poorly, though it definitely
> was not white.  The head was prominently pied in color, a mottling of
> dark spots or blotches on a white field.  I did not see the bill or feet
> with any clarity.
>
> Ian
Subject: Re: Snow Goose x Canada Goose hybrid .. Lemon Fair WMA, Cornwall.
From: anneboby <00000038cbe79a41-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:12:05 -0500
Ian - may I suggest it was possibly a leucistic Canada (a bird with partial 
white plumage) rather than a hybrid. I suggest this after recently banding my 
second leucistic Red-tailed Hawk in NY. 


Bob Yunick
Schenectady, NY



-----Original Message-----
From: Ian Worley 
To: VTBIRD 
Sent: Sun, Feb 26, 2017 1:37 pm
Subject: [VTBIRD] Snow Goose x Canada Goose hybrid .. Lemon Fair WMA, Cornwall.

While beginning to count 2300 Canada Geese today in the flooded Lemon 
Fair River flats west of West Street, Cornwall, I came upon a noticeably 
large goose, as compared with the Canada Geese and one Snow Goose it was 
foraging with.  I was struck by its size, but it didn't really look like 
any domestic goose with which I am familiar.  I now think it is a Snow 
Goose x Canada Goose hybrid.

As I was taking notes on its plumage, the ensemble of geese bolted as an 
immature Red-tailed Hawk made a zooming pass.  They landed about 0.3 
miles up stream with other geese at a location I could not see well.

I saw the bird from right and left rear quarter view as it swam and when 
it took flight.  It was dark bodied above, and white below.  The wings 
were dark but the outer primaries were all white and very striking in 
flight. My look at the neck was remembered poorly, though it definitely 
was not white.  The head was prominently pied in color, a mottling of 
dark spots or blotches on a white field.  I did not see the bill or feet 
with any clarity.

Ian
Subject: Snow Goose x Canada Goose hybrid .. Lemon Fair WMA, Cornwall.
From: Ian Worley <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:36:44 -0500
While beginning to count 2300 Canada Geese today in the flooded Lemon 
Fair River flats west of West Street, Cornwall, I came upon a noticeably 
large goose, as compared with the Canada Geese and one Snow Goose it was 
foraging with.  I was struck by its size, but it didn't really look like 
any domestic goose with which I am familiar.  I now think it is a Snow 
Goose x Canada Goose hybrid.

As I was taking notes on its plumage, the ensemble of geese bolted as an 
immature Red-tailed Hawk made a zooming pass.  They landed about 0.3 
miles up stream with other geese at a location I could not see well.

I saw the bird from right and left rear quarter view as it swam and when 
it took flight.  It was dark bodied above, and white below.  The wings 
were dark but the outer primaries were all white and very striking in 
flight. My look at the neck was remembered poorly, though it definitely 
was not white.  The head was prominently pied in color, a mottling of 
dark spots or blotches on a white field.  I did not see the bill or feet 
with any clarity.

Ian
Subject: waterfowl migration in lower CT River
From: Hector Galbraith <hg2 AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:03:35 -0500
Waterfowl migration in the lower river valley is about 2 weeks in advance of 
the usual timing. Right now at Blodgett (Windham Cty) there is a massive flock 
of 3,400 CAGOs, in a addition to 1 snow goose, 1 pintail, 4 buffleheads, 5 
ring-necks, and a few dozen each of mallard and black ducks. The geese do not 
seem to be pushing further up the valley. North of Vernon the fields are still 
pretty much ice-bound and this could explain the stopper being in the migration 
bottle! 


Hector Galbraith, PhD
EcoSolutions
hg2 AT myfairpoint.net 
802 258 4836
802 222 1916 (c)
Subject: Re: Brown Creeper
From: Ken Kretzer <kretzvt AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:31:24 -0500
Larry, I saw one too in my front yard. A pair seems to have taken up
residence as I see them regularly working up the same trees in my yard
since last summer. Very cool!

On Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 10:23 AM, Larry Levine  wrote:

> Just observed a Brown Creeper creeping up a White Pine tree out my kitchen
> window.
>
> Larry Levine
> Jericho
>
> Sent from my iPad mini
>



-- 
Ken Kretzer
Subject: Brown Creeper
From: Larry Levine <levine5279 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:23:17 -0500
Just observed a Brown Creeper creeping up a White Pine tree out my kitchen 
window. 


Larry Levine 
Jericho 

Sent from my iPad mini
Subject: No Subject
From: Spencer Hardy <curlewsandpiper17 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:26:44 -0500
Spent a good part of the birding in Cornwall. A pretty impressive flight of 
birds headed north, mostly before 10am. Below are combined totals from several 
locations, and don’t included the hundreds of birds seen between stops. 


1 Turkey Vulture — my first
670 American Crows — almost all appeared to be migrating north, and I 
probably missed most of them. It was hard to keep up with counting. 

3 Common Ravens — probably locals
32 European Starlings — mostly locals, a few with migrating blackbird flocks
130 Red-winged Blackbirds
236 Common Grackles
223 Unknown Blackbirds — probably Red-wings

Also a decent showing of waterfowl
757 Canada Geese
49 American Black Ducks
58 Mallards
3 Northern Pintails
33 Green-winged Teal
1 Ring-necked Duck
3 Common Merganser


The flood gates are open!
Spencer Hardy
Middlebury, VT