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Hooded Warbler,©Dan Lane

31 Aug Westminster Station Nighthawk Count [Donald Clark ]
30 Aug Re: Unusual hummngbird behavior? [Sue ]
30 Aug Lake Bomoseen/Hubbardton Marshes IBA, Aug 30, 2016 [Susan Elliott ]
30 Aug Bobwhite - Newbury [Ian Clark ]
30 Aug Shorebirds [Isis Erb ]
29 Aug Westminster Station Nighthawk Count [Donald Clark ]
30 Aug Re: Eagles at Sand Bar State Park ["Raymond M. Soff Jr." ]
29 Aug Re: Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September [Richard Harlow ]
29 Aug Re: Unusual hummngbird behavior? [Susan Fogleman ]
29 Aug Re: Unusual hummngbird behavior? [Barry Conolly ]
29 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - 16 Campbell RD, Aug 28, 2016 [Fred Bates ]
29 Aug Re: Unusual hummngbird behavior? ["Nancy A. Brown" ]
29 Aug Request for updates on Buff-breasted Sandpiper [Tyler Pockette ]
28 Aug Re: Unusual hummngbird behavior? [J Wazny ]
28 Aug Westminster Station Nighthawk Count [Donald Clark ]
28 Aug Re: Unusual hummngbird behavior? [Becky Giroux ]
28 Aug Re: Unusual hummngbird behavior? [Sue ]
28 Aug Shorebird photos from Dead Creek x Otter Creek confluence [Tyler Pockette ]
28 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpiper @ Dead Creek Outlet, (Goose Bay) in Highgate Springs [Jim Mead ]
28 Aug Re: Unusual hummngbird behavior? [Jane Stein ]
28 Aug Re: Westminster Station Nighthawk Count [Donald Clark ]
28 Aug Re: Unusual hummngbird behavior? [Kathy Leonard ]
28 Aug Unusual hummngbird behavior? [Kathy Leonard ]
28 Aug Re: Westminster Station Nighthawk Count [Ruth ]
28 Aug Aitken State Forest, Aug 28, 2016 [Susan Elliott ]
28 Aug American Golden-Plover; Dead Creek x Otter Creek Confluence- Vergennes [Tyler Pockette ]
28 Aug Bald Eagle [Mundi Smithers ]
28 Aug Re: Eagle, Middlebury ["Trombulak, Stephen C." ]
27 Aug Westminster Station Nighthawk Count [Donald Clark ]
27 Aug Fw: Lily Pond Trail, Hubbardton/Castleton, Aug 27, 2016 [Susan Elliott ]
27 Aug BrattleboroNighthawks-migrating [Paul Miksis ]
27 Aug Nighthawks [Janet Watton ]
27 Aug Re: Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September [Allan Strong ]
27 Aug Re: Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September [Allan Strong ]
27 Aug Re: Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September [Roger Rees ]
26 Aug Re: Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September [Michele Patenaude ]
26 Aug Westminster Station Nighthawk Count [Donald Clark ]
27 Aug Re: Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September [Linda McElvany ]
26 Aug Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September [Allan Strong ]
26 Aug Re: Eagle, Middlebury ["Peterson, Bruce B." ]
26 Aug Nighthawks [Kent McFarland ]
26 Aug Any Nighthawk sighting spots near Rutland? [Eugenia Cooke ]
26 Aug More nighthawks [Steve Faccio ]
26 Aug Eagle, Middlebury [Janet Warren ]
26 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - 16 Campbell RD, Aug 25, 2016 [Fred Bates ]
25 Aug FW: [VTBIRD] Eagle and turkey? [Barbara Brosnan ]
25 Aug Eagle and turkey? [Barbara Brosnan ]
25 Aug Night hawks [Walter Medwid ]
25 Aug Re: Nighthawks, Bennington [Eric Seyferth ]
25 Aug Nighthawks, Bennington [Theresa Armata ]
25 Aug Nighthawk [Sue ]
24 Aug Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling- Delta Park, Colchester [Tyler Pockette ]
24 Aug Re: Nighthawks [Patricia Folsom ]
24 Aug Nighthawks [Pieter van Loon ]
24 Aug Westminster Station Nighthawk Count [Donald Clark ]
24 Aug Re: BrattleboroNighthawks [Jan Miles ]
24 Aug BrattleboroNighthawks [Paul Miksis ]
24 Aug ID help [Leslie Nulty ]
24 Aug Grouse [Sue ]
23 Aug Westminster Station Nighthawk Count [Donald Clark ]
23 Aug Common nighthawks [Ian Clark ]
23 Aug Re: Fwd: eBird Report - Kent Pond - Killington (99 acres), Aug 22, 2016 [Jeffrey Sonshine ]
23 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - Kent Pond - Killington (99 acres), Aug 22, 2016 [Roy Pilcher ]
22 Aug Westminster Station Nighthawk Count [Donald Clark ]
22 Aug Re: Peregrines, shared [Jeanne Wisner ]
22 Aug Peregrines, shared [Veer Frost ]
22 Aug Re: bird guide apps [hilke breder ]
22 Aug Re: bird guide apps [Deborah Benjamin ]
21 Aug Re: bird guide apps [Miriam Lawrence ]
22 Aug bird guide apps [Ruth ]
21 Aug Re: Magazines to donate in Northfield/Montpelier area [Linnea Garrepy ]
21 Aug Re: Magazines to donate in Northfield/Montpelier area [Linnea Garrepy ]
21 Aug question about Broad-wings [Maeve Kim ]
21 Aug Broadwings [Walter Medwid ]
20 Aug Re: Request for assistance - recordings of migrating Mourning Warbler songs [Michele Patenaude ]
21 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - 16 Campbell RD, Aug 20, 2016 [Fred Bates ]

Subject: Westminster Station Nighthawk Count
From: Donald Clark <sapsbks AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 20:14:49 -0400
After hitting bottom on wednesday things have started to pick up again. Last 
night (8/30) I had 42 birds and tonight 487. 


Don Clark
Grafton, VT
Subject: Re: Unusual hummngbird behavior?
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 17:22:23 -0400
Well now all the Canada geese will be miffed!
Sue Wetmore 

Sent from my iPod

> On Aug 29, 2016, at 10:27 AM, Susan Fogleman  
wrote: 

> 
> Nancy -
> That hummer was probably telling the young eagle that it (the hummer) would 
be riding on his/her back in a week or so en route to Venezuela. Maybe even 
discussing some practice flights first… 

> 
> ;-)
> 
> 
> Susan Fogleman
> 
>> On Aug 29, 2016, at 6:28 AM, Nancy A. Brown wrote:
>> 
>> Okay Sue and everyone I must up one you all. Several years ago after a 
strong thunder storm I had a just fledged (I have to think it was blown in from 
Hebron, NY nest?) Bald Eagle at Danby Pond. While watching it I was amazed to 
see a hummingbird repeatedly dive at it , 4 or 5 times, just what kind of 
threat did the hummer think it posed to its food source? Falling on the flowers 
and squishing them, possible the Eaglet was awful wobbly! 

>> 
>> --------------------------------------------------
>> From: "Sue" <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
>> Sent: Sunday, August 28, 2016 6:16 PM
>> To: 
>> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Unusual hummngbird behavior?
>> 
>>> Here in my yard in Brandon a hummer was annoying a blue jay.
>>> Sue Wetmore
>>> 
>>> Sent from my iPod
>>> 
Subject: Lake Bomoseen/Hubbardton Marshes IBA, Aug 30, 2016
From: Susan Elliott <00000032e9152660-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:10:49 +0000
It was a beautiful day for a paddle up the north end of Lake Bomoseen, north of 
Float Bridge Road. About halfway up we heard 'quick three beers' and saw an 
Olive-sided Flycatcher perched on a dead tree. A second Olive-sided was on 
another tree nearby. Chasing ensued.  

Another treat was a Bonaparte's Gull on our return and then a second near the 
float bridge. Other highlights were a Great Egret and singing Warbling and 
Yellow-throated Vireos. The Red-eyeds were mostly whining.  

We also saw one adult Bald Eagle and one immature Bald Eagle along with an 
Osprey and a Broad-winged Hawk. 

We spotted four small shorebirds, but they were in flight and disappeared so no 
ID. 



     
Lake Bomoseen/Hubbardton Marshes IBA, Rutland, Vermont, US
Aug 30, 2016 8:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:    by kayak
34 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  24
Wood Duck  19
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  12
Hooded Merganser  4
Great Blue Heron  11    
Great Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  6
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  2
Broad-winged Hawk  1
shorebird sp.  4    
Bonaparte's Gull  2
Ring-billed Gull  2
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Olive-sided Flycatcher  2    
Eastern Phoebe  3
Yellow-throated Vireo  2    
Warbling Vireo  2    
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  6
Tree Swallow  4
Black-capped Chickadee  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Red-winged Blackbird  5
American Goldfinch  6

Sue and Marv Elliott, Sue Wetmore   
Subject: Bobwhite - Newbury
From: Ian Clark <recipes AT IANCLARK.COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:51:38 -0400
There's a bobwhite calling from the brush alongside my field this morning. 
Heard it late last week a couple times, my neighbor says it was along her field 
over the weekend. 

Subject: Shorebirds
From: Isis Erb <isisunit AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:44:03 -0400
Hi Folks-

Sadly I was unable to get out and try for the Buff-breasted Sandpiper et
al. up in Franklin, nor for the American Golden Plover in Addison. And I'm
getting a very slow start due to the events of yesterday -- as either
location is a bit of a drive I was wondering if anyone had tried for either
bird yet this morning, and if so would you be so kind as share your
results, positive or negative, I'd very much appreciate it.

Thanks & enjoy those birds,

Isis Erb
Jericho, VT


-- 
Isis Erb
Jericho, VT

Sent from my iPhone, so please forgive any egregious spelling errors.
Subject: Westminster Station Nighthawk Count
From: Donald Clark <sapsbks AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:29:46 -0400
After a few phenomenal nights I was expecting the numbers to come down but not 
with a thud like tonight. It was very windy and no nighthawks were observed but 
it was a good night for raptors. Maybe a sign that it’s time to move to the 
mountain. I’ll give it one more shot tomorrow. 


Don Clark
Grafton, VT
Subject: Re: Eagles at Sand Bar State Park
From: "Raymond M. Soff Jr." <clarksnutcracker AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:01:03 +0000
Hi Becky,


Your e-mail address showed up when I tried to type another email address in the 
"To" section; so, I looked at your e-mails to VTBirds. I like your description 
of what you see because it seems as if you have a lot of energy and life that 
goes into what you do in the field. It's like a story. 


I like Blue-headed Vireos partly, or mainly, because of the quality of the 
male's song. That, combined with the fact that it is usually solitary when it 
sings, as a kind of early Spring migrant, when there is still cool air. In New 
York State, it can be extremely quiet on an early May or June afternoon, and 
then, all of a sudden, a Blue-headed Vireo sings "out of nowhere," without 
being heard flying in or rustling branches. 



Raymond M. Soff Jr. (Ray)

Saddle Brook, New Jersey


________________________________
From: Vermont Birds  on behalf of Becky Giroux 
 

Sent: Saturday, June 25, 2016 8:42 PM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [VTBIRD] Eagles at Sand Bar State Park

Today a friend and I rented kayaks at the Sand Bar State Park and I went with 
no binoculars! Not the day to be without. We paddled east from the beach toward 
the Milton shore and down around the buoys I noticed something large in the 
trees lining route 2. Last month at the Helen Buckner Reserve we saw a 
porcupine in a tree and I began telling my friend that story and wondering if I 
might be seeing another porcupine in a tree. Well, today's porcupine turned out 
to be an Eagle. We watched it take off and head out into the lake, dive down 
for a fish and then headed south over route 2 and disappeared. It was the first 
sighting of an eagle for my friend and she was beside herself with excitement. 
We continued to paddle for another 5 minutes when again I noticed 2 large 
"porcupines" sitting in one tree. Turns out to be 2 eagles side by side! I 
wondered if the first eagle took the fish back to share. They took off and 
headed east into the hills of Milton while we kept o! 

 ur eyes on their white tails until they out of sight. With that we turned 
around headed back to the inlet close to the beach area to see what else we 
could find. We did watch the great blue herons slowly strutting in the 
waterlilies grabbing for food. In here I saw a Belted Kingfisher diving for 
fish. On one of his dives as he was trying to come up off the water a red 
winged black bird attacked him pushing him back into the water. As he tried to 
come up again he dropped his fish dove down to grab it and the red winged once 
again attacked him but this time he managed to stay in the air and made it to a 
tree. 

Something else I noticed were two very small what I think to be, baby ducks. 
They were floating among the lily pads close to shore all alone. They were far 
away so I couldn't see them well but I wondered why two baby ducks would be 
alone. 

We turned in the kayaks ate some lunch and headed to Niquette Bay State Park. 
This was my first visit and what a gem of a park! For late afternoon there were 
quite a few birds singing. Our exiting find here along side the path was a nest 
of baby woodpeckers. The hole was about 25' off the ground and they were very 
vocal. Sounded like maybe 3 were in the nest. We did see a parent fly in and 
feed them. I'm not sure which woodpecker family it is. The head had a small 
patch of red on top and not a lot of white on the back. It was the size of a 
hairy so I'm thinking it was a hairy. I didn't want to wear out my welcome so 
we moved on. I plan to visit this park again and again. 

It was a great day to be outside. I hope you all got to be out for a little 
while too. 



Happy Birding
Subject: Re: Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September
From: Richard Harlow <raharlow AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:38:36 -0400
Allan, did you mean to send this to me?

Dick

Dick Harlow
Middlebury, VT



On 8/27/16 14:12, Allan Strong wrote:
> Hi Roger,
>
> Welcome to Burlington, and so glad you can make it!
>
> You have a spot reserved on the Melosira "pelagic" birding trip on Sunday, 
September 11th. The boat will leave from the dock on the south side of the ECHO 
Center at 7:30, and return to the dock around 11:30. 

>
> To confirm your reservation, please send a check for $50.00 made out to UVM, 
with "birding" in the memo line. 

>
> Please send your checks to:
> Allan Strong
> RSENR/Aiken Center
> 81 Carrigan Drive
> University of Vermont
> Burlington, VT 05405
>
> We're trying to make sure that we break even on the trip, so to make sure 
that we have a full boat, I'd like to receive checks by September 6. If you 
know that you won't be able to make it, please let me know ASAP. We will 
obviously refund your money if the weather precludes us from going out, but if 
you inexplicably don't show up the day of the trip, I can't necessarily promise 
a refund. 

>
> I'll send out a few more details about the trip later, but here are a few 
things to keep in mind. We'd like to have everyone present by 7:15 so we can 
get out on the water at 7:30. Remember, it is always colder on the water, so 
bring some warm, and waterproof clothes. But...think positive and bring 
sunscreen and a hat as well. If it is rough (but not raining), we will still 
try to get out, but we will confine our birding to the more protected coves on 
the Lake. DO NOT forget your binoculars and a camera might be helpful. Also, 
there is a bathroom on board the boat. 

>
> Directions to the ECHO Center can be found here - the Melosira is docked 
right on the south side of the building: 

> http://www.echovermont.org/directions.html
> I’m hoping I’ll be able to get us free parking, but I’m not sure just 
yet. 

>
> Please let me know if you have any questions.  I'm getting excited already!
>
> Allan
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vermont Birds [mailto:VTBIRD AT list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Roger Rees
> Sent: Saturday, August 27, 2016 1:09 PM
> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 
September 

>
> Hi Alan Strong,
>
> I'm fairly new to Burlington birding so this trip sounds like a great 
opportunity. Sunday, Sept 11 would be the most convenient. Please reserve me a 
place and send me the instructions. 

>
> Best wishes,
>
> Roger Rees
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Allan Strong 
> To: VTBIRD 
> Sent: Fri, Aug 26, 2016 2:08 pm
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September
>
> Hi VT Birders,
>
> After a year hiatus, I've been working with the Captain of UVM's 45' research 
boat, the Melosira, to organize another "pelagic" birding trip on Lake 
Champlain. We have finally settled on two days in September: Saturday the 10th, 
and Sunday the 11th. The trips will be half days...roughly 7:30-11:30 and the 
cost will be $50.00. We'll be leaving out of the Burlington harbor, just 
outside the ECHO Center where we will be able to check out the broad lake and 
south to the Four Brothers Islands and Charlotte Town Beach. If you are 
interested, please let me know. To make sure everyone has good viewing 
opportunities, we'll only be able to take about 20 birders per trip. 

>
> As we've found in past years, there are no guarantees about how the birding 
might be, but we will be right at the "peak" for jaeger migration, as well as 
the time of year for that annual Sabine's Gull, and we'll be in season for 
other ducks, shorebirds (phalaropes!), terns, and, well, who knows what else? 
We'll also be chumming with the goal of bringing birds close to the boat. 

>
> A note about the Melosira. It is a steady boat, but if the water is choppy, 
viewing can be challenging as you are watching from a moving platform. 
Additionally, the boat is designed to chase fish and the things fish eat (like 
zooplankton), so it is not designed to get anywhere in a hurry. If an unusual 
bird comes whizzing by the boat, we probably won't have much luck in trying to 
outrun it for a better look. 

>
> But, this is a totally different perspective on birding, and we might just 
find some really cool birds! 

>
> If you are interested, please send me an email to reserve a place, and I'll 
send you further instructions on making a final reservation. 

> astrong AT uvm.edu
>
> I hope you can make it!
>
> Allan Strong
> Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
>
Subject: Re: Unusual hummngbird behavior?
From: Susan Fogleman <sfogleman AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:27:44 -0400
Nancy -
That hummer was probably telling the young eagle that it (the hummer) would be 
riding on his/her back in a week or so en route to Venezuela. Maybe even 
discussing some practice flights first 


;-)


Susan Fogleman

On Aug 29, 2016, at 6:28 AM, Nancy A. Brown wrote:

> Okay Sue and everyone I must up one you all. Several years ago after a strong 
thunder storm I had a just fledged (I have to think it was blown in from 
Hebron, NY nest?) Bald Eagle at Danby Pond. While watching it I was amazed to 
see a hummingbird repeatedly dive at it , 4 or 5 times, just what kind of 
threat did the hummer think it posed to its food source? Falling on the flowers 
and squishing them, possible the Eaglet was awful wobbly! 

> 
> --------------------------------------------------
> From: "Sue" <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
> Sent: Sunday, August 28, 2016 6:16 PM
> To: 
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Unusual hummngbird behavior?
> 
>> Here in my yard in Brandon a hummer was annoying a blue jay.
>> Sue Wetmore
>> 
>> Sent from my iPod
>> 
Subject: Re: Unusual hummngbird behavior?
From: Barry Conolly <barryconolly AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:20:29 -0400
On Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:38:13 -0400, Kathy Leonard 
 wrote:
(In my Randolph Center yard)
>
>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - 16 Campbell RD, Aug 28, 2016
From: Fred Bates <batesx2 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:33:07 +0000
Could only watch for 30 min.  Still great to see a few.
Fred and Lana Bates
Rutland



16 Campbell RD, Rutland, Vermont, USAug 28, 2016 7:00 PM - 7:30 PMProtocol: 
Stationary1 species 


Common Nighthawk 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31309034

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
Subject: Re: Unusual hummngbird behavior?
From: "Nancy A. Brown" <whites AT VERMONTEL.NET>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:28:57 -0400
Okay Sue and everyone I must up one you all.  Several years ago after a 
strong thunder storm I had a just fledged (I have to think it was blown in 
from Hebron, NY nest?) Bald Eagle at Danby Pond.   While watching it I was 
amazed to see a hummingbird repeatedly dive at it , 4 or 5 times, just what 
kind of threat did the hummer think it posed to its food source?  Falling on 
the flowers and squishing them, possible the Eaglet was awful wobbly!

--------------------------------------------------
From: "Sue" <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Sent: Sunday, August 28, 2016 6:16 PM
To: 
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Unusual hummngbird behavior?

> Here in my yard in Brandon a hummer was annoying a blue jay.
> Sue Wetmore
>
> Sent from my iPod
>
>> On Aug 28, 2016, at 3:25 PM, Jane Stein  wrote:
>>
>> The behavior of newly fledged hummingbirds is a riot.  They go after each 
>> other and other birds aggressively, and seem to have a particular dislike 
>> for chickadees, maybe because they're the closest to them in size.  What 
>> you're seeing is perfectly normal behavior.
>>
>> A word of warning. Don't go out wearing a red hat this time of year if 
>> you don't want to be harassed!
>>
>> Jane
>> (Shoreham)
>>
>>> On 8/28/2016 2:37 PM, Kathy Leonard wrote:
>>> We have a wild batch of juvenile RT Hummingbirds right now, acting
>>> like Jedi warriors...building their skills I guess. Most of them act
>>> like males... but since both males and female juveniles have the same
>>> white tail-tips, it's hard to know.
>>>
>>> One of them has been badgering a chickadee....following it around;
>>> and at one point, it performed its courtship Arc over the chickadee
>>> sitting in a plum tree.  I've never seen this before...maybe he's
>>> working on method, or else hopelessly confused.
>>>
> 
Subject: Request for updates on Buff-breasted Sandpiper
From: Tyler Pockette <tylerpockette4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 05:04:40 -0400
Hello everyone,

If anyone tries to look for the Buff-breasted Sandpiper today, would you be
kind enough to report your success? Whether successful or not, it would
save the time for folks like myself who plan to search after work, since
it's a considerable drive for those of us who don't live in the 'Burlington
or above' part of the state, and it would sure save us some monday
post-work relaxation time and environmental impact if the bird is not
present today!

Thanks a bunch!
Tyler Pockette
Subject: Re: Unusual hummngbird behavior?
From: J Wazny <turtlefeathers4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 22:21:51 -0400
They are feisty!    I've been amazed  to watch one  challenging an oriole
in my yard for the last couple of days.

Jo Anne
Berkshire

On Sunday, August 28, 2016, Becky Giroux  wrote:

> Just yesterday I was watching a pair of yellow warblers and noticed the
> male jumping from branch to branch and something chasing it.  It turned out
> to be a hummingbird.  A first for me.
>
> Becky
> Huntington
>
Subject: Westminster Station Nighthawk Count
From: Donald Clark <sapsbks AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:58:34 -0400
What a difference a day makes. To go from 3624 last night to 70 tonight was a 
shock to the system even knowing that things were bound to slow down. Will give 
it a couple more days to see if we drained the system before giving it up for 
another year. About time for the raptors to be calling me to the mountain. 


Don Clark
Grafton, VT
Subject: Re: Unusual hummngbird behavior?
From: Becky Giroux <ravenrr AT WCVT.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:45:41 -0400
Just yesterday I was watching a pair of yellow warblers and noticed the male 
jumping from branch to branch and something chasing it. It turned out to be a 
hummingbird. A first for me. 


Becky
Huntington
Subject: Re: Unusual hummngbird behavior?
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:16:41 -0400
Here in my yard in Brandon a hummer was annoying a blue jay.
Sue Wetmore 

Sent from my iPod

> On Aug 28, 2016, at 3:25 PM, Jane Stein  wrote:
> 
> The behavior of newly fledged hummingbirds is a riot. They go after each 
other and other birds aggressively, and seem to have a particular dislike for 
chickadees, maybe because they're the closest to them in size. What you're 
seeing is perfectly normal behavior. 

> 
> A word of warning. Don't go out wearing a red hat this time of year if you 
don't want to be harassed! 

> 
> Jane
> (Shoreham)
> 
>> On 8/28/2016 2:37 PM, Kathy Leonard wrote:
>> We have a wild batch of juvenile RT Hummingbirds right now, acting
>> like Jedi warriors...building their skills I guess. Most of them act
>> like males... but since both males and female juveniles have the same
>> white tail-tips, it's hard to know.
>> 
>> One of them has been badgering a chickadee....following it around;
>> and at one point, it performed its courtship Arc over the chickadee
>> sitting in a plum tree.  I've never seen this before...maybe he's
>> working on method, or else hopelessly confused.
>> 
Subject: Shorebird photos from Dead Creek x Otter Creek confluence
From: Tyler Pockette <tylerpockette4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:27:48 -0400
Hi all,

As promised earlier, I have added new photos to my photo big year Flickr
page. Today I added Stilt Sandpiper and American Golden-Plover for species
#237 and 238.

Friday morning I was lucky enough to add Long-tailed Jaeger from my kayak
on Lake Champlain for species #236. It was actually a great morning to be
on the lake, where I saw 4 Jaegers and an adult Little Gull in basic
plumage. Unfortunately the Long-tailed Jaeger is the only one I was able to
get identifiable photos of, although I believe I had both Pomarine and
Parasitic among the 3 that got away.

I'm growing to love birding by kayak. This morning offered a special moment
with the birds as I beached my kayak in the mud along the bank of Dead
Creek about 50 meters upstream in the direction most of the shorebirds were
working for food. They continued my way and eventually surrounded me,
feasting on some small red worms plucked from deep in the mud. They were
all very at peace by my presence and a few yellowlegs and dowitchers
actually worked their way within the minimum focus distance of my lens, so
they were less than 3.5 meters from me.

Here is my updated photo big year Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/141790488 AT N02/

Happy birding,
Tyler Pockette
Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper @ Dead Creek Outlet, (Goose Bay) in Highgate Springs
From: Jim Mead <jimmead4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:25:05 -0400
Hello all,

Eddy & Judy Edwards found a Buff-breasted Sandpiper this morning along with a 
Ruddy Turnstone & many other great shorebirds. They also found a Red-necked 
Phalarope, American Golden-Plover & many other great shorebirds yesterday. 

Today with their help & accompanied by none other than Dick Lavallee, I was 
able to see the Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone & Red-necked 
Phalarope. 


Many thanks to the Edwards. . .

Good luck to any of you that try for these great & hard to come by- 
shorebirds!!! 


Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead
Subject: Re: Unusual hummngbird behavior?
From: Jane Stein <jeshawks AT SHOREHAM.NET>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:25:22 -0400
The behavior of newly fledged hummingbirds is a riot.  They go after 
each other and other birds aggressively, and seem to have a particular 
dislike for chickadees, maybe because they're the closest to them in 
size.  What you're seeing is perfectly normal behavior.

A word of warning. Don't go out wearing a red hat this time of year if 
you don't want to be harassed!

Jane
(Shoreham)

On 8/28/2016 2:37 PM, Kathy Leonard wrote:
> We have a wild batch of juvenile RT Hummingbirds right now, acting
> like Jedi warriors...building their skills I guess. Most of them act
> like males... but since both males and female juveniles have the same
> white tail-tips, it's hard to know.
>
> One of them has been badgering a chickadee....following it around;
> and at one point, it performed its courtship Arc over the chickadee
> sitting in a plum tree.  I've never seen this before...maybe he's
> working on method, or else hopelessly confused.
>
Subject: Re: Westminster Station Nighthawk Count
From: Donald Clark <sapsbks AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:21:43 -0400
I count near my relative’s carwash on Rt123 in Westminster Station from 
5-dark. No vocalizations. Expecting the numbers will start to taper off. 


> On Aug 28, 2016, at 1:08 PM, Ruth  wrote:
> 
> Don,  WOW!!  How exciting!!
> 
> 
> Where exactly and what time are you viewing from if someone wanted to join 
you? I was in Weston Sat night and kept a vigil betwee 6-7, but,alas, no 
nighthawks seen from my location. Are they also calling in flight? 

> 
> 
> Ruth Stewart
> E. Dorset, VT
> 
> 
> ________________________________
> From: Vermont Birds  on behalf of Donald Clark 
 

> Sent: Saturday, August 27, 2016 9:15 PM
> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Westminster Station Nighthawk Count
> 
> Another phenomenal movement tonight with 3,624 birds passing by with some 
stopping overhead to feed for a bit. Looking to be the best year yet with a 
total 7,257 so far. 

> 
> Don Clark
> Grafton, VT
Subject: Re: Unusual hummngbird behavior?
From: Kathy Leonard <kathyd.leonard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:38:13 -0400
(In my Randolph Center yard)
Subject: Unusual hummngbird behavior?
From: Kathy Leonard <kathyd.leonard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:37:20 -0400
We have a wild batch of juvenile RT Hummingbirds right now, acting like Jedi 
warriors...building their skills I guess. 

Most of them act like males... but since both males and female juveniles have 
the same white tail-tips, it's hard to know. 


One of them has been badgering a chickadee....following it around; and at one 
point, it performed its courtship Arc over the chickadee sitting in a plum 
tree. I've never seen this before...maybe he's working on method, or else 
hopelessly confused. 

Subject: Re: Westminster Station Nighthawk Count
From: Ruth <birder_rws AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:08:27 +0000
Don,  WOW!!  How exciting!!


Where exactly and what time are you viewing from if someone wanted to join you? 
I was in Weston Sat night and kept a vigil betwee 6-7, but,alas, no nighthawks 
seen from my location. Are they also calling in flight? 



Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset, VT


________________________________
From: Vermont Birds  on behalf of Donald Clark 
 

Sent: Saturday, August 27, 2016 9:15 PM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [VTBIRD] Westminster Station Nighthawk Count

Another phenomenal movement tonight with 3,624 birds passing by with some 
stopping overhead to feed for a bit. Looking to be the best year yet with a 
total 7,257 so far. 


Don Clark
Grafton, VT
Subject: Aitken State Forest, Aug 28, 2016
From: Susan Elliott <00000032e9152660-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:32:58 +0000
About two years ago a double beaver dam was created at Aitken State Forest and 
the number of species around seems to increase with each visit (Mallard, Wood 
Duck, Belted Kingfisher). Today we saw two Olive-sided Flycatchers over the 
pond, each silent and chasing each other. 


     
Aitken State Forest, Rutland, Vermont, US
Aug 28, 2016 10:15 AM - 12:09 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
25 species

Ruffed Grouse  1
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2    actively feeding on jewelweed
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Olive-sided Flycatcher  2    over beaver pond created a couple years ago; 
large flycatcher, with peaked head, 'vest' very prominent; chasing each other; 
no vocalization 

Eastern Wood-Pewee  2    still singing
Red-eyed Vireo  6    still singing
Common Raven  1
Black-capped Chickadee  7
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  2
Cedar Waxwing  3
Ovenbird  2
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
Magnolia Warbler  2
Blackburnian Warbler  3
Black-throated Blue Warbler  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  2    one singing weakly
American Goldfinch  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31293803

Sue and Marv Elliott, Millie Busony

   
Subject: American Golden-Plover; Dead Creek x Otter Creek Confluence- Vergennes
From: Tyler Pockette <tylerpockette4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:57:19 -0400
This morning I checked out the confluence of Dead Creek and Otter Creek in
Vergennes in search of a Stilt Sandpiper reported to ebird yesterday by Cat
Abbot and Mick Baisley. I found the Stilt, and was pleasantly awarded a
bonus bird, American Golden-Plover. There were also lots of Yellowlegs of
both variety, 4 Short-billed Dowitchers, 3 Pectoral Sandpipers and a
smattering of the regular cast.

I kayaked further upstream but didn't find much besides a few Great Blue
Herons and Great Egrets. The shorebirds were all on the opposite bank when
I arrived, but had moved to the closer shoreline where the muddy setback is
by the time I paddled back downstream and they remained there when I left.

I'll include some photos later, I just wanted to get the word out about two
species that can be difficult to come by in case any birders are in the
area today (or need a reason to be).

Happy birding,
Tyler Pockette
Subject: Bald Eagle
From: Mundi Smithers <amen1farm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:10:33 -0400
Yesterday, early evening, I was sitting out on our front stoop enjoying the sky 
and the insect sounds. I noticed a very large bird just coming into view as it 
approached our tiny frog pond and immediately thought Great Blue Heron. As it 
flew closer it became obvious that it was a mature Bald Eagle. It flew right 
over the house and a few second later reappeared over our meadow and then 
landed on the top of a tall White Pine. It stayed there for twenty minutes or 
so and then luffed off to the west. What a treat!! 


Mundi
North Pownal


Mundi Smithers


The greatest tragedy in mankind's enitire history may be the hijacking of 
morality by religion. 

Arthur C Clarke (1917-2008)
Subject: Re: Eagle, Middlebury
From: "Trombulak, Stephen C." <trombula AT MIDDLEBURY.EDU>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:23:47 +0000
I second Bruce’s observation. I occasionally see eagles (usually immatures) 
along the Otter Creek at my banding station less than a mile south of the falls 
in Middlebury. 


Steve Trombulak

On 8/26/16, 11:06 AM, "Vermont Birds on behalf of Peterson, Bruce B." 
 wrote: 


    Eagles do show up on Otter Creek -- and elsewhere in town.  I've seen them
 on South Street extension and flying over Hanaford just in the last year. I 

    have seen one below the footbridge, near Storm Café, only once, but I have
    seen them also near the covered bridge and below Beldens Falls.
    
    Ospreys also occur not infrequently along the creek, particularly during
    migration.  It's not a bird, but you can sometimes see mink on the rocks
    across from Storm Café.
    
    Bruce Peterson
    
    
    On 8/26/16 5:23 AM, "Janet Warren"  wrote:
    
    > I was just about to write and ask if eagles hunt along creeks when I read
 > Barbara Brosnan¹s report. We were having lunch at the Storm Cafe in 
Middlebury 

 > yesterday and were surprised to see what we thought was surely an eagle 
swoop 

 > down on the rocks and then rise up with something in its talons and fly away 

 > down the creek. We aren¹t experienced birders and it was the bird's size, 

 > white head and white tail underparts that made us think it might be an 
eagle. 

    > Janet Warren
    
Subject: Westminster Station Nighthawk Count
From: Donald Clark <sapsbks AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 21:15:20 -0400
Another phenomenal movement tonight with 3,624 birds passing by with some 
stopping overhead to feed for a bit. Looking to be the best year yet with a 
total 7,257 so far. 


Don Clark
Grafton, VT
Subject: Fw: Lily Pond Trail, Hubbardton/Castleton, Aug 27, 2016
From: Susan Elliott <00000032e9152660-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 23:59:22 +0000
Thirty species along the Lily Pond Trail (just north of Lake Bomoseen) this 
morning. We saw a mixed flock of warblers (Blackburnian, Magnolia, 
Black-and-White, Chestnut-sided, Pine) all feeding frantically. Eastern 
Wood-pewees were still singing and a Brown Creeper burst into one song. 

I checked our records and saw we did this trail exactly five years ago on what 
proved to be a very ominous day, with very still and thick air, the day before 
Irene. 

Lily Pond Trail, Castleton, Rutland, Vermont, US


Aug 27, 2016 10:10 AM - 12:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.75 mile(s)
30 species

Ruffed Grouse  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  4
Black-capped Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  2
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  7
Ovenbird  2
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  5
Magnolia Warbler  1
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
American Goldfinch  4

Sue and Marv Elliott, Millie Busony

   
Subject: BrattleboroNighthawks-migrating
From: Paul Miksis <pjmiksis AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 19:38:00 -0400
Tougher to count as they were all quite high, and all boogeying N to S along 
the River, 6-7 pm, Saturday. 

I had about 200 birds from my E & S facing porch.
Paul Miksis
Subject: Nighthawks
From: Janet Watton <musbird AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:29:42 -0400
Wow - you folks are adding huge sitings of nighthawks, so many you are having 
trouble counting. But I was very excited just now to see TWO flapping and 
soaring over and over again over my house - the very first time I have seen 
them here in my over 20 years living out here! What a neat bird!! 

Janet Watton
Randolph Center
Subject: Re: Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September
From: Allan Strong <Allan.Strong AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:19:19 +0000
Ooops - apologies for the personal reply on the listserv...Roger, I can't seem 
to extract your email address from your reply to the listserv. 


If you could send me a direct reply at astrong AT uvm.edu to confirm your spot, 
that would be great. Thx - Allan 


PS - for anyone still interested in the boat trips, I've only got a couple 
spots left on each day. 



-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:VTBIRD AT list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Allan Strong
Sent: Saturday, August 27, 2016 2:13 PM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September

Hi Roger,

Welcome to Burlington, and so glad you can make it!

You have a spot reserved on the Melosira "pelagic" birding trip on Sunday, 
September 11th. The boat will leave from the dock on the south side of the ECHO 
Center at 7:30, and return to the dock around 11:30. 


To confirm your reservation, please send a check for $50.00 made out to UVM, 
with "birding" in the memo line. 


Please send your checks to:
Allan Strong
RSENR/Aiken Center
81 Carrigan Drive
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405

We're trying to make sure that we break even on the trip, so to make sure that 
we have a full boat, I'd like to receive checks by September 6. If you know 
that you won't be able to make it, please let me know ASAP. We will obviously 
refund your money if the weather precludes us from going out, but if you 
inexplicably don't show up the day of the trip, I can't necessarily promise a 
refund. 


I'll send out a few more details about the trip later, but here are a few 
things to keep in mind. We'd like to have everyone present by 7:15 so we can 
get out on the water at 7:30. Remember, it is always colder on the water, so 
bring some warm, and waterproof clothes. But...think positive and bring 
sunscreen and a hat as well. If it is rough (but not raining), we will still 
try to get out, but we will confine our birding to the more protected coves on 
the Lake. DO NOT forget your binoculars and a camera might be helpful. Also, 
there is a bathroom on board the boat. 


Directions to the ECHO Center can be found here - the Melosira is docked right 
on the south side of the building: 

http://www.echovermont.org/directions.html 
I’m hoping I’ll be able to get us free parking, but I’m not sure just 
yet. 


Please let me know if you have any questions.  I'm getting excited already!

Allan




-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:VTBIRD AT list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Roger Rees
Sent: Saturday, August 27, 2016 1:09 PM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September

Hi Alan Strong,

I'm fairly new to Burlington birding so this trip sounds like a great 
opportunity. Sunday, Sept 11 would be the most convenient.  Please reserve me 
a place and send me the instructions. 


Best wishes,

Roger Rees



-----Original Message-----
From: Allan Strong 
To: VTBIRD 
Sent: Fri, Aug 26, 2016 2:08 pm
Subject: [VTBIRD] Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September

Hi VT Birders,

After a year hiatus, I've been working with the Captain of UVM's 45' research 
boat, the Melosira, to organize another "pelagic" birding trip on Lake 
Champlain. We have finally settled on two days in September: Saturday the 10th, 
and Sunday the 11th. The trips will be half days...roughly 7:30-11:30 and the 
cost will be $50.00. We'll be leaving out of the Burlington harbor, just 
outside the ECHO Center where we will be able to check out the broad lake and 
south to the Four Brothers Islands and Charlotte Town Beach. If you are 
interested, please let me know. To make sure everyone has good viewing 
opportunities, we'll only be able to take about 20 birders per trip. 


As we've found in past years, there are no guarantees about how the birding 
might be, but we will be right at the "peak" for jaeger migration, as well as 
the time of year for that annual Sabine's Gull, and we'll be in season for 
other ducks, shorebirds (phalaropes!), terns, and, well, who knows what else? 
We'll also be chumming with the goal of bringing birds close to the boat. 


A note about the Melosira. It is a steady boat, but if the water is choppy, 
viewing can be challenging as you are watching from a moving platform. 
Additionally, the boat is designed to chase fish and the things fish eat (like 
zooplankton), so it is not designed to get anywhere in a hurry. If an unusual 
bird comes whizzing by the boat, we probably won't have much luck in trying to 
outrun it for a better look. 


But, this is a totally different perspective on birding, and we might just find 
some really cool birds! 


If you are interested, please send me an email to reserve a place, and I'll 
send you further instructions on making a final reservation. 

astrong AT uvm.edu

I hope you can make it!

Allan Strong
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Subject: Re: Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September
From: Allan Strong <Allan.Strong AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:12:30 +0000
Hi Roger,

Welcome to Burlington, and so glad you can make it!

You have a spot reserved on the Melosira "pelagic" birding trip on Sunday, 
September 11th. The boat will leave from the dock on the south side of the ECHO 
Center at 7:30, and return to the dock around 11:30. 


To confirm your reservation, please send a check for $50.00 made out to UVM, 
with "birding" in the memo line. 


Please send your checks to:
Allan Strong
RSENR/Aiken Center
81 Carrigan Drive
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405

We're trying to make sure that we break even on the trip, so to make sure that 
we have a full boat, I'd like to receive checks by September 6. If you know 
that you won't be able to make it, please let me know ASAP. We will obviously 
refund your money if the weather precludes us from going out, but if you 
inexplicably don't show up the day of the trip, I can't necessarily promise a 
refund. 


I'll send out a few more details about the trip later, but here are a few 
things to keep in mind. We'd like to have everyone present by 7:15 so we can 
get out on the water at 7:30. Remember, it is always colder on the water, so 
bring some warm, and waterproof clothes. But...think positive and bring 
sunscreen and a hat as well. If it is rough (but not raining), we will still 
try to get out, but we will confine our birding to the more protected coves on 
the Lake. DO NOT forget your binoculars and a camera might be helpful. Also, 
there is a bathroom on board the boat. 


Directions to the ECHO Center can be found here - the Melosira is docked right 
on the south side of the building: 

http://www.echovermont.org/directions.html 
I’m hoping I’ll be able to get us free parking, but I’m not sure just 
yet. 


Please let me know if you have any questions.  I'm getting excited already!

Allan




-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:VTBIRD AT list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Roger Rees
Sent: Saturday, August 27, 2016 1:09 PM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September

Hi Alan Strong,

I'm fairly new to Burlington birding so this trip sounds like a great 
opportunity. Sunday, Sept 11 would be the most convenient.  Please reserve me 
a place and send me the instructions. 


Best wishes,

Roger Rees



-----Original Message-----
From: Allan Strong 
To: VTBIRD 
Sent: Fri, Aug 26, 2016 2:08 pm
Subject: [VTBIRD] Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September

Hi VT Birders,

After a year hiatus, I've been working with the Captain of UVM's 45' research 
boat, the Melosira, to organize another "pelagic" birding trip on Lake 
Champlain. We have finally settled on two days in September: Saturday the 10th, 
and Sunday the 11th. The trips will be half days...roughly 7:30-11:30 and the 
cost will be $50.00. We'll be leaving out of the Burlington harbor, just 
outside the ECHO Center where we will be able to check out the broad lake and 
south to the Four Brothers Islands and Charlotte Town Beach. If you are 
interested, please let me know. To make sure everyone has good viewing 
opportunities, we'll only be able to take about 20 birders per trip. 


As we've found in past years, there are no guarantees about how the birding 
might be, but we will be right at the "peak" for jaeger migration, as well as 
the time of year for that annual Sabine's Gull, and we'll be in season for 
other ducks, shorebirds (phalaropes!), terns, and, well, who knows what else? 
We'll also be chumming with the goal of bringing birds close to the boat. 


A note about the Melosira. It is a steady boat, but if the water is choppy, 
viewing can be challenging as you are watching from a moving platform. 
Additionally, the boat is designed to chase fish and the things fish eat (like 
zooplankton), so it is not designed to get anywhere in a hurry. If an unusual 
bird comes whizzing by the boat, we probably won't have much luck in trying to 
outrun it for a better look. 


But, this is a totally different perspective on birding, and we might just find 
some really cool birds! 


If you are interested, please send me an email to reserve a place, and I'll 
send you further instructions on making a final reservation. 

astrong AT uvm.edu

I hope you can make it!

Allan Strong
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Subject: Re: Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September
From: Roger Rees <0000012955ad5559-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 13:08:41 -0400
Hi Alan Strong,

I'm fairly new to Burlington birding so this trip sounds like a great 
opportunity. Sunday, Sept 11 would be the most convenient.  Please reserve me 
a place and send me the instructions. 


Best wishes,

Roger Rees



-----Original Message-----
From: Allan Strong 
To: VTBIRD 
Sent: Fri, Aug 26, 2016 2:08 pm
Subject: [VTBIRD] Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September

Hi VT Birders,

After a year hiatus, I've been working with the Captain of UVM's 45' research 
boat, the Melosira, to organize another "pelagic" birding trip on Lake 
Champlain. We have finally settled on two days in September: Saturday the 10th, 
and Sunday the 11th. The trips will be half days...roughly 7:30-11:30 and the 
cost will be $50.00. We'll be leaving out of the Burlington harbor, just 
outside the ECHO Center where we will be able to check out the broad lake and 
south to the Four Brothers Islands and Charlotte Town Beach. If you are 
interested, please let me know. To make sure everyone has good viewing 
opportunities, we'll only be able to take about 20 birders per trip. 


As we've found in past years, there are no guarantees about how the birding 
might be, but we will be right at the "peak" for jaeger migration, as well as 
the time of year for that annual Sabine's Gull, and we'll be in season for 
other ducks, shorebirds (phalaropes!), terns, and, well, who knows what else? 
We'll also be chumming with the goal of bringing birds close to the boat. 


A note about the Melosira. It is a steady boat, but if the water is choppy, 
viewing can be challenging as you are watching from a moving platform. 
Additionally, the boat is designed to chase fish and the things fish eat (like 
zooplankton), so it is not designed to get anywhere in a hurry. If an unusual 
bird comes whizzing by the boat, we probably won't have much luck in trying to 
outrun it for a better look. 


But, this is a totally different perspective on birding, and we might just find 
some really cool birds! 


If you are interested, please send me an email to reserve a place, and I'll 
send you further instructions on making a final reservation. 

astrong AT uvm.edu

I hope you can make it!

Allan Strong
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Subject: Re: Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:59:31 -0400
Alan, please sign me up for Sunday. Thanks. 

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

> On Aug 26, 2016, at 2:08 PM, Allan Strong  wrote:
> 
> Hi VT Birders,
> 
> After a year hiatus, I've been working with the Captain of UVM's 45' research 
boat, the Melosira, to organize another "pelagic" birding trip on Lake 
Champlain. We have finally settled on two days in September: Saturday the 10th, 
and Sunday the 11th. The trips will be half days...roughly 7:30-11:30 and the 
cost will be $50.00. We'll be leaving out of the Burlington harbor, just 
outside the ECHO Center where we will be able to check out the broad lake and 
south to the Four Brothers Islands and Charlotte Town Beach. If you are 
interested, please let me know. To make sure everyone has good viewing 
opportunities, we'll only be able to take about 20 birders per trip. 

> 
> As we've found in past years, there are no guarantees about how the birding 
might be, but we will be right at the "peak" for jaeger migration, as well as 
the time of year for that annual Sabine's Gull, and we'll be in season for 
other ducks, shorebirds (phalaropes!), terns, and, well, who knows what else? 
We'll also be chumming with the goal of bringing birds close to the boat. 

> 
> A note about the Melosira. It is a steady boat, but if the water is choppy, 
viewing can be challenging as you are watching from a moving platform. 
Additionally, the boat is designed to chase fish and the things fish eat (like 
zooplankton), so it is not designed to get anywhere in a hurry. If an unusual 
bird comes whizzing by the boat, we probably won't have much luck in trying to 
outrun it for a better look. 

> 
> But, this is a totally different perspective on birding, and we might just 
find some really cool birds! 

> 
> If you are interested, please send me an email to reserve a place, and I'll 
send you further instructions on making a final reservation. 

> astrong AT uvm.edu
> 
> I hope you can make it!
> 
> Allan Strong
> Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Subject: Westminster Station Nighthawk Count
From: Donald Clark <sapsbks AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:22:59 -0400
Tonight with the help of 6 other observers we tallied a grand total of 2,383 
birds. The highest count ever for this site. Birds were on the move at 4:30 and 
continued till 8:00 when it was too dark to see. The largest group had 540 
birds. 


Don Clark
Grafton
Subject: Re: Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September
From: Linda McElvany <lindap.mack AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:05:27 +0000
Sign me up - Linda McElvany - either day, let me know. Hope I am not too late. 
Thanks for the logistics to make it happen. 


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

From: "Allan Strong"  
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU 
Sent: Friday, August 26, 2016 2:08:27 PM 
Subject: [VTBIRD] Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September 

Hi VT Birders, 

After a year hiatus, I've been working with the Captain of UVM's 45' research 
boat, the Melosira, to organize another "pelagic" birding trip on Lake 
Champlain. We have finally settled on two days in September: Saturday the 10th, 
and Sunday the 11th. The trips will be half days...roughly 7:30-11:30 and the 
cost will be $50.00. We'll be leaving out of the Burlington harbor, just 
outside the ECHO Center where we will be able to check out the broad lake and 
south to the Four Brothers Islands and Charlotte Town Beach. If you are 
interested, please let me know. To make sure everyone has good viewing 
opportunities, we'll only be able to take about 20 birders per trip. 


As we've found in past years, there are no guarantees about how the birding 
might be, but we will be right at the "peak" for jaeger migration, as well as 
the time of year for that annual Sabine's Gull, and we'll be in season for 
other ducks, shorebirds (phalaropes!), terns, and, well, who knows what else? 
We'll also be chumming with the goal of bringing birds close to the boat. 


A note about the Melosira. It is a steady boat, but if the water is choppy, 
viewing can be challenging as you are watching from a moving platform. 
Additionally, the boat is designed to chase fish and the things fish eat (like 
zooplankton), so it is not designed to get anywhere in a hurry. If an unusual 
bird comes whizzing by the boat, we probably won't have much luck in trying to 
outrun it for a better look. 


But, this is a totally different perspective on birding, and we might just find 
some really cool birds! 


If you are interested, please send me an email to reserve a place, and I'll 
send you further instructions on making a final reservation. 

astrong AT uvm.edu 

I hope you can make it! 

Allan Strong 
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources 
Subject: Birding Lake Champlain...from a boat: 10 and 11 September
From: Allan Strong <Allan.Strong AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:08:27 +0000
Hi VT Birders,

After a year hiatus, I've been working with the Captain of UVM's 45' research 
boat, the Melosira, to organize another "pelagic" birding trip on Lake 
Champlain. We have finally settled on two days in September: Saturday the 10th, 
and Sunday the 11th. The trips will be half days...roughly 7:30-11:30 and the 
cost will be $50.00. We'll be leaving out of the Burlington harbor, just 
outside the ECHO Center where we will be able to check out the broad lake and 
south to the Four Brothers Islands and Charlotte Town Beach. If you are 
interested, please let me know. To make sure everyone has good viewing 
opportunities, we'll only be able to take about 20 birders per trip. 


As we've found in past years, there are no guarantees about how the birding 
might be, but we will be right at the "peak" for jaeger migration, as well as 
the time of year for that annual Sabine's Gull, and we'll be in season for 
other ducks, shorebirds (phalaropes!), terns, and, well, who knows what else? 
We'll also be chumming with the goal of bringing birds close to the boat. 


A note about the Melosira. It is a steady boat, but if the water is choppy, 
viewing can be challenging as you are watching from a moving platform. 
Additionally, the boat is designed to chase fish and the things fish eat (like 
zooplankton), so it is not designed to get anywhere in a hurry. If an unusual 
bird comes whizzing by the boat, we probably won't have much luck in trying to 
outrun it for a better look. 


But, this is a totally different perspective on birding, and we might just find 
some really cool birds! 


If you are interested, please send me an email to reserve a place, and I'll 
send you further instructions on making a final reservation. 

astrong AT uvm.edu

I hope you can make it!

Allan Strong
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Subject: Re: Eagle, Middlebury
From: "Peterson, Bruce B." <peterson AT MIDDLEBURY.EDU>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:06:24 +0000
Eagles do show up on Otter Creek -- and elsewhere in town.  I've seen them
on South Street extension and flying over Hanaford just in the last year.  I
have seen one below the footbridge, near Storm Caf, only once, but I have
seen them also near the covered bridge and below Beldens Falls.

Ospreys also occur not infrequently along the creek, particularly during
migration.  It's not a bird, but you can sometimes see mink on the rocks
across from Storm Caf.

Bruce Peterson


On 8/26/16 5:23 AM, "Janet Warren"  wrote:

> I was just about to write and ask if eagles hunt along creeks when I read
> Barbara Brosnans report. We were having lunch at the Storm Cafe in 
Middlebury 

> yesterday and were surprised to see what we thought was surely an eagle swoop
> down on the rocks and then rise up with something in its talons and fly away
> down the creek. We arent experienced birders and it was the bird's size,
> white head and white tail underparts that made us think it might be an eagle.
> Janet Warren
Subject: Nighthawks
From: Kent McFarland <kmcfarland AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:52:58 -0400
With all the great reports, I thought I'd get others that might not follow
this interested in the migration happening right now. Here's a short post
and a plea for more awesome checklists of the migration added to VT eBird.
Enjoy the spectacle...the bird is declining fast sadly.

http://vtecostudies.org/blog/nighthawk-season-catch-it-while-you-can/

Kent
____________________________

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


Subject: Any Nighthawk sighting spots near Rutland?
From: Eugenia Cooke <euge24241 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:00:38 -0700
Can anyone recommend Nighthawk sighting locations around Rutland? This
would be a life bird and a wonderful birding experience to see.
Subject: More nighthawks
From: Steve Faccio <sfaccio AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:52:54 -0400
Last evening (8/25) while driving from W. Lebanon to Strafford, I 
encountered two relatively large flocks of nighthawks.  The first, and 
smaller of the two flocks, was just south of where I-89 crosses the 
White River in Hartford (south of Exit 1), where a group of 25-35 
nighthawks were circling near the river ~5pm.  I was traveling on I-89 
in unusually heavy traffic for VT, so could not stop safely to get an 
idea if they were actively migrating or foraging in the area.

The second flock was considerably larger, consisting of at least 75 
birds flying high above a recently mowed field near the junction of Rt. 
132 and Beaver Meadow Rd in Sharon.  This time I stopped and for ~10 
minutes watched the flock, the largest I've ever seen in the White River 
Valley, as they bobbed and weaved (not unlike a kettle of hawks, but 
with a lot more flapping), clearly foraging and not moving on.

Also, in a belated report, on Tues evening (8/23) while enjoying a 
concert series on the Strafford town green, I watched a small flock of 
at least 6 nighthawks circling above a recently hayed field adjacent to 
the town green between ~6:15 and 6:45.  Once the sun set they apparently 
did too.

-- 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Steve Faccio
Conservation Biologist
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420
Norwich, VT 05055

Physical Address
20 Palmer CT
White River Junction, VT 05001
802-649-1431 xt.3
sfaccio AT vtecostudies.org
www.vtecostudies.org
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Subject: Eagle, Middlebury
From: Janet Warren <jwarren AT SHOREHAM.NET>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:23:14 -0400
I was just about to write and ask if eagles hunt along creeks when I read 
Barbara Brosnan’s report. We were having lunch at the Storm Cafe in 
Middlebury yesterday and were surprised to see what we thought was surely an 
eagle swoop down on the rocks and then rise up with something in its talons and 
fly away down the creek. We aren’t experienced birders and it was the bird's 
size, white head and white tail underparts that made us think it might be an 
eagle. 

Janet Warren
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - 16 Campbell RD, Aug 25, 2016
From: Fred Bates <batesx2 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:08:46 +0000
The most Nighthawks that we have seen at one time.
Fred and Lana Bates
Rutland



16 Campbell RD, Rutland, Vermont, USAug 25, 2016 7:15 PM - 8:00 PMProtocol: 
Stationary1 species 


Common Nighthawk 15

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31250794

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
Subject: FW: [VTBIRD] Eagle and turkey?
From: Barbara Brosnan <bbrosnan AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:30:37 -0400
THE time of this sighting is 5:29 pm. Thursday.

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:VTBIRD AT list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Barbara
Brosnan
Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2016 5:25 PM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [VTBIRD] Eagle and turkey?

As I write this, a third year Bald Eagle (+ or )  is dining on what looks
to be one of the 5 turkeys that have been in the field on the north side of
route 23 (Weybridge Rd) near Otter Creek.  The field is about  mile east of
the confluence of the Lemon Fair and Otter Creek.  Commuter traffic is heavy
but the eagle is going to eat most if not all of this meal.

 

Barbara Brosnan

Weybridge
Subject: Eagle and turkey?
From: Barbara Brosnan <bbrosnan AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:25:13 -0400
As I write this, a third year Bald Eagle (+ or )  is dining on what looks
to be one of the 5 turkeys that have been in the field on the north side of
route 23 (Weybridge Rd) near Otter Creek.  The field is about  mile east of
the confluence of the Lemon Fair and Otter Creek.  Commuter traffic is heavy
but the eagle is going to eat most if not all of this meal.

 

Barbara Brosnan

Weybridge
Subject: Night hawks
From: Walter Medwid <wmedwid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:06:35 -0400
About 15 flew over just before 5 pm...they competed with about 30
ring billed gulls for whatever insects that perhaps had recently
hatched....dragon or damselflies possibly.
From Derby.
Subject: Re: Nighthawks, Bennington
From: Eric Seyferth <seyfren AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:19:41 +0000
They were also at the other end of town at One World Conservation Center 
heading north. 

  
Eric Seyferth 

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

From: "Theresa Armata"  
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU 
Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2016 6:43:56 AM 
Subject: [VTBIRD] Nighthawks, Bennington 

Last evening between 6:30 and 7:30 I enjoyed watching Nighthawks swirling over 
the fields and campus of Bennington College. 

I counted 35 as they dived and circled. Many very low, just over my head. 
This was unexpected, as we don’t see them often here in the Banana Belt. The 
insect hatch must have been large and tasty to draw them 

here. 

Terri Armata Bennington 
Subject: Nighthawks, Bennington
From: Theresa Armata <tarmat AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:43:56 -0400
Last evening between 6:30 and 7:30 I enjoyed watching Nighthawks swirling over 
the fields and campus of Bennington College. 

I counted 35 as they dived and circled. Many very low, just over my head.
This was unexpected, as we don’t see them often here in the Banana Belt. The 
insect hatch must have been large and tasty to draw them 

here. 

Terri Armata Bennington
Subject: Nighthawk
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:21:21 -0400
Last night over Brandon a grand total of nighthawks was one.
Chimney swifts 2 , tree swallow 2 and one low flying unidentifiable hawk.
Sue Wetmore 

Sent from my iPod
Subject: Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling- Delta Park, Colchester
From: Tyler Pockette <tylerpockette4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:39:27 -0400
This evening after work I took a sunset kayak paddle out to the mouth of
the Winooski River where I parked my boat and waded through the calf deep
water around the sandbar at Delta Park to look for shorebirds.

On the sandbar, I was treated to fantastic looks at a Ruddy Turnstone. The
bird seemed to pay no attention to me at all as I sat in the sand and
watched it flip over debris in search of food. At one point it was only 5
meters away.

There were a few shorebirds on the mudflats on the north side of the river
as well. A juvenile Sanderling and 2 Black-bellied Plovers were the
highlights, among several Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs and a single
Short-billed Dowitcher.

As the sunlight faded, I counted 24 Common Nighthawks flying south as I
paddled back to the boat launch. The Ruddy Turnstone is species #235
photographed for my VT Photo Big year, and I was happy to greatly improve
on my Sanderling photo for the year.

Links to recent photo additions can be found here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/141790488 AT N02/with/29213730975/

Happy birding!
Tyler Pockette
Subject: Re: Nighthawks
From: Patricia Folsom <pfols AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:14:58 -0400
I traveled to Bradford this evening and found at least 50 circling and feeding. 
As Pieter said, quite a show! 


Sent from my iPad

> On Aug 24, 2016, at 9:54 PM, Pieter van Loon  
wrote: 

> 
> 
> 
> I decided to take my kayak and fishing pole to the Retreat Meadows in 
Brattleboro this evening around 5:45. For the next hour and a half I spent way 
more time watching Nighthawks than fishing. Granted, I should have gone to the 
Don Clark School of Nighthawk Counting, but to be fair I didn't realize I was 
going to run into them tonight. I ended up sitting in the middle of the West 
River counting them as they came over the power lines in front of me and 
finished my count at 584. Not sure if I was just seeing the same 40 birds cycle 
north up to the I-91 bridge and then back around to Retreat Meadows over and 
over again or whether there really were that many birds. Seems like the latter. 
Quite a show. 

> Pieter van Loon Marlboro, VT
Subject: Nighthawks
From: Pieter van Loon <boydenvl AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:54:52 -0400
    
I decided to take my kayak and fishing pole to the Retreat Meadows in 
Brattleboro  this evening around 5:45. For the next hour and a half I spent 
way more time watching Nighthawks than fishing. Granted, I should have gone to 
the Don Clark School of Nighthawk Counting, but to be fair I didn't realize I 
was going to run into them tonight. I ended up sitting in the middle of the 
West River counting them as they came over the power lines in front of me and 
finished my count at 584. Not sure if I was just seeing the same 40 birds cycle 
north up to the I-91 bridge and then back around to Retreat Meadows over and 
over again or whether there really were that many birds. Seems like the latter. 
Quite a show. 

Pieter van Loon Marlboro, VT
Subject: Westminster Station Nighthawk Count
From: Donald Clark <sapsbks AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:56:46 -0400
858 Nighthawks this evening all heading north. By the looks of the reports 
there was a major movement tonight. Thanks Dwight & Ken for the help. 


Don Clark
Grafton
Subject: Re: BrattleboroNighthawks
From: Jan Miles <jancmiles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:37:24 -0400
Wow,how fortunate you are!  
Thanks for reporting,
Jan
Montpelier

Sent from my iPad

> On Aug 24, 2016, at 6:58 PM, Paul Miksis  wrote:
> 
> From my South and East facing porch, 6 to 7 pm, Wednesday:
> 
> 341 Nighthawks all heading North up the Connecticut
> 
> A record number from my yard, downtown Brattleboro.
> 
> Paul Miksis
Subject: BrattleboroNighthawks
From: Paul Miksis <pjmiksis AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:58:23 -0400
From my South and East facing porch, 6 to 7 pm, Wednesday:

341 Nighthawks all heading North up the Connecticut

A record number from my yard, downtown Brattleboro.

Paul Miksis
Subject: ID help
From: Leslie Nulty <lenulty84 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:26:39 -0400
Yesterday, hiking south of Breadloaf at Silver Lake:  two common loons
(male and female) plus a smaller bright rust brown bird, similar in
profile.  Latter was too far away for full ID.  Seemed to be too big for a
grebe - it was about 2/3 the size of the loons.  Any ideas?

-- 
Best regards,

Leslie

Leslie Nulty
P.O. Box 1121
Jericho Center, VT 05465
home office: 802-899-4582
cell: 802-324-1496
Subject: Grouse
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:44:48 -0400
On the Long Trail south from Brandon Gap I found a family of winter wrens plus 
teenaged ruffed grouse. 

The most surprising was a hummingbird on the Chittenden Brook Trail . It was 
visiting jewel weed . Then rose straight up into the sky and zipped out of 
there. 

A non-avian first was Green-capped Jelly Baby mushroom.

Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod
Subject: Westminster Station Nighthawk Count
From: Donald Clark <sapsbks AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:35:50 -0400
8/23  203 birds passed by this evening.

Don Clark
Grafton
Subject: Common nighthawks
From: Ian Clark <recipes AT IANCLARK.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:47:59 -0400
There were about half a dozen common nighthawks circling the confluence of
the Waits and Connecticut Rivers in Bradford this evening.

 

 
Subject: Re: Fwd: eBird Report - Kent Pond - Killington (99 acres), Aug 22, 2016
From: Jeffrey Sonshine <jeffrey.sonshine AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:42:24 -0400
Hi All,

I don't know if I've mentioned this before but we've got at least two
juvenile bald eagles nesting on Lake Rescue, north of Ludlow.  We had a
nest last year as well.  We're happy to have them but boy, do they create a
lot of noise.  They must be very hungry and waiting for mom to bring home
breakfast, lunch and dinner.  One of our neighbors did see a parent pull a
fish from the lake.  I would have loved to have seen that.

Jeff

On Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 10:22 AM, Roy Pilcher <
00000022ffe6db53-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu> wrote:

> Loon observed making the effort to first "drown" its formidable prey
> before orientating it headfirst to complete the ingestion!
>
> Click on the link to view.
>
> Cheers, Roy Pilcher
>
>
>
> Kent Pond - Killington (99 acres), Rutland, Vermont, US
> Aug 22, 2016 8:25 AM - 10:20 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.25 mile(s)
> Comments:     Temperature 57 degrees F.  Wind out of the northwest.
> 7 species
>
> Common Loon  4
> Blue Jay  3
> American Crow  1
> Black-capped Chickadee  2
> Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
> American Robin  1
> American Goldfinch  5
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
> checklist/S31198904
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
>



-- 
Jeffrey Sonshine, CFP
36 Laurel Ledge Court
Stamford, CT 06903
973-441-1115
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Kent Pond - Killington (99 acres), Aug 22, 2016
From: Roy Pilcher <00000022ffe6db53-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:22:15 -0400
Loon observed making the effort to first "drown" its formidable prey before 
orientating it headfirst to complete the ingestion! 


Click on the link to view.

Cheers, Roy Pilcher



Kent Pond - Killington (99 acres), Rutland, Vermont, US
Aug 22, 2016 8:25 AM - 10:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
Comments:     Temperature 57 degrees F.  Wind out of the northwest.
7 species

Common Loon  4
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
American Robin  1
American Goldfinch  5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31198904

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
Subject: Westminster Station Nighthawk Count
From: Donald Clark <sapsbks AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 22:10:36 -0400
Counts to date.

8/17  1
8/18  17
8/19  132
8/22  39
Subject: Re: Peregrines, shared
From: Jeanne Wisner <jeewiz15 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:59:34 -0400
Almost like being there!   Thank you, Veer!

On Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 1:01 PM, Veer Frost  wrote:

> One of the privileges of this list is to have a small share in the
> remarkably skilled work of several of Vermont's premier bird
> photographers, and I am really grateful to you all.
> Today I happened on a link to a photographer of Peregrines, which
> naturally I approached with suspicion. Perhaps someone else will find
> something to criticize in this work; I don't even own a camera. But
> everything about the philosophy of the photographer in regard to her
> Peregrine family subject seems respectful (and, of course, awed!).
> There's such a lot of photo click bait rubbish online; I think this is
> the real thing.
> Please have a look, if you wish. The photos are breathtaking.
> http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/
> patience-paid-off-this-sneaky-photographer-peregrine-nest
> Thank you, Veer (Passumpsic, NEK)
>  Sent using Hushmail
>
Subject: Peregrines, shared
From: Veer Frost <veer.frost AT HUSHMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:01:36 -0400
One of the privileges of this list is to have a small share in the
remarkably skilled work of several of Vermont's premier bird
photographers, and I am really grateful to you all.
Today I happened on a link to a photographer of Peregrines, which
naturally I approached with suspicion. Perhaps someone else will find
something to criticize in this work; I don't even own a camera. But
everything about the philosophy of the photographer in regard to her
Peregrine family subject seems respectful (and, of course, awed!).
There's such a lot of photo click bait rubbish online; I think this is
the real thing.
Please have a look, if you wish. The photos are breathtaking.

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/patience-paid-off-this-sneaky-photographer-peregrine-nest 

Thank you, Veer (Passumpsic, NEK)
 Sent using Hushmail
Subject: Re: bird guide apps
From: hilke breder <htbreder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:04:53 -0400
My favorite app for bird songs is Bird Tunes. It has several versions of
the songs/sounds of all North American birds, including scolds, whines,
chatter.It is quick and easy to use. On the flip side of the songs is a
photo of the bird.
Hilke Breder
Brattleboro, VT

On Sun, Aug 21, 2016 at 10:01 PM, Ruth  wrote:

> I am just looking into buying my first tablet and am considering an
> Android or Amazon's Fire inexpensive tablets.  I am looking for a
> recommendation for NA bird guide app.  I particularly want an app that will
> give me bird songs which I can take into the field.  No, I am not
> considering a Smart Phone.
>
>
> I suspect most will run on an Android.  What about compatibility with the
> Amazon OS?   Suggestions welcome.
>
>
> Ruth Stewart
> E. Dorset, VT
>
Subject: Re: bird guide apps
From: Deborah Benjamin <dbenjamin AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:26:53 -0400
Hello Ruth,
 
I like iBird Pro for android - Samsung Galaxy II device. I especially
like the ease in downloading the data (once at installation and not too
space consuming) so that it can be used when one isn't connected to
wifi. I use version 3.1; there are newer versions with more bells and
whistles.

Good luck making music in te field,
 
Debbie

On Mon, 22 Aug 2016 02:01:23 +0000, Ruth  wrote:

       I am just looking into buying my first tablet and am considering
an Android or Amazon's Fire inexpensive tablets. I am looking for a
recommendation for NA bird guide app. I particularly want an app that
will give me bird songs which I can take into the field. No, I am not
considering a Smart Phone.

I suspect most will run on an Android. What about compatibility with
the Amazon OS? Suggestions welcome.

Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset, VT
Subject: Re: bird guide apps
From: Miriam Lawrence <mirslamlawrence AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 23:01:42 -0400
I use both the Sibley and iBird Pro apps and find them both very good for 
different reasons, and therefore nicely complementary. 


iBird's drawings are awful, but it has lots of photos too, a lot of other good 
info, and a cool smart search feature for both visual and song ID. 


Sibley is, well, Sibley... and it has a side-by-side comparison feature that I 
like. 


Both apps have good songs/sounds.  

I use them on both iPad and iPhone - not sure what their compatibility is with 
Android and Amazon, but I assume both are Android compatible. 


Good luck!

Miriam Lawrence
Monkton 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 21, 2016, at 10:01 PM, Ruth  wrote:
> 
> I am just looking into buying my first tablet and am considering an Android 
or Amazon's Fire inexpensive tablets. I am looking for a recommendation for NA 
bird guide app. I particularly want an app that will give me bird songs which I 
can take into the field. No, I am not considering a Smart Phone. 

> 
> 
> I suspect most will run on an Android. What about compatibility with the 
Amazon OS? Suggestions welcome. 

> 
> 
> Ruth Stewart
> E. Dorset, VT
Subject: bird guide apps
From: Ruth <birder_rws AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 02:01:23 +0000
I am just looking into buying my first tablet and am considering an Android or 
Amazon's Fire inexpensive tablets. I am looking for a recommendation for NA 
bird guide app. I particularly want an app that will give me bird songs which I 
can take into the field. No, I am not considering a Smart Phone. 



I suspect most will run on an Android. What about compatibility with the Amazon 
OS? Suggestions welcome. 



Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset, VT
Subject: Re: Magazines to donate in Northfield/Montpelier area
From: Linnea Garrepy <mwtic AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 16:02:14 +0000
Sorry. Meant to be private post.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 21, 2016, at 12:01 PM, Linnea Garrepy  wrote:
> 
> Paula,
> Two things:I have lots of magazines, but I live in Syracuse, NY. I will be 
visiting VT for a week in Oct and could take them with me. Are you willing to 
drive to Ripton, near Middlebury, to pick them up? Will it be too late, as I 
assume you want them to use in a school setting? 

> 
> Let me know and I'll try to find room for them in my car.
> 
> Regards,
>   Lin Garrepy
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Aug 19, 2016, at 10:43 AM, Paula A.Gills  wrote:
>> 
>> If you or your organization would like some 2015-16 copies of Birdwatching, 
ABA Birding and related Guides, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Living Bird, 
please contact me off list at paulagills AT tds.net. 

>> 
>> Paula Gills
>> Brookfield
Subject: Re: Magazines to donate in Northfield/Montpelier area
From: Linnea Garrepy <mwtic AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 16:01:00 +0000
Paula,
Two things:I have lots of magazines, but I live in Syracuse, NY. I will be 
visiting VT for a week in Oct and could take them with me. Are you willing to 
drive to Ripton, near Middlebury, to pick them up? Will it be too late, as I 
assume you want them to use in a school setting? 


Let me know and I'll try to find room for them in my car.

Regards,
   Lin Garrepy

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 19, 2016, at 10:43 AM, Paula A.Gills  wrote:
> 
> If you or your organization would like some 2015-16 copies of Birdwatching, 
ABA Birding and related Guides, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Living Bird, 
please contact me off list at paulagills AT tds.net. 

> 
> Paula Gills
> Brookfield
Subject: question about Broad-wings
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus AT SURFGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 09:50:37 -0400
I saw Broad-wing(s) soaring around above my backyard several days last week, 
and Ive been hearing them frequently this week, all from the same place in the 
woods across the street. It seems unlikely that the same woods would be 
attracting different migrants each day, so Im wondering if they nested there. 
However, I didnt hear at all during breeding season. Do they make noise only 
when nesting is finished? 


Maeve Kim
Jericho Center
Subject: Broadwings
From: Walter Medwid <wmedwid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 09:39:52 -0400
A very small kettle of 4 broadwings moved through the area on strong winds.
From Derby.
Subject: Re: Request for assistance - recordings of migrating Mourning Warbler songs
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 21:56:35 -0400
I have some tape recordings of mourning warbler songs in Vermont. Are you still 
interested in getting these? I'm struggling with the technology and how to cut 
the morning warblers out from the rest of the recording which sometimes is 
quite long. 


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

> On May 8, 2016, at 9:43 AM, Jay Pitocchelli  wrote:
> 
> Michele,
> 
> Great and good luck.
> 
> Jay
> 
> On Sat, May 7, 2016 at 10:50 PM, Michele Patenaude 
> wrote:
> 
>> If I hear any Mourning Warblers will record them and send you the files. I
>> have a nice voice recorder.
>> 
>> Michele Patenaude
>> 172 Woodbury Road
>> Burlington, VT 05408
>> 802-862-4085
>> 
>>> On May 6, 2016, at 9:10 AM, Jay Pitocchelli  wrote:
>>> 
>>> I am writing once again to post an opportunity to participate in a
>> Citizens
>>> Science Project that involves recording migrating Mourning Warbler
>> songs.  I
>>> am interested in whether different song populations of Mourning Warblers
>>> (Western, Eastern, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland) migrate together or
>>> separately to their respective areas of the species’ breeding range.
>> All
>>> you need is a smartphone with a voice recording app and some luck.  The
>> web
>>> page link below describes the project and how to make recordings on your
>>> Smartphone in more detail.   There is also a link to the map with last
>>> year’s results based on recordings from many volunteers.
>> 
http://www.anselm.edu/homepage/jpitocch/ornithology/MOWAmapper/MOWASongmapper.html 

>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Please send song recordings to the Mourning Warbler Sound Lab
>>> (jpitocchATanselm.edu).
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> I would really appreciate your help and contributions to this Citizens
>>> Science Project.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Dr. Jay Pitocchelli
>>> 
>>> Biology Department
>>> 
>>> Saint Anselm College
>>> 
>>> Manchester, NH 03102
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> F. J. Pitocchelli
> Newbury, NH 03255
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - 16 Campbell RD, Aug 20, 2016
From: Fred Bates <batesx2 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 00:40:07 +0000
Fred and Lana Bates
Rutland Vt,



16 Campbell RD, Rutland, Vermont, USAug 20, 2016 7:30 PM - 8:30 PMProtocol: 
Stationary1 species 


Common Nighthawk 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31172353

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