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Bridled Sparrow,©Dan Lane

18 Dec Re: Harlequin Duck ! [Michele Patenaude ]
18 Dec Re: Harlequin Duck ! [alison wagner ]
18 Dec Re: Harlequin Duck ! [Jim Mead ]
18 Dec Harlequin Duck and Baltimore Oriole [Bryan Pfeiffer ]
18 Dec Harlequin Duck ! [Michele Patenaude ]
18 Dec Harlequin Duck in Grand Isle [Isis Erb ]
17 Dec Raptors and Field Birds 12/16/14; Harris's Sparrow - No [Alan Belford ]
16 Dec Barred Owl [Becky Giroux ]
16 Dec Re: ID of dead raptor on Rt. 17 [Isis Erb ]
16 Dec ID of dead raptor on Rt. 17 [Ellie George ]
16 Dec Prairie Falcon, etc [David Hof ]
16 Dec Barred Owl along Old Stage Rd in Essex town on Sat afternoon, Dec 13 [Larry Haugh ]
15 Dec Re: possible immature black-backed gull [Michele Patenaude ]
15 Dec Monthly Missisquoi NWR Bird Monitoring Walk [Ken Copenhaver ]
15 Dec 12/13/14 [Alan Belford ]
15 Dec Re: Bohemian Waxwing in South Burlington [Alison Wagner ]
15 Dec RBW near Fern Lake. [Shelagh Smith ]
14 Dec from Huffington Post [Scott Sainsbury ]
14 Dec Flicker [Charlie La Rosa ]
14 Dec friendly reminder [Jonathan Comeau ]
14 Dec No Prairie Falcon [Zac Cota ]
14 Dec Re: possible immature black-backed gull [Marianne Ward ]
14 Dec possible immature black-backed gull [sarah rosedahl Sarah Rosedahl ]
13 Dec No Subject [Sue ]
13 Dec Rough leg ["Peterson, Bruce B." ]
13 Dec Re: Unusual white throated sparrow [anneboby ]
13 Dec Unusual white throated sparrow [liz lee ]
13 Dec Shelburne Bay Pipit [Eric Cannizzaro ]
13 Dec Bald eagle or over the Winooskiki [Patrick Phillips ]
13 Dec Raptor [Sue ]
13 Dec Re: Prairie Falcon - NO as of 9 a.m. (but lots of geese) [Sue ]
13 Dec herring gull, black-backed or lesser black-backed? [sarah rosedahl ]
13 Dec Prairie Falcon - NO as of 9 a.m. (but lots of geese) [Larry Clarfeld ]
13 Dec Re: winter reminder [Miriam Lawrence ]
13 Dec Re: winter reminder [Pat Folsom ]
13 Dec winter reminder [Maeve Kim ]
12 Dec Re: Prairie Falcon/Harris' Sp. updates? [Isis Erb ]
12 Dec Prairie Falcon right leg? [Eric Hynes ]
12 Dec Prairie Falcon [Roy Pilcher ]
12 Dec Re: Prairie Falcon/Harris' Sp. updates? ["Ian A. Worley" ]
12 Dec Prairie Falcon/Harris' Sp. updates? [Tait Johansson ]
12 Dec Re: A Prairie Falcon Saga [Pat Folsom ]
11 Dec Re: NEK Report: Evening Grosbeaks [Paul ]
11 Dec Bird genome [Liz Lee ]
5 Dec Vermont birders are the best! [Jean Arrowsmith ]
11 Dec Re: Prairie Falcon - YES at 3 pm [Stephen Antell ]
11 Dec Prairie Falcon - YES at 3 pm [Eric Hynes ]
11 Dec Lake Champlain, Bridport [Karan Cutler ]
11 Dec Prairie Falcon Part II [Isis Erb ]
11 Dec Prairie Falcon [Isis Erb ]
11 Dec Re: A Prairie Falcon Saga [Roo Slagle ]
10 Dec Re: A Prairie Falcon Saga [Fred and Chris Pratt ]
10 Dec Common Redpolls [Heidi Rich ]
10 Dec Northern Shrike Shrewsbury [Connie Youngstrom ]
10 Dec Re: Prairie Falcon, Otter Creek Road, Addison [Jim Mead ]
10 Dec Re: Prairie Falcon, Otter Creek Road, Addison [Ron Payne ]
10 Dec Prairie Falcon reappears yesterday in Addison [Larry Haugh ]
10 Dec Prairie Falcon, Otter Creek Road, Addison [Ian Almer Worley ]
9 Dec Re: Harris's Sparrow [Isis Erb ]
9 Dec Harris's Sparrow [Michele Patenaude ]
9 Dec NEK Report: Evening Grosbeaks [tfberriman ]
8 Dec Harris's sparrow-yes [Justin Baldwin ]
8 Dec Chasing Chickens-GMAS Program Canceled [Bruce MacPherson ]
8 Dec OCAS Monthly Wilidlfe Walk [Ron Payne ]
7 Dec Re: Snowy at the Sandbar [Bob Phillips ]
7 Dec Snowy at the Sandbar [Patrick Phillips ]
7 Dec Another Snowy [Patrick Phillips ]
7 Dec No sign of yellow-headed blackbird since Sat 8AM [sarah rosedahl Sarah Rosedahl ]
7 Dec Re: Harris' sparrow still present today [David Johnston ]
7 Dec 6 Pied-billed Grebes in South Hero [Michele Patenaude ]
6 Dec Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird - Snowy Owl on Grand Isle [sarah rosedahl ]
6 Dec Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird - still around [sarah rosedahl Sarah Rosedahl ]
6 Dec Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird Photos [anneboby ]
6 Dec Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird: male or female? [Jim Mead ]
6 Dec Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird: male or female? [Isis Erb ]
6 Dec Yellow-headed Blackbird Photos [Isis Erb ]

Subject: Re: Harlequin Duck !
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:19:08 -0500
Yes, Gary Sturgis is the man who found that bird on the Plattsburgh CBC.

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

> On Dec 18, 2014, at 12:33 PM, alison wagner  wrote:
> 
> Thank you, to Gary Sturgis, who I think is the original finder for the
> Harlequin Duck!
> 
>> On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM, Jim Mead  wrote:
>> 
>> Harlequin- YES
>> I pulled into the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station Outfall Access parking lot
>> (which is just north of the Grand Isle Ferry Landing entrance) and Hank
>> Kaestner pulled in next to me. We found a group of Mallards in the water
>> directly on front of us. The Harlequin Duck was with them. We only saw it
>> quickly then it flew somewhere else. I would speculate that it will return
>> to this area again.
>> 
>> Good luck to those that get a chance to try for it.
>> 
>> Enjoy Birds,
>> 
>> Jim Mead
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>>>> On Dec 18, 2014, at 9:24 AM, Michele Patenaude 
>>> wrote:
>>> 
>>> The Harlequin Duck is here near theGrand Isle ferry in a group of
>> Mallards, but not at the ferry dock.  Before  the blinking yellow light
>> across from the big White House with all the windows.
>>> 
>>> Michele Patenaude
>>> 172 Woodbury Road
>>> Burlington, VT 05408
>>> 802-862-4085
>> 
Subject: Re: Harlequin Duck !
From: alison wagner <alikatofvt AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:33:46 -0500
Thank you, to Gary Sturgis, who I think is the original finder for the
Harlequin Duck!

On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM, Jim Mead  wrote:
>
> Harlequin- YES
> I pulled into the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station Outfall Access parking lot
> (which is just north of the Grand Isle Ferry Landing entrance) and Hank
> Kaestner pulled in next to me. We found a group of Mallards in the water
> directly on front of us. The Harlequin Duck was with them. We only saw it
> quickly then it flew somewhere else. I would speculate that it will return
> to this area again.
>
> Good luck to those that get a chance to try for it.
>
> Enjoy Birds,
>
> Jim Mead
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Dec 18, 2014, at 9:24 AM, Michele Patenaude 
> wrote:
> >
> > The Harlequin Duck is here near theGrand Isle ferry in a group of
> Mallards, but not at the ferry dock.  Before  the blinking yellow light
> across from the big White House with all the windows.
> >
> > Michele Patenaude
> > 172 Woodbury Road
> > Burlington, VT 05408
> > 802-862-4085
>
Subject: Re: Harlequin Duck !
From: Jim Mead <jimmead4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:05:37 -0500
Harlequin- YES
I pulled into the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station Outfall Access parking lot 
(which is just north of the Grand Isle Ferry Landing entrance) and Hank 
Kaestner pulled in next to me. We found a group of Mallards in the water 
directly on front of us. The Harlequin Duck was with them. We only saw it 
quickly then it flew somewhere else. I would speculate that it will return to 
this area again. 


Good luck to those that get a chance to try for it. 

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 18, 2014, at 9:24 AM, Michele Patenaude  wrote:
> 
> The Harlequin Duck is here near theGrand Isle ferry in a group of Mallards, 
but not at the ferry dock. Before the blinking yellow light across from the big 
White House with all the windows. 

> 
> Michele Patenaude 
> 172 Woodbury Road
> Burlington, VT 05408
> 802-862-4085
Subject: Harlequin Duck and Baltimore Oriole
From: Bryan Pfeiffer <bryan AT BRYANPFEIFFER.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:07:02 -0700
Greetings, VTBIRDers:

I'll see your Harlequin Duck, and raise you a Baltimore Oriole from 
Irasburg.
Actually, I won't see that Harlequin Duck. But you can, along with the 
oriole, on my blog.

http://bryanpfeiffer.com/2014/12/18/hot-birds-in-vermont/

Best,
Bryan Pfeiffer
-- 
bryan AT bryanpfeiffer.com
http://www.bryanpfeiffer.com
Subject: Harlequin Duck !
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:24:56 -0500
The Harlequin Duck is here near theGrand Isle ferry in a group of Mallards, but 
not at the ferry dock. Before the blinking yellow light across from the big 
White House with all the windows. 


Michele Patenaude 
172 Woodbury Road
Burlington, VT 05408
802-862-4085
Subject: Harlequin Duck in Grand Isle
From: Isis Erb <isisunit AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:10:21 -0500
Hello All,

I am passing this on for Michele Patenaude (who will post when she has
access to the Internet). A Harlequin Duck was first spotted Sunday as part
of a NY CBC that covered some of Grand Isle. It was in with a bunch of
Mallards at/near the Grand Isle Ferry Dock. A photo was taken, and said
duck was later pronounced to be a Harlequin Duck (female?) by Josh Lincoln.

Michele saw it today, however she was not allowed any access to the Ferry
Dock (by foot, car, etc.). The fellow manning the booth this morning said
that no one was allowed on  the dock unless they not only bought a ticket
but also rode the Ferry [he claimed liability reasons]. He was intractable,
however as we know, it is very important that we respect their rules (even
if they may alter depending upon the person manning the booth).

As Michele was leaving the dock (heading North on 314) she noticed a group
of Mallards roughly a few city blocks from the blinking yellow light for
the Ferry. The ducks, including the Harlequin, were in the water on the
left, across from a large white house on the right. At that time a scope
was not required to see the Harlequin, but as they were watching them the
group did begin to head farther out to open water, so if you have a scope
it is advised that you bring it should you head out looking for this bird.

More from Michele later, but she asked that I get this out ASAP for all of
us that might be interested in going to try for this lovely bird.

Happy Birding & Safe Viewing,
Isis Erb (passing along Michele Patenaude's information)
Subject: Raptors and Field Birds 12/16/14; Harris's Sparrow - No
From: Alan Belford <alan_belford AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:18:58 -0500
I was birding on the VT side of the lake again on Tuesday and we had a great 
day once again. The Addison and Bridport area was again loaded with raptors and 
field birds. Highlights included: 

RL and RT HawksN. HarriersAmerican Kestrel (Nortontown Road)Snowy Owl - Gage 
Road in the evening. This appears to be the same bird we had there on Saturday 
eveningSnow Buntings and Horned Larks were everywhere and we had about 10 
Lapland Longspurs near the junction of Jersey St. South with Rt. 17. We also 
found a few Savannah Sparrows as well. 

We did not see the Harris's Sparrow and spent about an hour there during a late 
lunch. There was, however a good mix of birds at the spot including many Tree 
and Song Sparrows, and a handful of BH Cowbirds. 

Good Birding!
Alan BelfordSaranac Lake, NY 		 	   		  
Subject: Barred Owl
From: Becky Giroux <ravenrr AT WCVT.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:58:59 -0500
Over the last three weeks at 4:30 in the afternoon I have seen a barred owl 
sitting on the utility lines at the Moultroup Farm on the Huntington Road in 
Richmond VT. 

Subject: Re: ID of dead raptor on Rt. 17
From: Isis Erb <isisunit AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:46:20 -0500
Hi Ellie,

I was lucky enough to see my 1st Snowy Owl today. I was down on Gage Rd.
when Allen and Bill (both from NY) drive in. Allen had been there Sat. as
well I believe, and spotted what he thinks may be the same Snowy that they
saw then. While he located it with his binoculars, it was far enough away
that any real viewing required a scope (which thankfully they had). So it
may be that there is a new 'resident' Snowy Owl off Gage Rd.

Happy Birding!
Isis

On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Ellie George  wrote:

> On Sunday, Dec. 14, Malinda Chapman and I examined the dead raptor on the
> snowbank by the goose viewing area on Rt. 17.  It was an adult light phase
> rough legged hawk, probably a female.  So, keep looking for the prairie
> falcon, because it is probably still alive and out there somewhere.
>
>
>
> We spent over an hour on Sunday on Otter Creek Rd. looking for the prairie
> falcon, but only found redtails and a Cooper's hawk.
>
>
>
> Also, if anyone finds a snowy owl, please post it.  I want to see one again
> this winter after falling in love with them last year, and so far most of
> them seem to be moving through and not staying very long in any one place.
>
>
>
> Thanks!
>
>
>
> Ellie George,
>
> Paradox, NY
>
Subject: ID of dead raptor on Rt. 17
From: Ellie George <elgeorge46 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:33:54 -0500
On Sunday, Dec. 14, Malinda Chapman and I examined the dead raptor on the
snowbank by the goose viewing area on Rt. 17.  It was an adult light phase
rough legged hawk, probably a female.  So, keep looking for the prairie
falcon, because it is probably still alive and out there somewhere.

 

We spent over an hour on Sunday on Otter Creek Rd. looking for the prairie
falcon, but only found redtails and a Cooper's hawk.

 

Also, if anyone finds a snowy owl, please post it.  I want to see one again
this winter after falling in love with them last year, and so far most of
them seem to be moving through and not staying very long in any one place.

 

Thanks!

 

Ellie George,

Paradox, NY
Subject: Prairie Falcon, etc
From: David Hof <davehof2002 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:46:39 -0500
Vermont Birders,

I apologize for the delay on this post...I haven't had email access since 
Thursday evening. 


I spotted the Prairie Falcon Friday afternoon (12 Dec) at ~1:40, not along 
Otter Creek Rd., but along the south side of Rt. 17 between the westernmost 
goose viewing turnoff and the Brilyea access road. While out birding the 
Champlain Valley area of Addison County, I decided to try for the Prairie 
Falcon on Otter Creek Rd. late Friday morning. I spent about 2 hours on Otter 
Creek Rd. with no luck, but I enjoyed talking with a few other birders that I 
ran into there. 


Afterwards, while driving W on Rt. 17, I spotted a bird in flight within 10-20m 
of the road. It's falcon-like flight and shape caught my eye, and against all 
good reason I pulled off to the side of the road as far as I could into the 
snow. Had I read some of the posts from this weekend, I probably would have 
thought twice about this. The bird was spotted flying low to the ground and 
then flew up into a tree. After a brief look through my binoculars I jumped out 
of my car and got my scope on it. After a minute or so of viewing it in the 
tree, the bird flew towards the ground and made a low pass for about 10m. This 
short flight low to the ground was reminiscent of a harrier's low flight, but 
was much faster and more directed, and lacking the teetering quality and 
dihedral wing position. It's quickness was quite impressive. I didn't see the 
the bird make a capture, but it perched on the ground and ate something for at 
least 5 minutes during which I watched it through my! 

 spotting scope from a distance of less than 20m. The bird perched on the 
ground with its back to me and turned at a slight angle to the side. From this 
angle, I could see the wing and tail tips, the wings being notably shorter than 
the tail. The back and wings were more or less a uniform pale-ish brown. The 
bird had a pale-ish brown "bar" extending down from the base of the bill/eye 
region, a whitish patch on the side of neck/head, a pale stripe extending back 
from above the eye giving the impression of a supercilium, and a pale spot in 
front of the eye and forehead area. Otherwise, its crown was entirely pale-ish 
brown. Head and facial markings appeared slightly paler than the back and 
wings. The bird eventually took flight along the S side of the road heading E 
(toward 22A). In flight, its underwings were pale with notable dark/black 
feathers visible in the "wingpit" region. Wings appeared less pointed in shape 
than a peregrine's, giving the impression of broader! 

 wings, but its flight style was distinctly falcon-like. I couldn't make out 
what it had been eating nor could I view the legs (since its back was facing 
me), so I can't comment on the bird's right foot that Eric Hynes brought up. 


I have little doubt that this bird was indeed a Prairie Falcon despite finding 
it this distance from other reported sightings. I would not be surprised if 
this bird is moving around and covering a wide range. 


I hate to bring this up, but did anyone happen to check out the dead raptor 
near the goose viewing area reported by Sue Wetmore? It's an awful thought, but 
the bird I saw was quite close to this busy road. 


Other highlights and interesting sightings on the weekend were...

-The large numbers of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks along roads and in fields 
throughout Addison County. As others had reported there were at least 200 Snow 
Buntings in the field to the south of Gage Rd. On Saturday, I found 1 Lapland 
Longspur feeding with Snow Buntings and Horned Larks along Gage Rd., and on 
Sunday 3 Longspurs were mixed within a flock of birds foraging along Church St. 
near Rt 17. 


-Besides a spectacular show by 2 Short-eared Owls on Gage Rd. (one was perched 
in a tree when I arrived at 3:30pm on Friday), I bumped into a Short-eared Owl 
sitting on the road on Lapham Bay Rd. while driving late Thursday night. 


-Large numbers of Snow Geese were seen migrating and on the Lake...~250 flew 
over when I was watching the Harris's Sparrow on Basin Harbor Rd. Friday 
morning. An estimated minimum of 700 flew over in one large flock Saturday 
morning when I was at Farrell Access of Dead Creek, and an additional 150 
slightly later. At least 1000 were on the far side of Lake Champlain viewed 
from Arnold Bay, and all took flight for a while before settling back down. 


-A Cackling Goose was mixed in with a large group of Canada Geese at Goose Bay 
on Friday morning. 


-A Peregrine Falcon and Cooper's Hawk on Otter Creek Rd.

-4 Northern Pintails were seen from Button Bay State Park on Saturday. 

-A good number of Rough-legged Hawks...
Lake St. 1
Townline Rd. 1
Harris's Sparrow Spot 1
Gage Rd. 2
Jersey St. 1

-Large numbers of Common Goldeneye, perhaps 400 or more, along the NY side of 
the lake seen from Chimney Pt. Also present were Common Mergansers and Scaup, 
but birds were too distant for me to make out much. 


-Lingering Savannah Sparrows were also present in a few locations

Hopefully, the Prairie Falcon is still out there somewhere!

~David Hof
Subject: Barred Owl along Old Stage Rd in Essex town on Sat afternoon, Dec 13
From: Larry Haugh <larry.haugh AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:48:02 -0500
Just heard today that a friend saw the owl along Old Stage Rd on a 
utility line, on the east side, south of the Essex Country Club, this 
last weekend.
Good birding,
Larry Haugh
Shelburne, VT
Subject: Re: possible immature black-backed gull
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:57:50 -0500
I agree that it is an immature Great Black-backed gull. First year.

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

> On Dec 14, 2014, at 5:54 AM, Marianne Ward  wrote:
> 
> Really nice pictures, thanks for sharing.  Marianne
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vermont Birds [mailto:VTBIRD AT list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of sarah rosedahl
> Sarah Rosedahl
> Sent: Sunday, December 14, 2014 4:29 AM
> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
> Subject: [VTBIRD] possible immature black-backed gull
> 
> Immature black-backed gull? Taken Friday in Shelburne Bay at the fishing
> access on 
> Bay Road:
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/24310056 AT N07/15385950844/in/set-72157649558198
> 761 
Subject: Monthly Missisquoi NWR Bird Monitoring Walk
From: Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:10:17 -0500
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 December 20, 2014 on
the Jeep Trail.  Meet at 8:00 AM at the Louie's Landing parking lot located
on Rte 78 approx 3 ½ miles west of Swanton.  From Louie's Landing, we will
drive back the road to the trail head at Mac's Bend.  If you have any
questions, contact 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 55 months of walks we have observed 134 species.  Hope to see you
there!

--Ken Copenhaver

For information on other refuge events, visit: http://friendsofmissisquoi.
org/
Subject: 12/13/14
From: Alan Belford <alan_belford AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:14:47 -0500
I was with some folks on the Vermont side of the lake for much of Saturday and 
we had a great day. Highlights included: 

Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks - everywhere.N. Harriers - a few scattered on 
Basin Harbor Road and Nortontown Road among othersMerlin - Basin Harbor Road 
North of the Harris's SparrowHorned Larks (everywhere) and Snow Buntings along 
Nortontown RoadSnowy Owl - Gage Road. We went there for the Short-eared Owls 
and saw a Snowy with lots of other folks gathered there. Heavy fog rolled in 
and the entire landscape disappeared. So we left without the Short-eareds. But 
a Snowy is not bad consolation!Harris's Sparrow - along Basin Harbor Road in 
the previously reports spot. The bird alternated between being in the bushes 
along the wet area to the bushes along the road next to the juniper, to the 
bird feeders and the bushes next to the house across the street (#2666). Lots 
of activity there including Tree Sparrows and a lingering Song Sparrow. 

In addition, the ice edge on Bulwagga Bay in NYS is advancing and there were 
nice numbers of ducks along it. It won't be long before the bridge area sees 
some of that action. 

Good Birding!
Alan BelfordSaranac Lake, NY 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Bohemian Waxwing in South Burlington
From: Alison Wagner <alikatofvt AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:42:21 -0500
Greetings, Vt birders:

Yesterday, during the Burlington CBC, the sector 14 team was delighted to find 
a large flock of Cedar Waxwings accompanied by 3 Bohemian Waxwings! The flock 
was feeding on berries close to Dorset Street and Nicklaus Circle and were 
quite accommodating by flying east across Dorset street to enter our sector. 
Nicklaus Circle is a small drive just south of Swift Street and the Community 
Gardens (along the edge of Dorset Park). A little while later we were walking 
along the edge of Dorset Park and saw (most likely) the same flock. There was 
also a first year Shrike. This bird was in a large lone tree with a few Blue 
Jays. We enjoyed watching the Shrike fly at a blue jay, resulting in a flurry 
of chase. (A very ambitious Shrike, it would seem). There was also a flock of 
10 Common Redpolls feeding in a birch tree at the southeast corner of Brand 
Farm Road. 


Great winter birding to you all!!

Ali
Huntington
Subject: RBW near Fern Lake.
From: Shelagh Smith <vdxshelagh AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:59:34 -0800
A rare visitor to my feeders in Leicester for the past week has been a male 
Red-bellied Woodpecker. I have only ever seen one a couple of times in the 30 
years I have lived here, and then only at a distance. This male visits every 
day, since Storm Damon arrived, to dine at the black oil feeder and on the suet 
block hanging outside my kitchen window. What a treat! Shelagh Smith. 

Subject: from Huffington Post
From: Scott Sainsbury <scott AT BEACONASSOCIATES.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:48:02 -0500
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/14/birds-ears-hear-external_n_6314760.html 
 


and the original article for anyone wanting to go-deep

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0112178 
 


Scott
Moretown
Subject: Flicker
From: Charlie La Rosa <charlie.larosa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:29:16 -0500
I've been watching a very handsome flicker here at my window feeder from
behind the cover of a large sorrel plant. Gorgeous plumage when seen from
just a few inches away. Very intricate and many shades blending into each
other. The breast spots so detailed. Would love to be able to trace the
genetic evolution of plumage. And that bill is quite a tool. Would put a
Hairy to shame.

Charlie La Rosa
Brattleboro
Subject: friendly reminder
From: Jonathan Comeau <harrier22 AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:20:17 +0000
    Greetings,
 As people go out to search for the Prairie Falcon, I would just like to remind 
everyone to be courteous of the people who live around there. I happen to be 
friends with one of the families who owns one of the farms off of Otter Creek 
Rd, and they mentioned that people have been standing in the road looking for 
the bird. I realize with all the snow there aren't many other places to stand. 
This is also typically a very low traffic road, and people who live along here 
may not be used to all the traffic this great bird has caused. I would just 
like to ask you all to think about this as you search for the bird. Good luck 
to all who try for it, and remember to try to create a positive impression of 
birders for all who live down there. 

 Best regards,
 Jonathan Comeau
  
  
Subject: No Prairie Falcon
From: Zac Cota <zcotaweaver AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 09:43:37 -0500
Remy Lary and I failed to find the Prairie Falcon on Otter Creek road this 
morning. We just left gage road, no sign of the there either. We will be 
rechecking throughout the day and will post if we locate it. 


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: possible immature black-backed gull
From: Marianne Ward <mjw AT BURLINGTONTELECOM.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 05:54:16 -0500
Really nice pictures, thanks for sharing.  Marianne



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From: Vermont Birds [mailto:VTBIRD AT list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of sarah rosedahl
Sarah Rosedahl
Sent: Sunday, December 14, 2014 4:29 AM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [VTBIRD] possible immature black-backed gull

Immature black-backed gull? Taken Friday in Shelburne Bay at the fishing
access on 
Bay Road:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/24310056 AT N07/15385950844/in/set-72157649558198
761 
Subject: possible immature black-backed gull
From: sarah rosedahl Sarah Rosedahl <srosedahl AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 04:29:17 -0500
Immature black-backed gull? Taken Friday in Shelburne Bay at the fishing access 
on 

Bay Road:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/24310056 AT N07/15385950844/in/set-72157649558198761 

Subject: No Subject
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 20:58:22 -0500
Set VTBIRD NOMAIL

Sent from my iPod
Subject: Rough leg
From: "Peterson, Bruce B." <peterson AT MIDDLEBURY.EDU>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:49:04 +0000
Cruised from Vergennes west of 22A this afternoon. No prairie falcon, but there 
was a gorgeous dark-phase rough leg on the wires in the flats west of Dead 
Creek on the Panton Road. Very tame, it followed our car for almost a half-mile 
(We could watch its shadow right next to us as we drove East. Bruce Peterson 

Subject: Re: Unusual white throated sparrow
From: anneboby <anneboby AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:02:19 -0500

Liz - Sounds like a case of leucism, a situation where a part or parts of a 
bird's plumage is/are white; but not albinism where all plumage is white and 
eyes and soft tissues are pink. Years ago, birds such as your White-throat 
would be referred to as partial albino, but in today's parlance it is 
leucistic. 

 
Bob Yunick
Schenectady, NY
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: liz lee 
To: VTBIRD 
Sent: Sat, Dec 13, 2014 5:30 pm
Subject: [VTBIRD] Unusual white throated sparrow


Thursday evening at dusk in the ongoing snow storm, I saw a white 
throated sparrow under my feeders digging and scrapping.  There was 
something odd about his crown, but it was hard to get a good look with 
the poor lighting and wet snow.  I saw him briefly yesterday on my way 
out the door and a better mid afternoon view today.  His crown is in 
fact completely white.  I have been unable to get a picture so far.

Liz Lee
Hinesburg

 


Subject: Unusual white throated sparrow
From: liz lee <lizl AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:30:26 -0500
Thursday evening at dusk in the ongoing snow storm, I saw a white 
throated sparrow under my feeders digging and scrapping.  There was 
something odd about his crown, but it was hard to get a good look with 
the poor lighting and wet snow.  I saw him briefly yesterday on my way 
out the door and a better mid afternoon view today.  His crown is in 
fact completely white.  I have been unable to get a picture so far.

Liz Lee
Hinesburg
Subject: Shelburne Bay Pipit
From: Eric Cannizzaro <oporornis.p AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:44:50 -0800
An American Pipit flew East over the Shelburne Bay access parking lot this
afternoon at 3:30.

Other birds were few:

Mallard 8
Black Duck 1
Common Merganser 7
Common Goldeneye 3
Red-tailed hawk 1
American Crow 2
European Starling 2


Eric Cannizzaro
Subject: Bald eagle or over the Winooskiki
From: Patrick Phillips <phillipspatj AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:31:10 -0500
just spotted a beautiful mature bald eagle soaring over the falls off lime
kiln Road over the Winooski
Subject: Raptor
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:23:50 -0500
There was a dead raptor on the south side of Rt 17 near the goose viewing area. 
Didn't get a good look--- hope it wasn't the falcon. Perhaps someone can check 
it out. 

Sue Wetmore

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Subject: Re: Prairie Falcon - NO as of 9 a.m. (but lots of geese)
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:21:28 -0500
Ditto on the falcon--- was there until 11:30 or so.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod

> On Dec 13, 2014, at 10:07 AM, Larry Clarfeld  wrote:
> 
> Hi folks,
> 
> I was searching for the Prairie Falcon from dawn until 9 a.m. without luck.
> There was only one other birder there during that time, and there is a lot
> of good habitat, so hopefully others will have more luck later!
> 
> There were a ton of geese moving south this morning, too, mostly close to
> the lake. At the intersection of RT 17 and Jersey St. I had a loose flock
> of ~1500 Snow Geese fly over at around 8:15. From Otter Creek Rd I could
> see distant flocks moving along the lake, but most were too far to
> identify.
> 
> Other highlights included Snow Buntings and Hornked Larks all over the
> place. A flock of ~200 Snow Buntings on Gage Rd contained at least 1
> Lapland Longspur mixed in.
> 
> Good Birding,
> Larry
> 
> -- 
> Larry Clarfeld
> Environmental Educator
> Youth Birding Coordinator
> 
> North Branch Nature Center
> 713 Elm St.
> Montpelier, VT 05602
> 
> www.NorthBranchNatureCenter.org
> (802) 229-6206
> larry AT NorthBranchNatureCenter.org
Subject: herring gull, black-backed or lesser black-backed?
From: sarah rosedahl <srosedahl AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:10:41 +0000
I took this yesterday at Shelburne Bay at the fishing access on Bay Road on 
theway to Shelburne Farms. Thoughts whether it is an immature herring, 
black-backedor lesser black-backed? It wasn't with other gulls, so I don't have 
a good sizereference. It was near some mallards and much bigger than those. 
Sitting on theedge of the shore near the boat ramp. 

(I named it black-backed gull on flickr for now as a guess...)
Black-backed Gull

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srosedahl AT yahoo.com
www.srosedahl.com
Subject: Prairie Falcon - NO as of 9 a.m. (but lots of geese)
From: Larry Clarfeld <lclarfeld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:07:23 -0500
Hi folks,

I was searching for the Prairie Falcon from dawn until 9 a.m. without luck.
There was only one other birder there during that time, and there is a lot
of good habitat, so hopefully others will have more luck later!

There were a ton of geese moving south this morning, too, mostly close to
the lake. At the intersection of RT 17 and Jersey St. I had a loose flock
of ~1500 Snow Geese fly over at around 8:15. From Otter Creek Rd I could
see distant flocks moving along the lake, but most were too far to
identify.

Other highlights included Snow Buntings and Hornked Larks all over the
place. A flock of ~200 Snow Buntings on Gage Rd contained at least 1
Lapland Longspur mixed in.

Good Birding,
Larry

-- 
Larry Clarfeld
Environmental Educator
Youth Birding Coordinator

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

www.NorthBranchNatureCenter.org
(802) 229-6206
larry AT NorthBranchNatureCenter.org
Subject: Re: winter reminder
From: Miriam Lawrence <mirslamlawrence AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:13:39 -0500
> On Dec 13, 2014, at 7:21 AM, Maeve Kim  wrote:

> Chasing rarities in bad weather can give us great stories to tell later. But 
I urge everyone to be aware that we’re not only putting ourselves in danger. 
We’re risking the lives of first responders who will leave their own families 
and their own warm, safe homes immediately when we call for help. 



Hear hear, Maeve! Thanks for the wise words.

--Miriam Lawrence
Subject: Re: winter reminder
From: Pat Folsom <pfols AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:00:37 -0500
Thanks for the reminder, Maeve.  I remember our trip well, snowing so hard
our glasses and binocs were constantly fogged.  I was glad that the Mad
River CBC was not yesterday, driving some back roads still dicey.  Be
careful where you park on these roads that are narrow due to all the snow.
Happy birding and be careful.

That said, I'm off to hopefully see the Prairie Falcon this morning.

Pat

On Sat, Dec 13, 2014 at 7:21 AM, Maeve Kim  wrote:
>
> Good morning, everyone – It looks like the next several days are going to
> be wonderful for winter birding! I hope everyone gets out and enjoys diving
> birds on the lake and soaring birds in the air and surprising birds in the
> trees and hedgerows.
>
> Before the next blast of snow, sleet, ice, high winds, downed trees and
> whatever else winter has waiting for us, though, I’d like to share a
> cautionary thought. We all do things that might not be the smartest, when
> we’re pursuing our passions. I remember walking out onto the Portage
> Glacier in Alaska, in the early morning, all alone, while it was pouring
> sleet, because someone told me there might be a Willow Ptarmigan there. Not
> only did I discover that a sheet of ice with sleet on it is extremely
> slippery; the only bird I saw was a Varied Thrush that followed me for a
> while, apparently curious about the stupidity of the solitary two-legged
> creature. I remember another outing, a trek that Pat Folsom and I took to
> Ausable Point State Park to find a Yellow-throated Warbler: white-knuckle
> driving and – worse! – no warbler! (We did get really close to a gorgeous
> adult Bald Eagle though.)
>
> Chasing rarities in bad weather can give us great stories to tell later.
> But I urge everyone to be aware that we’re not only putting ourselves in
> danger. We’re risking the lives of first responders who will leave their
> own families and their own warm, safe homes immediately when we call for
> help.
>
> I come from a family of first responders (grandfather, two uncles, father,
> brother, two cousins and a nephew) and I have friends who take part in
> backwoods rescues every winter. These people willingly head out into storms
> - but when they’re back home they (and their families) have choice words
> for people who don’t take Vermont winters seriously!
>
> Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
Subject: winter reminder
From: Maeve Kim <maevulus AT SURFGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:21:37 -0500
Good morning, everyone  It looks like the next several days are going to be 
wonderful for winter birding! I hope everyone gets out and enjoys diving birds 
on the lake and soaring birds in the air and surprising birds in the trees and 
hedgerows. 


Before the next blast of snow, sleet, ice, high winds, downed trees and 
whatever else winter has waiting for us, though, Id like to share a cautionary 
thought. We all do things that might not be the smartest, when were pursuing 
our passions. I remember walking out onto the Portage Glacier in Alaska, in the 
early morning, all alone, while it was pouring sleet, because someone told me 
there might be a Willow Ptarmigan there. Not only did I discover that a sheet 
of ice with sleet on it is extremely slippery; the only bird I saw was a Varied 
Thrush that followed me for a while, apparently curious about the stupidity of 
the solitary two-legged creature. I remember another outing, a trek that Pat 
Folsom and I took to Ausable Point State Park to find a Yellow-throated 
Warbler: white-knuckle driving and  worse!  no warbler! (We did get really 
close to a gorgeous adult Bald Eagle though.) 


Chasing rarities in bad weather can give us great stories to tell later. But I 
urge everyone to be aware that were not only putting ourselves in danger. 
Were risking the lives of first responders who will leave their own families 
and their own warm, safe homes immediately when we call for help. 


I come from a family of first responders (grandfather, two uncles, father, 
brother, two cousins and a nephew) and I have friends who take part in 
backwoods rescues every winter. These people willingly head out into storms - 
but when theyre back home they (and their families) have choice words for 
people who dont take Vermont winters seriously! 


Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
Subject: Re: Prairie Falcon/Harris' Sp. updates?
From: Isis Erb <isisunit AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:24:54 -0500
The Harris's Sparrow was seen in the scrub bush by the cedar this afternoon
and also by the feeders across the street - that was this afternoon.

The Prairie Falcon was seen on Otter Creek Rd at 10:30 am and then over on
Rt. 17 (between the last Goose Area Viewing Station sign and Brilyea
Access) at about 1:30 pm today.

Best of luck!
Isis (who may be down there again tomorrow trying for a better, and longer,
view)

On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 3:21 PM, Ian A. Worley  wrote:
>
> Both were seen in their respective locations mid-afternoon yesterday the
> 11th.
>
> Ian
> ========================
>
> On 12/12/2014 3:00 PM, Tait Johansson wrote:
>
>> Greetings VTBirders,
>>
>> If anyone has encountered the Prairie Falcon today, or the Harris's
>> Sparrow more recently than Tuesday, I would love to hear about it, as it's
>> possible I might try for them both tomorrow (depending partly on whether
>> they are likely still around), & haven't heard anything either way about
>> either- negative reports from those searching would be very valuable as
>> well as positive.
>>
>> Many thanks!
>>
>> Tait Johansson
>> Katonah, NY
>>
>>
>
Subject: Prairie Falcon right leg?
From: Eric Hynes <erichynes28 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:19:27 -0500
Hello Vermont Birders:

I spent an hour yesterday afternoon watching the Prairie Falcon on Otter
Creek Road in Addison. It stayed in the same general vicinity on the west
side of the road (just south of the house on the left with 14 cats on the
front porch - no joke).  The lighting was poor and the distances were far
but on more than one occasion I thought I glimpsed something just above the
bird's right foot. It did not look like a band or the remains of a jess. My
intention is not to stir the provenance pot. The left leg was "clean." It
may have been scar tissue from a ground squirrel bite in Idaho last summer.
I don't know. I just wanted to alert others in case other birders get a
better look at this magnificent bird than me.

At about 4:10 p.m. the falcon took off to the west and kept flying until I
could not see it anymore -- undoubtedly it was headed to a roost.

I dashed over to the end of Gage Road with the last of the daylight and
managed a photo in the fading light of one Short-eared Owl (SEOW) perched
on a fencepost. There may have been a second owl as well.

Here is a pic of the SEOW:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/emhimages/15821093457/in/photostream/

If you click on the arrow to the right, you can see a really lousy distant
photo of the Prairie Falcon.

Given how many Horned Larks I flushed off the roadways in Addison yesterday
afternoon, I wouldn't be surprised if this Prairie Falcon sticks around.

Good birding,
Eric
.....................
Eric Hynes
Burlington, VT
---------------------
Field Guides Birding Tours
www.fieldguides.com
http://fieldguides.com/guides/eric-hynes
Subject: Prairie Falcon
From: Roy Pilcher <shamwarivt AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:33:02 -0500
The Prairie Falcon was observed today, Friday, at ~ 10:30 a.m.. Observer was 
Hank Kaestner who was located on Otter Creek Road about 100m north of the 
intersection with Route 17. The bird was overhead and moving west. 


Cheers, Roy Pilcher

Subject: Re: Prairie Falcon/Harris' Sp. updates?
From: "Ian A. Worley" <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:21:36 -0500
Both were seen in their respective locations mid-afternoon yesterday the 
11th.

Ian
========================
On 12/12/2014 3:00 PM, Tait Johansson wrote:
> Greetings VTBirders,
>
> If anyone has encountered the Prairie Falcon today, or the Harris's Sparrow 
more recently than Tuesday, I would love to hear about it, as it's possible I 
might try for them both tomorrow (depending partly on whether they are likely 
still around), & haven't heard anything either way about either- negative 
reports from those searching would be very valuable as well as positive. 

>
> Many thanks!
>
> Tait Johansson
> Katonah, NY
>   		 	   		
Subject: Prairie Falcon/Harris' Sp. updates?
From: Tait Johansson <taitjohansson AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:00:27 -0500
Greetings VTBirders,

If anyone has encountered the Prairie Falcon today, or the Harris's Sparrow 
more recently than Tuesday, I would love to hear about it, as it's possible I 
might try for them both tomorrow (depending partly on whether they are likely 
still around), & haven't heard anything either way about either- negative 
reports from those searching would be very valuable as well as positive. 


Many thanks!

Tait Johansson
Katonah, NY 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: A Prairie Falcon Saga
From: Pat Folsom <pfols AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:27:37 -0500
I agree with Roo,

On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 8:19 AM, Roo Slagle  wrote:
>
> Great story! Time to start a book of Extraordinary Bird Adventures in
> Vermont.
>
> On Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 7:20 PM, Fred and Chris Pratt 
> wrote:
>
> > On 12/10/2014 6:17 PM, Fred and Chris Pratt wrote:
> >
> >>     Team Pipit (Fred and Chris Pratt) was about to leave South Duxbury
> >> this morning for a 1 p.m. dentist appointment in Vergennes, when the
> e-mail
> >> arrived: prairie falcon seen on Otter Creek Road in Addison.  Route 17
> over
> >> the Appalachian Gap was closed because of the treacherous driving, so we
> >> took a devious route through Jonesville/Hinesburg/Monkton, figuring we
> >> would have a few minutes to check out the falcon site before going to
> the
> >> dentist. Confused, of course, because the directions for Otter Creek
> Road
> >> clearly stated the bird was 1.5 miles south of Route 17 in the town of
> >> Addison. Anyway, about an hour and a half later as we are driving
> through
> >> the snow on Route 17 towards Addison Four Corners, there is the sign for
> >> Otter Creek Road, heading north from Route 17. Light goes on: bird was
> 1.5
> >> miles north of VT 17, not south. So we turn right, i.e. north at the
> >> intersection.
> >>
> >>     There, on Otter Creek Road was Jim Mead, but no falcon. Later, when
> >> we both had settled into our respective dentist's chairs, there was a
> voice
> >> in the hallway: Jim Mead  in person, to report he had found the falcon,
> >> tucked up under a barn roof. Jim had called Ted Murin in Burlington to
> find
> >> out the names and addresses of dentists in Vergennes, had driven round
> >> until he spotted our car and then talked his way past the receptionist
> to
> >> find us!
> >>
> >>     When we got back to Otter Creek Road around 2:00 in the afternoon,
> >> the falcon was no longer tucked up under the barn roof; however, as we
> were
> >> checking out other possible roosting spots, we discovered that the
> falcon
> >> had once again  returned to the barn roof and was very visible.  Shortly
> >> after that, we ran into Rodney Olsen, who said he just had had terrific
> >> views of the Prairie Falcon interacting with a Peregrine, but that the
> >> falcon had flown off toward the barn, and we confirmed that the falcon
> was
> >> indeed back at the barn. Exactly two hours later, after struggling
> through
> >> a myriad of snow-covered,slippery roads, we arrived safely home to
> >> celebrate seeing yet another extraordinary bird in Vermont this fall and
> >> winter.
> >>
> >>     And, by the way,Team Pipit thinks that Jim Mead is much more than
> >> just a very skillful birder. We can't thank him enough for chasing us
> down
> >> in our dentist's chairs!!
> >>
> >
> >    Pipit
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >>
> >>
> >>
>
Subject: Re: NEK Report: Evening Grosbeaks
From: Paul <mgcpw AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:40:47 -0500
Just got in after two cancelled flights and finally having yo rent a car and 
drive from Newark , what a freakin mess hear but s least have power now ... 
We'll be in touch and we'll get together 


Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 9, 2014, at 10:09 AM, tfberriman  wrote:

> Was happy to see the return of Evening Grosbeaks this past week to feeders
> at Lyndonville. So far 4 males and 4 females have been coming. Besides a few
> American Goldfinch and the usual winter feeder birds for the Kingdom not
> much else is happening. Now that hunting season is drawing to a close I'll
> try to get out to some of the woods nearby soon. Managed a few digiscopes of
> the Grosbeaks which the Flickr people seem to like.
> 
> 
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackpoll1/15791984947/ 
> 
> 
> 
> Tom Berriman
Subject: Bird genome
From: Liz Lee <lizl AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:38:30 -0500
This is fascinating.  Looks like our field guides are outdated. 

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/12/11/370087804/birds-of-a-feather-arent-necessarily-related?ft=3&f=1001 


Liz Lee
Subject: Vermont birders are the best!
From: Jean Arrowsmith <jeanbird AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 20:38:50 -0500
What a great story, Team Pipit!  Thanks for sharing a great story, and  
thanks Jim Mead for making the story.

Jean Arrowsmith in warm, sunny Arizona
Subject: Re: Prairie Falcon - YES at 3 pm
From: Stephen Antell <santellvt AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:03:39 -0500
It was also spotted by Don Clark and Ken Cox about 11:00 today on the ridge
east of the intersection of Otter Creek Road and Route 17.  They were able
to photograph it before generously rounding up all the other birders north
of there to take a look at it.  Several people were eventually able to get
a brief and very distant  look at what was probably the prairie falcon in a
maple tree beyond the first farm on the east side of the road.  It flew
north and everyone trailed after it.  I eventually relocated the bird in a
tree on the west side of the road just a quarter mile south of the barn
where Jim and others had seen it and had a very good look at it. Long story
short, it can show up most anywhere on that stretch of Otter Creek Road.
Also look for Cooper's hawks, rough-legged and red-tailed hawks along with
bluebirds and horned larks.

Steve Antell

On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM, Eric Hynes  wrote:
>
> It is currently perched in the tree line Ron shared a map of
>
> Eric Hynes
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
Subject: Prairie Falcon - YES at 3 pm
From: Eric Hynes <erichynes28 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:13:03 -0500
It is currently perched in the tree line Ron shared a map of

Eric Hynes


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Lake Champlain, Bridport
From: Karan Cutler <kdcutler42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:53:28 -0500
A great blue heron on the snow-covered edge of Lake Champlain near a small
patch of open water. Lonely image.
Subject: Prairie Falcon Part II
From: Isis Erb <isisunit AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:01:24 -0500
Hi All -

There are several folks here, but no confirmation on sighting.

My number was typed incorrectly last time - it is 802-578-2510. My
apologies!

Thank you,
Isis
Subject: Prairie Falcon
From: Isis Erb <isisunit AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 08:27:43 -0500
Hi All,

I'm on Otter Creek Rd (8:00 am) with a candidate for the bird. If anyonE is
in the area and can help that's be great. I'm pretty close to the beginning
of the road in a gauge Nissan Sentra.

Please call me at 802-579-2510 if you're on the way.

Thanks!
Isis
Subject: Re: A Prairie Falcon Saga
From: Roo Slagle <roospin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 08:19:43 -0500
Great story! Time to start a book of Extraordinary Bird Adventures in
Vermont.

On Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 7:20 PM, Fred and Chris Pratt 
wrote:

> On 12/10/2014 6:17 PM, Fred and Chris Pratt wrote:
>
>>     Team Pipit (Fred and Chris Pratt) was about to leave South Duxbury
>> this morning for a 1 p.m. dentist appointment in Vergennes, when the e-mail
>> arrived: prairie falcon seen on Otter Creek Road in Addison.  Route 17 over
>> the Appalachian Gap was closed because of the treacherous driving, so we
>> took a devious route through Jonesville/Hinesburg/Monkton, figuring we
>> would have a few minutes to check out the falcon site before going to the
>> dentist. Confused, of course, because the directions for Otter Creek Road
>> clearly stated the bird was 1.5 miles south of Route 17 in the town of
>> Addison. Anyway, about an hour and a half later as we are driving through
>> the snow on Route 17 towards Addison Four Corners, there is the sign for
>> Otter Creek Road, heading north from Route 17. Light goes on: bird was 1.5
>> miles north of VT 17, not south. So we turn right, i.e. north at the
>> intersection.
>>
>>     There, on Otter Creek Road was Jim Mead, but no falcon. Later, when
>> we both had settled into our respective dentist's chairs, there was a voice
>> in the hallway: Jim Mead  in person, to report he had found the falcon,
>> tucked up under a barn roof. Jim had called Ted Murin in Burlington to find
>> out the names and addresses of dentists in Vergennes, had driven round
>> until he spotted our car and then talked his way past the receptionist to
>> find us!
>>
>>     When we got back to Otter Creek Road around 2:00 in the afternoon,
>> the falcon was no longer tucked up under the barn roof; however, as we were
>> checking out other possible roosting spots, we discovered that the falcon
>> had once again  returned to the barn roof and was very visible.  Shortly
>> after that, we ran into Rodney Olsen, who said he just had had terrific
>> views of the Prairie Falcon interacting with a Peregrine, but that the
>> falcon had flown off toward the barn, and we confirmed that the falcon was
>> indeed back at the barn. Exactly two hours later, after struggling through
>> a myriad of snow-covered,slippery roads, we arrived safely home to
>> celebrate seeing yet another extraordinary bird in Vermont this fall and
>> winter.
>>
>>     And, by the way,Team Pipit thinks that Jim Mead is much more than
>> just a very skillful birder. We can't thank him enough for chasing us down
>> in our dentist's chairs!!
>>
>
>    Pipit
>
>
>
>
>>
>>
>>
Subject: Re: A Prairie Falcon Saga
From: Fred and Chris Pratt <pipit AT WCVT.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:20:43 -0500
On 12/10/2014 6:17 PM, Fred and Chris Pratt wrote:
>     Team Pipit (Fred and Chris Pratt) was about to leave South Duxbury 
> this morning for a 1 p.m. dentist appointment in Vergennes, when the 
> e-mail arrived: prairie falcon seen on Otter Creek Road in Addison.  
> Route 17 over the Appalachian Gap was closed because of the 
> treacherous driving, so we took a devious route through 
> Jonesville/Hinesburg/Monkton, figuring we would have a few minutes to 
> check out the falcon site before going to the dentist. Confused, of 
> course, because the directions for Otter Creek Road clearly stated the 
> bird was 1.5 miles south of Route 17 in the town of Addison. Anyway, 
> about an hour and a half later as we are driving through the snow on 
> Route 17 towards Addison Four Corners, there is the sign for Otter 
> Creek Road, heading north from Route 17. Light goes on: bird was 1.5 
> miles north of VT 17, not south. So we turn right, i.e. north at the 
> intersection.
>
>     There, on Otter Creek Road was Jim Mead, but no falcon. Later, 
> when we both had settled into our respective dentist's chairs, there 
> was a voice in the hallway: Jim Mead  in person, to report he had 
> found the falcon, tucked up under a barn roof. Jim had called Ted 
> Murin in Burlington to find out the names and addresses of dentists in 
> Vergennes, had driven round  until he spotted our car and then talked 
> his way past the receptionist to find us!
>
>     When we got back to Otter Creek Road around 2:00 in the afternoon, 
> the falcon was no longer tucked up under the barn roof; however, as we 
> were checking out other possible roosting spots, we discovered that 
> the falcon had once again  returned to the barn roof and was very 
> visible.  Shortly after that, we ran into Rodney Olsen, who said he 
> just had had terrific views of the Prairie Falcon interacting with a 
> Peregrine, but that the falcon had flown off toward the barn, and we 
> confirmed that the falcon was indeed back at the barn. Exactly two 
> hours later, after struggling through a myriad of 
> snow-covered,slippery roads, we arrived safely home to celebrate 
> seeing yet another extraordinary bird in Vermont this fall and winter.
>
>     And, by the way,Team Pipit thinks that Jim Mead is much more than 
> just a very skillful birder. We can't thank him enough for chasing us 
> down in our dentist's chairs!!

    Pipit



>
>
>
Subject: Common Redpolls
From: Heidi Rich <hrcassiope AT PSHIFT.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:17:25 -0500
Redpolls. A flock of two. Busily feeding on catkins of gray birch on this very 
snowy late afternoon in Lowell. 


Heidi
Subject: Northern Shrike Shrewsbury
From: Connie Youngstrom <conniey AT VERMONTEL.NET>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:31:56 -0500
For over a month now an immature Northern Shrike has been making daily visits 
to the yard. It frequently lands at the birdbath for a drink, snacks on 
winterberries and perches in the nearby lilac. Smaller birds seem to put up 
with its presence and go about feeding. We are at 1700 ft. and in open hay 
fields surrounded by hardwoods. 


Sent from my iPad

Connie
Subject: Re: Prairie Falcon, Otter Creek Road, Addison
From: Jim Mead <jimmead4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:30:23 -0500
Hi all,

I was also lucky enough to find the Prairie Falcon. It was on a rooftop of a 
red barn/storage building. The north slope of the roof overhangs the south 
slope along the ridge or peak. The falcon was on the south slope, almost under 
that overhang and on the west end of the roof. In other words, it was on the 
Otter Creek Rd. end of the barn. This barn is on the east side of Otter Creek 
Rd. and is the next building north of the small barn by itself, also on the 
east side of the road which is about 1-1/2 miles north of Rte. 17. There is 
also another red colored building with two large garage doors, next to and 
north of the red barn. 


Good luck if you try for it,

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 10, 2014, at 1:11 PM, Ron Payne  wrote:
> 
>    Just to clarify, Otter Creek Rd. is North of Rt. 17. 
> We spotted a falcon zooming around a stand of trees flying away from us. When 
it turned back into the wind, we got a great look at the underwing showing the 
dark armpits, light brown back color. Yup, Prairie Falcon. Life bird check. It 
then perched atop a tree where Ian got some documentary pictures of it. After a 
short while, it flew to the west across a field where it spooked a flock of 
Horned Larks. 

> At this time, Ian sent his message out and called a couple of people. After 
about ten minutes, I noticed a raptor perched on the ground in the field behind 
the stand of trees. As I got my scope on it and it took off and revealed itself 
to be the Prairie Falcon. It took a lackadaisical run at some Mourning doves in 
the shrubs beneath the stand of trees, then flew up and perched atop them 
again. It may have an affinity for those trees, so if I were to go looking, 
that would be the first place I would check. I've marked that location on this 
map: 

> 
> https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zL9YjlTgT3FA.kxOEk_UcGVN4
> 
> --
> Ron Payne
> Middlebury, VT
> 
>> On Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:31:21 -0500, Ian Almer Worley  
wrote: 

>> The Prairie Falcon discovered by Rodney Olsen yesterday afternoon has
>> just been seen flying and perched at the large fields along Otter Creek Road 
1.5 miles south of Route 17 in Addison. 

>> Ron Payne and Ian Worley
>> 
>> 
Subject: Re: Prairie Falcon, Otter Creek Road, Addison
From: Ron Payne <rpayne72 AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:11:30 -0500
     Just to clarify, Otter Creek Rd. is North of Rt. 17. 

  We spotted a falcon zooming around a stand of trees flying away from 
us. When it turned back into the wind, we got a great look at the 
underwing showing the dark armpits, light brown back color. Yup, 
Prairie Falcon. Life bird check. It then perched atop a tree where Ian 
got some documentary pictures of it. After a short while, it flew to 
the west across a field where it spooked a flock of Horned Larks. 

  At this time, Ian sent his message out and called a couple of people. 
After about ten minutes, I noticed a raptor perched on the ground in 
the field behind the stand of trees. As I got my scope on it and it 
took off and revealed itself to be the Prairie Falcon.  It took a 
lackadaisical run at some Mourning doves in the shrubs beneath the 
stand of trees, then flew up and perched atop them again. It may have 
an affinity for those trees, so if I were to go looking, that would be 
the first place I would check. I've marked that location on this map:

  https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zL9YjlTgT3FA.kxOEk_UcGVN4

  --
Ron Payne
Middlebury, VT

On Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:31:21 -0500, Ian Almer Worley  wrote:
The Prairie Falcon discovered by Rodney Olsen yesterday afternoon has
> just been seen flying and perched at the large fields along Otter  
> Creek Road 1.5 miles south of Route 17 in Addison. 
>
> Ron Payne and Ian Worley
>
>
Subject: Prairie Falcon reappears yesterday in Addison
From: Larry Haugh <larry.haugh AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:39:23 -0500
A Prairie Falcon was seen yesterday midday (12:30 - 1 pm), Dec 9, in 
Addison County by Rodney Olsen (thanks!).
I am reporting this third hand, and have been out trying to find it yet, 
and so don't have further information beyond the following:
It was seen near Otter Creek Rd, about 1.7 miles north of its 
intersection with Route 17, a bit farther north of its intersection with 
Farr Cross Rd.
That would seem to put it in the town of Addison, looking at a map.
It was first seen in a tree, near to a small barn which is east of the 
road in a field; and then seen in flight to the barn.
It eventually left the area flying to the west.
It was thought to be an adult.
As you may recall, the first state record Prairie Falcon was seen in the 
same town on Jan 1 this year (but not by me) and was an immature (I think).
So speculatively this could be the same bird returned for its second 
winter.
Warnings: that bird was seen only one day (I think), and we are in the 
midst of bad weather right now in this, and other parts, of VT; so be 
sure you know the local conditions before making your plans to try 
seeing it.
This is yet another great bird report for this year in VT!
Hope that the weather clears and that it has not cleared out yet.
Have a great holiday season, and hope some good birding is part of that,
Larry Haugh
Shelburne, VT

For a complete list of the reports that the VT Bird Records Committee) 
addressed in 2013-14, see:

http://vtecostudies.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/vce-vbrc-committee-report-2014.pdf 

Subject: Prairie Falcon, Otter Creek Road, Addison
From: Ian Almer Worley <iworley AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:31:21 -0500
The Prairie Falcon discovered by Rodney Olsen yesterday afternoon has  
just been seen flying and perched at the large fields along Otter  
Creek Road 1.5 miles south of Route 17 in Addison.

Ron Payne and Ian Worley
Subject: Re: Harris's Sparrow
From: Isis Erb <isisunit AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:12:46 -0500
Hi All,

In addition to the Harris's Sparrow still being there, we learned from one
of the neighbors that when parking along West Market Rd. we should not park
on the little triangle of grass where West Market Rd. intersects with Basin
Harbor Rd. However it's fine to park along the north side of West Market
Rd. It seems the owner does not take kindly to any cars on her triangle of
lawn/garden.

Just a bit more detail - the Harris's Sparrow was in the same shrub, next
to the cedar tree, that it's been spotted in before.

Safe Birding, especially if you venture out in the next few days -
Isis


On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, Michele Patenaude  wrote:

> At about 10 o'clock this morning while a light snow was falling, Isis and
> I saw the Harris's Sparrow. It was perched in a shrub to the south of the
> swell. We got a great but short look at the bird. When a truck drove by,
> it flew away and we did not relocate it. We left shortly after because the
> snow had already started falling.
>
> Michele Patenaude
> 172 Woodbury Road
> Burlington, VT 05408
> 802-862-4085
>
Subject: Harris's Sparrow
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:46:49 -0500
At about 10 o'clock this morning while a light snow was falling, Isis and I saw 
the Harris's Sparrow. It was perched in a shrub to the south of the swell. We 
got a great but short look at the bird. When a truck drove by, it flew away and 
we did not relocate it. We left shortly after because the snow had already 
started falling. 


Michele Patenaude 
172 Woodbury Road
Burlington, VT 05408
802-862-4085
Subject: NEK Report: Evening Grosbeaks
From: tfberriman <blackpoll AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:09:59 -0500
Was happy to see the return of Evening Grosbeaks this past week to feeders
at Lyndonville. So far 4 males and 4 females have been coming. Besides a few
American Goldfinch and the usual winter feeder birds for the Kingdom not
much else is happening. Now that hunting season is drawing to a close I'll
try to get out to some of the woods nearby soon. Managed a few digiscopes of
the Grosbeaks which the Flickr people seem to like.

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackpoll1/15791984947/ 

 

Tom Berriman
Subject: Harris's sparrow-yes
From: Justin Baldwin <justin.wheeler.baldwin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 19:34:35 -0500
Hi all
The continuing Harris's sparrow showed up this Monday afternoon at two pm. Very 
cooperative at the same spot. 

Cheers
Justin Baldwin 

Boston, MA

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 8, 2014, at 12:00 AM, VTBIRD automatic digest system 
 wrote: 

> 
> There are 6 messages totaling 107 lines in this issue.
> 
> Topics of the day:
> 
>  1. 6 Pied-billed Grebes in South Hero
>  2. Harris' sparrow still present today
>  3. No sign of yellow-headed blackbird since Sat 8AM
>  4. Another Snowy
>  5. Snowy at the Sandbar (2)
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Sun, 7 Dec 2014 00:51:33 -0500
> From:    Michele Patenaude 
> Subject: 6 Pied-billed Grebes in South Hero
> 
> On Saturday afternoon I saw 6 Pied-billed Grebes at Whites Beach in South 
Hero. Two were close in and four were father out together. 

> 
> Michele Patenaude 
> 172 Woodbury Road
> Burlington, VT 05408
> 802-862-4085
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Sun, 7 Dec 2014 13:30:13 +0000
> From:    David Johnston 
> Subject: Re: Harris' sparrow still present today
> 
> Harris's sparrow still present as of 8am viewed on the south side of the 
swale across from the barn. At point he was perched right along the road. Great 
views! wicked cold! 

> Dave johnston
> 
> Sent from Xfinity Connect Mobile App
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Graham Bates
> To: VTBIRD
> Sent: December 5, 2014 at 6:04 PM
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Harris' sparrow still present today
> 
> The Harris' Sparrow was present today...I got a short but satisfying
> glimpse thanks to the eagle eyes of Mrs. Pipit (Chris Pratt). It was across
> the street from the northern most house,  just south of the dip in the
> road. It flew across the road and we lost it.
> 
> From there I toured around looking for Snowys  and found none. Red tails
> were everywhere,  though, I saw at least 15!
> 
> Graham bates
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Sun, 7 Dec 2014 12:28:15 -0500
> From:    sarah rosedahl Sarah Rosedahl 
> Subject: No sign of yellow-headed blackbird since Sat 8AM
> 
> Just FYI...lots of people have been here. No sightings. 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Sun, 7 Dec 2014 16:13:47 -0500
> From:    Patrick Phillips 
> Subject: Another Snowy
> 
> i just spotted a brilliant white snowy off the Sandbar Causeway on the
> south side sitting on the branch of a dead tree. A beautiful white bird in
> the last rays of a setting sun. Fabulous end to a gorgeous cold day!
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Sun, 7 Dec 2014 17:42:59 -0500
> From:    Patrick Phillips 
> Subject: Snowy at the Sandbar
> 
> Here is a link to a few shots of the Snowy Owl that I saw at sunset at the
> Sandbar this evening. Not sure that my last attempt that this worked!
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/64430659 AT N05/sets/72157649644438392/
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Sun, 7 Dec 2014 19:09:11 -0500
> From:    Bob Phillips 
> Subject: Re: Snowy at the Sandbar
> 
> Great Shots Patrick!
> 
> 
> On Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 5:42 PM, Patrick Phillips 
> wrote:
> 
>> Here is a link to a few shots of the Snowy Owl that I saw at sunset at the
>> Sandbar this evening. Not sure that my last attempt that this worked!
>> 
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/64430659 AT N05/sets/72157649644438392/
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> End of VTBIRD Digest - 6 Dec 2014 to 7 Dec 2014 (#2014-334)
> ***********************************************************
Subject: Chasing Chickens-GMAS Program Canceled
From: Bruce MacPherson <bmacphe AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 19:20:54 -0500

The GMAS program Chasing Chickens: Colorado Grouse scheduled for Tuesday 
evening, December 9 has been canceled due to the expected winter storm heading 
our way. We will attempt to reschedule this program at a later date. 


Bruce MacPherson
GMAS







 

Subject: OCAS Monthly Wilidlfe Walk
From: Ron Payne <rpayne72 AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 14:33:41 -0500
 Thursday, Dec. 11, 8:00am - Otter Creek Audubon and the Middlebury Area Land 
Trust invite community members to help us survey birds and other wildlife at 
Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland. Meet at the parking area of Otter View 
Park at the intersection of Weybridge St. and Pulp Mill Bridge Road in 
Middlebury. Birders of all ages and abilities welcome. For more information, 
call 388-1007 or 388-6019.   


 For information on all our upcoming events, see the calender on our website: 
  

 http://wp.me/Pt0Pq-70

 --
Ron Payne
Middlebury, VT

  
Subject: Re: Snowy at the Sandbar
From: Bob Phillips <bphillips155 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 19:09:11 -0500
Great Shots Patrick!


On Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 5:42 PM, Patrick Phillips 
wrote:

> Here is a link to a few shots of the Snowy Owl that I saw at sunset at the
> Sandbar this evening. Not sure that my last attempt that this worked!
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/64430659 AT N05/sets/72157649644438392/
>
Subject: Snowy at the Sandbar
From: Patrick Phillips <phillipspatj AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 17:42:59 -0500
Here is a link to a few shots of the Snowy Owl that I saw at sunset at the
Sandbar this evening. Not sure that my last attempt that this worked!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/64430659 AT N05/sets/72157649644438392/
Subject: Another Snowy
From: Patrick Phillips <phillipspatj AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 16:13:47 -0500
i just spotted a brilliant white snowy off the Sandbar Causeway on the
south side sitting on the branch of a dead tree. A beautiful white bird in
the last rays of a setting sun. Fabulous end to a gorgeous cold day!
Subject: No sign of yellow-headed blackbird since Sat 8AM
From: sarah rosedahl Sarah Rosedahl <srosedahl AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 12:28:15 -0500
Just FYI...lots of people have been here. No sightings. 
Subject: Re: Harris' sparrow still present today
From: David Johnston <dakk21 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 13:30:13 +0000
Harris's sparrow still present as of 8am viewed on the south side of the swale 
across from the barn. At point he was perched right along the road. Great 
views! wicked cold! 

Dave johnston

Sent from Xfinity Connect Mobile App

-----Original Message-----
From: Graham Bates
To: VTBIRD
Sent: December 5, 2014 at 6:04 PM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Harris' sparrow still present today

The Harris' Sparrow was present today...I got a short but satisfying
glimpse thanks to the eagle eyes of Mrs. Pipit (Chris Pratt). It was across
the street from the northern most house,  just south of the dip in the
road. It flew across the road and we lost it.

From there I toured around looking for Snowys  and found none. Red tails
were everywhere,  though, I saw at least 15!

Graham bates
Subject: 6 Pied-billed Grebes in South Hero
From: Michele Patenaude <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 00:51:33 -0500
On Saturday afternoon I saw 6 Pied-billed Grebes at Whites Beach in South Hero. 
Two were close in and four were father out together. 


Michele Patenaude 
172 Woodbury Road
Burlington, VT 05408
802-862-4085
Subject: Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird - Snowy Owl on Grand Isle
From: sarah rosedahl <srosedahl AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 23:56:47 +0000
Sorry he didn't appear most of the day. 
Now that my new lens arrived, I hope he didn't leave!
Great photos Isis! Really awesome!
I guess I'll stop calling him Louise, since he appears to be male.
I'll watch tomorrow morning and report whether I see him. It looks like the 
cowbirdshave been gone for 2 days, as far as I know. Sarah Rosedahl 

srosedahl AT yahoo.com
www.srosedahl.com

      From: Julie Filiberti 
 To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU 
 Sent: Saturday, December 6, 2014 4:53 PM
 Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Yellow-headed Blackbird - Snowy Owl on Grand Isle
   
We spent all afternoon (12:00-4:00) camped out on Sarah's porch waiting for 
said Yellow-headed Blackbird. Sorry to say there was absolutely no sign of it. 
We enjoyed (with plenty of time to count) an abundance of other common birds; 
40+ House Sparrows,  30+ starlings, about 30 doves, 8 cardinals, 9 tree 
sparrows, a few Blue Jays, juncos, chickadees, nuthatches, a crow, a 
White-throated Sparrow, and the frequently reported Coopers's Hawk. But no 
Blackbird. Dipped again :( 


Thanks for the hospitality, Sarah, and for providing the shelter out of the 
precipitation. I'm not sure that I want to hear that you see it tomorrow when 
I'm out scouting for the Harris's again. 


Julie
Fairfax




> On Dec 6, 2014, at 9:05 AM, Linda McElvany  wrote:
> 
> It was a dark and gloomy afternoon yesterday, Friday. Spent 3-4PM with 
Shirley Z. watching the Yellow-headed Blackbird at 68 Farm House Road. It was 
easily seen as the "bigger black bird" in the flock of House Sparrows and Tree 
Sparrows flitting between the thick bramble hedge and the lilac? beside the 
house. It always flew to the top of the lilac and the top of the hedge. 
Watching with us was a very large and beautiful Cooper's Hawk (hiding)just 
lakeside of the hedge on a fence post. When we left it was on the Rte 2 
powerlines facing the house ... watching. Shirley said to look for the Snowy 
Owl at the causeway - there it was in the treetop opposite (north) of the 
causeway parking lot with flag flying. Very white - Great Blue Heron still 
fishing nearby. 




Subject: Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird - still around
From: sarah rosedahl Sarah Rosedahl <srosedahl AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 18:43:43 -0500
Hi Larry, you said it flew across the road to the west...do you mean it flew 
across our private, 

dirt road? Or Route 2? Just curious. I hope it didn't fly across Route 2, west 
and leave for good... 

Thanks
Subject: Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird Photos
From: anneboby <anneboby AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 18:39:52 -0500
Isis - thanks for the lovely photos which suggest this bird is a hatching-year 
male. 

 
Bob Yunick
Schenectady, NY
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Isis Erb 
To: VTBIRD 
Sent: Sat, Dec 6, 2014 6:06 pm
Subject: [VTBIRD] Yellow-headed Blackbird Photos


Hi All,

Here are a few photos of the lovely YHBL that is currently hanging around
Sarah Rosedahl's property (where she has so graciously welcomed us all as
we've descended to get our fill of viewing this VT rarity).


https://www.flickr.com/photos/isisunit/sets/72157649227741420/

Enjoy and stay safe while birding in this inclement weather!

Good Birding to All,
Isis

 

Subject: Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird: male or female?
From: Jim Mead <jimmead4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 18:29:25 -0500
Hi all,

First of all, great photos Isis- thanks and I agree that it is a male.
I believe that this bird is now definitively identifiable after looking at
the photo (YHBL 9) as a 1st winter male. The proof is in the incredibly
well shown- white tipped greater primary coverts. This can also be seen in
the (YHBL 8) photo. A difficult picture to get but great job.

Jim Mead
On Sat, Dec 6, 2014 at 6:08 PM, Isis Erb  wrote:

> Hi Michele,
>
> Being a newbie I'm more than willing to risk making a huge error here - but
> based upon the photos I posted and what I've seen, I'm going with immature
> male (especially as it appears that the white tipping on the wing coverts
> is beginning to appear).
>
> I'd love to hear what others think, or if it has indeed been declared. . .
>
> Happy Birding,
> Isis
>
> On Sat, Dec 6, 2014 at 10:45 AM, Michele Patenaude 
> wrote:
>
> > Does anybody know if the Yellow-headed Blackbird has been declared a male
> > or a female?
> >
> > Michele Patenaude
> > 172 Woodbury Road
> > Burlington, VT 05408
> > 802-862-4085
> >
>
Subject: Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird: male or female?
From: Isis Erb <isisunit AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 18:08:55 -0500
Hi Michele,

Being a newbie I'm more than willing to risk making a huge error here - but
based upon the photos I posted and what I've seen, I'm going with immature
male (especially as it appears that the white tipping on the wing coverts
is beginning to appear).

I'd love to hear what others think, or if it has indeed been declared. . .

Happy Birding,
Isis

On Sat, Dec 6, 2014 at 10:45 AM, Michele Patenaude 
wrote:

> Does anybody know if the Yellow-headed Blackbird has been declared a male
> or a female?
>
> Michele Patenaude
> 172 Woodbury Road
> Burlington, VT 05408
> 802-862-4085
>
Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird Photos
From: Isis Erb <isisunit AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 18:06:07 -0500
Hi All,

Here are a few photos of the lovely YHBL that is currently hanging around
Sarah Rosedahl's property (where she has so graciously welcomed us all as
we've descended to get our fill of viewing this VT rarity).


https://www.flickr.com/photos/isisunit/sets/72157649227741420/

Enjoy and stay safe while birding in this inclement weather!

Good Birding to All,
Isis