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Updated on Wednesday, March 29 at 08:46 AM EST
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Himalayan Kingfisher,©Jan Wilczur

29 Mar Great Blue Heron [Marcy Blauvelt ]
29 Mar Re: Trumpeter [Ruth ]
29 Mar Fw: eBird Report - Hindsdale/Brattleboro, Mar 28, 2017 [Ruth ]
29 Mar Trumpeter [Sue ]
28 Mar Swan [Sue ]
28 Mar [SPAM?:####] Barnacle Goose? [Pat Folsom ]
28 Mar Re: Swan [Nathan Dansereau ]
28 Mar Swan [Sue ]
28 Mar Swan [Sarah Fellows ]
28 Mar Swan [Sarah Fellows ]
28 Mar Trumpeter Swan YES [Scott Morrical ]
28 Mar Re: Trumpeter Swan still present? ["lglk AT icloud.com" ]
28 Mar Re: Trumpeter Swan still present? [Susan Elliott ]
28 Mar Re: Trumpeter Swan still present? [Scott Morrical ]
28 Mar Re: Trumpeter Swan still present? [Susan Elliott ]
28 Mar Trumpeter Swan still present? [Scott Morrical ]
28 Mar Re: ID help [Hollis White ]
28 Mar Re: ID help ["White's Construction" ]
27 Mar Re: Bohemu Waxwings [Pat Folsom ]
28 Mar ID help [Ruth ]
27 Mar Bohemu Waxwings [michelep ]
27 Mar Re: Alburgh Barnacle Goose [Jim Mead ]
27 Mar Alburgh Barnacle Goose [Zacheriah Cota-Weaver ]
26 Mar Trumpeter Swan Brandon RT 73 West location still present ["White's Construction" ]
26 Mar CT River waterfowl migration in full swing. [Hector Galbraith ]
21 Mar Rutland County Audubon Wildlife and Nature Show [Susan Elliott ]
23 Mar Eurasian Wigeon at Meach Cove [Bruce MacPherson ]
25 Mar Re: Eurasian Wigeon at Meach Cove-still present [Bruce MacPherson ]
25 Mar Re: New Flora of Vermont-a GMAS Program ["Teage O'Connor" ]
25 Mar Trumpeter Swan [Susan Elliott ]
25 Mar Re: Trumpeter Swan [Sue ]
25 Mar New Flora of Vermont-a GMAS Program [Bruce MacPherson ]
25 Mar Re: Trumpeter Swan [Marvin Elliott ]
25 Mar Re: Acadia Birding Festival [Jan Miles ]
25 Mar Re: New Flora of Vermont-a GMAS Program ["Teage O'Connor" ]
25 Mar Great Blue [Charlie La Rosa ]
25 Mar Re: Trumpeter Swan [Sue ]
24 Mar [SPAM?:###] Eurasian Wigeon - Yes [Zac Cota ]
24 Mar Looking for a Few Good Birders [Steve Faccio ]
24 Mar Re: Looking for a Few Good Birders [Jeanne Elias ]
24 Mar Refuge Art Show [Carol Yarnell ]
20 Mar West Rutland Marsh Monitoring Walk - March 23 [Susan Elliott ]
19 Mar Re: Pink footed goose [Michele Patenaude ]
19 Mar Snow Geese with Canada Geese today in Shelburne [Robert Coleburn ]
19 Mar Rusty Blackbirds [Hector Galbraith ]
19 Mar Re: Brandon Trumpeter Swan still present [Patrick Phillips ]
19 Mar Re: Brandon Trumpeter Swan still present [Kathleen Upton ]
19 Mar Re: Brandon Trumpeter Swan still present [Patrick Phillips ]
19 Mar Re: Sum of all Canada Geese reported today from Lake Champlain .. MORE [Ian Worley ]
14 Mar Re: FOY Redpoll [Cathryn Abbott ]
18 Mar Re: Pink footed goose [michelep ]
18 Mar Re: Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay? [Michele Patenaude ]
18 Mar Re: Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay? [Rich Kelley ]
18 Mar Re: Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay? [Michele Patenaude ]
18 Mar Re: Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay? [Martha McClintock ]
18 Mar Brandon Trumpeter Swan still present ["White's Construction" ]
18 Mar woodcocks struggling with Stella [Maeve Kim ]
18 Mar Snow Buntings [Linda Graves ]
18 Mar Re: woodcocks struggling with Stella [Ian Worley ]
18 Mar Sum of all Canada Geese reported today from Lake Champlain [Ian Worley ]
18 Mar Pink footed goose [Michele Patenaude ]
15 Mar Monthly Missisquoi NWR Bird Monitoring Walk [Ken Copenhaver ]
15 Mar grackle invasion!! [Maeve Kim ]
15 Mar foy cardinal [Leslie Nulty ]
14 Mar New VBRC online form [Kent McFarland ]
16 Mar Pink-footed Goose still in St. Alvans Bay [Jim Mead ]
14 Mar Re: New VBRC online form [Veer Frost ]
14 Mar FOY Redpoll [Michael Foster ]
16 Mar Short-eared Owl in Weybridge ["Trombulak, Stephen C." ]
15 Mar Re: grackle invasion!! [Ruth ]
14 Mar chipping sparrow in Jericho [Eric Wood ]
15 Mar Feeder birds [Barclay Morris ]
15 Mar Trumpeter swan [Kathy Dube ]
15 Mar Re: grackle invasion!! [EHK Personal ]
14 Mar Re: New VBRC online form [Kent McFarland ]
17 Mar Re: Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay? [alison wagner ]

Subject: Great Blue Heron
From: Marcy Blauvelt <mbblauvelt AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:35:06 -0400
A FOY single GBHE flew over my house on Gregg Hill in Waterbury Center this 
morning at 7:15. There is still a lot of snow and ice in this neck of the 
woods. 

Subject: Re: Trumpeter
From: Ruth <birder_rws AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:45:18 +0000
Welcome "Home", Sue - says the Swan!


Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset, VT


________________________________
From: Vermont Birds  on behalf of Sue 
<2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET> 

Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 8:40 AM
To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [VTBIRD] Trumpeter

As of 8:00 this morning the Trumpeter swan was happily swimming then on the ice 
preening. 

Maybe it thinks it is a goose.
Wood ducks, blacks, mallards and pintails also among the geese.
Sue Wetmore
Sent from my iPod
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Hindsdale/Brattleboro, Mar 28, 2017
From: Ruth <birder_rws AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:44:18 +0000
Not quite the variety that Hector reported on Sun, but lots of birds, 
none-the-less. And we didn't even attempt to find a Cackling Goose. We saw 2 
immature Bald Eagles, but were told there is an adult in the area too. 



The huge flock of Cedar Waxwings greeted us at the parking area. What we did 
not realize until the end of our scoping is that the flocks of birds could be 
well seen by driving south from the N parking area along the 'bay' area on the 
road/path. Area to E of rd and others still skimmed with ice. 



Surely, all undercounted. But good to see the number of Black Ducks. Mallard 
count way down. 



Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset, VT


________________________________
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu 
Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 8:36 AM
To: birder_rws AT hotmail.com
Subject: eBird Report - Hindsdale/Brattleboro, Mar 28, 2017

Hindsdale/Brattleboro, Windham, Vermont, US
Mar 28, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     40s, cloudy, ice still in 'bay' area. With Martha Pfeiffer
25 species

Canada Goose  550     Very large flocks flew in
Gadwall  24     Probably undercounted even!
American Black Duck  70
Mallard  26
Ring-necked Duck  16
Hooded Merganser  300     Probably undercounted even!
Common Merganser  80
Great Blue Heron  2
Bald Eagle  2     Both immatures
Killdeer  2
Ring-billed Gull  15
Herring Gull 5 Probably undercounted. Immature plummed birds and adults seen 
next to Ring-billed Gulls 

Mourning Dove  3
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  30
American Crow  X
Tufted Titmouse  2
American Robin  1
Cedar Waxwing  130
Song Sparrow  7
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35510887

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Subject: Trumpeter
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:40:15 -0400
As of 8:00 this morning the Trumpeter swan was happily swimming then on the ice 
preening. 

Maybe it thinks it is a goose. 
Wood ducks, blacks, mallards and pintails also among the geese.
Sue Wetmore
Sent from my iPod
Subject: Swan
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:38:33 -0400
Swan still at the spot by the overpass in Brandon around 2:30 this afternoon.
Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod
Subject: [SPAM?:####] Barnacle Goose?
From: Pat Folsom <pfols AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:03:43 -0400
Has anyone seen the Barnacle Goose today? 
Thanks, 
Pat 
Subject: Re: Swan
From: Nathan Dansereau <000000ba175420dc-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:24:29 +0000
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!important; } Welcome back.  Glad the Trumpeter stuck around for you Nate 



Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone


On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 4:22 PM, Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET> wrote:

Just back from Florida with fingers crossed for the Trumpeter swan and it was 
in the spot south of the overpass. Standing on the ice preening! 

Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod
Subject: Swan
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:20:22 -0400
Just back from Florida with fingers crossed for the Trumpeter swan and it was 
in the spot south of the overpass. Standing on the ice preening! 

Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod
Subject: Swan
From: Sarah Fellows <towanda2 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:35:59 -0400
Sorry, can not see that my report went through? Swan is in usual place by 
bridge on rte 73 

Sally fellows
Williston

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Swan
From: Sarah Fellows <towanda2 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:55:19 -0400
Swan is in usual place near bridge and rr tracks

Sally fellows
Williston

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Trumpeter Swan YES
From: Scott Morrical <smorrica AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:19:10 -0400
I am at the site on route 73 W in Brandon right now (11:18 AM) and the 
Trumpeter Swan is present. 

Scott Morrical

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan still present?
From: "lglk AT icloud.com" <lglk@ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:54:47 -0400
We saw the trumpeter swan in the cornfield with the Canada goose 73W (from 
bridge passing over the railroad tracks) at 6:25 Sunday evening. 

Linda Kulas

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 28, 2017, at 9:27 AM, Susan Elliott 
<00000032e9152660-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu> wrote: 

> 
> The last eBird report of the Trumpeter was May 26 at 1:30 p.m. 
> To date there have been over 75 checklists submitted for the swan with 40 
other species reported including Golden Eagle and numerous waterfowl species. 

> Sue Elliott
> 
>      From: Scott Morrical 
> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU 
> Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:22 AM
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Trumpeter Swan still present?
> 
> Dear VTbirders:
> Do any of you know whether the Trumpeter Swan is still present in Brandon as 
of yesterday or today? Thank you! 

> Scott Morrical
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan still present?
From: Susan Elliott <00000032e9152660-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:36:34 +0000
Oops! Yes, I meant March 26. Must have spring birds on my brain.
Thanks for the correction!
Sue

      From: Scott Morrical 
 To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU 
 Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:35 AM
 Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Trumpeter Swan still present?
   
May 26???  eBirders are so amazing, they can even predict where the bird will 
be in the future! 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 28, 2017, at 9:27 AM, Susan Elliott 
<00000032e9152660-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu> wrote: 

> 
> The last eBird report of the Trumpeter was May 26 at 1:30 p.m. 
> To date there have been over 75 checklists submitted for the swan with 40 
other species reported including Golden Eagle and numerous waterfowl species. 

> Sue Elliott
> 
>      From: Scott Morrical 
> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU 
> Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:22 AM
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Trumpeter Swan still present?
> 
> Dear VTbirders:
> Do any of you know whether the Trumpeter Swan is still present in Brandon as 
of yesterday or today? Thank you! 

> Scott Morrical
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> 
> 


   
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan still present?
From: Scott Morrical <smorrica AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:35:13 -0400
May 26??? eBirders are so amazing, they can even predict where the bird will be 
in the future! 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 28, 2017, at 9:27 AM, Susan Elliott 
<00000032e9152660-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu> wrote: 

> 
> The last eBird report of the Trumpeter was May 26 at 1:30 p.m. 
> To date there have been over 75 checklists submitted for the swan with 40 
other species reported including Golden Eagle and numerous waterfowl species. 

> Sue Elliott
> 
>      From: Scott Morrical 
> To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU 
> Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:22 AM
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Trumpeter Swan still present?
> 
> Dear VTbirders:
> Do any of you know whether the Trumpeter Swan is still present in Brandon as 
of yesterday or today? Thank you! 

> Scott Morrical
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan still present?
From: Susan Elliott <00000032e9152660-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:27:08 +0000
The last eBird report of the Trumpeter was May 26 at 1:30 p.m. 
To date there have been over 75 checklists submitted for the swan with 40 other 
species reported including Golden Eagle and numerous waterfowl species. 

Sue Elliott

      From: Scott Morrical 
 To: VTBIRD AT LIST.UVM.EDU 
 Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:22 AM
 Subject: [VTBIRD] Trumpeter Swan still present?
   
Dear VTbirders:
Do any of you know whether the Trumpeter Swan is still present in Brandon as of 
yesterday or today? Thank you! 

Scott Morrical

Sent from my iPhone


   
Subject: Trumpeter Swan still present?
From: Scott Morrical <smorrica AT UVM.EDU>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:22:25 -0400
Dear VTbirders:
Do any of you know whether the Trumpeter Swan is still present in Brandon as of 
yesterday or today? Thank you! 

Scott Morrical

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: ID help
From: Hollis White <000001f07de4f6e4-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:25:46 +0000
maybe Bohemian waxwings.they look streamlines while "gritting"

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android 
 
 On Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 7:16 AM, White's Construction 
wrote: Sounds like Brown-headed Cowbirds.  PS I saw a flock of estimated 200 
!! on 

Creek Road Clarendon over the weekend.  On approach I thought they should be
Starlings.  Nancy Brown Danby Four Corners

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:VTBIRD AT list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Ruth
Sent: Monday, March 27, 2017 8:14 PM
To: VTBIRD AT list.uvm.edu
Subject: [VTBIRD] ID help

A friend reported a flock of birds swarming together and feeding along side
the road in Pawlet.  She thought they looked most like barn swallows.  This
seemed to be a very unusual report given the 'swarming flock' ID and the
lack of food for these insect eaters.  I suggested Snow Buntings but she saw
the flock again today with this description....  I'm at a loss.  Any
suggestions?


'they are very sleek and not at all like buntings. i didn't see any white -
they looked almost black, and were very 'pointy' looking - wings, tails and
beaks. they reminded me of arrows.'


Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset, VT
  
Subject: Re: ID help
From: "White's Construction" <whites AT VERMONTEL.NET>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:16:22 -0400
Sounds like Brown-headed Cowbirds.   PS I saw a flock of estimated 200 !! on
Creek Road Clarendon over the weekend.  On approach I thought they should be
Starlings.  Nancy Brown Danby Four Corners

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:VTBIRD AT list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Ruth
Sent: Monday, March 27, 2017 8:14 PM
To: VTBIRD AT list.uvm.edu
Subject: [VTBIRD] ID help

A friend reported a flock of birds swarming together and feeding along side
the road in Pawlet.  She thought they looked most like barn swallows.  This
seemed to be a very unusual report given the 'swarming flock' ID and the
lack of food for these insect eaters.  I suggested Snow Buntings but she saw
the flock again today with this description....  I'm at a loss.  Any
suggestions?


'they are very sleek and not at all like buntings. i didn't see any white -
they looked almost black, and were very 'pointy' looking - wings, tails and
beaks. they reminded me of arrows.'


Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset, VT
Subject: Re: Bohemu Waxwings
From: Pat Folsom <pfols AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:35:17 -0400
There was also a flock of 200+ Bohemian Waxwings on Lake St in St. Albans this 
afternoon about 3:15. 

Wonderful to see,
Pat



----- Original Message -----
From: "Michele Patenaude" 
To: "VT Bird" 
Sent: Monday, March 27, 2017 3:22:23 PM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Bohemu Waxwings

There's about 35 Bohemian waxwings here at Technology Park. A few Cedars as 
well 



Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Express 3, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: ID help
From: Ruth <birder_rws AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:13:58 +0000
A friend reported a flock of birds swarming together and feeding along side the 
road in Pawlet. She thought they looked most like barn swallows. This seemed to 
be a very unusual report given the 'swarming flock' ID and the lack of food for 
these insect eaters. I suggested Snow Buntings but she saw the flock again 
today with this description.... I'm at a loss. Any suggestions? 



'they are very sleek and not at all like buntings. i didn't see any white - 
they looked almost black, and were very 'pointy' looking - wings, tails and 
beaks. they reminded me of arrows.' 



Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset, VT
Subject: Bohemu Waxwings
From: michelep <michelep AT SOVER.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:22:23 -0400
There's about 35 Bohemian waxwings here at Technology Park. A few Cedars as 
well 



Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Express 3, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: Re: Alburgh Barnacle Goose
From: Jim Mead <jimmead4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:33:50 -0400
Hello all,

Not surprisingly, Ted Murin was the person who found this rarity yesterday. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 27, 2017, at 7:47 AM, Zacheriah Cota-Weaver  
wrote: 

> 
> Hello all,
> 
> Eddy Edward just located a Barnacle Goose on the Vermont side of the Rouses
> Point Bridge. The bird is with about 500 Canada Geese. Good luck if you try
> for it, and please pass on further reports.
> 
> Zac Cota
> 
> -- 
> Zacheriah T. Cota-Weaver
> 175 Depot Street
> Hyde Park, VT 05655
> (802) 696-8613 cell
> (802) 851-1354 work
> zcotaweaver AT gmail.com
Subject: Alburgh Barnacle Goose
From: Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <zcotaweaver AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:47:36 -0400
Hello all,

Eddy Edward just located a Barnacle Goose on the Vermont side of the Rouses
Point Bridge. The bird is with about 500 Canada Geese. Good luck if you try
for it, and please pass on further reports.

Zac Cota

-- 
Zacheriah T. Cota-Weaver
175 Depot Street
Hyde Park, VT 05655
(802) 696-8613 cell
(802) 851-1354 work
zcotaweaver AT gmail.com
Subject: Trumpeter Swan Brandon RT 73 West location still present
From: "White's Construction" <whites AT VERMONTEL.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:09:47 -0400
1:30 pm Sunday I observed the Trumpeter Swan at its original site along with
many geese, mallards, blacks and pintail ducks.  Also present a Great Blue
Heron.  Nancy Brown Danby Four Corners
Subject: CT River waterfowl migration in full swing.
From: Hector Galbraith <hg2 AT MYFAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:43:18 -0400
Between Charlestown in the north and Hinsdale/Vernon in the south there were, 
this morning, over 5,000 waterfowl of 17 species. These included some sub 
rarities such as cackling goose, greater white-fronted goose and shoveler. 


CAGO (4120, mainly at Westminster and Hinsdale), cackling goose (1 at 
Hinsdale), greater white-fronted goose (1 at Hinsdale), snow goose (2), mallard 
(280), black duck (230), pintail (4), Gadwall (10, at Charlestown and 
Hinsdale), green-winged teal (34), shoveler (4 males at Charlestown), wood duck 
(8), bufflehead (3), goldeneye (4), ring-necked duck (60), lesser scaup (3), 
hooded merg (130), common merge (130). 


Hector Galbraith, PhD
EcoSolutions
hg2 AT myfairpoint.net 
802 258 4836
802 222 1916 (c)
Subject: Rutland County Audubon Wildlife and Nature Show
From: Susan Elliott <00000032e9152660-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:38:07 +0000
Rutland County Audubon will be holding a wildlife and nature art show this May 
in Poultney. We know there are a lot of talented birder/photographers out there 
(although all mediums are welcomed) so please contact us if you are interested. 

More details and contact information can be found 
here:http://rutlandcountyaudubon.org/journal/2017/1/31/rcas-wildlife-art-show-call-to-artists.html 


Sue Elliott
Subject: Eurasian Wigeon at Meach Cove
From: Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:33:48 -0400
I visited Meach Cove/Shelburne Town Beach this afternoon and found a Eurasian 
Wigeon there. I also saw a pair of American Wigeon nearby, making for a nice 
contrast between the two species. 



Bruce MacPherson
South Burlington
Subject: Re: Eurasian Wigeon at Meach Cove-still present
From: Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:29:07 -0400
I am posting about this bird again because a group of birders was at Shelburne 
Town Beach this morning looking for the Eurasian Wigeon and not finding it. I 
was the last one to leave and just as I was pulling up stakes the bird flew in 
with a Mallard. It was still there when I left at 12 noon. 



Also, the female Barrows Goldeneye reported by Zac and Larry was found byTed 
Murin this morning and shown to most of the group. 



Bruce MacPherson
South Burlington



-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu>
To: VTBIRD 
Sent: Thu, Mar 23, 2017 5:33 pm
Subject: [VTBIRD] Eurasian Wigeon at Meach Cove

I visited Meach Cove/Shelburne Town Beach this afternoon and found a Eurasian 
Wigeon there. I also saw a pair of American Wigeon nearby, making for a nice 
contrast between the two species. 



Bruce MacPherson
South Burlington
Subject: Re: New Flora of Vermont-a GMAS Program
From: "Teage O'Connor" <badger.meli AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:53:17 -0400
Whoops - obviously not meant for the whole list. Should at least add a bird
note - saw bluebirds and a kingfisher yesterday at Muddy Brook Park in
South Burlington. The kingfisher was hunting in that gross sleet. I watched
her for a bit and 3x she made a trill call and then dove into water. Made
me wonder if the trill had any effect on fish.

Teage O'Connor
Crow's Path 
Phyllotaxy.com 
(802) 557-7127


On 25 March 2017 at 18:45, Teage O'Connor  wrote:

> Want to go to this with me?
>
> Teage O'Connor
> Crow's Path 
> Phyllotaxy.com 
> (802) 557-7127
>
>
> On 25 March 2017 at 17:29, Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-
> request AT list.uvm.edu> wrote:
>
>> Speaker: Arthur V. Gilman
>> Date/Time: Wednesday, March 29, at 6:30 P.M.
>> Location: Richmond Public Library, Bridge St. Richmond, VT
>> Sponsor: Green Mountain Audubon Society
>>
>> In this program Vermont native Art Gilman, acclaimed author of “New Flora
>> of Vermont”, will highlight selected botanical subjects important to
>> Vermont's environment. Art will explore some of the most interesting
>> Vermont plants in depth – from ferns to orchids to roses to asters,
>> including a few “new items” not found in the New Flora book. Art will 
share 

>> some interesting plant stories from Vermont, discuss invasive species, and
>> highlight their relevance to the ecology of Vermont's landscape.
>>
>> Art Gilman is a botanist and a principal in the firm of Gilman & Briggs
>> Environmental, specializing in threatened and endangered plants throughout
>> northern New England.
>>
>> This program is free and open to the public. Free parking is available on
>> site.
>>
>> Hope to see some of you there.
>>
>> Bruce MacPherson
>> GMAS
>>
>
>
Subject: Trumpeter Swan
From: Susan Elliott <00000032e9152660-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:21:55 +0000
I have not seen any reports of the Trumpeter Swan in the past two days (not 
that the weather has been all that conducive), but someone just called me to 
say he saw it on Union Street near Otter Creek in the company of Canada geese. 
I have not verified that myself. 

Sue Elliott
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:26:23 -0400
No doubt heard we are coming home!
D1

Sent from my iPod

> On Mar 25, 2017, at 4:21 PM, Susan Elliott 
<00000032e9152660-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu> wrote: 

> 
> I have not seen any reports of the Trumpeter Swan in the past two days (not 
that the weather has been all that conducive), but someone just called me to 
say he saw it on Union Street near Otter Creek in the company of Canada geese. 
I have not verified that myself. 

> Sue Elliott
Subject: New Flora of Vermont-a GMAS Program
From: Bruce MacPherson <00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:29:32 -0400
Speaker: Arthur V. Gilman
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 29, at 6:30 P.M.
Location: Richmond Public Library, Bridge St. Richmond, VT
Sponsor: Green Mountain Audubon Society

In this program Vermont native Art Gilman, acclaimed author of “New Flora of 
Vermont”, will highlight selected botanical subjects important to Vermont's 
environment. Art will explore some of the most interesting Vermont plants in 
depth – from ferns to orchids to roses to asters, including a few “new 
items” not found in the New Flora book. Art will share some interesting plant 
stories from Vermont, discuss invasive species, and highlight their relevance 
to the ecology of Vermont's landscape. 


Art Gilman is a botanist and a principal in the firm of Gilman & Briggs 
Environmental, specializing in threatened and endangered plants throughout 
northern New England. 


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

Hope to see some of you there.

Bruce MacPherson
GMAS
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan
From: Marvin Elliott <marvelliott61 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:18:11 -0400
D1,
Andy Zak called. He doesn’t ebird but saw it today on Union Street at the 
bridge. Hang on big bird, the bird police are coming. Just have your badge 
ready! 

Marv
> On Mar 25, 2017, at 4:26 PM, Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET> wrote:
> 
> No doubt heard we are coming home!
> D1
> 
> Sent from my iPod
> 
>> On Mar 25, 2017, at 4:21 PM, Susan Elliott 
<00000032e9152660-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu> wrote: 

>> 
>> I have not seen any reports of the Trumpeter Swan in the past two days (not 
that the weather has been all that conducive), but someone just called me to 
say he saw it on Union Street near Otter Creek in the company of Canada geese. 
I have not verified that myself. 

>> Sue Elliott
Subject: Re: Acadia Birding Festival
From: Jan Miles <jancmiles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:44:39 -0400
Hi Julie,
I can't make this event this year (going to Alaska:), however have put it on 
future calendar. 

You have attended? I did do a pelagic in. September with ME Audubon out of Bar 
Harbor a couple of years ago. 

Let me know if Dave can't make it some year soon and you need a traveling 
partner. 

Hope to see you soon.   Perhaps we need a TX reunion:). 
Jan

Sent from my iPad

> On Feb 21, 2017, at 4:56 PM, Julie Filiberti  wrote:
> 
> Registration opens next week for this amazing birding festival. If you've 
never been, you may want to check it out! Watch the new video they put out if 
you need your arm twisted a bit :) 

> 
> Join the BIRDING fun!  
> June 1-4 (Thursday to Sunday)
> Mount Desert Island, Acadia Nat’l Park
> 
> 50+ Field Trips  - with 40+ bird guides
> Boating Adventures  - including a Pelagic trip
> Keynote Presentations  - Pete Dunne, Nancy McAllister, Luke Seitz
> Birding Workshops
> Socials
> 
> Online Registration opens MARCH 1 at 10:00am.  
> 
> To learn more about the festival, click here to watch our latest video: 
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxNl4QFvrlM&feature=youtu.be
> 
> Come for a partial day or all four days. Click here to view our schedule of 
events: 

> http://acadiabirdingfestival.com/schedule.php
> 
> The Acadia Birding Festival is a non-profit organization designed to provide 
birding activities for everyone. Proceeds are gifted to local conservation and 
educational organizations, especially those that help protect and teach about 
our birds and their habitats. 

> 
> Hope you can join us!
> 
> Questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact me or visit our website 
http://acadiabirdingfestival.com 

> 
> Happy Birding,
> Becky
> 
> 
> Becky Marvil, Executive Director
> Acadia Birding Festival (June 1 - 4, 2017)
> Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor, ME
> 207-233-3694 (festival)
> beckym AT acadiabirdingfestival.com
> http://acadiabirdingfestival.com
> 
> 
> 
> Sent from my iPad
Subject: Re: New Flora of Vermont-a GMAS Program
From: "Teage O'Connor" <badger.meli AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:45:39 -0400
Want to go to this with me?

Teage O'Connor
Crow's Path 
Phyllotaxy.com 
(802) 557-7127


On 25 March 2017 at 17:29, Bruce MacPherson <
00000017afe5cb7a-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu> wrote:

> Speaker: Arthur V. Gilman
> Date/Time: Wednesday, March 29, at 6:30 P.M.
> Location: Richmond Public Library, Bridge St. Richmond, VT
> Sponsor: Green Mountain Audubon Society
>
> In this program Vermont native Art Gilman, acclaimed author of “New Flora
> of Vermont”, will highlight selected botanical subjects important to
> Vermont's environment. Art will explore some of the most interesting
> Vermont plants in depth – from ferns to orchids to roses to asters,
> including a few “new items” not found in the New Flora book. Art will 
share 

> some interesting plant stories from Vermont, discuss invasive species, and
> highlight their relevance to the ecology of Vermont's landscape.
>
> Art Gilman is a botanist and a principal in the firm of Gilman & Briggs
> Environmental, specializing in threatened and endangered plants throughout
> northern New England.
>
> This program is free and open to the public. Free parking is available on
> site.
>
> Hope to see some of you there.
>
> Bruce MacPherson
> GMAS
>
Subject: Great Blue
From: Charlie La Rosa <charlie.larosa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:35:47 -0400
Two great blue herons just winged their way past my window just above maple
tree height. Big influx of robins this morning. So nice to hear the singing!
Charlie La Rosa
Brattleboro
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan
From: Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:10:28 -0400
Fingers crossed and badge in place!😜
D1

Sent from my iPod

> On Mar 25, 2017, at 6:18 PM, Marvin Elliott  wrote:
> 
> D1,
> Andy Zak called. He doesn’t ebird but saw it today on Union Street at the 
bridge. Hang on big bird, the bird police are coming. Just have your badge 
ready! 

> Marv
>> On Mar 25, 2017, at 4:26 PM, Sue <2birdvt AT COMCAST.NET> wrote:
>> 
>> No doubt heard we are coming home!
>> D1
>> 
>> Sent from my iPod
>> 
>>> On Mar 25, 2017, at 4:21 PM, Susan Elliott 
<00000032e9152660-dmarc-request AT list.uvm.edu> wrote: 

>>> 
>>> I have not seen any reports of the Trumpeter Swan in the past two days (not 
that the weather has been all that conducive), but someone just called me to 
say he saw it on Union Street near Otter Creek in the company of Canada geese. 
I have not verified that myself. 

>>> Sue Elliott
Subject: [SPAM?:###] Eurasian Wigeon - Yes
From: Zac Cota <zcotaweaver AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:28:02 -0400
Hello all,

The Eurasian Wigeon continues this morning at Meach Cove in Shelburne. A 
flotilla of goldeneye and Bufflehead have also moved in, with a female Barrows 
present. Thanks to Larry Clarfeld for spotting this lady who was actively 
courting a male Common goldeneye. 


Zac Cota

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Looking for a Few Good Birders
From: Steve Faccio <sfaccio AT VTECOSTUDIES.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:52:24 -0400
Hello Birders;
The Vermont Center for Ecostudies is looking for skilled birders to 
conduct breeding bird surveys in Vermont for two different long-term 
avian monitoring programs--the North American Breeding Bird Survey 
 (BBS) and the Vermont Forest Bird 
Monitoring Program 

 

(FBMP).

_*The BBS*_ -- Initiated in 1966, the BBS is North America's 
longest-running bird monitoring program with survey routes in every 
state, as well as in Canada and Mexico. Each survey route is 24.5 miles 
long with stops at 0.5-mile intervals. At each of the 50 stops, a 
3-minute point count is conducted during a single morning in June. In 
Vermont, there are 23 BBS routes, four of which are currently vacant and 
in-need of volunteers. Below is a list of the vacant routes; to view a 
map of the routes click here 
.

87006 - Gaysville (near Bethel)
87009 - S. Wallingford
87012 - East Haven
87117 - Hardwick

_*The FBMP*_ -- The FBMP was initiated in 1989 with the primary goal of 
tracking long-term population trends of interior forest birds. The 
program consists of 30 study sites in forested habitats throughout the 
state.  Each study site has 5 permanently marked survey stations (point 
counts) at which birds are sampled for 10 minutes on two different 
mornings during June.  Currently, the 2 study sites listed below are 
vacant.  Maps of each study site can be found here 

. 


Merck Forest and Farmland Center -- Rupert, VT
Little Ascutney Wildlife Management Area -- Weathersfield, VT

_*Skills Required:*_ Volunteer observers must possess excellent bird 
identification skills (both visual and aural) for both the BBS and 
FBMP.  For the FBMP, volunteers must be capable of hiking on variable 
terrain, often without trails, and navigating with GPS and/or map and 
compass.

_*Time Commitment:*_  BBS surveys require a single morning in June and 
each survey takes approximately 4-5 hours to complete.  FBMP sites 
should be surveyed on two different mornings during June, with each 
survey taking between 1.5 and 2 hours to complete (not including travel 
time to and from the study site).  For both projects, survey start-times 
are ~ 5-5:30 AM).  In addition, another 1-1.5 hours of time is required 
to transfer data from field forms onto coding sheets, and to enter data 
into an online, web-based data entry system.  Because these are both 
long-term monitoring programs, participants should be able to make a 
multi-year commitment to the project.

This is a great opportunity for someone to "bird with a purpose" and 
contribute to a long-term dataset.

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in participating in 
either project, or if you simply want more information.

Thanks,
Steve

-- 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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: Re: Looking for a Few Good Birders
From: Jeanne Elias <moosewoman AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:13:33 +0000
Hi Steve:I might be interested in the Gaysville route of the BBS. Is it a 
specific day, or any day in June that one selects? I am with the Mad Birders in 
the Mad River Valley. I think I may have met you last year atop Mt. Mansfield 
when I observed the Bicknell's banding with Chris Rimmer et al, and stayed 
overnight in the ski patrol hut. I think my birding by ear skills are up to 
snuff and would be very helpful here. I helped Pat Folsom out once with a block 
in the Breeding Bird Atlas years back, have been doing the Mad River Valley CBC 
for a decade and for almost as long have been leading bird walks for the Mad 
Birders every Thursday morning in May. Can this be a solo effort or is a team 
required? Do let me know.Jeannie Eliasmoosewoman AT madriver.com 






On Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 12:52 PM -0400, "Steve Faccio" 
 wrote: 











Hello Birders;
The Vermont Center for Ecostudies is looking for skilled birders to 
conduct breeding bird surveys in Vermont for two different long-term 
avian monitoring programs--the North American Breeding Bird Survey 
 (BBS) and the Vermont Forest Bird 
Monitoring Program 
 
(FBMP).

_*The BBS*_ -- Initiated in 1966, the BBS is North America's 
longest-running bird monitoring program with survey routes in every 
state, as well as in Canada and Mexico. Each survey route is 24.5 miles 
long with stops at 0.5-mile intervals. At each of the 50 stops, a 
3-minute point count is conducted during a single morning in June. In 
Vermont, there are 23 BBS routes, four of which are currently vacant and 
in-need of volunteers. Below is a list of the vacant routes; to view a 
map of the routes click here 
.

87006 - Gaysville (near Bethel)
87009 - S. Wallingford
87012 - East Haven
87117 - Hardwick

_*The FBMP*_ -- The FBMP was initiated in 1989 with the primary goal of 
tracking long-term population trends of interior forest birds. The 
program consists of 30 study sites in forested habitats throughout the 
state.  Each study site has 5 permanently marked survey stations (point 
counts) at which birds are sampled for 10 minutes on two different 
mornings during June.  Currently, the 2 study sites listed below are 
vacant.  Maps of each study site can be found here 
.

Merck Forest and Farmland Center -- Rupert, VT
Little Ascutney Wildlife Management Area -- Weathersfield, VT

_*Skills Required:*_ Volunteer observers must possess excellent bird 
identification skills (both visual and aural) for both the BBS and 
FBMP.  For the FBMP, volunteers must be capable of hiking on variable 
terrain, often without trails, and navigating with GPS and/or map and 
compass.

_*Time Commitment:*_  BBS surveys require a single morning in June and 
each survey takes approximately 4-5 hours to complete.  FBMP sites 
should be surveyed on two different mornings during June, with each 
survey taking between 1.5 and 2 hours to complete (not including travel 
time to and from the study site).  For both projects, survey start-times 
are ~ 5-5:30 AM).  In addition, another 1-1.5 hours of time is required 
to transfer data from field forms onto coding sheets, and to enter data 
into an online, web-based data entry system.  Because these are both 
long-term monitoring programs, participants should be able to make a 
multi-year commitment to the project.

This is a great opportunity for someone to "bird with a purpose" and 
contribute to a long-term dataset.

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in participating in 
either project, or if you simply want more information.

Thanks,
Steve

-- 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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: Refuge Art Show
From: Carol Yarnell <carolclyde AT FAIRPOINT.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:02:45 -0400
Friends of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge will host an art show 
(May 20-July 21) at the Refuge Visitors' Center on Tabor Road, 
Swanton.  It will kick off during the International Migratory Bird Day 
Open House, May 20.  For details and application:


http://friendsofmissisquoi.org/artshow
https://www.facebook.com/events/1124699840975724/

http://friendsofmissisquoi.org/event/imbd2017/
https://www.facebook.com/events/133466750514679/

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

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

http://rutlandcountyaudubon.org/



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


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

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

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

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

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


https://flic.kr/p/RRWVb8

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Ian

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


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


Cat Abbott
Dummerston

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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sent from my iPhone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Martha

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

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

Sent from my iPhone

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Michele Patenaude 
172 Woodbury Road
Burlington, VT 05408
802-862-4085
Subject: Monthly Missisquoi NWR Bird Monitoring Walk
From: Ken Copenhaver <copenhvr AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:19:27 -0400
Join us as we monitor a variety of bird species at Missisquoi National
Wildlife Refuge.

This month's Bird Monitoring Walk will be on Saturday March 18, 2017 on the
Railroad Trail.  Meet at 8:00 AM at the parking lot on Tabor Rd, about 1
mile past the Visitor Center.  If you have any questions, email me at
copenhvr AT gmail.com

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

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

NOTE: Snowshoes are highly recommended!


--Ken Copenhaver

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


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

-- 
Best regards,

Leslie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kent McFarland
VBRC co-chair and Vermont eBird portal manager

____________________________

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


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

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

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

and quite close to the road. 

Good luck if you try for it. 

Enjoy Birds,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kent McFarland
VBRC co-chair and Vermont eBird portal manager

____________________________

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


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


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



Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset, VT


________________________________
From: Vermont Birds  on behalf of Maeve Kim 
 

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

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


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


Also, had two pileated woodpeckers here yesterday.

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

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

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


Elisabeth Kulas - Sent from my iPad

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

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

Best,
Kent

____________________________

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



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

> Hi Kent and thank you. Though I suspect this matter wouldn't apply to
> a 'common garden variety' of birder like myself, I've been wondering
> why I wasn't able to find Northern Harrier or Marsh Hawk on the
> ebirding list when I saw the male a few days back. The female was here
> around the xmas bird count so I wasn't surprised that a male was seen.
> Is this an 'out of season' sighting then?
> Thank you! Veer
> Veer Frost Passumpsic NEK
>
> On March 14, 2017 at 10:38 AM, "Kent McFarland"  wrote:Hello Birders,
>
> The Vermont Bird Records Committee (VBRC) is pleased to announce a new
> online form with media uploading for reporting observations of rare,
> out-of-season, and rare nesting bird species in the state. The tool
> was
> created for the committee by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Visit
> the
> VBRC web site at
> http://vtecostudies.org/wildlife/wildlife-watching/vbrc/.
>
> Founded in 1980, the mission of the VBRC is to validate records of
> birds
> within the State of Vermont and maintain the state bird checklist. The
> committee is composed of expert birders and ornithologists from
> Vermont.
>
> This new online form has been prepared to encourage full and detailed
> documentation of rare or unseasonal birds observed in Vermont. Please
> use
> this online form only. We do not accept paper or emailed forms. These
> reports represent a permanent record of the observation and should be
> as
> detailed as possible. New reports are reviewed annually by the VBRC,
> which
> evaluates records for their acceptability to future researchers and
> for
> inclusion in the official Vermont State Bird List.
>
> Bird records typically originate as written descriptions and/or
> photographs
> that are submitted by observers involved with the discovery of a rare
> bird,
> rare nesting species, or out-of-season reports. The committee actively
> solicits reports of any species on the review list as well as any
> species
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Subject: Re: Pink-footed Goose still in St. Albans Bay?
From: alison wagner <alikatofvt AT GMAVT.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:09:41 -0400
Yea! I have just heard from Eddy Edwards that as of 1 p.m. the goose was still 
hanging around! I hope to see some birding friends there this afternoon! Ali 


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

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


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

Hello all,

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

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

and quite close to the road. 

Good luck if you try for it. 

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead