Rain probably had something to do with it but I am crediting my bumper crop
of berries and fruit to the fact that there was no late frost this spring.
The last one in the Danby Four Corners area, elev. 1580, was April 22nd.
Nothing, no killer freeze in May when everything was in bloom and setting
From: "Noel Dodge" <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 9:06 AM
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Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Robbins and Waxwings
> I believe this year's bumper crop of American mountain-ash (Sorbus
> Americana) berries are the likely cause of the high elevation Robin
> I did some work above 2000' in NH a few weeks ago with a UNH graduate
> student and saw large numbers of Robins and other birds foraging on
> mountain-ash. He also reported that 90% of the marten scat he had seen was
> comprised of mountain-ash berries. The snow beneath these trees looked
> downright gory with all the red staining. I wonder if the excessive rains
> this past year are the root of the abundant berry crop.
> -Noel Dodge
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> From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Charles
> Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 8:43 AM
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> Subject: [VTBIRD] Robbins and Waxwings
> I was skiing Mt. Mansfield yesterday when my wife and I noticed several
> small flocks of robins about halfway up the mountain off the FourRunner
> Quad. Each group consisted of about 6-8 birds. Then as we were coming down
> the Ridge View Trail as it intersects Upper Lookout just under the Mount
> Triple Chair, there were scores of Cedar Waxwings feeding of a bountiful
> crop of berries. At temps at the Octagon of around 18 degrees F the
> were certainly frozen.
> In over twenty years the first I've noticed this kind of activity on Mt.
> Mansfield when skiing. Can anyone explain this sighting, and is it
> that occurs periodically that I've not noticed on the mountain before?=
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