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Kent McFarland <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 08:33:54 -0400
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I did indeed accidentally grab the wrong record. The latest is Oct 8 in
Rutland for the state in Vermont eBird. The link to the latest record for
the state is below for all species. You can easily get the arrival and
departure dates for Vermont, or anywhere actually, from this tool. The
mistake I made was to check off the box that says - All-time records. You
can think of all time records as the first record or last record ever put
in the database for a given species. If you want the arrival or departure
date for a species, you leave this box unchecked. The whole help article
for this tool is found here:

Here is the link to the latest departure date through 2012 in the eBird
database. Sorry for the confusion. I hope you all try out this cool tool.




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

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On Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 6:06 AM, Ian A. Worley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Kent points out that the last report for a hummingbird in the state was at
> our home here on the southern end of Snake Mountain in Cornwall last year
> on September 29th.  We have never had hummingbird feeders.  But we do have
> lots of flowers .. flowering shrubs, perennials, and annuals.  My note for
> the hummingbird that day was "feeding on garden flower."  Actually, our
> latest date here at home is October 2nd in 2011 (the note reads "in and
> around gardens")
> The eBird "Last Sighting" product actually lists the "most
> recently-submitted record" in eBird for the time period requested -- not
> the latest date in any year the bird has been observed.  So Kent requested
> the years 1879-2012.  And indeed, in that time period the last time [not
> the latest calendar date for the period] a Ruby-throated Hummingbird was
> reported was September 29th, 2012. So, if you run a query of the years
> 1879-2013 this morning, the latest record ["the most recently-submitted
> record"] for the species is yesterday (yea Maeve!).
> The easiest, but usually cumbersome, way to find a latest in the year
> record is to use the distribution map for the species.  A look at
> October-December map for Ruby-throated Hummingbird reveals nine other early
> October observations scattered around the state as far back as 1973
> (October 8th) to 2011 (October 2nd, 3rd, and 4th), and none for November or
> December.  Only three of the observations have annotations for where the
> bird was: two report garden flowers, one reports feeder.  The latest in the
> year recently mapped October observation is from David Baird in Rutland on
> October 8th of 2009.
> (Another way to look for the all-time latest-in-the-year date would be to
> run the "Last Sighting" product for each year, one at a time, keeping track
> of the dates.  For some species this is more convenient than using the map,
> especially if you are interested in only a few years ... such as the last
> 10 years.  It is also more convenient when the species is very abundant in
> the beginning of a month but is all gone by the end of the month ... since
> you can only produce maps based on whole months.)
> Ian
> ==============================**==
> On 9/15/2013 9:39 PM, Kent McFarland wrote:
>> With all the hummingbird chatter I thought I'd give a link to the Vermont
>> eBird data for the last 5 years. You can see there is some annual
>> variation
>> and that we still have a bit of time with our tiny feathered jewels.
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/vt/**GuideMe?src=changeDate&**speciesCodes=rthhum&
>> **getLocations=states&states=US-**VT&parentState=US-VT&**
>> reportType=species&monthRadio=**on&bMonth=08&eMonth=11&bYear=**
>> 2009&eYear=2013&yearOptions=**separateYears&continue.x=55&**
>> continue.y=13&continue=**Continue<http://ebird.org/ebird/vt/GuideMe?src=changeDate&speciesCodes=rthhum&getLocations=states&states=US-VT&parentState=US-VT&reportType=species&monthRadio=on&bMonth=08&eMonth=11&bYear=2009&eYear=2013&yearOptions=separateYears&continue.x=55&continue.y=13&continue=Continue>
>> It appears that Ian Worley holds the Vermont eBird record of Sept 29, 2012
>> as the latest reported date for them. You can see the latest dates for all
>> species at
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/vt/**sightings?locInfo.regionType=**
>> subnational1&locInfo.**regionCode=US-VT&continuous=**
>> true&beginYear=1879&endYear=**2012&listType=last<http://ebird.org/ebird/vt/sightings?locInfo.regionType=subnational1&locInfo.regionCode=US-VT&continuous=true&beginYear=1879&endYear=2012&listType=last>
>> I highly encourage everyone to put in their hummingbird sightings, and in
>> fact all bird sightings, so we can all have the benefit of examining data
>> like this!
>> Best,
>> Kent
>> ____________________________
>> Kent McFarland
>> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
>> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
>> 802.649.1431 x2
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>> On Sun, Sep 15, 2013 at 7:55 PM, Pat Folsom <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>  Still have one in Waitsfield
>>> On Sun, Sep 15, 2013 at 5:27 PM, Alison Wagner <[log in to unmask]>
>>> wrote:
>>>  I've been seeing two every day for the past few days.
>>>> -----Original Message----- From: Courtney Appleyard
>>>> Sent: Sunday, September 15, 2013 1:16 PM
>>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>>> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Hummers
>>>> Saw 5 at once here on Friday pm - slower today (though at least 3 still
>>>> I
>>>> believe) - sad to see them go!
>>>> Courtney in Manchester