I normally would not contribute sightings of robins but this AM I was
out with my orntihology class and we encountered an extraordinary
number of migrating robins in the Dog River valley of Central Vermont.
For at least an hour there was a steady stream of robins moving to the
NNE. I did a few minute counts and had number like 45, 62, and
70/minute overhead. Did some quick calculations. Average of 59/minute
passing overhead in a 200yd sector of sky. That comes to about 31,152
robins passing across a mile front in that hour.
On another topic, my last trip to Victory Bog revealed that 5 of 6
breeding pair of Gray Jays located were nesting. Last week the pair
were seen and on Turesday only the male was present. Strong suggestion
that females are egglaying/incubating. Most nests fledge in early May.
William H. Barnard
Northfield, VT 05663
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