Speaking of extensive id discussions, I am receiving differing opinions on species shown on my web site as possible Purple Finch, Uncrossed Red Crossbill, House Finch, and Pine Grosbeak. I have posted more shots of same bird in the hopes we can come to a consensus. If anybody wants to weigh in on "Name that bird", pictures are posted at bottom of Bird page at my web site www.wildshots.net. Suggestions for white patch behind beak have been offered as possible injury, partial-albino, or conjunctivitis of eye. Thanks,
West Woodbury, VT
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Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] "Searching for the penny under the streetlight"
I couldn't agree with you more, although it may or may not account for everything. It is in the nature of birds to expand their range and to wander and/or get blown off course occasionally.
And the Internet has also contributed a lot. The difference for birders who aren't part of the sort of core elite birding community pre- and post-Internet is just huge in Eastern Mass., at any rate. Birders not part of that circuit not only quickly learn about good birding areas beyond the famous hotspots, but are more willing to post their sightings than they were to call them in to the rare bird alert in the past. And extensive ID discussions on line have taught people what to look for.
Richard Guthrie wrote:
> Re: Strange birds in the northeast:
> > These occurrences have been happening for decades with a different mix and
> the cast of characters each year. I agree that there have been more frequent
> sightings of western rarities recently. I think a lot of current sightings
> come because we have a more alert and knowledgeable crowd of birders out
> there. More field guides now cover birds from the whole continent and
> beyond. So we are more aware that there are familiar species look-a-likes
> from the far west that should be considered. > > And I believe that it's more than a coincidence that rare birds tend to show
> up at feeders, at popular birding spots, and during popular birding events
> such as Christmas Bird Counts. The rarities are out there, all we need to do
> is find them and know what they are when we do.
> > Rich Guthrie
> New Baltimore,
> The Greene County,
> New York
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> > > > -----Original Message-----
> From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Gregory R.
> Sent: Monday, December 18, 2006 8:13 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Article about calliope hummingbird occurrance in CT
> last week
> > There seems to be an abundance of out-of-range Westerners in New > England right now. Both the Maine and Mass rare bird alerts have > reports of multiple Western Tanagers and a single Ash-throated > flycatcher for each state. There have also been reports of (a) Bell's > Vireo in Mass. Anyone have hypotheses as to what could account for > such an influx of occidentals?
> > > Quoting Sharon Stichter <[log in to unmask]>:
> > >>Hi Vermont birders,
>>On the New England Hummers website www.nehummers.com I have kept a >> log of all the out-of-range hummingbirds reported in New England >>this year --- there are quite a few, including a Rufous in Maine, >>and another Calliope and a Black-chinned in Massachusetts. I have >>posted many photos of these birds, banding accounts, and first and >>last dates if known. Just go to the website and click on the >>Out-of-Range Hummingbirds page. One of these years, a >>non-Ruby-throat is going to show up in Vermont!
>>-------------- Original message --------------
>>From: Ellen Jareckie <[log in to unmask]>
>>>Below is a link to an abstract of an article that ran in this past
> > Sunday's
> >>>Connecticut Hartford Courant entitled Ornithological Humdiggers. >>>The abstract is
>>>the free version of the article but long enough to give a good >>>accounting of the
>>>sighting of a Calliope hummingbird observed for six days in New >>>Haven, Ct. The
>>>article also mentions the documented occurrence of 5 rufous in CT this
> > year.
> >>>Enjoy! Anita Mueller
> > http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/courant/access/1178562801.html?dids=1178562801:1
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