VERMONT BREEDING BIRD ATLAS POSTING
The final atlas year is bringing in more reports of rare species
breeding confirmations, one of which is a first for this atlas:
White-winged Crossbill. They were confirmed when Bicknell's Thrush
researchers working on Stratton Mountain captured females with brood
patches. Also, Bryan Pfeiffer found Palm Warbler nests in Moose Bog
and Victory Bog. See photos on the atlas website:
Washington County coordinator Chip Darmstadt reports sightings of Red
Crossbills in Groton State Forest this past weekend. He frequently
saw small flocks, possibly family groups as the groups were often
composed of adult males and females with juveniles. The birds were
mostly seen feeding in Norway Spruce and the juveniles were feeding
themselves (although they were always following around the adults).
It seems to be a crossbill year, so keep an eye out.
Regardless of whether you're lucky enough to find rare species, may
these discoveries inspire you to find your own gems in the next few weeks.
Rosalind Renfrew, Atlas Director