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Re: VTBIRD Digest - 28 Jan 2008 to 29 Jan 2008 (#2008-30)

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Julie Nicholson <[log in to unmask]>

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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 30 Jan 2008 08:56:11 -0500

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Dear Folks - no idea how in the world that personal message got into the 
Listserv . My apologies. Julie

VTBIRD automatic digest system wrote:
> There are 6 messages totalling 406 lines in this issue.
>
> Topics of the day:
>
>   1. VTBIRD Digest - 27 Jan 2008 to 28 Jan 2008 (#2008-29)
>   2. Speaking of Redpolls-an oddity?
>   3. OWL
>   4. Pine Siskin
>   5. eBird import tool live
>   6. Where have all the finches gone?
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Date:    Tue, 29 Jan 2008 08:43:43 -0500
> From:    Julie Nicholson <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: VTBIRD Digest - 27 Jan 2008 to 28 Jan 2008 (#2008-29)
>
> Hi Lois - too bad I didn't know the exact location of your condo.when I 
> was in Maui.  We must have driven past it many times. You seem to be 
> finding out a lot of good things by reading, though.  Rack of lamb, oh 
> boy!  I will try to get a map from Annette so that I can pinpoint the 
> Heliport and Mamas Fish House etc.and the Road #'s to go up Haleakala, 
> and so on.
> Some time I will work on a program to be able to open everything. I have 
> Adobe Reader 7 and Adobe Photoshop, both are no help.
> Julie
> VTBIRD automatic digest system wrote:
>   
>> There are 8 messages totalling 255 lines in this issue.
>>
>> Topics of the day:
>>
>>   1. Cooper's hawk
>>   2. pileated woodpeckers
>>   3. Speaking of Redpolls-an oddity? (3)
>>   4. Yellow bellied sapsucker in MIddlebury
>>   5. Robins
>>   6. Harlequins, Redheads & Iceland Gull
>>
>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>>
>> Date:    Mon, 28 Jan 2008 12:46:38 +0000
>> From:    [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Cooper's hawk
>>
>> Slow day at the feeders-----Sue Wetmore
>> -------------- Forwarded Message: --------------
>> From: [log in to unmask]
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: eBird Report - Maple St, Brandon , 1/26/08
>> Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 12:45:27 +0000
>>   
>>     
>>> Location:     Maple St, Brandon
>>> Observation date:     1/26/08
>>> Number of species:     16
>>>
>>> Cooper's Hawk     1
>>> Mourning Dove     11
>>> Downy Woodpecker     4
>>> Hairy Woodpecker     2
>>> Northern Flicker     1
>>> Blue Jay     2
>>> Black-capped Chickadee     3
>>> Tufted Titmouse     4
>>> White-breasted Nuthatch     2
>>> Carolina Wren     1
>>> American Tree Sparrow     2
>>> White-throated Sparrow     2
>>> Dark-eyed Junco     1
>>> Northern Cardinal     6
>>> American Goldfinch     15
>>> House Sparrow     3
>>>
>>> This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org/vt)
>>>     
>>>       
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Date:    Mon, 28 Jan 2008 12:49:02 +0000
>> From:    [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: pileated woodpeckers
>>
>> Once again a barred owl hunting , also athe pileated feeding on the sumac was a first time observation. I have seen them at grape clusters.
>>
>> Sue Wetmore
>> -------------- Forwarded Message: --------------
>> From: [log in to unmask]
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: eBird Report - Brandon Pearl St , 1/26/08
>> Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 12:42:11 +0000
>>   
>>     
>>> Location:     Brandon Pearl St
>>> Observation date:     1/26/08
>>> Notes:     One of the pileateds was working on the red sumac cluster.
>>> Number of species:     19
>>>
>>> Red-tailed Hawk     1
>>> Mourning Dove     9
>>> Barred Owl     1
>>> Downy Woodpecker     1
>>> Hairy Woodpecker     1
>>> Pileated Woodpecker     2
>>> Blue Jay     13
>>> American Crow     9
>>> Common Raven     1
>>> Black-capped Chickadee     12
>>> Tufted Titmouse     2
>>> White-breasted Nuthatch     2
>>> American Robin     39
>>> European Starling     15
>>> Bohemian Waxwing     50
>>> Cedar Waxwing     65
>>> American Tree Sparrow     6
>>> Dark-eyed Junco     3
>>> Northern Cardinal     5
>>>
>>> This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org/vt)
>>>     
>>>       
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Date:    Mon, 28 Jan 2008 13:42:11 -0500
>> From:    Cynthia Crawford <[log in to unmask]>
>> Subject: Speaking of Redpolls-an oddity?
>>
>> I was looking through some old photos-(really old- 1992)- and found this
>> unusual bird- a Redpoll but what kind.  Part Albino?  Part Hoary?
>>
>> http://www.pbase.com/creaturekinships/redpoll_1992odd
>>
>> If anyone has a clue, I'd love to hear your opinions.
>>
>> Meanwhile, we continue to get the garden variety most days here in
>> Norwich/Beaver Meadow area. Numbers vary from one, who thinks he's a
>> chickadee, to 40-50.
>>
>>
>> Cindy Crawford
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Date:    Mon, 28 Jan 2008 15:15:03 -0500
>> From:    June Schulte <[log in to unmask]>
>> Subject: Re: Speaking of Redpolls-an oddity?
>>
>> It looks like a Hoary Repoll to me.  Pretty bird.
>> Isn't "hoary" the same thing as "part albino" (as in hoarfrost)?
>> Thanks for sending the photos!
>>
>> Here are more photos that may help your discernment:
>> http://www.pbase.com/image/92123540
>> http://www.pbase.com/dberard/image/91530982
>> http://flickr.com/photos/terryandchristine/2216087552/
>>
>> ~ June in Jericho
>>
>>
>> At 01:42 PM 1/28/2008, you wrote:
>>   
>>     
>>> I was looking through some old photos-(really old- 1992)- and found this
>>> unusual bird- a Redpoll but what kind.  Part Albino?  Part Hoary?
>>>
>>> http://www.pbase.com/creaturekinships/redpoll_1992odd
>>>
>>> If anyone has a clue, I'd love to hear your opinions.
>>>
>>> Meanwhile, we continue to get the garden variety most days here in
>>> Norwich/Beaver Meadow area. Numbers vary from one, who thinks he's a
>>> chickadee, to 40-50.
>>>
>>>
>>> Cindy Crawford
>>>     
>>>       
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Date:    Mon, 28 Jan 2008 16:34:47 -0500
>> From:    Carol Scott <[log in to unmask]>
>> Subject: Yellow bellied sapsucker in MIddlebury
>>
>> Shortly before noon I walked in Middlebury down South Street from  
>> Main to the athletic fields; a male yellow bellied sapsucker flew  
>> from tree to tree beside me for 10 minutes or so.  Pics here:
>>
>> http://www.flickr.com/photos/kayre/2227075656/
>>
>> Also saw a bluebird on Green Street just north of Route 17 on my way  
>> home to Vergennes.
>>
>> Carol Scott
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Date:    Mon, 28 Jan 2008 17:32:22 -0500
>> From:    Randy Schmidt <[log in to unmask]>
>> Subject: Robins
>>
>> This morning in Sunderland, on Rte 7A, there was a flock of at least 50
>> American robins, perhaps more in trees and on open fields.
>>
>>  
>>
>> Randy Schmidt
>>
>> Sunderland, VT 
>>
>>  
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Date:    Mon, 28 Jan 2008 17:51:25 -0500
>> From:    Dayle Ann <[log in to unmask]>
>> Subject: Re: Speaking of Redpolls-an oddity?
>>
>> June Schulte wrote: 
>>   
>>     
>>>  Isn't "hoary" the same thing as "part albino" (as in hoarfrost)?
>>>     
>>>       
>> No-- they are different things.  "Hoary" means whitish or grey, and the
>> hoary redpoll is paler than the common, especially on the underparts, to the
>> point that streaking may not be visible at all.  They are different species,
>> and haorys are not common here in Vermont, which is outside its normal
>> winter range according to Sibley.  I used to see them on an irregular basis
>> in winter mixed flocks in the western mountains
>>
>> Albinism is something else: it means an absence of pigment that would
>> normally be there.  Cynthia's redpoll actually looks more like it may be a
>> common redpoll with some albinism on the head and chest.  The reason I think
>> that might be the case is the absence of the blackish chin and the presence
>> of the streaking low on the belly, which I would not expect to see in a
>> haory.  Mind you, I am not an expert, but I do pay attention  to the birds
>> I'm in a position to become familiar with (which are still mostly western
>> birds).  I'll be interested in what the local experts have to say-- they may
>> have a different take on this than mine.  
>>
>> BTW, as you surmise, "hoarfrost" is so-called because it is frost that is
>> deposited from moisture in the air (common in cold foggy areas), making
>> everything look whitish, almost ghostly, sometimes ethereal like a fantasy
>> world.  It's neat.  
>>
>> Dayle Ann, transplanted Westerner.
>> Brandon
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Date:    Mon, 28 Jan 2008 18:34:08 -0500
>> From:    Jim Mead <[log in to unmask]>
>> Subject: Harlequins, Redheads & Iceland Gull
>>
>> Hello all,
>>
>> Great birding outing today. I went to Shelburne Point (cove west of shipyard) 
>> at 9:29 am. I located, what I am assuming to be, the same two Harlequin 
>> Ducks that I saw on Jan. 20th. One was an adult drake, the other was a 1st 
>> winter male.They were with a flock of 92 Goldeneyes and 1 Lond-tailed Duck 
>> female. The ducks were easily visable using binos from my vehicle, but I did 
>> get out and use my scope as well. They were a little north of center cove 
>> about 70 yards out and eventually drifted quite far out toward the open lake. 
>> The water was a little wavy at first and became extremely choppy by the time 
>> I left, which was at 9:51 am. 
>>
>> I then got together with Larry Haugh and we went to Grand Isle and So. Hero. 
>> We tried to find the Mute Swans but did not. We did see a nice male Red-
>> breasted Merganser at the Grand Isle Ferry landing, though. Next, we tried the 
>> So. Hero causeway. The ice was all gone on the west side of the causeway. 
>> We found a few flocks of Goldeneyes and decided to walk the causeway to 
>> get a better sunlight angle on them. We scanned the flock closest to us and 
>> located 2 Redhead males at 12:31 pm. That flock had about 200 Goldeneyes 
>> and 14 Scaup.On the way back we saw a lone Red-breasted Merganser female.
>>
>> Our final stop was the Sanbar causeway. We pulled over by the Sandbar Inn 
>> because there were many Gulls on the north side of the causeway. Larry 
>> spotted a Gull that was almost all white, among the numerous Great Black-
>> backed and Herring Gulls at 2:39 pm. We observed it for about 15 minutes and 
>> decided together that it was a paler juvenile (1st winter) Iceland Gull. 
>>
>> Enjoy Birds,
>>
>> Jim Mead
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> End of VTBIRD Digest - 27 Jan 2008 to 28 Jan 2008 (#2008-29)
>> ************************************************************
>>
>>
>>   
>>     
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Tue, 29 Jan 2008 10:00:31 -0500
> From:    Cynthia Crawford <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Speaking of Redpolls-an oddity?
>
> Hi June
> I don't think it's a true Hoary- it has very dark wing and back marking. I'm
> guessing it's a part-albino, but curious if a cross could produce such a bird.  
>
> Thanks for your thoughts.
>
> Cindy 
>
> On Mon, 28 Jan 2008 15:15:03 -0500, June Schulte <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>   
>> It looks like a Hoary Repoll to me.  Pretty bird.
>> Isn't "hoary" the same thing as "part albino" (as in hoarfrost)?
>> Thanks for sending the photos!
>>
>> Here are more photos that may help your discernment:
>> http://www.pbase.com/image/92123540
>> http://www.pbase.com/dberard/image/91530982
>> http://flickr.com/photos/terryandchristine/2216087552/
>>
>> ~ June in Jericho
>>
>>
>> At 01:42 PM 1/28/2008, you wrote:
>>     
>>> I was looking through some old photos-(really old- 1992)- and found this
>>> unusual bird- a Redpoll but what kind.  Part Albino?  Part Hoary?
>>>
>>> http://www.pbase.com/creaturekinships/redpoll_1992odd
>>>
>>> If anyone has a clue, I'd love to hear your opinions.
>>>
>>> Meanwhile, we continue to get the garden variety most days here in
>>> Norwich/Beaver Meadow area. Numbers vary from one, who thinks he's a
>>> chickadee, to 40-50.
>>>
>>>
>>> Cindy Crawford
>>>       
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Tue, 29 Jan 2008 17:43:15 +0000
> From:    [log in to unmask]
> Subject: OWL
>
> Today in Salisbury another BARRED OWL  sitting in the tree line of pines on the east side of Rt 7.
>
> In Middlebury downtown a UFO accipter harassing rock pigeons. I was driving in traffic at the time and thought it unwise to be looking up for more than a second. I could not relocate it after parking. But it was large---and the gizz said maybe a imm. goshawk.
>
> Sue Wetmore
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Tue, 29 Jan 2008 14:25:45 -0500
> From:    Janet Watton <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Pine Siskin
>
> Hello, all, from Randolph Center,
> This year is definitely the year of the common redpoll, as we are  
> hosting over three dozen daily for meals.  But today a lone feisty  
> Pine Siskin joined them au table, a first here for a couple of years.
>
> Another treat was a wonderful Barred owl, sitting calmly for over 20  
> minutes on the crossbar of our bird feeding system, just a few feet  
> from our breakfast room window.  Probably the same guy who found the  
> ermine for breakfast here a few weeks ago.
>
> And, though this pales with your collective  and frequent news in the  
> lake area of mobs of robins, we had one chirping in a large barberry  
> bush up by the barn last Saturday.  It was, btw, in the single digits  
> and we still have about a foot of snow on the ground.  A jarring  
> sight.  It is only January.
> Janet Watton
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Tue, 29 Jan 2008 17:11:17 -0500
> From:    Kent McFarland <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: eBird import tool live
>
> We are happy to announce that we have officially released the eBird Data 
> Import Tool. Many users have been asking how we can bulk load their 
> existing sightings that are kept on their home computers in various file 
> types. This tool is designed to bring in data from Excel files or other 
> similarly structured datasets. We have created two file formats that we 
> feel conform well to the types of data people typically store. If you 
> have data stored in Excel or a similar format, and you would like to 
> upload those records to eBird then please check out the new system here 
> - http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/BulkUpload.html
>
>   

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