Quick question on the subject of montane animals...is it possible to see
snowshoe hare near the summit of Mt. Ellen? I had a large rabbit/hare up
there this morning while enjoying the Bicknell's.
On Sat, Jun 7, 2008 at 3:35 PM, Kent McFarland <[log in to unmask]>
> Here is a quick field report from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies montane
> field station on Stratton Mountain. This is our 11th year working
> intensively on demographics and ecology of Bicknell's Thrush and other
> songbirds there and the 16th year for Mt. Mansfield. Our crew this year is
> led by veteran duo Juan Klavins and Sarah Frey..
> This week on Stratton Mountain was a good one despite trying weather. We
> were able to capture about a dozen Bicknell's Thrushes including several
> females. These females now have miniature radio transmitters on them to
> enable us to easily find there nests and monitor them with minimal
> disturbance. Surprisingly, one female had a well developed brood patch with
> an egg in its oviduct 2 nights ago. Average egg laying date is June 10th.
> We have now captured over 25 Bicknell's thrushes already this year. One of
> the females was a bird that Sarah actually banded on Stratton as a nestling
> in 2004! We have not captured our oldest male from last year yet. He was 11
> years old last year!
> This year, as expected, has proven to be a very low year for red squirrels.
> There are none on our study plots. Since there were no cones grown last
> year, this was to be expected and it should be a banner year for songbird
> productivity. Young, green flowers are already appearing on some fir trees,
> as expected. Next year will be a strong year for red squirrels. This
> biennial cycle has been well documented by our long-term work on these study
> plots and figures prominently in Bicknell's Thrush population regulation.
> The next two weeks are the loudest and most active periods for Bicknell's
> thrush. It is a great time to visit your favorite peak, and enter your
> sightings into Vermont eBird!
> Kent McFarland
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> PO Box 420 • Norwich, VT 05055