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Re: VTBIRD Digest - 19 Jun 2008 to 20 Jun 2008 (#2008-169)

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Mon, 23 Jun 2008 23:39:18 -0400

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> Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0400> From: [log in to unmask]> Subject: VTBIRD Digest - 19 Jun 2008 to 20 Jun 2008 (#2008-169)> To: [log in to unmask]> > There are 10 messages totalling 381 lines in this issue.> > Topics of the day:> > 1. house wrens (2)> 2. Breeding Mourning and Canada Warblers> 3. Fort Edward> 4. Hildene Bird Walk> 5. Olive-sided Flycatcher, Woodbury> 6. Cerulean Warbler in Milton> 7. BWWA> 8. Aitken State Forest , Mendon, June 20 (2)> > ----------------------------------------------------------------------> > Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:14:07 -0400> From: Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]>> Subject: Re: house wrens> > Those wren nests are really something. To find out if there's > anything down there, you really have to carefully reach your > fingers down in and see what you can feel with the tips.> > I had one bluebird pair and one tree swallow pair in my two > nestboxes, as last year, but this year they switched boxes for > some reason. Now I have fledgling swallows careening around my > property, going too fast and with inadequate rudder control, just > like teenage drivers. The young Bluebirds spend much of the day > sitting happily on my tomato stakes, pooping all over my few > little green tomatoes.> > Last year, after the swallows had fledged their one brood and the > bluebirds had settled in to do their second, the swallows > continued to aggressively divebomb anything that came near the > bluebird nest, even though they themselves were all done for the > year. Strange that yours only react to approaches to the one > box. In my experience, they will try to protect any nestbox, > whether one of their own species, or as above, somebody else's. > One is tempted to think they enjoy it, but one might run afoul of > the anti-anthropomorphism police if one said so.> > I've also lately had a tanager calling loudly from various spots > around my property, the first time I've heard or seen one here. > He's hard enough to see himself, so I guess the fact that I've > seen no prospective girlfriends doesn't mean much.> > I think I enjoy the fledgling-heavy month of June more than > spring migration itself.> > Speaking of which, I seem to have more hummers than I did a week > or so ago, still two brilliantly ruby-throated males, but a good > half-dozen female/immature.> > Jane> Shoreham> > Ruth Stewart wrote:> > > A further comment about wrens.... At the Manchester Rec Park> > we are monitoring 22 nest boxes - of which 9 are wrens and 11> > tree swallows and 1 (maybe 2 as of Wed) Bluebirds - YEA!> > Indeed all are co-existing --- the wrens in the boxes near the> > woods/hedges> > > > In the bluebird's box there were 2 eggs and 2 hatchlings.> > > > It is difficult to see into the 'nests' of the wrens... I do> > suspect that some may, indeed, just be sticks! One box had 2> > yg 'squawking' at the hole with beaks agape. Both adults were> > diligent coming and going from the box at least 10x in the> > short time I watched. I was curious about the others in the> > box, not at the hole... would they get fed??? Sure enough,> > an adult scooted passed the opened mouths into the box after> > about the 6 or 7 feed I observed.> > > > Another interesting happening.... while there are 11 boxes> > with Tree Swallows - some with f still incubating, some with> > eggs and some with just hatched young and eyes opened young,> > there is only one box where I get VERY AGGRESSIVELY dive> > bombed by 8-10 adults - this every one of the 4 times I have> > visited. Why only one????> > > > Had a lovely, singing male Scarlet Tanager in the yard today.> > Maybe he's between broods - or was just celebrating??> > > > Tis fun watching the nesting activity in the area.> > > > Ruth Stewart E Dorset, VT> > > > > > > > _________________________________________________________________> > Need to know now? Get instant answers with Windows Live> > Messenger. > > http://www.windowslive.com/messenger/connect_your_way.html?ocid=TXT_TAGLM_WL_Refresh_messenger_062008> > > > > > ------------------------------> > Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 07:46:16 -0400> From: Mundi Smithers <[log in to unmask]>> Subject: Re: house wrens> > Another interesting happening.... while there are 11 boxes with Tree> Swallows - some with f still incubating, some with eggs and some with just> hatched young and eyes opened young, there is only one box where I get VERY> AGGRESSIVELY dive bombed by 8-10 adults - this every one of the 4 times I> have visited. Why only one????> > > Ruth, That same behavior has happened here 'once'. I attributed it to> first time nesters. The box was right next to my clothes yard and every> time I was there to either hang or bring in laundry I would get bombed.> Mundi> > ------------------------------> > Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 08:14:24 -0400> From: George Lisi <[log in to unmask]>> Subject: Breeding Mourning and Canada Warblers> > While I haven't spent enough time listening to be positive, I have heard > repeated singing of Canadas from the same two territories they have bred the > past two years and the same for one Mourning territory. All of these are > within several hundred yards of my house and are dead on typical of the > distinctive habitat preferences I've seen with these two species.> Cheers!> George Lisi, County Road, Woodbury ~ > > ------------------------------> > Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 09:46:55 -0400> From: Gregory Askew <[log in to unmask]>> Subject: Fort Edward> > Does anyone know the best grassland birding spots in Fort Edward, New York?> There was a recent report of a Dickcissel heard singing down there as well> as Grasshopper Sparrow and I'm thinking about checking out the area.> Also...if anyone's up for the ride I'd be happy to carpool and share the> gas.> Thanks,> Greg> Vergennes> > ------------------------------> > Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 09:55:29 -0400> From: Randy Schmidt <[log in to unmask]>> Subject: Hildene Bird Walk> > The next walk on the grounds of Hildene, will take place tomorrow, Saturday,> June 21st, starting at 7a.m, again meeting at the Welcome Center. We have> been following nesting behavior on the past couple of walks, so this should> be a great walk to see any young that have hatched and/or feeding behaviors.> > > > > Randy Schmidt> > The Vermont Bird Place & Sky Watch> > Manchester Center, VT 05255> > > > ------------------------------> > Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 10:02:29 -0400> From: George Lisi <[log in to unmask]>> Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher, Woodbury> > An Olive-sided Flycatcher has started singing persistently just in the last > few days. Wonderful to hear! Takes me right back to the Great Gulf > Wilderness when I was 14, the first time I heard them. Seems about the time > I've heard one in previous years here. This is intriguing as this is far > from boreal habitat, though there are lots of snags around wetlands.> George Lisi, Woodbury ~ > > ------------------------------> > Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 11:09:43 -0400> From: Steve Faccio <[log in to unmask]>> Subject: Cerulean Warbler in Milton> > I encountered a singing male Cerulean Warbler on Thursday (6/19) > while conducting a bird survey as part of an environmental assessment > on a large, privately owned forested parcel in Milton. He was > singing along an ATV trail in a recently logged, relatively mature > hardwood stand at 900 feet elevation. Fortunately, I was able to get > visual verification of the bird (as well as a few crummy > photos). Other species in the same area included many of the usual > suspects -- Scarlet Tanager, Ovenbird, American Redstart, BT Blue > Warbler, Wood and Hermit thrushes, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and > Chestnut-sided and Mourning warblers in the early-successional, > cut-over patches. Although I can't reveal the bird's specific > location without landowner permission, I just wanted to add this > sighting to those that have appeared on the list recently. This > species is turning up at scattered locations around the Champlain > Valley, so I encourage birders to brush-up on the Cerulean's song and > continue to report any sightings to this list and VT eBird.> > Steve> > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~> Steve Faccio> Conservation Biologist> Vermont Center for Ecostudies> 20 Palmer CT> White River Junction, VT 05001> Mailing address:> P.O. Box 420> Norwich, VT 05055> 802-649-1431 xt.3> [log in to unmask]> www.vtecostudies.org> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ > > ------------------------------> > Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 17:55:12 +0000> From: [log in to unmask]> Subject: Re: BWWA> > Well Ruth with hybridization that goes on here one can't trust song alone to identify the winged ones here in Brandon.> Sue> -------------- Original message ----------------------> From: Ruth Coppersmith <[log in to unmask]>> > glad the bird got it right - wouldn't want it to be flying around with > > the incorrect song and plumage. (sorry, i couldn't resist - i do know > > what you mean)> > On Jun 18, 2008, at 4:17 PM, [log in to unmask] wrote:> > > > > This morning in Brandon I located a new spot for BLUE WINGED > > > WARBLER. This male was at the corner of Rt7 and Nickerson Rd. just > > > south of Brandon. Bird was in an old apple tree and came out as I > > > spished. It had the correct song and plumage.> > >> > > Sue Wetmore> > ------------------------------> > Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 16:47:12 -0700> From: Susan Elliott <[log in to unmask]>> Subject: Aitken State Forest , Mendon, June 20> > Six members of Rutland County Audubon visited> Aitken State Forest this morning as part of our> ongoing monitoring there. Thirty-two species were> observed (62 species to date).> > Ruffed Grouse 7 (including six young)> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 14 (four nests with> young)> Hairy Woodpecker 3> Northern Flicker 3> Eastern Wood-Pewee 9> Least Flycatcher 3> Yellow-throated Vireo 1> Red-eyed Vireo 31 (adult carrying food)> Blue Jay 12> Black-capped Chickadee 4> White-breasted Nuthatch 5> Winter Wren 11 (including three young)> Veery 14> Hermit Thrush 5> Wood Thrush 8> American Robin 14> Cedar Waxwing 5> Nashville Warbler 3> Chestnut-sided Warbler 5> Black-throated Blue Warbler 20 (adult> carrying food)> Yellow-rumped Warbler 2> Black-throated Green Warbler 10 (adult> carrying food)> Blackburnian Warbler 5> American Redstart 9> Ovenbird 37 (adult carrying food)> Louisiana Waterthrush 1> Common Yellowthroat 2> Scarlet Tanager 7 (adult carrying food)> White-throated Sparrow 1> Dark-eyed Junco 14 (including three young)> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 7 (adult carrying> food)> American Goldfinch 2> > Sue Elliott> http://www.rutlandcountyaudubon.org> > > > > > ------------------------------> > Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 22:56:21 -0500> From: James Kessler <[log in to unmask]>> Subject: Re: Aitken State Forest , Mendon, June 20> > Sue,> > It sounds like your group had a good trip to Aitken State Forest. I will be > in Rutland for about a week during the middle of August and would like to > visit Aitken State Forest, but I had never heard about it until I read your > VTBIRD report. Please e-mail me directions on how to get there. Eight > birds on your list are target birds for my Vermont trip. Thank you.> > Jim Kessler> Kerrville, Texas> ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Susan Elliott" <[log in to unmask]>> To: <[log in to unmask]>> Sent: Friday, June 20, 2008 6:47 PM> Subject: [VTBIRD] Aitken State Forest , Mendon, June 20> > > > Six members of Rutland County Audubon visited> > Aitken State Forest this morning as part of our> > ongoing monitoring there. Thirty-two species were> > observed (62 species to date).> >> > Ruffed Grouse 7 (including six young)> > Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 14 (four nests with> > young)> > Hairy Woodpecker 3> > Northern Flicker 3> > Eastern Wood-Pewee 9> > Least Flycatcher 3> > Yellow-throated Vireo 1> > Red-eyed Vireo 31 (adult carrying food)> > Blue Jay 12> > Black-capped Chickadee 4> > White-breasted Nuthatch 5> > Winter Wren 11 (including three young)> > Veery 14> > Hermit Thrush 5> > Wood Thrush 8> > American Robin 14> > Cedar Waxwing 5> > Nashville Warbler 3> > Chestnut-sided Warbler 5> > Black-throated Blue Warbler 20 (adult> > carrying food)> > Yellow-rumped Warbler 2> > Black-throated Green Warbler 10 (adult> > carrying food)> > Blackburnian Warbler 5> > American Redstart 9> > Ovenbird 37 (adult carrying food)> > Louisiana Waterthrush 1> > Common Yellowthroat 2> > Scarlet Tanager 7 (adult carrying food)> > White-throated Sparrow 1> > Dark-eyed Junco 14 (including three young)> > Rose-breasted Grosbeak 7 (adult carrying> > food)> > American Goldfinch 2> >> > Sue Elliott> > http://www.rutlandcountyaudubon.org> >> >> >> > > > ------------------------------> > End of VTBIRD Digest - 19 Jun 2008 to 20 Jun 2008 (#2008-169)> *************************************************************
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