i am curious about Randy's report of the A Bittern during the monthly walk at Hildene. Is it possible this might have been a breeding bird? Would it be possible to tell if the bird were a juvenile with a visual sighting?
From the Breeding Bird Atlas done some 28 yrs ago, I learned that egg dates then ranged from late May to mid June. The young remain in the nest for 2 weeks and then are dependent on the adult for ??? time. Reports of fledged young rang from Jun 30-July 25?? Would the July 19 bird have been a resident, a migrator already??
Could someone please comment for the benefit of the list.
There are still 4 active boxes (some the new ones that just went up) - 3 with House Wrens and an observed adult exiting (did not open) .... and one Bluebird - 4 yg lightly feathered but not aggressively begging. A couple of barn swallows were flying overhead, but NO Tree Swallows now and NO Cliff Swallows seen. Unable to tell whether the Cliff Swallows were successful altho there is a lot of poop on the ground under their nests, but I never saw yg sticking their heads out or parents actually coming/going. There was also a LOT of human activity around the one story garage/barn where they built as well.
> Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2008 16:11:55 -0400> From: [log in to unmask]> Subject: [VTBIRD] FW: eBird Report - Hildene - Lincoln Family Home , 7/19/08> To: [log in to unmask]> > Thirteen people joined our walk today on the grounds of Hildene, here in> Manchester. > > Highlights of the walk included finding 4 fairly young poults, and the> surprise of 13 birders practically walking on top of the mother Wild Turkey,> literally right next to a female Common Yellowthroat and at least 3 young> begging. > > Scarlet Tanager after much singing, finally provide some nice views. But the> real action was down at marsh. Green Herons, Belted Kingfisher, American> Bittern and the fantastic eyes of Barbara Powers spotting two Snipes that> were life birds for many in the party. > > Savannah Sparrow - carrying food. > Gray Catbird - carrying food> Bobolinks - Males had all but lost their yellow cap, which appeared mostly> white, very distinct from previous sightings. > > Species count is now up to 107. > > -----Original Message-----> From: [log in to unmask] [mailto:[log in to unmask]] > Sent: Saturday, July 19, 2008 4:00 PM> To: [log in to unmask]> Subject: eBird Report - Hildene - Lincoln Family Home , 7/19/08> > > > Location: Hildene - Lincoln Family Home> Observation date: 7/19/08> Number of species: 40> > Wood Duck 1> American Black Duck 2> Wild Turkey 4> American Bittern 1> Great Blue Heron 3> Green Heron 4> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1> Wilson's Snipe 2> Mourning Dove 1> Chimney Swift 1> Belted Kingfisher 3> Hairy Woodpecker 1> Northern Flicker 1> Eastern Wood-Pewee 1> Eastern Kingbird 4> Red-eyed Vireo 4> Blue Jay 5> American Crow 3> Barn Swallow 3> Black-capped Chickadee 6> Veery 3> Hermit Thrush 2> Wood Thrush 1> Gray Catbird 3> Cedar Waxwing 9> Yellow Warbler 1> Ovenbird 2> Common Yellowthroat 5> Scarlet Tanager 2> Savannah Sparrow 1> Song Sparrow 1> Swamp Sparrow 3> Northern Cardinal 1> Indigo Bunting 1> Bobolink 6> Red-winged Blackbird 30> Common Grackle 2> Brown-headed Cowbird 3> American Goldfinch 7> House Sparrow 1> > This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)
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