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VTBIRD  March 2010

VTBIRD March 2010

Subject:

NORTHERN FLICKER

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Mary Holland <[log in to unmask]>

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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 18 Mar 2010 10:48:07 -0400

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NORTHERN FLICKER heard and seen flying over Lake Runnemede in Windsor on
3/17 (and a glad-to-see-the-sky beaver).  

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 12:03 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: VTBIRD Digest - 16 Mar 2010 to 17 Mar 2010 (#2010-77)

There are 15 messages totalling 479 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. RWBB
  2. Nesting Red-shoulder Hawks at Woodside, Essex, VT
  3. in Milton
  4. birding FL and San Diego
  5. First Redwing
  6. Champlain Bridge area
  7. FOY Robins, RW Blackbirds, Chipmunk, Woodbury
  8. Lefferts Pond - Mar 17, Winter Wren
  9. Ivory Gull?
 10. Red-winged Blackbird- female
 11. odd goose at Button Bay
 12. Ruddy Shelduck, Canvasback and "Mystery Goose"
 13. FOY bird
 14. FOY RW-Blackbird
 15. Geese in migration all day

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Date:    Wed, 17 Mar 2010 07:35:16 -0400
From:    carolyn boardman <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: RWBB

One male red wing in Brownington

carolyn boardman

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Date:    Wed, 17 Mar 2010 08:30:17 -0400
From:    Brennan Neill <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Nesting Red-shoulder Hawks at Woodside, Essex, VT

A co-worker and I went to Woodside at lunch (3/16) and he told me had previ=
ously seen two hawks working on a nest there the day prior.  Sure enough=2C=
 two Red-shouldered Hawks with one bringing nesting material to a nest in t=
he making on the Winooski River (about 60 yards down the path on the right =
once you pass the large green).  I'm not sure how good of a location this w=
ill be as the hawk on the nest was sounding the alarm call as we walked dow=
n the path and there's a good deal of foot traffic there.

=20

Brennan Neill

Milton=2C Vt.
=20

 		 	   		 =20
_________________________________________________________________
Hotmail: Trusted email with Microsoft=92s powerful SPAM protection.
http://clk.atdmt.com/GBL/go/210850552/direct/01/=

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Date:    Wed, 17 Mar 2010 08:55:36 -0400
From:    Linda Robinson <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: in Milton

First of the season Agelaius phoeniceus stopped to visit on our deck.

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Date:    Wed, 17 Mar 2010 09:45:59 -0400
From:    Kay Johnson <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: birding FL and San Diego

Hi - For those who like to travel South in mud season, two reports.

For the second time, I was able to attend the San Diego Bird Fest for at =
least=20
two of the four day event. Last year, on the day-long "Birding 100" trip,=
 we=20
saw 128 species.  Of these, 32 were new for my life list.  This year, I a=
dded=20
another 15 birds to my life list.  The venue is cozy and people very nice=
=20
(birders after all). Having the range of habitat - from high desert to ca=
nyon to=20
coast - really makes this worthwhile.

In a quick business trip to Orlando this month, I regretted not staying f=
or a=20
birding vacation as I did once before.  In just the hour-long shuttle rid=
e from=20
airport to hotel, I saw the following.=20=20

10 pie-billed grebe
15 turkey vulture
3 great blue heron
3 great egret
5 cattle egret
12 snowy egret
16 anhinga
4 common grackle
1 boat-tailed grackle=20
many crows - unable to count
many ducks - too difficult to identify in flight and on water

Meanwhile, the sounds of spring are growing around our property in=20
Hinesburg.  Kay Johnson

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Date:    Wed, 17 Mar 2010 14:24:03 +0000
From:    Carole Carlson <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: First Redwing

I've been waiting! Our first redwing landed next to the feeder a few minutes
ago. 

Carole Carlson 

Shelburne 

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Date:    Wed, 17 Mar 2010 10:33:46 EDT
From:    Karan Cutler <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Champlain Bridge area

Five adult bald eagles on the ice south of the old bridge this morning, 10  
AM. Karan Cutler, Bridport. 

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Date:    Wed, 17 Mar 2010 12:29:57 -0400
From:    George Lisi <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: FOY Robins, RW Blackbirds, Chipmunk, Woodbury

County Rd 14 miles N of Montpelier.
Also, small flock Evening Grosbeaks flying over.

George ~

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Date:    Wed, 17 Mar 2010 09:37:09 -0700
From:    Susan Elliott <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Lefferts Pond - Mar 17, Winter Wren

Thirteen species around Lefferts Pond this morning. The pond is still froze=
n and the ground is about 95% snow covered.=20

Brown Creepers and Purple Finches were all singing; one Winter Wren not sin=
ging; one Golden-crowned Kinglet singing and displaying reddish-orange insi=
de the yellow crown.=20

A pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches were investigating a tree cavity.

Downy Woodpecker=A0 =A0=A0=A01=A0
Hairy Woodpecker=A0 =A0=A0=A02
American Crow=A0 =A0=A0=A01
Common Raven=A0 =A0=A0=A01
Black-capped Chickadee=A0 =A0=A0=A017
Red-breasted Nuthatch=A0 =A0=A0=A06
Brown Creeper=A0 =A0=A0=A07=A0
Winter Wren=A0 =A0=A0=A01
Golden-crowned Kinglet=A0 =A0=A0=A01=A0
Red-winged Blackbird=A0 =A0=A0=A02
Common Grackle=A0 =A0=A0=A05
Purple Finch=A0 =A0=A0=A02=A0
American Goldfinch=A0 =A0=A0=A01

Sue and Marv Elliott=0A=0A=0A      

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Date:    Wed, 17 Mar 2010 09:49:48 -0700
From:    Eric Cannizzaro <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Ivory Gull?

Has anyone seen the Ivory Gull lately?

Eric Cannizzaro

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Date:    Wed, 17 Mar 2010 16:18:51 -0400
From:    "Nancy A. Brown" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Red-winged Blackbird- female

A female Red-winged Blackbird has joined the flock of several dozen =
males, a first seen for this location on Route 7 in Danby.    Some of =
the males are still in various stages of first year plumages.  The pair =
of Purple Finches that arrived yesterday are back again today. Hurray =
for the sunshine and newly arriving birds, spring will be officially =
here Saturday!!

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Date:    Wed, 17 Mar 2010 19:31:03 -0400
From:    Maeve Kim <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: odd goose at Button Bay

This afternoon, there were two pairs of geese right off the boat  
launch at Button Bay. Three were Canada geese. The fourth was mostly  
white, bigger than the Canada geese. It had a long neck, mostly  
yellow bill, large round black eye, and an odd lump or knob on the  
top of its head. There were smears of gray and tan on its back and  
wings. I have a not-great photo that I can e-mail to anyone who'd  
like to see it. - I wondered if it was a domestic bird, or a domestic- 
wild hybrid, or perhaps a leucistic Greater White-Fronted Goose - ???

Maeve Kim
Jericho Center

------------------------------

Date:    Wed, 17 Mar 2010 20:07:12 EDT
From:    Roy Pilcher <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Ruddy Shelduck, Canvasback and "Mystery Goose"

Location:     Jones Mill Pond
Observation date:   3/17/10
Number of species:      4

Mallard     6
Hooded Merganser      4
Common Merganser     6
Belted Kingfisher   1

Location:     Kellogg Bay
Observation date:   3/17/10
Notes:     Ice nearly all gone!   Diving ducks appear to be dispersing.  
All but 4 of the eagles were in the  trees.
Number of species:     21

American Black  Duck     14
Mallard     8
Common  Goldeneye     4
Common Merganser     16
Bald  Eagle     13
Ring-billed Gull     X
Herring  Gull (American)     X
Great Black-backed Gull   12
Mourning Dove     1
Downy Woodpecker   1
Hairy Woodpecker     1
Pileated  Woodpecker     1
Blue Jay     1
American  Crow     4
Common Raven     2
Tufted  Titmouse     1
White-breasted Nuthatch      2
American Robin     9
Northern Cardinal      2
Red-winged Blackbird     5
House Finch      2

Location:     Basin Harbor
Observation date:   3/17/10
Notes:     Canada Geese in four skeins  flying north.  Ice all gone.
Number of species:      11

Canada Goose     400
Bufflehead      3
Common Merganser     16
Ring-billed Gull   X
Herring Gull (American)     X
Great  Black-backed Gull     X
Blue Jay      1
Tufted Titmouse     1
Carolina Wren      1
American Robin     2
Northern Cardinal      2
Location:     Basin Harbor
Observation date:   3/17/10
Notes:     Canada Geese in four skeins  flying north.  Ice all gone.
Number of species:      11

Canada Goose     400
Bufflehead      3
Common Merganser     16
Ring-billed Gull   X
Herring Gull (American)     X
Great  Black-backed Gull     X
Blue Jay      1
Tufted Titmouse     1
Carolina Wren      1
American Robin     2
Northern Cardinal      2


Location:     Button Bay State Park
Observation  date:     3/17/10
Notes:     Ruddy Shelduck was  observed from usual Button Bay vantage point 
[and poorly digiscoped] among some  36 Canada Geese swimming in a bay just 
east and south of the nearer small island  off the Button Bay point.  The 
bay is edged with cattails.  As  this observer moved for a better view the 
Ruddy Shelduck and accompanying Canada  Geese swam south into the bay. A 
"mystery goose" and a Canada Goose landed  together and swam together for as
long 
as this observer was watching.  The  goose was from 10% to 15% larger than 
the Canada Goose.  The head, neck and  breast were white, the bill yellow, 
the back a dirty gray. There was a vertical  gray streak down the neck. The 
rear end of the "mystery goose" rode higher in  the water than that of the 
Canada Goose.  [This observer goofed in  attempting to digiscope as the
camera 
setting was on video!] However, there is  an image that can be seen, will 
check further!
Number of species:   10

Canada Goose     350
Ruddy  Shelduck     1
Gadwall     4
American Black  Duck     6
Mallard     50
Common  Merganser     6
American Robin     3
Song  Sparrow     2
Red-winged Blackbird      2
Common Grackle     3

Location:     Champlain Bridge
Observation date:   3/17/10
Notes:     Ice shelf almost gone, diving  ducks appear to be dispersing. 
Canvasback still there diving along with other  diving ducks!
Number of species:     5

Canada  Goose     X
Canvasback     1
Ring-necked  Duck     22
Greater Scaup     X
Lesser  Scaup     X

Location:     Market Road, Bridport
Observation  date:     3/17/10
Notes:     Checking area  where Red-headed Woodpecker nested several years 
back!
Number of  species:     9

Red-bellied Woodpecker      1
Hairy Woodpecker     2
Pileated Woodpecker   1
Blue Jay     1
American Crow   2
Black-capped Chickadee     3
American  Robin     1
Red-winged Blackbird      150
Common Grackle     X

Location:    East Creek, Orwell
Observation date:     3/17/10
Notes:      Checking area where Garganey was seen many years ago!
Number of  species:     7

Canada Goose      53
American Black Duck     4
Mallard      15
Hooded Merganser     3
American Crow      3
Eastern Bluebird     1
Red-winged Blackbird   23



Cheers,
Roy Pilcher
The Gables at East Mountain, Rutland,  Vermont

Speaking the same language.

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Date:    Wed, 17 Mar 2010 20:27:05 -0400
From:    Debbie Lyter <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: FOY bird

Our first of the year Eastern Phoebe was back at its usual yearly spot he=
re at=20
the garage on Woodland Drive. We were so happy to see it return yet anoth=
er=20
year. I am sure the female was near by as well.=20
Also saw a flock of about 20 Canadian geese flying in V formation headed=20=

north over Bristol.=20
Many other yard birds as usual but these were pure delights.
Debbie Lyter
Bristol, VT

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Date:    Wed, 17 Mar 2010 20:50:24 -0400
From:    Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: FOY RW-Blackbird

He usually shows up on March 15, so he's a couple days late.  I 
assume it's the same one because there's been for several years a 
single adult male that arrives by himself a few days before the 
rest, and tries to lay claim to one of the feeders.

Also numerous high-flying long Vs of Canada geese overhead today 
heading north.

Waiting for Phoebes and Tree Swallows, who usually show up hard 
on the heels of the Red-Wing.

What a gorgeous day today!

Jane
Shoreham

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Date:    Wed, 17 Mar 2010 21:24:40 -0400
From:    Ian Worley <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Geese in migration all day

A good day for watching migrating Canada Geese, done while painting our 
house on the southern end of Snake Mountain.  Observed and counted 21 
skeins through the day, for a total count of 1505 (sometimes adding 
separate counts comes up with funny numbers).  The largest group I 
estimated at 300; the smallest was14.  All were moving steadily 
northward at altitude.  Unable to discern any other tag-along geese species.

Also seen or heard (sorry about the order, ebird seems not to be 
available this evening) today at same location:

Junco   2
Tree Sparrow  1
Cardinal   6
Blue Jay  12
Red-bellied Woodpecker   3
Pileated Woodpecker   1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Robin   35
Tufted Titmouse   12
Black-capped Chickadee   17
White-breasted Nuthatch   3
Red-breasted Nuthatch   1
Brown Creeper   1
Killdeer  1
Ruffed Grouse   1
White-throated  Sparrow  1
Crow   45
Red-winged Blackbird  16
Goldfinch   9
Mourning Dove   3
House Sparrow   20
Starling  1
Purple Finch   1
Raven   2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Goshawk   1
Great Horned Owl   1
Barred Owl   1
Mallard   2

Also one bat during early evening.

..................
Ian

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End of VTBIRD Digest - 16 Mar 2010 to 17 Mar 2010 (#2010-77)
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