VCE's 4th field visit to Mt. Mansfield Monday night and Tuesday morning
featured weather that couldn't have been more perfect - clear, calm, and
cool. A far cry from our first trip there 3 weeks ago. Avian activity
was surprisingly slow and quiet, probably because most species are in
the middle of incubation, and so vocalizing and general movements are
lower. We ran 28 mist nets and captured only 20 individuals of our 5
target species, including 6 Bicknell's Thrushes, one of which
relinquished the solar geolocator we had attached last June. There are
lots of yearling birds on the mountain, a result of last year's
productive breeding season thanks to low red squirrel numbers, which is
again the case this summer. We have yet to observe a squirrel on
Mansfield in 2011.
Notable encounters were a Peregrine Falcon over the ridgeline, a female
Yellow-belled Sapsucker in our nets, 2 singing Ruby-crowned Kinglets and
a mist-netted female with a full incubation patch, and a singing
Black-throated Green Warbler.
We'll be back up there tonight and tomorrow morning.
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
P.O. Box 420
Norwich, VT 05055
802-649-1431 ext. 1