I've had a number of people email.me with sightings from Mad River Glen and
Smuggler's Notch along with some friends who live at high elevations.
The thing that all of these sights have in common is Mountains Ash, a
fruiting tree that will grow in that zone. It was a really good year for
fruits on these trees, so they've become a great food source for robins
whose diet switches to fruits in the fall. And with the mild winter robins
seem to have stuck around in larger numbers this year. Robins are nomadic
in winter and it's likely that as they depleted food sources in lower
elevations that they'll venture out (and up!) to find other food sources
like the Mountain Ash.
Great sighting! Please consider posting it to eBird.org!
On Jan 31, 2012 8:43 AM, "Charles Gangas" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I was skiing Mt. Mansfield yesterday when my wife and I noticed several
> small flocks of robins about halfway up the mountain off the FourRunner
> Quad. Each group consisted of about 6-8 birds. Then as we were coming down
> the Ridge View Trail as it intersects Upper Lookout just under the Mount
> Triple Chair, there were scores of Cedar Waxwings feeding of a bountiful
> crop of berries. At temps at the Octagon of around 18 degrees F the
> berries were certainly frozen.
> In over twenty years the first I've noticed this kind of activity on Mt.
> Mansfield when skiing. Can anyone explain this sighting, and is it
> something that occurs periodically that I've not noticed on the mountain