Don't give up on reporting unusual sightings. In May three years ago I found a scissor-tailed flycathcher in Arlington and almost went crazy finding witnesses to prove I wasn't crazy. With gobal warming the birds have been doing strange things-like all the warblers reported this past year out of season and the roufous hummingbird in Arlington in January. Also hummingbirds have already been reported moving up the states. Probably the best recourse is to take a picture if you can or get another person to verify what you've seen for the "doubting Thomases". I think with all the out of season weather we have been having anything in possible. All sightings help to keep us all on our toes and look very closely at what we are observing. Barbara PowersManchester Center
> Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2012 14:06:50 -0500
> From: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] FOY ALder Flycatcher. Shaftbury
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Your apology is appreciated. However, we are NOT all experts; some
> members just novices, and in my humble opinion, they are just as
> welcome here. There is much to be learned on this list, and I am
> grateful for that opportunity.
> I have actually stopped posting at times for the just the reason set
> forth below.
> Laurie Miner
> W. Brattleboro
> > [off list]
> > Thank you.
> > It's beyond me why people don't look up their state checklists before
> > reporting something whose return dates they're unfamiliar with. If I
> > had a dime for all the people who confidently report seeing a
> > Broad-winged hawk in midwinter....
> > Jane
> > (Shoreham VT)
> > On 3/18/2012 8:34 PM, Will Raup wrote:
> >> I'd bet against an Alder Flycatcher. They are still mostly in South
> >> America, if not starting to make their way into Central America.
> >> Remember, Neo-tropical migrants don't care how warm it is in March in
> >> Vermont or New York, they will return when they are supposed to,
> >> about 6 weeks from now. They only flycatcher that should be around
> >> right now is Eastern Phoebe, which does have an alternate song that
> >> can sound similar to an Alder Flycatcher.
> >> Will Raup Albany, NY