Another day, another couple of warblers in Middlebury. Common Yellowthroat
singing along Otter Creek below the falls, and at least three beautiful
male American Redstarts in the back corner of the cemetery here on campus.
They're one of my favorites!
Don Jones, Middlebury
On Mon, May 5, 2014 at 8:14 PM, Alison Wagner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> AND...at Lake Iroquois in Hinesburg, where I stopped after work at 5:30
> today, another huge Butter-butt flock! I estimated 50. With them were at
> least two Palm Warblers, a Black-throated Green, and a gorgeous
> Blackburnian! It's great to see trees full of birds! Migration happens!
> -----Original Message----- From: Fred and Chris Pratt
> Sent: Monday, May 05, 2014 5:00 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Fwd: Big fallout of warblers and others at Hinsdale
> Team Pipit witnessed a similar spectacle this morning at Berlin Pond.
> Easily 100 Yellow-rumped Warblers swarmed along the east side of the pond,
> feeding on the ground, on adjacent lawns and along the roadside as though
> they were winter finches in search of grit. Some were scaling trees with
> all the skill of a nuthatch or Brown Creeper. Not a single sound from any
> of them, not even a call note. First time I can remember a warbler event of
> this magnitude without a trace of warbler neck. Also mixed in with the mob
> was a male Black-throated Green Warbler, a male Blackburnian Warbler
> (perhaps ten feet off the ground, two male Black-and-white Warblers and two
> Palm Warblers.
> On Mon, May 5, 2014 at 9:35 AM, [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]
> For those Windham County birders who go slumming across the river:
>> > From: "[log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]>
>> > Date: May 5, 2014 9:33:56 AM EDT
>> > To: NHbirds <[log in to unmask]>
>> > Subject: Big fallout of warblers and others at Hinsdale
>> > Perhaps brought down by the northerly breeze last night, there was a
>> large fallout of songbirds at Hinsdale this morning:
>> > Myrtle warbler. About 200
>> > Palm warbler. About 20 (including 4 westerns and the rest
>> > Yellow warbler. 20
>> > Yellowthroat. 10
>> > B&w warbler. 10
>> > Blk-thr blue. 2
>> > Nashville. 1
>> > So,not a great deal of variety with only 7 species (a good day at
>> Hinsdale is 14+) but very impressive numbers. At one point just south of
>> the boat launch area the old railroad bed seemed to be seething with
>> myrtles and palms all feeding on the ground and adjacent low bushes.
>> > Other species:
>> > Warbling vireo. Maybe 10
>> > Gnatcatchers. 8
>> > Balt oriole. 1
>> > White-throated sparrow. About 40 (another influx)
>> > Red-necked grebe. 1basic plumage.
>> > Hector Galbraith, PhD
>> > National Wildlife Federation
>> > 802 258 4836
>> > 802 222 1916 (cell)