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David Hof <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 8 Oct 2014 17:18:52 -0400
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On Sunday, I went for a hike on the Emily Proctor Trail to the summit of Mt. Wilson.  It's one of my favorite hikes in the Green Mountains and I do it a few times every year and at least once every fall.   One nice surprise was a Fox Sparrow in spruce-fir forest a bit below the Emily Proctor shelter.  I also encountered several mixed species flocks with high numbers of Yellow-rumped Warblers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets and a nice array of other warblers including a late Black-and-White, Northern Parula, Tennessee, a couple of Palms, a few Blackpolls, and a female Black-throated Blue Warbler.  At the viewpoint from the summit, a Merlin and a Sharp-shinned Hawk interacted repeatedly, and each perched on a snag close to me.

David Hof

Emily Proctor Trail, Addison, US-VT
Oct 5, 2014 1:05 PM - 4:07 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
Comments:     several mixed species flocks encountered, with 4 especially large flocks.
25 species

Ruffed Grouse  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  8
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Blue-headed Vireo  7     In each of two mixed species flocks, 3 individuals were seen at once; 1 bird seen in another mixed species flock
Red-eyed Vireo  2     1 bird seen in each of two mixed species flocks
Blue Jay  1
Black-capped Chickadee  46     very abundant; several flocks encountered ranging estimates of 4-12 individuals.
Tufted Titmouse  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  26     very abundant; counted minimums of 7, 5, 3, & 8 individuals in 4 separate mixed species flocks, and two additional individuals detected
American Robin  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1     In mixed species flock along lower section of trail
Tennessee Warbler  1
Northern Parula  1
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  22     most abundant in spruce-fir forest
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
Fox Sparrow  1     In spruce-fir forest 1/4-1/2 mile below Emily Proctor Shelter; first detected by loud, empathic "chuck" note, similar to Brown Thrasher; Very large sparrow with wide beak - upper mandible appeared dark when viewed head-on and lower mandible yellowish or orange-yellow; heavily streaked reddish/rufous with slate-gray on head and neck.
Dark-eyed Junco  3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20073716

Mt. Wilson, Addison, US-VT
Oct 5, 2014 4:07 PM - 5:37 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.8 mile(s)
Comments:     Hiked along Long Trail from the Emily Proctor Shelter to viewpoint at summit of Mt. Wilson
12 species

Sharp-shinned Hawk  1     Interacted repeatedly with Merlin near Mt. Wilson summit
Merlin  1     Interacted repeatedly with sharp-shinned hawk near Mt. Wilson summit
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  13     minimum count
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  18     minimum count; very abundant in flocks
Bay-breasted Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  2
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  40     extremely abundant; rough conservative estimate
White-throated Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20172692