VERMONT BREEDING BIRD ATLAS POSTING
Many of the blocks we repeated in this atlas have fewer species than in
the first atlas. Why? At least in part, fewer of us probably lived in
our blocks, and more of us took on more than one block. So when we hit
those magic 75/35 numbers, we moved on to the next block. If you think
you could obtain more species on your block, and have the time to do so,
now is the time for that final search, particularly for less common
species. Why bother? It will help match our efforts more closely with
those of the first atlas (important for data analyses!).
NOTE: This may be an especially useful activity for those of you who are
already experiencing symptoms of EAW (Early Atlas Withdrawal - pronounced
There are plenty of species still within safe dates, but note that many
safe dates expire
August 1. Click
here for a pdf of species that are
TIPS: Birds are quieting down now, so consider using tape players, cd's,
ipods, etc. with speakers to bring them out of the woodwork. Screech owl
calls and chickadee calls can work well, sometimes saw-whet calls and
Blue Jay calls work well too. Add your own pishing to help draw
attention. Others on the list are encouraged to chime in with tips on
tried and true methods. (Keep in mind we don't all have elaborate
equipment, good vocal imitations, or recordings of mobbings).
Also, there are late nesters such as Goldfinch and Cedar Waxwing that can
be confirmed relatively easily in late summer. There are also young from
late nests still being fed.
Go get 'em!
Yours in these final atlassing days,