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Yes, we also have buntings at our thistle feeders - two male regulars  
for the past two weeks, as we have had other years.  A breathtaking  
sight to be sure.  And they sing all day long!
Jane Watton
Randolph Center

On May 23, 2009, at 12:01 AM, VTBIRD automatic digest system wrote:

> There are 9 messages totalling 312 lines in this issue.
>
> Topics of the day:
>
>   1. FOY Indigo Buntings (2)
>   2. fillmore Pond
>   3. FOY Veery
>   4. Julie Nicholson celebration on June 13
>   5. [Fwd: eBird Report - Pico Peak , 5/18/09]
>   6. Pomainville WMA, Pittsford - May 22
>   7. Chimney Swift main st Ludlow
>   8. Shelburne Pond re-ducks
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Date:    Fri, 22 May 2009 07:17:56 -0400
> From:    Miriam Lawrence <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: FOY Indigo Buntings
>
> My 9-year-old said yesterday that he saw an Indigo Bunting at the
> feeder. I was a bit skeptical because we never get them at our feeders
> and I hadn't heard or seen any yet.  But sure enough, this morning, at
> least two are singing away in the field, and I got a look at at one.
> That'll teach me to be skeptical. :)=20
>
> Miriam Lawrence
> Monkton
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Fri, 22 May 2009 09:53:30 -0400
> From:    Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: FOY Indigo Buntings
>
> Surprised me, too, to see one on my tube feeder a few days ago.
> I was skeptical of myself, but try as I might, I couldn't make it
> into anything else!  Hasn't been back, though. :-(
>
> Jane
> Shoreham
>
> Miriam Lawrence wrote:
>> My 9-year-old said yesterday that he saw an Indigo Bunting at the
>> feeder. I was a bit skeptical because we never get them at our  
>> feeders
>> and I hadn't heard or seen any yet.  But sure enough, this  
>> morning, at
>> least two are singing away in the field, and I got a look at at one.
>> That'll teach me to be skeptical. :)
>>
>> Miriam Lawrence
>> Monkton
>>
>>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Fri, 22 May 2009 11:41:50 -0400
> From:    David Reynolds <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: fillmore Pond
>
> Recently the Willow Flycatcher and Wilson's Warbler appeared at  
> Fillmore
> Pond. Phyl and Dave Reynolds, Bennington.
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Fri, 22 May 2009 12:26:26 -0400
> From:    Randy Schmidt <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: FOY Veery
>
> Last night singing in the woods and this morning really close in the
> backyard, but couldn't find him in the trees.
>
> Randy Schmidt
> Sunderland, VT
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Fri, 22 May 2009 13:15:20 -0400
> From:    Chris Rimmer <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Julie Nicholson celebration on June 13
>
> To all birding companions, friends and admirers of Julie Nicholson:
>
> Please join VCE and other friends of Julie's on June 13 for a
> celebration of  her life.  We are organizing an informal gathering in
> Julie's honor at the Bragdon Nature Preserve (former VINS  
> headquarters)
> in Woodstock.  We hope many of you who knew Julie will come share
> memories, enjoy the camaraderie of fellow birders, partake in a  
> potluck
> picnic, and linger at one of Julie's favorite spots.  We look  
> forward to
> seeing many of you!
>
> Here are the details:
>
> Saturday, June 13th, 11 AM-2 PM
> Bragdon Nature Preserve, Church Hill Road, Woodstock, VT
>
> A potluck lunch at noon will be followed by a group sharing of stories
> and photos from Julie's life.   Please bring a potluck dish and lawn
> chair (if you wish to sit).
>
> RSVP to Melissa, by Friday, June 5th
> 802-649-1431 x7
> [log in to unmask]
>
> Directions to Bragdon  Nature Preserve
> 2723 Church Hill Road, Woodstock, VT
>
> At the west end of the Woodstock Town Green, turn south off Route 4
> directly in front of the stone church.  Take an immediate right onto
> Church Hill Road, keeping the stone church on your right.  Travel up
> Church Hill Road 1.7 miles.  Bragdon Preserve is a large white barn on
> the right.  If you come to the end of the pavement, you have gone  
> too far.
>
> -- 
> ****************
> Chris Rimmer
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> P.O. Box 420
> Norwich, VT 05055
> 802-649-1431 ext. 1
> www.vtecostudies.org
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Fri, 22 May 2009 14:11:19 -0400
> From:    Chris Rimmer <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: [Fwd: eBird Report - Pico Peak , 5/18/09]
>
> This is a belated report of a VCE hike from the summit of Pico Peak to
> Rt. 4 in Sherburne Pass on Monday morning, from 5-7:30 am.  This  
> was the
> first leg of our Birdathon, the second leg of which covered 50  
> miles on
> mountain bikes, ending us in Windsor.  You can see our full list at
> http://www.vtbirdathon.org/images/VCE%20Birdathon%202009.pdf.
>
> The discovery of 6 Bicknell's Thrushes (all of them also found at dusk
> on the previous evening) suggests that many birds may be returning to
> breeding sites earlier than believed.  Our previous early date for the
> species in VT was May 15, but that was just a single bird.  With  
> Bridget
> Stutchbury's recent work showing that Purple Martins and Wood Thrushes
> migrate northward in spring much more rapidly than expected, it may be
> that Bicknell's Thrushes leaving Hispaniola ~ May 1 (we've had a few
> records even beyond that date) arrive here < two weeks later.  We hope
> to have some insights on this and other aspects of the species'
> migration patterns a year from now, when we recover solar geolocators
> that we'll place on males this summer.
>
> Location:     Pico Peak
> Observation date:     5/18/09
> Number of species:     24
>
> Ruffed Grouse     1
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker     1
> Eastern Phoebe     1
> Blue-headed Vireo     4
> Red-eyed Vireo     3
> Blue Jay     1
> American Crow     1
> Winter Wren     5
> Golden-crowned Kinglet     1
> Bicknell's Thrush     6
> American Robin     12
> Nashville Warbler     2
> Magnolia Warbler     1
> Black-throated Blue Warbler     11
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)     14
> Black-throated Green Warbler     17
> Blackburnian Warbler     1
> Blackpoll Warbler     1
> Ovenbird     19
> White-throated Sparrow     9
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)     11
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak     2
> Purple Finch     1
> Pine Siskin     1
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http:// 
> ebird.org/vt)
>
>
> Also, yesterday on the dike separating Dewey's Pond and the  
> Ottauquechee
> River in Quechee were 3 singing Willow Flycatchers.
>
> Chris
>
> -- 
> ****************
> Chris Rimmer
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> P.O. Box 420
> Norwich, VT 05055
> 802-649-1431 ext. 1
> www.vtecostudies.org
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Fri, 22 May 2009 13:25:19 -0700
> From:    Susan Elliott <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Pomainville WMA, Pittsford - May 22
>
> Six members of Rutland County Audubon surveyed the Pomainville  
> Wildlife Man=
> agement Area in Pittsford this morning with 60 species tallied.
>
> Nesting season is well underway. Observed were a Mallard nest with  
> 6 to 8 e=
> ggs; a female Hooded Merganser with eight young; a pair of Yellow- 
> throated =
> Vireos putting the finishing touches on a nest; and a Yellow  
> Warbler nest w=
> ith four eggs.
>
> Alder and Willow flycatchers have returned. No Eastern Meadowlarks  
> (present=
>  last year) were observed.
>
> Canada Goose=A0 =A0=A0=A02
> Wood Duck=A0 =A0=A0=A03
> American Black Duck=A0 =A0=A0=A02
> Mallard=A0 =A0=A0=A07=A0 (nest with 6 to 8 eggs observed)
> Hooded Merganser=A0 =A0=A0=A09 (female with 8 young)
> Pied-billed Grebe=A0 =A0=A0=A01=A0(same spot as last visit)
> Great Blue Heron=A0 =A0=A0=A05
> Green Heron=A0 =A0=A0=A01
> Turkey Vulture=A0 =A0=A0=A03
> Sharp-shinned Hawk=A0 =A0=A0=A01
> Red-tailed Hawk=A0 =A0=A0=A01
> Spotted Sandpiper=A0 =A0=A0=A02
> Wilson's Snipe=A0 =A0=A0=A05
> American Woodcock=A0 =A0=A0=A01
> Rock Pigeon=A0 =A0=A0=A030
> Mourning Dove=A0 =A0=A0=A04
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird=A0 =A0=A0=A01
> Belted Kingfisher=A0 =A0=A0=A01
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker=A0 =A0=A0=A01
> Downy Woodpecker=A0 =A0=A0=A02
> Hairy Woodpecker=A0 =A0=A0=A02
> Northern Flicker=A0 =A0=A0=A01
> Eastern Wood-Pewee=A0 =A0=A0=A03
> Alder Flycatcher=A0 =A0=A0=A05
> Willow Flycatcher=A0 =A0=A0=A02
> Least Flycatcher=A0 =A0=A0=A05
> Eastern Phoebe=A0 =A0=A0=A02
> Great Crested Flycatcher=A0 =A0=A0=A02
> Eastern Kingbird=A0 =A0=A0=A07
> Yellow-throated Vireo=A0 =A0=A0=A06=A0(pair just completing nest)
> Warbling Vireo=A0 =A0=A0=A010
> Red-eyed Vireo=A0 =A0=A0=A02
> Blue Jay=A0 =A0=A0=A08
> American Crow=A0 =A0=A0=A06
> Tree Swallow=A0 =A0=A0=A03
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow=A0 =A0=A0=A01
> Barn Swallow=A0 =A0=A0=A02
> Black-capped Chickadee=A0 =A0=A0=A01
> Tufted Titmouse=A0 =A0=A0=A04
> White-breasted Nuthatch=A0 =A0=A0=A01
> Veery=A0 =A0=A0=A01
> Hermit Thrush=A0 =A0=A0=A01
> American Robin=A0 =A0=A0=A03
> Gray Catbird=A0 =A0=A0=A04
> Cedar Waxwing=A0 =A0=A0=A07
> Yellow Warbler=A0 =A0=A0=A020=A0(one nest with four eggs observed)
> American Redstart=A0 =A0=A0=A05
> Ovenbird=A0 =A0=A0=A01
> Common Yellowthroat=A0 =A0=A0=A023
> Savannah Sparrow=A0 =A0=A0=A03
> Song Sparrow=A0 =A0=A0=A014
> Swamp Sparrow=A0 =A0=A0=A05
> Northern Cardinal=A0 =A0=A0=A01
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak=A0 =A0=A0=A03
> Bobolink=A0 =A0=A0=A012
> Red-winged Blackbird=A0 =A0=A0=A026
> Common Grackle=A0 =A0=A0=A09
> Brown-headed Cowbird=A0 =A0=A0=A01
> Baltimore Oriole=A0 =A0=A0=A012
> American Goldfinch=A0 =A0=A0=A06
>
> Sue Elliott
> http://www.rutlandcountyaudubon.org
> =0A=0A=0A
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Fri, 22 May 2009 20:52:14 -0400
> From:    Peter Manship <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Chimney Swift main st Ludlow
>
> I went to post office and when I walked out I looked up and there  
> were 4=20=
>
> Chimney Swift  hawking bugs on this beautiful day . What great flyers
>
> Good Birding
>
> Peter Manship
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Fri, 22 May 2009 21:17:25 -0400
> From:    Bruce MacPherson <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Shelburne Pond re-ducks
>
> I stopped at Shelburne Pond briefly this afternoon. I could not  
> find the wigeon, gadwall, and scoters that Roy reported, though I  
> did see wigeon and gadwall there last week. However, much to my  
> (pleasant) surprise, I found a Ruddy Duck (male) there cavorting  
> with 20 something Canada Geese (and goslings) at the edge of the  
> growing mass of water foliage. I have seen several ruddies in the  
> fall in their dull plumage, but in breeding plumage these "stiff  
> tails" simply knock your socks off with their white face patch,  
> blue bill, and chestnut body feathers. Check it out.
>
> Bruce MacPherson
> South Burlington
>
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>
> End of VTBIRD Digest - 21 May 2009 to 22 May 2009 (#2009-143)
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