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Sent: Sat, Mar 12, 2011 7:19 pm
Subject: [VTBIRD] Mad / Ad outing



Hi All,
Mad Birders Pat Folsom, Ali Wagner, Patti Haynes and Scott Sainsbury made the 
slog over Ap Gap this morning to join forces with Addison County denizen, Ian 
Worley for a haunt of the lake and farms in the Chimney Point to Snake Mountain 
region.
A "refreshing" wind was blowing at the ferry / unbridge (as Pat Folsom so 
appropriately calls it) when we started counting Mergansers at 8:30.  Two hours 
later, we were still counting.  Only kidding -- but there were A LOT of them 
(that a scientific term, Dr. Worley tells us).  There were also 2 Wigeon, 2 
Pintail, 3 Lesser Scaup, a Female Redhead (thanks for the ID Ian and Greg 
Provost who joined us for a bit), 2 Shovelers, a couple Hoodies, a group of 
Goldeneye, a Red-breasted Merg, a few Ring-bills, Canadas, Mallards, the usual 
gulls, etc..  Feels like spring is coming!
We haunted around the south end of Snake Mountain and saw lots of red-winged 
blackbirds, Common Grackle, some Cardinals, Tree Sparrows, a Cooper's Hawk, 
Robins, a Fish Crow, a Pheasant and others.  Again, some hints of spring.
In several places we saw Horned Larks on farms.  And a couple small groups of 
Snow Buntings.  So, winter's not gone yet.  We were hoping for a Longspur and / 
or Pipit, but didn't come up with either.
Total species seen: 47

Location:     Jct 17 and 22A
Observation date:     3/12/11
Number of species:     4

European Starling     2
Red-winged Blackbird     1
Common Grackle     1
House Sparrow     1

Location:     Dead Creek viewing area
Observation date:     3/12/11
Number of species:     10

Red-tailed Hawk     3
Rough-legged Hawk     1
Rock Pigeon     5
Blue Jay     2
Horned Lark     5
American Tree Sparrow     2
Dark-eyed Junco     2
Northern Cardinal     2
Red-winged Blackbird     15
House Sparrow     3

Location:     Chimney Point
Observation date:     3/12/11
Number of species:     20

Canada Goose     17
American Wigeon     2
American Black Duck     7
Mallard     X
Northern Shoveler     2
Northern Pintail     2
Redhead     1
Ring-necked Duck     2
Lesser Scaup     1
Common Goldeneye     9
Hooded Merganser     4
Common Merganser     X
Red-breasted Merganser     1
Ring-billed Gull     4
Herring Gull (American)     7
Great Black-backed Gull     2
American Crow     5
American Robin     1
American Tree Sparrow     1
House Sparrow     2

Location:     West Street, Cornwall
Observation date:     3/12/11
Number of species:     22

Canada Goose     10
Mallard     4
Ring-necked Pheasant     1
Cooper's Hawk     1
Red-tailed Hawk     1
Rock Pigeon     66
Mourning Dove     13
Downy Woodpecker     2
Hairy Woodpecker     1
Blue Jay     3
American Crow     15
Fish Crow     1
Common Raven     1
Black-capped Chickadee     4
European Starling     44
Snow Bunting     5
American Tree Sparrow     10
Northern Cardinal     4
Red-winged Blackbird     111
Common Grackle     9
House Finch     2
House Sparrow     9

Location:     Rte 125, Bridport
Observation date:     3/12/11
Number of species:     13

Red-tailed Hawk     2
Rough-legged Hawk     4
Rock Pigeon     11
Hairy Woodpecker     1
Blue Jay     2
American Crow     6
Horned Lark     7
Eastern Bluebird     4
American Robin     1
Cedar Waxwing     15
American Tree Sparrow     2
Dark-eyed Junco     1
Northern Cardinal     1

Location:     Little Chicago Road
Observation date:     3/12/11
Number of species:     6

Rock Pigeon     12
Hairy Woodpecker     1
American Crow     7
Horned Lark     25
American Tree Sparrow     9
Northern Cardinal     2

Location:     Cross Road, Bridport
Observation date:     3/12/11
Number of species:     3

Wild Turkey     3
Red-tailed Hawk     1
American Robin     14

Location:     New Haven Town Garage
Observation date:     3/12/11
Number of species:     9

Turkey Vulture     4
Bald Eagle     1
Northern Harrier     1
Red-tailed Hawk     4
American Crow     X
Common Raven     4
American Robin     3
European Starling     40
Dark-eyed Junco     6

Location:     Plank Road, New Haven
Observation date:     3/12/11
Number of species:     6

Red-tailed Hawk     1
Black-capped Chickadee     1
American Tree Sparrow     3
Northern Cardinal     2
American Goldfinch     25
House Sparrow     1

Location:     Addison -- Worley's
Observation date:     3/12/11   
Number of species:     11

Pileated Woodpecker     1
Blue Jay     1
American Crow     2
Black-capped Chickadee     6
Tufted Titmouse     3
White-breasted Nuthatch     2
American Tree Sparrow     8
White-throated Sparrow     2
Dark-eyed Junco     6
Northern Cardinal     2
House Sparrow     40