Greetings, VTBIRDers:

Despite the end of migration, some delightful birding remains at and 
around Highland Lodge in Greensboro. Male songbirds are sitting up and 
singing on territory, offering some of the best looks of the year. I'm 
back from my annual Warbler Weekend trips, with 16 warbler species, 
including full-frontal, walkaway looks at Mourning Warblers, Canada 
Warblers (more abundant than usual this year), many Blackburnian 
Warblers and other northerners such as Lincoln's Sparrow. A full species 
list from Warbler Weekend -- including digi-scoped photos of a singing 
Winter Wren, various warblers and other songbirds -- is at:

By the way, I still have a few shots left in my DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 
WORKSHOPS this coming weekend in Plainfield. If I have enough birders 
enrolled, we'll cover digi-scoping in class. Most any of us can indeed 
capture wonderful bird images with our little point-and-shoot cameras; 
I'm doing little more than hand-holding mine up to the lens of my 
spotting scope. Here are details on the workshops:

Finally, also noteworthy from Greensboro was the continued absence of 
Boreal Chickadee from Barr Hill Nature Preserve. My last sighting of 
this species there was May 25, 2008, despite at least one visit per year 
since then. It's quite likely that this isolated population of Boreal 
Chickadees has blinked out for good. It's sad to see them go.

Bryan Pfeiffer

Vermont Bird Tours
PO Box 121
Plainfield, VT 05667