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Interesting about the Golden Eagle. One day later Peter Manship and a friend spotted and photographed a Golden Eagle at Fort Cassin. Bill Mercia and I were doing the mid-winter eagle survey there, but did not find the eagle. The photograph was convincing, though. Same bird?


Bruce



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From: Mary & Paul <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Mon, Jan 28, 2013 2:21 pm
Subject: [VTBIRD] Hinesburg CBC report


Vt. Birders,
 On January 5th, the final day of the 2012-2013 Christmas Bird Count , 20 
birders in 8 teams, spread out across the varied terrain of the Hinesburg count 
circle.  The Hinesburg CBC covers  the towns of Hinesburg, Huntington , St 
George and parts of Williston, Richmond, Starksboro,  Monkton, No. Ferrisburg 
and Charlotte. 4715 individual birds were counted, the second highest number in 
the counts 20 year history. A total of 49 species was also a second place 
finish.

Highlights included a count first adult Golden Eagle observed by Ellen Spring 
and Mary Crane above State's Prison Hollow rd. in Starksboro. Two Ring-necked 
Pheasants seen in Monkton by Liz Lee and Louanne Nielson were also a count 
first. Red-bellied Woodpeckers had their best showing to date with 4 
observations compared with a count high of one in three other recent years. 
Hairy woodpeckers were particularly abundant with 45  seen compared to a 
previous high count of 29 in 2002. Another common feeder bird, White-breasted 
Nuthatch, tallied 83 individuals surpassing a high of 77, also in 2002. Barred 
Owls are showing up regularly this winter in the Champlain Valley and a total of 
4 ties the previous high count.  Following state wide trends, Common Redpolls 
were indeed common almost doubling 1998 's record of 471 with a total of 931for 
this year. Other near high counts were Eastern Bluebird (25), No. Cardinal (81),  
Am. Tree Sparrow (177) and Belted Kingfisher(2).

A few other species that  are often common were noticeably absent or in very low 
numbers. Roughed Grouse (2),Red-breasted Nuthatch(2),Cedar Waxwing(0),Purple 
Finch(0), Pine Siskin(1),and Evening Grosbeak (0). The early winter invasion of  
Pine Grosbeaks seemed to have moved on as we struggled to locate a scant four 
birds.

Paul Wieczoreck, Compiler
Hinesburg, Vt.