Does anyone have an an update on activity at Missisquoi NWR? I am thinking of heading up there Wednesday but have seen no reports regarding activity. Input will be appreciated.

Blake Allison
Lyme, NH 03768-3322




On Sunday, October 12, 2014 12:00 AM, VTBIRD automatic digest system <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
 


There are 8 messages totaling 325 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. Lake Champlain Birds are on the move (2)
  2. Fw: eBird Report - Merck Forest and Farmland, Rupert VT, Oct 11, 2014
  3. Ruddy Ducks - Lake Bomoseen
  4. Chickadees
  5. EABLs in the birdbath
  6. Cackling Goose in Burlington
  7. Whiney Creek WMA

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Date:    Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:42:43 -0400
From:    Jim Mead <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Lake Champlain Birds are on the move

Hello all,

I went to Whiskey Bay this morning for a mini Lake Watch and found the following:

Cloudy sky, SW wind @ 1 mph, 42 F. (7:34 a.m.- 8:51 a.m.)

Brant- 273 (131, 142) heading south

Canada Goose- 171 (16,16,31,20,3,4,36,23,5,17) heading south

American Black Duck- 34 (2,10,15,7) heading south

Mallard- 13 (8,5) heading south

White-winged Scoter- 30 (4,21,5) heading south

Common Goldeneye- 1 heading south

Hooded Merganser- 4 heading south

Common Merganser- 1 on the water west of Whiskey Bay.

Common Loon- 6 (4 heading south & 2 on the water W of Whiskey Bay).

Red-necked Grebe- 2 on the water in Whiskey Bay and were quite close to me.

Double-crested Cormorant- x

Bonaparte's Gull- 100+ conservative estimate as there were many flying around.

Ring-billed Gull- x

Peregrine Falcon- I spooked it off its' perch when I walked down there. It flew south and found another perch. I believe
                             it is a local bird because I have seen it there on several different occasions.

American Crow- 2


I also stopped at The Charlotte Town Beach and counted 42 Common Loons and 12 Horned Grebes.

I then went to Meach Cove and joined Scott Morrical.
We saw 35-40 Common Loons, 65 Brant flying south, at least 10 Horned Grebes, 1 Red-necked Grebe & others.

I "suspect" tomorrow morning "might" be another good movind day. Last night brought in hundreds of new migrants 
and it was just the beginning of what's to come. . .

I will stop by The Charlotte Town Beach this afternoon sometime to look for birds on the water. The visibilty should be decent if the clouds stick around. Good luck if any of you are able to get out there sometime soon.

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead

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Date:    Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:54:37 -0700
From:    Martha Pfeiffer <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Merck Forest and Farmland, Rupert VT, Oct 11, 2014





On Saturday, October 11, 2014 4:44 PM, "[log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:


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>Merck Forest and Farmland, Rupert VT, Bennington, US-VT
>Oct 11, 2014 8:15 AM - 11:45 AM
>Protocol: Traveling
>4.04 mile(s)
>Comments:     Cloudy, no wind, 58 degrees
>12 species
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>For the amount of time spent and distance walked, this was a short checklist.  No "flocks" of any species.
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>Ruffed Grouse  1
>Hairy Woodpecker  1
>Northern Flicker  3
>Blue Jay  10
>American Crow  3
>Black-capped Chickadee  15
>White-breasted Nuthatch  2
>American Robin  15
>Song Sparrow  2
>Lincoln's Sparrow  1     perched on branch facing me with a beige streaked  breast band glowing in early morning light
>White-throated Sparrow  12
>Dark-eyed Junco  6
>
>View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20200136
>
>This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Date:    Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:04:04 +0000
From:    Susan Elliott <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Ruddy Ducks - Lake Bomoseen

Yesterday there were 16 Ruddy Ducks on Lake Bomoseen. Also, four Pine Siskins were mixed in with a large flock of goldfinches at Bomoseen State Park. 
Bomoseen State Park, Rutland, US-VT
Oct 10, 2014 12:10 PM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
26 species

Canada Goose  54   Wood Duck  2
Mallard  9
Turkey Vulture  2
Ring-billed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  2
Common Raven  1
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  6
Chipping Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  13
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Purple Finch  3
Pine Siskin  4
American Goldfinch  47

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Date:    Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:36:37 -0400
From:    Alison Wagner <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Lake Champlain Birds are on the move

Nice!  Also today, at Sand Bar, in the marshy areas at the eastern end of 
the causeway, I estimated 320 Ring-necked Ducks and 200 Wood Ducks!

Ali
Huntington

-----Original Message----- 
From: Jim Mead
Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2014 1:42 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [VTBIRD] Lake Champlain Birds are on the move

Hello all,

I went to Whiskey Bay this morning for a mini Lake Watch and found the 
following:

Cloudy sky, SW wind @ 1 mph, 42 F. (7:34 a.m.- 8:51 a.m.)

Brant- 273 (131, 142) heading south

Canada Goose- 171 (16,16,31,20,3,4,36,23,5,17) heading south

American Black Duck- 34 (2,10,15,7) heading south

Mallard- 13 (8,5) heading south

White-winged Scoter- 30 (4,21,5) heading south

Common Goldeneye- 1 heading south

Hooded Merganser- 4 heading south

Common Merganser- 1 on the water west of Whiskey Bay.

Common Loon- 6 (4 heading south & 2 on the water W of Whiskey Bay).

Red-necked Grebe- 2 on the water in Whiskey Bay and were quite close to me.

Double-crested Cormorant- x

Bonaparte's Gull- 100+ conservative estimate as there were many flying 
around.

Ring-billed Gull- x

Peregrine Falcon- I spooked it off its' perch when I walked down there. It 
flew south and found another perch. I believe
                             it is a local bird because I have seen it there 
on several different occasions.

American Crow- 2


I also stopped at The Charlotte Town Beach and counted 42 Common Loons and 
12 Horned Grebes.

I then went to Meach Cove and joined Scott Morrical.
We saw 35-40 Common Loons, 65 Brant flying south, at least 10 Horned Grebes, 
1 Red-necked Grebe & others.

I "suspect" tomorrow morning "might" be another good movind day. Last night 
brought in hundreds of new migrants
and it was just the beginning of what's to come. . .

I will stop by The Charlotte Town Beach this afternoon sometime to look for 
birds on the water. The visibilty should be decent if the clouds stick 
around. Good luck if any of you are able to get out there sometime soon.

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead 

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Date:    Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:39:26 -0400
From:    Sue <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Chickadees

I was on the NY side of the Champlain Bridge in the campground when I encountered the largest flock of chickadees ever, 32. They were moving rapidly thru the trees then headed to the Vt side as one large flock.
The other exciting scene was a sharp shinned hawk performing amazing maneuvers while chasing a small bird. We were at the arch on the bridge as this scene unfolded. The lucky small bird finally hid in the structure avoiding becoming lunch!

Sue Wetmore

Sent from my iPod

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Date:    Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:58:11 -0400
From:    Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: EABLs in the birdbath

Glanced out my window to see 5 male bluebirds splashing around at once 
in the birdbath.  I usually have a pair nesting here, but hadn't seen or 
heard any around since late summer, so I assume these gentlemen just 
blew in.  I've never seen bluebirds at the birdbath before.

Also, the first bunch of juncos of the season, and the male red-bellied 
woodpecker, a couple of downies and a wb nuthatch hanging upside down at 
the sunflowers.

I am sooo ready for Redpolls!

Jane
(Shoreham)

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Date:    Sat, 11 Oct 2014 18:23:03 -0400
From:    Jim Mead <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Cackling Goose in Burlington

Hello all,

I am at Blodgett Beach parked in front 
of the gate. The Cackling Goose is so close
that I ID'd it with my bins. There are at 
least 500 Canada Geese here. Tomorrow morning 
this might be a good stop. 

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead

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Date:    Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:35:29 -0400
From:    Gary Chapin <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Whiney Creek WMA

Early this afternoon I walked the lane at Whitney Creek WMA. Only a short
walk down the lane (the gate was still visible behind me) I had an immature
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER foraging in the goldenrod that lines the initial
portion of the lane.

There were lots of birds along the lane (up until I reached the woods
further along where all activity essentially ceased), although diversity was
limited. Other birds seen here included;

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Nashville Warbler - 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler - X
Common Yellowthroat - 1
Song Sparrow - X
Swamp Sparrow - X
White-throated Sparrow - X
White-crowned Sparrow - X
Dark-eyed Junco - 1

Gary Chapin 
Ticonderoga, NY

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