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> Date:    Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:20:30 -0400
> From:    Russ Ford <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Hudsonian Godwits, Misssiquoi NWR

Date: Tuesday, 6 October, 2015, 15:30 
From: Patricia Fontaine
Subject: Surf Scoters

Surf Scoters off my deck in Shelburne at this moment, headed towards Shelburne Beach. Male and 7 females/immatures.


Patricia
Shelburne, VT


> On Oct 6, 2015, at 12:00 AM, VTBIRD automatic digest system <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> There are 6 messages totaling 168 lines in this issue.
> 
> Topics of the day:
> 
>  1. Palm Warbler, Hermit Thrush, etc...
>  2. Black-legged Kittiwake in Charlotte
>  3. bird song survey
>  4. Hudsonian Godwits, Misssiquoi NWR
>  5. Red-necked Phalarope and Baird's Sandpiper - Addison County (2)
> 
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> 
> Date:    Mon, 5 Oct 2015 09:17:02 -0400
> From:    Linda Gionti <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Palm Warbler, Hermit Thrush, etc...
> 
> Yesterday I got good looks at a Palm Warbler here in Hanksville. This morning there have been at least 8 White-throated Sparrows, a Song Sparrow, a Hermit Thrush making little chirps while raising and lowering its tail, then rapid pipping when it flew (at least I think it was the thrush pipping). Also a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Catbird, Blue Jays, Chickadees, Phoebe, and a flurry of several Juncos… which I believe I first saw here the middle of last week. It's going to be a hard day to turn attention to work I can tell...
> 
> Linda Gionti
> Huntington, VT
> 
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> 
> Date:    Mon, 5 Oct 2015 11:23:06 -0400
> From:    Jim Mead <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Black-legged Kittiwake in Charlotte
> 
> Hi all,
> 
> I'm at the Charlotte Town Beach right
> now and just found a juvenile Black-legged
> Kittiwake feeding with a group of about 
> 40 Ring-billed Gulls. I found this gull at 
> 11:10 a.m. 
> 
> Enjoy Birds,
> 
> Jim Mead
> 
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> 
> Date:    Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:38:25 -0700
> From:    Kathryn Peiman <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: bird song survey
> 
> Hello,I am conducting a study of geographical variation in bird song characteristics, and I am looking for volunteers to take a survey.  Participants will rate the similarity of the songs of several species.  If you are able to volunteer to take this survey, please visit either one (but only one!) of the following links: http://questionpro.com/t/cC9IvZDzhttp://questionpro.com/t/cC9IvZD2Feel free to share this link with others you think might be interested.Thank you in advance,Kathryn Peiman. [log in to unmask] 		 	   		  
> 
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> 
> Date:    Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:20:30 -0400
> From:    Russ Ford <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Hudsonian Godwits, Misssiquoi NWR
> 
> I observed three Hudsonian Godwits this afternoon, feeding in shallow water
> at the bottom of Dead Creek, in the Missisquoi NWR. After about 30 minutes
> the three were spooked by a Northern Harrier and flew around a corner out of
> my sight.   There was a possible Northern Shoveler in the same vicinity.
> -     Russ
> 
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> 
> Date:    Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:11:56 -0400
> From:    Donald Jones <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Red-necked Phalarope and Baird's Sandpiper - Addison County
> 
> Hi all,
> 
> This afternoon, I had an adult Red-necked Phalarope in nonbreeding plumage
> at the Tri-town Water Treatment Plant in Addison. This is presumably the
> same bird first found yesterday by Ali Wagner and seen by myself, Dave Hof,
> and Taj Schottland. While it was impossibly distant to ID yesterday,
> despite the four of us spending more than half an hour scrutinizing it,
> when I spotted the bird this afternoon it was much closer and in better
> light. Although still a difficult ID, I was able to pick out the dark
> hindcap and neck, messy dark upperparts, and very thin bill. eBird
> checklist at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S25311375.
> 
> At Whitney Creek, there was a late Baird's Sandpiper present, along with
> one Least, two Pectoral, and the continuing dowitcher. I've spent more than
> three hours watching this bird in the last two days, and have found it to
> be one of the most difficult identifications I've ever faced. After
> wavering back and forth, I was definitely leaning toward thinking it was a
> Short-billed, although without any confidence. Just this evening, though, I
> spoke with Dave Hof, who was at Whitney Creek after me this afternoon and
> reported finally hearing vocalizations from the bird. Somewhat to my shock,
> he says they were a perfect match for Long-billed! Just goes to show that
> there are always birds which will be a challenge, and that it's important
> to stay humble. eBird checklist at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S25311372.
> 
> Good birding,
> Don Jones
> Middlebury, VT / Laramie, WY
> 
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> 
> Date:    Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:01:33 -0400
> From:    alison wagner <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Red-necked Phalarope and Baird's Sandpiper - Addison County
> 
> In response to Don's post... 
> 
> The Red-necked Phalarope i.d. is another good example of David Sibley's talk this past June. Let's face it, the mind can play tricks on us, and sometimes the questions we end up asking ourselves are: 1) are you really seeing that? and 2) are you seeing what you want to see? In this case, I'm now thinking the answer to both questions is: YES! 
> Before Don, Taj, and Dave showed up, the bird was a bit closer and I got a less-than satisfying look at it before rushing back to the car for a few field guides. I mentioned to the guys the dark cap & back of neck, dark back, white throat and breast, and a bill so thin I didn't see it, but David Sibley's little voice in my head kept asking, "But are you 100% sure?" 
> 
> This morning, I did a little more research and felt somewhat more confident that the neck seemed a little less bulky than a Red, posture more leaning vs upright, and the wing a little smaller, making it appear a tad triangular. Add to this the fact that this bird was tiny (dwarfed by a nearby Bonaparte's). Our inability to get a definite i.d. on Sunday was not from lack of trying as we stayed on it until lighting was poor and our bodies shivering! But sometimes, in spite of lots of effort, patience, and desire, some we let go! Still, it's been a great learning opportunity! 
> 
> NEXT time... 
> 
> Ali 
> Huntington 
> 
> 
> From: "Donald Jones" <[log in to unmask]> 
> To: "Vermont Birds" <[log in to unmask]> 
> Sent: Monday, October 5, 2015 8:11:56 PM 
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Red-necked Phalarope and Baird's Sandpiper - Addison County 
> 
> Hi all, 
> 
> This afternoon, I had an adult Red-necked Phalarope in nonbreeding plumage 
> at the Tri-town Water Treatment Plant in Addison. This is presumably the 
> same bird first found yesterday by Ali Wagner and seen by myself, Dave Hof, 
> and Taj Schottland. While it was impossibly distant to ID yesterday, 
> despite the four of us spending more than half an hour scrutinizing it, 
> when I spotted the bird this afternoon it was much closer and in better 
> light. Although still a difficult ID, I was able to pick out the dark 
> hindcap and neck, messy dark upperparts, and very thin bill. eBird 
> checklist at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S25311375. 
> 
> At Whitney Creek, there was a late Baird's Sandpiper present, along with 
> one Least, two Pectoral, and the continuing dowitcher. I've spent more than 
> three hours watching this bird in the last two days, and have found it to 
> be one of the most difficult identifications I've ever faced. After 
> wavering back and forth, I was definitely leaning toward thinking it was a 
> Short-billed, although without any confidence. Just this evening, though, I 
> spoke with Dave Hof, who was at Whitney Creek after me this afternoon and 
> reported finally hearing vocalizations from the bird. Somewhat to my shock, 
> he says they were a perfect match for Long-billed! Just goes to show that 
> there are always birds which will be a challenge, and that it's important 
> to stay humble. eBird checklist at 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S25311372. 
> 
> Good birding, 
> Don Jones 
> Middlebury, VT / Laramie, WY 
> 
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