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I keep forgetting to post that a male bluebird was chirping sweetly along the edge of my field on Wednesday. 
Janet Watton
Randolph Center






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> On Mar 11, 2016, at 12:00 AM, VTBIRD automatic digest system <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> There are 11 messages totaling 301 lines in this issue.
> 
> Topics of the day:
> 
>  1. Woodcocks, Barred Owls, Saw-whet --- Cornwall
>  2. Hermit thrush singing, Saxtons River
>  3. Redwings at the border
>  4. Bohemians in Ludlow (2)
>  5. FOUR leucistic Canada Geese - Salisbury
>  6. celebrating blackbirds (2)
>  7. nest box surprises
>  8. '06 Report of Purple Sandpiper (2)
> 
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> 
> Date:    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 05:53:33 -0500
> From:    "Ian A. Worley" <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Woodcocks, Barred Owls, Saw-whet --- Cornwall
> 
> Woodcocks twittering and Barred Owls Hooaww-ing at 5:41 this morning on 
> the southern end of Snake Mountain in Cornwall.
> 
> Northern Saw-whet Owl going strong with tu .. tu ... tu .... tu song 
> last evening just after the end of twilight.
> 
> Ian
> 
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> 
> Date:    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 06:59:33 -0500
> From:    JoAnne Russo <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Hermit thrush singing, Saxtons River
> 
> Probably the same bird I found here in January. Likely a first year hermit as his song was a bit shaky but so recognizable.
> 
> 
> Sent from my iPad
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> 
> Date:    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 07:57:11 -0500
> From:    Walter Medwid <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Redwings at the border
> 
> Redwings calling from all over the wetland along Memphremagog this morning.
> Quite the arrival....yesterday quiet, today in full swing. From Derby.
> 
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> 
> Date:    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 08:16:16 -0500
> From:    Michael Foster <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Bohemians in Ludlow
> 
> Bohemians are back.  About 120 in the crab apple tree at the dental center this morning.  Now in the top of a tree on pleasant drive.
> 
> Mike Foster
> Ludlow, VT
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> Breezyhillturning.com
> 
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> 
> Date:    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 08:19:08 -0500
> From:    Tyler Pockette <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: FOUR leucistic Canada Geese - Salisbury
> 
> I should have waited 24 hours before posting my excitement about a
> leucistic Canada Goose at Chimney Point. This morning I found FOUR
> leucistic Canada Geese hanging out together (must be a family group)
> amongst thousands of Canada Geese in the flooded corn fields of Shard Villa
> Rd. right at the Salisbury/Middlebury town line.  I did not have time to
> scan thoroughly, and many geese were dispersing to other fields for feeding
> time, so there very well may be some other interesting birds in that flock
> that would be worth checking. This seems to be a roosting area and the
> geese come and go from this location to feed. I live just on the other side
> of the creek and see flocks coming and going in the morning and evening so
> I think the best time to view these birds for a full count would be late
> morning or early-mid afternoon when they are not out searching for food. A
> scope is necessary.
> 
> A crummy (even crummier than my photo yesterday) documentation shot of
> these 4 geese can be seen on my Flickr here:
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/106350684@N05/25552298392/in/datetaken-public/
> 
> Tyler Pockette
> 
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> 
> Date:    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:24:20 -0500
> From:    Alison Wagner <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: celebrating blackbirds
> 
> Dear Birders (celebrating migration),
> 
> On Tuesday, while waiting at the bus stop for a seven-year-old friend, I heard a familiar sound coming from up the road.  Once Levi got off the bus, we investigated:
> 
> A: Put your stuff in the car, we’re going for a walk down the road. 
> L:  Where are we going?”  
> A:  To hear an orchestra.
> L:  What’s an orchestra?  
> A:  A group of musicians working together to make beautiful music. 
> 
> At that point, he stopped walking down the road and just listened.
> 
> L:   BLACKBIRDS!? 
> A:  Where do you suppose we’ll find them?
> 
> He knew just the spot, where a small stream ribbons its way through a young forest, near very wet woods.  Sure enough, there they were!  
> 
> A:  I’ll count them first and then keep the number to myself and you can count.  Okay, I’ve got my number.
> 
> I hand my bins to him.
> 
> L:  Wow!  These are nice binocl’rs!...I can’t count that many!
> A:  It is a lot.  I counted 98...all males.
> 
> The birds flew across the road in much better viewing conditions.  
> 
> A:  Woah!  One of them changed into a Starling!
> L:  Okay, so there’s...97!
> 
> We listened to their chatter and watched them eventually all fly off in smaller groups.
> 
> A:  You want to enter the data in your eBird account?...
> L:  Okay.
> 
> Ali
> Huntington
> 
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> 
> Date:    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:38:26 -0500
> From:    Maeve Kim <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: nest box surprises
> 
> I finally got around to cleaning out several “bluebird” (really House Wren) boxes today and found, along with all the sticks and two soft nests, a few surprises:
> 
> two very upset mice
> one snake skin
> one fossilized wren egg - tiny and delicate, a little smaller at its widest end than the diameter of a dime
> 
> I also discovered that one box had rotted right through, so it’s clearly time for a new one!
> 
> Maeve Kim
> Jericho Center
> 
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> 
> Date:    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 12:49:52 -0500
> From:    Laurie Baron <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: celebrating blackbirds
> 
> Next gen. of birders, sweet.
> 
> On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 11:24 AM, Alison Wagner <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> 
>> Dear Birders (celebrating migration),
>> 
>> On Tuesday, while waiting at the bus stop for a seven-year-old friend, I
>> heard a familiar sound coming from up the road.  Once Levi got off the bus,
>> we investigated:
>> 
>> A: Put your stuff in the car, we’re going for a walk down the road.
>> L:  Where are we going?”
>> A:  To hear an orchestra.
>> L:  What’s an orchestra?
>> A:  A group of musicians working together to make beautiful music.
>> 
>> At that point, he stopped walking down the road and just listened.
>> 
>> L:   BLACKBIRDS!?
>> A:  Where do you suppose we’ll find them?
>> 
>> He knew just the spot, where a small stream ribbons its way through a
>> young forest, near very wet woods.  Sure enough, there they were!
>> 
>> A:  I’ll count them first and then keep the number to myself and you can
>> count.  Okay, I’ve got my number.
>> 
>> I hand my bins to him.
>> 
>> L:  Wow!  These are nice binocl’rs!...I can’t count that many!
>> A:  It is a lot.  I counted 98...all males.
>> 
>> The birds flew across the road in much better viewing conditions.
>> 
>> A:  Woah!  One of them changed into a Starling!
>> L:  Okay, so there’s...97!
>> 
>> We listened to their chatter and watched them eventually all fly off in
>> smaller groups.
>> 
>> A:  You want to enter the data in your eBird account?...
>> L:  Okay.
>> 
>> Ali
>> Huntington
>> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:00:37 -0500
> From:    Michael Foster <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Bohemians in Ludlow
> 
> Saw even more at lunch.  Probably more like 300.  Was just getting some photos in a crab apple tree when they all took off.  Looked around and saw a peregrine gliding away from me
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> Breezyhillturning.com
> 
>> On Mar 10, 2016, at 8:16 AM, Michael Foster <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>> Bohemians are back.  About 120 in the crab apple tree at the dental center this morning.  Now in the top of a tree on pleasant drive.
>> 
>> Mike Foster
>> Ludlow, VT
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> Breezyhillturning.com
>> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 16:12:22 -0500
> From:    Tom Barber <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: '06 Report of Purple Sandpiper
> 
> Hi All,
> 
> A friend who lives in Alburg and helps out with turtle protection sent  
> me a photo of a Purple Sandpiper he took on the rocks of the old  
> causeway. What is the incidence of this bird in migration here in the  
> Champlain Valley?
> 
> Tom Barber
> [log in to unmask]
> 
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> 
> Date:    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 16:14:29 -0500
> From:    Kent McFarland <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: '06 Report of Purple Sandpiper
> 
> As you can see, no March to May records in Vermont eBird. The Vermont Bird
> Records Committee would love to have a report from that.
> http://ebird.org/ebird/vt/map/pursan?neg=true&env.minX=-76.34794588437501&env.minY=42.55783914696901&env.maxX=-68.54765291562501&env.maxY=45.17884659654731&zh=true&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=3-5&bmo=3&emo=5&yr=all
> Kent
> 
> ____________________________
> 
> Kent McFarland
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
> 802.649.1431 x2
> 
> <http://vtecostudies.org/>
> 
>> On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 4:12 PM, Tom Barber <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>> Hi All,
>> 
>> A friend who lives in Alburg and helps out with turtle protection sent me
>> a photo of a Purple Sandpiper he took on the rocks of the old causeway.
>> What is the incidence of this bird in migration here in the Champlain
>> Valley?
>> 
>> Tom Barber
>> [log in to unmask]
>> 
> 
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