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Awesome report.


Was thinking of you recently. I was scanning ebird top 100 and was
pleasantly surprised to see Ben Rimmer not far behind me in the Middlesex
county annual ebird rank. Apple doesnโ€™t fall far from the tree!

On Sat, May 18, 2019 at 10:43 PM Chris Rimmer <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> In 45+ years of birding, I've never experienced anything like the spectacle
> of Cape May Warblers that enthralled 5 of us this morning. Today was VCE's
> annual Birdathon, and I gladly took advantage of the opportunity to bird
> from dawn to dusk. Without question, warblers stole the show, and Cape Mays
> played a starring role. We found more than 20 individuals, and 15 of these
> were spectacularly concentrated in two flowering ornamental cherry trees in
> a Kendall Station yard. We stood for 30 minutes, mouths agape, watching
> them at close range as they foraged on insects in and among the blossoms. A
> stunning male Bay-breasted appeared, and a Nashville joined the throng.
>
> I returned 10 hours later at 7 pm, and there were still 13 Cape Mays
> foraging industriously and quietly, this time joined by 2 hummingbirds and
> a male Baltimore Oriole. They were still going strong when I left 20
> minutes later. About 2/3 of the birds were males.
>
> Overall, we found 98 species today, all but one (a Swainson's Thrush on
> Norford Lake Road) in Norwich. Eighteen warblers also included Tennessee,
> Magnolia, Canada and Wilson's. An Eastern Meadowlark at Pirouette Farm on
> Hogback Road was unexpected, as was the pair of N. Mockingbirds there. With
> water levels on the Connecticut River again high, shorebirds were scarce,
> though 4 Short-billed Dowitchers roosting in shoreline vegetation below the
> Ledyard Bridge were a surprise. They were still there at 8 pm, but I
> watched them fly off to the north, calling, at 8:25 pm, clearly beginning
> the night's migration.
>
> A great day to be out!
>
> Chris
>
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> Chris Rimmer
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
> 802.649.1431 x202
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