We’re reposting several preliminary Christmas Bird Count results from neighboring towns. Email us at email@example.com if you want us to post yours, too. Final results may become available on the VTBIRD mailing list and/or at Audubon’s 110th Christmas Bird Count pages. We’ll be happy to post final tallies when we receive them.
Middlebury, Vermont, preliminary summary
from Jim Andrews, via e-mail December 21, 2009
As a group, our species numbers were on the low end (58 so far), primarily as a result of the loss of our open water. A Savannah Sparrow was one of the best birds of the count.
Note from Erin:
Parts of Lake Champlain (shores of Shoreham and Bridport ) are part of the [Middlebury] circle. When the lake isn’t frozen we get many more species of ducks, gulls, etc. That is why Ferrisburgh and Burlington almost always have a higher species count because they get those species!
We’re reposting several preliminary Christmas Bird Count results from neighboring towns. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want us to post yours, too. Final results may become available on the VTBIRD mailing list and/or at Audubon’s 110th Christmas Bird Count pages.
The third Randolph CBC was conducted on Dec. 19, tallying 34 species/2094 individuals. Temperature at sunrise was -12[°F], only warming to -7 by 10:30 AM on Braintree Hill, eventually rising to a balmy +17. Numbers would have likely been lower this year without the addition of several new feeder watchers. The single new species for the count was a Carolina Wren which showed up at my feeder 3 days before the count, and is still present. (Luckily I [the poster] have the bird on video, negating the need for me to ask myself for a rare bird documentation form).
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We’ll be reposting several preliminary Christmas Bird Count results from our neighboring towns. Email us at email@example.com if you want us to post yours, too. Final results may become available on the VTBIRD mailing list and/or at Audubon’s 110th Christmas Bird Count pages.
Ferrisburgh, Preliminary Results
posted to VTBIRD on December 23, 2009
The 50th Ferrisburgh Christmas Bird Count took place on Sat. Dec. 19th. About 45 people participated in field or at feeders, yielding a preliminary total of 71 species (listed below), plus a count period Osprey.
Data are still subject to verification and may change, and [the poster hasn’t] yet had a chance to add up numbers.
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On Sunday, October 11, the Museum participated in yet another Big Sit! We recorded a record 31 species! Thanks to Jim for coordinating the event, and all the volunteers who joined in.
the “official” TIME SHEET for the 2009 “BIG SIT” (Notables inBOLD): Continue reading “Big Sit! 2009”
Walking on the managed side of the road two birders went for an early morning bird walk and saw Blue Jays (4), Great-crested Flycatcher(2), Downy Woodpecker (3), Song Sparrow(1), House Wren (10), American Crow (2), Evening Grosbeak (2), Eastern Phoebe (1), Hairy Woodpecker(4), Rose-breasted Grosbeak (3), Brown-headed Cowbird (2), Eastern Bluebird (2), White-breasted Nuthatch (1), Brown Creeper (2), Yellow-bellied Sapsucker(3), Eastern Wood Peewee (1), Ovenbird (6), Winter Wren (2), Least Flycatcher(1), American Robin (3), Veery (1), Louisiana Waterthrush (1), Blue0head Vireo(1), TWO WOODCOCK CHICKS!!, Black-throated Blue Warbler (1), Black-throated Green Warbler (1), Red-eyed Vireo(1), Barred Owl (1), Mourning Dove(1), Chipping Sparrow (1), White-throated Sparrow (1), Black-capped Chickadee (3), and a Baltimore Oriole(1).
Our next scheduled bird walks are on June 21 and June 28 at 7:00 am. We will meet in the Museum parking lot, 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, VT 05462. See http://www.birdsofvermont.org/map.php for directions. Please join is after the walk for bird-friendly coffee.
On May 31, 2009, a beautiful Sunday morning, we walked on both sides of the road. Our group saw and heard (*heard only) Blue Jay, Eastern Phoebe, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Evening Grosbeak, *Brown Creeper, Scarlet Tanager,*Great-crested Flycatcher,
Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker,*Belted Kingfisher, Louisiana Waterthrush, *Baltimore Oriole, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Crow, *Ovenbird, Wood Thrush, *Black-and-white Warbler, *Veery, Red-eyed Vireo, *Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Black-capped Chickadee, Blackburnian Warbler, Northern Goshawk, Blue-headed Vireo, Tufted Titmouse, Common Grackle, and Ruby-throated Hummingbird.
Our next scheduled bird walks are on June 7, June 21, and June 28 at 7:00 am. We will meet in the Museum parking lot, 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, VT 05462. See http://www.birdsofvermont.org/map.php for directions. Please join is after the walk for bird-friendly coffee.
Join us on Saturday, February 7, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., when Jim Andrews will lead our Feburary Birding Outing.
Jim is a herpetologist and long-time Champlain Valley birder, and his outings are great fun. Last year we saw Great Black-backed Gulls, Eagles, Goldeneyes, Scaups, and flocks of Horned Larks and Snow Buntings, just to name a few species. We drove around the Lake Champlain Basin and stopped many times to set up our spotting scopes for better views of our winter birds.
We’ll meet at the Vergennes Green, and then will car pool from there. We are limiting the size of the group to three or four cars, so please call to reserve your spot (and feel free to stuff your cars with friends!).
To reserve your spot or get more information, call the Museum at 802-434-2167. Leave a message if no one is available to pick up. You can also e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is appropriate for adults and older children.
Fee: Members $20; non-members $25.
from Jim Osborne’s emailed notes:
the “official” TIME SHEET for the 2008 “BIG SIT” (Notables in BOLD):
- Eastern Screech-Owl (6:09) – Heard calling from the Green Mountain Audubon Property
- Barred Owl (6:09) – 3 birds around from 6:09 through around 6:45. 1 Bird Seen
- Dark-eyed Junco (6:39) – Species seen only 5 of 12 hours
- Blue Jay (6:39) – Species SEEN ALL 12 hours
- American Robin (6:40) – Species SEEN ALL 12 hours
- Hermit Thrush (6:40) – Species SEEN ALL 12 hours
- Winter Wren (6:42) – Bird seen and heard in the bushes behind the Count Circle
- Black-capped Chickadee (6:45) – Species SEEN ALL 12 hours
- Mourning Dove (6:51) – Species SEEN 11 out of 12 hours
- Hairy Woodpecker (6:53) – Species SEEN ALL 12 hours
- Purple Finch (6:55) – Species SEEN 11 out of 12 hours
- Common Raven (6:57) – Species SEEN/HEARD only during 4 hours of Count
- Red-breasted Nuthatch (6:57) – Species SEEN 9 out of 12 hours
- White-breasted Nuthatch (6:58) – Species SEEN 10 out of 12 hours
- American Goldfinch (7:04) – Species SEEN 11 out of 12 hours
- Pileated Woodpecker (7:05) – Species HEARD ONLY during 3 hours of Count
- Tufted Titmouse (7:07) – Species SEEN 10 out of 12 hours
- Downy Woodpecker (7:34) – Species SEEN 11 out of 12 hours
- SWAINSON’S THRUSH (7:45) – Species in area until around 8:20 A.M.
- Golden-crowned Kinglet (7:54) – Species seen only 3 hours during Count
- Canada Goose (8:04) – Species SEEN/HEARD during 6 hours of the Count
- American Crow (8:28) – Species seen only 5 hours during Count
- Ruby-crowned Kinglet (8:46) – Species SEEN only 3 hours during Count
- European Starling (9:20) – Small flock flying over was only sighting for the day
- INGRID HAWK (9:57) – Officially “Red-tailed“. Seen 3 hours during the Count
- Blue-headed Vireo (10:47) – Only 1 bird seen during the 12 hour event
- PINE SISKIN (3:57 P.M.) – Small flock stayed around until about 5:30 P.M.
- Hooded Merganser (4:44 P.M.) – Pair flew over headed WEST. A good find here.
- Brown Creeper (4:51 P.M.) – Pair around Count circle for about 35 minutes
- WOOD DUCK (5:01 P.M.) – First time the Count has ever reached the 30 species mark.
Well, we SET A NEW RECORD yesterday. Several NEW species for the Count were added.
Count by HOUR:
- 6:00 to 7:00 14 species
- 7:00 to 8:00 16 species
- 8:00 to 9:00 18 species
- 9:00 to 10:00 17 species
- 10:00 to 11:00 11 species
- 11:00 to 12:00 13 species
- 12:00 to 1:00 14 species
- 1:00 to 2:00 13 species
- 2:00 to 3:00 12 species
- 3:00 to 4:00 16 species
- 4:00 to 5:00 16 species
- 5:00 to 6:00 19 species
SO, the HIGH HOURLY COUNT came at the last minute. Great way to end the day.