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Held December 14th in Middlebury, VT

This year 39 field birders and 28 observers at feeders located and identified 20,344 birds of 63 species during our Middlebury Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 14th. As a result of the recent snow and ice storm, some of our observers had been without power for days and others had been trapped in their homes until the day before the count, but still they rallied to survey their assigned portion of our count circle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Do you live in or near one of the circles in the map above? If so, you should consider participating in the Christmas Bird Count. One of the oldest, continuously running, citizen science projects, the CBC has accumulated over a century’s worth of data on the occurrence of wintering birds. This data was played a key role in National Audubon Society’s recent Climate Report. There are two ways to participate, as a field observer spending an entire day scouring a territory for birds, or if you Read the rest of this entry »

This year 38 field birders and 20 observers at feeders located and identified 17,848 birds of 66 species during our Middlebury Christmas Bird Count.  The count was originally scheduled for December 15, but a winter storm forced a postponement to Sunday, January 5th.  Although we avoided the storm, a layer of ice under the snow made walking tricky and many of us took tumbles. One hardy observer suffering a couple cracked ribs but continued birding anyhow.  Freezing rain accumulated during our compilation dinner in Salisbury after the count, but everyone made it home safely. Read the rest of this entry »

Do you live in or near one of the circles in the map above? If so, you should consider participating in the Christmas Bird Count. One of the oldest, continuously running, citizen science projects, the CBC has accumulated 112 years of data on the occurrence of wintering birds. To learn about how this information has been used, you can read this article from National Audubon, How the Christmas Bird Count Helps Birds.  There are two ways to participate, as a field observer spending an entire day scouring a territory for birds, or if you live inside a Read the rest of this entry »

Ten observers found 52 species on count-day 15 December 2013. Stand-out species were an individual Cackling Goose and a Hoary Redpoll. Of note were an American Kestrel, two Peregrines, ten owls of six species, a Belted Kingfisher, a Carolina Wren, two Field Sparrows, two Song Sparrows, two Swamp Sparrows and a White-throated Sparrow

– Warren King

A Common Redpoll in Red Osier Dogwood

A Common Redpoll in Red Osier Dogwood

This year 40 field birders and 8 observers at feeders located and identified 22,139 birds of 77 species during our Middlebury Christmas Bird Count.  It was held this year on Sunday, December 16.  We survey a 15-mile-diameter count circle centered on the Lemon Fair in eastern Bridport and covering from the A & W Root Beer stand on the east to New York State on the west and from Snake Mt. on the north to Richville Dam on the south. Read the rest of this entry »

Do you live in or near one of these circles? If so, you should consider participating in the Christmas Bird Count. One of the oldest, continuously running, citizen science projects, the CBC has accumulated 112 years of data on the occurrence of wintering birds. To learn about how this information has been used, you can read this article from National Audubon, How the Christmas Bird Count Helps Birds.  There are two ways to participate, as a field observer spending an entire day scouring a territory for birds, or if you live inside a Read the rest of this entry »

A Greater White-fronted Goose found during the Ferrisburgh CBC

A stiff north wind blew throughout the 52nd Ferrisburgh Christmas Bird Count held December 17, 2011. The wintry conditions provided a stark contrast to the up-to-then very mild winter. As a result we had a mixture of migrating waterfowl and lingering landbirds that usually would have migrated. On the other hand, the persistent wind made it difficult to coax birds from the brush. Forty-five field observers and five feeder watchers spent the day tallying birds and identified 81 species. An additional two species Read the rest of this entry »

Hairy Woodpecker seen during the Middlebury Christmas Bird Count

Held December 18th in Middlebury, VT

This year 42 field birders and 14 observers at feeders located and identified 20,857 birds of 77 species on Sunday, December 18 within our 15-mile-diameter count circle. This circle is centered on the Lemon Fair in eastern Bridport and covers from the A & W Root Beer stand on the east to New York State on the west and from Snake Mt. on the north to Richville Dam on the south. Read the rest of this entry »

Red-bellied Woodpecker eating from a hoarfrost covered suet feeder during last years Middlebury CBC

Fellow birders, Kris and I been seeing some of our winter avian visitors. We put up a small flock of Snow buntings in the parking lot of the Shelburne Museum last week and we have seen a few Rough-legged hawks, Tree sparrows, and Pine siskins out in the valley. I have also been watching the migrants on Lake Dunmore and seen Black scoter, White-winged scoter, Red-necked grebe, Pied-billed grebe and Long-tailed ducks among more common birds. Hopefully, with all the warm weather we have had this fall, our lakes, ponds, and Read the rest of this entry »

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