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Bird count happening now

Calling all bird counters, the clock is ticking

I am posting the following list serve message for Chris Rimmer in an effort to get the bird watchers and bird counters out and about Norwich, so that we can have a successful bird count this year.  I Hope this helps with the count.

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Here is his appeal to the community:

37. Great Backyard Bird Count results in Norwich
From: Chris Rimmer <>
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:57:16 -0500

For birders, this past long weekend featured the 22nd annual Great Backyard
Bird Count: This 4-day global citizen science
effort enlisted more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life
worldwide to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of
birds. Results are still coming in, but as of this writing, a staggering
101,464 checklists have been submitted to eBird, recording almost 17
million individual birds of 5,639 species -- more than half of all those
known on earth!

Here in Norwich, our results were a bit more modest, though respectable. We
had 19 eBird checklists submitted by 5 individuals, who tallied 535
individual birds of 31 species. Highlights included some of the "irruptive"
northern species I mentioned last week, such as Common Redpolls, Pine
Siskins and Bohemian Waxwings. There was also a flock of 12 American Robins
in the crab apples at Fogg's Hardware -- probably not the vanguards of
spring migration, but birds that have eked it out here on a fruit-dominated
diet this winter.

We're still at 40 species for the year in Norwich. I've taken advantage of
our full moon the past two nights to go out and search (actually listen)
for owls. I struck out both last night and tonight, but I had a memorable
hike through the Milt Frye Nature Area at 8:30 pm last evening, with only
moonlight illuminating my path. Someone has to find a Great Horned Owl in
town! I'll keep looking -- I've heard reports of a couple of calling Great
Horneds in the Upper Valley (Etna and WRJ), and this should be their period
of peak vocalizing. Please let me know if you hear (or see) one.

Don't forget to keep tabs on Norwich 2019 Year of the Bird via our web page,
and please consider using Vermont eBird to log your sightings We'll offer a hands-on eBird workshop following
a field trip in the not-too-distant future (when there are a few more birds
around than now...).



Chris Rimmer
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x202


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