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May Birding

The warm spring weather brings back the birds to the Mad River Valley AND brings out the Mad Birders too! On Saturday May 2nd, Patti Haynes and Gib Geiger led twelve birding enthusiasts on one of the first of our scheduled walks of the season.  At Mountain Valley Farm we tallied 28 species of birds […]

Mad Birders Score an Orange Crowned Warbler on New Year’s Day

This bird was NOT supposed to be here now. Warblers head south for the winter, right? Well, mostly right…but not always. Zacheriah Cota-Weaver was the first of ten Mad Birders out and about in Washington County on a “First Birding” expedition to notice a small yellow bird in a line of Spruce trees on a […]

Mad Birders Christmas Bird Count Featured on WCAX TV!!!

The Mad Birders were delighted to be featured in a WCAX story about the Christmas Bird Count. The Chickadees, as they are known, who covered the  Waitsfield South sector for the 2014 count included Pat Folsom as the leader, along with Ellen Barillaro, Bonnie Darby, Christine McGowan and Tom Rogers. Watch the video here.

MAD BIRDER TEE SHIRTS ARE COMING!!!!!!

Good news birders! Mad Birder Embroidered Logo Tee Shirts; (featuring the same glorious image shown above on one of our hats*) can now be ordered! The price will be $20 for any shirt. The shirts will be available in an astounding variety of colors (click on the style of your choice to see color options). […]

Christmas Bird Count 2014

The 115th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will take place in the Mad River Valley, Northfield and Roxbury Friday Dec 19, 2014.  The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, the Christmas Bird Count provides critical data on population trends. Tens of thousands of participants around the world know that it is also a lot […]

Bicknell’s or Bust!

The weather could not have been better for this year’s Mad Birders Bicknell’s quest on Lincoln Peak – aka Sugarbush South. Twenty three birders arrived June 21st to head up the mountain in hopes of finding this bird. We were not disappointed! After an easy ride up the Super Bravo quad we hiked the rest […]

Spring Migration is upon us!

This American Woodcock was spied along Center Fayston Road at High Noon on 4/3/14 by Mad Birder Craig Goss.  Good Spotting!  Listen for these birds doing their mating call and aerial ballet at dusk and dawn (and all night long on nights of a full moon) for the next two months.

Happy Spring Morning! by Scott Sainsbury

Six more inches of snow last night! It feels like we’re living in a igloo. This morning, the snow was so high on the ground around the feeders, that all the doves, cardinals, and other birds that wait on the ground for the chickadees to spill seed for them to pick up, were finding nothing. […]

FIRST BIRDS by Patti Haynes

A few Mad Birders and friends decided to kick off the New Year with a BANG! Knowing that there were some really interesting birds nearby, we decided it might be fun to try to find them on the first day of 2014. So, at the crack of dawn that first frigid morning Patti Haynes, Pat […]

Mad River/Northfield Christmas Bird Count on Monday, December 16

Mad Birders will be out birding all day on Monday, December 16.  We are participating in the 114th annual Christmas Bird Count, the oldest citizen science project.  Nine teams of three or four will cover a portion of a circle fifteen miles in diameter.  The all day event concludes with a potluck and reporting of […]