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MadBirders Gather at Pratt Refuge on Ward Hill


Posted on Sunday 29 August 2021

The view from Pratt Cabin of Camel’s Hump
Fred Pratt, Mad Birders and Friends celebrate the donation of the Refuge to the Vermont Land Trust

Fred Pratt, several Mad Birders, friends and Christa Kemp of the Vermont Land Trust celebrated the donation of the Pratt Refuge to the land trust on Saturday August 28, 2021 with brunch and a bird walk dedicated to Chris Pratt. 32 species of birds were seen and/or heard by the group including:

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Northern Flicker

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Eastern Phoebe

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-capped Chickadee

Winter Wren

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

American Goldfinch

Song Sparrow

Ovenbird

Black-and-white Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Magnolia Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Cape May Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Cooper’s Hawk

Brown Creeper

Hermit Thrush

Dark-eyed Junco

Jeannie Elias @ 12:52 pm
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Boyce Hill – Fayston Town Forest Walk


Posted on Saturday 19 June 2021

Mad Birders at the Fayston Town Forest on 6/19/21
Indigo Buntings were plentiful at the top of Boyce Hill – Photograph by Pat Folsom 6/19/21

Fifteen Mad Birders enjoyed terrific weather and spectacular views during a walk on the first Juneteenth national holiday in the Fayston Town Forest located at the end of Boyce Hill Road in Fayston. Birders learned about the history of the 93-acre parcel that was generously donated to the Town of Fayston in late 2019. Led by Lisa K, participants logged 27 species of birds, and were delighted to hear and see a pair of Field Sparrows, which are quite uncommon in Washington County.

Jeannie Elias @ 3:05 pm
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Mourning Warbler: Star of Freeman Hill Road


Posted on Saturday 29 May 2021

Mourning Warbler – Photograph by Rich Kelly – Taken in Hinesburg, Vermont 2019
Mourning Warbler – Photograph by Clem Nilan

Eighteen Mad Birders were treated to a gorgeous fifteen minute serenade by a Mourning Warbler on Saturday May 29th during a stroll up Freeman Hill Road in Moretown. Below is a close up photo of this species taken at a banding station on Mount Mansfield.

Mourning Warbler caught and banded on Mount Mansfield summit ridge – Photo by Michael Sargent

Cooler temperatures kept the insects at bay, and maybe some birds as well, but the group had good looks at many of the thirty species identified. A Great Crested Flycatcher was heard, but not seen and later mimicked by a Gray Catbird.

Jeannie Elias @ 1:17 pm
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Camel’s Hump Forest Walk


Posted on Thursday 27 May 2021

Pat Folsom captured this photograph of a Chestnut Sided Warbler during the walk.

Seven Mad Birders met at Camel’s Hump National Forest on Saturday, May 22. Led by Ali Wagner, the group saw and or heard 45 species over the course of the morning. The highlight was a Mourning Warbler that the birders finally saw after scanning good habitat for half an hour. More photogenic birds included Chestnut-sided Warbler, (pictured above) Black-throated Blue Warbler, and Eastern Wood-Peewee.

Jeannie Elias @ 10:19 am
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Mad Birders see red (Scarlet) at Geiger Property


Posted on Saturday 15 May 2021

Scarlet Tanager at Geiger Property on 5/15/21 – Photograph by Tina Valentinetti

Over two dozen Mad Birders strolled the paths of the Geiger Property in Fayston on Saturday May 15th, and because the black flies were out, the birds were there too. The Bird of the Day for all was the brilliant Scarlet Tanager, and the photo above was captured by Mad Birder Tina Valentinetti during the walk. The tanager was first identified by ear, through its distinctive call, and then located by the youngest birder on the walk! Many species of warblers were also seen and heard including a very cooperative Ovenbird (one of many), along with Blackburnian Warblers, Black-Throated Blue Warblers, Black-Throated Green Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, Chestnut-Sided Warblers, Yellow-Rumped Warblers, American Redstarts and Nashville Warblers. Leaf out is happening now, so get out there are look at birds while it is still (relatively) easy. Happy Birding!

Jeannie Elias @ 5:11 pm
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Mad Birders Knoll Farm Walk


Posted on Monday 10 May 2021

Yellow-Rumped Warbler – Photograph by Traci Mulligan

A good sized crowd of over 30 Mad Birders gathered at Knoll Farm in Fayston last weekend on a cool cloudy Saturday morning to listen and look for birds, while drinking in the intoxicating beauty of a conserved Vermont Hill Farm that deserves its spot on the National Register of Historic Places. At least 37 species of birds were identified. A pair of nesting Cliff Swallows greeted the birders from the exterior peak of the 140 year old barn. Wood warblers seen and heard included Ovenbird, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Black-Throated-Blue Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Black-Throated Green Warbler and a pair of Black-and-White Warblers.

Jeannie Elias @ 11:17 am
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2021 Spring Bird Walks – Protocol change


Posted on Monday 3 May 2021

Hermit Thrush – Vermont State Bird – Photograph by John Predom

In response to changes in the Vermont and CDC guidance with respect to outdoor activities during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Mad Birders are changing their protocols for our Spring Bird Walks as follows:

Vaccination is no longer required. However, masks must be worn. This is in recognition of the fact that during group birding it is often quite difficult to maintain social distancing. Our walks are free and open to the public. We hope you will join us. The walk schedule is set forth below:

All walks will begin at 8am and will last 1.5 – 2 hours except for the walks on May 22nd, June 12th, and June 26th, which have an earlier start time and may also last longer. Waterproof footwear and/or hiking boots are advised. Bring binoculars, water and insect repellent.

Walk Schedule

Saturday, May 8 –  Knoll Farm-Nancy -700 Bragg Hill Road Fayston

Saturday, May 15 – Geiger Property-Jeannie  – Park on the left 2 miles
up Center Fayston Rd from Route 100 .

Saturday, May 22 – Camel’s Hump Forest-Ali – Meet at Shaw’s in
Waitsfield at 7:30 AM.  Parking is very limited.

Saturday, May 29 – Freeman Hill-Jeannie – Meet at the cemetery on the
right 1/2 mile up Freeman Hill Rd in Moretown

Saturday, June 5 –   Sainsburys-Scott – 75 Bridge Rd, Moretown

Saturday, June 12 – Parker’s in Granville-Pat and Remy – Meet at Pat’s
(3681 E. Warren Rd at 7:30 AM).

Saturday, June 19 – Boyce Hill Town Forest-Lisa – End of Boyce Road Fayston

Saturday, June 26 – Spencers in South Duxbury-Pat – Meet at Harwood
High School lower parking lot (on Route 100)  at 7:45 AM

Jeannie Elias @ 10:44 am
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2021 Spring Bird Walks


Posted on Saturday 1 May 2021

Ovenbird

The Mad Birders are pleased to announce that our Spring bird walks will resume May 1, 2021.In order to keep everyone safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, the following protocols will be in place for all walks:All participants must be fully vaccinated, meaning that it has been more than two weeks since one’s course of vaccines has been completed.All participants must wear masks.Social distancing will be practiced and larger groups will be subdivided as necessary.
All walks will begin at 8am and will last 1.5 – 2 hours except for the walks on May 22nd, June 12th, and June 26th, which have an earlier start time and may also last longer.Waterproof footwear and/or hiking boots are advised. Bring binoculars, water and insect repellent.


Walk Schedule

Saturday, May 1 –  Warren Mad River Path – Laura –  Meet at Warren Elementary School parking lot

Saturday, May 8 –  Knoll Farm – Nancy -700 Bragg Hill Road Fayston –

Saturday, May 15 – Geiger Property – Jeannie  Park on the left 2 miles up Center Fayston Rd from Route 100 .

Saturday, May 22 – Camel’s Hump Forest – Ali –  Meet at Shaw’s in Waitsfield at 7:30 AM.  Parking is very limited.

Saturday, May 29 – Freeman Hill – Jeannie.  Meet at the cemetery on the right 1/2 mile up Freeman Hill Rd in Moretown

Saturday, June 5 –   Sainsburys.  Scott-  75 Bridge Rd, Moretown

Saturday, June 12 – Parker’s in Granville – Pat and Remy – Meet at Pat’s (3681 E. Warren Rd at 7:30 AM). 

Saturday, June 19 – Boyce Hill Town Forest  Lisa – End of Boyce Road –  Fayston

Saturday, June 26 – Spencers in South Duxbury – Pat – Meet at Harwood High School lower parking lot (on Route 100)  at 7:45 AM 

Email info@madbirders.org for more information.

Jeannie Elias @ 10:36 am
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Time for Spring Birding!


Posted on Saturday 30 March 2019

The time of the singing of birds is upon us. The Mad Birders Spring Walk calendar is just about complete. Details can be found on the specific calendar entry for each walk.  All walks are free and open to the public.  We have loaner binoculars available at all our walks and our much coveted Mad Birder Caps are also usually on hand for purchase. For any questions, email info@madbirders.org 

Wednesday  April 17 – Evening Woodcock Walk on Freeman Hill  7:30 PM

Thursday  May 2 – Meadow Rd, Mad River Greenway West  7 AM

Sunday May 5 – Center Fayston Road Walk 7 AM

Thursday May 9 – Big Picture Theater Mad River Path Boardwalk 7 AM

Saturday May 11- Ward Hill Walk 8 AM

Thursday May 16 – Freeman Hill Road 7 AM

Saturday May 18 – Knoll Farm  8 AM

Thursday May 23 – Geiger Property Center Fayston Road 7 AM

Thursday May 23 – Birds and Beer !! 4 PM Walk on Mad River Path Boardwalk followed by facilitated discussion at 5 PM led by Bird Diva Bridget Butler at Lawson’s Liquids Taproom (New Event)

Saturday May 25 – Birding by Ear Workshop – Moretown School 1:30 PM

Sunday May 26 – Birding by Ear Bird Walk – Pony Farm Rd 7 AM

Thursday May 30 – Phen Basin Walk 7 AM (New Walk)

Saturday June 1 – Camel’s Hump Forest Walk 7 AM

Thursday June 6 – Spencer’s Duxbury Walk 7 AM (New walk)

Thursday June 13 – Mad River Path Warren Section 8 AM (New walk)

Saturday June 22 – Granville, Parker Property 7:30 AM

 

Jeannie Elias @ 8:08 pm
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In Memory of Chris Pratt


Posted on Sunday 30 April 2017

The Mad Birders are sad to announce the passing of a beloved member of our birding community, Chris Pratt, who left this world on March 20, 2017. Indubitably the ‘better half’ of Team Pipit, Chris was the constant companion of her husband Fred, of 61 years. Chris was affectionately known to the Mad Birders as “Mrs. Pipit”, and could reliably be seen in the driver’s seat whenever Team Pipit was off chasing birds, which was most of the time. In addition to being an excellent birder, Chris was a world traveler, an opera buff and an excellent cook. We will miss her eloquence, her charm, her generosity and her quick wit. Fortunately, we have the recipe for her Syrian Nutmeg Cake, featured at many Mad Birder Pot Luck Celebrations. We look forward to serving it again in her memory. May your spirit soar forever upward on gossamer wings.

Jeannie Elias @ 10:56 am
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