Archive for January, 2011

The Eagle has landed in the Mad River Valley

Mad Birders have been thrilled with the sight of an immature (First Year) Bald Eagle.  “Great Eddy’  was initially spotted by Katie Woodruff near the Covered Bridge over the Mad River on January 12th.  The bird has been seen every day since including on the 16th, when it traveled a few miles north to Moretown.  These photos by Rick Haynes, […]

Common Redpolls Everywhere!

Common Redpools are being seen in large number by birders throughout the Mad River Valley.  Craig Goss had this flock in the snowstorm yesterday up in Fayston.

Barred Owl in Fayston

   Mad Birder Ave Haviland has had regular visits from this Barred Owl this week at her feeder in Fayston.

Mad Birders get ready for 5th year of participation in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count

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See you on the Christmas Birding Day! Waitsfield Elementary Students to participate in Audubon Christmas Bird Count Children do it almost by instinct.  They count.  Usually the things they count are objects they love: toys, candy, gifts, friends, and even family members.  If they are outdoors they will count anything they see… ants, leaves, stones… […]

Freeman Hill, Thursday, May 26

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Meet at the Cemetery on Freeman Hill in Moretown to hike this quiet road with Jeannie Elias.  Freeman Hill is just south of Moretown Village on Rte 100B.   Migrant activity should be great.

Big Picture Area,Thursday, May 19

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Join Mad Birders at the Big Picture Theatre parking lot.  We will explore the Mad River Path as well as the area behind the theatre.  This walk is part of Mad River Path’s Walk and Roll celebration.

Woodcock Walk on Freeman Hill, Thursday, April 14

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Mad Birders will meet at the Cemetery on Freeman Hill in Moretown at 7:30 PM to walk the hill to locate  the elusive American Woodcock.  This member of the sandpiper family calls on the ground, then does an amazing aerial display, usually at dusk.   We are often delighted to see/hear other species such as Wilson’s Snipe, […]

Lake Champlain Day – Saturday April 30, 2011

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Saturday, April 30.  Meet at Shaws at 7:00 AM to carpool to Champlain Valley.  Bring lunch, water, and snacks.  Be prepared to spend the day birding in different locations near the lake.  Wear waterproof footwear and layers.

Knoll Farm, Saturday, May 14

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This is one of our most popular walks.  Join Ann Day, Mad River’s longtime naturalist, and Nancy Turner  for a walk on this beautiful property overlooking the valley.  Meet at Knoll Farm on Bragg Hill Rd at 8 AM.  Carpool if possible.  Following are Patti Haynes’ comments from 2010 walk:  This is one of my […]

Christmas Bird Count – Friday, December 16, 2011

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Mad Birder Teams will be checking feeders and hotspots around the Valley and Northfield areas for this annual event.   A potluck follows.