Archive for July, 2011

Young Hermit Thrush

From Katie Woodruff in Saranac: A poor photo taken through a window and from a distance. However it does show what I wanted to share with you. This young Hermit Thrush was under our feeder this morning and then flew to this pink coneflower and tried to eat the seeds. This was definitely a first […]

Monhegan Island Maine Trip September 24 – 27, 2011

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Fred and Chris Pratt (Team Pipit) often make a trip to beautiful Monhegan Island off of the coast of Maine in late September.   This year they are again extending an invitation for Mad Birders to join them. The island is a stopping point for migrants heading south; many warblers are typically seen. The island is a […]

Juvenile Saw-whet Owl

The sighting of this owl caused a fair amount of excitement here on East Road among our extended family. It was sitting at the side of the house and was seemingly unafraid as it was approached. It looks just like the Juvenile Saw-whet Owl in Peterson’s guide book; the book also implies that this owl […]

Red Bellied Woodpecker!

This Red Bellied Woodpecker was spotted by Joan Gilbert on December 12th. This woodpecker is expanding its range north; they have been spotted by Mad Birders only a few times in the valley. We will keep our fingers crossed that it will stick around for next week’s Christmas Bird Count!   [photopress:RedBelliedWoodpecker_JoanGilbert_122008.jpg,full,pp_image]  

Info for Christmas Bird Count Feeder Watchers!

Hello! Thanks for joining the Christmas Bird Count as a Feeder Watcher! Attached are Feeder Watcher Guidelines and a Tally Sheet that includes all of the information you need to participate. If you are unable to open the file, let us know by emailing

Beginners Bird Walk – Saturday May 3rd

[photopress:Treeswallow.pfols.4.08.JPG,full,pp_image]   Tree Swallow   UPDATE: SATURDAY AM — The walk is still on! At this moment, 7 AM, the rain is intermittent and not too heavy. Wear a hat and gloves and a rain jacket, and we’ll see you at Knoll Farm! — Nancy    The Mad Birders invite those who are new to […]

Ward Hill Morning Walk – Saturday, June 14, 2008

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Fred and Chris Pratt (Team Pipit!) often make an early morning walk on Ward Hill where there are a good number of warblers as well as other nesting species. Meet at Shaws at 7:30 AM to carpool to Ward Hill, or get to Ward Hill to begin birding at 7:45 AM.

Mt. Ellen Alpine Bird Adventure on Saturday, June 7, 2008

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Thanks to Sugarbush, we will travel up Mt. Ellen access road to nearly reach the ridge line. We will be led by Sean Lawson, looking for the rare Bicknell’s Thrush and other alpine nesters. Birders with high clearance, low-range, 4 wheel drive vehicles are needed to help us carpool up the mountain along the Sugarbush […]

Mad River Path Early Morning Bird Walk – Meadow Road, Thursday, May 1, 2008

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Meet at the Meadow Road parking lot near Small Dog Electronics on Route 100, we will bird along the Mad River Path.    We will start birding at 6:30AM.  We may see warblers, vireos, kingbirds, kingfishers and much more along the river.  This will be a 1 1/2 hour walk.  Dress in layers with sturdy footwear.

Hoary Redpoll Sighting 12/23/07

This winter many Common Redpolls are visiting Vermont — typically they arrive in large numbers every other year when their food supply in the northern boreal forrest crashes. We think Pat found one Hoary Redpoll within a flock of 70 Common Redpolls. The red spot on the head looks smaller than on the Common, also […]