Archive for December, 2013

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 […]

Very late Nashville Warbler in Waitsfield Village in November

A Nashville Warbler visited a feeder in Waitsfield Village for several days in November.   He appeared several times a day and ate shelled black oil sunflower seeds.  According to records, he should have left our area at least by the end of October.    Other great birds at this feeder include Carolina Wren, Pine Siskin,  American Tree Sparrow,  lots of Goldfinches, […]

Bald Eagles sighted in Mad River Valley

There have been several Bald Eagle sightings in the Mad River Valley recently, most north of Moretown Village on the Mad River.  Today an immature was sitting in a dead tree in a yard on East Warren Road.  The owners reported that it sat there for about 2 hours.

Bird Notes and Arrival Schedule in the Mad River Valley, VT

The Mad River Valley is blessed with a variety of habitats, each attracting various species of birds.  Habitats include:  Deciduous Woods (hardwoods), Coniferous Woods (softwoods), Mixed Woods, Wetlands, Grasslands and Agricultural Lands, Residential, Riparian, Alpine (mountaintops).  Learning which species prefer which habitats is part of the fun of birding the Valley.  Time of day – Most […]

Christmas Bird Count results

Ten teams of birders had a very successful day of birding in the Mad River Valley and Northfield/Roxbury area. The weather was perfect, and we had almost twice the number of birds last year. I know some of us were hoping for more species, we have just about the same number we usually have. We […]

Mad River Path – Austin Walk, Thursday, August 18, 7:30 AM

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Meet at Lareau Swimming Hole parking lot (just south of Featherbed Inn on Route 100) at 7:30 AM for a 1/2 mile walk on Austin Walk on Mad River Path along the river.  This is an open area that crosses Chase Brook and follows the Mad River north.

Mad River Path – Riverside Park and Clay Brook Bridge – Friday, August 5, 7:30 AM

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Mad Birders will meet at Riverside Park (just south of Kingsbury Bridge and Golden Lion Inn and across from Sugarbush Access Rd in Warren) on Friday, August 5 at 7:30 AM to explore the Mad River Path’s  new Clay Brook Bridge, then cross Rte 100 to Sugarbush Snowmaking Pond and back.  Come join us.

Mad Birder list from walk on West Greenway 7/7/11

Hi Mad Birders – Twenty Mad Birders and birder visitors to the Valley were very happy to find lots of birds singing and moving around this morning on the Greenway, west side.  Some of us were quite surprised at the level of bird activity in high summer.  Thanks to Patti Haynes for being the lister […]

Granville – Parker Property, Wednesday, June 22

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Meet at Shaws in Waitsfield at 7:30 AM to carpool to Granville Gulf to do a second 2011 bird survey at the Parker property.  This will be a  3-4  hour trip.  Wear long pants and waterproof footwear, bring water and insect repellent.   This is the fourth year we’ve birded this beautiful wooded area.  Remy Lary from […]

Ap Gap Pond and Long Trail Crossing, Wednesday, June 8

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Mad Birders will meet at Shaw’s in Waitsfield at 7 PM to carpool to the top of Rte 17.  We will walk around the pond just west of the summit to look for nesting species, then explore the area near the summit for Swainson’s Thrush and other evening songsters.  Wear your muck boots, be prepared to […]