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Knoll Farm Monitoring Walk, Thursday July 10

Mad Birders will meet at Knoll Farm on Thursday, July 10 at 7:30 AM for a 2.5 hour monitoring walk.  We will check out three habitats, recording species and numbers in the habitats, plus any others encountered on the walk between blocks.  Wear sturdy footwear, bring insect repellant, sunscreen, and water. 

Blueberry Lake Walk this Thursday Morning at 7:30

A great venue for spring migrants and waterfowl is Blueberry Lake in Warren. Join the Mad Birders this Thursday morning at 7:30 for a two hour walk around the lake. Almost all of our spring and summer visitors have arrived for the season and they are moving in, setting up housekeeping and bringing new songbirds […]

Mad Birder Spring Walks this Thursday and Sunday mornings!

Join dawna Foreman this coming Thursday at 7:30am for a Freeman Hill Bird Walk in Moretown. Freeman Hill Road is on the left after you pass Maynard’s Snack Bar heading north on Route 100B from Waitsfield. dawna’s is the first house on the left as you head up Freeman Hill Road. Loaner binoculars are available […]

The Mad Birders thank Terry Wright

The Mad Birders want to express their BIG THANKS to Terry Wright for his 2007 BIG YEAR OF BIRDING presentation for the Mad Birders back on March 29th. Terry gave us a wonderful presentation that included a bird identification challenge for all attendees. Pictured above are Terry (yes, that’s him in the camo) looking for […]

Spring Birding Begins!

Reports have come in from all around the Mad River Valley about new bird arrivals for the Spring.  Red Winged Blackbirds, Robins, Song Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, and White Throated Sparrows are regularly being spotted.  Winter Wrens have been heard singing and the first warbler, a Yellow Rumped Warbler, has been seen in Waitsfield.  The Mad […]


[photopress:Spruce_Grouse_2.jpg,full,pp_image] Terry Wright spied this Spruce Grouse in the Northeast Kingdom on 4/21/07. It was bird #106 for his Big Year. How many birds can a person see in Vermont in a single calendar year? Terry Wright, of Essex Center decided to answer this question and spent most of his free time last year traveling […]

Learn Challenging Fall Warblers on Ward Hill

You know fall is very close when Fred Pratt starts his daily early morning bird walks on Ward Hill.   He has been doing this during August and September for over thirty years.  Fred is the Valley expert on warblers, especially those challenging fall warblers.   He invites all interested birders to join him for his daily walks and posts the results on Mad Bird […]

Indigo Buntings Have Returned During the 3rd Week of May

Several Mad Birders have reported seeing Indigo Buntings around the area during the last week. The male Indigo Bunting is unmistakable given their incredible bright blue coloring. This picture was taken by Melissa Coviello in Waterbury. Male Indigo Bunting [photopress:Indigobunting3.mcoveillo.5.07.jpg,full,pp_image]


By Linda Kedenburg* The earliest migrants have arrived and set up territories: Red-winged Blackbirds are calling from the marshes, Robins are patrolling our lawns, Phoebes are darting out from perches to snag insects in mid-air. Those who have seen them excitedly share observations of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers drilling rows of holes in tree trunks and Woodcocks […]

Albino Goldfinch in Moretown

Patti Haynes has seen this Albino Goldfinch in Moretown over the last couple of weeks. Her husband caught this photo of it through their kitchen window during our mid-April snow storm! You’ll see it on the bottom left of the feeder. [photopress:Albino.Goldfinch.haynes.4.07.jpg,full,pp_image]