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MadBirders Gather at Pratt Refuge on Ward Hill

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 […]

Boyce Hill – Fayston Town Forest Walk

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 […]

Mourning Warbler: Star of Freeman Hill Road

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. Cooler temperatures kept the insects at bay, and maybe some […]

Camel’s Hump Forest 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 […]

Mad Birders see red (Scarlet) at Geiger Property

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 […]

Mad Birders Knoll Farm Walk

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 […]

2021 Spring Bird Walks – Protocol change

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 […]

2021 Spring Bird Walks

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 […]

Time for Spring Birding!

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 […]

In Memory of Chris Pratt

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 […]