• Posts tagged with Mt. Mansfield

    Mansfield Wrap-up: Bountiful Migrants and a Venerable Thrush

    Mansfield Wrap-up: Bountiful Migrants and a Venerable Thrush

    VCE’s 2020 wrap-up banding session on Mt. Mansfield may have been our most memorable. It yielded an impressive diversity of birds, including our first-ever Western Palm Warbler and a truly venerable 10 year-old Bicknell’s Thrush.

    Mansfield Update: YBFLs, NSWOs, and FOYs

    Mansfield Update: YBFLs, NSWOs, and FOYs

    VCE’s penultimate 2020 summer banding session on Mt. Mansfield featured another diminutive owl, several first-of-year captures, and 2 new Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, bringing our seasonal total to 14 for this species, a station record.

    Mansfield Update: Owls, Cones and Crossbills

    Mansfield Update: Owls, Cones and Crossbills

    VCE’s capture of two juvenile Northern Saw-whet Owls was the undisputed highlight of our week 7 banding session on Mt. Mansfield. This species’ occurrence in montane forests reflects a complex and fascinating ecological phenomenon related to cyclical production of balsam fir cones.

    Mansfield Update: Returning Sharpies and Thrushes

    Mansfield Update: Returning Sharpies and Thrushes

    With only three weeks before VCE’s 2020 banding season on Mt. Mansfield wraps up, free-flying juveniles, molting adults and wandering post-breeders were highlights, along with a 4+ year-old returning Sharp-shinned Hawk.

    The Masked Banders of Mansfield

    The Masked Banders of Mansfield

    VCE’s 29th year of banding birds on the Mt. Mansfield ridgeline now finds staff and visitors sporting masks, a concession to safety in the COVID era. Our enthusiasm remains undiminished.

    Sharpies, PUFI and Blackpolls: Week 3 on Mt. Mansfield

    Sharpies, PUFI and Blackpolls: Week 3 on Mt. Mansfield

    VCE’s third weekly banding session of 2020 on Mt. Mansfield featured a Sharp-shinned Hawk, a ‘PUFIgeddon’ of Purple Finches, several non-locally breeding warblers, and a resurgence in Blackpoll Warbler numbers. And, transport via ATVs appears to have been relegated to a memory.

    VCE's 29th Season on Mansfield off to an Unusual Start

    VCE’s 29th Season on Mansfield off to an Unusual Start

    ATVs, sleeping in a parking lot at 3900-ft elevation under the full moon, and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers. These and more highlighted an unusual start to VCE’s 29th consecutive field season of studying birds on Mt. Mansfield’s ridgeline.

    Fir Mast and Winter Weather Drives Survival in a Montane Forest Bird Species

    Fir Mast and Winter Weather Drives Survival in a Montane Forest Bird Species

    Recently published VCE paper describes unexpected findings in the quest to understand how environmental processes shape the population dynamics of Bicknell’s Thrush throughout their annual cycle.

    Mercury in the Mountains: VCE Research Yields More Questions than Answers

    Mercury in the Mountains: VCE Research Yields More Questions than Answers

    VCE’s recently published paper from our long-term research on mercury accumulation in montane forest birds describes unexpected results.

    VCE's Wrap-up Mansfield Visit Fuels Optimism

    VCE’s Wrap-up Mansfield Visit Fuels Optimism

    VCE’s wrap-up Mansfield banding session rekindled spirits and refueled optimism amidst recent sobering news about avian population declines. After a summer of relative scarcity on our ridgeline study site, we captured 82 birds. We now wish safe passage for the many migrants we all share and cherish.