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    Norwich 2020 Bird Quest

    Following 2019’s remarkably successful launch of the Norwich Bird Quest, we’re at it again in 2020. The Norwich 2020 Bird Quest is officially underway, and we’ve set modestly ambitious goals for ourselves, as we seek to improve on last year’s totals. Our 2020 targets are 180 species (including at least three not found in 2019), 1,500 eBird checklists, and 20 eBirders submitting those lists (with at least three under the age of 21).

    This is an informal (but serious) challenge to birders—experts and novices, professionals and amateurs, hardcores and wannabes, from near and far—to explore the avian diversity of Norwich, get outdoors, have some fun, share the thrill of discovery, and do some learning in the process.

    The Norwich 2020 Bird Quest is very simply meant to engage and inspire birders of all sorts to pay attention, and to keep track. The goal of 180 species in a single calendar year? Arbitrary, definitely a stretch (though we thought 175 species in 2019 was too), but doable. Everyone likes a challenge, a quest, maybe even some friendly competition. Set your own goals. Can you find 100 species yourself? Can you identify 25 “lifers” in 2019— species that you’ve never before encountered?

    Because keeping careful track of yearlong sightings throughout Norwich will be critical to know where we stand, we’ll use Vermont eBird, a real-time, online checklist program that has revolutionized how the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, 2020 marks the 16-year anniversary of Vermont eBird, which is managed by VCE as part of our Vermont Atlas of Life and is the very first state portal for eBird. In just a decade-and-a-half, the checklists shared by bird watchers have helped make Vermont eBird the largest citizen science biodiversity project in the state. To date, 8,967 Vermont eBirders have submitted nearly 385,000 complete checklists, representing all 387 species of birds ever reported from Vermont. Worldwide, more than 500,000 eBirders have contributed over 740 million bird sightings on over 40 million complete checklists, representing 10,509 species across every country on earth!

    Join Us!

    OK, how exactly do birdwatchers like you contribute sightings to the Norwich 2020 Bird Quest? If you don’t already have a Vermont eBird account, setting one up is straightforward. Just go to Vermont eBird, watch the 3-minute introductory video via the “Learn More” tab, then hit the “Get Started” tab, and you’ll be off to the races with your own eBird account. Once you get started, there are more resources on the eBird Help pages too.

    eBird tracks all kinds of stats from counties to states to countries, but not by towns.  To have your Vermont eBird checklists count, we are using the eBird checklist share feature, which allows you to copy checklists to another user’s account with the click of a mouse. For any Norwich-based Vermont eBird checklist you complete, please share it with the Norwich Bird Questers eBird account. When you submit a checklist to Vermont eBird, you can share it immediately by clicking the “Share w/Others in Your Party” link in the right column of the checklist confirmation page and typing in the username ‘norwich’. Maybe you forgot to share a checklist when you submitted it? Any checklist can be shared at any time by clicking the “Share” link on the Manage My Checklists page.

    Click here to see last year’s species totals and a summary of some of 2019’s birding highlights!

    Norwich 2020 Bird List

    Total Checklists shared: 1,577

    Total # of eBirders: 16

    Last updated: 9/16/20
    TallySpeciesLocationDate
    1Downy Woodpeckerhome tigertown rd1/1/20
    2Hairy Woodpeckerhome tigertown rd1/1/20
    3Blue Jayhome tigertown rd1/1/20
    4Black-capped Chickadeehome tigertown rd1/1/20
    5Tufted Titmousehome tigertown rd1/1/20
    6Red-breasted Nuthatchhome tigertown rd1/1/20
    7White-breasted Nuthatchhome tigertown rd1/1/20
    8American Goldfinchhome tigertown rd1/1/20
    9Dark-eyed Juncohome tigertown rd1/1/20
    10Red-bellied Woodpecker91 Spring Pond Road1/1/20
    11American Crow91 Spring Pond Road1/1/20
    12Belted KingfisherCampbell Flat Rd.2/4/20
    13Common RavenHopson-Elm intersection1/1/20
    14MallardWarner Meadows1/1/20
    15Rock PigeonWarner Meadows1/1/20
    16Brown CreeperWarner Meadows1/1/20
    17Winter WrenWarner Meadows1/1/20
    18White-throated SparrowWarner Meadows1/1/20
    19Northern CardinalWarner Meadows1/1/20
    20American RobinHillside Cemetery1/1/20
    21Mourning DoveHickory Ridge Road loop1/1/20
    22Barred OwlHickory Ridge Road loop1/1/20
    23House Finch44 Huntley Street, Norwich, Vermont, US (43.72, -72.314).1/1/20
    24House SparrowElm St, Norwich1/2/20
    25Evening GrosbeakChapel Hill Rd.1/2/20
    26Eastern BluebirdBloody Brook floodplain1/3/20
    27Song SparrowBloody Brook floodplain1/3/20
    28Bald EagleKendall Station Road1/3/20
    29European StarlingKendall Station Road1/3/20
    30American Tree SparrowKendall Station1/5/20
    31Carolina WrenUS-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.31361/4/20
    32Red-tailed HawkOmpompanoosuc River flats1/5/20
    33Cooper's HawkUS-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.31361/7/20
    34Purple FinchUS-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.31361/10/20
    35Pileated WoodpeckerKendall Station Road1/14/20
    36Cedar WaxwingKendall Station Road1/14/20
    37Sharp-shinned HawkHome - Norwich2/8/20
    38Wild Turkeyhome tigertown rd2/19/20
    39Brown-headed Cowbird47 Huntley St, Norwich US-VT2/22/20
    40Red-winged BlackbirdKendall Station2/23/20
    41Common GrackleElm St, Norwich2/25/20
    42Turkey Vulture47 Huntley St, Norwich US-VT2/28/20
    43Canada GooseKendall Station3/3/20
    44Northern FlickerKendall Station Road3/3/20
    45Golden-crowned KingletKate Wallace Rd, Norwich US-VT3/4/20
    46Hooded MerganserCampbell Flats Road - Norwich3/5/20
    47Wood DuckLedyard Bridge3/8/20
    48American Black DuckRoute 132 river crossing3/8/20
    49Common GoldeneyeOmpompanoosuc rivermouth3/9/20
    50Common MerganserOmpompanoosuc rivermouth3/9/20
    51American WoodcockCo-op Community Garden and Fields3/9/20
    52Ring-billed GullLedyard Bridge3/10/20
    53Green-winged TealOmpompanoosuc rivermouth3/10/20
    54Ring-necked DuckOmpompanoosuc rivermouth3/10/20
    55Red-shouldered HawkHome - Norwich3/10/20
    56GadwallLedyard Bridge3/11/20
    57BuffleheadLedyard Bridge3/20/20
    58KilldeerFarrell Farm3/16/20
    59Northern Shrikehome3/17/20
    60Long-tailed DuckLedyard Bridge3/19/20
    61Greater ScaupLedyard Bridge Area--CT River3/19/20
    62Lesser ScaupOmpompanoosuc rivermouth3/20/20
    63MerlinFarrell Farm3/20/20
    64Fox Sparrow47 Huntley St, Norwich US - VT3/28/20
    65Pine Siskinhome tigertown rd3/29/20
    66Yellow-rumped WarblerPompy Farm Oxbow3/30/20
    67Great Blue HeronCampbell Flats3/31/20
    68Eastern PhoebeCampbell Flats3/31/20
    69Eastern MeadowlarkCampbell Flat Rd. 4/4/20
    70Ruffed Grouse05055, Norwich US-VT4/4/20
    71Yellow-bellied Sapsucker91 Spring Pond Road4/5/20
    72Tree SwallowPompy Farm Oxbow4/5/20
    73Savannah SparrowCampbell Flat Rd.4/6/20
    74Field SparrowHome - Norwich4/7/20
    75American WigeonLedyard Bridge4/7/20
    76Ruby-crowned KingletLedyard Bridge4/7/20
    77Double-crested CormorantOmpompanoosuc rivermouth4/7/20
    78Hermit Thrush91 Spring Pond Road4/8/20
    79Northern Rough-winged SwallowKendall Station Rd.4/9/20
    80OspreyPompy Farm Oxbow4/10/20
    81Wilson's SnipeOmpompanoosuc River flats4/10/20
    82American PipitOmpompanoosuc River flats4/11/20
    83Palm WarblerPompy Farm Oxbow4/13/20
    84Chipping SparrowElm St, Norwich4/13/20
    85Barn SwallowKendall Station Rd.4/14/20
    86Pine WarblerUpper Turnpike Road4/15/20
    87American KestrelMcLaughry's apple trees4/19/20
    88Vesper SparrowPompy Farm Oxbow4/21/20
    89Broad-winged HawkCampbell Flat Rd.4/21/20
    90Eastern Towhee581 Union Village Rd, Norwich, US-VT4/21/20
    91Swamp SparrowKendall Station Road4/21/20
    92Blue-headed Vireo66 Upper Turnpike Rd, Norwich US-VT4/23/20
    93Great Crested Flycatcher(43.7088, -72.3456)4/23/20
    94Louisiana Waterthrush(43.7088, -72.3456)4/23/20
    95Greater YellowlegsCampbell Flat Rd.4/26/20
    96Caspian TernPompy Farm Oxbow4/26/20
    97Great EgretCampbell Flat Rd. 4/27/20
    98Black-crowned Night-HeronKendall Station Rd.4/29/20
    99Common Loon546-586 US-5, Norwich US-VT4/29/20
    100Cliff SwallowKendall Station Rd.4/30/20
    101Brown ThrasherElm St, Norwich4/30/20
    102Northern ParulaHome - Norwich4/30/20
    103Virginia RailCampbell Flat Rd.5/1/20
    104Northern HarrierCampbell Flat Rd.5/1/20
    105Gray CatbirdKendall Station Rd.5/2/20
    106Green HeronKendall Station Rd.5/3/20
    107Northern WaterthrushKendall Station Rd.5/3/20
    108Black-and-white WarblerKendall Station Rd.5/3/20
    109House WrenCampbell Flats5/3/20
    110Eastern KingbirdCampbell Flat Rd.5/3/20
    111White-crowned Sparrowhome5/3/20
    112Rose-breasted GrosbeakElm St, Norwich5/4/20
    113Baltimore Oriole91 Spring Pond Road5/5/20
    114Black-throated Green WarblerHickory Ridge Road loop5/6/20
    115Ovenbirdhome tigertown rd.5/6/20
    116Common YellowthroatKendall Station Rd.5/6/20
    117Warbling VireoCampbell Flats5/6/20
    118BobolinkCampbell Flats5/6/20
    119Black-throated Blue WarblerCossingham Trails5/7/20
    120Least FlycatcherLedyard Bridge Area--CT River5/7/20
    121Bank SwallowLedyard Bridge Area--CT River5/7/20
    122Yellow WarblerLedyard Bridge Area--CT River5/7/20
    123Veerytigertown beaver pond5/7/20
    124Wood ThrushParcel 5, Norwich5/8/20
    125Red-eyed VireoBrookmead Conservation Area5/8/20
    126Nashville WarblerBrookmead Conservation Area5/8/20
    127American Redstart47 Huntley St, Norwich US-VT5/8/20
    128Solitary SandpiperCampbell Flat Rd.5/9/20
    129Peregrine Falconhome tigertown rd5/9/20
    130Northern MockingbirdLedyard Bridge5/10/20
    131Chestnut-sided WarblerBrookmead Conservation Area5/11/20
    132Chimney SwiftKendall Station Rd.5/11/20
    133Indigo BuntingKendall Station Rd.5/11/20
    134Lesser YellowlegsKendall Station Rd.5/11/20
    135Ruby-throated Hummingbird47 Huntley St, Norwich US-VT5/12/20
    136Wilson's WarblerKendall Station Rd.5/12/20
    137Blackburnian WarblerHickory Ridge Road loop5/13/20
    138Snowy EgretOmpompanoosuc River flats5/15/20
    139Semipalmated PloverKendall Station Road5/15/20
    140Scarlet Tanager91 Spring Pond Road5/16/20
    141Bonaparte's GullOmpompanoosuc rivermouth5/16/20
    142Spotted SandpiperCampbell Flat Rd.5/16/20
    143Lincoln's SparrowCampbell Flat Rd.5/16/20
    144Magnolia WarblerCampbell Flat Rd.5/16/20
    145Least SandpiperOmpompanoosuc River flats5/16/20
    146Short-billed DowitcherOmpompanoosuc River flats5/16/20
    147Willow FlycatcherPompy Farm Oxbow5/18/20
    148Common GallinuleKendall Station Rd.5/20/20
    149Eastern Wood-PeweeHeyl-AT loop5/21/20
    150Alder FlycatcherKilldeer Farm Stand5/22/20
    151Red Crossbillhome5/23/20
    152Olive-sided FlycatcherNorth end of Bragg Hill Rd.5/23/20
    153Blue-winged WarblerNorth end of Bragg Hill Rd.5/23/20
    154Prairie WarblerBrookmead Conservation Area5/23/20
    155Tennessee WarblerWarner Meadows5/23/20
    156Eastern Whip-poor-willHillside Cemetery5/26/20
    157American BitternStowell Road west5/27/20
    158Mourning WarblerKendall Station Rd.5/27/20
    159Black-billed CuckooBrigham Hill Rd5/28/20
    160Blackpoll WarblerCampbell Flat Rd.5/28/20
    161Common NighthawkLedyard Bridge Area--CT River5/28/20
    162Yellow-throated VireoTigertown Road ponds5/30/20
    163Blue-gray GnatcatcherNeedham & Upper Turnpike Rd Loop, Norwich, VT6/7/20
    164Marsh WrenOmpompanoosuc River flats6/10/20
    165Yellow-billed CuckooCampbell Flat Rd.7/27/20
    166Northern PintailCampbell Flat Rd.8/28/20
    167Bay-breasted WarblerCampbell Flat Rd.8/29/20
    168Blue-winged TealLedyard Bridge Area -- CT River8/30/20
    169Northern Bobwhite133 Tucker Hill Rd, Norwich US-VT9/4/20
    170Philadelphia VireoCampbell Flat Rd.9/8/20
    171Cape May Warblerhome9/9/20
    172Swainson's ThrushCampbell Flat Rd.9/15/20