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    Norwich 2020 Year of the Bird

    The gloves are down, and Norwich 2020 Year of the Bird is underway. 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.

    Can we document 180 or more species within the town's borders during 2020? The answer is an unequivocal yes, but it will require a concerted effort by many, attainable only through hard work, with an abundance of good luck and diligent reporting practices.

    Norwich 2020 Year of the Bird 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, 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, 8,816 Vermont eBirders have submitted nearly 375,000 complete checklists, representing all 385 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 10,508 species across every country on earth!

    Join Us!

    OK, how exactly do birdwatchers like you contribute sightings to Norwich 2020 Year of the Bird? 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: 193

    Total # of eBirders: 7

    Last updated: 2/17/20
    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
    12Common RavenHopson-Elm intersection1/1/20
    13MallardWarner Meadows1/1/20
    14Rock PigeonWarner Meadows1/1/20
    15Brown CreeperWarner Meadows1/1/20
    16Winter WrenWarner Meadows1/1/20
    17White-throated SparrowWarner Meadows1/1/20
    18Northern CardinalWarner Meadows1/1/20
    19American RobinHillside Cemetery1/1/20
    20Mourning DoveHickory Ridge Road loop1/1/20
    21Barred OwlHickory Ridge Road loop1/1/20
    22House Finch44 Huntley Street, Norwich, Vermont, US (43.72, -72.314).1/1/20
    23House SparrowElm St, Norwich1/2/20
    24Evening GrosbeakChapel Hill Rd.1/2/20
    25Eastern BluebirdBloody Brook floodplain1/3/20
    26Song SparrowBloody Brook floodplain1/3/20
    27Bald EagleKendall Station Road1/3/20
    28European StarlingKendall Station Road1/3/20
    29Carolina WrenUS-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.31361/4/20
    30American Tree SparrowKendall Station1/5/20
    31Red-tailed HawkOmpompanoosuc River flats1/5/20
    32Cooper's HawkUS-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.31361/7/20
    33Purple FinchUS-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.31361/10/20
    34Pileated WoodpeckerKendall Station Road1/14/20
    35Cedar WaxwingKendall Station Road1/14/20
    36Belted KingfisherCampbell Flat Rd.2/4/20