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!
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 ListTotal Checklists shared: 193
Total # of eBirders: 7
Last updated: 2/17/20
|1||Downy Woodpecker||home tigertown rd||1/1/20|
|2||Hairy Woodpecker||home tigertown rd||1/1/20|
|3||Blue Jay||home tigertown rd||1/1/20|
|4||Black-capped Chickadee||home tigertown rd||1/1/20|
|5||Tufted Titmouse||home tigertown rd||1/1/20|
|6||Red-breasted Nuthatch||home tigertown rd||1/1/20|
|7||White-breasted Nuthatch||home tigertown rd||1/1/20|
|8||American Goldfinch||home tigertown rd||1/1/20|
|9||Dark-eyed Junco||home tigertown rd||1/1/20|
|10||Red-bellied Woodpecker||91 Spring Pond Road||1/1/20|
|11||American Crow||91 Spring Pond Road||1/1/20|
|12||Common Raven||Hopson-Elm intersection||1/1/20|
|14||Rock Pigeon||Warner Meadows||1/1/20|
|15||Brown Creeper||Warner Meadows||1/1/20|
|16||Winter Wren||Warner Meadows||1/1/20|
|17||White-throated Sparrow||Warner Meadows||1/1/20|
|18||Northern Cardinal||Warner Meadows||1/1/20|
|19||American Robin||Hillside Cemetery||1/1/20|
|20||Mourning Dove||Hickory Ridge Road loop||1/1/20|
|21||Barred Owl||Hickory Ridge Road loop||1/1/20|
|22||House Finch||44 Huntley Street, Norwich, Vermont, US (43.72, -72.314).||1/1/20|
|23||House Sparrow||Elm St, Norwich||1/2/20|
|24||Evening Grosbeak||Chapel Hill Rd.||1/2/20|
|25||Eastern Bluebird||Bloody Brook floodplain||1/3/20|
|26||Song Sparrow||Bloody Brook floodplain||1/3/20|
|27||Bald Eagle||Kendall Station Road||1/3/20|
|28||European Starling||Kendall Station Road||1/3/20|
|29||Carolina Wren||US-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.3136||1/4/20|
|30||American Tree Sparrow||Kendall Station||1/5/20|
|31||Red-tailed Hawk||Ompompanoosuc River flats||1/5/20|
|32||Cooper's Hawk||US-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.3136||1/7/20|
|33||Purple Finch||US-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.3136||1/10/20|
|34||Pileated Woodpecker||Kendall Station Road||1/14/20|
|35||Cedar Waxwing||Kendall Station Road||1/14/20|
|36||Belted Kingfisher||Campbell Flat Rd.||2/4/20|