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    Norwich 2021 Bird Quest

    2020 was a year for the record books for Norwich Birding, and we're back at it again in 2021. The Norwich 2021 Bird Quest is officially underway, and we've set some ambitious goals for ourselves as we seek to improve on last year's totals. Our 2021 targets are 195 species (including at least 5 not found in 2019 or 2020), 2,500 checklists, and 25 eBirders submitting those lists.

    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 2021 Bird Quest is very simply meant to engage and inspire birders of all sorts to pay attention, and to keep track. The goal of 190 species in a single calendar year? Arbitrary, definitely a stretch (though we thought 180 species in 2020 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 2021— 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, 2021 marks the 17-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 over 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, 10,101 Vermont eBirders have submitted nearly 454,000 complete checklists, representing all 389 species of birds ever reported from Vermont. Worldwide, more than 600,000 eBirders have contributed over 740 million bird sightings on over 50 million complete checklists, representing 10,517 species across every country on earth!

    Join Us!

    OK, how exactly do birdwatchers like you contribute sightings to the Norwich 2021 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.

    For a summary of 2019’s birding highlights, click here.

    To see 2020’s impressive species total, click here.

    Norwich 2021 Bird List

    Total Checklists shared: 206

    Total # of eBirders: 11

    Last updated: 2/15/21
    1Great Horned OwlHogback Rd1/1/21
    2Common RavenCampbell Flat Rd.1/1/21
    3Downy Woodpeckerhome tigertown rd1/1/21
    4Hairy Woodpeckerhome tigertown rd1/1/21
    5Blue Jayhome tigertown rd1/1/21
    6Black-capped Chickadeehome tigertown rd1/1/21
    7Tufted Titmousehome tigertown rd1/1/21
    8Red-breasted Nuthatchhome tigertown rd1/1/21
    9White-breasted Nuthatchhome tigertown rd1/1/21
    10Brown Creeperhome tigertown rd1/1/21
    11Dark-eyed Juncohome tigertown rd1/1/21
    12Mourning Dovehome1/1/21
    13Red-bellied Woodpeckerhome1/1/21
    14American Crowhome1/1/21
    15Rock PigeonNorwich1/1/21
    16Cooper's HawkNorwich1/1/21
    17Red-tailed HawkNorwich1/1/21
    18Carolina WrenNorwich1/1/21
    19European StarlingNorwich1/1/21
    20Cedar WaxwingNorwich1/1/21
    21House SparrowNorwich1/1/21
    22Pine GrosbeakNorwich1/1/21
    23House FinchNorwich1/1/21
    24Pine SiskinNorwich1/1/21
    25Northern CardinalNorwich1/1/21
    26Eastern BluebirdWarner Meadows1/1/21
    27Red CrossbillWarner Meadows1/1/21
    28American GoldfinchWarner Meadows1/1/21
    29White-throated SparrowWarner Meadows1/1/21
    30MallardElm St. between Blood Brook & Hopson Road, Norwich1/1/21
    31White-winged Crossbill47 Huntley St, Norwich US-VT1/1/21
    32Hooded MerganserLedyard Bridge Area--CT River1/1/21
    33Common MerganserLedyard Bridge Area--CT River1/1/21
    34Red-winged BlackbirdEllen's1/1/21
    35Pileated WoodpeckerElm St, Norwich1/4/21
    36Common RedpollPompy Farm Oxbow1/4/21
    37Song SparrowPompy Farm Oxbow1/4/21
    38American RobinKendall Station Rd.1/4/21
    39American Tree SparrowKendall Station Rd.1/4/21
    40Brown-headed CowbirdKendall Station Rd.1/4/21
    41Rusty BlackbirdKendall Station Rd.1/4/21
    42Bohemian WaxwingElm St, Norwich1/5/21
    43Wild TurkeyNorwich1/12/21
    44Bald EagleKendall Station Rd.1/14/21
    45Yellow-bellied SapsuckerKendall Station Rd.1/20/21
    46Northern Shrike1110 New Boston Rd.1/25/21
    47Hoary RedpollPompy Farm Oxbow1/28/21
    48Evening Grosbeak105 Stagecoach Rd., Norwich2/6/21
    49Horned Lark1769 US-5, Norwich US-VT2/14/21