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!
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 ListTotal Checklists shared: 206
Total # of eBirders: 11
Last updated: 2/15/21
|1||Great Horned Owl||Hogback Rd||1/1/21|
|2||Common Raven||Campbell Flat Rd.||1/1/21|
|3||Downy Woodpecker||home tigertown rd||1/1/21|
|4||Hairy Woodpecker||home tigertown rd||1/1/21|
|5||Blue Jay||home tigertown rd||1/1/21|
|6||Black-capped Chickadee||home tigertown rd||1/1/21|
|7||Tufted Titmouse||home tigertown rd||1/1/21|
|8||Red-breasted Nuthatch||home tigertown rd||1/1/21|
|9||White-breasted Nuthatch||home tigertown rd||1/1/21|
|10||Brown Creeper||home tigertown rd||1/1/21|
|11||Dark-eyed Junco||home tigertown rd||1/1/21|
|26||Eastern Bluebird||Warner Meadows||1/1/21|
|27||Red Crossbill||Warner Meadows||1/1/21|
|28||American Goldfinch||Warner Meadows||1/1/21|
|29||White-throated Sparrow||Warner Meadows||1/1/21|
|30||Mallard||Elm St. between Blood Brook & Hopson Road, Norwich||1/1/21|
|31||White-winged Crossbill||47 Huntley St, Norwich US-VT||1/1/21|
|32||Hooded Merganser||Ledyard Bridge Area--CT River||1/1/21|
|33||Common Merganser||Ledyard Bridge Area--CT River||1/1/21|
|35||Pileated Woodpecker||Elm St, Norwich||1/4/21|
|36||Common Redpoll||Pompy Farm Oxbow||1/4/21|
|37||Song Sparrow||Pompy Farm Oxbow||1/4/21|
|38||American Robin||Kendall Station Rd.||1/4/21|
|39||American Tree Sparrow||Kendall Station Rd.||1/4/21|
|40||Brown-headed Cowbird||Kendall Station Rd.||1/4/21|
|41||Rusty Blackbird||Kendall Station Rd.||1/4/21|
|42||Bohemian Waxwing||Elm St, Norwich||1/5/21|
|44||Bald Eagle||Kendall Station Rd.||1/14/21|
|45||Yellow-bellied Sapsucker||Kendall Station Rd.||1/20/21|
|46||Northern Shrike||1110 New Boston Rd.||1/25/21|
|47||Hoary Redpoll||Pompy Farm Oxbow||1/28/21|
|48||Evening Grosbeak||105 Stagecoach Rd., Norwich||2/6/21|
|49||Horned Lark||1769 US-5, Norwich US-VT||2/14/21|