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    Norwich 2022 Bird Quest

    2021 was a year for the record books for Norwich Birding, and we're back at it again in 2022. The Norwich 2022 Bird Quest is officially underway, and we've set some ambitious goals for ourselves as we seek to improve on last year's totals. We're setting another high bar in 2022, as we challenge Norwich birders to find 195 species (including at least 5 not found in 2019-2021) and submit 2,500 eBird checklists, with 30 birders 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 2022 Bird Quest is very simply meant to engage and inspire birders of all sorts to pay attention, and to keep track. The goal of 195 species in a single calendar year? Arbitrary, definitely a stretch, but possible. 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 2022— 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, 2022 marks the 18-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, 11,937 Vermont eBirders have submitted nearly 542,000 complete checklists, representing all 391 species of birds ever reported from Vermont. Worldwide, more than 730,000 eBirders have contributed over 1 billion bird sightings on over 60 million complete checklists, representing 10,624 species across every country on earth!

    Join Us!

    OK, how exactly do birdwatchers like you contribute sightings to the Norwich 2022 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.

    Want to see how we’ve done in previous years? Check out past years species totals below:

    2019
    2020
    2021

    Norwich 2022 Bird List

    Total Checklists shared: 789

    Total # of eBirders: 17

    Last updated: 5/16/22
    TallySpeciesLocationDate
    1Common RavenCampbell Flats Road1/1/2022
    2Snow Buntinghome1/1/2022
    3Dark-eyed JuncoUpper Loveland Road, Norwich1/1/2022
    4Eastern BluebirdUpper Loveland Road, Norwich1/1/2022
    5Tufted TitmouseUpper Loveland Road, Norwich1/1/2022
    6Black-capped ChickadeeUpper Loveland Road, Norwich1/1/2022
    7American CrowUpper Loveland Road, Norwich1/1/2022
    8Northern CardinalWarner Meadows1/1/2022
    9White-throated SparrowWarner Meadows1/1/2022
    10American GoldfinchWarner Meadows1/1/2022
    11House FinchWarner Meadows1/1/2022
    12Cedar WaxwingWarner Meadows1/1/2022
    13European StarlingWarner Meadows1/1/2022
    14Brown CreeperWarner Meadows1/1/2022
    15White-breasted NuthatchWarner Meadows1/1/2022
    16Red-breasted NuthatchWarner Meadows1/1/2022
    17Blue JayWarner Meadows1/1/2022
    18Pileated WoodpeckerWarner Meadows1/1/2022
    19Hairy WoodpeckerWarner Meadows1/1/2022
    20Downy WoodpeckerWarner Meadows1/1/2022
    21Red-bellied WoodpeckerWarner Meadows1/1/2022
    22Mourning DoveWarner Meadows1/1/2022
    23Rock PigeonWarner Meadows1/1/2022
    24Purple FinchRoute 5, Norwich1/1/2022
    25Song SparrowButternut Road1/1/2022
    26American RobinButternut Road1/1/2022
    27Carolina WrenButternut Road1/1/2022
    28House Sparrow47 Huntley St, Norwich US-VT1/1/2022
    29Bald EagleRte 5, Norwich1/1/2022
    30American Tree SparrowFarrell Farm Rd to Starlake Lane1/1/2022
    31Cooper's HawkFarrell Farm Rd to Starlake Lane1/1/2022
    32Northern MockingbirdOld Bridge Rd1/1/2022
    33Yellow-bellied SapsuckerOld Bridge Rd1/1/2022
    34American Black DuckOld Bridge Rd1/1/2022
    35MallardOld Bridge Rd1/1/2022
    36Hooded Merganserrte 1321/1/2022
    37Winter WrenWaterman Hill Rd1/1/2022
    38Ruffed GrouseUnion Village1/1/2022
    39Golden-crowned KingletPattrell Road1/1/2022
    40Long-tailed DuckLedyard Bridge Area, Connecticut River1/1/2022
    41Sharp-shinned HawkElm St, Norwich1/6/2022
    42Savannah SparrowKendall Station Rd.1/8/2022
    43Pine SiskinWatt walk1/10/2022
    44Barred OwlHeyl Trail, Power Cut, AT, Elm St Loop1/13/2022
    45Red-tailed HawkFarm Road, Norwich1/16/2022
    46Red-shouldered HawkFarm Road, Norwich1/16/2022
    47Ring-billed GullLedyard Bridge Area, Connecticut River2/8/2022
    48Wild Turkey230 Elm St, Norwich2/10/2022
    49Northern Saw-whet Owl28 Owl Creek Ln, Norwich US-VT2/10/2022
    50Red-winged BlackbirdCliff St.2/13/2022
    51Field SparrowNortheast Corner Farm2/19/2022
    52Evening Grosbeakhome tigertown rd2/24/2022
    53Brown-headed Cowbird47 Huntley St, Norwich US-VT3/10/2022
    54Turkey VulturePompy Farm Oxbow3/10/2022
    55KilldeerFarrell Farm3/10/2022
    56Common GracklePompy Farm Oxbow3/15/2022
    57Rough-legged HawkPompy Farm Oxbow3/15/2022
    58Canada GoosePompy Farm Oxbow3/15/2022
    59Common MerganserPompy Farm Oxbow3/16/2022
    60Fox SparrowKendall Station Rd.3/16/2022
    61American WoodcockCo-op Community Garden and Fields3/17/2022
    62Greater ScaupFoley Park3/19/2022
    63Ring-necked DuckPompy Farm Oxbow3/19/2022
    64Wood DuckPompy Farm Oxbow3/19/2022
    65Green-winged TealOmpompanoosuc River flats3/19/2022
    66Common GoldeneyeLedyard Bridge Area, Connecticut River3/20/2022
    67BuffleheadLedyard Bridge Area, Connecticut River3/20/2022
    68Lesser ScaupOmpompanoosuc rivermouth3/20/2022
    69Herring GullPompy Farm Oxbow3/24/2022
    70Belted KingfisherFoley Park3/26/2022
    71Pied-billed GrebePompy Farm Oxbow4/1/2022
    72Eastern PhoebeKing Arthur campus4/1/2022
    73American KestrelHolzbergers field4/2/2022
    74Tree SwallowKendall Station Rd.4/6/2022
    75Northern FlickerCampbell Flats Road4/6/2022
    76Ruby-crowned Kinglethome4/10/2022
    77Chipping SparrowKendall Station Rd.4/10/2022
    78Northern Rough-winged SwallowLedyard Bridge Area, Connecticut River4/12/2022
    79Great Blue HeronFarm Road, Norwich4/13/2022
    80Pine WarblerKendall Station Rd.4/14/2022
    81Northern HarrierCampbell Flats Road4/14/2022
    82Swamp SparrowPompy Farm Oxbow4/16/2022
    83Caspian TernPompy Farm Oxbow4/16/2022
    84Yellow-rumped WarblerKendall Station Rd.4/18/2022
    85Palm WarblerKendall Station Rd.4/18/2022
    86Bank SwallowPompy Farm Oxbow4/18/2022
    87Barn SwallowKendall Station Rd.4/18/2022
    88Great EgretOmpompanoosuc River flats4/18/2022
    89OspreyLedyard Bridge Area, Connecticut River4/20/2022
    90Hermit Thrush91 Spring Pond Road4/23/2022
    91Broad-winged Hawk91 Spring Pond Road4/23/2022
    92Louisiana Waterthrush230 Elm St, Norwich4/23/2022
    93Brown Thrasher296 Dutton Hill Rd, Norwich US-VT4/24/2022
    94House WrenFoley Park4/26/2022
    95MerlinFoley Park4/26/2022
    96White-crowned SparrowKendall Station Rd.4/26/2022
    97Bonaparte's GullPompy Farm Oxbow4/27/2022
    98Double-crested CormorantKendall Station Rd.4/27/2022
    99Black-and-white WarblerElm St, Norwich4/27/2022
    100Rusty BlackbirdKendall Station Rd.4/28/2022
    101Blue-headed Vireo360 Hopson Rd, Norwich US-VT4/29/2022
    102Ruby-throated Hummingbird47 Huntley St, Norwich US-VT4/30/2022
    103Black-throated Green WarblerBrookmead Conservation Area5/1/2022
    104Green HeronCampbell Flats Road5/1/2022
    105Wilson's SnipeCampbell Flats Road5/1/2022
    106Rose-breasted Grosbeakhome5/1/2022
    107Gray CatbirdElm St, Norwich5/2/2022
    108Northern ParulaHome Owl Creek5/3/2022
    109Yellow WarblerPompy Farm Oxbow5/4/2022
    110Eastern KingbirdCampbell Flats Road5/4/2022
    111American BitternCampbell Flats Road5/4/2022
    112Solitary SandpiperCampbell Flats Road5/4/2022
    113Eastern Towhee230 Elm St, Norwich5/4/2022
    114Greater YellowlegsOmpompanoosuc River flats5/4/2022
    115Black-throated Blue Warblertigertown rd norwich vt.5/4/2022
    116Blackburnian Warblertigertown rd norwich vt.5/4/2022
    117Common LoonHome Owl Creek5/5/2022
    118Baltimore Oriolehome tigertown rd5/7/2022
    119Least FlycatcherElm St, Norwich5/7/2022
    120Veery91 Spring Pond Road5/9/2022
    121American RedstartLedyard Bridge Area, Connecticut River5/9/2022
    122OvenbirdNorwich Yard5/9/2022
    123Red-eyed VireoNorwich Yard5/9/2022
    124Yellow-throated VireoNorwich Yard5/9/2022
    125BobolinkHome Owl Creek5/10/2022
    126Chestnut-sided Warblertigertown beaver pond5/10/2022
    127Wood Thrushhome tigertown rd5/11/2022
    128Common Yellowthroat230 Elm St, Norwich5/11/2022
    129Warbling VireoOmpompanoosuc River flats5/12/2022
    130Scarlet Tanager91 Spring Pond Road5/13/2022
    131Chimney SwiftDan & Whit's5/15/2022
    132Magnolia WarblerCampbell Flats Road5/16/2022