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Norwich 2019 Year of the Bird

The gloves are down, and Norwich 2019 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 175 or more species within the town's borders during 2019? 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 2019 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 175 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, 2019 marks the 15-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, 7,460 Vermont eBirders have submitted nearly 311,000 complete checklists, representing all 384 species of birds ever reported from Vermont. Worldwide, more than 390,000 eBirders have contributed over 500 million bird sightings on nearly 28 million complete checklists, representing 10,371 species across every country on earth!

Join Us!

OK, how exactly do birdwatchers like you contribute sightings to Norwich 2019 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.

Norwich 2019 Bird List

Total Checklists shared: 1,196

Total # of eBirders: 14

Last updated 10/21/2019
1Downy Woodpeckerhome tigertown rd1/1/19
2Hairy Woodpeckerhome tigertown rd1/1/19
3Black-capped Chickadeehome tigertown rd1/1/19
4Tufted Titmousehome tigertown rd1/1/19
5White-breasted Nuthatchhome tigertown rd1/1/19
6Dark-eyed Junco91 Spring Pond Road1/1/19
7Northern Cardinal91 Spring Pond Road1/1/19
8Cooper's HawkNorwich1/1/19
9Red-tailed HawkNorwich1/1/19
10Common RavenNorwich1/1/19
11Mourning DoveUS-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.31361/1/19
12Blue JayUS-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.31361/1/19
13American CrowUS-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.31361/1/19
14Red-breasted NuthatchUS-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.31361/1/19
15White-throated SparrowUS-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.31361/1/19
16Wild TurkeyWarner Meadows1/1/19
17Rock PigeonWarner Meadows1/1/19
18House SparrowWarner Meadows1/1/19
19Pine SiskinHickory Ridge Road loop1/1/19
20Red-bellied Woodpecker192 Willey Hill Rd, Norwich US-VT (43.7277,-72.2997)1/1/19
21Eastern Bluebird192 Willey Hill Rd, Norwich US-VT (43.7277,-72.2997)1/1/19
22House Finch192 Willey Hill Rd, Norwich US-VT (43.7277,-72.2997)1/1/19
23American RobinDorrance Dr, Norwich US-VT1/1/19
24European StarlingDorrance Dr, Norwich US-VT1/1/19
24Pine GrosbeakDorrance Dr, Norwich US-VT1/1/19
26Pileated WoodpeckerElm St, Norwich1/2/19
27Carolina WrenUS-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.31361/3/19
28MallardKendall Station1/3/19
29Hooded MerganserKendall Station1/3/19
30Brown CreeperKendall Station1/3/19
31Northern MockingbirdKendall Station1/3/19
32American GoldfinchKendall Station1/3/19
33American Tree SparrowKendall Station1/3/19
34Song SparrowKendall Station1/3/19
35Cedar WaxwingDorrance Rd. Norwich Vt1/5/19
36Bohemian WaxwingCo-op community garden1/13/19
37Common RedpollUS-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.31361/19/19
38Bald EagleFarrell Farm1/19/19
39Barred OwlSouth side, Griggs Mtn1/20/19
40Snow BuntingRt 5 pond south of Pompy Flats1/27/19
41Purple FinchElm St, Norwich1/28/19
42Belted KingfisherElm St, Norwich2/24/19
43American Black DuckKendall Station3/11/19
44Wood DuckKendall Station Road3/14/19
45Red-winged BlackbirdKendall Station Road3/14/19
46Common GrackleElm St, Norwich3/15/19
47Turkey VultureNorwich3/15/19
48Canada GooseKendall Station Rd. 3/20/19
49Brown-headed CowbirdKendall Station Road3/20/19
50Common MerganserKendall Station Road3/21/19
51Northern ShrikeKendall Station3/23/19
52Red-shouldered Hawk418 Hopson Road, Norwich3/24/19
53Evening Grosbeakhome tigertown rd3/26/19
54OspreyCampbell Flats3/28/19
55Great Blue HeronKendall Station Road3/28/19
56American WoodcockCoop Gardens - Norwich3/28/19
57Green-winged TealKendall Station Road3/29/19
58Common GoldeneyeKendall Station Road3/29/19
59Fox SparrowKendall Station Road3/29/19
60KilldeerHome - Norwich3/30/19
61Sharp-shinned HawkHome - Norwich3/30/19
62Golden-crowned KingletHome - Norwich3/31/19
63Chipping SparrowHome - Norwich3/31/19
64Northern FlickerHome - Norwich3/31/19
65Eastern PhoebeHome - Norwich3/31/19
66MerlinOmpompanoosuc River flats3/31/19
67Yellow-rumped Warblercar store (near)4/1/19
68Ring-billed GullOmpompanoosuc rivermouth4/1/19
69BuffleheadLedyard Bridge4/1/19
70Savannah SparrowOmpompanoosuc River flats4/1/19
71Peregrine FalconCampbell Flat Rd. 4/2/19
72American Kestrel Co-op Gardens4/2/19
73Ring-necked DuckLedyard Bridge4/3/19
74Field SparrowKendall Station4/4/19
75Yellow-bellied SapsuckerElm St, Norwich4/6/19
76American Wigeon Ledyard Bridge4/7/19
77Greater ScaupLedyard Bridge4/10/19
78Tree SwallowPompy Farm Oxbow4/10/19
79Red-breasted MerganserOmpompanoosuc Rivermouth4/10/19
80Wilson's SnipeOmpompanoosuc River flats4/10/19
81Lesser ScaupLedyard Bridge Area--CT River4/11/19
82Bonaparte's GullPompy Farm Oxbow4/12/19
83Northern HarrierOmpompanoosuc River flats4/13/19
84Blue-winged TealPompy Farm Oxbow4/15/19
85Northern ShovelerPompy Farm Oxbow4/15/19
86Double-crested CormorantOmpompanoosuc rivermouth4/15/19
87Barn SwallowCampbell Flat Rd. 4/15/19
88Caspian TernPompy Farm Oxbow4/15/19
89American PipitOmpompanoosuc River flats4/16/19
90Pine WarblerHogback Rd4/17/19
91Swamp SparrowFarrell Farm4/17/19
92Common LoonOmpompanoosuc Rivermouth4/18/19
93Vesper SparrowPompy Farm Oxbow4/18/19
94Ruby-crowned KingletElm St, Norwich4/18/19
95Eastern MeadowlarkFarm Road, Norwich4/19/19
96Broad-winged HawkLedyard Bridge4/20/19
97Brown ThrasherKendall Station4/20/19
98Hermit ThrushKing Arthur Flour Trail4/20/19
99Eastern TowheeSwett's 4/20/19
100Louisiana WaterthrushCampbell Flat Rd. 4/20/19
101Blue-headed VireoHome - Norwich4/20/19
102Winter Wrentigertown road norwich vt.4/21/19
103House WrenCampbell Flat Rd. 4/22/19
104Northern Rough-winged SwallowKendall Station 4/23/19
105Red-necked GrebeLedyard Bridge4/25/19
106Palm WarblerKendall Station 5/6/19
107Rusty BlackbirdFarrell Farm4/25/19
108Spotted SandpiperLedyard Bridge4/28/19
109American BitternUpper Turnpike Road 4/29/19
110Greater YellowlegsPompy Farm Oxbow4/30/19
111Lesser YellowlegsOmpompanoosuc River flats5/1/19
112Blackburnian Warblerhome tigertown rd5/4/19
113Rose-breasted Grosbeakhome tigertown rd5/4/19
114Horned GrebeLedyard Bridge Area--CT River5/4/19
115Solitary SandpiperCampbell Flat Rd. 5/4/19
116Black-and-white WarblerCampbell Flat Rd. 5/4/19
117Yellow WarblerCampbell Flat Rd. 5/4/19
118BobolinkPompy Farm Oxbow5/4/19
119Northern WaterthrushKendall Station Road5/4/19
120Black-throated Green WarblerKendall Station Road5/4/19
121Eastern KingbirdCampbell Flats5/5/19
122Warbling VireoCampbell Flats5/5/19
123Chimney SwiftElm St, Norwich5/5/19
124Ruby-throated HummingbirdHome - Norwich5/6/19
125White-crowned SparrowKendall Station 5/6/19
126Wood ThrushHome - Norwich5/7/19
127Gray CatbirdHome - Norwich5/7/19
128Baltimore OrioleHome - Norwich5/7/19
129OvenbirdHome - Norwich5/7/19
130American RedstartKendall Station5/8/19
131Green HeronKendall Station5/8/19
132Bank SwallowPompy Farm Oxbow5/8/19
133Cliff SwallowPompy Farm Oxbow5/8/19
134VeeryBallard Trail5/8/19
135Black-throated Blue Warblerhome tigertown rd5/9/19
136Common YellowthroatPompy Farm Oxbow5/9/19
137Least FlycatcherHome - Norwich5/10/19
138Chestnut-sided WarblerLedyard Bridge5/12/19
139Red-eyed Vireo915 Wallace Road - Fisher/Cochran's5/12/19
140Nashville Warbler915 Wallace Road - Fisher/Cochran's5/12/19
141Northern Parula915 Wallace Road - Fisher/Cochran's5/12/19
142Least SandpiperPompy Farm Oxbow5/13/19
143Scarlet Tanager91 Spring Pond Road5/16/19
144Magnolia Warbler652 Pattrell Road, Norwich US-VT (43.7824,-72.2707)5/16/19
145Indigo Bunting652 Pattrell Road, Norwich US-VT (43.7824,-72.2707)5/16/19
146Cape May WarblerHome - Norwich5/16/19
147Wilson's WarblerKendall Station5/17/19
148Short-billed DowitcherLedyard Bridge5/18/19
149Bay-breasted WarblerOmpompanoosuc River flats5/18/19
150Canada WarblerOmpompanoosuc River flats5/18/19
151Great Crested FlycatcherArnold wetland5/18/19
152Tennessee WarblerArnold wetland5/18/19
153Semipalmated PloverOmpompanoosuc River flats5/19/19
154Mourning WarblerKendall Station5/19/19
155Blackpoll WarblerKendall Station5/19/19
156Least BitternKendall Station Rd., VT5/20/19
157Black VultureUnitarian Church Boardwalk Trail5/22/19
158Willow FlycatcherPompy Farm Oxbow5/23/19
159Ruffed Grousehome5/27/19
160Eastern Wood-Peweehome5/27/19
161Yellow-bellied Flycatcherhome5/27/19
162Alder FlycatcherCampbell Flat Rd. 5/27/19
163Yellow-throated VireoTigertown Road ponds5/29/19
164Olive-sided FlycatcherCampbell Flat Rd. 5/30/19
165Black-billed CuckooCampbell Flats7/9/19
166Blue-gray GnatcatcherOmpompanoosuc River flats7/16/19
167Great EgretKendall Station Road8/11/19
168Common NighthawkSteven's Rd./ Rte. 5 Norwich8/16/19
169Blue-winged Warblerhome8/17/19
170Philadelphia VireoCampbell Flats9/6/19
171Lincoln's SparrowCampbell Flats9/15/19
172Pied-billed GrebeKendall Station Road9/17/19
173Northern PintailOmpompanoosuc River flats10/5/19
174Red Crossbillhome10/20/19