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!
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.
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 ListTotal Checklists shared: 70
Last updated 1/19/2019
|1||Downy Woodpecker||home tigertown rd||1/1/19|
|2||Hairy Woodpecker||home tigertown rd||1/1/19|
|3||Black-capped Chickadee||home tigertown rd||1/1/19|
|4||Tufted Titmouse||home tigertown rd||1/1/19|
|5||White-breasted Nuthatch||home tigertown rd||1/1/19|
|6||Dark-eyed Junco||91 Spring Pond Road||1/1/19|
|7||Northern Cardinal||91 Spring Pond Road||1/1/19|
|11||Mourning Dove||US-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.3136||1/1/19|
|12||Blue Jay||US-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.3136||1/1/19|
|13||American Crow||US-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.3136||1/1/19|
|14||Red-breasted Nuthatch||US-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.3136||1/1/19|
|15||White-throated Sparrow||US-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.3136||1/1/19|
|16||Wild Turkey||Warner Meadows||1/1/19|
|17||Rock Pigeon||Warner Meadows||1/1/19|
|18||House Sparrow||Warner Meadows||1/1/19|
|19||Pine Siskin||Hickory Ridge Road loop||1/1/19|
|20||Red-bellied Woodpecker||192 Willey Hill Rd, Norwich US-VT (43.7277,-72.2997)||1/1/19|
|21||Eastern Bluebird||192 Willey Hill Rd, Norwich US-VT (43.7277,-72.2997)||1/1/19|
|22||House Finch||192 Willey Hill Rd, Norwich US-VT (43.7277,-72.2997)||1/1/19|
|23||American Robin||Dorrance Dr, Norwich US-VT||1/1/19|
|24||European Starling||Dorrance Dr, Norwich US-VT||1/1/19|
|24||Pine Grosbeak||Dorrance Dr, Norwich US-VT||1/1/19|
|26||Pileated Woodpecker||Elm St, Norwich||1/2/19|
|27||Carolina Wren||US-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.3136||1/3/19|
|29||Hooded Merganser||Kendall Station||1/3/19|
|30||Brown Creeper||Kendall Station||1/3/19|
|31||Northern Mockingbird||Kendall Station||1/3/19|
|32||American Goldfinch||Kendall Station||1/3/19|
|33||American Tree Sparrow||Kendall Station||1/3/19|
|34||Song Sparrow||Kendall Station||1/3/19|
|35||Cedar Waxwing||Dorrance Rd. Norwich Vt||1/5/19|
|36||Bohemian Waxwing||Co-op community garden||1/13/19|
|37||Common Redpoll||US-VT-Norwich-47 Huntley St - 43.7195x-72.3136||1/19/19|