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From: Richard Littauer 
Date: August 11, 2020 at 12:55:45 EDT
Subject: [VTBIRD] Nocturnal Flight Calls Listserv for Vermont
Reply-To: Vermont Birds <<>>

As many of you have already noticed, the birds are starting to move again.
Shorebirds are showing up on Lake Champlain. Weird migrants are getting
blown in by tropical storms. The woods are getting quieter. Chimney Swifts
and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are disappearing. All of this means it's
time, again, for nocturnal flight call monitoring. NFC monitoring is the
fun and relatively obscure sport of setting up a microphone pointing at the
sky, recording passing migrants overnight, and then analyzing hours of
recordings the next day, using software to speed up the process.

In order to facilitate discussions in Vermont about NFCs, Larry Clarfeld
and I have set up a listserv at UVM just for talking about NFCs. If you're
interested in this topic, come join us!

Subscribe here: (or, drop me or
Larry an email)

So far, it's relatively low-traffic, but we expect it to pick up when we
start posting checklists. We'd love to have more posters or interested
birders on it. You can always elect to have the list served as a digest, so
you can read it at your leisure once a week or month.

Our goal, this season, is to be much more stringent in our documentation of
individual birds, so that we can build a clear guide of what species we
know we can identify by NFC, and what species we can't.

Beyond that, as always, our goal is to simply have fun sitting and
listening like a ham radio operator, sharing birds that we'd almost never
see by daylight. I've logged Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, Cape May Warblers,
and Gray-cheeked/Bicknell Thrushes in downtown Montpelier, for instance.
Larry's already logged the first migrant of the season - a Canada Warbler,
in suburban Essex <>. What could be
more exciting than that?

Bird on,

Richard |<>

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