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"Ian A. Worley" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 21 Sep 2013 15:28:53 -0400
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Here is a link to a map of the WMA.


There are three gates indicated and two parking areas.  At various times 
of the year that I've never tried to figure out, one or more of these 
gates may be closed.

If you are coming from the south on Greenbush Road the state forest road 
is the first left turn, and it has an iron gate.  When it is closed 
there usually is a sign stating the duration of the closure. Immediately 
north of the state forest road is Westin Road, which parallels the 
forest road to a private dwelling.

Note that between the two parking areas there is a right-of-way that 
goes a short distance to the southwest and a small dam.  After the third 
gate you can take a short walk to the west along the north edge of one 
of the arms of water .... or, if you are into taking a good hike, you 
can continue 2.1 miles north, then west, then north, then west then 
north through a variety of forests to the wetlands abuting Lewis Creek.  
The first mile does provide some field openings (check it out on Google 
Earth or Google Maps) for varied habitats.

On 9/21/2013 3:08 PM, Maeve Kim wrote:
> A few years back, I tried to find this access unsuccessfully. On the gazetteer map, it looks like both State Forest Road and Westin Road (near the Route 7 end of Greenbush) might get me there, but they're both marked private. I tried several other options with no luck. Would Roy or another kind birder tell me where it is?
> Thanks!
> Maeve Kim
> Jericho Center
> On Sep 20, 2013, at 8:59 PM, Roy Pilcher wrote:
>> While driving Greenbush Road, I must have passed the access road to Little Otter Creek WMA dozens of times!  Thanks to Jim Mead's post I decided to check it out today for the very first time and I was pleasantly surprised.
>> Cheers, Roy Pilcher
>> Little Otter Creek WMA IBA - Greenbush Rd. Access, Addison, US-VT
>> Sep 20, 2013 9:25 AM - 11:00 AM
>> Protocol: Traveling
>> 1.0 mile(s)
>> Comments:     Following up on recent postings.  First visit to the area!
>> 27 species
>> Blue-winged Teal  25     Appeared to be segregated from Green-winged Teal, a
>> little more scattered.
>> Northern Shoveler  1
>> Green-winged Teal  21     Pretty much in a homogeneous group.
>> Great Blue Heron  3
>> Turkey Vulture  2
>> Red-tailed Hawk  1
>> Common Gallinule  2     Among the lily pads.
>> Lesser Yellowlegs  2     Among the lily pads.
>> Least Sandpiper  1     Among the lily pads.
>> Pectoral Sandpiper  2     Among the lily pads.
>> Belted Kingfisher  1
>> Downy Woodpecker  1
>> American Kestrel  1
>> Eastern Phoebe  3
>> Blue-headed Vireo  1     Heard singing.
>> Blue Jay  5
>> American Crow  3
>> Common Raven  1
>> Black-capped Chickadee  3
>> Tufted Titmouse  1
>> White-breasted Nuthatch  1
>> American Robin  3
>> Gray Catbird  3
>> Common Yellowthroat  1
>> Song Sparrow  2
>> Northern Cardinal  1
>> American Goldfinch  6
>> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15214583
>> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)