I hope to take Levi, Erin Talmage's son, to see the Snowy in Addison on
Wednesday afternoon. I've gone there twice now with kids. I met Ruthena,
Zac Cota Weaver's great-great aunt that lives in the house closer to the
street. Also, saw the Red-shouldered hawk on Thursday!
I'm glad you saw the Hawk Owl! Did you get the pellet-upping on film?!!
Hope to see you SOOOOON!
From: mark paul
Sent: Sunday, January 12, 2014 7:20 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] seeing double at Knapp Airport, Berlin
Well apparently sometime after you left Ali, I showed up and the waterbury
Hawk Owl put on quite a show. You know you're a bird Geek when watching
an owl barf up a pellet is more exciting than football, skiing, or anything
you can think of. And yes, I did retrieve the pellet for future
The Starksboro Snowy was in its usually place and I'm thinking there should
be lots of pellets there.
On Jan 12, 2014, at 2:39 PM, Alison Wagner wrote:
> This morning, I had the pleasure of birding with friends Linda Gionti and
> Patti Haynes in Washington County. First we drove to Waterbury Center with
> hopes of seeing the winter resident Northern Hawk Owl. With its routine
> perches and hunting grounds well established, it didnít take long to
> locate it on the edge of the field, about equi-distant from Blue Heron
> Cove Road and Gregg Hill. In addition to lovely looks, we enjoyed the
> company of visiting birders from New Hampshire as well as Virginia. Next,
> a mother and son, returning from a canceled ski racing event, stopped to
> ask what we were looking at and it didnít take much convincing for them to
> park safely and join us. They were not disappointed.
> Then, on to E.F. Knapp State Airport in Berlin in hopes of finding a
> Snowy Owl. We figured our chances would be good to find at least one
> since most of the snow was gone. We hadnít stepped more than twenty feet
> from the car when we saw the whiter of the two Snowies fly to the fence
> edging the cemetery. A closer look revealed the other, more heavily
> barred owl perched above it on the fence. Like many other Vermont
> birders, I can now say with delight that we were seeing double, with both
> birds in the scopeís view. Several cars passing by stopped to ask what we
> were looking at and again it did not take much convincing to lure them
> from their cars. A woman in pajamaís and slippers shuffled to the scope
> and I loved seeing her animated expression when she focused on the bird.
> At the southern end of the airstrip, we were also able to locate a
> Northern Shrike, Rough-legged Hawk, and at least 50 Snow Buntings.
> Washington County is where itís at!
> LOVE winter birding!!
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