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Chris Wilson <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 5 Mar 2010 12:57:08 -0500
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TEVU soaring near Vergenes this morning.

Purple Finch singing in Ripton this AM too. First this year.

Chris W

On 3/5/10, Hilary McClure <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I only just rejoined this list, or I would have told you all earlier.
> On January 27th I saw two bald eagles on the Passumpsic River. It was
> along route 5, almost a quarter mile north of Kitchel Hill Road. In
> the morning it was a fully mature adult down on the ice, next to a
> deer carcass. Passing by again, in the afternoon, there was another
> similarly large bird in the same place, but with only some white on
> the head, not pure white. My first impression, without binoculars, was
> of possibly an osprey, but a bit large. Then when it flew, there was a
> lot of white on the tail. I suppose that was an immature baldy molting
> into adult plumage.
>
> I don't know whether they've become common to see in Vermont, but it
> was my first in 40 years of birdwatching, so pretty exciting.
>
> Hilary McClure
> Danville, Vermont
>

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