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Bryan Pfeiffer <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 31 Aug 2004 21:37:52 -0400
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The shifting winds brought grace and speed to Lake Champlain this morning.
Ted Murin, Dick Lavallee, Hank Kaestner and I enjoyed three immature
jaegers from the shores of Charlotte Town Beach. Two were Parasitic Jaegers
and the third, a bit less cooperative, was most likely a Parasitic as well.

Also of note today at the beach were two Little Gulls, 6 Common Loons, 2
Red-necked Grebes, about 400 Bonaparte's Gulls and roughly 8 Common Terns.

And Dick and Dottie Lavallee discovered 2 Whimbrels in a hayfield on south
side of Nortontown Road, 0.8 miles west of its intersection with Grandy
Road in Addison on Monday. They were still there as of early this morning
(but might have blown town by now).

Finally, in news of other nice flying things, Sharon Riley and I counted 32
American Rubyspots along Lewis Creek in Ferrisburgh this afternoon. These
are remarkable damselflies. And for those birders wondering why some of us
are now obsessed with insects, consider this: While distant, zooming
jaegers will make you squint and strain, American Rubyspots bouncing in
flight (even copulating) at your feet will make you smile and sing. Here's
a photo in case you're wondering: www.wingsphotography.com/h.americana.html.

Bryan Pfeiffer

Vermont Bird Tours
113 Bartlett Road
Plainfield, VT 05667

Web:    www.VermontBirdTours.com
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Phone: (802) 454-4640

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