Visited WEstford swamp this morning and wasn't able to find the GGO. It is a
fairly large area and not having a pair of snowshoes or x-country skis limited
my access, so perhaps a thorough trek around the swamp will turn up the bird.A
snowmobile trail (starting at the south end of the field you have to cross to
get to the swamp) got me to the eastern, outer margin, where I trudged a short
ways to the inner margin and scoped the perimeter. Were there shots taken of
this bird or only the one in Stowe?
uoting Ian Worley <[log in to unmask]>:
> Hi Everyone,
> My e-mail was down for much of yesterday so I could not respond to your
> Regarding the Westford Swamp report --- At Essex Center take Route 128
> toward Westford. After about two miles turn right onto Osgood Hill
> Road. Proceed about three miles north on Osgood Hill Road; watch for a
> large open wetland west of the road.... you will be able to see parts of
> it from the road but will need to access it across fields or via
> driveways/lanes. There is also another, smaller, much more wooded
> wetland also on the left side of the road prior to the large one. If
> you get to MacHia Hill Road you have gone too far. The wetland is
> fairly large, but can easily be walked along on the east side (the road
> side). There is a stream down the middle of the wetland, be careful if
> you choose to cross the stream where it is frozen over. The hills to
> the west side are accessible around the north end of the wetland, if you
> cannot cross the stream through the wetland. The sighting was likely
> along the east edge of the wetland..
> My informant gave me these comments yesterday:
> "The identification is my best guess by looking at my
> field guide and photos on the web. The feature that
> struck me was it's long tail and overall size. It was
> up in an old red maple a few mornings ago around 8am.
> "Not as unusual I know, but I also saw what I am pretty
> sure was a barred owl last evening--I feel very
> confident they were not one in the same. This was only
> twenty or so feet from me.
> "A week or two ago my neighbor reported seeing an owl
> hanging around...she couldn't really provide a good
> description though."
> Regarding the Stowe report --- the possible sighting was "at Trapp Family
> Lodge (on the snowshoe trail between the chapel and the cabin) on February
> 27th (afternoon)". The photos are currently trapped on the hard drive of a
> crashed computer. When the folks who took the photos get the computer up and
> running again we'll see what the photos say.
> With the change to spring well underway, I wanted to get these observations
> out to a wider audience just in case, even though they might be deadends.
> Had an adult bald eagle circle our house (on the southern end of Snake
> Mountain in Cornwall) about 50 feet high yesterday midday. Don't know if it
> was attracted to our geese and chickens who were wandering around sunning, or
> Best wishes,
> Taj/Julie wrote:
> > Hi Ian, Can you post ALL the details you have about the two sightings of
> Great Gray Owls in VT. I know that i along with most other birders would love
> to see these owls in Vermont!!!!!! Thanks Taj--- On Wed 03/16, Ian
> Worley < [log in to unmask] > wrote:
> >From: Ian Worley [mailto: [log in to unmask]]To: [log in to unmask]:
> Wed, 16 Mar 2005 07:02:28 -0500Subject: [VTBIRD] Great Grey owls in VermontHi
> folks,I can't remember seeing anyone report on the a Great Grey Owl
> inVermont. Perhaps I missed it.However, I have received a sighting at
> Westford Swamp from a student ofmine of a Great Grey on 3/14/05. Also, two
> friends of mine saw andphotographed one (I've yet to see the photos) in Stowe
> [near TrappFamily Lodge, I believe] about three weeks ago.Thought I'd mention
> these while I am tracking down further verification.Ian
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