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Ian Worley <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 28 Jun 2005 08:16:56 -0400
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This morning the Whooping Crane was first spotted in one of the larger
drainage ditches in the Lemon Fair flats just south of where it has been
for several days.  When in the ditch, the bird was not visible from the
road.  Occasionally with persistence one could just see its head when it
was not bent over foraging.  Fortunately from time to time it would step
up out of the ditch and become visible (sometimes partially hidden in
the tall reed canary grass).  When I left it had moved back into the low
grass, wet fields (now with very little standing water) where it has
been for several days in plain view.

If one goes 0.7 miles south of Route 125 on West Street in Cornwall, the
bird is a half mile or so directly west.  The best viewing is a couple
tenths of a mile north (from a corn field) or south (just before the big
bunker silo and barn) of the 0.7 mile point.