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Rosalind Renfrew <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 15 Jun 2005 14:32:41 -0400
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Sorry, I was thinking of a different airport...and yes, sleep deprivation
is well set in. Typical for this time of year.

At 08:54 AM 6/15/2005, you wrote:
>There are a number of territorial pairs of Peregrines closer to the
>Franklin Co. Airport than Brousseau Mt, which is in Essex Co. and nearly 60
>miles from Highgate.  The closest territory is only about 4 miles to the
>north, with another pair nesting roughly 12 miles to the south.  I can only
>assume that Roz is sleep deprived from too much field work and is confusing
>the Franklin Co. Airport with the Calendonia Co. Airport?
>At 12:00 AM 6/15/2005, you wrote:
>>There are 5 messages totalling 150 lines in this issue.
>>Topics of the day:
>>   1. Turkeys and grouse
>>   2. Herons et al
>>   3. My apologies!
>>   4. Peregrine in Franklin County?
>>   5. Orchard Oriole on River Rd Putney, again
>>Date:    Tue, 14 Jun 2005 07:42:53 EDT
>>From:    Deborah Clark <[log in to unmask]>
>>Subject: Turkeys and grouse
>>We live in a very turkey-rich area here in Florence.  We have many hens and
>>jakes, as well as several large toms.  Monday morning I saw the first hen
>>turkey with eight poults. They are very well camouflaged and the hen had
>>them in
>>the road where they appeared to be picking up some roughage.  Tuesday
>>we accidently flushed them while walking down the driveway.  They fly very
>>There was a wonderful article by Dennis Jensen in Sunday's Rutland Herald
>>about his encounter with a hen turkey with poults.
>>Lots of grouse around as well, several with chicks.  They are also agressive
>>in protecting their chicks.
>>Date:    Tue, 14 Jun 2005 09:08:41 EDT
>>From:    Bruce MacPherson <[log in to unmask]>
>>Subject: Re: Herons et al
>>At the marsh just south of the intersection of Cheesefactory Rd. and
>>Hinesburg Rd. on the South Burlington/Williston line I encountered a great
>>heron, a great egret, and a blue-wing teal (male) all at close  range.
>>Bruce MacPherson
>>Date:    Tue, 14 Jun 2005 09:31:06 -0700
>>From:    robert wotton <[log in to unmask]>
>>Subject: Re: My apologies!
>>Thanks for the clearification.  I'm a little embarrased by my apparent
>>ignorance about the VBBA.  I've never been closely associated with the atlas
>>project, but think it's a very worthwhile effort.
>>I live in upstate New York  (near Ticonderoga) and subscribe to VTBIRD to
>>see what's going on in nearby Vermont.  I'm sure that there are subscribers
>>of very diverse experience levels who subscribe for many differing reasons
>>and appreciate detailed postings - those giving location and access
>>information are greatly appreciated.
>>Thanks again for your clearification.
>>----- Original Message -----
>>From: "Roy Pilcher" <[log in to unmask]>
>>To: <[log in to unmask]>
>>Sent: Saturday, June 11, 2005 9:35 AM
>>Subject: [VTBIRD] My apologies!
>> > My apologies to birders for the cryptic language on my postings.  One
>> > assumptions which at times are obviously incorrect.  My assumption  was
>> > birders in Vermont are now well familiar with the Vermont Breeding Bird
>> > that is now in its third year and which is a follow-up of that undertaken
>> > years ago.  Each USGS map of Vermont was divided into six equal
>> > 10 square mile areas and numbered 1 through 6.  Incidentally  the Vermont
>> > Butterfly Survey that is now in its fourth year appropriated the  same
>>blocks for
>> > its survey.  Hence this observer's postings applied to both  the VBBA and
>> > VBS.
>> > With the VBBA there are three levels of confirmation as to breeding
>> > activity, PO (POSSIBLE) being the lowest, PR (PROBABLE) being the next
>>highest and CO
>> > (CONFIRMED) being the highest.  All of this information is  of course
>> > available to all by going to the VINS web site.
>> > Trusting that this will help alleviate the confusion.
>> > To be sure such postings of this observer do not quicken the desire to go
>> > seek out a particular species but will, hopefully, help energize those who
>> > undertaken to contribute many, many hours to the knowledge of Vermont's
>> > breeding  birds.
>> > Cheers,
>> > Roy Pilcher
>> > Proctor, Vermont.
>> >
>> > Speaking  the Same Language
>> >
>>Date:    Tue, 14 Jun 2005 11:23:40 -0400
>>From:    Rosalind Renfrew <[log in to unmask]>
>>Subject: Re: Peregrine in Franklin County?
>>There is at least one Peregerine at Brousseau Mountain, which isn't far by
>>Peregrine standards. Also, Merlins have been expanding their range south
>>into Vermont, and I'm sure there are undiscovered nesting pairs. In fact, a
>>pair was seen recently in that area, west of Maidstone Lake.
>>At 11:15 PM 6/13/2005, you wrote:
>> >While doing a survey at the Franklin County Airport on Sunday, I observed a
>> >flyover of a falcon-shaped bird that was definitely too large and too dark
>> >to be
>> >a Kestrel.  Since my experience with Peregrines in flight is very
>> limited, I
>> >don't trust an ID without seeing the sideburns.
>> >My question is whether anyone knows of  any Peregrine nesting sites in
>> >Franklin
>> >County.  (I'm not asking for precise locations, as I know this can be a
>> >sensitive issue.)  It generally doesn't seem like the right terrain (no
>> >suitable
>> >cliffs that I know of).  And how likely is it that one would just be
>> passing
>> >through at this time without a nest site nearby?
>> >
>> >Ken Copenhaver
>> >Fairfax
>>Date:    Tue, 14 Jun 2005 17:48:24 -0400
>>From:    Taj <[log in to unmask]>
>>Subject: Orchard Oriole on River Rd Putney, again
>>  Today on River Rd in Putney i again found an adult male Orchard Oriole.
>>The last time i birded this area was about three weeks ago and i found an
>>adult male Orchard Oriole that time as well. Three weeks ago the Oriole
>>was in the marsh area on River Rd but this time i found it in and around
>>fields and brush.  Coming from Putney right as the road turns from
>>pavement to dirt is where i found the bird this time. If it is the same
>>bird from three weeks ago, (which i think is likely) it is quite possible
>>that this bird is nesting somewhere in the area. because i only had a
>>limited amount of time i couldn't search for the nest. Who ever is doing
>>that VBBA block should keep this bird in mind. It would be a great bird
>>to comfirm nesting!!!                       Good Birding  Taj
>>Schottland  Putney, VT
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>>End of VTBIRD Digest - 13 Jun 2005 to 14 Jun 2005 (#2005-162)