Your story, Paula, reminds me of a day at Dead Creek when Carol and I were
there to try and puzzle out the shorebirds. Only with your patient help to
these total strangers were we able to make any identifications and your
lessons from that day are carried with us. To this day we comment on your
kindness and generosity when we are scoping out those puzzling birds. Our
thanks again... yes, "Birdwatching people are just so thoughtful and
helpful to each other--it's such a rare and special thing."
So. Glens Falls, NY - southern Adirondack Mtns.
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From: "Paula Gills" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, March 13, 2006 9:08 AM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Saturday at S. Hero and yard, and thanks to a VT birder
> When I got back from a foray to the S. Hero causeway and islands, a
> flock of 30 Red-winged Blackbirds with one Cm Grackle among them
> greeted me from high in the trees adjacent to my driveway--first spring
> birds of the season.
> Highlights from S. Hero:
> Horned Grebe with fish in its bill
> Barrows Goldeneye drake and female diving and preening
> Killdeer heard in distance
> Cm Goldeneyes doing their mating gyrations and calling
> Biggest highlight: Ted Murin
> I have no idea how to reach him, so I will thank him here, and I am
> sure I speak for many. He is a kind, gracious, generous person who
> helps so many to study birds at a distance by sharing his, what I call,
> "optics on steroids." I had a beginning birder friend with me who has
> significant mobility and standing limitations. He immediately
> understood and spent most of his time attending to her desire to see
> these birds for the first time. Afterwards, she said--"Birdwatching
> people are just so thoughtful and helpful to each other--it's such a
> rare and special thing."
> Yes, it is.
> Paula Gills
> Paula A. Gills, Director, Learning
> Support, Norwich U.
> (802) 485-2132
> "Hope is the thing with feathers that
> perches in the soul" E. Dickinson