Great pic's as usual. Nancy
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From: "Julie Waters" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, April 22, 2007 5:17 PM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Woodcock in Londonderry, Broad-Winged hawk in Marlboro
> We went to visit the Heron Rookery on rte 7 today, hoping to get cool
> heron pictures. As luck would have it, I got crappy heron pictures
> (there are several reasons for this, and they are all technical). We
> did, however, discover that there are six active nests this year,
> which is really cool.
> In our travels, however, we got two very nice sightings-- 1st, our
> first Broad-Winged hawk sighting of the season, in Marlboro, hanging
> out on a wire. It let us stay and take lots of pictures.
> We also managed to find a life bird for me: an American Woodcock (in
> Londonderry). This was pure luck. It was swaying about on the side
> of the road and I just happened to notice it, so we turned around and
> I got as many pictures as I could. It was actually so intent on its
> swaying, bouncing motion, that it was starting to wander into the
> road. We thought that seemed dangerous for it, so I actually made a
> point of flushing it out. This is the only time I can remember ever
> deliberately flushing out a bird.
> Pictures of the broadie and the woodcock (along with a flicker which
> just showed up in our yard before we left) are at:
> And yesterday's pictures of quite a few local creatures, such as
> various yard birds (robin, chickadee, junco, titmouse), a turkey
> vulture, an Osprey hunting and diving, a Northern Shoveler (and a
> difficult to see snipe), a red squirrel and a painted turtle are at:
> The Northern Shoveler and Snipe picture is one of the few occasions
> when I have two life birds in a single picture. And I didn't even
> -see- the snipe when I was -taking- the picture. Not a very good
> picture, but clear enough to tell.
> All in all, a damned fine birding weekend.
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