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"Scott W. Morrical" <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 14 Sep 2007 22:49:54 -0400
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Most surprising CAR bird yet:

I forgot to post this until now, but Maeve's posting reminded me--  
earlier this week I was leaving work at UVM and walking out to my car  
in the parking lot south of the medical complex.  I noticed a roughly  
crow-sized bird sitting on the pavement in the slot next to my car--  
an immature Cooper's Hawk!  At first I thought it might be injured as  
it let me approach to within about 20 ft. or so.  Then it hopped up  
onto the roof of my car and eyed me from there for a couple of  
minutes.  No leg bands, no prey left on the pavement.  Finally it flew  
off.  I count this as a CAR bird even though I was not sitting in my  
car at the time.  Now I realize that the CRV in Honda CRV stands for  
Cooper's Roosting in Vicinty.


Quoting -  Maeve Kim <[log in to unmask]>:

> I went out at 4:00 to get clothes off the line - and right under my clothes
> line was an American Bittern, head stretched oddly, working to swallow what
> looked like a large and struggling frog. I stopped dead and then slowly crept
> closer. The bittern finally swallowed its prey, and I could see its   
> throat and
> chest working to get it down. The bird didn't even notice me until I was
> probably 25' away. Then it froze, head up - not very effective on   
> mowed grass!
> There's a beaver pond about 1/4 mile away where I've seen a bittern twice. I
> imagine this bird was flying to or from the pond when it noticed the frog
> hopping around. I can't believe it hangs out often on my lawn!
> Also - on and off for three weeks now, Barred Owls have been very vocal in
> the wee hours. One night I listened to two or possibly three carrying on an
> excited and intricate conversation from 3AM until close to 4 (when I  
>  fell back
> asleep). On four other occasions, I've heard one owl just about at dawn.
> Maeve Kim
> Jericho Center
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