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Sent: Sunday, December 02, 2007 6:38 PM
Subject: Pine Grosbeaks & Winter Raptors ~ Vermont
> I don't subscribe to Vermont Bird listserve but wanted to pass along some
> sightings from Saturday.
> I has hoping that a kind NH birder would pass my post along to Vermont
> My nephew, Rory, a senior at St. Michael's College, Susan Sellers and I
> birded Colchester to Addison with the
> following highlights:
> At Saint Michael's College in Colchester, while picking up Rory, we found
> a plentiful supply of fruit on campus
> near the Townhouses [300 block]. It was there that we encountered a flock
> of Pine Grosbeaks around 11am.
> Waxwings and Pine Grosbeaks should continue to frequent that site over the
> next, few days.
> In the Addison/Dead Creek area, the winter raptor activity was impressive
> in the arctic wind and cold air.
> Between noon and 4:30pm, we saw plenty of birds seeking prey ~ Northern
> Harriers, Rough-legged Hawks,
> Cooper's Hawks and Sharp-shinned Hawks. We saw no falcons. A large flock
> of Horned Larks were at
> Goodrich Corner. We saw several Ravens and one flock of 80 Snow Geese.
> We watched two White-breasted
> Nuthatches gritting and hopping about on their short legs on a dirt path.
> We searched the area to see if seed
> had been broadcasted for the birds but saw none.
> Life birds for Rory: Rough-legged Hawk, Pine Grosbeak and Horned Lark
> Life bird for Susan: Pine Grosbeak
> Best wishes and good birding,
> Sue McGrath
> Newburyport, MA