I have been spending the past 16 days in the woods to the east of
Northfield, at the height of land along the Moretown/Northfield town
line. Most notable sighting was a female Black-backed Woodpecker on Nov
23. I was walking along a trail adjacent to a large spruce-fir forest
patch. This was my first sighting of the species outside the NE
Kingdom. I knew it occurred and bred in the Green Mt. Nat. Forest in
southern VT. and know the species well from my work in Victory Bog.
Fun to see it outside its normal range.