I took a ride over the Cox Brook Road from Moretown to Northfield Falls this morning. It's a proven spot for evening Grosbeaks, and Fred and Chris Pratt and I saw several other interesting birds up there -- including a Goshawk -- during CBC.
Today was no disappointment. I saw 34 Evening Grosbeaks, and a Goshawk that was consuming a crow under a pine tree just a few yards off the road. It was in the front yard of the location from which Chris, Fred and I viewed one on 12/19. Perhaps it was the same bird.
If anyone drives that route -- from the Northfield Falls side -- continue beyond where the road changes from pavement to dirt (that's the Berlin / Moretown line). A little further on, you will pass a brown cape on the left with large pines in the front yard. Watch under the pines -- between two of them, you may still find the hawk's quarry and perhaps the hawk itself. The Williams (who live there) have several feeders, and you can often find several other species there, including Evening Grosbeaks.
If you travel further west about a mile or so, you will come up a hill and see a brown log house on the right hand side. The Farnsworths feed a lot too. That's where I saw all the Grosbeaks today.
Finally, another mile to mile and a half beyond there, you will see a small white cottage and garage on the right. There are a good number of feeders there, and Fred, Chris and I have seen Grosbeaks there too.