I just checked Rutland County's CBC results that started with National's
75th count. There are 12 records of Wilson's Snipe, the largest number of
individuals being three, usually singles, as well as one record on Count
Week. All records as I recall came from the same general area and in some
cases the same drainage ditch!
The Gables at East Mountain, Rutland, Vermont
Speaking the same language.
In a message dated 2/22/2011 11:19:30 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
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I am posting this report on behalf of Jim Andrews.
After reading the reports of Snipes being seen in Bennington County
earlier this winter I've started looking for appropriate seeps or
streams here in Addison County as candidate winter habitats for Snipes
as well. Glad to discover that Jim plowed through all the deep snow and
shrub thickets to follow the stream he describes below.
Fellow birders, I have been meaning to tell you about my Snipe sighting.
As you know, the little stream that runs out of the fish hatchery here in
Salisbury stays open all winter and it is not unusual for a Kingfisher or
Great blue heron to overwinter along it. On the warm day (Thursday, Feb. 17)
I walked down to the stream after lunch and flushed a Wilson's Snipe from
the stream west of Smead Road. I have never seen a Snipe in the winter.
We did get one at least once on the X-mas bird count but that was very
unusual. I don’t know if this bird returned early or has overwintered here.
Made my day, along with the 53 degree temperatures.
James S. Andrews
Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Project
642 Smead Road
Salisbury, VT 05769
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