Last night, under a spectacular full moon rising above the Green
Mountains in cloudless skies and calm winds, during my Whip-poor-will
survey in Monkton-Bristol, I was standing between two large, sweeping
farm fields on a hill crest with forested margins. As in previous years
not a Whip-poor-will was heard on this route, but across the field to my
west from the forest edge came the soft calls of two owls quite a
distance apart. One was that of a Barred Owl, the other the lazy
monotony of a Long-eared Owl. A surprise that muted the disappointment
of no Whips.
The location was 1.1 miles north of the intersection of Lower
Hardscrabble Road with Hardscrabble Road.
Later, on the drive home about a mile and a half from home a
Whip-poor-will was singing boisterously by the roadside unperturbed by
my presence. (Its location is Snake Mountain Road in Weybridge slightly
north of the intersection with Forrest Road, where it has been singing
for the last few weeks.)