On 8 September 2009, a Say's Phoebe stopped briefly at Jenn Megyesi and
Kyle Jones's Fat Rooster Farm in Royalton, where Kyle was able to
observe and photograph it before its quick departure. This was the
fourth ever sighting of a Say's in Vermont.
Yesterday, on a farm in Ferrisburg, Jenn spied her second Vermont
Say's! The fifth sighting for the state.
This morning Kyle, Ted Murin, and I went to the farm to try and relocate
the bird. After an hour plus of searching the bird reappeared in the
same location where seen by Jenn. We watched it in excellent lighting
via binocs and scope as it flit from fence to grasses and back. It lit
on both fence posts and fence wires. Our only suitable camera was not
with us at the time.
After about five minutes of viewing the bird disappeared behind a heifer
barn. Another hour and a half or more of searching did not re-find the
bird. So the bird might have other areas it is frequenting as well.
The bird is characteristically colored and easily recognized by its
Farm owners Cheryl Devos and husband DJ are happy for birders to come
visit. However, since the bird is at a working farm with many animals
they ask that no one venture beyond barriers, open gates, cross fences
(some are electrified), or climb on fences. This is for your safety and
the safety of the animals. The location where the bird was seen is
easily viewed from accessible parts of the barnyard.
Also, please park so as not to block the traveled lanes or building
The farm is in Ferrisburg. Approaching on Route 7 from the south or
north, at the intersection with Hollow Road (which heads east) and Stage
Road (which heads west) drive west on Stage Road. In a mile it
intersects with Greenbush Road. Turn left (south) and then immediately
turn right (west) onto Long Point Road. In half a mile, just after
crossing a railroad track, turn left (south) on Ashley Road. Go to the
end of the road, which morphs into the farm. Park near the silo and/or
some stacks of round bales, leaving plenty of room for farm vehicles.
The road that brought you to the farm continues southward beyond the
area of the buildings as a farm road. You'll be able to see this road
well from the fences blocking your way. The bird was seen on the fence
along the road and the fences behind the barns which are easily viewed.
Devos farm, Ferrisburgh, Addison, US-VT
Nov 22, 2011 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Comments: Observers: Kyle Jones, Ted Murin, Ian Worley
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon 45
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Say's Phoebe 1 Excellent views for about 5 minutes as the bird sat
on open and unshaded fence posts and fence wires, flitting back and
forth to grasses below. Clean and characteristic adult coloration --
evident and apparent. Cinnamon belly and undertail coverts easily seen.
Silent. Did not, when viewed, associate with other birds.
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 7
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 2
American Tree Sparrow 8
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 13
American Goldfinch 9
House Sparrow 17
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