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Re: Woodcocks and bats in Brattleboro

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David Merker <[log in to unmask]>

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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 21 Mar 2012 18:41:26 -0400

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What an action packed evening dude,,,good deal.... lots of green frogs out around the pond...no peepers or calling as of yet..great stars...

David Merker
Etna, NH




On Mar 21, 2012, at 6:30 PM, Teage O'Connor wrote:

> I paddled from Salmon Hole to Rock Point yesterday afternoon, notables were:
> 
> a bat feeding yesterday under the bridge by the Intervale in Burlington
> 3 great blue herons
> pair of flickers
> a raven harassing a red-tailed (as soon as the crows showed up the raven
> took off)
> a crow flying across the river with its feet dangling (another crow
> followed shortly after and landed next to this crow)
> 7 turkey vultures soaring around the Intervale. 3 in the bunch were
> following a 4th. Do they stay in family groups as they return north?
> countless song sparrows and rwbb singing along the banks
> 2 mink running together (one with a fish in its mouth)
> lots of spiders and other insects gliding along the surface of the water
> a pair of lesser scaups (maybe the one's Jim Saw at Delta)
> a pair of barred owls singing at Rock Point
> spring peeper chorus
> and a couple hundred ring-billed gulls flying out over the lake just after
> dusk.
> 
> 
> Naturalist Educator
> crowspath.org <http://www.crowspath.org/>
> (802) 860.7284
> 
> 
> 
> On 21 March 2012 17:58, Scott Sainsbury <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
>> Hi Hilke (et.al)
>> 
>> I'm glad you're hearing wood frogs.  I walked out to look at the vernal
>> pools in our hay fields a couple days ago.  They were full of water, but no
>> eggs yet.  I was worried that -- with the warm weather -- the pools might
>> be gone before the amphibians get to them.  Hopefully that won't be the
>> case.  Your wood frogs give hope.
>> 
>> We had a bright-yellow Yellow Shafted Flicker on our suet feeder this
>> morning.  Interesting species.  In large groups on the ground feeding on
>> ants (according to Sibley) in the fall.  In the trees in summer.  On
>> feeders now (perhaps all the energy in the fat is great for post-migration
>> recovery).  Omnivore?  Or just opportunist?
>> 
>> I've been thinking about the bats that community members have been
>> reporting.  I remember hearing a program on Jane Lindholm's show with a
>> couple experts on White-nose.  They said that often, the individual bats we
>> see flying around are those infected with the fungus.  Perhaps that's only
>> in winter (hopefully), but I'd like to know whether I should be expressing
>> joy or feeling sadness over the furry-fliers that are being seen.
>> 
>> Scott
>> Moretown
>> On Mar 21, 2012, at 4:22 PM, Hilke Breder wrote:
>> 
>>> Last evening I heard 2 woodcocks in our neighborhood on Black Mountain
>> Rd in Bratteboro.
>>> Their peenting was almost drowned out by the unbelievable din made by
>> spring peepers and
>>> wood frogs. I was thrilled to see two bats fly circles over our house
>> and wetland. The
>>> woodcocks  were doing their courtship singing again when I stepped out
>> at about 6:30 this
>>> morning.
>>> 
>>> Hilke Breder
>>> Brattleboro
>>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Scott Sainsbury
>> Beacon Associates
>> P.O. 1660
>> Waitsfield, Vt.  05673
>> 802-496-9393 ext 13
>> 802-249-0525 (mobile)
>> www.beaconassociates.com
>> 
> 

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