Ian, Has Farrell been the better place to check mud flat activity than Stonedam. Hope to be in the area on Wed... so tie down that Godwit! Ruth
E. Dorset, VT
> Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2012 08:42:59 -0400
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> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Got Godwit? -- Farrell Access directions
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Hi Patricia,
> Take 22A south from Vergennes or north from Bridport to Addison.
> At Addision turn west on Route 17 and go past Dead Creek WMA.
> When 17 makes a sweeping left turn at a triangle go straight to a T with
> Jersey Street.
> Right (north) on Jersey Street to another T.
> Right (east)
> After a little bit the road changes to gravel and makes a left turn so
> you are now heading north again.
> Keep your eyes open for a state fishing access sign on the right in
> about a mile. It will say Farrell Access.
> Turn right on to the access road and follow it to the end.
> At the end there is a loop where you can park.
> Look south on the west side of the open water for wading birds, ducks,
> and/or gulls.
> You can also walk along that shore to get closer (you will probably
> spook the ducks as you get closer).
> On 9/24/2012 8:31 AM, Patricia Fontaine wrote:
> > Would someone be kind enough to clarify where Farrell access is?
> > Thanks very much,
> > Patricia
> > On Sep 23, 2012, at 7:43 PM, Alison Wagner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >> Hi,
> >> I'm happy to report the Godwit was still in the same location today as
> >> reported yesterday by Ian, Jim, and Craig. Thanks, guys!
> >> I arrived at 11:00 a.m. and first chatted
> >> with three hunters who were leaving the area because the water was too
> >> shallow and they got stuck in muck! Then I had the opportunity to meet Denis and
> >> Maria Poley as well as the Hudsonian Godwit. Next to arrive were Hank
> >> Kaestner and Bill Mercia.
> >> The Godwit spent its time feeding in deep water, its belly just on the surface. Hank mentioned it was feeding in a Dowitcher fashion!
> >> It was great to meet up with all these eager birders and I was surprised more people weren't there! Good luck to anyone else who goes for it!
> >> Ali
> >> Huntington
> >> -----Original Message----- From: Ian A. Worley
> >> Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2012 5:02 AM
> >> To: [log in to unmask]
> >> Subject: [VTBIRD] Hudsonian Godwit at Farrell Access
> >> Yesterday afternoon Craig Provost and Ted Murin discovered a Hudsonian
> >> Godwit at Farrell Access. Thanks to phone calls from Craig, the bird
> >> was later also viewed by Ron Payne, Jim Mead and me.
> >> Lounging, foraging and preening 1600 feet to the southwest in shallow
> >> water at the mouth of a small cove, it and other shorebirds could be
> >> viewed from the parking area, by walking the west shore southward, and
> >> possibly from the field above the cove. A single Greater Yellowlegs
> >> kept close company with the Godwit on occasion.
> >> Other shorebirds included a flock of Lesser Yellowlegs, an American
> >> Golden Plover, a Semipalmated Sandpiper, and a Least Sandpiper. The
> >> Lesser Yellowlegs were depleted by one following a successful aerial
> >> pursuit from a Peregrine Falcon over water right in front of us. The
> >> speed of the Falcon was breathtaking. It disappeared carrying its new
> >> meal into the canopy of tall-tree woods on the east shore.
> >> The Peregrine attack dispersed the shorebirds, which we did not see
> >> again before leaving shortly thereafter.
> >> A list of species seen by Ron, Jim and me is found at:
> >> http://ebird.org/ebird/vt/view/checklist?subID=S11643664
> >> Ian