FYI about the deputy sheriffs-- there was just a big article in the
Addison Independent about a rash of break-ins and burglaries in northern
Addison County, specifically mentioning Addison town among others, so
people (and deputy sheriffs) are surely very much on alert.
On 2/3/2013 5:37 AM, Ian A. Worley wrote:
> With last evening producing calm winds and brilliant stars, Ron Payne
> and I sought owls at a number of locations. Saw three species and heard
> Early enough to see its coloration a Short-eared Owl flew over fields
> south and west of the end of Gage Road in Addison. The tinkling songs
> of a couple Horned Larks said goodby to the end of twilight viewing.
> Later, trolling slowly along Grandey Road in Addison, we saw a blur of
> wings ahead disappear into a roadside row of trees. Upon stopping we
> found and then watched the Eastern Screech Owl keeping track of us no
> more than 15 feet away on a branch.
> Only a few minutes thereafter, on Townline Road (Addison/Bridport) a
> Barred Owl posed nicely above on a utility wire.
> Having experienced, thus far in the evening, three occasions when
> someone pulled over, stopped, and inquired what we were doing parked
> along a back road ---- we decided to leave town, and get on the other
> side of Snake Mountain into Weybridge and Cornwall. Our questioners
> were deputy sheriffs. We vowed to end our evening ventures, and to
> return to early morning owling when vigilant residents are more likely
> sleeping, and less likely passing by our stopped car while dialing 911.
> Several stops later on Morse Road in Cornwall, by fields just north of
> the Cornwall Swamp, we found the fourth species of the evening, a
> Great-horned Owl calling in the quiet distance.
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