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Ron Payne <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 3 Sep 2013 20:10:05 -0400
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After Ian left I went over to Twitchell Hill Rd. to try to get a closer 
view, but as I drove down the road it took off headed to the west. I 
went back around to Quaker Village Rd. and could see the bird perched 
in a tree from the bridge. It stayed there for about ten minutes before 
changing its perch to another tree, where it stayed for about another 
five minutes before taking off and flying to the west. I drove west 
after it looking at points where the Otter Creek is visible but wasn't 
able to find it again. 

Here are a couple of blurry digiscoped images of the bird:

Ron Payne
Middlebury, VT

On Tue, 3 Sep 2013 19:54:35 -0400, "Ian A. Worley" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
This afternoon while fishing from a canoe my wife Mary and son Eli
> discovered a juvenile Little Blue Heron in the shallows and waterside 
> trees of the small lake above Twin Bridges Dam in Weybridge.  Ron 
> Payne and I rediscovered the bird this evening and had excellent 
> views as it stood on a log well lit from the setting sun behind us.  
> A Great Blue Heron was close by, actually looking "great" in size by 
> contrast with the small size of the heron. 
> The plumage was all white, the bill greyish or grey-greenish with a 
> black tip, there was no mane, and the legs and feet were uniformly 
> olive-greenish.  Throughout the afternoon and evening it flew from 
> location to location all within 1500 feet of the dam.  Mary and Eli 
> got quite close to it with the canoe. 
>  From land it was most easily viewed and photographed from a high, 
> roadside location on Field Days Road about 500 feet north of Quaker 
> Village Road.  It also could be seen, at times, from Twitchell Hill 
> Road a quarter of a mile east of Field Days Road. 
> Photos to come. 
> Ian