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Ronald Payne <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 5 Dec 2013 11:11:47 -0500
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Hi, Zac,

If you look at my iNat submission, my placement of the marker is pretty
exact. http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/474577

We were directly north of that on the road before it bends, which is a
bit of a high point. The larks and buntings were in the plowed field in
front of us, and the Short-Eared Owls came out of the grassy field
behind the fence. It's best to approach the road from 17 at the west
end because the eastern part of the road from Jersey St. can be a
little rough. There are several farm field entrances that you can pull
off and park in. 

The most important advice I have would be to be patient and don't give
up until it has reached absolute darkness. It's seems to be that moment
when you feel like it's not going to happen that the Short-eared Owls
finally come out. Good luck!

Ron Payne
Middlebury, VT

On Thu, 5 Dec 2013 10:45:23 -0500, Zacheriah Cota-Weaver
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I'm headed down to Addison this afternoon/evening, any spot in particular I
> should check out for larks, buntings and your SEOW. I've been a few times
> to Brilyea and Gage road without success. Thanks,
> Zac
> On Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 7:21 PM, Ronald Payne <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> > Five birders, myself with Ian Worley, Pat Folsom with Ali Wagner, and
> > Tyler Pockette on his own all converged on Country Club Rd. in Addison at
> > sunset today in search of Short-eared Owls. A Rough-legged Hawk, then
> > Horned Larks and Snow Buntings, then two Harriers kept us entertained as we
> > waited. The Harriers kept working the fields as it got darker and darker
> > until seemingly without transition they were suddenly replaced by a single
> > Short-eared Owl. It flew along a fence line and perched on a fence post and
> > tree about 100 yards in front of us allowing us all good looks at it
> > through scopes. It then flew around the field where it was joined by a
> > second Short-eared, the two of them putting on a great display swirling and
> > circling together until some cars came up the road after which the owls
> > disappeared into the darkness. The five of us all congratulated each other
> > on successfully completed mission and headed home.
> >
> > --
> > Ron Payne
> > Middlebury, VT
> >
> -- Zacheriah T. Cota-Weaver
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> Starksboro, VT 05487
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