I went searching for the Snowy Owl in Berlin, VT that appeared on the front
cover of this morning's Times Argus. My son and I were headed out the door
for a shopping trip to Montpelier when a call came from Fred Pratt alerting
me to the photo taken by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur on Thursday afternoon.
According to the caption, the Snowy was in a field near Town and Country
Honda in Berlin. We searched in all the likely places in the area, and may
have passed it since we had no Red-tailed Hawk for help;)
Our consolation prize was a flock of 30 Turkeys spotted by my Eagle-eyed
Patti and Thomas,
On Sat, Dec 7, 2013 at 3:38 PM, Ronald Payne <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> Don't you mean if it wasn't for your 11:11 wish?
> Here is a mediocre digiscoped image of the bird I posted to the Vermont
> Atlas of Life:
> Ron Payne
> Middlebury, VT
> On Sat, 7 Dec 2013 15:35:10 -0500, Alison Wagner <[log in to unmask]>
> Hello again VT Birders,
>> I'd like to add a chapter to Eric's report regarding finding the Snowy!
>> There was another accomplice....a Red-tailed Hawk! Eric and I had driven
>> past "something on top of a tree" (hawk) and decided to go back and check
>> it out. We let Ian and Ron know we were pursuing something as they
>> continued south. Once we determined it was a Red-tail, we headed south to
>> find the team. Next Eric saw Ian traveling back (north), so he gave the
>> thumbs down sign indicating not our target bird. Eric and I continued a
>> few minutes further, turning onto Basin Harbor Road. Eric decided to call
>> Ian again to see what the next plan was. He noticed the time was 11:11,
>> and suggested I make a wish. "I wish Eric could see a Snowy Owl," I said
>> aloud. Ian answered his phone and told us that he and Ron were still in
>> the spot where they received Eric's signal, only now their thumbs were up!
>> They had found the elusive Snowy! If it hadn't been for that hawk, we all
>> would have driven right on by!
>> -----Original Message----- From: Eric Hynes
>> Sent: Saturday, December 07, 2013 2:57 PM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: [VTBIRD] Snowy Owl in Bridport
>> Hello Vermont Birders:
>> Ali Wagner, Ian Worley, Ron Payne, and I teamed up for some fun birding in
>> Addison County this morning. Somebody else might offer a more complete
>> report but I wanted to share a couple of highlights while there is still
>> some daylight.
>> We had a way out Long-tailed Duck from under the bridge at Chimney Point.
>> Remarkably, Ali spotted a possible Snowy Owl in flight from Chimney
>> Point. She was looking toward Bridport so we headed down to investigate.
>> Eagle-eyed Ali was right!
>> Ron and Ian found it standing in a corn stubble field on the east side of
>> Rt. 125. It was just south of the town line with Addison and north of Lake
>> Street. It wasn't close but it was spectacular.
>> Good birding,
>> Eric Hynes