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From: "Alison Wagner" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, October 06, 2014 5:01 PM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Birder meets Hunter
> Dear Birders and Hunters,
> Today while gathering wood chips for my blueberries along a back road
> in Huntington, I noticed a small SUV driving down a steep class four road.
> I didn’t know was drivable. I waved the driver down to ask if it’s
> possible to get to the top. He said it was; he’d been up there birding.
> Oh, no, he had said bird hunting.
> “Any luck?” I asked, but I really wanted to know if “anyone” was
> unlucky. Yes, he got a woodcock. I wondered if it was one of the birds I’d
> seen and heard in the past spring(s); a bird I can actually say is a
> “favorite” as their return to Huntington means spring is coming and many
> more birds will soon be on the way.
> I wanted to say good bye and to cherish its beauty. “Could I see it?”
> Yes...it was so soft, so small, and still warm, as if life was still
> clinging to it. I stretched out its wing to try and take in all its
> beauty. He told me he uses these feathers to make flies and silently, I
> thanked him.
> We stood beside each other on a bridge with our secret brook babbling
> below. He fishes here and I cool off in fabulous swimming holes. The
> brook is pure and wild, just like this bird, and in my heart, I felt a
> little joy knowing this woodcock would be back again in the spring when
> this hunter returns to catch brook trout. He’s just like me, I thought,
> respecting nature and loving this beautiful place. Here, where this
> little bird has bridged a birder and a hunter together where there is room
> for both of us.
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