Love this! Merry Xmas and Happy Birding :-) Pam
From: Alison Wagner <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 6:54 PM
Subject: [VTBIRD] 6 raptors in Addison County
Good evening, VT birders,
This afternoon Pat Folsom and I decided to head to Addison County to see what we could stir up in the wet and foggy weather. Although we didn’t find the coveted Prairie Falcon, we were not disappointed. What we did find was Rapt-city in the rain!
On the 23rd of December I truly love to share with thee:
FIVE RED-TAILS perched high
seen in various locations, perched and in flight
FOUR SHORT-EARED OWLS (possibly)
seen on Gage Road; Pat and I were charmed by one that flew over our car, circling twice before moving a short distance away, then allowing another minute or so
for us to soak in all the magic of this Houdini-like bird! It appeared out of no where, or so it seemed, and within a few minutes it vanished again! While enraptured,
a second car of birders were marveling at a pair of SEOW down near the abandoned barns. They were also able to see one about .2 mile down the road as they headed
east on their way out of Gage road. (Yeah, I know, there may have only been two for sure, but that wrecks my Xmas song)
THREE SNOWY OWLS (definitely)
Each bird had distinct plumage to assure us we were being charmed three times. The first SNOW was on Gage Road, perched on a utility pole around 2:45.
This bird was heavily barred with a very dark cap as well. SNOW #2 was at the Goose Viewing Area. It was seen at 3:54 and was perched about 100 yards from route
17 at the first tree line edge of eastern most corn field. Although it also was significantly barred, its head had much less black on it.SNOW #3 was seen on Sunset
Lane, in front of the house, perched at the tree top. It was the snowiest of them
all, overall mostly white.
TWO KINDS’A BUTEOS
a rough-legged seen as well
AND a COOPER’S and a MERLIN in some trees
Cooper’s on Otter Creek road and Merlin on Sunset Lane. The Merlin gave us a moment of anticipated triumph, until we got a good enough look to see it wasn’t
its bigger cousin. Still, it was a beautiful bird to see in December.