Hi this is my first response to the Vermont Birders email list. I just
wanted to give an update on the Barred-Owl nest on Mt. Philo. I just left
Mt. Philo about 30 minutes ago and the Barred-Owl was in a tree not far
from the nest and their was a Young Barred-Owl sitting on the edge of the
nest. Good luck birding.
On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 11:06 PM, Eric Hynes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hello Vermont Birders:
> I was hiking this morning with my two year old daughter at Mount Philo
> State Park in Charlotte, when I noticed a cavity in a white pine snag was
> once again occupied by a Barred Owl. I first noticed the/a Barred Owl pair
> using the nest site two springs ago but the cavity was usurped by a Gray
> Squirrel last year. The bird today appeared to be in an incubating position
> (or more likely brooding given the date) so I feel pretty confident it was
> not simply a roost site. I could be wrong.
> I returned this afternoon with Molly and her five year old sister, Rita.
> Rita is old enough to operate binoculars and it was quite a thrill to see
> her face light up when she found the cavity in her bins.
> This nest site seems ideal for sharing. There is a steady dose of hikers
> and dog walkers parading by it every day so as long as people stay on the
> road and don't linger, get loud, or use flash, I am guessing transient
> observers will be tolerated. Getting off the road to get closer to the nest
> tree diminishes the viewing and would require going down a steep slope so I
> am trusting that nobody will be doing that.
> As you start up the road (not trail) from the parking area, about 1/2 way
> up Mount Philo, the road splits. Stay to the right on the upper road, which
> wraps around the mountain on the west and south sides. As you get closer to
> the summit, utility lines cross the road. Approximately 50 meters beyond
> the wooden power pole on the right, there is a conspicuous sawed-off stump
> on the right (downslope side) edge of the road. The cavity is in a white
> pine snag, which forks at the top, approximately 50 feet off the road,
> directly behind this stump as you are looking downhill. In order to see
> into the cavity however, you need to continue up the road another 50 feet
> or more and look back at eye level or slightly above eye level. I uploaded
> an image in my eBird report so you can get a sense of what you are looking
> I am confident the outstanding Vermont birding community will act
> Another interesting natural history encounter on our hike was witnessing a
> chipmunk attack, kill, and drag off a garter snake that was approximately
> twice the length of the chipmunk (including the chipmunk's tail). That was
> a first for me and prompted Rita to state: "Boy, I sure am glad I'm not
> that garter snake!"
> Good birding,
> Eric Hynes
> Burlington, VT
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