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Alison Wagner <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 7 Feb 2018 11:53:41 -0500
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Ron Payne, Ian Worley and I watched three short-eared owls yesterday from 
5:09 until too-dark.  2 were west & south of dilapidated barns and the third 
was in the field south of Gage Road.  Good optics gave satisfying looks in 
dim light and I enjoyed seeing faces while they flowed along on air.  We 
also saw a Snowy close to the Goose Viewing area and heard a Great Horned. 
A nice trio of owl species!



-----Original Message----- 
From: Mike Sargent
Sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 11:42 AM
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Subject: [VTBIRD] Short-eared Owls, Crows - Video

The South Burlington crows have been active lately. On Saturday afternoon 
they congregated behind the forestry lab on the UVM cross country course, 
before taking off in a steady stream toward the lake. On Monday at dusk, 
there were many hundreds in the trees just north of the correctional 
facility on Farrell Street. For an interesting and opinionated discussion 
about the origins and usage of the term "murder", check out the Audubon Web 
site at:   http://www.audubon.org/news/no-its-not-actually-murder-crows

I've also posted a video clip of short-eared owls, from the Dead Creek WMA 
and the Parker River NWR on Plum Island. The Gage Road group tend to come 
out 10 minutes after sunset, so there's not much time to see them before it 
gets dark. In December, after 3 days of dawn and dusk searching all over 
Plum Island, I saw an owl that happily showed up about a half-hour before 
sunset. Not surprisingly, there were several northern harriers in the 
vicinity. And of course there were several snowy owls, just like everywhere 
else in northern New England.

The video clips, along with various other ones, are at: