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Re: VTBIRD Digest - 22 Oct 2020 to 23 Oct 2020 (#2020-289)

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Jeffrey Sonshine <[log in to unmask]>

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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>

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Sat, 24 Oct 2020 01:13:34 -0700

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Hello

Please remove my name from your distribution list. I have moved away

Jeffrey sonshine

On Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 9:01 PM VTBIRD automatic digest system <
[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> There are 3 messages totaling 109 lines in this issue.
>
> Topics of the day:
>
>   1. Duck
>   2. October 23, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
>   3. Siskins in Rochester!
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Date:    Fri, 23 Oct 2020 07:58:56 -0400
> From:    Sue Wetmore <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Duck
>
> A long-tailed duck was on Fern Lake
> yesterday. Lake Dunmore had six loons.
> Sue Wetmore
>
> Sent from my iPod
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Fri, 23 Oct 2020 10:53:47 -0400
> From:    Ted Levin <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: October 23, 2020: Coyote Hollow, Thetford Center
>
> 6:51 a.m. 55 degrees, wind SW 2 mph. Sky: dawn thick and overcast, a
> remnant of last night's half-hearted rain; sunrise almost indistinguishable
> from dawn, a disarrangement of gray with the thrill of a passing red-tailed
> hawk. Permanent and intermittent streams: volume and volume a xerox of
> yesterday. Wetlands: the green thread of tall reeds that marked the main
> channel now a brunette thread in a buff-colored marsh; islands of sweet
> gale, where deer birthed and redwings nested, now dark-chocolate brown.
> Alders drop leaves, while chickadee harvests seeds from tiny cones. Pond:
> four mergansers linger for a moment—two juvenile males, two
> females—swimming in tight circles, then skitter across the surface and
> flush, flying low over the alders before pitching into the marsh; a sudden
> departure that agitates the surface.
>
> The road littered with aspen leaves, unmarred bright yellow, or the color
> of overheated butter. Stammering crickets, a throwback to September. Most
> of the robins have moved on, but voluble blue jays and nuthatches make up
> for their absence, chattering, tooting, screaming, as though on holiday.
>
> The word *topophilia* means "love of place," a complex, multilayered
> emotion that the poems of Mary Oliver and the essays of Aldo Leopold and
> Edward Abbey awaken without ever mentioning the word. Landscape memories
> involve a jubilee of sights and sounds, smells and textures of bygone days,
> which, in my case, are those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer on the beach.
> I grew up on the South Shore of Long Island, a short bike ride from the
> salt marsh, kept wet by the tides, and from the Jones Beach, a skinny,
> barrier island—seventeen miles of dunes, swales, and the eternally
> pounding surf. For me, going to Jones Beach meant seeing birds, all sorts
> of birds from the four corners of the continent.
>
> One species stood out from all the rest. The marsh hawk (aka northern
> harrier) was the first raptor I'd identified on my own, long-winged and
> slender. Sexually dimorphic. Males, smaller than females, are
> pewter-colored above, white below, with dark wingtips, as though they had
> been dipped in ink. Females are mud brown and streak-chested; juveniles
> have a rosy blush on their chest. Marsh hawks, light and buoyant as kites,
> coursed endlessly and effortlessly over the salt marsh, wings held in a
> "V." A long, steerage tail fine-tuned flight. On any given trip to the
> beach, I'd spot five or six, maybe more.
>
> Unfortunately, higher tides and more frequent flooding brought on by
> climate change has greatly reduced the number of marsh hawks still
> inhabiting Jones Beach since the ubiquitous and marsh-loving meadow voles,
> their principal source of food, have been pushed inland by the rising sea.
> Now, whenever I return to Jones Beach, a once visible and visceral
> connection to my boyhood has become noticeably scarce; it's absence a
> frayed strand in the fabric of memories that tether me to my coastal
> roots—daydreams of green-plumed marshes and snow-white clouds, of
> bare-foot, carefree summer days when time seemed to stand still.
>
> My boys grew up here in Coyote Hollow when *Color* peaked the third week in
> September, and snow arrived in November; when peepers filled the marsh in
> late April and stayed through July. A robin or a bluebird in winter was a
> *big
> *deal. In October, juncos passed through the front yard and didn't often
> stick around. Almost every year, we'd see a moose. We never saw opossums.
> Beech and red spruce were healthy. There was no emerald ash borer.
>
> One vehicle I use to track Vermont's *new* weather patterns, grimly
> fascinating and wretchedly unpredictable, is the appearance or absence of
> dooryard birds. Simple enough. I just watch my feeders. Of course, I could
> check a weather app, but as Dylan noted, *You don't need a weatherman to
> know which way the wind blows*. Birds are my malleable window into an
> evolving climate and an emasculated landscape.
>
> October 23, 2020. Mid-sixties. I haven't filled my wood stove in two days.
>
> We are the steward of our own childhood memories, and climate change and
> environmental degradation have begun to exact a toll, a loss rarely spoke
> of.
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Fri, 23 Oct 2020 20:10:16 -0400
> From:    Graham Bates <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Siskins in Rochester!
>
> We were delighted to have 20+ pine Siskins at our feeders today in
> Rochester! Bring on the winter finches!!!
>
> Graham
> Rochester, VT
>
> ------------------------------
>
> End of VTBIRD Digest - 22 Oct 2020 to 23 Oct 2020 (#2020-289)
> *************************************************************
>
-- 
Jeffrey Sonshine, CFP
36 Laurel Ledge Court
Stamford, CT 06903
973-441-1115

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