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The Four Brothers Islands would be about 7 miles as the fish crow flies from
the Coast Guard station on the Burlington Waterfront. 15 miles would be a
good round trip.

Tom Barber
Burlington

----- Original Message -----
From: "Terry Wright" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, July 23, 2005 8:25 PM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Four Brothers


> Given Matt's inspiring post and the excellent weather today, my wife &  I
> made our way to Four Brothers for a birding trip via boat.
>
> Our inventory for a two hour visit (including lunch stop) was not  quite
as
> impressive as Matt's but nonetheless very satisfying....
>
> 15-20 Great Blues, Adults & juveniles (in the rookery on the  westernmost
> island - the one with all the dead trees)
> 1 Adult & 2 Immature Black-Crowned Night Herons (on the south end of  the
> southeasternmost island)
> 1 Great Egret (south end of the southeasternmost island)
> 12-15 Canada Geese (in the grass on the west side of the 'middle'  island)
> Herring Gulls (everywhere)
> Greater Black-backed gulls (on the shoreline of the middle island)
> Double-crested cormorants, including several juveniles in  nests.
(everywhere)
>
> We specifically looked for and did NOT see:
>   Caspian terns
>   Cattle Egrets
>   Glossy Ibis
>
> For anyone taking the trip from the Vermont side, you can put in at the
> Coast Guard station in Burlington.  It is approximately 15 miles southwest
from
> there, and just to the east of Willsboro Point on the NY side.    Head
> southwest and directly for Juniper Island (it is in line with the Four
Brothers when
> departing from Burlington, and approximately half-way  there.)   Take care
to
> steer south of the shoal to the south of  Juniper (it is marked with a
can).
>
> Terry Wright
>