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Hey your team wins the prize for fortitude!  Judy, Mary Lou and I did our usual route via car and found 115. We experienced the same tough birding conditions but not the weather you had. It was bright and sunny and the birds shut up early on. 
Highlights were whip-poor-wills, upland and barred owl.

Cheers,

Sue
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From: Chris Rimmer <[log in to unmask]>
> I had an E. Wood-Pewee sing several times at our house in Norwich last 
> evening.
> 
> On Monday, the VCE team did its annual hike-bike Birdathon, 
> starting from the GMC hut on Pico Peak at dawn, hiking 0.5 mile up to 
> the summit, then down to Sherburne Pass on Rt. 4, where we jumped on our 
> bikes and pedaled 37 miles over hill and dale to So. Royalton.  I don't 
> think we could have picked a more challenging day birdingwise, and our 
> paltry total of 87 species reflected the cool, windy, wet weather. We 
> had it all - rime ice on Pico's summit, snow and sleet at various times, 
> spitting rain almost the entire day, several tantalizing but very brief 
> appearances of sun, and a steady chilling north wind.  Bird vocal 
> activity was low, and we didn't encounter a single bona fide passage 
> migrant.  However, we spent an entire day outdoors, got plenty of 
> exercise, had our share of laughs, and managed a few good birds.  
> Highlights were a reticent Bicknell's Thrush on Pico (but no Blackpoll 
> Warblers there or anywhere else), a pair of Common Loons on Kent Pond, a 
> fantastic look at an American Bittern in the Killington wetlands, a pair 
> of nesting kestrels in Stockbridge, a Broad-winged Hawk carrying a snake 
> (or very flimsy twig), and a tight group of 5 male Bobolinks at close 
> range in a Royalton hayfield.
> 
> Chris
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> Chris Rimmer
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> P.O. Box 420
> Norwich, VT 05055
> 802-649-1431 ext. 1
> www.vtecostudies.org
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> Chris Rimmer
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> P.O. Box 420
> Norwich, VT 05055
> 802-649-1431 ext. 1
> www.vtecostudies.org