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Pretty sure I heard an Eastern Towhee here in our yard twice this morning, but not able to see to confirm.  Would be a first for us.
 
Also saw what I am pretty sure was a Northern Mockingbird -- the light was tough, but it was the right size, longish tail, light gray breast, thin black stripe through eye, very mocker-like beak, and white wing patches were visible when it took flight.  Again, can't confirm, but I can't think what else it could have been and this would also be a first for our yard, so I thought it worth mentioning.  
 
Lastly, like everyone else, we got our first Baltimore Orioles here this morning.
 
Miriam Lawrence
Monkton

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From: Vermont Birds on behalf of Julie Waters
Sent: Wed 5/7/2008 1:41 PM
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Subject: [VTBIRD] Eastern Towhee under feeder in Westminster



I have -never- seen an Eastern Towhee in our yard before.  I had to
double-check with binoculars but yeah-- absolutely no doubt.  There
is, right this moment, an Eastern Towhee feeding from the seed on the
ground beneath the birdfeeders.

Additionally, beyond the standard birds (grackles, robins,
goldfinches, wb nuthatches, bc chickadees, etc.) we have Pine
Siskins, American Redstarts, Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks and Baltimore
Orioles in the yard.

This morning at Allen Brothers Marsh, I was able to photograph a
yellow warbler, a warbling vireo and a tree swallow:

http://juliesmagiclightshow.com/_2008-05-07.php

I'll post more later if anything new comes up but the towhee was such
a surprise I just wanted to get it out there.

--julie
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