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It was a pleasure to have the birds to report. Now that I know the type of
fields to survey I'll keep my eyes and ears open for them.
Have a great Sunday.
G

On Sun, Jun 22, 2008 at 10:12 AM, Terry Wright <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Greg,
>
> Many thanks for the posting.  As we are monitoring grassland birds for the
> State's conservation planning, I do appreciate postings for these birds!
>  Anyone seeing these species anywhere in the state is encouraged to report
> them here.
>
> Many thanks.
>
> Terry wright
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>
> -----Original Message-----
> From:         Gregory Askew <[log in to unmask]>
>
> Date:         Sat, 21 Jun 2008 12:47:29
> To:[log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: [VTBIRD] who-took-the-keeeeeeys?
>
>
> ...struck me as the perfect mnemonic as I heard, then saw, my first
> GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS today.
>
> I was determined this morning to find G-Sparrows but considering the cost
> of
> gas these days couldn't quite justify driving all the way to Franklin
> Airport or to the grasslands near Fort Edward, NY. I decided to keep it
> local and survey the farms and fields of the Panton/Addison area. The first
> birds I saw (3 total) were 4/10 of a mile down Gage Road on the left-hand
> side, one bird offering fantastic views as it sung atop a DCWMA sign. An
> hour or so later I located 2 birds on the right side of Farr Cross Road
> round about the same distance from 22A as the Gage Road birds. These 2
> seemed a pair since one moment I saw them plunk down in the field together.
> One thing is clear about these sparrows--they are very particular about
> habitat. I scoured fields that were a little more closely cropped than the
> ones I found them in and there were none to be found.
>
> Also seen this morning:
> male ORCHARD ORIOLE, BROWN THRASHER, and SPOTTED SANDPIPER at Farrell
> Access
> 2 MEADOWLARKS and a bunch of BOBOLINK at Gage Road
>