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Hey Greg'   if you would like to lead and Owl night
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Peter Manship
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gregory Askew" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, November 01, 2008 11:20 PM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Nocturnal Encounters III


>I had a fantastic evening of owls and other creatures of the night between
> 6:30 and 10:00 last night.
> I set out around 6:30 but didn't get lucky until an hour later. I stopped 
> at
> Brilyea and about 50 yards from the first parking area down the access 
> road
> I was able to call in 2 EASTERN SCREECH-OWLS (gray morph). I left my high
> beams on and then played a recording. First one and then another bird made
> an appearance, visible in the trees by the light of my car. Each time I
> played the recording they would change their perches, on two occasions
> coming quite close. All in all I was able to observe them for about 25
> minutes.
> All the while, 2 GREAT-HORNED OWLS were calling from the stand of pines on
> the opposite side of the creek.
>
> After Brilyea, I stopped at the goose viewing area. Again using a 
> recording
> I was able to call in a SHORT-EARED OWL and actually got to view the bird
> from underneath as it circled several times near my car. I didn't have the
> presence of mind to record its barking as it flew back and forth, but I 
> was
> able to record a few barks after it settled a ways off in the field. Just
> let me know, I'd be happy to forward this recording to folks as 
> well...there
> are even some restless Canada Geese honking in the background.
>
> I then headed to Snake Mountain in the hopes of finding Saw-whets. I
> couldn't turn up anything on the west side of the mountain (Mountain 
> Road),
> but I did have some wonderful encounters on the east side (Snake Mountain
> Road). I pulled over at one spot and played a saw-whet recording a few 
> times
> over. I suddenly caught sight of something small fly in and alight on a
> nearby tree...and then another, except this time, the flying object hit 
> the
> tree and then skittered up the trunk only to disappear in the foliage. The
> air was active with twittering and here and there I could hear movement on
> the forest floor. These clearly weren't saw-whets like I initially 
> thought.
> My growing suspicions were soon confirmed...a twittering arose behind me 
> and
> I turned my flashlight to a tree just on the other side of the road. There
> was a little squirrel sitting on a branch and flicking its tail before
> springing away into the darkness.
> I believe I had my first FLYING SQUIRRELS (southern?) and perhaps roused
> them with my owl recording.
> Also while there I did have one SAW-WHET calling a little ways off, which 
> I
> managed a brief recording, and in some distant fields below a pack of
> Coyotes were riling up the local dogs.
>
> By the time I left Snake Mountain it was just after 9:00 and I figured I'd
> put in another hour or so. At Mt. Philo State Park, I heard one SAW-WHET
> tooting near the trailhead and a little further into the woods a shriek
> betrayed a second bird.
>
> On the way home I drove by Williams Woods in the hopes of making it a five
> owl night...but unfortunately had no luck with Barred.
>
> The night's total:
> 2 EASTERN SCREECH-OWL
> 2 GREAT-HORNED OWL
> 1 SHORT-EARED OWL
> 3 SAW-WHET OWL
>
> Good birding,
> Greg
> Vergennes