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Thanks Sue -- I'm learning, but slowly
Scott
On May 9, 2009, at 2:36 PM, Sue Wetmore wrote:

> How about a snipe? They also do an aerial performance.
>
> Sue Wetmore
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Scott Sainsbury" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Saturday, May 9, 2009 1:46:16 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
> Subject: [VTBIRD] morning farm walk
>
> I got around the south end of our farm this morning. Saw some good
> birds. But surprisingly missed several commonly seen residents.
> Some of the forest birds I expected were missing because of a Broad-
> winged Hawk that kept me under close surveillance for a while in the
> woods.
>
> CrossHaven Farm, Moretown, Vt. 5/8/09 8-10 am
> 32 Species (reported on "most seen at one time basis)
>
> Red Winged Blackbird 7
> Common Grackle 5
> European Starling 4
> Chipping Sparrow 1
> American Goldfinch 11
> Pine Siskin 2
> Rock Pigeon 6
> Savannah Sparrow 2
> American Robin 2
> Song Sparrow 1
> Common Yellowthroat 1 (3 seen in total) (foy on farm)
> Mallard 1
> Barn Swallow 1
> Tree Swallow 6
> Mourning Dove 2
> Ruffed Grouse 1 (heard)
> Wild Turkey 3
> White-throated Sparrow 1
> Oven Bird 1 (1 seen, 7 heard in different locations)
> White-crowned Sparrow 1
> American Crow 1
> Blue Jay 1
> Black-capped Chickadee 2
> Broad-winged Hawk 1 (foy on farm)
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Wood Duck 1 (foy on farm)
> Canada Goose 1
> Eastern Meadowlark 1 (foy on farm)
> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
> Eastern Bluebird 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 1 (heard)
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
>
> I also watched a bird on the wing that acted and looked very much
> like a Woodcock. It had the right size and wing shape, and flew up
> and up in misshapen circles until I almost lost it -- then it dove
> quickly to ground -- unfortunately a ways off from me. It was about
> 8 am. I couldn't hear anything due to distance and traffic noise.
> Do they ever do this, or was I fooled by an impostor?