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Vermont's first confirmed Eurasian Collard-Dove is at a feeder in 
Norwich, where it has been a daily visitor for the past ~10 days.  The 
bird was reported to me this morning, and its identity was verified a 
short while later by Spencer and Doug Hardy and Ed Hack.  I returned 
with Kent McFarland and Pat Johnson at 3:00 pm, at which point a large 
pale dove flew from the site and never reappeared(!!).  The owners, John 
and Dianne Dunn, showed me photos taken from inside their home, and 
these clearly confirm the bird as a Eurasian Collared-Dove.  They are 
very welcoming and would be glad to have birders stop to see the bird, 
which is apparently much more reliable at their feeders during morning 
than afternoon.  They live at 1460 Union Village Road in Norwich, about 
3 miles north of Norwich village.  The number is on their black mailbox, 
on the right (east) side of the road as you're driving north.  It is not 
necessary to alert John and Dianne in advance of a visit, but birders 
should respect their privacy and be as unobtrusive as possible.  They 
have horses, so please be aware of them during your visit.

I suggest that birders wanting to see this first state record wait until 
at least Friday, to let John and Dianne enjoy a quiet Thanksgiving 
tomorrow.   Again, they are extremely friendly and accommodating people, 
and I trust everyone will honor their willingness to welcome birders by 
behaving responsibly. 

Thanks,
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