Observer thought he was heading for Mount Independence but ended up at Larrabees Point Access to be greeted there by a very vocal Brown Thrasher! The two to three mile walk a little later at Mount Independence was most pleasant. Bloodroot and Hepatica in bloom also at least one Eastern Comma and one Mourning Cloak. Location: East Creek Wildlife Management Area Observation date: 4/14/10 Notes: Northern Harrier pair, potential nesting site. Observed both birds "go down" in same area. Female had "something" dangling from her talons as she descended to an area of dried reeds. Canada Goose on nest. Number of species: 14 Canada Goose 6 American Black Duck 2 Mallard 5 Northern Harrier 2 American Kestrel 2 Mourning Dove 1 American Crow 2 Eastern Bluebird 1 American Robin 2 European Starling 1 Song Sparrow 2 Swamp Sparrow 2 Red-winged Blackbird 8 Eastern Meadowlark 2 Location: Larrabees Point Access Observation date: 4/14/10 Notes: Brown Thrasher was in full song for the 25 minutes the observer was present! Number of species: 13 Mallard 2 Mourning Dove 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 American Crow 2 Tree Swallow 2 Black-capped Chickadee 3 American Robin 2 Brown Thrasher 1 Song Sparrow 1 White-throated Sparrow 3 Red-winged Blackbird 4 Common Grackle 12 American Goldfinch 2 Location: Mount Independence Observation date: 4/14/10 Notes: Savannah Sparrow was in a field adjacent to Mount Independence perched on an electric fence and singing! Number of species: 23 Ruffed Grouse 2 Turkey Vulture 3 Ring-billed Gull 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Downy Woodpecker 1 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Blue Jay 1 Common Raven 1 Black-capped Chickadee 9 Tufted Titmouse 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 House Wren 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3 Eastern Bluebird 1 American Robin 1 Pine Warbler 2 Chipping Sparrow 2 Savannah Sparrow 1 Song Sparrow 2 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 16 Northern Cardinal 2 American Goldfinch 7 This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org/vt) Cheers, Roy Pilcher The Gables at East Mountain, Rutland, Vermont Speaking the same language.