LOL Blackbirds as pollinators. Cool.
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  From: Maeve Kim<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
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  Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 8:40 PM
  Subject: [VTBIRD] grebes, otters, both bitterns PLUS

  Liz Lackey and I kayaked for many hours today in Fairfield Swamp.  
  What a great place! A few highlights first:

  Once we got past the put-in, which reeked of dead fish and bits of  
  frog, the air was full of a citrus-with-a-touch-of-vanilla smell from  
  many yellow bull lilies and many thousand white pond lilies. There  
  were frogs on lily pads everywhere. We also watched several Red- 
  Winged Blackbirds walking and hopping on lily pads, apparently  
  feeding on the flowers. The birdsí heads were smeared with what  
  appeared to be yellow pollen. One female had an entirely yellow  

  Two otters swam right in front of us, one lifting its large head way  
  out of the water to stare (glare) at us while making noises that were  
  between huffs and growls. (There was a strong wind and we were  
  downwind of the otters, so we got much closer than the animals would  
  have liked before they noticed us.)

  There were too many Great Blue Herons and Swamp Sparrows to count or  
  even accurately guess. Iíd loosely estimate a singing Swamp Sparrow  
  every twenty yards and two dozen Great Blue Herons.

  Two Pied-Billed Grebes did an amazingly loud duet.

  There are at least two Osprey nests in the area, one a large  
  structure on a big dead tree. There were two good-sized youngsters in  
  that nest. At one time, we saw six adults in the air in addition to  
  the two young.

  Here's the whole bird list:

  Wood Duck


  Hooded Merganser  1

  Pied-billed Grebe  2

  American Bittern   -   possibly 4 individuals

  Least Bittern  1

  Great Blue Herons everywhere!

  Turkey Vulture  1

  Osprey  8

  Sharp-shinned Hawk  1     The hawk had a small bird in its talons.  
  (We didn't identify the prey.)

  Mourning Dove

  Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1

  Belted Kingfisher  3

  Pileated Woodpecker  1

  Eastern Wood-Pewee

  Alder Flycatcher

  Willow Flycatcher

  Great Crested Flycatcher

  Eastern Kingbird

  Red-eyed Vireo

  Blue Jay

  American Crow

  Barn Swallow

  Black-capped Chickadee

  White-breasted Nuthatch

  Marsh Wren  1

  Veery  1

  Hermit Thrush

  American Robin

  Gray Catbird  1

  Cedar Waxwing

  Chestnut-sided Warbler  1

  Black-throated Green Warbler  1

  Northern Waterthrush - 1 or possibly 2

  Common Yellowthroat  1

  Song Sparrow

  Swamp Sparrow

  White-throated Sparrow

  Red-winged Blackbird

  American Goldfinch

  This report was generated automatically by eBird v2 (<>)