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OK - since no one else has asked..... please help with directions to this interesting place and the access point.   Atlas page # helps.  
Thanks,
Ruth Stewart

E. Dorset, VT

 > Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 20:40:03 -0400
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> Subject: [VTBIRD] grebes, otters, both bitterns PLUS
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> 
> 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  
> forehead.
> 
> 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
> 
> Mallard
> 
> 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 (http://ebird.org)
> 
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