I took a walk on the Middlebury College Organic Garden Path this evening in hopes of finding an Eastern Meadowlark but found a Northern Shrike instead. It was on the south side of 125 where there is a shrubby section of pasture. The neatest part was that I got to see it hovering into a headwind for a bit before it went out of sight. I found one near the garden path on the first week of April last year as well. 

I'll try for Meadowlarks again soon. 

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Ron Payne
Middlebury, VT

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