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Ian,   Has Farrell been the better place to check mud flat activity than Stonedam.  Hope to be in the area on Wed... so tie down that Godwit! Ruth

Ruth Stewart

E. Dorset, VT

 > Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2012 08:42:59 -0400
> From: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Got Godwit? -- Farrell Access directions
> To: [log in to unmask]
> 
> Hi Patricia,
> 
> Take 22A south from Vergennes or north from Bridport to Addison.
> At Addision turn west on Route 17 and go past Dead Creek WMA.
> When 17 makes a sweeping left turn at a triangle go straight to a T with 
> Jersey Street.
> Right (north) on Jersey Street to another T.
> Right (east)
> After a little bit the road changes to gravel and makes a left turn so 
> you are now heading north again.
> Keep your eyes open for a state fishing access sign on the right in 
> about a mile.  It will say Farrell Access.
> Turn right on to the access road and follow it to the end.
> At the end there is a loop where you can park.
> Look south on the west side of the open water for wading birds, ducks, 
> and/or gulls.
> You can also walk along that shore to get closer (you will probably 
> spook the ducks as you get closer).
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Ian
> ================
> 
> On 9/24/2012 8:31 AM, Patricia Fontaine wrote:
> > Would someone be kind enough to clarify where Farrell access is?
> >
> > Thanks very much,
> >
> > Patricia
> >
> > On Sep 23, 2012, at 7:43 PM, Alison Wagner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> >> Hi,
> >>
> >> I'm happy to report the Godwit was still in the same location today as
> >> reported yesterday by Ian, Jim, and Craig.  Thanks, guys!
> >>
> >> I arrived at 11:00 a.m. and first chatted
> >> with three hunters who were leaving the area because the water was too
> >> shallow and they got stuck in muck!  Then I had the opportunity to meet Denis and
> >> Maria Poley as well as the Hudsonian Godwit.  Next to arrive were Hank
> >> Kaestner and Bill Mercia.
> >>
> >> The Godwit spent its time feeding in deep water, its belly just on the surface.  Hank mentioned it was feeding in a Dowitcher fashion!
> >>
> >> It was great to meet up with all these eager birders and I was surprised more people weren't there!  Good luck to anyone else who goes for it!
> >>
> >> Ali
> >> Huntington
> >>
> >>
> >> -----Original Message----- From: Ian A. Worley
> >> Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2012 5:02 AM
> >> To: [log in to unmask]
> >> Subject: [VTBIRD] Hudsonian Godwit at Farrell Access
> >>
> >> Yesterday afternoon Craig Provost and Ted Murin discovered a Hudsonian
> >> Godwit at Farrell Access.  Thanks to phone calls from Craig, the bird
> >> was later also viewed by Ron Payne, Jim Mead and me.
> >>
> >> Lounging, foraging and preening 1600 feet to the southwest in shallow
> >> water at the mouth of a small cove, it and other shorebirds could be
> >> viewed from the parking area, by walking the west shore southward, and
> >> possibly from the field above the cove.  A single Greater Yellowlegs
> >> kept close company with the Godwit on occasion.
> >>
> >> Other shorebirds included a flock of Lesser Yellowlegs, an American
> >> Golden Plover, a Semipalmated Sandpiper, and a Least Sandpiper.  The
> >> Lesser Yellowlegs were depleted by one following a successful aerial
> >> pursuit from a Peregrine Falcon over water right in front of us. The
> >> speed of the Falcon was breathtaking.  It disappeared carrying its new
> >> meal into the canopy of tall-tree woods on the east shore.
> >>
> >> The Peregrine attack dispersed the shorebirds, which we did not see
> >> again before leaving shortly thereafter.
> >>
> >> A list of species seen by Ron, Jim and me is found at:
> >>
> >> http://ebird.org/ebird/vt/view/checklist?subID=S11643664
> >>
> >> Ian