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Was anyone at Farrell Access today? I'm interested in hearing any positive or negative sightings of the Hudsonian Godwit. 

Many thanks,
Jon Katz
Burlington


On Sep 23, 2012, at 5:02 AM, "Ian A. Worley" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 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