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Zac,  I love your enthusiasm, and appreciation of all feathered things!
 "Red-nuts" are one of my favorites!


On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 11:11 AM, Ronald Payne <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Hi, Zac,
>
> If you look at my iNat submission, my placement of the marker is pretty
> exact. http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/474577
>
> We were directly north of that on the road before it bends, which is a bit
> of a high point. The larks and buntings were in the plowed field in front
> of us, and the Short-Eared Owls came out of the grassy field behind the
> fence. It's best to approach the road from 17 at the west end because the
> eastern part of the road from Jersey St. can be a little rough. There are
> several farm field entrances that you can pull off and park in.
>
> The most important advice I have would be to be patient and don't give up
> until it has reached absolute darkness. It's seems to be that moment when
> you feel like it's not going to happen that the Short-eared Owls finally
> come out. Good luck!
>
>
>  --
> Ron Payne
> Middlebury, VT
>
> On Thu, 5 Dec 2013 10:45:23 -0500, Zacheriah Cota-Weaver <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Ron,
>
>>
>> I'm headed down to Addison this afternoon/evening, any spot in particular
>> I
>> should check out for larks, buntings and your SEOW. I've been a few times
>> to Brilyea and Gage road without success. Thanks,
>>
>> Zac
>>
>>
>> On Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 7:21 PM, Ronald Payne <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>>
>> > Five birders, myself with Ian Worley, Pat Folsom with Ali Wagner, and
>> > Tyler Pockette on his own all converged on Country Club Rd. in Addison
>> at
>> > sunset today in search of Short-eared Owls. A Rough-legged Hawk, then
>> > Horned Larks and Snow Buntings, then two Harriers kept us entertained
>> as we
>> > waited. The Harriers kept working the fields as it got darker and darker
>> > until seemingly without transition they were suddenly replaced by a
>> single
>> > Short-eared Owl. It flew along a fence line and perched on a fence post
>> and
>> > tree about 100 yards in front of us allowing us all good looks at it
>> > through scopes. It then flew around the field where it was joined by a
>> > second Short-eared, the two of them putting on a great display swirling
>> and
>> > circling together until some cars came up the road after which the owls
>> > disappeared into the darkness. The five of us all congratulated each
>> other
>> > on successfully completed mission and headed home. >
>> >  --
>> > Ron Payne
>> > Middlebury, VT
>> >
>>
>>
>>
>> -- Zacheriah T. Cota-Weaver
>> 33 Cemetery Road
>> Starksboro, VT 05487
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>>  (802) 349-4950
>>
>>
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