FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!! Nine times over :-)

      From: Ruth <[log in to unmask]>
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 Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2016 2:12 PM
 Subject: [VTBIRD] 9-!!!! Bald Eagles
At Gale Meadows this a.m.  See account in the notes.  It's still exciting for me to see a BAEA in VT given the chance 20 years ago.  But to see this many in one place is just plain AWESOME!!  Note the one loon too.

It doesn't appear that there is any nesting activity.  Could this be a family unit of 3-5 years or just a group of juveniles, none of whom are breeding yet?  

Can someone please tell me how many known nesting pairs there now are in VT?  I suspect with Kent's recent posting about how to ferret out answers from e-bird, the ans could be found there... but alas, I'm not a very skilled ferret..... yet!

btw - Gale Meadow is a identified Hot Spot.  

Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset, VT

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Subject: eBird Report - Gale Meadows Pond WMA - Winhall (195 acres), May 26, 2016

Gale Meadows Pond WMA - Winhall (195 acres), Bennington, Vermont, US
May 26, 2016 8:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Kayaking miles!  60 degree, clear, sunny, no breeze.
28 species

Canada Goose  1
Wood Duck  1
Common Merganser  2
Common Loon  1    seen on arrival
Great Blue Heron  1
Bald Eagle  9    2 in adult plumage (altho one showing white feathers in the middle of back), at least 3 showing dark eye line (did not observe eye color) and yellow bills and very mottled brown and white.  2 very dark headed birds, dark bills.  Observed 6 in one area for at least 15 min.  Prior to that, had encountered 2 birds who flew in opposite direction to those 6 perched and 1 bird, again going in direction away from perched birds and away from first 2 flyers.
Spotted Sandpiper  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1    heard
Eastern Kingbird  2
Red-eyed Vireo  2    heard
Blue Jay  4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Tree Swallow  2    Very surprised that there were only 3 swallows seen flying about
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  1
Cedar Waxwing  6
Ovenbird  4
Northern Waterthrush  2
Common Yellowthroat  2
White-throated Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  3
Scarlet Tanager  1
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Baltimore Oriole  1

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