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> On Aug 6, 2019, at 8:45 AM, Jo Ann Lafayette <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Ali what a beautiful story.  Very touching.  Jo
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>    On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 08:27:31 AM EDT, Eugenia Cooke <[log in to unmask]> wrote:  
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> Lovely, lovely. I hope he recovers and thrives.
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>> On Mon, Aug 5, 2019, 5:42 PM Betty Holton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> Thank you Ali. That was beautiful ..
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>> On Sun, 4 Aug 2019 21:47:56 -0400, alison wagner &lt;[log in to unmask]&gt;
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>> Dear Birders, Please read if you'd like:
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>> Are you the Goshawk?
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>> A neighbor called me to say she had “possibly an owl” in her yard and she
>> was sure it wasn’t okay. It had been on the ground for a few hours and not
>> moving. So I grabbed a sewing machine-sized box and a baby-sized light
>> blanket and headed to her house. What I found was this gorgeous predator.
>> We approached very slowly from behind. I didn’t think he could see me well
>> as his behavior didn’t change when he turned to face me. Tough leather
>> gloves gave me little reassurance as I approached him, but he was as docile
>> as a chicken. A trip-to-VINS-later, he was examined and determined to be
>> underweight, “not well for awhile” (bent tail feathers indicated he’d been
>> on the ground a while) and I believe they said “plaque spots” in his eyes.
>> The diagnosis is West Nile Disease and they will do what they can.
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>> All the way to VINS, I thought about this hawk and the many opportunities
>> I’ve had experiencing this species in Huntington. I feel like I know this
>> bird.
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>> Who are you? Are you the Goshawk I sometimes see flying over the
>> Huntington River? Are you a direct descendant, one of the many chicks
>> raised in the forest near “Gail’s Cabin” at the Birds of Vermont Museum? Or
>> maybe you are the parent that nested there. One time a friend of mine was
>> terrified as he was chased through those woods, away from your territory.
>> Do you recall that ever happening? The way my friend described his escape
>> reminded me of an old fashioned cowboy gun fight, with the fleeing cowboy
>> ducking behind a rock and looking ahead for the next place to take cover.
>> Look, choose, run, dive. My friend scrambled on his hands and knees, diving
>> behind berry bushes to avoid your nasty talons. Did you do that, terrify my
>> friend? Perhaps you are the handsome bird that sometimes perches at the
>> edge of my yard, looking to pick up some fast food. If so, remember the
>> time I saw you perched as I drove my car down the driveway? I got out of
>> the car to get a better look...and one look from you told me to get back in
>> the car and close the door. Last year I recorded a father Goshawk calling
>> in the forest in Granville. His chicks responded in the distance. Your tone
>> told me I should not walk any further down the path when out of “no where”
>> you flew over my head and perched in front of me. No, that couldn’t have
>> been you...but I bet a distant relative for sure. Maybe you’re the guy that
>> made the adrenaline shoot through my body one wintry day several years ago
>> as I was snowshoeing down the steep hillside behind my house...your bone
>> chilling calls inspired me to step faster. Or perhaps you’re the offspring
>> of the Goshawk I see circling the skies above Camels Hump State Forest. You
>> know, the southern part of the park off route 17? Most likely you are the
>> same bird I counted on a Christmas Bird Count in the neighborhood just
>> north of where I picked you up today. All these places may just be
>> pins-of-encounters with a male Northern Goshawk, coincidentally in a
>> straight line on a map. A line along the high foothills paralleling the
>> Green Mountain Range’s peaks. Are you one and the same guy? Because I know
>> you. You are my neighbor.
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>> I hope he recovers and I can bring him home.
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>> Ali Wagner
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>> Huntington
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