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Sharing A Solitary Passion

Posted Wednesday 29th August 2012 at 22:44 by Green Sandpiper
I try not to refer to birding as a hobby, I don't believe that that word can possibly do justice to what birding gives me.

A hobby is eomthing you do to pass the time, something you may enjoy, or even excel at, but something that ultimately, you can do without.

Birding, for me, is much more. It is, as the title of this entry suggests, a passion- and I suspect most birders would concur. Birding is an emotional event, bringing joy and rapture, frustration, elation and...
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77 Dummerston - Bluebirds amongst the Colonials

Posted Tuesday 28th August 2012 at 02:34 by bheitzman
Common Nighthawks had been congregating in large flocks each evening during this past week's sunny muggy weather, down in in the southeastern town of Westminster. Tonight was the first evening I'd had the opportunity to get down to that part of the state, but the weather had changed, and the Nighthawks were not mine to be had.

But I did take the opportunity to explore the nearby town of Dummerston, seeking an area for my 'official' birding location. Eventually, I settled on the Dummerston...
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50 Middlebury - Canada Lilies and Common Mergansers

Posted Saturday 18th August 2012 at 02:58 by bheitzman
Most people associate Middlebury with the massive marble buildings of the college campus, or the bustling shire-town with its shops and narrow streets; or perhaps they think of the miserable traffic trying to wind its way thru and around the poorly-designed road network of Middlebury. I am like all of those people too, but I knew if I was going to have an interesting bird report for this Town, I would have to look elsewhere. Fortunately, there's a covered bridge on the south side of the town,...
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66 Brookline - 1822 Round Schoolhouse

Posted Saturday 18th August 2012 at 02:19 by bheitzman
I'm thoroughly enjoying my quest to visit every town in the state. Many of these towns are very small in population, but some contain historical gems.

Brookfield is located in Windham County, in southeastern Vermont. It's a long, narrow town and has only one main road, which runs from Newfane in the south to Athens at the north. Roughly midway thru this town-with-no-side-roads is the town office which offers the only parking area, and opposite it is the unique Round Schoolhouse....
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70 Rutland Town -- An Old Cemetery with Ancient Trees

Posted Saturday 18th August 2012 at 01:37 by bheitzman
I stumbled onto a real gem last weekend, when I walked thru Evergreen Cemetery in Rutland Town. Evergreen straddles the line between my hometown - Rutland City - and the surrounding Rutland Town; the trees visible from the road had always intrigued me, but I had never ventured in to explore. So I decided to make it my 251 Town Birder site for Rutland Town, and see what lay within. I was not disappointed.

Most cemeteries - both early and modern - are designed to maximize the number...
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