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Wants and Needs- Whats the Difference?

Posted Saturday 28th July 2012 at 19:30 by Green Sandpiper
My birding has been seriously restricted over the past few weeks. Thanks to a kidney stone, family duties, then a (admittedly wonderful) holiday, I've barely ventured out for a month. In this time, restricted as it was to garden watching, made me realise how much I had come to rely on my weekly birding escapes.

Deciding to bite the bullet- and mindful of Mrs Green Sandpiper's oft- stated desire for me to take more exercise- I opted to skip the Olympic festivities for a dusk walk...
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35 Weathersfield: Walking with Insectivores

Posted Friday 27th July 2012 at 04:05 by bheitzman
Vermont may be one of the smallest states in the US, but because of all the north-south mountains and ridges, often it's the case that "You can't get there from here," as we're fond of saying here in Vermont. Because of the geographic constraints, I have to plan out how to get where I'm going to bird; I also try to maximize the number of towns along my route that get surveyed, and target 5-6 town each day I head out.

The morning of June 17th started out with the best of...
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37-42: An afternoon birding in the Champlain Islands

Posted Friday 27th July 2012 at 03:40 by bheitzman
Lake Champlain is the largest lake in Vermont, something on the order of 125 miles long. There are 5 towns in the islands which are organized into Grand Isle County. I spent a wonderful afternoon birding up in the Islands on 17-June, and logged reports in all 5 towns in a half-marathon between 2 and 8pm.

The highlights of the day were the 5 Osprey nests along US-2 in Milton, an Eastern Meadowlark in North Hero, and Scarlet Tanagers in Alburg. I did the "Life Bird Boogie"...
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44 Vergennes city: Little bird with a big baby

Posted Friday 27th July 2012 at 02:46 by bheitzman
I've heard several accounts of how a Cuckoo will lay its egg in another species' nest, and how the Cuckoo chick will overtake the nest and dominate the parents, in their effort to feed the chick. Well on this day, I had an opportunity to see this first-hand. While hiking down the Falls Park river trail on a very hot July day, I could hear a plaintive call coming from a low tree up ahead. There on a branch was a young Yellow-billed Cuckoo, calling for more food. Its mother was a Yellow warbler;...
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57 Buel's Gore: A sliver of land high in the Green Mountains

Posted Friday 27th July 2012 at 02:28 by bheitzman
I've anticipated birding in Buel's Gore since I started this project. It's one of 4 gores (land grants that are not part of any chartered town) in Vermont, and sits astride the spine of the Green Mountains. VT Highway 17 winds its way up one side of the ridge to Appalachian Gap (mountain pass), then winds its way down the other. You must go slow in order to negotiate the hairpin turns and the steep slopes. If you have car troubles and you're traveling west, you can have your car serviced at...
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