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Recent content by bheitzman

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    Hinesburg, VT ascending calls at dusk

    It could also be a Wood Thrush, which also has an ascending song, the 'electronic sound' after its calls and prefers deciduous forests.
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    little big year

    Glad you enjoyed your visit at VINS... I volunteer there on Sundays. The Goldens are magnificent indeed, and they have interesting temperments. There are Goldens that migrate up and down the Appalachians; one has a GPS tracker from Seaturtle.org; you can see her location by searching their site...
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    77 Dummerston - Bluebirds amongst the Colonials

    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...
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    76 Colchester - Birders of a Feather

    I'd been reading in my eBird Alerts that folks had been observing Baird's Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and other interesting shorebirds up at Delta Park, and today was finally my chance to see them. I'd never been to Delta Park, and when I arrived I found quite a bit to explore: the river banks and...
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    50 Middlebury - Canada Lilies and Common Mergansers

    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...
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    66 Brookline - 1822 Round Schoolhouse

    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...
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    70 Rutland Town -- An Old Cemetery with Ancient Trees

    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...
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    69 Westminster - Glossy Ibis in Vermont

    Every once in a while a bird comes thru the area who makes everyone sit up and take notice. They then put the eBird report location into their TomTom nav unit, and take off right after work... or take the day off altogether. In the last year I've had the privilege of seeing a Harris's...
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    Bank Mynah

    I took every opportunity to bird while traveling with a small group from Delhi to Agra. When we stopped at a roadside 'cafe' for lunch, I photographed this Mynah, who was sitting calmly on the power line. The lighting was perfect, and the winds were calm. Note the glint in his eye!
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    Unknown ducks viewed in Ghent, Belgium

    Thanks fugl. the link was most helpful. I had no idea there were so many variants amongst the domesticated mallards, but that really shouldn't be a surprise. My male(?) looks to have been a 'bibbed'. I recognized the mallard's characteristic orange legs and bill color, but the 'bib' made me...
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    35 Weathersfield: Walking with Insectivores

    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...
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    37-42: An afternoon birding in the Champlain Islands

    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...
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    44 Vergennes city: Little bird with a big baby

    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...
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    57 Buel's Gore: A sliver of land high in the Green Mountains

    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...
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    62 Lunenburg: Not many birds, but lots of Moose!

    Normally when I'm out birding, I expect to see birds, and occasionally a beaver or deer. Where I stopped to bird in Lunenburg, the signs of birds were scarce, but the signs of Moose were plentiful. This section of highway had been freshly re-paved only 2 or 3 days earlier; the asphalt on the...