Date: 8/4/17 2:44 pm From: Pamela Coleman <0000003fbb1e7534-dmarc-request...> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Red-breasted/common Merganser cross in Mount Tabor
Hi Sharon, I live at 583 Brooklyn Rd, just up the road from you. Your place is a great vantage point for birds! I was confused as your posts say you are near White Rocks State Park, and there is no such place. Up the road from me a bit is the WHITE ROCKS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA which is located in the GREEN MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST, which is all US Forest land. The land that borders the Crosby property is owned by the State of Vermont and is actually part of the Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area. You may have seen the pull-off on rte 7 north, just up the road a few minutes on the right, if you pull in there you will see the sign - a great place to bird for spring/fall migrating warblers, and in the spring at dusk mating woodcocks. This WMA borders the GMNF. I know this because I have hiked all through those woods, as well as researched it for a resource management class a long while ago. I'm correcting you as the location information you are submitting to ebird and here is incorrect.
Happy Birding!Pam Coleman
From: Sharon Turner <sharxxturner...>
Sent: Friday, August 4, 2017 2:50 PM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Red-breasted/common Merganser cross in Mount Tabor
Behind a house at 259 Brooklyn Rd.., Mount Tabor. next to the white rocks State park in the Green Mountains National Forest. The house has otter creek in the yard with plenty of brush by the creek and in the yard with many trees both deciduous and conifer, and many areas of tall grass and wildflowers. There was a pair of birds drifting on the water with merganser bodies and head and bill. There was a definitive red eye and red/brown bill and there was brown/gray on the back, and a brown head. I had about 5 seconds in very good binoculars to see the birds before they quietly drifted into a patch of weeds in the creek. Next time, if there is a next time because the house is for sale, I will bring a camera to this unique wildlife viewing habitat that has been display to rare sightings of birds and even a moose in labor. I wonder if they are a common/red breasted cross because of the time of year I am seeing them. Any questions or thoughts please email me at sharxxturner@switched
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