Date: 5/8/20 2:59 am
From: Ian Worley <iworley...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Whip-poor-wills -- Bridport
Last night the 7th of May, while listening for owls and Whip-poor-wills
behind our house on the east flank of the southern end of Snake
Mountain, at 8:46, 12 minutes after the end of civil twilight, two
Whip-poor-wills called off and on for about two minutes overlapping each
other.  They were in wooded, east-facing ledges that were selectively
logged a couple of years ago; adjacent to a small pasture.  It was
overcast and breezy.

This same location hosted Whip-poor-wills in the 1970s and likely
before. Since the 1800s, the clear-cut slopes and ledges were roamed by
foraging heifers, dry cows, and/or sheep; but by the 1970s they were
closing in with trees.  All along the east side of Snake Mountain the
same was occurring, with an absence of Whip-poor-wills from the 1970s
till about 10 years ago.

This site is 1.6 miles south of the well known Snake Mountain Road,
Weybridge Whip-poor-will location, where Whip-poor-wills were reported a
few days ago on the 1st and 3rd of May.

Ian
 
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