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.