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While walking the banks of the Otter Creek in Middlebury near Otter View Park recently, I came across a remarkable piece of beaver work. A log which had been carved into seven distinct lobes laying across a pile of shavings. Examining the tree, I found it to be a 40-year-old ash which had been cut down and hung up in the canopy of another tree at a Read the rest of this entry »

Last week while birding in Orwell, my friend and I spotted three dark birds spiraling up on a thermal. With their black heads, and underwings with silver primaries, and short wedge-shaped tail we were able to immediately identify them as Black Vultures. These birds are becoming an increasingly common sight in the Champlain Valley with a possible turning point for considering them them common rather than vagrants coming last year Read the rest of this entry »

Eastern Phoebes have become so well known for four building nests on the eaves of houses, on porches, in barns, on bridges and on many other man-made structures it may be a bit hard to imagine where they built their nests before European settlement of North America. Recently, Warren King, Carol Ramsayer and myself had the opportunity to see first hand the type of place they might have used back then while walking a property in Salisbury. Read the rest of this entry »

Hi all, Lets start with yesterday’s weather. Rosie got some great shots while I was in town in the morning. Snowy here and even more in Middlebury, though I didn’t have the camera to prove it. Quit…

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On Tuesday, Apr. 26, Mike Korkuc was taking pictures of a group of Loons on Lake Dunmore when he noticed one that was different. After sending his pictures around to others, the bird was identified as a Pacific Loon. Despite the name, this species is not a completely unheard of on this side of the continent. Some winter on the Atlantic coast, Read the rest of this entry »

Anyone who’s ever joined in the fun of escorting salamanders across the road in early spring during amphibian migration knows that all the action tends to be down on the ground. With your attention focused at your feet, it’s easy to forget about the other nocturnal wildlife lurking above your head. Owls are an obvious example of one of these arboreal darkness dwellers, but the night time forest can be a great way to see some Read the rest of this entry »

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl

This Long-eared Owl was found by Tyler Pockette in our area recently, after he recognized some promising habitat. An evergreen thicket with thick under-story for concealment while roosting, adjacent to open meadows for hunting. After getting permission, he visited the site at night and was able to get this amazing photograph. No playback of audio was used to attract this bird. Because this owl was found on private property and we are inside the window for nesting, we are keeping the location of this bird secret. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Gray Foxes, the less common and more secretive cousins of Red Foxes, are considered an enigma to even some of the most experienced naturalists, many of whom have never seen one. But in the area around Otter View Park around Middlebury and Weybridge they may be more common than Read the rest of this entry »

Early in the morning of 28 November a small apple tree next to our porch was visited by a medium-sized black bear. The bear took a half-dozen apples, most of what was left after a chipmunk’s repeated visits. It broke several big branches trying to add to his take, and then left. The warm weather has kept us from putting up feeders well after they usually go out.

– Warren King
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The OCAS trail camera was recently set up in a location along the Otter Creek in the Middlebury village where it captured a short video of a Coyote. People who live in the town are likely used to hearing, seeing signs, or even getting a look at Coyotes in the fields outside the village, Read the rest of this entry »

Great pictures from Mike Korkuc of a Peregrine Falcon which has preyed on a Northern Flicker.

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Hi again,
Our loons are fine. The whole family was feeding on this end yesterday and the chick did a couple short takeoff runs. The adults should be leaving in 2-3 weeks but the chick should be here for another 6-8, depending on the weather.
The peregrine flew over me at the south end of the ski course. I got a couple shots of it in the air but was too busy shooting to see it was carrying something. After it landed in the dead tree on the island I knew but I was too far away to have any idea what it was. Sue W. and Allon quickly ID’d it as a flicker. Looking back at the flight photos now, I can see it. I’ve got one more great photo in the tree but hesitated to send it out because it’s a little more graphic as to what the…

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