Nature Conservancy field trip to TNC’s new Butternut Hill Natural Area near Hazen Point not far from North Hero. Carpooled up with Carl Reidel (who I met for the first time) and Larry Hamilton. 11:15 a.m. Walking through the wet woods at Butternut Hill, I heard or saw a CHIPPING SPARROW, GOLDFINCH. RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and SCARLET TANAGER. We paused in an open-water wet area to look at the INVASIVE YELLOW IRIS. Heard a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, and RED-EYED VIREO. Talked to Steve Young of the School for Northern Studies on the after-lunch boat ride out to Hen Island. Dave Greenough was our local guide and boat captain–a very nice guy.

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