A MIDDLEBURY PHOTOGRAPHER pointed his camera skyward on Sunday night and made this unusual image of a straight line of moving lights high above Ripton, which by all indications are emanating from a string of Starlink satellites being put into orbit. SpaceX’s Starlink satellite network aims to provide low-cost internet to remote locations. The small, mass-produced satellites orbit in a line that some describe as a string of pearls. There are more than 3,500 Starlink satellites orbiting the Earth. The photographer said he didn’t spot the comet he was looking for, nor any Chinese “weather” balloons.
Photo by Jonathan Blake
PINE GROSBEAKS HAVE been visiting Lincoln in flocks. These large finches typically over-winter in Canada but have found the Vermont birdseed more appealing this year. Like the cardinal, the male, pictured, is the more immediately showy with his raspberry plumage, and the female has more subtle beauty.
Photo by Dale Cockrell
PINE GROSBEAKS HAVE been visiting Lincoln in flocks. These large finches typically over-winter in Canada but have found the Vermont birdseed more appealing this year. Like the cardinal, the male is the more immediately showy with his raspberry plumage, and the female, pictured, has more subtle beauty.
Photo by Dale Cockrell
EVERY YEAR BALD Eagles come visit Frances and Paul Stone’s property in Orwell during the coldest months of winter. They and many ravens feast upon the owners’ huge compost pile.
“Usually, we see the Eagles flying around and landing on the compost pile. And we will often see them flying over or by our house,” said Frances Stone. “But something unusual happened this year that we had not seen before. Out our kitchen window looking Northeast across the field we saw this great gathering of Eagles — up to 14, maybe more. We got out our binoculars to have a closer look and believe it or not these Eagles were breeding. They would be flying around in pairs, some sitting by themselves seeming to watch over it all; mature eagles and young ones that didn’t yet have their white heads and tails all seemed to be having quite a merry time. This has been going on for about 5 days now.”
Usually when warm weather comes like this, and the lakes open up the Eagles disappear until the next winter. But this year has been different. Just the other day one flew right over my head, not that far up, and I am sure he/she was looking right at me. And the one in this photo just seemed to be waiting for us to come home. I feel a kinship with them as we share space on our farm.”
Photo by Frances Stone