The area where the Gallinule had been reported was Brandon Swamp, also known as Long Swamp. This is about the only place where the threat of mosquito-born Eastern Equine Encephalitis is so great that the state sprays mosquito insecticide. So, armed with an extra covering of insect repellant, the Gallinule quest continued.
I was accompanied yesterday by my nephew, Andrew McPhillips, who is a sophomore at Castleton State College. We had a great chat while walking slowly along VT-73, stopping frequently to listen or observe. Andrew spied a Red-tailed Hawk soaring over the marsh, and it was being harassed by 4 Red-winged Blackbirds. One particularly irritated RWBL tagged the hawk multiple times; you couldn't help but feel sorry for the hawk because it could neither get away fast enough nor turn on its aggressors.
Andrew and I were heading up into the Champlain Islands this day, so we turned around and returned to the car after a half mile. While we did not hear or see a Gallinule, we did hear a Virginia Rail oinking in the tall cattails, we found a turtle's nest that had been ransacked and the eggs consumed, a flattened and sundried milk snake, an intricately-patterned moth, and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Not a bad walk.
My checklist for Brandon:
Northern Rough-winged Swallow