https://vermontalmanac.org/wp-content/uploads/VTALMANAC_LOGO_STACK_TAG-300x150.png 0 0 Dave Mance III https://vermontalmanac.org/wp-content/uploads/VTALMANAC_LOGO_STACK_TAG-300x150.png Dave Mance III2021-05-05 13:57:042021-05-10 13:57:43Raven chicks on a ledge on a cliff face near here are fluffy. The insides of their begging mouths are bright red.
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