Here's news from Derek and Jeannette Lovitch, skilled visitors from
Maine who were out and about in the Champlain Lowlands on Dec 27:
> After Christmas with family, we spent the day birding the Champlain
> Valley from Charlotte to Addison.
> Thanks to Horace Shaw's timely post, we caught up with a (the?) SNOWY
> OWL at 3:30pm near Button Cove SP. We first spotted the bird on the
> east side of Button Bay Rd, 0.3miles south of the curve to Basin
> Harbor Rd. The bird was on a grassy knoll with a copse of tall
> decidous trees in the background. We then saw the bird from Basin
> Harbor Rd, 0.2 miles east of Button Bay Rd.
> Other birds of note (we think):
> - about 100 Snow Buntings, along I89 N, mm 83.4.
> - 2 Snow Geese with Canadas, Lake Rd, Charlotte.
> - 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, Converse Bay Rd.
> - 6 Gadwall and 4 Bald Eagles, Fort Cassin causeway.
> - 1 Northern Flicker, Button Bay Boat Access.
> - a steady flow of southbound American Robins throughout the day
> (800-1000 total) with a few small flocks of Cedar Waxwings.
> -Derek and Jeannette Lovitch
> Pownal, Maine