The birding couldn't be better in the Northeast Kingdom. Low humidity and
cool winds (the best kind of bug dope) had me out in a T-shirt Saturday
afternoon. Don't let your guard down, however. I donated lots of blood to
the food chain in Friday's humidity. Sunday's looking great.
We completed the Boreal Grand Slam -- Spruce Grouse, Black-backed
Woodpecker, Gray Jay and Boreal Chickadee -- on Vermont Bird Tours outings
over Friday and Saturday. All that action is around Moose Bog in Ferdinand.
Awesome looks at a male Spruce Grouse on the trail. And just as I whispered
to the group, "It doesn't get any better than this," a Boreal Chickadee
began to sing.
Also of note was a male White-winged Scoter hanging out at the eastern end
of Island Pond (near the Brighton Town Beach, which is just down the road
from Brighton State Park) on Friday and Saturday. My guess is there aren't
many June records for that species in Vermont.
Butterflies and dragonflies are out and active, including Brown Elfins at
Moose Bog. I hope to include a full list of BFOs (Beautiful Flying Objects)
from the Kingdom on my web site by Monday morning.
Off to try for a high warbler count Sunday.
Vermont Bird Tours
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Plainfield, VT 05667
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