Ted Murin, Jim Osborn, David Hoag and I witnessed a nice Snow Goose flight
over Lake Champlain Monday. I don't have figures (Ted keeps track of that
stuff), but we watched several thousand Snows (including a probable Ross's
Goose) move south along the lake in Ferrisburgh. And the goose show at Dead
Creek Wildlife Management Area was as good as any day in October this year,
with between 8,000 and 10,000 geese close to Route 17 on Monday, along with
a Richardson's race of Canada Goose.
A few other notable birds on, moving along, or hanging out by the lake in
Ferrisburgh (observed by the aforementioned birders as well as Allan Strong
and Mark LaBarr) and in Addison on Monday included:
Red-throated Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe,
White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bald Eagle, Cooper's
Hawk, American Pipit, Eastern Bluebird, Horned Lark, Lapland Longspur.
There was a nice (and distant) Scaup flock (we noted Greater Scaup when we
could) off Potash Bay in Addison. Also decent numbers of Common Goldeneye
and scoters out there.
Nice places to scope the lake include Button Bay, Potash Bay, Oven Bay, and
the Champlain Bridge at Chimney Point.
On another matter, someone on one of my outings late last month picked up
an eyepiece to a pair of binoculars or a spotting scope. I can't tell which
brand. But if you're missing this part, let me know. I can drop it in the
mail to you.
Finally, in the crass commercialism department, I'll be doing a brief talk,
reading and book-signing ("Birdwatching in Vermont") at Northern Lights
Bookshop in St. Johnsbury tonight (Wednesday) at 7pm.
Vermont Bird Tours
113 Bartlett Road
Plainfield, VT 05667
E-Mail: [log in to unmask]
Phone: (802) 454-4640
Enjoy Life. Watch Birds!