After a visit to the dentist in Vergennes, Team Pipit embarked on a
raptor tour of the Dead Creek area in Panton and Addison. Results were
quite good: six species of raptor including 2 adult Bald Eagles, 4
Northern Harriers, 6 Red-tailed Hawks, 13 Rough-legged Hawks, 2 American
Kestrels and 1 adult Peregrine Falcon.
Most productive was Slang Road in Panton, where we had 2 male Northern
Harriers, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 2 light and 1 dark Rough-legged Hawk, and 1
male American Kestrel. We also had good luck along Nortontown Road in
The adult Peregrine Falcon was perched on a post close to the Otter
Creek Road in Addison. The Bald Eagles were single birds, one over a
field near the West Addison General Store, the other over Lake Champlain
(observed from Potash Bay).
Just one small flock of Horned Larks (seen in flight) and about 20 Tree
Sparrows along Slang Road. And no pipits!