Finally, a day to go birding (and of course stop for lunch at Eat Good Food!
in Vergennes) - I drove down Route 7 and came back by Button Bay.
Along the way
lots of snow buntings, including a flock of about 50 just east of the bridge
a few Lapland longspurs, some in mixed flocks and one loner
3 bluebirds together in Panton
rough-legged hawk near Button Bay State Park
At Crown Point park:
adult bald eagle on ice just north of bridge
6 male common mergansers
lots of activity at a feeder near the cement block building: 6 cardinals at
once, chickadees, white-breasted nuthatches, mourning doves, 2 hairy
woodpeckers, and 2 white-throated sparrows
At Tri-Town Water Treatment Plant:
at least 200 common goldeneyes
one lone first year double-crested cormorant, preening himself on a little
point - This is the latest I've ever seen a cormorant on the lake, I think.
At Charlotte Ferry Landing: not much - just a greater black-backed gull and
a ringbilled gull
At Charlotte Fishing Access: 3 buffleheads
At Charlotte Town Beach: a loon and a horned grebe
And - worth checking out again when there's less traffic - 2 large
apparently mostly white hawks following each other over Brownell Road, landing in a
tree together, and then taking off again over the sand or gravel pit (probably
less than a mile from Route 2)
And the redpolls have finally arrived in Jericho (about four days ago) as has
a small flock of evening grosbeaks. No siskins yet, though.