Two interesting experiences at the northern end of the pond:
Wednesday afternoon at about 5:00pm I was watching three hooded mergansers circling overhead when a loud whoosing noise caused me to nearly jump out of my mud boots. Just after the hoodies had dissapeared behind a stand of pines they came hightailing back, only this time there were four winged creatures. They dashed down to some open water among the reeds and one pulled off and came to rest at the peak of a pine across the pond. It was defintely a hawklike bird, but it was too far away for me to identify. Perhaps it was the redtail that Bryan spotted? Would a redtail even chase a duck? What hawks would chase ducks?
Hungry for more action, I returned this am. Among the Canada Geese, three Snows flying over, Hooded Mergansers, 8 Ring Necked, Mallards, I spied four four ducks with definite oblong cinnamon patches on their white flanks, dark heads and long bills. After scouring the filed guide the nearest I could come to identigfying them was Northern Shoveler although it appears as if they are western birds. Is this a possibility? Do they migrate through VT? Or am I way off base on this one?