On April 9th, the beginnings of ice out in Lake Memphramagog revealed: all
three types of Mergansers (in full displaying pairs - I think they'd all
been to the crest-dressers just before I got there); large flock of
Ring-Necks; Buffleheads; Common Goldeneyes, large flock of Mallards.
I was very glad that Pfeiffer asked me to go by Hardwick Lake searching (in
vain) for a rare gull, because I got to spend time gazing at an exquisite
male Pintail Duck, along with a flock of Black Ducks and the very Common
Mergansers. On the drive back to Montpelier, another male Common Merganser
was bobbing in the Winooski River near the Granite St. bridge.
Today, April 10th, at the access across from Sandbar State Park, a mature
Bald Eagle (in the trees on the point) and an immature Bald Eagle (on the
ice) were on good display (thank-you Susan and Bill Barlett). Others
present were all three Mergansers, Ring-Necks, Buffleheads, Cormorants,
Great Blue Herons (and Wood Ducks in the marsh). Three Osprey were busy
nesting on various platforms.
Without repeating all the common waterfowl that have been reported already,
there were also a pair of Gadwall at Fort Cassin last week (along with 2
immature Bald Eagle and another busily nesting Osprey).
At home here in Middlesex, we were pleased to welcome back our annual Fox
Hooray for Spring!!
-- Susan Sussman