Visited CTB on Sunday as well and on top of everything Matt reported (minus the
DUnlin, darn!) add a flock of 10 Black Scoters heading south.
At SHelburne Bay: 3 greater and one lesser yellowlegs, 2 immature Great Blues, a
pair of highly chatty kingfishers, as well as a large flock of Bonaparte's
further from shore.
Quoting Matthew Medler <[log in to unmask]>:
> Julie Hart and I did some birding today (17 Oct 2004), first at
> Charlotte Town Beach and then at Dead Creek WMA. Things were very quiet on
> the waters of Lake Champlain, although I did spot one COMMON LOON that was
> still essentially in breeding plumage, and Julie found another loon
> nearby. Over the water, at a considerable distance, good numbers of
> BONAPARTE'S GULLS could be seen cutting through the strong south wind and
> then occasionally zipping back north. For a brief time, there were 66
> Bonaparte's perched on the concrete dock(?) at the south end of the cove.
> In the rocky area near the outlet of the small stream, we managed to
> find five species of shorebirds--seven KILLDEER, one SEMIPALMATED PLOVER,
> two PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, one DUNLIN, and one GREATER YELLOWLEGS. In a
> willow in the same area, there was a small flock of five YELLOW-RUMPED
> WARBLERS. Back by the parking lot, there was also a chickadee flock that
> contained a few GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS.
> At Dead Creek, there were several SNOW GEESE. Several thousand,
> actually. Right when we arrived, a kind birder pointed us in the direction
> of a presumed Ross's Goose. While the bird in question was certainly
> suggestive of a Ross's Goose, with its smaller body size and smaller bill,
> I believe now that the bird was likely a Ross's x Snow Goose hybrid. I
> base this on two things: the bird was not small enough, and the bill
> appeared to show some grinning patch. A pure Ross's Goose should appear
> diminutive when surrounded by Snow Geese, especially Greater Snow Geese
> like the ones present at Dead Creek. (Sibley gives the mass of Greater
> Snow Goose as 3400 grams (7.4 lb) and the mass of Ross's Goose as 1250
> grams (2.7 lb).) When comparing the bird's bill with the "Geese Head and
> Bill Shapes" inset on Page 79 of the Sibley Guide, Julie and I both felt
> that the bird we were looking at most closely matched the Ross's x Lesser
> Snow Goose hybrid--the bird was more elongated than the stubby bill of a
> Ross's, and did show some grinning patch where the upper and lower parts of
> the bill meet. As we were preparing to leave Dead Creek, we bumped into
> Ted Murin, who also felt that this bird contained some Snow Goose ancestry
> (perhaps a maternal grandmother?). The only other non-Snow Geese that we
> saw at the goose viewing area were two flyover AMERICAN PIPITS, a GREAT
> BLUE HERON that put up a number of geese, and a flyover PECTORAL SANDPIPER.
> Back in Charlotte, Julie and I had a PEREGRINE FALCON fly over the
> car yesterday as we were waiting in line at the ferry ticket
> booth. Perhaps this is one of the Peregrines that ended up at Dead Creek
> yesterday. And, this morning, we heard a PURPLE FINCH singing outside of
> my apartment.
> Good birding,
> Matt Medler