I stopped by Charlotte Town Beach briefly this morning (20 Oct 2004)
before heading on to Shelburne Bay to look for the reported Red
Phalaropes. With the fog over Lake Champlain obscuring New York, I
thought that perhaps there might be a nice fallout of waterbirds on
the lake. Nope. A scan of the calm waters yielded only one COMMON
LOON and one HORNED GREBE (the first of the season?), both in winter
plumage. At the creek outlet, I noticed 1 PECTORAL SANDPIPER amongst
the many (10+?) KILLDEER. There could have been more shorebirds
there, as I only did a quick scan. There were also 10 BONAPARTE'S
GULLS sitting in the small pool near the creek outlet, and there were
hundreds more flying out over the middle of the lake.
I then headed to Shelburne Bay for the first time, and although I
didn't see any phalaropes, I can definitely understand why so many
good birds have turned up there. It looks like a great spot. The
only birds of note on this trip, though, were 50+ BONAPARTE'S GULLS,
a singing RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, a singing SONG SPARROW, and three
AMERICAN PIPITS that came in off the bay as I was about to depart.
There was also one pipit at Vermont Teddy Bear as I arrived at work.
P.S. I forgot to mention that there was a calling CAROLINA WREN outside
my apartment in Charlotte on Monday evening.