Yesterday a friend and I did some birding near and on Lake Champlain. The
highlight of the day was an excellent Questar view of a juv. Brant's goose along
with several thousand snow geese at DCWMA at the turn-in to the west of the
main viewing station. Also seen at the Brilyea Access were a dozen mallards, a
pair of American widgeon, two great blue herons, several pied-billed grebes
and a host of red-wing blackbirds massing for movement south.
Charlotte Town Beach was very productive. Birding from just south of the
covered bridge we observed:
Great black-backed gulls
and a lovely white-rumped sandpiper.
In transit we observed common mergansers and a pair of hooded mergansers at
Smith Pond in Florence; a red-tailed hawk at the gate of Kingsland Bay State
Park; several harriers including a spectacular one along Lake Road; crows,
robins, blue jays and the rest of the usual suspects in various places along the
The weather was chilly but the sunshine made up for it. And there was some
lovely fall foliage still to be seen.