Wally Jenkins and I visited the Colchester Causeway this afternoon and
were pleased to see the Tufted Duck in with Ring Necks, Scaup,
Goldeneye, Bufflehead and Mergansers on the Lake side of the Causeway
(the other side is still ice). We walked farther out and after the
first bridge, where a fisherman was proudly displaying a LARGE Salmon,
we saw several Goldeneye, Scaup and Mergansers along the edge of the ice
on the Bay side.
On our return we stopped briefly to talk with some birders looking at
the Tufted, then proceeded down the path. A Sharp-Shinned Hawk swooped
across the causeway, then came up the rocks about 8 feet from our
ankles, and rose over the heads of the other birders. We suspect it was
trying to make lunch of the abundant Song Sparrows along the Willows
bordering the causeway.
When I got home, another Sharp-Shinned flew over my shoulder while I was
standing in the yard, then rose and circled overhead.
Quite a day!
950 Bert White Road
Huntington, VT 05462
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