Dear Vermont Birders;
I've been lurking on the list for the past couple of months getting a feel for the birds and birding locations of northwest Vermont in preparation for an upcoming business trip to the Burlington area. My wife and I head out to the Burlington airport in a few hours to return to Kansas, but I wanted to thank you all for your reports, AND for your hospitality while I was visiting your wonderful state. I knew that our birding time would be limited but I appreciated the assistance from several of you via private email messages and phone calls.
I avoid making target lists as this takes away the enjoyment of birding and exploring new locations. We simply try to put ourselves in good locations with good habitat and see what we can find. Again, it worked! We enjoyed watching a couple of Ruffed Grouse (a lifer) on Hog Island (north of Highway 78). We enjoyed seeing a flock of Bohemian Waxwings instead of one or two mixed with a flock of Cedar Waxwings. We spent a lot of time watching pairs of American Black Ducks at close range instead of trying to pick one out of a flock of a few thousand mallards. And finally getting to see striking adult Great Black-backed Gulls instead of the occasional mottled immatures we usually get in Kansas. We ended our limited birding with 38 species. Had we been a month later we would have seen a lot more, but the timing of the trip was out of our control, and had we been later, we wouldn't have gotten to visit sugarhouses!!
Thanks again to everyone and if you're ever coming to central Kansas, give me a call - I'm in the phone book!
Junction City, Kansas