Given Matt's inspiring post and the excellent weather today, my wife & I
made our way to Four Brothers for a birding trip via boat.
Our inventory for a two hour visit (including lunch stop) was not quite as
impressive as Matt's but nonetheless very satisfying....
15-20 Great Blues, Adults & juveniles (in the rookery on the westernmost
island - the one with all the dead trees)
1 Adult & 2 Immature Black-Crowned Night Herons (on the south end of the
1 Great Egret (south end of the southeasternmost island)
12-15 Canada Geese (in the grass on the west side of the 'middle' island)
Herring Gulls (everywhere)
Greater Black-backed gulls (on the shoreline of the middle island)
Double-crested cormorants, including several juveniles in nests. (everywhere)
We specifically looked for and did NOT see:
For anyone taking the trip from the Vermont side, you can put in at the
Coast Guard station in Burlington. It is approximately 15 miles southwest from
there, and just to the east of Willsboro Point on the NY side. Head
southwest and directly for Juniper Island (it is in line with the Four Brothers when
departing from Burlington, and approximately half-way there.) Take care to
steer south of the shoal to the south of Juniper (it is marked with a can).