Just got back from paddling our sea kayaks and camping at the islands west
of St. Albans Bay in Lake Champlain. The number of Bonapartes Gulls was
very impressive as we did the crossing over to the Gut and Knight Point
State Park (where I surprisedly found my photographs on an outdoor display,
with prior permission). There were also numerous terns flying over us, but
my binocs remained in a hatch so could not conclude on IDs. The number of
DC cormorants flying by was sizable as well. A fair number of sandpipers
were seen on island shorelines, but at such a distance that IDs were not
possible. (it is tough to paddle a sea kayak and hold binocs!)
An osprey frequently flew over our campsite on Woods Island, off St. Albans
On the drive home past Dead Creek WMA in Addison, two northern harriers
were working the fields where snow geese congregate in autumn and at least
5 Great Egrets were in the creek.
I assume this again is not a year that water levels will be drawn down at
Dead Creek WMA, so no shorebird activity?