I visited the lake access area on Cedar Beach Road in Charlotte this morning (24 March 2006) from 6:30 to 6:45, and saw many of the same waterfowl that others have seen there recently:
Ring-necked Duck--about 40 individuals, mostly males; these birds were very distant, located all the way across Converse Bay
Common Merganser--25 individuals, with an even mix of males and females
Gadwall--six individuals (4 m, 2 f)
Bufflehead--six individuals (3 m, 3 f)
Hooded Merganser--four individuals (2 m, 2 f)
Greater Scaup--one male
Canada Goose--a few birds on the water, and a few small skeins in the air
Ring-billed Gull--several very vocal birds on the water
While scoping the perfectly calm water, I also heard the song of one of the PINE SISKINS in the neighborhood, and eventually saw one siskin chasing a second one. Also heard singing in the area were TUFTED TITMOUSE, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, NORTHERN CARDINAL, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD. The neighborhood COOPER'S HAWK also called once.
On the way into work, I noticed the BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS descending on the fruiting trees at the Charlotte Town Library again. From my very quick look, I would guess that there were at least 25 birds.
Finally, just across the town line in Shelburne, a TURKEY VULTURE was trying to gain altitude over Rt. 7.