FWD: excerpt from NNYBirds:
Gyrfalcon, Tufted Ducks, Barrow's, etc...
Date: 3/7/06 2:23:46 PM Eastern Standard Time
........... (railroad causeway) South Hero, VT,
........... Allen Point Park, reached by taking
South Street south to Martin Road. The Park is
accessed by car down a one-lane, 15MPH drive to
a parking area. Please do drive slowly down
this lane as there are residences on either side
and folks there like to walk.
So, this morning I arrived at around 9:00am and found two friendly
birders already looking at the thousands of ducks for a drake King
Eider which had been seen there on Sunday. No sooner did I set up
my scope then did 'Ted' announce he had a raptor flying north over
the bay. Soon we all were on the bird, a gray form GYRFALCON, as it
powered up the lake. The light was terrific (behind us) and we
could see the powerful, humped shoulders of the bird as it pumped
its wings. Ted was looking through a huge Celestron-type telescope
and was seeing more plumage detail than I could see with my Kowa
77mm. The Gyr made one brief, lighting-fast chase after a distant
duck, but otherwise it just kept pumping on towards Canada. The
total thrilling viewing time was (maybe?) 4 minutes, but the image
of that exhilirating falcon flying over the half-frozen bay, with
the snow-capped Adirondacks in the background will stay with me for
a long while.
A pair of TUFTED DUCKS (also seen on Monday by yours truly) was seen
very well, also. The Tufteds were hanging around a small flock of
GREATER SCAUP (even though there are some BIG rafts,too), the scaup
species of majority there, although there were a few Lesser's, too.
Both of my viewings of the Tufteds were fairly close in, just about
near the edge of the ice. If you go, however, you must (MUST) bring
a scope for all the ducks are at scope-range.
Two different pairs of BARROW'S GOLDENEYES were seen, too.
Simultaneously! There were also 7-8 REDHEAD DUCKS, about the same
amount of RING NECK DUCKS, some HOODED MERGANSERS, and a lot of
COMMON GOLDENEYE. (Funny, no Buffleheads...)
The non-Gyr raptors there was a pair of adult BALD EAGLES, seen
cavorting together near the large-ish island directly across from
the park. ......... Paul, ........ Jay, NY
Add two White-winged Scoters to Paul's list.
Dave Hoag, Grand Isle, VT.