Team Pipit, having returned to Vermont after six weeks in Texas, ventured forth today in search of three target birds (Northern Shrike, Lapland Longspur, and Bohemian Waxwing). We dipped on all three - but still had a lovely time with several nice birds and some interesting observations. Highlights include:
(20) Hooded Merganser. We started at Charlotte Town Ferry where there were about 20 Hooded Merganser (including about 5 males). Also at this location: Common Merganser, Common Goldeneye (a pair), 2 Black Duck and 2 female Bufflehead.
(1) Sharp-shinned Hawk. Circling overhead in Charlotte
(1) Golden-crowned Kinglet. Thompson's Point
(1) Cooper's Hawk. An adult, probably a female, perched in a tree in North Ferrisburgh
(3) Eastern Bluebird. A single bird along Walker Road (in Vergennes?) and 2 on the Bridport side of Townline Road
(1) American Kestrel. On the Addison side of Townline Road
We also saw a few Wild Turkeys, including 4 in Charlotte; a total of 9 Rough-legged Hawks (3 dark phase and 6 light phase); one large flock of Horned Larks along Townline Road in North Ferrisburgh but only small numbers elsewhere; one large flock of Snow Buntings in Ferrisbugh but relatively few elsewhere; also decent numbers of Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, American Goldfinch and Red-tailed Hawk.
Finally, we must have seen about 500 American Robins. They seemed to be everywhere, foraging along the roadsides where we had hoped to find good numbers of Horned Larks and the odd Lapland Longspur.