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Nancy Goodrich <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 28 Sep 2007 19:47:53 -0400
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A very good day started early with a pair of Carolina Wrens 
investigating the (now vacant) bird house, pulling out contents, 
flitting about, carrying sticks and fluff; do they think it's spring 
again? Then with friends, off to Shelburne Bay fishing access where 20+ 
turkey vultures were hanging about on the beach, no apparent carrion in 
sight, and they didn't appear to be scavenging--just hanging out. Dick 
shared his scope with us for great views; he flushed a couple of 
snipe,also pectoral sandpiper and several kildeer.Many waves of high 
flying Canada geese heading south west. Then on to Charlotte Town Beach 
for wonderful close view of 5 juvenile loons, only about 30 feet out 
from shore; (no adults in evidence but maybe they were farther out) ; 
also small flock of common mergansers. Next spent a very nice afternoon 
at Brilyea Access: so much to watch between the 2 parking areas that we 
never did walk back along either trail! 20+ Great blue herons, 2 pair of 
wood ducks, huge waves of low-flying, very vocal Canada geese with 
perhaps half a dozen or more snow geese mixed in. Also watched Yellow 
legs, a spotted sandpiper, one long billed dowitcher, and the mystery 
bird of the day--which I suspect was the red-necked phalarope; too hard 
to be positive without a scope, as it spent the afternoon swimming 
quietly back and forth and against the light and on the far shore. It 
was the only swimming small white-breasted bird, grey back with a sharp 
bill. (We did not observe it swimming in small tight circles or 
feeding--it was just slowly going back and forth in a zig-zag leaving a 
quiet wake for a good hour or so.) A great day: several firsts for all 
of us! Nancy Goodrich, Burlington