Good to see continued activity at Red Rocks. It's a bit sad that so
many birds have started migrating south. Not only reflected in reports
but my quiet walks through the woods since Labor Day. It was like a
switch was turned off.
This past Sunday I walked through Niquettes Bay State Park (Colchester)
down to the lake where I watched a family of Mallards feeding within
stone's throw of the shore. After sitting for a while I was treated to
a lone male Belted Kingfisher making repeated plunges from an
overhanging tree branch making impressive splash downs. Was able to see
a minnow flailing in its bill before being swallowed, up on the branch.
The show lasted for about 1/2 hour.
I also saw the Turkey Vultures gliding in gusty wind this morning,
mostly in pairs. Perhaps 14 in total from Winooski to Shelburne on my
way to work.
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Sent: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 11:36 am
Subject: [VTBIRD] Red Rocks 9/12/08
A quick check of the south side of Red Rocks Park (entrance to pumping
station) this AM turned up a few interesting birds but no large flocks
of migrants. Highlights included:
1 imm. Bald Eagle-- soaring over the cliffs.
2 Carolina Wrens-- thickets near the entrance.
1 Swainson's Thrush
2 Red-eyed Vireos
hroated Blue Warblers
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
Increased numbers of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Red-breasted Nuthatches.
Many Turkey Vultures passing through.
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