There was a great woodcock show at the LaPlatte marsh (opposite
Shelburne Bay fishing access) last night. The "peent"s started at
about 7:15. Between 7:30 and 7:50, at least four birds (possibly as
many as eight) took to the air with their incredibly varied sounds.
One rocketed right at us, looking as if he wanted to spear Tom's hat
with his bill.
Several First-of-Year birds for me today:
Chipping Sparrows - a flock of five or so in the ditches at Shelburne
Killdeer - in the fields across from Shelburne Bay Park
Great Blue Heron - over the same fields - pointed out by Bruce
Kestrel - off Hinesburg Road
Brown Creeper - singing at Mud Pond in Williston
Crows - engaged in intimate, growly, clucking conversation
Song Sparrows everywhere
Bohemian Waxwings - huge flocks!