Hello fellow birders. I am new to the listserv, but not new to birding. I live in coastal western CT and often take trips to Vermont for birding and camping.
I am heading to Silver Lake on Friday (not State Park), which is just east of Lake Dunmore near Goshen (and Forest Dale). I was hoping some Vermontuers had some good sure-fire migrant spots in that area....or within like 30 minutes. Last year, in the first week of June, I had a very birdy weekend at the same campground (Silver Lake Campground) and surrounding habitats. There is a very long early successional growth powerline cut that runs through the thick woods, and both lakes nearby made for some good habitat.
From my notes: Mourning, Black-throated Blue and Green, Parula, N. Waterthrush, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Canada, Nashville, Blackburnian, and Cape May warblers among 18 warbler species. Red-eyed, Philly, Blue-headed, Warbling, and Yellow-throated Vireos. Broad-wings, Ravens, Bald Eagle and Osprey over the lake, Ruffed Grouse, Indigo Buntings, RB and Evening Grosbeaks, Rusty Blackbirds, and both orioles. Fox, Swamp, Song, Chipping, Savannah, White-crowned and Field Sparrows. My 3 day total, starting on I-91 after crossing the MA/VT border, was 68 species. I hope to beat that.
Also, I checked the archives but I didn't really get an idea of where VT (specifically southern and central) stands in regards to migration. I know here in CT things are somewhat screwy.... already had a Mourning Warbler which should just be reaching northern Texas and other Gulf states now, and 3 or 4 Prothonotary warblers which are overshoots. Black-throated Greens and Blues are heavy now. Canadas are becoming more numerous and others like Blue-headed Vireo, Pine and Palm warblers, Yellow-rumps (some over winters in CT) and certain Thrushes seem to have peaked already.
Thanks for any info/feedback you can share.
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