Baille Birdathon 2009
I love participating in this
bird hunt around Lake Champlain!
There are so many great spots to go to, but not enough time to do them
all. Nevertheless, I racked up 128
species within the required 24 hours, including several hours sleep in the
I started out after breakfast
on Friday the 15th in Essex, NY, and finished on Saturday the 16th
in Port Kent, NY, having covered several areas down along the west coast of
Lake Champlain to the bridge at Crowne Point, over as far as Middlebury, back
up the east coast of the lake, and back across on the ferry and up to Port
I picked up quite a few birds
in Essex, around my motherís house and in the harbour. Then I drove along the lake shore
through Westport and down to Crowne Point. Here I made a stop at the Crowne Point Banding Station where
there are always lovely birds to find, and interesting people to talk with,
especially Mike Peterson and his associates and guests. I heard and saw a Tennessee Warbler, my
first in years. Mike was
delighted with the ďCanadianĒ doughnuts I brought with me.
Next was another favourite
spot, Dead Creek in Addison, VT.
It never disappoints me. I
took the time to walk along the west trail and found a pair of Scarlet
Tanagers, again a species I havenít seen in a long time. I then headed for Middlebury, passing
by Snake Mountain. I stopped at
the base of that trail and found my first ever Golden-wing Warbler, and a
Cerulean Warbler among others. I then drove up to Vergennes and the Otter Creek
complex. Caspian Terns, Bald
Eagle, many species to add to my list.
I continued on towards Shelburne Pond. Sometimes making an error is to oneís advantage, and so it
was for me. I missed the Pond Rd
and realized it shortly after. I
turned around at the next intersection.
driving back to my road, I
saw a Great Egret fise up out of the marshy area where Muddy Creek joins
Shelburne Pond. I did make it to
the Pond. I then chose to make my
way over to Shelburne Point and had Great Black-backed Gull and Fish Crow off
shore there. Back to the ferry at
Charlotte, and up to Willsboro Point.
What luck to have a Peregrine flying over from somewhere by the Point
towards the other side of the Bay, most likely 1 of the pair residing
there. I could also see a male
Bufflehead across from the boat launch.
Home for the night to
recharge my batteries! The next
morning I had reserved for Noblewood Park and Wickham Marsh. I was able to get Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
and a Wood Thrush in Noblewood, which was rather quiet this time. Then on to Wickham Marsh for my last
birds, Willow Flycatcher and Virginia Rail among others. I was done.
I canít end without
mentioning non-bird sights: White-tailed Deer, Red Fox ( Crowne Point by the
barn ), goslings everywhere, turtles, camel ( Round Barn ), forsythia in full
bloom and lots of lilac bushes everywhere. What a beautiful land we live in!
Many ďThank YouĒs to my
sponsors! My list follows below.
Great Blue Heron
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Crested Flycatcher
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Eve Ticknor Peregrine Falcon Watch Coordinator Ottawa Field Naturalists Club 38-9 Gillespie Cres
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