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Fwd: Weekend highlights: Spotted Sandpiper, Golden Eagle, Brant and scoters, etc.

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Kent McFarland <[log in to unmask]>

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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 3 Nov 2009 08:34:29 -0500

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Marshall Iliff <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Mon, Nov 2, 2009 at 6:22 PM
Subject: Weekend highlights: Spotted Sandpiper, Golden Eagle, Brant
and scoters, etc.
To: Kent McFarland <[log in to unmask]>


Kent,
Thought I’d send a quick summary of stuff from the weekend.
Everything, of course, is already in eBird.. Highlights below:

31 Oct 2009
Charlotte Town Beach, 700-740: 1 Red-throated Loon flying south, little else.

Shelburne Bay, 800-835: 6 Snow Buntings, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 26
Bonaparte’s Gulls

Bear Creek Inn, at top of Bolton Valley Rd., 1000: 1 im Golden Eagle
heading south into strong south wind

Rte. 89, just N of Rte. 2/7: 30 Rusty Blackbirds flew across road

Dead Creek goose viewing: ~4000 Snow Geese, could not pick out a
Ross’s in my 20 min allotment

1 Nov 2009

Charlotte Town Beach, 650-830; see full eBird list below

Little River SP, 1150-1250: 1 SPOTTED SANDPIPER (late; latest in eBird
for Vermont). Seen well, flushed from boat ramp area and flew across
reservoir

Berlin Pond, 1600-1640: 6 Bufflehead, 1 American Wigeon, 125 Canada
Geese, 2 Hooded Mergansers, 1 Herring Gull, 25 Ring-billed Gulls

Full eBird list below for Charlotte Town Beach:

Location:     Charlotte Town Beach

Observation date:     11/1/09

Notes:     Morning birding along Lake Champlain; daylight savings time
gave me an extra hour (got light at 6:00). Started with a long
lakewatch (very good) and followed with a quick check of Shelburne
Bay. WEATHER: Clear and crisp air after cold front passage overnight,
45 F, strong W wind (10-15 mph)

Number of species:     25

Brant (Atlantic)     16     *rare; one southbound flock; state bird

Canada Goose     35

Mallard     2

Northern Pintail     3     females in one group

White-winged Scoter     5     *rare; single flock south bound; state bird

Black Scoter     2     *rare; one male, and one female flying south as
singles; great looks; iPhone-scoped photos of female

Long-tailed Duck     17     *rare; one solo female flying south; one
flock of 16 bopping around

Bufflehead     55     one large flock and several smaller ones

Common Goldeneye     54     multiple group, including many on far side

Common Merganser     1     one female flying N

Common/Red-breasted Merganser     2     probable Red-breasted; distant

duck sp.     80     distant birds, almost certainly goldeneye or
bufflehead; on NY

Red-throated Loon     2     *rare; one sitting in middle of lake, one
close flyby

Common Loon     56     exact count; 16 birds on lake, remainder in
southbound flight

Horned Grebe     5     state bird

Red-necked Grebe     8     3 on lake, remainder southbound migrants
(groups of 3,1,1)

cormorant sp.     2     two birds flying south seen fairly well; bill
seemed yellowish and body thickset, but I suspect these were
Double-crested

Bonaparte's Gull     8

Ring-billed Gull     50

Herring Gull     5

Great Black-backed Gull     2

Blue Jay     1

American Crow     2

Black-capped Chickadee     2

European Starling     6

Lapland Longspur     16     one flock over lake; state bird

Snow Bunting     24     one flock over lake

American Goldfinch     1

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)

Best,

Marshall Iliff

West Roxbury, MA

Miliff AT aol.com

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