We took a tour of the Champlain Valley, driving to the Dead Creek area and
poking our way back, stopping at a number of favorite sites. Saw a RT along
Monkton Road, between Hinesburg and Monkton, and a Sharpie just east of
Route 7 in Vergennes. The rest of the ride was surprisingly uneventful until we
drove onto Tri-Town Road and spotted anothe RT perched in a backyard tree.
At the water plant we found a wide-open lake with a raft of Common
mergansers to the West off the point, and a raft of Common goldeneyes to
the East. Button Bay had large numbers of waterfowl but they were too far
out to identify.
At Fort Cassin we saw at least 5 mature and 3 immature Bald eagles.
It was hard to keep track because they were flying about, so you had to be
careful not to double count birds.
A flock of Turkeys on a manure pile at the farm across from Fort Cassin Road
on Sand Road.
A RT along Rte 7 in Charlotte south of Ferry Road.
Saw anothe flock of Turkeys in Charlotte, and at the Charlotte town beach a
raft of Buffleheads.
We were fortunate to spot a beautiful Red fox taking a stroll on the Kwiniaska
Golf Course. Another RT on 116 between Cheese Factory road and Van Sicklen
Road, and a final flock of Turkeys at the farm on South Brownell Road across
from Walker Hill Road.
We have been noting that we have not been seeing as many Rough-legged
hawks this winter as compared to previous winters (only 2 so far), and we
have been seeing more RTs, with many of those in locations where we have
not seen Red Tails previously. We were wondering if other people have had
Denis and Maria Poley, Richmond