To clarify: It was a "fly-by shooting". Got a good look at it as it
passed over me and flew over open fields. But the view was from
below. It's size and shape were right. It's flight action was
right. It was light colored below. It would certainly be rare in our
part of Vt. at this time of year. e-bird shows 40+ winter
observations for the species in Vt. -- but, mostly in the Champlain
Valley. I did not submit my observation to e-Bird as I was alone, and
only saw the bird on the wing. I'd like to qualify the sighting as
"apparent", and see if any of the MadBirders come across it in their
travels up and down 100B.
On Jan 25, 2010, at 8:31 AM, [log in to unmask] wrote:
> American Kestrel, at this time of year, in Vermont is very rare.
> Most migrate.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Scott Sainsbury <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Sun, Jan 24, 2010 6:59 pm
> Subject: [VTBIRD] missing gulls
> I stopped by the Intervale Compost Center Sat and Sun while in
> Burlington on errands.
> Sat -- only 3 Great Black-backed gulls showed up during the 45 min.
> I was there?! About 100 American Crows and 200 European Starlings
> plus 2 Northern Cardinals and 3 Red-tailed Hawks. 3 more Red-tails
> along I-89 as we headed home. 1 American Kestrel along Rt 100B in
> Moretown 1 mile south of Rt 2.
> Sun -- no gulls - a complete shut-out, no hawks, same large numbers
> of Crows and Starlings.
> I also drove out to the Grand Isle Causeway today (Sunday). There
> was about 1/2 acre of open water on the south side. 21 Ring-billed
> gulls, 3 Great Black-backed gulls, 1 male Common Merganser, 1 Female
> Common Goldeneye. The wind was blowing 30kts+!!! All the birds were
> hunkered down facing south into the wind. Very few tried flying. It
> was wild!
> Stay dry -- big rain's coming.
> Scott Sainsbury
> Moretown, Bt.