Spent several hours from the Champlain Bridge site north to McNeil Cove
ambling about birding. No new birds to add to this winter's list, but
did locate 47 species under beautiful blue skies and calm air.
Interestingly, I saw very few individuals of some species that have been
very abundant in recent weeks: for example, I only saw 2 Mourning
Doves, 1 Snow Bunting, 9 Tree Sparrows, and 1 Goldfinch all day.
The open waters at the Champlain Bridge had a bit more than the usual
birds (list is below) including a male-female pair of Ring-necked Ducks
and what I'm pretty sure was a female Redhead, though it was very
actively splashing and preening .... and lost from view as the ferry
departed. I could not relocate it on the return.
Other interesting birds included two Hoary Redpolls (or whatever they
will turn out to be when the genetics is done) at the Weybridge location
reported first a few days ago by Tyler Pockette, the overwintering
Northern Mockingbird on Lake Street south of Route 125 in Bridport, 4
Bald Eagles at McNeil Cove and two more at the Bridge site.
At the Bridge site:
Common Merganser (185)
Mallard ( 164)
Black Duck (87)
Canada Goose (10)
Hooded Merganser (6)
Common Goldeneye (2)
Ring-necked Duck (2)
American Wigeon (1)
Redhead Duck (1 possible)
Bald Eagle (2)
Ring-billed Gull (24)
Herring Gull (3)
Great Black-backed Gull (1)
Aeronca Champ ski-equipped airplanes which landed on the ice (2)
The remaining species seen, but not listed above: