Bird populations and numbers continue to change at the Champlain Bridge
The drake and hen Barrow's Goldeneyes were right at the ice edge close
to shore below the viewing site on Route 125.
There are substantially more Common Mergansers, whose movements and
numbers make counting difficult. There are well over 2000 today,
perhaps many more than the 2400 average of three estimates by me at
midday. The American Wigeon and Redhead continue to keep close company,
often with a Mallard. The yellowish female Mallard is still present.
Location: Champlain Bridge
Observation date: 3/14/11
Number of species: 14
Canada Goose 2
American Wigeon 1
American Black Duck 16
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 1 Appearance very similar to illustration in Sibley field guide.
Lesser Scaup 5
Common Goldeneye 85
Barrow's Goldeneye 2
Hooded Merganser 12
Common Merganser 2400 Counted several times. Count was difficult due to much movement in water and many short, repositioning flights. Birds occupied an area approximately 50-60 acres in size.
Bald Eagle 1
Ring-billed Gull 62
Herring Gull 2
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