Observations were made from a pull-off on Route 125 over a period of 2
hours. The two hours of light before noon gave good back lighting.
The Barrow's Goldeneye and most of the scaup seemed to be concentrated
toward the end of a finger of open water pointing east.
The two male American Wigeon were observed at the same time.
The Barrow's appeared to be courting but I could not determine whether it
was another Barrow's or a Common Goldeneye female. The beak coloration was
The overwhelming number of Common Merganser, 2,400 by Ian's previous post,
made the counting of the numerically lesser species somewhat difficult.
All the ducks were observed south of the ferry crossing.
Location: Champlain Bridge
Observation date: 3/15/11
Notes: The Mallard number is an estimate compared to American Black
Duck count. Previous posted count of Common Merganser of 2,400 at this
location. Barrow's Goldeneye appeared to be courting but I could not determine
whether female was a Common or another Barrow's, [beak obscured].
Killdeer was a flyover.
[I seem to have left out Ring-billed Gull. Will rectify.]
Number of species: 16
Canada Goose 95
American Wigeon 2 Both males
American Black Duck 110
Ring-necked Duck 2 Appeared to be a pair
Greater Scaup 2
Lesser Scaup 12
Common Goldeneye 65
Barrow's Goldeneye 1 Single male
Hooded Merganser 10
Common Merganser X
Herring Gull X
Great Black-backed Gull 3
American Crow 3
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