The birding was great at Shelburne Pond this morning despite the rain. The
Ruddy Duck was present, although extremely distant along the marshy
southeast shore. A drake Blue-winged Teal was also present and spent some
time near the boat launch. Several female Mallards and Wood Ducks swam
about with trails of ducklings behind them.
A huge flock of ~360 cormorants were moving about on the water, followed
closely by 20+ Herring Gulls and surprisingly a Great Black-backed Gull.
Ring-billed Gulls were also numerous (175) but were mainly on the farm
fields near the parking area. At least 4 Caspian Terns spent a long time
fishing near the parking area and at least five Black-crowned Night-herons
were moving about the pond.
Also of note was a Red-eyed Vireo nest along the trailside, completely
exposed at eye-level. I guess it shouldn't have come as a surprise to find
two Cowbirds eggs in the nest with her three. Here are some pictures of the
vireo on her nest<http://www.flickr.com/photos/27953043@N08/5821793827/in/photostream>and
On Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 4:49 PM, Ian Worley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> This morning there was a male Ruddy Duck at Shelburne Pond, seen from the
> fishing access. There were also multiple flocks of ducklings: Wood Ducks,
> Mallards, and one group that hid before I could confirm what they were ...
> but they were not Woodies or Mallards. There were four Caspian Terns, and a
> Black Crowned Night Heron plus all the expected marsh passerines.
Youth Birding Coordinator
North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
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