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"paulagills tds.net" <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 27 Oct 2011 15:44:54 -0400
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Large raft of Scoters still there on Berlin Pond as of 3:20 more toward the
southern third of the reservoir.

Paula Gills

On Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 3:06 PM, Chip Darmstadt <
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> The scoter flock on Wrightsville Reservoir has diminished a bit, with only
> around 75 Black Scoters, 6 Surf and 3 White-winged Scoters present at 2pm
> this afternoon. Northern Pintail still hanging out with the raft and 4
> Buffleheads also resting on the reservoir.
> Cheers, Chip
> Chip Darmstadt
> Executive Director
> North Branch Nature Center
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Fred and
> Chris
> Pratt
> Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2011 2:20 PM
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> Subject: [VTBIRD] Spectacular flight of Black Scoters
> An amazing flight of Black Scoters today, October 27. A visit to Thurman
> W. Dix Reservoir near Barre produced at least 200 Black Scoters in their
> usual tight rafts, along with 17 White-winged Scoters. At times the
> birds would rise to fly nervously to another section of the reservoir,
> allowing wonderful views of their aerial formations. Also present at Dix
> were about 30 Bufflehead, about a dozen Hooded Mergansers and 2 Greater
> Yellowlegs.
> Decided we had better check out Berlin Pond as well - and the results
> were even more spectacular. We started with 8 Black Scoters along with
> 300 Canada Geese in the northern third of the lake. Later, from the
> south end of the pond, we spotted about 170 scoters in flight
> approaching from the north. Eventually the birds joined a raft about
> mid-lake. Nearby was another raft of about 100 birds and further north
> we found yet another very large raft that had to number another 200
> birds! Scope views confirmed they were Black Scoters with males
> outnumbering females about 2 to 1. Also mixed in were single drakes of
> the other two scoter species. Also, continuing at the southern end of
> the reservoir, were about 10 American Coot.
> I don't recall Black Scoter numbers like these, including even wintering
> concentrations off the coast of Maine or at their favorite locations
> along coastal Rhode Island.
> Pipit

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