Hello Vermont Birders:
After a soggy and owl-less adventure around Shelburne and Charlotte, I
arrived pre-dawn at Dead Creek WMA. Approximately 350 Snow Geese were
occasionally visible in flight from the viewing area on Rt. 17 but they were
more readily seen from Brilyea Road, albeit distant.
I observed a juvenile American Golden-Plover all by itself way out in a
recently turned over corn field on the east side of Jersey Street in
Panton. The field was 0.3 miles south of the intersection with Pease Road,
opposite utility pole number 27. Numerous American Pipits were scattered
across the same field and in flight but mostly as individuals, no big
A farmer pulled up next to me on a giant combine or something while I was
scoping the field from the shoulder of the road. He saw my scope and was
curious. When I told him I was watching a bird that had flown from the
arctic and was on its way to southern South America, he said " no sh-t, I
gotta see that!" He and is his young son hopped down to take a look - pretty
At the north end of Slang Road, where a spur of Dead Creek juts east and
crosses under the road, a pair of Rusty Blackbirds were perched among a
mixed flock of Icterids. Surprisingly, the male was singing his heart out.
The plowed field farther down Slang Road was devoid of shorebirds.
I noted several Red-bellied Woodpeckers during my wanderings.