As a follow up regarding Robins. Yesterday, 12/27, I stopped by the
Charlotte post office and on my way in noticed quite a few robins
hopping about the lawn and in the trees . Within the next 30 minutes I
had counted over 1200! Loose flocks intermittently passed over head,
some stopped to feed on crabapples and buckthorn but all were moving
south. Not to be undone , a murmuration of a few hundred starlings
bobbed and weaved overhead on their way to roost. There seems to be
a lot of robins around . Today I counted over 400 in Williston and
Shelburne and earlier in the week 200+ in Hinesburg. Just think of all
the buckthorn fruit being dispersed about the Champlain Valley...
On Dec 28, 2011, at 7:46 AM, Bryan Pfeiffer wrote:
> Greetings, VTBIRDers:
> Here's news from Derek and Jeannette Lovitch, skilled visitors from
> Maine who were out and about in the Champlain Lowlands on Dec 27:
>> After Christmas with family, we spent the day birding the Champlain
>> Valley from Charlotte to Addison.
>> Thanks to Horace Shaw's timely post, we caught up with a (the?)
>> SNOWY OWL at 3:30pm near Button Cove SP. We first spotted the bird
>> on the east side of Button Bay Rd, 0.3miles south of the curve to
>> Basin Harbor Rd. The bird was on a grassy knoll with a copse of
>> tall decidous trees in the background. We then saw the bird from
>> Basin Harbor Rd, 0.2 miles east of Button Bay Rd.
>> Other birds of note (we think):
>> - about 100 Snow Buntings, along I89 N, mm 83.4.
>> - 2 Snow Geese with Canadas, Lake Rd, Charlotte.
>> - 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, Converse Bay Rd.
>> - 6 Gadwall and 4 Bald Eagles, Fort Cassin causeway.
>> - 1 Northern Flicker, Button Bay Boat Access.
>> - a steady flow of southbound American Robins throughout the day
>> (800-1000 total) with a few small flocks of Cedar Waxwings.
>> -Derek and Jeannette Lovitch
>> Pownal, Maine
> Bryan Pfeiffer
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