CBC will be very interesting this year. With many people reporting significant absences of songbird numbers and species, the lake continues to yield apparently large numbers of waterfowl. I suppose both could be related to mild weather. I've also heard speculation that the seemingly large amount of feed in the fields and woods may perhaps be keeping songbirds away from feeders.
On Dec 15, 2011, at 5:01 AM, Ian A. Worley wrote:
> Surveyed Lake Champlain from Button Bay to Goose Bay yesterday, making seven stops.
> Horned Grebe 73. Present at all locations except Goose Bay.
> White-winged Scoter 10. White Bay.
> Black Scoter 1. Potash Bay.
> Snow Geese 9000+. Northwest of Potash Bay. Possibly the large flock (10,000) that has been west of Grand Isle for the last several days and monitored by Dave Hoag.
> Gadwall 5. Tri-Town Water facility.
> Lesser Scaup 680; Greater Scaup 34. Goose Bay. Part of flock that has been present for several weeks; the remainder might have been further south at Giard Bay, but I didn't check. There were 1345 Lessers and 55 Greaters on Monday at Goose Bay.
> Ring-necked Duck 38. Goose Bay.
> Others included Canada Goose, Mallard, Common Goldeneye, Common Loon, Greater Black-backed Gull, Ring-billed Gull.
> A Cackling Goose persists among Canada and domestic Geese at a farm at the intersection of Crown Point Road and Happy Valley Road in Bridport.