Hello Vermont Birders:
I am pleased to read others caught up to the Purple Sandpiper (PUSA) Becky
Marvil and I were lucky enough to find. I posted an image of the chubby
shorebird to my Flickr account at:
Finding a Snowy Owl in the Champlain Valley was our goal when we set out
for an afternoon of birding. We had no luck turning snow-covered dirt
clumps into Snowies but the PUSA was a nice consolation prize. We also
enjoyed at least five Rough-legged Hawks (four dark morphs). An adult Bald
Eagle flushing the Snow Geese (still ~4,000 strong) at Dead Creek WMA made
for an incredible show. A Great Blue Heron was lingering along the
shoreline at Stone Bridge Dam as well.
Burlington CBC birders might be interested in yesterday's highlight. I was
picking up my niece from daycare at Pine Forest near the railroad tracks on
lower Flynn Ave at 4:30 p.m. A mostly silent mass of crows was swirling
just over the treetops which I quickly made a gross estimate of 1,500
birds. If the roost isn't right there, it can't be far away.