Ron Payne and I did a Lake Champlain survey from Shoreham to Button Bay
yesterday. South of Jones Dock the lake was totally frozen over, with
the possible exception of some very small spots out of our views. From
Jones Dock to the Champlain Bridge the lake was a combination of ice and
open leads and patches. North of the bridge we found no ice.
No exceptional or new species of water birds were located. The 1400
bird raft mostly of Lesser Scaup which has been south of the bridge for
many weeks was not to be found. Gulls were few; only Ring-bills,
Herrings, and a few Great Black-backed.
The expected assortment of land birds were seen along roads. The
Bridport Lake Street Northern Mocking Bird was at home, and the Snowy
Owl was near the Dead Creek goose viewing area (reported to us by other
Four stations south of the Bridge:
Black Duck 7
Lesser Scaup 4
Common Goldeneye 846 (searched for Barrow's)
Hooded Merganser 4
Common Merganser 130
Bald Eagle 5 adults
Six stations north of the Bridge:
Common Loon 1
Canada Goose 76
Black Duck 12
Mallard 293 (264 at Button Bay)
Horned Grebe 75 (saw no western species suspects)
Common Goldeneye 98
Common Merganser 39
Bald Eagle 1 adult
Great Blue Heron 2 (both at Button Bay).
All species seen have been reported to eBird.