An initial count of Common Goldeneye that were actively feeding was 75.
Then a Bald Eagle flew overhead and the gathering took flight settling once
again in good view. Before the Common Goldeneye were sufficiently relaxed
to commence diving again, I made a second count, this time 145. There is
obviously a factor of 2 in this single observation but it does suggest the
number recorded when a raft of diving ducks is actively feeding is probably
going to be on the low to very low end of the actual number present.
Lake Bomoseen-Castleton (2360 acres), Rutland, US-VT
Dec 13, 2011 9:50 AM - 12:05 PM
Comments: Temperature 28-34 degrees F. Ice appearing both at north
and south end of lake. Observations made from 8 stations around the lake.
Canada Goose 66
American Black Duck 2
Greater Scaup 1
Lesser Scaup 3
Common Goldeneye 145 Checked for Barrow's.
Hooded Merganser 48
Common Merganser 6
Bald Eagle 1 Adult. Digiscoped image revealed metal band on right
leg and possible red/orange band on left leg.
American Coot 46
Ring-billed Gull 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
American Crow 8
Black-capped Chickadee 7
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
European Starling 32
Northern Cardinal 1
House Finch 8
American Goldfinch 1
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
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