Hello Vermont Birders:
Last month I reported seeing a *Canada Goose with a neck collar* in a field
along Route 7 near the Shelburne/Charlotte town line. Here is an image of
A number of you on the Vermont listserv asked that I share if I got any
information about it. Well, on Friday night, I received my certificate of
appreciation from the bird banding lab that stated this goose was banded
"too young to fly" on July 13, 2004 in Varennes, Quebec which is a suburb
of Montreal. I think that is pretty neat and wonder where it has roamed
the first seven years of its life.
On Monday I stopped by Blodgett Beach in Burlington and failed for the
fourth time to see the Iceland Gull that others have found there but I did
see this *banded Ring-billed Gull* (F2K):
I will report back when/if I get word from the lab on this one.
At the time I was getting the photo of the RBGU, I thought I saw a
first-winter Lesser Black-backed Gull in the background in the water.
After getting this image, I focused on trying to relocate the LBBG but no
luck. I didn't get to scrutinize it so I am not claiming there is one
around but thought I better get birders thinking about it.
Yesterday (Saturday) morning I hit a number of spots in Ferrisburg and
Charlotte. My highlights were:
1. A *Great Blue Heron*, a *Belted Kingfisher*, and *five Bald Eagles* at
Fort Cassin Road. I have yet to catch up to the Gadwalls that others keep
reporting from this location. I realize waterfowl move around on the lake
quite a bit but if anyone has any clues about where to look for them I
would be most appreciative.
2. The continuing drake *Redhead* in Hawkins Bay, as viewed from Long
Point, was close to shore. I was able to get a digiscope of him finally:
No sign of the Canvasback pair or the Northern Pintails that Ian had but
there were *seven Bald Eagles* scattered about.
3. A *Merlin* was soaring over the intersection of Sand Road and Cross Road
4. At Charlotte Town Beach, "the"* drake Green-winged Teal* that has been
bouncing between locations in Shelburne and Charlotte was mixed in with all
the other waterfowl along the shore. All 553 Canada Geese and 436 Common
Goldeneyes scattered when an immature Bald Eagle cruised by - quite a show.