Hello Vermont Birders:
I had a very enjoyable outing this morning working my way from Ferrisburg
to Burlington along the lake shore. Here are my highlights working south
Porter Bay is mostly frozen at this point. Viewing from Fort Cassin Road
produced two Bald Eagles and some ducks and gulls too far out into the
distortion to identify.
At the very end of Long Point Road, if you turn left on South Road (private
property - seasonal camps so please be respectful), you can overlook
Hawkins Bay from a little boat ramp. Looking out toward the near island,
among the Common Goldeneyes and Common Mergansers, were a drake Redhead and
a pair of Canvasback. An immature Bald Eagle was perched on the more
A flock of 521 Snow Buntings (counted after the fact from a flight photo)
were in a weedy field on the west side of Hawkins Road on the east side of
Otter Creek. These birds were only in view when they took flight but what
an incredible, undulating, flashing show in the sunlight. I encountered
five more flocks of Snow Buntings along Lake Road as I drove north from
Ferrisburg through Charlotte.
Ten Snow Geese stood off to the side of more than 400 Canada Geese in a
field at the corner of Lake Road and Greenbush Road in Charlotte with an
eleventh in among the CAGO.
A pair of Hooded Mergansers were among Common Mergansers at the ferry dock
at McNeil Cove.
At Blodgett Beach in Burlington, I scoped one hen Barrow's Goldeneye.
There was also an immature male Barrow's or Barrow's X Common hybrid. I
only observed the male once for a second before it dove and then I had to
Several Northern Harriers and Rough-legged Hawks were noted along my drive
On a side note, like others recently, a Brown-headed Cowbird visited my
feeding station for two days earlier this week.