Following a breakfast with four former teaching colleagues in Castleton I
headed for the Lake Bomoseen in spite of a chilling 13 degree ambient
temperature coupled with a brisk north wind that dropped the wind chill
temperature another 15 degrees!
However, Lake Bomoseen was ice free except for a couple of sheltered bays
and the waterfowl seemed to be "just fine, thank you very much".
The flotilla of American Coot swam within 5-10 meters from where I was
standing but weather conditions were not conducive for photography.
The American Bald Eagle maneuver to outpace a small flight of Common
Mergansers was a joy to watch, probably not so for the fugitives!
Lake Bomoseen and Love's Marsh, Castleton, Rutland, US-VT
Jan 3, 2012 9:00 AM - 11:35 AM
Comments: Air temperature 13 degrees F. Brisk north wind. Wind chill
temperature minus 2 degrees F. Observations made from 8 stations around
the lake. Lake remains mostly ice free.
American Black Duck 3
Mallard 141 Scattered throughout in smaller groups. Largest
congregation of 50.
Greater Scaup 1
Lesser Scaup 1
Common Goldeneye 120 Scanned for Barrow's.
Hooded Merganser 107 All but 3 in a single group. Have been noted in
these large numbers in past weeks.
Common Merganser 16
Bald Eagle 1 Adult appeared to be maneuvering for height advantage in
chase of four fleeing Common Merganser.
American Coot 38 Located once more in same general area. Appear to
be feeding on Eurasian Milfoil. Mallard taking advantage of spillage!
Mourning Dove 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 3
Common Raven 1
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)
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