Hello Vermont Birders:
I started this morning at sunrise on Fort Cassin Road in Ferrisburg looking
out onto Porter Bay. No luck with the previously reported American Wigeon
but the *nine* *Gadwalls* remain and I caught up to a *Great Blue
Heron*there for the third time this winter. Three immature Bald
making the to-be-expected ducks and gulls skittish. A Pileated Woodpecker
was calling most of the time and a Brown Creeper worked its way up one of
the maples on the "causeway."
In Little Otter Creek WMA, where Hawkins Road crosses over the slang, I
tallied *43 Northern Pintails*. I found this noteworthy since they
outnumbered the Mallards and American Black Ducks. A Red-bellied
Woodpecker was calling incessantly here and my first *singing Song Sparrow*and
*singing Red-winged Blackbird* were claiming territories.
In a field on the east side of Hawkins Road, maybe a half mile north of the
intersection with Little Chicago Road, a flock of ~150 Snow Buntings were
flitting about with at least *six Lapland Longspurs* and 20 Horned Larks
among them. Several of the Horned Larks were singing and chasing each
Long Point, overlooking Hawkins Bay in Ferrisburg, was disappointing. No
eagles were present and the duck numbers have dropped off significantly
with no sign of the Canvasback pair or the drake Redhead.
From Charlotte Town Beach, my most unusual sighting was probably a
pair of *Red-breasted
Mergansers* flying south way out over the lake. A few Horned Grebes were
out in the chop and the only loon I spotted was a single Common.
In the big field north of Lake Road and west of Greenbush Road in
Charlotte, the flock of *12 overwintering Snow Geese* were hunkered down
trying to get out of the wind while a *Turkey Vulture* was wobbling