Hello VT Birders:
My visiting friend (Todd Day) and I were out again this morning and were
pretty blown away by the waterfowl activity. Common Grackles and to a
lesser extent Red-winged Blackbirds were all over the place and in flocks.
We had single and pairs of *Killdeer* at multiple stops. Noteworthy was the
complete lack of Snow Buntings. After bragging about the SNBU show
recently, I couldn't show Todd a single one! I guess they all road the
south wind to Canada.
Just after sunrise, we pulled up to the confluence of Dead Creek and Otter
Creek on Basin Harbor Road in Ferrisburg. Dead Creek was packed with ducks
and geese. The standouts were *Wood Ducks and two Cackling Geese*. When
we came back by this location an hour later half the birds were gone or up
Dead Creek. Four Bald Eagles might have been the culprits. Details and our
complete list is at:
Slang Road in Panton was another hotspot. After crossing the slang, the
field on the west side was *FULL of Snow Geese*. We hadn't even had a
chance to stop before they all erupted into flight. My conservative
estimate was 1,500. Todd thought it was probably 2,000 or more. We also
saw four Rough-legged Hawks from Slang Road.
At DAR State Park, we enjoyed a nice diversity of diving ducks but the
numbers have dropped off dramatically. Standouts were *three Redheads, one
Canvasback and one White-winged Scoter. A Yellow-rumped Warbler* was
working the brushy edge of the campsites. Our complete list was:
At least six *Gadwall* remain in Porter Bay, as viewed from Fort Cassin
Road in Ferrisburg. *Ten Bald Eagles* kept the gulls jumpy at this site.