The access road from Route 100 has now been repaired due to damage from
Tropical Storm Irene. The access itself is of little use as the water level
is low and mud abounds!
The broad shoreline and mudflats should be attractive to migrating
shorebirds as indicated this morning by the presence of a single Greater
Yellowlegs and numerous Spotted Sandpipers and a single Killdeer.
The Bald Eagles and Bonaparte's Gull may also be drawn to the lowering of
the water level and the prospect of an increase in the prey base.
Most of the song birds were observed on the east side by the Mountain
Meadow Lodge, [accessed from Route 4], and adjacent wetlands.
PS A little farther down Route 100 at "Beaver Meadows" an Evening
Grosbeak was heard overhead.
Kent Pond, Rutland, US-VT
Jul 18, 2012 5:50 AM - 7:20 AM
Comments: Water level has been lowered yielding potentially "inviting"
mud flats for shore birds!
36 species included the following.
Common Loon 2
Bald Eagle 2 One adult and one juvenile perched on an emerged rock
and tree stump.
Spotted Sandpiper 7
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Bonaparte's Gull 1 Still in breeding plumage.
Alder Flycatcher 5 Still in full song!
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Common Raven 2
Barn Swallow 6
Black-and-white Warbler 1
American Redstart 1
Swamp Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 1
Scarlet Tanager 2
Common Grackle 140 A single flock on the move.
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