About an hour ago I saw a phalarope about halfway along the Colchester
Causeway about 20 feet out on the west (lake) side. I am not experienced
with phalaropes--I've seen only a few Red-necked, and I have never seen a
Red. It was clearly not a Wilson's, but I am not comfortable making the
call between Red and Red-necked. Despite the odds, I lean toward Red due to
the thickness and base-to-tip taper of the bill. I very foolishly did not
bring a camera.
Another birder, a gentleman named Bob from White River Junction, is out
there now, and he left me a voicemail saying he relocated the bird. He has
a camera, and I'm crossing my fingers that he'll get a photo. Major thanks
to Bob for following me on a wild phalarope chase!
Take Colchester Point Road to the split with Mills Point Road. Bear right
onto Mills Point and park in the parking lot on the right. Then take the
gravel path northward out onto the causeway, which extends north into the
lake. I saw the bird very roughly half a mile out, and based on Bob's
voicemail, it sounds like it's still in that vicinity but, unfortunately,
out farther west and thus not as close to the causeway.