Hello Vermont Birders:
Having been away for most of the fall, I was anxious to get out for a few
hours yesterday morning. I had hoped to catch up to some of the Pine
Grosbeaks many of you were reporting.
My most noteworthy encounter was an impressive flock of Snow Buntings.
They were in a large field on the east side of Sand Road in Ferrisburgh,
just north of Fort Cassin Road. They may have gone unnoticed if not for a
Northern Harrier. I was admiring a nice adult male harrier coursing over
the field which put up the bunting flock. The brown field seemed to erupt
with white flashes. The flock never settled back down before I left so it
was tough to estimate numbers but I feel confident my 600 was a
conservative count. They were too far away to tease out any larks or
Only other species of note was an American Coot among the dabblers
(mentioned in an earlier report) at the Briylea Access area of Dead Creek.
When I stepped out to fill the feeders this morning (in Hinesburg Village),
the first bird I heard was a Pine Grosbeak. Four of them took off flying