Very sorry for double posting two days in a row. To finish off the update- there were easily over a thousand common goldeneye out past the pochard and redhead groups, with a few scaup mixed in.
Back on the Vermont side of the lake, I stopped on a residential street between the bridge and DAR and with permission from one of the property owners, scoped the large group there that I couldn't see before. This group of 12-1500 ducks was mostly composed of both scaup species, with a much smaller number of goldeneyes and mallards mixed in. While I did manage to find the female canvasback previously reported, and a close group of 14 ring-necked ducks, the tufted duck was nowhere to be found. This all between the hours of noon and ~4:45.
On Jan 9, 2013, at 9:13 PM, Justin LeClaire <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Howdy birders,
> Today I ventured south to the duck array and first stopped at DAR state park only to see a couple dozen mallards and goldeneye in the cove there. Jumping down to the VT side of the bridge, I met up with a couple from Pennsylvania who drove up to check out the pochard and tufted duck, and saw the former at Port Henry before coming to the bridge.
> The ice front has grown to several hundred meters north of the bridge, and so viewing from this location is difficult even with fairly clear weather present today. It was apparent that the main scaup/goldeneye raft was between DAR and the bridge, quite out of sight of both locations unfortunately.
> I then drove to Port Henry and walked out on the pier and then south along the beach. The Pochard was clearly visible from the beach near the middle of the park associating only with a few mallards and a female bufflehead around 50 meters out. The three continuing male redheads were at the southern end of the park only slightly farther out than the pochard. Beyond these closer groups,