On a quick morning trip along Lake Champlain, I was very surprised to find
a female Wood Duck mixed in with 150-ish Mallards at Meach Cove (Shelburne
Town Beach). She was sleeping when I spotted her, but after she woke up a
few minutes later all the obvious field marks were apparent (white
surrounding eye, smaller bill, smaller size, etc.) The views were distant
(scope required) and heat distortion was moderate, but I got very good
views over the course of 15-ish minutes. After she was awake and active, I
quickly lost her in the sea of Mallards.
Youth Birding Coordinator
North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
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