Hello Vermont Birders:
On Saturday, I had the pleasure of showing a friend visiting from PA some
of our local treats. We set to find him his lifer Pine Grosbeaks and
Bohemian Waxwings and a good show of Rough-legged Hawks. We were successful
on all three targets.
We picked up Pine Grosbeaks (12) at the Technology Park, off Kimball
Avenue, in South Burlington.
A flock of Bohemian Waxwings (conservative estimate of 500+!) were swarming
over the trees and shrubs at the entrance to Bread and Butter Farm, on
Cheesefactory Road, in Shelburne.
Lifers bagged, we headed to the Champlain Valley and patrolled the roads of
Ferrisburgh, Panton, Addison, and Bridport. Intermittent snow showers
limited our visibility at times and kept raptors down but we managed to
view 22 Red-tailed Hawks, 8 Rough-legged Hawks (two dark morphs), two
Northern Harriers, and a Barred Owl.
Each of the last two Saturdays, while passing through Vergennes on Rt. 22A
going south, I have noticed a few Pine Grosbeaks in the crab apple trees
immediately south of the bridge over Otter Creek.