With many open water areas now expanding in Lake Champlain south of the
Champlain Bridge, Ron Payne and I today visited 10 locations from
Plunder Bay in Orwell north to McCuen Slang in Addison. Waves and heat
distortion made impossible identifying and counting the many hundreds of
ducks that swam at distances greater than a half a mile at several
viewing sites, but there were lots of closer birds for good viewing.
Highlights were 7 Ruddy Ducks in a cove at McCuen Slang, a Black Scoter
flying rapidly northward low over the water past Lapham Bay, a
Pied-billed Grebe at Plunder Bay, an Osprey with fish atop a utility
pole near Stony Cove, and an Eastern Meadowlark near Larrabee's Point
Waterfowl were diverse, as we saw 19 species:
Snow Goose (7 in a Bridport field)
American Black Duck
Saw a total of 19 Bald Eagles for the day. In our travels we also
recorded 13 Red-tailed Hawks, 6 Kestrels, 2 Harriers, 2 Turkey Vultures,
a Rough-legged Hawk, and the previously mentioned Osprey.
Overall, we tallied 55 species for the day.