This morning around 10:00 I dropped by Meach Cove and saw the usual Black Ducks, Mallards, Goldeneyes, and a cluster of Canada Geese. Then around 4 pm I swung by again to find, yes, Mallards, Black Ducks, Canada Geese, a bobbing raft of Ring-necked ducks, and then to the left, one female and 5 male Green-winged Teal. I snuck down along the wooden fence to the edge of the bluff, popped up with my glasses and had a wonderful look at them feeding along the shore. So pretty! Another highlight were 6 male Pintail Ducks feeding near shore in the open water at the Champlain Bridge. Then later, after turning down Panton Rd. in Vergennes, two Turkey Vultures swept down over my car, so close I even ducked my head. They went teetering off in the high winds up and over a line of evergreens.
It seems nearly every Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawk I saw was out hunting today, some being mobbed by Crows. Opposite Button Bay Park, a Harrier with wings raised high was stomping up and down with all his might on something in a field, while a nearby flock of Canada Geese stood, heads up, watching every move. But the sight that really gave pause to the day were the hundreds and thousands of Red-winged Blackbirds on Hawkins Rd. It was breath-taking!