Josh Lincoln and I accidentally met at the Champlain Bridge this early
afternoon and discovered many a bird in the opening waters and on the
ice edge. The birds were close, moving about, and well lit with no
optical distortions. Males were handsomely attired .... none more so
than the Wigeons. List is below.
Champlain Bridge / Chimney Point, Addison, US-VT
Mar 15, 2013 1:32 PM - 3:48 PM
Snow Goose 1 Beautifully colored dark morph.
Cackling Goose 1 Strikingly smaller than adjacent Canada Geese. Petite in appearance with short neck very evident when all the geese in the immediate area stretched their necks in alarm posture shortly before abruptly taking flight. Head noticeably smaller than those of adjacent Canada Geese, appearing more rounded. Bill small, bluntish; length of bill much less than depth of head. Primaries extended well beyond tail giving a distinctly "loosely" feathered appearance to the rear of the bird as it swam.
Canada Goose 1025 In several groups of various sizes on both sides of the bridge. Clicker counts by 1s.
Wood Duck 2
American Wigeon 5
American Black Duck 3
Mallard 55 Clicker counted by 1s.
Northern Pintail 2
Ring-necked Duck 9
Greater Scaup 8
Lesser Scaup 11
Common Goldeneye 66 Careful count by 1s.
Common Merganser 17
Bald Eagle 2
Ring-billed Gull 267 Mostly on ice in groups. Counted by individuals.
Herring Gull 3
Great Black-backed Gull 3
American Crow 3
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