I brushed the dust (and snow) off my canoe and headed back out on the
Winooski River today for a paddle. We started at Salmon Hole and finished
at Delta Park. The river was high and most obstructions were submerged.
Still lots of snow along the banks, but all the open water was inviting for
an abundance of water fowl. I didn't have binoculars and all the ducks
didn't much care for our presence so I couldn't ID some species.
Tons of hooded mergansers, black ducks, mallards, geese, red-winged
blackbirds, grackles, ring-billed gulls, cardinals, starlings, chickadees,
A few wood ducks (maybe 15 or so total)
3 red-tailed hawks (1 getting harassed by crows)
1 Cooper's hawk
1 Turkey Vulture (flying over downtown Burlington)
1 Great Blue Heron (just downstream from the Intervale)
1 Immature bald-eagle at the water treatment center at the very end of
2 song sparrows (near MacCrae Road in Colchester)
1 painted turtle
There were also a number of stoneflies crawling up the snow from the river
where we put in at Salmon. Not sure what they were.
I did this paddle last year on March 20 and the weather was about 80
degrees and I was seeing bats! Here's that checklist:
Wild Burlington Blog <http://wildburlington.blogspot.com/>
Natural History Dictionary <http://naturalhistory.crowspath.org/>