Increased numbers of waterfowl was apparent yesterday on Lake Champlain
south of the Champlain Bridge in Bridport as Ron Payne and I made
several stops from Goose Bay south to Leonard's Bay (5.5 lake miles).
In a few shallow bays there was lake ice; near the end of Crown Point
Road some 75 Ring-billed gulls were standing on ice.
Scaup were the most numerous, clicker counted to almost exactly 2600
birds. Apparently dispersed by early morning hunters, they were in five
rafts with a few small flights passing by from time to time. We could
tell Scaup species apart in some of the rafts, but a couple rafts were
too distance for that.
Of interest among the variety of lake birds were three Gadwall at
Leonard's Bay and an American Wigeon at Goose Bay.
On Lake Street at the location where a single Mockingbird has
overwintered for the last four years, to our delight there were three!
A flock of 60 Snow Buntings flew up from a field near McCuen Slang.
Lake birds are listed below.
Greater/Lesser Scaup 1500 Clicker counted by individuals rounded to
Lesser Scaup 1050 Clicker counted by individuals rounded to nearest 50
Greater Scaup 51 Clicker counted by individuals
Common Goldeneye 347 Clicker counted by individuals
Ring-billed Gull 295 Clicker counted by individuals
Hooded Merganser 25
Canada Goose 22
White-winged Scoter 14
Common Merganser 13
American Black Duck 8
Common Loon 7
Herring Gull 2
Great Black-backed Gull 2
Great Blue Heron 2
Bald Eagle 2
American Wigeon 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1