Eric Hynes and I decided to race to Shelburne Bay before dawn with hopes of
lucking out with desirable ducks (and owls) before we had to beat the clock
back to Hinesburg. When we arrived, a few small rafts of ducks were along
the ice edge, the species determined by their silhouettes, and as dark gave
way to light, we could clearly see the Ring-necked, Canvasback, and
Red-head were back! We scanned the shore line for the Snowy, but that one
eluded us. Also, no sign of a Hooded Merganser. A muskrat was the sole
occupant on the mammal list!
Good luck to others going for the ducks with red heads!
And thanks, everyone, for the posts!
On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 1:12 AM, Michele Patenaude <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> Shelburne Bay was rich today. I was there from 3:55 to 4:45 pm. Partway
> through, the Snowy Owl showed up and sat on the edge of the ice to the
> north. Later it flew off to the east and landed on the ice at that end of
> the bay. In addition to the Canvasback and Redhead that Bruce McPherson
> mentioned, there was also a Ring-necked Duck swimming among approximately
> 120 Common Goldeneye.
> The ducks stuck around for about 15 minutes after the Snowy Owl showed up
> and then they all rose up and flew east and disappeared in the horizon. I
> believe the Canvasback, Redhead and Ring-necked Duck joined them. Something
> must have spooked them, but aside from the owl, I did not see any other
> predators. Twenty-three Common Mergansers and a single Hooded Merganser
> were also present.
> A Greater Black-backed Gull sitting afar on ice to the east, later flew up
> circling high above the owl and squawking alarm calls.
> I did not notice the Gadwalls but they might have been there. There were
> no Bald Eagles.
> Michele Patenaude
> 172 Woodbury Road
> Burlington, VT 05408