Nice. We'rrrrrrrrrrre back too!!!
On Jan 14, 2014, at 8:06 AM, alison wagner wrote:
> They'rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre BacK!
> 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
Waitsfield, Vt. 05673
802-496-9393 ext 13