You can find a neat tool for looking at satellite images of ice closures on
Lake Champlain on NOAA's website: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/btv/html/lake.php#
Almost all the way at the bottom there's a section called "Lake Champlain
Ice Coverage (MODIS Satellite Imagery)" that currently has images from Dec
12 - Jan 15. There should be an updated image in the next couple of days.
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On 24 January 2014 13:42, Eric Hynes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hello Vermont Birders:
> I checked a few spots along the shore of Lake Champlain in Burlington and
> Shelburne this morning. I saw a lot of ice and not much else.
> Since many of us bird more on the weekends, I thought a few folks might
> appreciate a heads-up that the lake ice has expanded greatly.
> At Perkins Pier in Burlington, the ice extended out beyond the breakwater.
> There were hundreds of Mallards and a few American Black Ducks sleeping on
> the ice. I couldn't tease out anything unusual among the expected three
> gull species on the ice either.
> Blodgett Beach in Burlington was iced in.
> I moved south and found more of the same in Shelburne. Shelburne Bay in its
> entirety was frozen. Also ice along the shoreline on the NW side of
> Shelburne Point.
> Meach Cove at Shelburne Beach was ice-covered but just the cove. There were
> plenty of ducks at the ice edge but sea smoke obscured these birds.
> I finally found open water close to shore at Charlotte Beach. Sea smoke
> limited visibility here but shouldn't be as much of a problem tomorrow
> given the warmer temps forecasted. The usual ducks were in view. Good-sized
> raft of Bufflehead close in.
> I suspect the ducks will be concentrating even more in Addison County.
> Good birding,
> Eric Hynes
> Hinesburg, VT
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