Lots of birds on Lake Champlain south of the Champlain Bridge yesterday,
stretched over 2.5 visible miles. Thanks to Karan Cutler who called my
attention to them!
Highlight was a group of 9 Common Terns two miles south of the bridge.
They were certainly stopovers on their way north. Common Terns are very
rare in the south lake. From the bridge south this is only the second
record in eBird. There is a record from September 2010 west of the
bridge of a single bird at the mouth of Bulwagga Bay, and an unreported
number of birds in May of 1989 at the bridge.
Notable was the absence of any dabbling ducks in view. Colorful Horned
Grebes, Red-necked Grebes, and Red-breasted Mergansers were small flocks
within the over 500 hundred Scaup. The Scaup were scattered in several
coves actively feeding. Where I could distinguish between the species,
Lessers predominated. Common Loons were scattered about mid-lake.
Full list is below.
Goose Bay, Bridport, Addison, US-VT
May 7, 2014 9:39 AM - 11:32 AM
32 species (+1 other taxa)
Canada Goose 1
Green-winged Teal 1
Ring-necked Duck 2
Greater Scaup 46 Counted by individuals.
Lesser Scaup 86 Counted by individuals.
Greater/Lesser Scaup 380 Heat shimmer and distance made
identification to species not possible. Likely 65-85% Lessers based on
nearer birds that could be identified.
Common Merganser 26
Red-breasted Merganser 19 All together, males and females.
Common Loon 11 Scattered; sometimes as 2 or 3 together.
Horned Grebe 27 Loose flock mid-lake, except for three loners.
Red-necked Grebe 5 Together. With Red-breasted and Common
Mergansers, and Scaup
Northern Harrier 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 11
Herring Gull 6
Caspian Tern 1
Common Tern 9 Midlake. Darting about, diving, and then resting on
water in two compact groups. Distinctly smaller than nearby Ring-billed
Gull. Much smaller bill than Caspian. Distinguished from Bonaparte's
gulls by black cap rather than black head; reddish bill (seen clearly on
only one individual due to heat shimmer); diving steeply into water with
folded wings; long, all white wings, and overall sleekness in flight and
on the water.
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Phoebe 4
American Crow 3
Common Raven 2
Tree Swallow 16
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 2
Yellow Warbler 2
Song Sparrow 6
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Eastern Meadowlark 1
American Goldfinch 26
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This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)