Wow, what a list! Thanks for coming and for letting us know what we could
On Thu, May 8, 2014 at 6:26 AM, Ian A. Worley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 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
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.3 mile(s)
> 32 species (+1 other taxa)
> Canada Goose 1
> Green-winged Teal 1
> Ring-necked Duck 2
> Bufflehead 9
> 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
> Osprey 3
> 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
> 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
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)