I took a brief respite from my annual fishing trip to the NEK yesterday to visit the Eagle Point WMA in North Derby again. The main feature of this refuge is wetlands and, not surprisingly, I saw Canada Geese, Hooded Mergansers, and Mallards there as well as nesting Ospreys, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Common Grackles. Tree Swallows were abundant and a Northern Flicker swooped by. I did not see herons, but I have seen them at Eagle Point in the past. The view of Lake Memphramagog, one of Vermont's jewels, is spectacular. For those interested in such matters, visitors are always in sight of the border patrol. I encourage NEK birders to visit Eagle Point frequently to round out what is surely an extensive list of summer avian residents.