In answer to Maeve's question I spotted over 4000 Greater and Lesser Scaup from Allen's Point this afternoon at sundown. With declining light and a brisk west wind it was difficult to identify other species that might be mixed in with this large raft of ducks. When I left at dusk more ducks were dropping in.
From: Maeve Kim <[log in to unmask]>
To: VTBIRD <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thu, Nov 19, 2015 8:41 am
Subject: [VTBIRD] Where Do The Ducks Hide??
Yesterday two of us checked out a great many places along the lake and found an astonishing dearth of ducks. We saw a few Common Goldeneye and a few Buffleheads, some Mallards and Black Ducks, and a handful of Green-winged Teal – after visits to Shelburne Bay, Shelburne Town Beach, Charlotte Town Beach, Whiskey Bay (Thompson’s Point), the confluence of Otter and Dead Creeks, Arnold Bay, Potash Bay, under the Champlain Bridge, McCuen Slang, Champlain Side Drive, Whitney Creek, DAR, Dead Creek’s Brilyea Access, and Gage Road. It was fiercely windy, with high white caps in several locations. We thought ducks might shelter in more protected areas, such as the little cove at DAR, but no. Do they all cluster in the narrower southern part of the lake in those kind of conditions? Or were they way out in the middle and obscured by waves?