The tufted duck was still there as of 3:00 PM yesterday. Birding with Ted
Murin, we also came across 15 savannah sparrows, three white-crowned
sparrows, and two song sparrows. Raptors included one peregrine falcon, 8
harriers, and numerous red-tailed and rough-legged hawks. And four
flapping and soaring short-eared owls on Gage Road after being surprised at
their apparent roost by a rough-legged hawk. I have never seen owls flying
that way. Numerous flocks of horned larks with a few longspurs mixed in.
Four long-tailed ducks at Tri-Town. All in all a very active birding day
in the Addison area.
On Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 7:25 PM, Bruce MacPherson <
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> I spent a productive hour at the Champlain Bridge this afternoon scanning
> the thousands of ducks that have accumulated there in the past few weeks. I
> managed to pick out a Tufted Duck that was swimming among a group of scaup
> and Common Goldeneye not too far offshore. There were lots of Mallards and
> American Black Ducks at the bridge as well as a few Bufflehead, Common
> Mergansers, and Ring-necked Ducks. I could have easily missed other
> rarities that were in the groups of ducks further out in the lake..
> Bruce MacPherson
> South Burlington