We find it interesting that there a very few reports of Osprey sightings on VTBIRD.
Yesterday, Saturday, April 08, we observed 7 Osprey along the Sandbar causeway?
We also observed 2 Red tailed hawks. Interestingly
they were both perched on relatively short posts rather than branches.
Today, Sunday, April 09, we toured the area between McCuen Slang and Kingsland
Bay State Park.
We saw our first Osprey along Route 125 just short of the intersection with Route 17.
(That's usually a reliable spot once they're back.)
There was a pair at the nest at the Tri-town plant who were copulating as we arrived.
2 pair at Fort Cassin. The first on the nest on the North side of the road and the second on the nest a little further West on the South side on the pole in the water.
A single bird on top of old windmill tower on Hawkins Road.
(We also saw one white head barely protruding above the Eagle nest on Hawkins Road.)
Lastly, when we got to the nest on the pole on the North side of Little Chicago Road it was empty, but just as I was sliding the shift lever into Drive, a pair flew into to nest from the North.
We can't think of a surer sign that Spring has finally arrived.
Denis & Maria Poley
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> On Apr 8, 2017, at 4:12 PM, Scott Morrical <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Highlights of morning/early afternoon birding the Champlain Valley and lake from Addison to Charlotte:
> At Hawkins Rd. and Little Otter/South Slang, Ferrisburg:
> 8 Northern Shovelers
> 5 American Wigeon
> 31 Green-winged Teal
> 250-300 Ring-necked Ducks
> Numerous other waterfowl
> 3 Bald Eagles (incl. 1 adult at nest site on Hawkins Rd.)
> At Champlain Bridge, Addison (with Ted Murin):
> 2 Redheads
> 250-300 Greater & Lesser Scaup
> 100 Tree Swallows
> At Charlotte Town Beach (with Ted Murin):
> 1 Caspian Tern (northbound)
> 1 Barrow's Goldeneye (female)
> 80 Common Goldeneye
> 25 Bufflehead
> 27 Red-breasted Mergansers
> 300 Tree Swallows
> At a small pond along Greenbush Rd., Charlotte:
> 2 Hooded Mergansers
> At scattered sites throughout:
> 5 Bald Eagles
> 15 Red-tailed Hawks
> 4 Rough-legged Hawks
> 12 Northern Harriers
> 8 American Kestrels
> Except for scattered raptors, complete lists are posted on eBird.
> Scott Morrical
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> South Burlington
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