It was a fun, birdy morning around Lake Bomoseen today. Two Greater Yellowlegs were at Crystal Beach and a Bald Eagle was on the tallest tree on Neshobe Island. A loon was calling
On the west side of the lake two Common Terns were bobbing on a log and a Ruddy Duck was asleep in the water. A raft of five ducks remained frustratingly unidentified on the opposite side. A Black-throated Green Warbler and a Black-and-white Warbler sang around the vicinity of the Kehoe Fishing Access upper lot (aka the Green Dump).
There was avian excitment at the front entrance to Bomoseen State Park. What appeared to be a single injured male Brown-headed Cowbird in the grass turned out to be TWO male cowbirds hopelessly entangled. We retrieved them and found that the foot of one bird was embedded in the wing of the other. It took two of us and nail clippers to separate them (Dr. Wetmore performing the surgery with Dr. M. Elliott assisting with all other operating room duties). Both birds flew off.
Pine Warblers,White-throated Sparrows, a Brown Creeper and a Warbling Vireo were heard singing at the park. Both a Red-shouldered Hawk and a Broad-winged Hawk were observed.
At the Lake Bomoseen/Hubbardton Marshes, we found a nice variety of ducks; a Gadwall, several Ring-necked Ducks, a pair of Lesser Scaup, Wood Duck, Common Merganser.
All followed by a delicious lunch at the Depot Cafe in Castleton.
Sue and Marv Elliott, Sue Wetmore, Kathleen Guinness