From my understanding the peak movement of Brant in Vermont is the week
basically in the middle of October, though I have never heard of such a
massive movement like this. What really surprised me is the wind. It was
coming out of the Southwest all day which isnt usually conducive to
migration. The most Brant I had ever seen in Vermont before this was only a
On Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 5:17 PM Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Wow! Did we know there was such a concentrated movement of Brant this
> time of year? (I sure didn't)
> On 10/17/2018 4:55 PM, Tyler wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > It's been a while since I've posted here but I felt I had to share my
> > amazement at the massive flight of Brant down Lake Champlain yesterday. I
> > spent the day sitting in a duck blind at the mouth of the Otter Creek and
> > saw an estimated 8,000-10,000 Brant moving southward. From about 7:30am
> > until we left at 2pm, it was non-stop flock after flock passing over our
> > heads and down the lake, many passing within a literal stones throw of
> > position.
> > There was literally not a 10 minute span in which we didn't see at least
> > one flock in our view, and at several times we could see 3 or 4 flocks at
> > once. Flocks ranged in size from 30 birds to nearly 500, with a few loner
> > birds here and there.
> > Sitting in the same location today from sunrise until noon we saw a few
> > more Brant but not nearly the numbers as yesterday. We only saw 3 flocks
> > today, with the largest only having 100 birds.
> > It was an amazing sight to see!
> > Tyler Pockette
> > Middlebury