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LAKE BOMOSEEN, Friday, October 24, 2003

A mid-afternoon survey of the waterfowl on the lake yielded the following
species: common loon (2), pied-billed grebe (5), great blue heron (1), Canada
goose (15), mallard (10), American black duck (13), wood duck (30), ring-necked
duck (2), black scoter* (88), hooded merganser (11), common merganser (7),
ring-billed gull (12).  Also eastern bluebird (5).
*  Coincidentally, the Rutland Herald carried an article by Tom Mitchell that
same day titled, 'Lake Bomoseen's zebra mussels spreading.'  As readers know
the black scoter, one of the 'sea ducks', subsists in large measure on
crustaceans and mollusks.  The question is whether this and other more frequent
sightings of scoters in Vermont's ponds and lakes, including Lake Champlain, are in
some way related to the proliferation of the zebra mussel?


Roy Pilcher
Proctor, Vermont.

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