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Twenty-five birders enjoyed a terrific GMAS field trip at the Colchester 
Causeway this morning. Calm waters and warm temperatures made for great conditions 
to observe the ducks and geese. Large rafts of Greater and Lesser Scaup 
filled the lake side of the Causeway, while a mixed bag of Ring-necked Ducks, 
Common Goldeneye, Common Mergansers, and Scaup were concentrated in the open water 
of Mallett's Bay. We saw a few Canada Geese and a single flock of Snow Geese 
headed north. Later in the day I returned to this spot to get a better look at 
the ducks on theBay side with the sun at my back. No rarities, but there were 
hundreds of Ring-necked Ducks there (258 to be exact). A single pair of 
American Wigeons dropped in, too. Walking out to the Causeway I saw my first Song 
Sparrows and Cedar Waxwings of the season.
 
All-in-all a most satisfactory day of birding.
 
Bruce MacPherson
South Burlington



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