Location: Shelburne Farms Observation date: 2/2/10 Notes: Common Loon was seen and also heard "wailing". Observed Red-breasted Merganser courtship display that went something like this! Drake would extend neck up toward the vertical, bill upturned and some head feathers erect, neck would then be compressed while lowereing the breast into the water and lifting the tail during which the tail feathers would be raised toward the upright position. The effect was to create a "rocking motion"! Horned Grebe were in a single group. Rafts of ducks were also seen on the horizon but the great distance and heat shimmer made counting and identification impossible. Number of species: 11 Common Goldeneye 120 Common Merganser 5 Red-breasted Merganser 6 Common Loon 1 Horned Grebe 8 Bald Eagle 1 Red-tailed Hawk 2 Pileated Woodpecker 1 American Crow 6 Black-capped Chickadee 2 Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org/vt) Cheers, Roy Pilcher The Gables at East Mountain, Rutland, Vermont Speaking the same language.