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(

Roy Pilcher
The Gables at East Mountain, Rutland,  Vermont

Speaking the same language.