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Location:     Jones Mill Pond
Observation date:   3/17/10
Number of species:      4

Mallard     6
Hooded Merganser      4
Common Merganser     6
Belted Kingfisher   1

Location:     Kellogg Bay
Observation date:   3/17/10
Notes:     Ice nearly all gone!   Diving ducks appear to be dispersing.  
All but 4 of the eagles were in the  trees.
Number of species:     21

American Black  Duck     14
Mallard     8
Common  Goldeneye     4
Common Merganser     16
Bald  Eagle     13
Ring-billed Gull     X
Herring  Gull (American)     X
Great Black-backed Gull   12
Mourning Dove     1
Downy Woodpecker   1
Hairy Woodpecker     1
Pileated  Woodpecker     1
Blue Jay     1
American  Crow     4
Common Raven     2
Tufted  Titmouse     1
White-breasted Nuthatch      2
American Robin     9
Northern Cardinal      2
Red-winged Blackbird     5
House Finch      2

Location:     Basin Harbor
Observation date:   3/17/10
Notes:     Canada Geese in four skeins  flying north.  Ice all gone.
Number of species:      11

Canada Goose     400
Bufflehead      3
Common Merganser     16
Ring-billed Gull   X
Herring Gull (American)     X
Great  Black-backed Gull     X
Blue Jay      1
Tufted Titmouse     1
Carolina Wren      1
American Robin     2
Northern Cardinal      2
Location:     Basin Harbor
Observation date:   3/17/10
Notes:     Canada Geese in four skeins  flying north.  Ice all gone.
Number of species:      11

Canada Goose     400
Bufflehead      3
Common Merganser     16
Ring-billed Gull   X
Herring Gull (American)     X
Great  Black-backed Gull     X
Blue Jay      1
Tufted Titmouse     1
Carolina Wren      1
American Robin     2
Northern Cardinal      2


Location:     Button Bay State Park
Observation  date:     3/17/10
Notes:     Ruddy Shelduck was  observed from usual Button Bay vantage point 
[and poorly digiscoped] among some  36 Canada Geese swimming in a bay just 
east and south of the nearer small island  off the Button Bay point.  The 
bay is edged with cattails.  As  this observer moved for a better view the 
Ruddy Shelduck and accompanying Canada  Geese swam south into the bay. A 
"mystery goose" and a Canada Goose landed  together and swam together for as long 
as this observer was watching.  The  goose was from 10% to 15% larger than 
the Canada Goose.  The head, neck and  breast were white, the bill yellow, 
the back a dirty gray. There was a vertical  gray streak down the neck. The 
rear end of the "mystery goose" rode higher in  the water than that of the 
Canada Goose.  [This observer goofed in  attempting to digiscope as the camera 
setting was on video!] However, there is  an image that can be seen, will 
check further!
Number of species:   10

Canada Goose     350
Ruddy  Shelduck     1
Gadwall     4
American Black  Duck     6
Mallard     50
Common  Merganser     6
American Robin     3
Song  Sparrow     2
Red-winged Blackbird      2
Common Grackle     3

Location:     Champlain Bridge
Observation date:   3/17/10
Notes:     Ice shelf almost gone, diving  ducks appear to be dispersing. 
Canvasback still there diving along with other  diving ducks!
Number of species:     5

Canada  Goose     X
Canvasback     1
Ring-necked  Duck     22
Greater Scaup     X
Lesser  Scaup     X

Location:     Market Road, Bridport
Observation  date:     3/17/10
Notes:     Checking area  where Red-headed Woodpecker nested several years 
back!
Number of  species:     9

Red-bellied Woodpecker      1
Hairy Woodpecker     2
Pileated Woodpecker   1
Blue Jay     1
American Crow   2
Black-capped Chickadee     3
American  Robin     1
Red-winged Blackbird      150
Common Grackle     X

Location:    East Creek, Orwell
Observation date:     3/17/10
Notes:      Checking area where Garganey was seen many years ago!
Number of  species:     7

Canada Goose      53
American Black Duck     4
Mallard      15
Hooded Merganser     3
American Crow      3
Eastern Bluebird     1
Red-winged Blackbird   23



Cheers,
Roy Pilcher
The Gables at East Mountain, Rutland,  Vermont

Speaking the same language.