This observer took the opportunity of visiting the northwestern part of the state camping at Lake Carmi State Park over the 28th and 29th of July. The first afternoon and evening I explored the immediate environs around the lake. Day Two, I headed for the well known birding spots in the Swanton area and finally on Day Three I headed south toward the St. Albans' "birdy" areas and then home. Location: Lake Carmi State Park Observation date: 7/28/10 Notes: This observer arrived at the state park just before noon and proceeded to explore the area for the next few hours on foot. The road to the camp sites transects an extensive bog that transitions into an alder swamp to the east and a small cattail marsh. Number of species: 20 Mallard 17 Great Blue Heron 2 Osprey 1 Bonaparte's Gull 1 Ring-billed Gull 35 Mourning Dove 1 Belted Kingfisher 1 Northern Flicker 2 Eastern Phoebe 1 Blue Jay 5 American Crow 3 Black-capped Chickadee 5 Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 American Robin 1 Cedar Waxwing 2 Common Yellowthroat 2 Song Sparrow 5 White-throated Sparrow 1 Common Grackle 14 American Goldfinch 11 Cheers, Roy Pilcher The Gables at East Mountain, Rutland, Vermont Speaking the same language.