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As others have noted, the recent rains have raised the water level above  
Stone Bridge along with a retreat of the mud flats. In addition to a  weather 
change in wind direction, the shorebird activity appeared  diminished.
At mid-afternoon two "gunners' at Farrell Access laid down a mini-barrage,  
apparently shot gun, that rapidly cleared the area of waterfowl and this  
observer!
 
Location:     Stone Bridge-Panton
Observation date:   8/24/10
Notes:     Water level higher +/- 3  inches, mud flats diminished.
Number of species:      13

Mallard     12
Green-winged Teal      10
Great Blue Heron     5
Great Egret      5
Black-crowned Night-Heron     5     Flushed  below the outlet.
Greater Yellowlegs     1
Lesser  Yellowlegs     12
Least Sandpiper      5
Eastern Phoebe     3
Blue Jay      1
American Crow     3
Song Sparrow      2
American Goldfinch     3

Location:     Dead Creek--Farrell Access
Observation  date:     8/24/10
Notes:     As noted for Stone  Bridge, the water level was higher and the 
mud flats diminished.  Shorebird  activity appeared less. Baird's Sandpiper 
was among the group of 35 least  Sandpipers, seen by four observers.
One Peregrine Falcon that perched in good  view, appeared to be a juvenile 
with brown edging to back feathers and streaked  breast.  Semipalmated 
Plovers often crouched low with head and single eye  tilted towards the heavens 
sensing a threat from above!
List is observer's,  not a composite of other birders present. Waterfowl 
numbers indicate the most  seen at one time.
Number of species:     26

Wood  Duck     1
Blue-winged Teal      7
Green-winged Teal     145
Great Blue Heron   7
Great Egret     3
Osprey      1
Bald Eagle     2
Northern Harrier      1
American Kestrel     1
Merlin      1
Peregrine Falcon     2
Semipalmated Plover   2
Spotted Sandpiper     2
Greater  Yellowlegs     1
Lesser Yellowlegs      11
Semipalmated Sandpiper     2
Least Sandpiper   35
Baird's Sandpiper     3
Ring-billed  Gull     6
Belted Kingfisher     1
Eastern  Phoebe     3
Tree Swallow     X
Barn  Swallow     3
Gray Catbird     3
Northern  Cardinal     2
American Goldfinch      2

Location:     Dead Creek WMA IBA - Brilyea  Access
Observation date:     8/24/10
Notes:   Shorebirds, none observed even by wooden bridge!
Number of  species:     4

Great Blue Heron      4
Northern Harrier     1
Ring-billed Gull   3
European Starling     18

Location:     Whitney Creek - pull off road
Observation  date:     8/24/10
Notes:     Next to no bird  activity observed!
Number of species:     2

Wood  Duck     1
Great Blue Heron     1

Location:     McCuen Slang
Observation date:   8/24/10
Notes:     Northern Goshawk observed  perched and then in flight.
Number of species:      17

Northern Goshawk     1
Mourning Dove   1
Eastern Kingbird     4
Red-eyed Vireo   1
American Crow     1
Black-capped  Chickadee     4
White-breasted Nuthatch      3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     2
American Robin   1
Gray Catbird     1
European Starling   1
Nashville Warbler     1
Pine Warbler   1
Song Sparrow     2
Northern Cardinal   1
American Goldfinch     6
House Sparrow   3


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

Speaking the same language.