Today I traveled to Benson and West Haven, the former to check out Benson Landing on Lake Champlain in the hope of seeing a Great Black-backed Gull. No luck, but I was rewarded, encountering four Bald Eagles, all immatures and all flying south. Also observed two Red-tailed Hawks, A peregrine Falcon and two Northern Harrier. That makes nine! The tenth raptor was unfortunately deceased and it was the bird's wing flapping in the wind that drew my attention. Viewing through the scope it appeared that the bird was caught between the upper two layers of the fencing wire. How it met its demise is unknown! [See post for details.] Selected posts. Benson Landing, Rutland, US-VT Dec 2, 2011 9:20 AM - 10:15 AM Protocol: Stationary Comments: Brisk south wind. Temperature 29 degrees F. 7 species Common Goldeneye 44 Common Merganser 6 Bald Eagle 4 All four birds were moving south down the lake at an elevation of 100 feet or lower. All four were immature birds, the first 2 were "white bellies", second year birds, and flying together. The other two were immatures with dark bellies. All birds had white axillaries and coverts. Herring Gull 3 Downy Woodpecker 1 American Crow 6 Common Raven 3 West Haven, Rutland, US-VT Dec 2, 2011 12:35 PM - 12:50 PM Protocol: Stationary Comments: Stopped in "town center", [crossroads], to view active feeder. 6 species Peregrine Falcon 1 Peregrine Falcon observed launching toward what appeared to be a Rock Pigeon in the distance. A minute later, assuming the same bird, it was seen heading for a landing on the ground with a large prey in its grasp. Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Blue Jay 1 European Starling 1 Red-winged Blackbird 2 Both males. House Sparrow 14 Stage Road, Benson, Rutland, US-VT Dec 2, 2011 12:00 PM - 12:10 PM Protocol: Stationary Comments: Large wetland and extensive hay fields to the east. Third raptor was deceased, hanging between upper two strands of fence wire. Wing flapping in the breeze. 2 species Northern Harrier 2 Both birds sitting on fence posts. Common Raven 1 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt) Cheers, Roy Pilcher The Gables at East Mountain, Rutland, Vermont Speaking the same language.