Thanks to an early posting by Dan Huber, Ron Payne and I went to the end 
of the west trail at Brilyea Access in Addison to search for 
shorebirds.  A slight rise in water levels has returned a small area of 
open, shallow water to the area completely grown-in by plants during the 
June and July drawdown.

Among many Lesser Yellowlegs and some Greater Yellowlegs there were 
other sandpipers, notably a Stilt Sandpiper, a Pectoral Sandpiper, and 
three Dunlins.   There were nine shorebird species in total.

We also surveyed a number of locations along the shore of southern Lake 
Champlain from Orwell to Addison.  Not unexpectedly there were few 
shorebirds, and no noteworthy species.  We did come upon 11 Horned Larks 
on a short farm road leading to a manure pile at a farm on Lake Street 
in Bridport.

The full Brilyea list is below.


Brilyea Access, Addison, US-VT
Sep 1, 2012 2:12 PM - 5:26 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.8 mile(s)
Comments:     Ron Payne and Ian Worley.    Took west trail to dam, then 
east along shore, then north along shore to beginning of west trail.  
Most shorebirds and waterfowl were at the end of the west trail east to 
the main body of open water --- an area mostly grown in since the 
drawdown began a month or two ago, but with a few shallow, wade-able waters.
39 species

Wood Duck  10

Mallard  6

Blue-winged Teal  32

Green-winged Teal  19

Great Blue Heron  13

Northern Harrier  1

Spotted Sandpiper  2

Solitary Sandpiper  5

Greater Yellowlegs  11     One group of five, otherwise generally mixed 
with Lesser Yellowlegs.  Intermittently calling.

Lesser Yellowlegs  52     Actively foraging and moving about; 
occasionally short flights.  Usually silent.  Carefully counted by 

Least Sandpiper  1

Pectoral Sandpiper  1     Mixed in with Lesser Yellowlegs.

Dunlin  3     A close-knit group of three foraging amid water lilies and 
Yellowlegs.   Size of a largish peep, short legs, down-turned bill 
noticeably longer than that of Least, Baird's, White-rumped, and 
Semipalmated Sandpipers.  Supercillium minimal at best.  These birds did 
not appear especially rotund.  While the neck did not appear 
exceptionally short, it was never extended far from the body.  Mostly 
gray, though possibly with some brownish tint on upper parts of body and 
in chest area.  Either juvenile or nonbreeding; breast tinted or 
streaked carrying up into shoulder area.  Belly light to white.

Stilt Sandpiper  1     Obviously smaller than adjacent Lesser Yellowlegs 
with long, slightly down-turned bill often carried mostly 
perpendicular.  Bill black and moderately stout at base, evenly tapered 
to tip.  Yellowish to yellow-green legs, strikingly less yellow than 
legs of Yellowlegs. Legs long, though not as long as those of 
Yellowlegs.   Probing/feeding up-and-down motion more like Dowitchers 
than Yellowlegs; body well tipped-up during probing. Evident 
supercilium.  Breast lightly tinged.  Seemed overall light enough to be 
a first winter bird.  Mixed with Lesser Yellowlegs; stayed in shallow 
water in and around emergent grasses.

Wilson's Snipe  1     Flushed from ditch or weedy place along trail.

Ring-billed Gull  3

Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1

Northern Flicker  2

Eastern Wood-Pewee  1

Eastern Phoebe  2

Eastern Kingbird  6

Blue Jay  5

American Crow  2

Common Raven  1

Tree Swallow  3

Bank Swallow  1

Barn Swallow  11

Black-capped Chickadee  1

White-breasted Nuthatch  1

American Robin  3

Gray Catbird  2

European Starling  7

Cedar Waxwing  4

Common Yellowthroat  1

Song Sparrow  3

Red-winged Blackbird  3

Common Grackle  11

Baltimore Oriole  1

American Goldfinch  2

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