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The Lake Champlain ice margin is creeping steadily northward and is now 
opposite DAR State Park in Addison.
Ron Payne and I counted over  3700 waterfowl and gulls concentrated near 
the ice front today, actively milling about .... except for some of the 
gulls, who were placidly lounging on the ice edge.

The most interesting find for this early winter season was a single 
drake Redhead.  The full list is below.

Nice sightings elsewhere in our travels today included beautiful tracks 
of a bobcat at DAR, numerous Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks, a 
Northern Mockingbird on Lake Street, Bridport, two Bald Eagles -- one at 
Tri-Town (Addison) and one on Rock Island in White Bay (Panton), a 
Northern Shrike on Weybridge Road (Weybridge), and two Snowy Owls at the 
corner of Jersey Street and Route 17 (Addison) --- which were easily 
located by the number of cars pulled to the sides of both roads and 
their birders with focused cameras .

Ian
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DAR State Park, Addison, US-VT
Dec 27, 2013 10:15 AM - 12:49 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 mile(s)
Comments:     Ron Payne, Ian Worley


Canada Goose  1

American Black Duck  44

Mallard  38

Northern Pintail  3

Redhead  1

Greater Scaup  670     Clicker count of all Scaup by individuals was 
1911.  Birds milling about and in places mixed with Common Goldeneye and 
other species, made for difficult counting.  Samples of species counts 
yielded estimate of 35% Greater Scaup and 65% Lesser Scaup.

Lesser Scaup  1240     Clicker count of all Scaup by individuals was 
1911.  Birds milling about and in places mixed with Common Goldeneye and 
other species, made for difficult counting.  Samples of species counts 
yielded estimate of 35% Greater Scaup and 65% Lesser Scaup.

White-winged Scoter  1     Dark duck with whitish cheek and ear patches, 
white secondaries.  Female or immature.

Long-tailed Duck  2

Common Goldeneye  1500     Clicker count by individuals was 1506. Birds 
milling about and in places mixed with Scaup and other species, made for 
difficult counting.

Common Merganser  58

Red-breasted Merganser  1

Ring-billed Gull  124

Herring Gull  31

Great Black-backed Gull  8

gull sp.  45     Likely Ring-billed Gulls.  On New York shore.

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1

Downy Woodpecker  1

Northern Flicker  1

American Crow  8

Common Raven  1

Black-capped Chickadee  2

White-breasted Nuthatch  1

Carolina Wren  1

Golden-crowned Kinglet  1

American Robin  390     Streaming flock overhead.  Separately counted by 
10s by both observers.

American Tree Sparrow  3

American Goldfinch  1


View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16095828

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