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Thanks. I will definitely use it since I bird a lot near the lake. I bird a lot in the Islands.

Thanks so much!

Michele Patenaude 
172 Woodbury Road
Burlington, VT 05408
802-862-4085

> On Jan 24, 2014, at 1:58 PM, "Teage O'Connor" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> You can find a neat tool for looking at satellite images of ice closures on
> Lake Champlain on NOAA's website: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/btv/html/lake.php#
> 
> Almost all the way at the bottom there's a section called "Lake Champlain
> Ice Coverage (MODIS Satellite Imagery)" that currently has images from Dec
> 12 - Jan 15. There should be an updated image in the next couple of days.
> 
> Teage O'Connor
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> 
>> On 24 January 2014 13:42, Eric Hynes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>> Hello Vermont Birders:
>> 
>> I checked a few spots along the shore of Lake Champlain in Burlington and
>> Shelburne this morning. I saw a lot of ice and not much else.
>> 
>> Since many of us bird more on the weekends, I thought a few folks might
>> appreciate a heads-up that the lake ice has expanded greatly.
>> 
>> At Perkins Pier in Burlington, the ice extended out beyond the breakwater.
>> There were hundreds of Mallards and a few American Black Ducks sleeping on
>> the ice. I couldn't tease out anything unusual among the expected three
>> gull species on the ice either.
>> 
>> Blodgett Beach in Burlington was iced in.
>> 
>> I moved south and found more of the same in Shelburne. Shelburne Bay in its
>> entirety was frozen. Also ice along the shoreline on the NW side of
>> Shelburne Point.
>> 
>> Meach Cove at Shelburne Beach was ice-covered but just the cove. There were
>> plenty of ducks at the ice edge but sea smoke obscured these birds.
>> 
>> I finally found open water close to shore at Charlotte Beach. Sea smoke
>> limited visibility here but shouldn't be as much of a problem tomorrow
>> given the warmer temps forecasted. The usual ducks were in view. Good-sized
>> raft of Bufflehead close in.
>> 
>> I suspect the ducks will be concentrating even more in Addison County.
>> 
>> Good birding,
>> Eric
>> 
>> .....................
>> Eric Hynes
>> Hinesburg, VT
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