Lots of birds on Lake Champlain south of the Champlain Bridge yesterday, 
stretched over 2.5 visible miles.  Thanks to Karan Cutler who called my 
attention to them!

Highlight was a group of 9 Common Terns two miles south of the bridge. 
They were certainly stopovers on their way north.  Common Terns are very 
rare in the south lake.  From the bridge south this is only the second 
record in eBird.  There is a record from September 2010 west of the 
bridge of a single bird at the mouth of Bulwagga Bay, and an unreported 
number of birds in May of 1989 at the bridge.

Notable was the absence of any dabbling ducks in view.  Colorful Horned 
Grebes, Red-necked Grebes, and Red-breasted Mergansers were small flocks 
within the over 500 hundred Scaup.  The Scaup were scattered in several 
coves actively feeding. Where I could distinguish between the species, 
Lessers predominated.  Common Loons were scattered about mid-lake.

Full list is below.

Goose Bay, Bridport, Addison, US-VT
May 7, 2014 9:39 AM - 11:32 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
32 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  1
Green-winged Teal  1
Ring-necked Duck  2
Bufflehead 9
Greater Scaup  46     Counted by individuals.
Lesser Scaup  86     Counted by individuals.
Greater/Lesser Scaup  380     Heat shimmer and distance made 
identification to species not possible.  Likely 65-85% Lessers based on 
nearer birds that could be identified.
Common Merganser  26
Red-breasted Merganser  19     All together, males and females.
Common Loon  11     Scattered; sometimes as 2 or 3 together.
Horned Grebe  27     Loose flock mid-lake, except for three loners.
Red-necked Grebe  5     Together.  With Red-breasted and Common 
Mergansers, and Scaup
Osprey  3
Northern Harrier  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  11
Herring Gull  6
Caspian Tern  1
Common Tern  9     Midlake.  Darting about, diving, and then resting on 
water in two compact groups.  Distinctly smaller than nearby Ring-billed 
Gull.  Much smaller bill than Caspian. Distinguished from Bonaparte's 
gulls by black cap rather than black head; reddish bill (seen clearly on 
only one individual due to heat shimmer); diving steeply into water with 
folded wings; long, all white wings, and overall sleekness in flight and 
on the water.
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Phoebe  4
American Crow  3
Common Raven  2
Tree Swallow  16
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  2
Yellow Warbler  2
Song Sparrow  6
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Eastern Meadowlark  1
American Goldfinch  26

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