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Assuming the id of Semi-Palmated Sdpipers was correct, we saw a nicely number of shorebirds when kayaking Dead Creek south at jct with Otter Creek.  Turtles too.   Thanks, Sue W. for giving us a heads up about this area.  It's worth putting a kayak/canoe in there - but would suggest A COOLER DAY!  A little breeze helped, but still HOT.   AND maybe your pushing pole!  It's viscous mud and only 6-8" not feet! deep!


Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset, VT


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Subject: eBird Report - Dead Creek confluence with Otter Creek, Aug 11, 2016

Dead Creek confluence with Otter Creek, Addison, Vermont, US
Aug 11, 2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     85 degrees, plus. Paddled Dead Creek. Very shallow to heavy mud. Bird activity on slde mud flats.
25 species (+1 other taxa)  With Dave Parker.

Canada Goose  22
Wood Duck  3
Mallard  8
Great Blue Heron  16
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  5
Northern Harrier  1     brown
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  8
Pectoral Sandpiper  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  200     Flocks of 30- 50 +/- flying about and landing on mudflats so was able to count.    Probably other species in flocks, but unable to ID
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher  1     Seen at 30'. Characteristic sewing machine feeding. Very light belly. Distinctive eye line and dark cap.
Spotted Sandpiper  8
Solitary Sandpiper  4     Seen on mudflats from the bridge and from kayak.  Distinctive  white eye ring. Seen next to Spotted Sp.
Greater Yellowlegs  1     Seen with Lessers so good comparison.
Lesser Yellowlegs  37     Mixed in with peeps.  Probably very undercounted.
Ring-billed Gull  8
Caspian Tern  2
Mourning Dove  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
American Crow  6
Tree Swallow  30     Guesstimate. sizable number moving S early afternoon
Barn Swallow  20     Under bridge and over water early afternoon.
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Cedar Waxwing  4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31061001

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/vt)