Thanks, Tyler.  If it's anything like hawk movement, weather on the 
southern end of this northward movement can concentrate the bids and 
make them feel an urgency to get going even if the winds, etc., are far 
from ideal.

They're heavier birds than most raptors, and flap all the way, unlike 
raptors, which surely also has something to do with their migratory 
behavior, though I don't know enough to know how that might factor into 

Maybe we should start a few Brant watches!  Hawkwatchers start to lose 
interest now that the mass movement of Broadwings is over, so some of 
them might be interested...


On 10/17/2018 5:39 PM, Tyler wrote:
>  From my understanding the peak movement of Brant in Vermont is the week
> basically in the middle of October, though I have never heard of such a
> massive movement like this. What really surprised me is the wind. It was
> coming out of the Southwest all day which isnt usually conducive to
> migration. The most Brant I had ever seen in Vermont before this was only a
> few hundred!
> On Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 5:17 PM Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Wow!  Did we know there was such a concentrated movement of Brant this
>> time of year?  (I sure didn't)
>> Jane
>> (Shoreham)
>> On 10/17/2018 4:55 PM, Tyler wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> It's been a while since I've posted here but I felt I had to share my
>>> amazement at the massive flight of Brant down Lake Champlain yesterday. I
>>> spent the day sitting in a duck blind at the mouth of the Otter Creek and
>>> saw an estimated 8,000-10,000 Brant moving southward. From about 7:30am
>>> until we left at 2pm, it was non-stop flock after flock passing over our
>>> heads and down the lake, many passing within a literal stones throw of
>> our
>>> position.
>>> There was literally not a 10 minute span in which we didn't see at least
>>> one flock in our view, and at several times we could see 3 or 4 flocks at
>>> once. Flocks ranged in size from 30 birds to nearly 500, with a few loner
>>> birds here and there.
>>> Sitting in the same location today from sunrise until noon we saw a few
>>> more Brant but not nearly the numbers as yesterday. We only saw 3 flocks
>>> today, with the largest only having 100 birds.
>>> It was an amazing sight to see!
>>> Tyler Pockette
>>> Middlebury