Today Bob showed me the Burlington Water Department, where there’s a little park, a picnic area, and some water that stays open all winter. Then we went down to Shelburne. The water at the Shelburne Bay Fishing Access is frozen, but we saw a huge flock of MERGANSERS in the open water of Shelburne Bay itself —  between the turn and the marina. Bird list for the day includes COMMON MERGANSERS, HOODED MERGANSERS, BUFFLEHEADS, BLACK DUCKS, STARLINGS, PIGEONS, GULLS, HOUSE SPARROWS, and a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH. We also saw a dark hawk near Shelburne Bay — Bob thought maybe a ROUGH-LEGGED, DARK PHASE?

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