Date: 5/10/20 3:42 pm From: David Guertin <dave...> Subject: [VTBIRD] Tufted Duck on Lake Champlain
I'm delurking here to post my first message, prompted by my first-ever sighting of a Tufted Duck on Lake Champlain, seen from the boat launch under the Champlain Bridge in Addison. I was scanning a late-departing raft of just over 20 scaup through the scope, trying to separate Lessers from Greaters. I was able to positively identify two of each, when the scope landed on something that wasn't actually a scaup. I first thought, hey, a Ring-necked Du..., no wait a minute, that characteristic white stripe is missing. And what's with that weird tuft of feathers hanging down the back of his neck? Hey! Wait! That's a Tufted Duck! It's been a while since I've seen a life bird, so that was pretty exciting.
There was also a group of 8 Buffleheads hanging out with these scaup.
2 Lesser Scaup 2 Greater Scaup 18 scaup sp. 1 Tufted Duck(!) 8 Bufflehead 450 Double-crested Cormorants (They pretty much blanketed a good piece of the middle of the lake.) 70 gull sp. (hanging out with the cormorants) 1 Caspian Tern