Date: 5/23/20 10:48 am From: Tom Berriman <blackpoll...> Subject: [VTBIRD] Shoveler: new bird Essex County
Using a spotting scope to bird at Mud Pond in Granby Friday I only saw the head and part of the bill of a duck hidden in grasses across the pond for just 2 seconds. (200 yards away) My first thought was Northern Shoveler but the duck never came into the open. It was followed by a hen that I could get no view of worthwhile. At home I made out my eBird report and decided not to add the 'shoveler' sighting. After 3 hours of thought I went back and added the duck to my report. My hesitation was although I don't keep lists, eBird was letting me know this would be the 200 species I reported on eBird from Essex County and it would be a new bird for that county. Still it bothered me not to have some 'documentation' other than my eye witness account. This morning on my way to Moose Bog I stopped at Meadow Street in Island Pond. At 5:15a.m. at the sewage ponds there were 2 Male Northern Shovelers waiting for me to get my documentation photo! So in 23 hours' time at 2 different locations a total of 4 Northern Shovelers in Essex County which had never had reports of them before.