A late winter/early spring bird walk was scheduled for March 23 – but nature decided March 23 counted as mid-winter. Faced with ice, sleet, snow and howling winds, the leader rescheduled for April 27. Nature was still thinking winter on that date also, with dark skies and a mixture of snow and rain. Nevertheless, everyone who signed up showed up! The group was enthusiastic and motivated from the first minute until the last. After watching birds from the fishing access parking lot on Bay Road in Shelburne, we walked the Ti-Haul Trail. One of the highlights was the last bird we saw. Just as we were getting into our cars to leave, a majestic adult Bald Eagle flew by.

The human participants: Maeve Kim (leader), Mary and Bob Dill, Molly Walsh, Tracy Sweeney, Pam Kupiec, and Terry Ranney.

Other mammalian participants: several dogs and one otter

The avian participants:

  • Canada Goose
  • Wood Duck
  • Mallard
  • Bufflehead
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Osprey
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Great Egret
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Bald Eagle
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Mourning Dove
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Merlin
  • Blue Jay
  • Tree Swallow
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Hermit Thrush
  • American Robin
  • European Starling
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • American Goldfinch