Ah, winter birding in Vermont! Take away the leaves and the warblers, and there's quite a bit to see. And we're close enough to the Canadian boreal forest that we get some wonderful winter visitors. Snow Geese start the season off with their fall migration, making a stop-over in the town of Addison, which is dominated by wide open farm fields. Over the course of the season, one can expect to see Iceland, Glaucous, and Little Gulls, Bohemian Waxwings, Gray Jays and Crossbills, the occasional Boreal Chickadee, and a nice suite of raptors. Snowy Owls are relatively common and always attention-getters, with 8 ringing in the New Year in Addison. Last year there was a Great Gray Owl in Hanover NH. Rough-legged Hawks can frequently be seen around fields and marshes. And for the only the second time in my birding life, I had the privilege today of viewing a Northern Hawk-Owl.
I've been a life-long 'naturalist' -- interested in every aspect of the natural world. I began birding in the early 1990s, and have been a serious birder for over two decades.