miles long. There are 5 towns in the islands which are organized into Grand Isle
County. I spent a wonderful afternoon birding up in the Islands on 17-June, and
logged reports in all 5 towns in a half-marathon between 2 and 8pm.
highlights of the day were the 5 Osprey nests along US-2 in Milton, an Eastern
Meadowlark in North Hero, and Scarlet Tanagers in Alburg. I did the "Life Bird
Boogie" twice that day -- for the Meadowlark and for the Tanagers!
Meadowlark sighting was definitely serendipity. I was driving up the highway
with my windows open (it's been a hot summer this year) when I spotted what I
thought might be a hawk, sitting on a phone line overlooking a wet field. After
finding a safe place to pull off the highway, I trekked back to the field. The
Meadowlark's song told me that this was no hawk, but I was truly surprised by
the size of this bird; I had expected Meadowlarks to be Robin or Blackbird
sized, but this was definitely on the scale of a Crow. Unfortunately, even at
15X zoom, my camera couldn't do justice to the golden yellow bird on the wire.
Osprey (5 occupied nests)
Great blue Heron
Easter Wood Pee-wee