GARGANEY!!!

Drake Garganey at the Ethen Allen Homestead in Burlington, Vermont

Drake Garganey at the Ethen Allen Homestead in Burlington, Vermont

This morning I left home at 4:15 AM to head to Burlington, Vermont to try for my life Garganey. This bird is a Mega Rarity in North America. There are currently two drake Garganey in the U.S. One in Wisconsin and the other in Vermont. This is thought to be part of an invasion of European species as a result of constant and intense northeast winds over the last several months. Besides the Garganey, European Golden Plover (189), Common Shelduck (1) Black-tailed Godwit (8), Common Snipe (1), and Common Redshank (1) have all been seen in recent weeks. Many are still present. The trip took nearly 11 1/2 hours and I was quite successful in seeing the bird. What a beauty! I was once again surprised that only a half a dozen people (including myself) were there. I was able to get a few identifiable shots of the bird. It was a great opportunity to see this duck and I hope many others will do the same. The bird is on a wildlife refuge property that is part of the Ethan Allen Homestead. The bird is in the company of many Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal, Black Duck, Mallard, American Wigeon, Canada Geese and Gadwall. They are feeding in what is the remains of a farm field that is flooded from recent rains. Once the water subsides, I imagine the birds will depart, so go soon if you are interested in seeing this rarest of rare visitors to the U.S. FYI the bird has been viewed extensively and determined not to have any bands.
Though these shots are highly cropped, they are identifiable as a Drake Garganey

Though these shots are highly cropped, they are identifiable as a Drake Garganey

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