Birding at Eagle Point – June 10th, 2017

2017June10  Birding at Eagle Point.  14 birders meet up for a morning wander around the Eagle Point (Derby, VT).  The Friends of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge and the Memphremagog Watershed Association (MWA) hosted the event. We are fortunate that the Friends of Missisquoi venture to the Northeast Kingdom and share birding. Thank you expert birders Ken Copenhaver and Julie Filiberti for leading us!
For those who may not be aware – Eagle Point Wildlife Management Area is owned by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and managed by the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife as a Wildlife Management Area. The USFWS acquired the property in accordance with the terms of the Michael Dunn Trust, which offered the land to the federal government as a donation.unit of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. The Eagle Point unit is a rich resource of habitat and allows for many recreational opportunities.
Some 34 birds were heard and or seen during the morning walk of the mile and half loop. Of course along the way we frequently paused to appreciate or investigate other wonders of nature. It is always a treat to hear the musical sounds of the bobolinks but only saw a few flying about since most we busy at their nests. The grasslands are areas very much in demand because of habitat loss in the midwest. High over the wetlands, pair of osprey also were on their nest, perhaps feeding the chicks. We spotted one osprey returning to the nest with a catch. A variety of song birds and warblers delighted birder new and old. Working together we helped each other with observations as well as picking out some calls and songs. Entering the cool, shady forest was like opening another door.
 I have to admit the highlight was observing a Ruby-throated Hummingbird repeatedly returning to it’s tiny nest up in the canopy.  Through the spotting scope, noticed it carried a bug.  It’s fun to watch them at feeder but you may also see them pluck tiny insets from the air or spider webs.  Enjoy them while they’re around. From what I have read, pairs are together just long enough for courtship and mating. Then the male is off and may begin migration as early as August. The others tend to head out in early fall – bound for Central America.