It began when a couple of birders Ron Payne and Ian Worley birding near the Lake Champlain Bridge on the Vermont side, reported a bird tentatively identified as a male Redhead, but then sought some feedback. In comes Jeremiah Trimble who after viewing Payne's photos identified the bird as a Common Pochard, which like the Tufted Duck that was found in the same area, a Code 3 species. Word quickly went out on the Vermont list serve and spread to the surrounding list serves. I got a phone call while I was out in the field on Long Island and my first question was, " is it confirmed as legit"? No one really knew, but folks were making the trip and some photos were already being thrown up online.
Some of my fellow New York birders had reservations, but I was in a gambling mood and so I kept my ear to the ground on the bird's location and whereabouts. The Saturday came and no one had seen the bird until I spoke to fellow New York birder Tom Burke, late that afternoon who told me that it was re-found on the NY side. Later that evening I put in a call to one of my more adventurous birding mates, Eric Miller and suggested that we make a run upstate. Our other friend, Jeff Ritter had indicated that he was not up to making that long of a run, but would settle for a chase after Pine Grosbeaks.
Tags: Common Pochard, Port Henry