Shorebirds can show up pretty much anywhere in the state that their preferred open, wet habitat exists. As with most migrants, shorebirds are funneled into the Lake Champlain and Connecticut River valleys, making them hard to find in central Vermont. Any birder wanting to experience Vermont shorebirding at its best should visit these regions, where some "hotspots" exist that tend to harbor larger numbers and greater diversity. One such location is Delta Park in Colchester, where the Winooski River empties into Lake Champlain.
Below is a gallery of just a few of more than 20 shorebird species that have been observed at Delta Park over the past few years:
|Merlin, after an unsuccessful attempt to hunt shorebirds|