This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for Friday, August 5, 2005 covering the
period July 29-August 4, 2005.
A GREAT EGRET was spotted in Shelburne Bay on July 31st, and in
Burlington on August 4th.
A total of eleven OSPREYS were seen on nests and/or
platforms along the Sandbar Causeway on July 31st. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was
observed in South Burlington on August 3rd.
Between 300 and 400 BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen west of Sandbar
on July 31st.
On the 30th of July four CASPIAN TERNS were observed near Split Rock Point.
Two separate CASPIAN TERN sightings (one and two birds, respectively) took
place from the Sandbar Causeway on July 31st. On the same day, a CASPIAN
TERN was sighted in Shelburne Bay, as well as on the west shore of Valcour
Island in Lake Champlain. There was also a late report of a CASPIAN TERN
seen on the spit of Meacham Cove, Four Brother Islands on July 20th.
A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was spotted near Cole's Pond in Walden on August
Forty-five PURPLE MARTINS were observed on Grand Isle on the 2nd
Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were
cited: Eric Cannizzaro, Bill Calfee, Mike Cosgrove, C.J.Frankiewicz, Nancy
Goodrich, David Hoag, Jen Lingelbach, Bill and Jeanne Prue, Sharon Riley and
Birders, Save the Date!
Vermont-New Hampshire Birders Conference Saturday, October 15, 2005, 10 am -
5 pm (Optional field trips on Sunday, October 16) At Lake Morey Resort,
Presented by: The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (www.vinsweb.org)
and New Hampshire Audubon (www.nhaudubon.org)
- Topical bird conservation and research presentations
- Keynote speakers
- Workshops on bird-related activities
- Birding equipment vendor tables
- Optional field trips on Sunday
Look for full itinerary and registration information soon on what will be a
must for all New England birders!
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science offers natural history trips,
lectures and programs. To receive a copy of our program calendar, stop at
one of our centers, call the office during business hours at 802-457-2779 or
visit the VINS' web site at http://www.vinsweb.org
This Vermont birding report is a service of the Vermont
Institute of Natural Science. VINS is a non-profit, membership organization
located in Woodstock with regional centers in Quechee, Montpelier and
Manchester. Founded in 1972, VINS' mission is to protect our natural
heritage through education and research. Your membership supports these
goals and this reporting service. Updates are typically made on Fridays.
Please report your sightings of rare or
unusual birds to VINS, or email reports to [log in to unmask]
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directed to press 5 to hear the RBA. If you have any interesting birds to
report, you can leave a message by pressing 6, or you can send your
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sightings on Vermont eBird at http://www.ebird.org/VINS/.
Vermont RBA Compilers
Vermont Institute of Natural Science
Conservation Biology Department
27023 Church Hill Road
Woodstock, VT 05091