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Mary Holland <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 17 Jun 2005 12:49:10 -0400
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 This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, June 17, 2005 covering the
period June 10 - 16, 2005.

            A GREAT EGRET was spotted in the marsh south of the intersection
of Cheese Factory Road and Hinesburg Road on the South Burlington/Williston
line on June 14th, and 3 GREAT EGRETS were seen at the Shelburne Access in
Shelburne Bay on the 16th.

            Two HOODED MERGANSERS, a female and one chick, and one COMMON
MERGANSER were observed in Killington on the Ottauquechee River on June

            MERLINS were observed at the Lake Morey Country Club and the
Hanover Golf Course this week.

WILD TURKEYS and RUFFED GROUSE with their young were seen throughout Vermont
this week.

            There were two different sightings of a CASPIAN TERN near the
Vermont Fish & Wildlife boat access on the afternoon and evening of June

BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS continue to be seen around the state, and this week
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS were also seen in Rutland, Rutland Town and the West
Rutland Marsh.

            WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard on the Mystery Trail in Thetford on
June 7th and in Middlebury on June 8th.

            A BROWN THRASHER was spotted at Lake Pinneo in Quechee on the
13th of June.

            MOURNING WARBLERS were seen in Pittsfield (3), Knox Mountain
(4), West Topsham (2) and Groton (1) this week.  A BLUE-WINGED WARBLER was
sighted at the Charlotte Town Park on June 9th.

            An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on June 14th on River Road in Putney.

            Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were
cited: Jean Arrowsmith, Greg Askew, Fred Bates, Michael Choukas,

 Daniel Crook, Susan Elliott, Jean Harrison, Bruce MacPherson, Fred and
Chris Pratt, Chris Rimmer,  Carl Runge, Taj Schottland, John Sutton, Sue

 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,
Fairlee, VT

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]

            This message is also available by phone recording:  call
802-457-1053 and press 3.  This will put you into a menu where you will be
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
sightings to the RBA via e-mail at:  [log in to unmask]  Or enter your
sightings on Vermont eBird at http://www.ebird.org/VINS/.

 Mary Holland

Chris Rimmer

Kent McFarland

Roz Renfrew

Vermont RBA Compilers

Vermont Institute of Natural Science

Conservation Biology Department

27023 Church Hill Road

Woodstock, VT  05091