This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for May 29, 2006 covering the period May
A rare visitor to Vermont, the TRI-COLORED HERON, was seen at Delta Park on
the 26th of May. A SNOWY EGRET was also seen at Delta Park on the 26th and
27th and 3 SNOWY EGRETS were observed at Herrick's Cove on the 28th.
Two pairs of GADWALLS were spotted near the Ledyard Bridge in Norwich on the
22nd of May. Two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were observed at Blueberry Lake in
Warren, also on the 22nd.
MERLINS were seen at Ledyard Bridge on the 22nd, and on Grand Isle on the
24th and 27th of May. A PEREGRINE FALCON was sighted at Dead Creek on the
25th of May.
RING-NECKED PHEASANTS were seen in Brandon, Shaftsbury and Grand Isle this
SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS stopped over at Herrick's Cove, Pompy Flats, Ledyard
Bridge and Dead Creek this week. A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was observed at
Herrick's Cove on the 24th of May. GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen at Herrick's
Cove (14) and Grand Isle. LESSER YELLOWLEGS were observed at Dead Creek and
Grand Isle. SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were present at Ledyard Bridge and
Herrick's Cove (3) this week. SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were sighted in
Grand Isle and Weston. LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen at Herrick's Cove (20+),
Grand Isle and at the Ledyard Bridge. A DUNLIN was spotted at Pompy Flats
on the 23rd of May. Over 500 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen at Herrick's
Cove on the 24th of May, but most were gone by the 25th. One individual was
also seen in Allens Marsh in Westminster. A CASPIAN TERN was present at
Delta Park and 3 were at Shelburne Pond on the 27th of May. A BLACK TERN
was seen at Herrick's Cove on the 24th.
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS have apparently discovered the plethora of tent
caterpillars in Vermont this summer, and have been heard or seen in
Hartland, West Rutland Marsh, Lefferts's Pond, Monkton and Shelburne Pond
this week. Two rarer YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS were seen in Danby on May 25th,
and one YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was at the West Rutland Marsh on the 27th.
A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was sighted in Shaftsbury on May 20th.
EASTERN WOOD PEEWEES returned to Hartland, Brandon, Castleton, Underhill and
West Rutland this week.
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was spotted along Black Pond Road between Half
Moon and Bomoseen State Parks on May 28th.
A CAROLINA WREN was observed in Middlebury on the 26th of May.
Two AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at Pompy Flats on May 24th.
A BLUE-WINGED WARBLER was seen in Shaftsbury on May 20th, two were seen in
Brandon on the 27th, and 3 in West Rutland on the 27th. A GOLDEN-WINGED
WARBLER was also seen in Brandon on the 27th and in Shaftsbury on the 29th.
A CERULEAN WARBLER was spotted in Vergennes on May 23rd. MOURNING WARBLERS
were spotted in Mt. Philo State Park, Brandon, Lefferts Pond (2), Stark Mt.,
Underhill and Ward Hill this week. WILSON'S WARBLERS were sighted in
Middlebury, Hinesburg, Shaftsbury, South Starksboro, Mt. Independence and
A VESPER SPARROW was seen at the Franklin County State Airport on the 25th
of May. Lingering WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were sighted in South Burlington
(2) and in Poultney this week.
Thanks to the following contributors and others whose observations were
cited: Lee Allaben, Sam Barrocas, Bridget Butler, Julia Child, Don Clark,
Bonnie Dundas, Susan Elliott, Pat Folsom, Hector Galbraith, Spencer and Doug
Hardy, Kevin Hemeon, David Hoag, Mary Holland, Scott Johnson, Alan Keitt,
Ruth and Gene Kosche, Miriam Lawrence, Steve Nissenbaum, Ron Payne, Roy
Pilcher, Fred and Chris Pratt, Chris Rimmer, Bill Shepard, Gary Starr, John
Sutton, Henry Trombley, Sue Wetmore,
Mike Winslow, Terry Wright,
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