- Birds of Special Note:
A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen along Hawkins Road in Ferrisburgh on the
morning of the 16th. It was located at the south end of the trees that line
the slang on the west side of the road. The bird was seen twice in the same
area about an hour apart by an experienced observer.
A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen from the Sand Bar State Park on the 18th
along with 25-30 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 10 AMERICAN WIGEON and other more common
A SNOWY OWL was found on the 19th at the Munson Flats along the right
side of Route 2 in Colchester.
Three SANDHILL CRANES, presumably the same reported in last weeks RBA,
were seen on the 17th flying southbound over Long Point in Ferrisburgh.
Waterfowl concentrations were reported from the islands, from
Colchester, Dead Creek and at Herrickšs Cove in Rockingham. A RUDDY DUCK has
been present near the Ledyard Bridge between Hanover, NH and Norwich, VT. A
pair of RUDDY DUCKS was seen just south of Button Bay at least twice this
week. ŗThousands˛ of SNOW GEESE were reported from Dead Creek on the 17th.
Also at Dead Creek on the 16th were 3 GADWALL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN
PINTAILS, 2 KILLDEER and 5 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. At the Sandbar Causeway on
the 16th, there were close to 1000 COMMON GOLDENEYES as well as several
AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN PINTAILS and RING-NECKED DUCKS. A pair of GADWALL
was off the Isle La Motte Bridge. A mixed flock of CANADA and SNOW GEESE
flew over Alburg the same day.
At Herrickšs Cove off Route 5 in Rockingham, just north of the Exit for
Route 103 on I-91, hundreds of CANADA and SNOW GEESE, as well as 14 NORTHERN
PINTAILS, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, WOOD DUCKS, AMERICAN WIGEONS, MALLARDS, BLACKS,
RING-NECKED DUCKS, COMMON GOLDENEYES, plus HOODED and COMMON MERGANSERS were
present early in the week.
Ten TREE SWALLOWS were seen over the Connecticut River opposite Hinsdale,
NH. The Vernon BALD EAGLES are apparently incubating.
In Dorset, a HORNED GREBE was found on Prentiss Pond on the 16th. The
snowstorm on the 18th brought 35 ROBINS, 6 FOX SPARROWS, 3 SONG SPARROWS,
and 3 PINE GROSBEAKS to a feeder there on the 18th.
In Middlebury on the 16th, a flock of about 200 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was
reported from Middlebury East, and another flock of about 50 was found on
Water Street. At least 7 KILLDEER were on the playing fields south of the
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were also reported from Queen City Park in Burlington
and in Norwich. A CAROLINA WREN was in Norwich on the 20th, and a NORTHERN
SHRIKE was seen on the 18th and 19th on Route 5 south of the VA Hospital in
White River Junction.
At least 10 BALD EAGLES were seen at Fort Cassin (mouth of Otter Creek).
A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was along Lake Street just south of Button Bay
A WOODCOCK was reported from Underhill on the 17th.
Compiler, VT Rare Bird Alert
416 Hanover Center Road
Etna, NH 03750
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