A probable juvenile VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW was present among about 400
TREE SWALLOWS at the Brilyea Access of Dead Creek earlier this week.
Initially the flock was found at the shorebird flats at the southwest corner
of the access. It was spotted again the next day at the dam. Observers noted
much more extensive white at the sides of the rump and lower back than is
typical for TREE SWALLOW. Also seen was a paler, less sharply contrasted
face. In question was the length of the tail that did not look any different
than the other birds. VIOLET-GREENıs tail is shorter, and when at rest, the
wings extend beyond the end of the tail. The bird was seen only in flight.
A female THREE-TOED WOODPECKER was reported to have been seen at the
intersection of South America Pond Road and Route 105 in Ferdinand, east of
Island Pond on the 14th. Details of the sighting include a ³ moving around
upper part of the spruce picking or flaking off bark fairly short bill,
barred white on upper back barely noticeable white speckles on black crown
(No yellow) indicating female, barred flanks." Also seen the same day in the
area was a female SPRUCE GROUSE with chicks.
A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen in a Tunbridge backyard on the 21st.
A BLACK VULTURE, probable the same bird that has been seen a couple of
times before with the many TURKEY VULTURES in the vicinity of Lebanon, NH
and White River Junction, was spotted from I-89, a few miles south of Exit
Shorebird migration at Dead Creek continues apace with exposed mudflats
at the back of the Brilyea impoundment. On the 23rd, the following were
present: 4 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 86 KILLDEER, 1 UPLAND SANDPIPER, 48 LESSER
YELLOWLEGS, 31 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 1 RUDDY TURNSTONE (STILL IN SPRING
PLUMAGE), 1 STILT SANDPIPER, 5 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 4 SPOTTED
SANDPIPERS, 8 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 117 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 202 SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPERS, and 1 SOLITARY SANDPIPER. On the 28th, 3 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS,
50 KILLDEER, 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 5-7 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 50+ SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPERS, 20-30 LEAST SANDPIPERS, plus a GREAT EGRET were present. A
PEREGRINE FALCON has been seen from time to time over the flats. To get to
the exposed flats, Brilyea Access is the first left heading west from the
Goose Viewing Area along Route 17 west of Addison. Drive back along the
creek for about a mile to the first parking area on the right. This is just
before the road turns sharply left to follow over the top of the dam. Walk
out along the gated track on the west side of the impoundment. The track
passes through broadleaf woodland and eventually emerges into an open field.
The road soon passes close to the flats on the left. Check along the
shoreline wherever there are exposed mudflats.
At the mouth of the Ompompanoosuc River in Norwich, where mudflats are
exposed when the Connecticut River is low, shorebirds this week included 16
KILLDEER, 1 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 1 LEAST and 3 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS.
A nesting pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS in southern Windsor County off Route
5 in Springfield successfully fledged two young while the eggs of a second
pair in Perkinsville apparently fell prey to a large milk snake.
Up to 7 GREAT EGRETS were seen in the Burlington Intervale (Route 127)
Also in the Burlington area, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was present along
Kimball Avenue in South Burlington on the 25th. A MERLIN was spotted over
the Staples Plaza; and a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was present in South Burlington
also on the 25th.
At Plymbury WMA on the 26th, the number of warblers tallied in this
monthıs census was down from 14 species to 6 including BLACK-THROATED GREENS
and BLUES, YELLOW-RUMPS, OVENBIRD, BLACK-AND-WHITE, and MAGNOLIA.
Finally, a WOODCOCK has been visiting a garden in Manchester Center
during the past two weeks.
Compiler, VT Rare Bird Alert
416 Hanover Center Road
Etna, NH 03750
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