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VTBIRD August 2002

Subject:

RBA Vermont - 08/22/02

From:

Wayne Scott <[log in to unmask]>

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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 22 Aug 2002 18:09:24 -0400

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- RBA
*Vermont
*Statewide
*08/22/02
*VTVT0208.22

- Birds of Special Note:

    Shorebird migration at Dead Creek picked up this week with notable
appearances and unusually high counts of some species. Several observers saw
two WILSON╣S and one RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, and at least one each were
reportedly still present the morning of the 22nd. More than a dozen BAIRD╣S
SANDPIPERS were present on the 21st. An extraordinary 12 (!) STILT
SANDPIPERS were reported on the 17th. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was also seen
the same day. Other species, seen on the 21st, include SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
(2), KILLDEER (6), GREATER YELLOWLEGS (3), LESSER YELLOWLEGS (30), SOLITARY
SANDPIPER (2), SPOTTED SANDPIPER (4), LEAST SANDPIPER (150), SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPER (80), BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (10), PECTORAL SANDPIPER (3), AND
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (2). 146 LESSER YELLOWLEGS and 19 SHORT-BILLED
DOWITCHERS were among the species present on the 22nd. In addition, up to
two-dozen GREAT EGRETS, 106 (!) GREAT BLUE HERONS, 4 CATTLE EGRETS, and 36
(!) BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were counted. BALD EAGLE, OSPREY, PEREGRINE
FLACON and MERLIN were among the raptors present during the week. A juvenile
BLACK TERN was seen on the 18th. This species used to be common at Dead
Creek, but has been absent or difficult to find in recent years. With such
obvious benefit to migratory species, one wonders why the state, as one
email reported, will be allowing water levels (rainfall dependant) to return
to normal beginning on September 1st.
    Another RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was reported from Grand Isle south of Young
Island on the 12th.
    A CASPIAN TERN was seen over the mouth of the Little Otter in
Ferrisburgh also on the 12th.
    Two RED-NECKED GREBES were off Charlotte Town Beach on the 19th.
    Other highlights from around the state include at least 4 CAROLINA WRENS
in the Montpelier area and one in Grand Isle. An adult BALD EAGLE was seen
along the Connecticut River in Newbury. At least 95 TURKEY VULTURES were
counted at the Dunsmore Road roost in St. Albans. Migrant warbler waves were
seen in Duxbury, Thetford and Granville. A singing MOURNING WARBLER was
reported from Granville on the 14th, and 2 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS and a
TENNESSEE WARBLER were present at Union Village Dam in Thetford this past
week.


Wayne Scott
Compiler, VT Rare Bird Alert

416 Hanover Center Road
Etna, NH 03750
(603) 643-0179
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