With the passage of the cold front on Tuesday and Wednesday, the first
major push of hawks was seen from both Mt. Philo and Putney Mountain. At Mt.
Philo in Charlotte, over 300 were counted, most of which were BROAD-WINGS;
however, 8 BALD EAGLES and 14 OSPREY also passed over on strong northwest
winds. At Putney Mountain in the southeast corner of the state overlooking
the Connecticut River valley, the count included 13 OSPREY, 2 NORTHERN
HARRIERS, 15 SHARPIES, 2 COOPERıS HAWKS, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 180
BROAD-WINGS, a RED-TAIL, and 5 AMERICAN KESTRELS. Hawk watchers census from
the top of Putney Mountain several times a week through the fall, and
results are posted at the following web address:
Wader migration continues apace at Dead Creek in Addison. At Brilyea
Access off Route 17 this week, the following were seen on the 11th: 31 GREAT
EGRETS, 1 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 5-6 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 5 KILLDEER, at
least 100 of both species of YELLOWLEGS, 1 RED KNOT, a few SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPERS, good numbers of LEAST SANDPIPERS, 6-7 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, 27
PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 1 or 2 STILT SANDPIPERS and 3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS.
A flock of 35-40 SNOW GEESE were observed flying over on the 12th.
By the 12th, the weather change had moved many of the waders present
earlier in the week out of area around Dead Creek in Highgate. Just a
scattering of COMMON SNIPE, LEAST SANDPIPERS and a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
remained of the 200 or so there on or before the 10th. 123 of these were
COMMON SNIPE. Other species present before the weather change included
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, KILLDEER, GREATER and LESSER
YELLOWLEGS, SOLITARY, SPOTTED, LEAST, SEMIPALMATED, WHITE-RUMPED, BAIRDıS
and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, DUNLIN and AMERICAN WOODCOCK. A LEAST BITTERN was
seen on the 9th.
Elsewhere, Two MOORHENS were at South Slang in Ferrisburgh. Three
unidentified JAEGERS were seen off Charlotte Town Beach on the 11th. A
SANDERLING was there, as well as at Delta Park in Colchester on the 12th.
The Chester RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continues to visit a feeder at the home
of Ginny Freeman on Flamstead Road. Her number is 802-875-2750.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was among the 14 species of warbler at Red
Rocks Park in South Burlington on the 12th. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was
present on the 13th.
Compiler, VT Rare Bird Alert
416 Hanover Center Road
Etna, NH 03750
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