The inclement weather on Saturday led to the cancellation of the
Saxtonıs River Christmas Count and contributed to the lowest species total
for Ferrisburgh in 29 years. Typically, count totals have approached 80
species, but compiler, Alan Pistorius, reported an unofficial total, pending
feeder reports, of mid-sixties this year. Highlights include 7 GADWALL, 2
TUNDRA SWANS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HOUSE WREN, and 2 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS.
Brattleboro birders tallied 51 species including 4 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS,
a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, 17 NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDS, 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE, 1
COMMON REDPOLL, and 21 PINE SISKINS.
On the other hand, Burlington recorded a record 73 species on Sunday,
12/15. 7 CANVASBACKS, GRAY CATBIRD, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and HERMIT THRUSH were among the
Middlebury birders recorded 66 species (pending some feeder reports)
including a GOLDEN EAGLE out South Street extension passed the hospital.
Other highlights include VESPER SPARROW near the Audet Farm in Bridport,
EASTERN MEADOWLARK along Rattlin Bridge Road in Bridport, RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKERS in Shoreham and Bridport, PINE WARBLER in Shoreham, NORTHERN
SHOVELER in Weybridge, and a LONG-EARED OWL on Snake Mountain.
An ICELAND GULL was reported resting on the ice and bathing with about 600
other gulls at Cobbettıs Pond in Windham on the 15th.
A sweep of the mid-Champlain Valley on the 19th in the vicinity of Dead
Creek yielded the following raptors: 2 adult BALD EAGLES, 4 NORTHERN
HARRIERS, 6 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 13 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS,
and an adult PEREGRINE FALCON. Slang Road in Panton and Nortontown Road in
Addison were most productive.
A survey of West Rutland Marsh on the 19th produced a SWAMP SPARROW, a
CAROLINA WREN, 106 AMERICAN ROBINS and a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD.
Other noteworthy sightings this week include a GREAT BLUE HERON and a
NORTHERN SHRIKE in Charlotte, a PEREGRINE FALCON over Shelburne, a COOPERıS
HAWK in East Dorset, and a CAROLINA WREN in Woodstock.
Compiler, VT Rare Bird Alert
416 Hanover Center Road
Etna, NH 03750
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