At Red Rocks Park in South Burlington, observers found and confirmed a
pair of MERLINS that showed evidence of territorial behavior. They were also
seen copulating. If they nest, this would be only the third known location
in the state where this species is known to nest in recent years.
Red Rocks has the distinction of being the only known locality for nesting
FISH CROW in the state. At least one was heard there this week.
First arrivals this week include EASTERN KINGBIRD in South Burlington
and BANK SWALLOW at Herrickšs Cove both on the 21st. A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER
was seen at Herrickšs Cove on the 23rd.
Other notable migrants this week include a BARN SWALLOW in Bennington on
the 19th, BROAD-WINGED HAWKS in Norwich and Thetford on the 19th, and a
BLUE-HEADED VIREO at Quechee State Park on the 20th.
A GOSHAWK on the 18th and a COMMON LOON at Retreat Meadows on the 20th
highlighted reports from Brattleboro this week.
At Herrickšs Cove in Rockingham, a PIED-BILLED GREBE was seen on the
17th and the 20th.
20-30 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were counted in Newfane on the 20th.
Also seen or heard were numbers of HERMIT THRUSHES and EVENING GROSBEAKS.
An OSPREY over Corinth on the 21st was unusual there.
Twenty-seven species were tallied at Leffertšs Pond in Chittenden during
the monthly census on the 20th. List highlights include 3 GREAT BLUE HERONS,
15 COMMON MERGANSERS, 4 HOODED MERGANSERS, 4 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 2 AMERICAN
BLACK DUCKS, 3 MALLARDS, plus WINTER WRENS, GOLDEN and RUBY-CROWNED
KINGLETS, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, RUFFED GROUSE, and YELLOW-RUMPED
Along the west shore of Grand Isle, 2 COMMON LOONS, 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS
and 7 BONAPARTEšS GULLS were seen on the 20th. EASTERN TOWHEE, AMERICAN TREE
SPARROW, JUNCOS, as well as SONG, SAVANNAH and FIELD SPARROWS were also
At least 5 domestic GRAYLAG GEESE have been frequenting fields near the
Brilyea Access at Dead Creek.
Compiler, VT Rare Bird Alert
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Etna, NH 03750
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