This is a summary of the Vermont bird reports for Friday, August 22, 2003.
On August 15th a GREAT EGRET was seen in the small pond behind ConVal by
the Norwich Racquet Club on Route 5. Up to 5 were seen at Brilyea on August
20. Approximately 10 CATTLE EGRETS were seen on the morning of August 22
very close to Route 7 in Charlotte, just north of the Nordic Farm.
BALD EAGLES, mature and immature, have been consistently sighted near the
North Hartland Lake dam for the past two months, the past two weeks
included. An adult was seen on August 17th on Lake St. Catherine in
Poultney, and an immature was sighted at Braeloch Point in Colchester on
Reports of migrating hawks are still scarce, although RED-TAILED and
BROADWING HAWKS were seen catching thermals in Dorset on August 19th. Also
seen was an adult male NORTHERN HARRIER at Victory Bog on August 20.
A male SPRUCE GROUSE was seen courting a female, fanning his tail with
wings drooped, at Moose Bog on August 19th. A subadult male was also on the
scene. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were also seen that day at Moose bog.
Migrant shorebird reports continue to be limited. Visits to Pompy flats on
August 14th and 17th found LEAST SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER,
PECTORAL SANDPIPER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWELEGS, SEMIPALMATED
PLOVER, and KILLDEER. At Brilyea on August 20th, there were about 6
SOLITARY SANDPIPERS right next to the parking lot.
Along the West shore of Grande Isle, 2 CASPIAN TERNS were seen on August
11th and a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was sighted on August 12th.
Reports of landbird migrants are still scarce, but there are initial signs
of the coming migration. SWALLOWS are flocking up; approximately 600 BANK
SWALLOWS and 450 TREE SWALLOWS were seen along the East shore of Grand Isle
on August 11th and 8th, respectively. A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen heading
south over Swanton the evening of August 17th, and a CANADA WARBLER was
feeding with a flock of BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES in Underhill Center on
Sightings during a walk at the West Rutland Marsh on August 16th included 8
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS and many species still feeding young. Many
family groups were also seen at Leffert's Pond on August 15th, as well as a
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and several warbler species.
Species at Victory Bog on August 20th were likely locals, and sightings
included 2 BOREAL CHICKADEES, a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, 2 NASHVILLE
WARBLERS, 2 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, 2 MAGNOLIA WARBLERS, a BLACK-THROATED
GREEN WARBLER, an AMERICAN REDSTART, and a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT.
Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited above for
the period: Michael Choukas, Mark Krenitsky, David Hoag, Sue Elliott, Linda
Thompson, Stefan Sturup, Michael Duffy, Bill Calfee, Joel Flewelling,
Michael Cosgrove, Bob and Lyla Slayton, Kate Olgiati, Bryan Pfeiffer.
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