This is a summary of the Vermont bird reports for Friday, August 29, 2003.
The arrival of cold fronts has ushered in a wave of migrants, and it's
beginning to look and feel like fall! Another low pressure front is
expected in the next 24 hours, which will likely bring on another, perhaps
larger, wave of migrants.
A little patience and persistance around Lake Champlain and its islands,
and you may be treated to some rare species in the next few weeks. An adult
and an immature LITTLE GULL were seen along the west shore of Grand Isle on
August 27th. This species was seen on the NY side of the lake a few weeks
ago and we were hoping for some sightings on the VT side. Also seen were
100 BONAPARTES GULLS and approximately 40 COMMON TERNS. A RUDDY TURNSTONE
was seen on the Burlington breakwater on the 26th.
Also seen along the west shore of Grand Isle were 5 southbound COMMON LOONS
on August 28th, and and on the 24th a COOPER'S HAWK and a pair of CAROLINA
WRENS that took up residence there this summer.
Water levels at the Brilyea access at Dead Creek are finally lowering, and
the birding is starting to heat up. From the dam at the north end on August
24th, there were approximately 55 LESSER YELLOWLEGS and 15 GREATER
YELLOWLEGS, 5 LEAST SANDPIPERS, a SOLITARY SANDPIPER, and at least 2 GREAT
EGRETS. PECTORAL and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were seen at Brilyea on the
26th, in addition to GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, a LEAST SANDPIPER, and
7 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS. At the Pompy manure piles, probable WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPERS were seen on the 25th and 26th. Also seen were LEAST and
SOLITARY SANDPIPERS. Bill Shepard says more water at Pompy will attract
more shorebirds for the next month.
Also at Dead Creek on August 27th were MERLINS, OSPREY, TURKEY VULTURES, a
RED-TAILED HAWK, GREAT BLUE HERONS, and a BELTED KINGFISHER. GREAT EGRETS
and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were on the dead tree north of the dam at
Reports of mixed flocks of migrant warblers are beginning to come in. On
the Long Trail on the way to Lake Pleiad, just before the cold front on the
21st, a flock of warblers included OVENBIRDS, and BLACK-THROATED BLUE,
BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BLACK-AND-WHITE, BLACKPOLL, MYRTLE, and CANADA
WARBLERS. These and other warbler species, including AMERICAN REDSTART,
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and CHESTNUT-SIDED, MAGNOLIA, NASHVILLE, BLACKBURNIAN,
and MOURNING WARBLERS, have been seen over the last two weeks in mixed
flocks with BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES at Ward Hill in South Duxbury. We
expect there may be other recent sightings of migrating flocks that have
not yet been reported.
At Victory Bog on August 24th, A female MERLIN was spotted on the pipeline
trail, on the south side of road. An OSPREY was seen over the west bridge
parking lot. A BOREAL CHICKADEE was heard West of the Gray Jay "parking
lot", and other species included a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, NASHVILLE
WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLERS, and CEDAR WAXWINGS.
An adult BALD EAGLE has been seen at Lake Morey and several OSPREY have
been seen at Lake Fairlee over the past two weeks. At least one immature
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen at Gale Meadow Pond by Stratton Mountain on
Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited above for
the period: Michael Duffy, Sue Wetmore, Stefan Sturup, Bill Shepard,
Frederick and Chris Pratt, Ted Levin, Michael Cosgrove, Larry Rogers, David
Hoag, Allan Strong, Ruth Stewart.
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