This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, September 12, 2003.
Now is the time to look carefully for rare birds migrating along Lake
Champlain. At Charlotte town beach on September 5th, birders were treated
to an adult SABINE'S GULL and a juvenile PARASITIC JEAGER, both Artic
breeders. Other rare species seen that day included a LITTLE GULL and 5
BLACK TERNS. The next day an adult CASPIAN TERN, the first ever recorded at
Charlotte town beach, was sighted, along with 2 BLACK TERNS and 10
RED-NECKED GREBES. All species except Caspian Tern were sighted further
north in the Champlain Valley the previous week. A PARASITIC JAEGER was
seen again from the Charlotte Town Beach on Sept. 11. On the same day, 8
RUDDY TURNSTONES and a SANDERLING were seen at Young Island.
The Brilyea access at Dead Creek is providing its usual fall shorebird
extravaganza. On Sept. 7, shorebirds seen included a WILSON'S PHALAROPE,
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, dozens of
LEAST SANDPIPERS, many SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, at least 4 SHORT-BILLED
DOWITCHERS, a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, LESSER YELLOWLEGS (~100), GREATER
YELLOWLEGS, at least 6 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and 1-2 WHIMBRELS. Also seen
were 4 juvenile and one adult BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, GREAT EGRETS,
GREAT BLUE HERONS, and a WILSON'S SNIPE.
On the 11th at Brilyea, a juvenile WILSON'S PHALAROPE was seen mostly on
the west shore of the impoundment, and could also be seen from the causeway
just beyond the bridge. Also present was a juvenile STILT SANDPIPER, a
PECTORAL SANDPIPER, a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and about 60 YELLOWLEGS (mostly
LESSER). A PEREGRINE FALCON has been seen regularly at Brilyea.
The most recent cold front has accelerated raptor migration. September 8th
brought the first good raptor migration day at Mount Philo, with 320
BROADWING HAWKS, SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, AMERICAN KESTRELS, OSPREY, a
RED-TAILED HAWK, COOPER'S HAWKS, and an immature PEREGRINE FALCON. On Sept.
9th, the Putney Mountain Hawk Watch recorded 718 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 11
BALD EAGLES, 30 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 5 OSPREY, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 3
COOPER'S HAWKS, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 5 AMERICAN KESTRELS, and a MERLIN. Two
days later, they recorded more migrant raptors, including another 173
BROADWING HAWKS, bringing the season total up to 1918 BROADWINGS so far.
Songbird migration is not yet in full force, but birds are definitely on
the move. Approximately 2000 TREE SWALLOWS with a few CLIFF and BANK
SWALLOWS were seen along Slang Road in Panton on Sept. 11. On the 4th, 25
COMMON NIGHTHAWKS flew over Szymanksi Park in South Burlington.
On Sept. 6th at Ward Hill the following warblers were recorded: a
TENNESSEE, 2 NASHVILLE, 6 MAGNOLIA, 5 BLACK-THROATED GREEN, 4
BLACK-THROATED BLUE, 2 BLACKBURNIAN, 4 CHESTNUT-SIDED, 3 COMMON
YELLOWTHROAT, 2 WILSON'S, and a CANADA WARBLER. Also seen were RED-EYED
VIREO and BLUE-HEADED VIREO.
In Thetford Center on Sept. 7, some of the birds sighted included 20 GRAY
CATBIRDS, 22 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 2 NASHVILLE WARBLERS, 1 BLACK-THROATED GREEN
WARBLERS, 20 OVENBIRDS, a male WILSONS WARBLER, and 3 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS.
Some of the species seen on a walk through the West Rutland Marsh on Sept.
11 included: an AMERICAN BITTERN, 14 SWAMP SPARROWS, 6 WHITE-THROATED
SPARROWS, 11 MARSH WRENS, 2 WARBLING VIREOS, 2 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS,
a RED-TAILED HAWK, 2 WOOD DUCKS, and a male RUFFED GROUSE displaying to a
female. Warblers included: 7 COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, 4 BLACK-THROATED GREEN, a
NASHVILLE and a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER.
Other sightings this week included an AMERICAN BITERN in marsh behind the
Allen Bros. Farm Stand in Bellows Falls on Sept. 5, and a yellow-billed
cuckoo calling along Coon Hill Road in Colchester on Sept. 10.
Thanks to the following contributors whose observations are cited above:
Ted Murin, Bryan Pfeiffer, Larry Hills, Allan Strong, Frederick and Chris
Pratt, Bill Shepard, Kate Olgiati, Dory Rice, Dana Rohleder, John Harbison,
Al Merritt, Sue Elliott, Beth Hughes, David Hoag, Larry Master, and
Frederick and Chris Pratt.
This message is also available by phone recording: call 802-457-1053 and
6 as directed. If you have any interesting birds to report, you can leave a
message by pressing 5 or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail at:
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Roz Renfrew, Chris Rimmer, Kent McFarland
VT RBA Compilers
Director, VT Breeding Bird Atlas
Vermont Institute of Natural Science
27023 Church Hill Road
Woodstock, VT 05091
802-457-2779 ext. 127