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Vermont RBA - April 2, 2004

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Mary Holland <[log in to unmask]>

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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 2 Apr 2004 16:16:43 -0500

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*Vermont
*Statewide
*3/26/04
*VTVT0403.06

This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, April 2, 2004 covering the
period March 27-April 2.

            The most intriguing but unconfirmed sighting of the week was the
WHITE-TAILED KITE seen at Herrick’s Cove on April 1.  This is a very unusual
report, and we would welcome a second sighting if anyone plans a trip to
Herrick’s Cove in the near future.

            A single PIED-BILLED GREBE was spotted the weekend of March 27th
and 28th at the Colchester Railroad Causeway, and 3 HORNED GREBES on the
29th.  DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were seen on Grand Isle on the 27th   and
along the Burlington bike path near the Winooski River bridge.   GREAT BLUE
HERONS returned to Grand Isle, Little Otter Creek in Ferrisburgh, and the
Colchester Causeway. CANADA GEESE were in evidence all over the state.  SNOW
GEESE were also headed north, and numerous reports came in:  9,000 birds off
Grand Isle, 2,000 in Burlington along the bike path near the bridge over the
Winooski River, another 1,000 off the Colchester Causeway, 300 on Lake
Bomoseen and 30  in Royalton.  WOOD DUCKS were seen all over the state,
including 1 on Lake Bomoseen, 2 at Dead Creek,  1 in Little Otter Creek in
Ferrisburgh, 23  in Brandon, 1 in Huntington at the Green Mountain Audubon
Center, and several in Newport.  Waterfowl were reported in several
locations, including RING-NECKED DUCKS and COMMON GOLDENEYES off  Grand
Isle, the Burlington bike path, and the Colchester Causeway. A NORTHERN
PINTAIL was also seen off the Colchester Causeway, 1 CANVASBACK at Dead
Creek on the 26th  and GREEN-WINGED TEAL on the 29th, 5 AMERICAN WIGEON off
the Causeway, and BUFFLEHEAD along the Burlington bike path.

            An OSPREY was sighted in Northfield on the 28th and at the
Brilyea Access at Dead Creek on March 29th. Although most of the BALD EAGLES
seemed to have left Dead Creek  (the high of 20 was down to 2), individuals
were seen off the Colchester Causeway on the 29th,  flying over the
Ottauquechee River in Quechee, in Fairfax and Springfield.  An ADULT
NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Thetford on April 2nd. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
was observed in Weathersfield. Three BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were soaring over
Lefferts Pond in Chittenden and 1 over Centennial Woods Natural Area in
Burlington.  NORTHERN HARRIERS were sighted in Grand Isle and New Haven
Junction.  Two COOPER’S HAWKS were reported on Grand Isle on the 27th of
March.  AMERICAN KESTRELS returned to Corinth, Thetford and Weathersfield.
A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen over Williston on March 30th, one was seen near
Mt. Horrid in Rochester, and 2 flew over the Connecticut River floodplain in
Springfield on the 27th.. A MERLIN was sighted over the Vermont College
green in Montpelier.

            This was the week for first sightings of the year. The first
report of a drumming RUFFED GROUSE was sent in from Huntington. First
reports of KILLDEER in Florence, Delta Park in Burlington, Shelburne, Berlin
and Norwich were submitted. Another first of the season, a COMMON SNIPE, was
seen in Norwich on April 1.  A BELTED KINGFISHER returned to Pompy Flats in
Norwich.  Both a NORTHERN FLICKER and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER were seen
near Mt. Independence, and a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was spotted in
Norwich.  A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was seen in Waltham on March 31st.  Other
notable first reports of the season include a CHIPPING SPARROW in
Wallingford,  an EASTERN MEADOWLARK in Waitsfield and HARTLAND.

In Shelburne and Rupert AMERICAN WOODCOCK were displaying.  MOURNING DOVES
in Norwich were nest building, and in Colchester a TUFTED TITMOUSE was doing
the same. Five WILD TURKEYS were displaying in a circle east of Mt. Philo.

Those species returning in fairly large numbers over a large portion of the
state include TURKEY VULTURES (25 in a kettle over Bethel), AMERICAN ROBINS,
EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, EUROPEAN STARLINGS, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, NORTHERN CARDINALS,
AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, SONG SPARROWS, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, COMMON
GRACKLES and BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS.  EASTERN PHOEBES continue to arrive on
their nesting grounds, with individuals being reported in Florence,
Hartland, Northfield, Weathersfield, Colchester, Waitsfield, Norwich, and
South Burlington. A welcome sight were the TREE SWALLOWS that returned to
Norwich, Northfield, Burlington, Florence and Sudbury this week.

Three PINE WARBLERS were sighted in Middlebury on March 30th. Reports of
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS continue to come in, with sightings in Thetford Center
(30), Burlington (1,000), Shelburne (thousands) and NORTHFIELD (19).


Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited above:
Lee Allaben, Carl Anderson, Greg Askew,  William Barnard, Anne Charron,
Deborah Clark, George Clark,  Brenda Collins, Ken Copenhaver, Shawn Donovan,
Susan Elliott, Bruce Flewelling, Pat Folsom, Hector Galbraith, Pamela Gills,
David Gusakov and Nathan Wallace-Gusakov, John Harbison, Doug Hardy, Marie
and Kevin Hemeon, David Hoag, Mary Holland, Holly Hungerford, Pam Hunt, Kim
Jensen, Mark Krenitsky, Jo Ann Lafayette, Larry Levine, Bruce MacPherson,
Chris and Claire Martin, the Noll family, Katherine Olgiati, Ron Payne,
Bryan Pfeiffer, Roy Pilcher, Bill and Jeanne Prue, Virginia Rasch, Roz
Renfrew, Sharon Riley, Maeve Rim, Larry and Mona Rogers, Davie Rolnick, Bill
Shepard, Tom Slayton, Steve Smith, Matthew Stone, Joe Sutowski, John Sutton,
Sharon Tierra, Pam Tilton, Kathleen Upton, Marianne and Michael Walsh,
Marcus West, Ian Worley, Julia Lloyd Wright,

We encourage you to contribute all your sightings to Vermont eBird, an
on-line database for tracking birds across Vermont and North America.  Visit
Vermont eBird-http://www.ebird.org/vins/   for more Information.  If you’re
already a Vermont eBirder- thank you for your contributions to the database.

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science offers natural history trips,
lectures and programs.  To receive  a copy of our program calendar, stop at
one of our centers, call the office during business hours at 802-457-2779 or
visit the VINS’ web site at http://www.vinsweb.org.

This Vermont birding report is a service of the Vermont Institute of Natural
Science.  VINS is a non-profit, membership organization located in Woodstock
with regional centers in Montpelier and Manchester.  Founded in 1972, VINS’
mission is to protect our natural heritage through education and research.
Your membership supports these goals and this reporting service.  Updates
are typically made on Fridays.  Please report your sightings of rare or
unusual birds to VINS, or email reports to [log in to unmask]

This message is also available by phone recording:  call 802-457-1053 and
press 3.  This will put you into a menu where you will be directed to press
5 to hear the RBA.  If you have any interesting birds to report, you can
leave a message by pressing 6, or you can send your sightings to the RBA via
e-mail at:  [log in to unmask]  Or enter your sightings on Vermont eBird at
http://www.ebird.org/VINS/.


Mary Holland
Chris Rimmer
Kent McFarland
Roz Renfrew
Vermont RBA Compilers
Vermont Institute of Natural Science
Conservation Biology Department
27023 Church Hill Road
Woodstock, VT  05091
802-457-2779

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