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VTBIRD  May 2004

VTBIRD May 2004

Subject:

RBA

From:

Mary Holland <[log in to unmask]>

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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Fri, 14 May 2004 14:45:39 -0400

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*Vermont
*Statewide
*3/6/04
*VTVT0403.06

This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, May 14, 2004 covering the period
May 7 Ė May 14, 2004

            Five RED-THROATED LOONS, one of which was in full breeding
plumage, were seen at the Charlotte Town Beach on May 13.   7 COMMON LOONS
were seen at this site, as well as  on Holland Pond (3) AND Echo Lake (3) on
the 13th.  One COMMON LOON was seen on Berlin Pond, and one in Grand Isle on
the 12th and a pair were seen and heard calling as they flew over Ethan
Allen Park in Burlington.   A PIED-BILLED GREBE was observed in Grand Isle
on May 8th.

            AMERICAN BITTERNS were sighted in several locations in Vermont
this past week.  One was calling in Coyote Hollow in Thetford Center on May
7th, one was seen at Berlin Pond on the 8th, and on the 9th  in Bradford,  a
pair on the 12th at the Thurman Dix Reservoir in Barre, two in West Rutland
Marsh and one in Thetford Center on May 13th.  A CATTLE EGRET was spotted
just north of the Charlotte town line in Shelburne on Route 7 on May 12th
and a SNOWY EGRET was seen on Popasquash Island, along with 140 COMMON TERNS
on the 11th of May.   Many GREEN HERONS were sighted, including one in
Bradford on the 9th and 13th, in Thetford, Berlin Pond and Ompompanoosuc on
the 9th of May and on the 11th in Shelburne.

            An OSPREY were observed at Berlin Pond and Whitney Creek on May
8th and in Fairlee on the 9th of May.  NORTHERN HARRIERS, COOPERíS HAWKS,
BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, RED-TAILED HAWKS, AMERICAN KESTRELS AND MERLINS have all
been sighted numerous times this week throughout Vermont.  A PEREGRINE
FALCON was seen heading north over UVM in Burlington on May 9th, and  also
at Palisades and Sawyer Mountain in Fairlee on the 9th.

            Two VIRGINIA RAILS and three SORAS were seen in West Rutland
Marsh on May 13th.  A SORA was also seen in Thetford Center on this date.
Also observed on the 13th  were a GREATER YELLOWLEGS on Grand Isle and a
LESSER YELLOWLEGS in Bradford.  A SOLITARY SANDPIPER was spotted in
Northfield, Thetford and Berlin Pond on May 9th, in Hartland and in Cornwall
on the 12th , and near Cedar Swamp Bridge in Cornwall on the 13th.  SPOTTED
SANDPIPERS are also back, having been sighted at Berlin Pond on May 8th,
May 9th in Hartland, on Grand Isle on May 12th   and two in Thetford at the
Union Village Dam on May 13th.  One LEAST SANDPIPER was seen in Corinth on
the 10th of May, and two were observed in Bradford on the 13th of May.
BLACK TERNS were observed at the Mississquoi National Wildlife Refuge this
week as well as at Berlin Pond.

            A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was spotted in the Helen Buckner Preserve
at Bald Mountain on May 8th,  and in West Rutland Marsh on the 13th.
CHIMNEY SWIFTS are back in Middlebury (5/7), Norwich (5/7), Berlin Pond
(5/8), South Burlington (5/9), Bradford (5/9), Burlington (5/9) and
Colchester (5/10).  Let there be no doubt that the RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
has returned to Vermont. Many of them returned on May 9, Motherís Day, which
was duly noted by many of the individuals reporting them.  Sightings
occurred this week in Hartland, Rutland, South Burlington, Pownal, Shoreham,
Middletown Springs, Monkton, Manchester Center, Georgia, West Rutland Marsh,
Norwich, Corinth and Lincoln.  An ALDER FLYCATCHER and a WILLOW FLYCATCHER
were both seen in West Rutland Marsh on May 13th.  GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS
were also seen at the Marsh, as well as at the Helen Buckner Memorial
Preserve at Bald Mt. on the 8th, and Red Rocks in Burlington and on the Cobb
Hill property in Hartland on the 12th.  An EASTERN KINGBIRD was seen at
Berlin Pond on May 8th, and nine EASTERN KINGBIRDS were seen in the West
Rutland Marsh on the 13th of May. BLUE-HEADED, WARBLING, YELLOW-THROATED
(Cornwall, 5/13)and RED-EYED VIREOS (Hartland ,5/9; Rupert and Bragdon
Preserve, Woodstock, 5/10; West Rutland Marsh, 5/13)  are back, with most
RED-EYED VIREO reports coming in this past week.  A single HORNED LARK was
sighted on Grand Isle on May 9th.  All five swallows, TREE (120), BANK,
BARN, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED and CLIFF swallows were seen at Berlin Pond on
the 8th of May, and many more reports came in from around the state.  HOUSE
WRENS are nesting in Norwich, a WINTER WREN was seen in Brandon on May 8th,
and a CAROLINA WREN is laying her second clutch of eggs on Grand Isle. At
Berlin Pond on May 8th a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET as well as a RUBY-CROWNED
KINGLET were seen. A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was also seen on Bald Mt. On May
5th.  BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS are back, with sightings in Bradford on May 9th
and 13th,  and Poultney on May 8th and 9th.

            VEERYS are back, with reports from Dummerston, Townshend, and
West Rutland Marsh, all on May 13th.  GRAY CATBIRDS and BROWN THRASHERS are
back.  An AMERICAN PIPIT was sighted at Berlin Pond on May 13th.  Warbler
numbers are climbing daily.  Recent sightings include PINE WARBLER (5/7) on
Grand Isle, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER (5/8) in Dummerston and May 11th in Brandon,
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER (5/11) in Brandon at the north end of Hollow Road and
Bald Mountain (5/8),  PRAIRIE WARBLER (5/8) in Dummerston and May 12 at the
UVM Horticultural Farm in South Burlington,  BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER (5/10) in
Norwich and on May 9th in Corinth, AMERICAN REDSTART (5/9) at the Intervale
in Burlington, and on May 10th in Hartland,   WORM-EATING WARBLER (5/5) at
the southern end of Snake Mt. in Cornwall, TENNESSEE WARBLER (5/12) in
Proctor and Sandgate (5/12), MAGNOLIA WARBLER (5/10) in Victory  and
Thetford Center, May 12th at Red Rocks in Burlington, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER
(5/12) at Red Rocks, CANADA WARBLER in Rupert on May 12th,  BLACKPOLL
WARBLER on Mt. Philo.  NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES were seen on May  8th and 13th
at Berlin Pond, in Hartland on May 9th and near the Cedar Swamp Bridge in
Cornwall on the 13th.  A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was sighted at the Helen
Buckner Memorial Preserve at Bald Mt. on the 8th of May, in Norwich on the
9th and along Snipe Island Brook in Richmond on May 10th and 11th.  EASTERN
TOWHEES were seen in Burlington near Centennial Woods on May 9th and in
Rupert on the 10th.

            A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was singing at the intersection of Cheese
Factory Road and Dorset Street in South Burlington on May 5th.  A SAVANNAH
SPARROW was seen on Grand Isle and in Hartland on May 8th.  INDIGO BUNTINGS
were singing in Hartland and Proctor on May 12th.  A BOBOLINK was seen on
Grand Isle on May 7th. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was observed in Manchester on the
7th of May.  Two juvenile PINE SISKINS were being fed by an adult this week
in Georgia. A pair of EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen at a feeder in Waitsfield
on May 10th and 11th, another pair in Thetford on the 13th, and a pair was
seen in Norwich on the 9th of May.
.


Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited above:
Lee Allaben, Elizabeth Alton, Jean Arrowsmith, Gregory Askew, Michael Blust,
E. Buford, George Clark, Michael Cosgrove, Ann Curran, Bill Eckert, Sue
Elliott, Pat Folsom, Hector Galbraith, P. Gills, Nancy Goodrich, David Hoag,
A.S.Keitt,  B. Kessler, Linda Hall, Brian Harris, Mary Holland, Pam Hunt,
Kim Jensen, Jeanne Keller, Mark LaBarr, Jo Ann Lafayette,  Ted Levin, Mary
C. Marro, Bruce MacPherson, Scott Morrical, Ted Murin, Ron Payne, Noah
Perlut, Bryan Pfeiffer, Roy Pilcher, Barbara Powers, Frederick and Chris
Pratt, Roz Renfrew,  Dorie Rice, Chris Rimmer, Larry and Mona Rogers, Davie
Rolnick, Davy Russell, William Schults,  Bill Shepard, Allan Strong, John
Sutton, Janet Tebo, Betty and Rod Vallee, Sue Wetmore, Ian Worley,
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 youíre
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 VINSí 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, VINSí
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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