This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, May 7, 2004 covering the period
April 30 – May 7.
The first report of COMMON LOONS came from Lake St. Catherine on May 1,
where two adults were seen. A PIED-BILLED GREBE was observed off Grand Isle
On April 30, as well as at the Clyde River boat launch on May 4. AMERICAN
BITTERNS were “pumping” and displaying this week at the Helen Buckner
Preserve at Bald Mountain, Bristol Pond and Shelburne Pond. A total of six
birds were heard and seen at Hawkins Slang in Ferrisburg. Two pairs of
GREEN HERONS were discovered nesting at Herrick’s Cove on May 1, and a
single bird was seen at Berlin Pond on May 2. Reports of waterfowl have
slowed down. Two LONG-TAILED DUCKS were observed off Grand Isle on the 6th
of May. COMMON MERGANSERS, GREEN-WINGED TEAL and BARROW’S GOLDENEYE were
seen in Brattleboro on April 30th, and the usual scattering of COMMON and
HOODED MERGANSERS, BLUE-WINGED TEAL and WOOD DUCKS came in throughout the
An OSPREY was perched in a tree on the edge of Berlin Pond for all to see
on May 2 and two were seen at Buckner Preserve, on Bald Mt. Two BALD
EAGLES have been seen in the vicinity of Somerset Reservoir, and it’s hoped
that perhaps they might nest in the future. A sighting of a single bird was
made in Highgate Springs on April 30th. An AMERICAN KESTREL was sighted in
West Haven on May 1st. A MERLIN was seen at North Beach in Burlington on
the 4th of May, and a pair was observed copulating at Lake Morey Inn
(outside) last week. A RING-NECKED PHEASANT was also seen on this day in the
Quechee-Hartland area. RUFFED GROUSE have been drumming, and WILD TURKEYS
strutting throughout the fields and woodlands.
VIRGINIA RAILS were at West Rutland Marsh on May 1st, Berlin Pond on the
2nd, and (3) at Shelburne Pond on May 5th. West Rutland Marsh also produced
a SORA, and there were three SORAS found at Shelburne Pond. In a field
north of Bristol two SANDHILL CRANES were spotted on the 3rd of May. A
single SOLITARY SANDPIPER turned up at the Union Village Dam on the 5th as
well as a SPOTTED SANDPIPER, which was also seen at Lake Pinneo in Quechee,
Huntington, Northfield and Pompy Flats last weekend.
Three BONAPARTE’S GULLS were sighted on a sandbar in the West River in
Brattleboro on April 30th. The relatively rare call of the WHIP-POOR-WILL
was heard near Maidstone Pond in Bloomfield on April 30th. On April 30th
CHIMNEY SWIFTS were seen at Buckner Preserve at Bald Mountain, and in
Burlington. They arrived back in the skies over Middlebury and Norwich on
May 3rd. RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are back – just. One was seen in
Charlotte on the 3rd of May, and a male was sighted in Poultney on the 6th.
First and early reports were numerous this week: SCARLET TANAGERS came in
from Hartland, and the area near the confluence of the Ottauquechee and
Connecticut Rivers May 1 and 2. Three BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS were observed
in the Buckner Preserve at Bald Mt. TRAILL’S FLYCATCHER was seen at the
Union Village Dam on May 5th, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER on the 1st on Black
Mt. In Dummerston. NORTHERN PARULAS were reported in Townshend. The
“che-beck” of LEAST FLYCATCHERS is once again being heard in Hartland,
Brandon and Norwich on May 1st and in Hartland May 6th. The RUBY-THROATED
HUMMINGBIRD returned to Bristol on the 2nd of May. BROWN THRASHERS were
reported back in West Haven and the first BOBOLINK report came in from
Shelburne. A VEERY was seen and not heard at Berlin Pond on the 2nd.
EASTERN KINGBIRDS have taken over their territories at Berlin Pond, Grand
Isle and Quechee this week. EASTERN MEADOWLARKS returned to West Haven and
Benson early this week, and an INDIGO BUNTING was seen in Sharon on the 3rd
Sightings of some birds are coming in so frequently that is is fairly
well-established that they have arrived for the nesting season. These
include: GREAT BLUE HERONS, OSPREY, KILLDEER(nest building) , BELTED
KINGFISHERS, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, WARBLING VIREOS,
all five species of swallows, with far more TREE SWALLOW (nest building)
reports than BARN, CLIFF, BANK and ROUGH-WINGED, HOUSE WREN, HERMIT THRUSH,
WOOD THRUSH, AMERICAN ROBIN (nest building),EASTERN BLUEBIRDS (nest
building), EUROPEAN STARLINGS (nest building), EASTERN TOWHEES,
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, COMMON GRACKLES (nest building), BROWN-HEADED
COWBIRDS, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, BALTIMORE ORIOLES (nest building),
CATBIRDS, PURPLE FINCHES, HOUSE FINCHES (nest building) and GRAY CATBIRDS.
Numerous RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER reports came in from Charlotte, Buckner
Preserve, Bald Mt.
This was definitely the week of warbler arrivals. BLACK AND WHITE, PALM,
NORTHERN PARULA, NASHVILLE, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, CHESTNUT-SIDED,
BLACK-THROATED BLUE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BLACKBURNIAN, YELLOW-RUMPED,
YELLOW, PINE , OVENBIRD and both the LOUISIANA (6 in Dummerston on the 4th)
AND NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH all returned to the Green Mountain State.
Sparrrows that have returned include CHIPPING, FIELD, SAVANNAH, SONG,
SWAMP, WHITE-THROATED AND WHITE-CROWNED.
Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited above:
Jean Arowsmith, Greg Askew, Jason Benoit, George Clark, Mark Council, Mark
and Martha Coutermarsh, Ann Curan, E.J.Elithorpe, Susan Elliott, David Falk,
Edorah Frazer, Hector Galbraith, Spencer hardy, David Hoag, Mary Holland,
Katherine Hood, Pam Hunt, Eric Hynes, A.S. Keitt, Matt Kemp, Karen Luge, Kim
Jensen, Mark LaBarr, Kent McFarland, Al Merritt, Ronald Payne, Peter
Perrino, Bryan Pfeiffer, Noah Perlut, Roz Renfrew, Anne Riker, Chris Rimmer,
Terry Rosenmeier, Davy Russell, Eleanor Russell, Steve Saunders, Tom
Slayton, John Sutton, Linda Thompson, Henry Trombley, Sue Wetmore.
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