Just a note that on Saturday morning at Berlin Pond, there was an immature
bald eagle being mobbed by crows. He endured it for awhile, finally left,
but came back later for another round of mobbing. Looked like a first-year
Also: yellow warbler, common yellowthroat, woodcock, warbling vireo,
swamp sparrow, song sparrow, white-throated sparrow, northern waterthrush,
hooded merganser, and a curiously silent veery.Various other birds
> From: Mary Holland
> Reply To: Vermont Birds
> Sent: Monday, May 3, 2004 1:22 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Vermont RBA
> This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, April 30, 2004 covering the
> period April 23 - 30..
> Several unusual bird sightings took place this week in Vermont
> .The rarest visitor to the state over the past two weeks is the NORTHERN
> WHEATEAR. seen in Georgia on April 23. Not only is it the first spring
> sighting, but it is only the 9th time this thrush has been observed in
> Vermont. Nine WILLETS were visiting a flooded meadow in West Salisbury on
> April 23rd, and a SANDHILL CRANE was observed flying overhead roughly 3
> miles from Berlin Pond, in the Montpelier area on April 27. Five RED
> CROSSBILLS were seen off Sugartop Road outside of Norwich on April 25th.
> A welcome sighting was the return of the COMMON LOON near
> Isle on the 18th, off the Causeway on the 23rd, and in Craftsbury Common
> the 28th of April. A PIED-BILLED GREBE was seen on April 19th on Grand
> Isle. Two RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on Lake Pinneo in Quechee on April
> 26th. An AMERICAN BITTERN was sighted at Dead Creek on April 24th. A
> EGRET was observed along the LaPlatte River Marsh Trail on the 22nd of
> April, and a GREEN HERON was sighted along the Connecticut River south of
> Brattleboro this week. GREAT BLUE HERONS are becoming more numerous, and
> CATTLE EGRETS were spotted in Shoreham on the 22nd and 23rd of April, as
> well as off Rte. 22A, north of the intersection with Route 74.
> There have been numerous bird of prey sightings over the last
> two weeks. A BALD EAGLE was seen along Route 7 in the Manchester area on
> 20th. NORTHERN HARRIERS were reported at the Brilyea Access of Dead Creek
> and at the West Rutland Marsh as well as in Brookline and on Grand Isle on
> the 20th. Five SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS were seen along the Connecticut River
> south of Brattleboro, and in Middlebury on the April 19, 21, 24 and 29th.
> COOPER'S HAWK was spotted on GRAND ISLE on the 19th, near Lake Pinneo in
> Quechee on April 26th, and in Northfield on the 29th of April. A
> GOSHAWK was seen in Corinth on the 23rd. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen
> Brookline on the 24th and in Corinth on the 25th . There have been many
> BROAD-WINGED HAWK sightings from many areas in Vermont including Rutland,
> Hartland, Leicester, and Huntington. RED-TAILED HAWKS are nesting in
> Proctor, and several were spotted in the West Rutland Marsh on the 24th.
> Birders in Northfield and Brookline saw MERLINS on the 29th and 24th of
> April, respectively. A PEREGRINE FALCON was at the Brilyea Access of Dead
> Creek on the 17th of April.
> Both the VIRGINIA RAIL and the secretive SORA were observed in
> the West Rutland Marsh on the 24th and an AMERICAN COOT was seen in Dead
> Creek on this day as well. A SPOTTED SANDPIPER was seen in Salisbury on
> April 24th and at North Hartland Lake on the 25th. WILSON'S SNIPE and
> AMERICAN WOODCOCK are back in force, having been heard or seen in Grand
> Isle, Northfield, Middlebury, Wallingford, Craftsbury Common and Woodstock
> this week and last. A sighting of a SHORT-EARED OWL in South Burlington
> took place on the 28th.
> Passerine migration is well under way. CHIMNEY SWIFTS were
> patrolling the skies above Poultney on April 29th. BELTED KINGFISHERS
> reported from the towns of Huntington, Quechee, Burlington and South
> Burlington. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was seen at Dead Creek (Brilyea
> Access) on April 24th. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS have been seen and heard
> "morse-coding" in Hartland, Thetford Center, Northfield, Middlebury,
> Wallingford, Norwich and Craftsbury Common. BLUE-HEADED VIREOS were seen
> Northfield, East Barnard, Red Rocks Park in South Burlington, Dummerston
> Norwich this week and WARBLING VIREOS were reported in Quechee and in
> Northfield. NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS returned to the Ethan Allen
> Homestead in Burlington, Grand Isle, Dead Creek (Brilyea Access) on the
> (as well as BANK SWALLOWS and hundreds of TREE SWALLOWS), at the North
> Hartland Lake on the 26th and Quechee and Burlington on April 30th.
> SWALLOWS were seen in Middlebury, Huntington Center and North Ferrisburg.
> The first report of (5)BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS came from south of
> Brattleboro along the Connecticut River. HERMIT THRUSHES were seen and
> heard in Hartland and South Burlington, and a WOOD THRUSH was reported in
> Leicester on the 23rd. NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDS and BROWN THRASHERS were
> mimicking in Woodstock, Northfield, Burlington, Middlebury, Wallingford
> Shoreham last week. BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS are still here, and were reported
> from Grand Isle on the 18th and Corinth on the 23rd. A LOUISIANA
> WATERTHRUSH was singing in Dummerston on the 23rd and a NORTHERN
> was seen in South Burlington on April 29th.
> Warblers returned en masse this week. A NASHVILLE WARBLER was
> seen in Middlebury on the 23rd of April and in Northfield on the 29th.
> AYELLOW WARBLER was sighted in Quechee and in Burlington on April 30th. A
> CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was seen in Dummerston this week. YELLOW-RUMPED
> WARBLER sightings are still coming in from Quechee and Corinth, and 40-50
> were sighted south of Brattleboro along the Connecticut River. A
> BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER returned to Norwich on the 29th of April.
> WARBLERS were spotted on the 18th of April near Lake Shftsbury and in Red
> Rocks Park in South Burlington. On April 24th 5-10 PALM WARBLERS were
> through south of Brattleboro and were also seen in Quechee.
> An EASTERN TOWHEE was sighted in Cornwall on April 18th and in
> Quechee and Northfield on the 29th. CHIPPING, SONG AND WHITE-THROATED
> SPARROW sightings are increasing throughout Vermont. FIELD SPARROWS
> returned to Corinth, Brookline, Grand Isle and Corinth this week.
> SPARROWS were welcomed back in Shaftsbury and Brookfield this week and
> A SWAMP SPARROW was reported in Northfield on the 29th of April.
> ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS were seen and heard in Hartland, Northfield,
> and Brookline this week. PURPLE AND HOUSE FINCHES were seen in Thetford
> Center, Shaftsbury, Montpelier and Norwich last week.
> Not only is migration well under way, but so is the nesting
> season. The following species have been sighted carrying nesting
> COMMON GRACKLE, AMERICAN ROBIN and HOUSE FINCH. Actual nesting has been
> confirmed for AMERICAN ROBINS, HOUSE FINCHES, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, CAROLINA
> WRENS (3 fledglings April 29th on Grand Isle), TREE SWALLOWS and EASTERN
> Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited above:
> Lee Allaben, Linda and Ken Becker, George Clark, Ken Copenhaver, Kevin
> Cross, Michael Cosgrove, Susan Elliott, Hector Galbraith, Daria Falk,
> Gills, David Hoag, Mary Holland, Pam Hunt, Matt Kemp, Maeve Kim, Jo
> Lafayette, Jenepher Lingelbach, David Merker, Susan Morgan, Scott
> Ted Murin, Ronald Payne, Roy Pilcher, Barbara Powers, Chris Rimmer, Larry
> and Mona Rogers, Davey Russell, Shelagh Smith, Ken and Mary Spencer, Allan
> Strong, Stefan Sturup, John Sutton, Sharon Tierra, Kathleen Upton, Betty
> Rod Vallee, , Nate Wallace-Gusakov, Marianne and Michael Walsh and Aaron
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