This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, July 23, 2004 covering the
period July 16 – 23, 2004.
Nesting PIED-BILLED GREBES were found at Dead Creek this week
when 2 adults and 7 chicks were seen leaving their nest for the water on
July 17th. Another PIED-BILLED GREBE with 2 chicks was seen swimming in
shallow water south of the bridge crossing Dead Creek at the Brilyea Access.
On the 19th of July a GREAT EGRET was spotted on both sides of
the parking lot at the Brilyea Access at Dead Creek. One AMERICAN BITTERN
and two LEAST BITTERNS were seen flying over West Rutland Marsh on the
morning of July 22nd.
A female COMMON MERGANSER and seven young were observed at the
Wrightsville Reservoir along Route 12 north of Montpelier on July 17th.
On the 10th of July an immature BALD EAGLE was seen at the
northern end of Holland Pond. An immature BALD EAGLE was spotted ¼ mile from
the mouth of the Winooski River near the boat launch area on Windemere Way
on the 15th of July. On July 17th six immature BALD EAGLES were sighted at
the Goose Viewing Area at Dead Creek; five first-year birds and one 2nd or
3rd year bird were perched in the pine trees. Two NORTHERN HARRIERS were
seen in Orwell on the 17th of July. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was spotted at
Lefferts Pond on July 18th. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen and heard
calling repeatedly at Dead Creek on July 19th, and a PEREGRINE FALCON was
sighted flying south over the UVM campus in Burlington on the 22nd.
A RING-NECKED PHEASANT and young were seen at Victory Basin on
the 23rd of July.
Five VIRGINIA RAILS were sighted at the West Rutland Marsh the
morning of July 22nd, two of which were taking a stroll down the boardwalk.
Several sightings of COMMON MOORHENS took place this week. Five were seen on
Richville Pond in Shoreham on the 17th of July, one was seen from the
parking lot at the Dead Creek boat access on the 18th, and also on the 19th
at Dead Creek. A SORA flew across the road near the Brilyea Access at Dead
Creek on the 19th of July.
A CASPIAN TERN was seen fishing and diving in the water on both
sides of the parking lot at the end of the road at Brilyea Access, Dead
Creek, on July 19th.
A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO NEST with one egg was discovered in
Norwich on the 19th of July.
A BOREAL CHICKADEE was banded on East Mt. the 16th of July, a
first for this location.
CAROLINA WRENS were seen in Norwich on the 18th and were heard
singing in Brandon on the 21st of July.
Recently fledged PALM WARBLERS were sighted in Victory Basin on
the 23rd of July, and a BAY-BREASTED WARBLER was heard. A BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHER was searching for food on a tree in Manchester Center on July
A VESPER SPARROW was observed taking a dust bath on West Road at
Dead Creek on July 19th.
An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in Norwich on the 18th of July.
A small flock of PINE SISKINS and a small flock of WHITE-WINGED
CROSSBILLS were seen on East Mt. July 16th.
Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited above:
George Clark, John Deppman, Susan Elliott, Mary Holland, Maeve Kim, Mark
LaBarr, Charlie LaRosa, Bruce MacPherson, Silas Miller, Michele Patenaude,
Barbara Powers, Chris Rimmer, Bob and Lyla Slayton, Ruth Stewart, John
Sutton, Sue Wetmore, Aaron Worthley.
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