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Marry Holland <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 24 Sep 2004 13:02:19 -0400
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This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, September 24, 2004 covering the
period September 17 - September 24, 2004.

            Grand Isle was the place to see COMMON LOONS this week.  Five
were spotted there on the 17th of September, and nine on the 20th. They were
also sighted further south, near the DAR State Park on Lake Champlain near
Dead Creek WMA.

            Both adult and young PIED-BILLED GREBES were seen at Dead Creek
this week.  A RED-NECKED GREBE was sighted off Grand Isle on the 17th of

immature BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were observed at East Pond in Orwell on
September 18th.

Numbers of SNOW GEESE are building.  One SNOW GOOSE was spotted at the end
of a skein of about 40 CANADA GEESE in Addison on September 6th.  On the
18th, a flock was seen between Dead Creek and the DAR State Park, and on the
19th there were approximately 100 SNOW GEESE in the cornfields west of the
Viewing Area at Dead Creek. Waterfowl seen between Dead Creek and the DAR
State Park on September 18th include WOOD DUCK, AMERICAN WIGEON and
GREEN-WINGED TEAL.  A GREATER SCAUP was observed off Grand Isle on the 20th
of September, and on Lake Champlain 3 SURF SCOTERS and a COMMON MERGANSER
were spotted on the 18th.  A WOOD DUCK was seen in West Rutland Marsh on the
23rd of September.

            OSPREYS were sighted over Lake Champlain near the DAR State Park
as well as at East Pond in Orwell.  An immature BALD EAGLE and a NORTHERN
HARRIER were seen at Dead Creek on the 18th.  A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was
spotted on Grand Isle on the 18th of September, on Gile Mountain on the 21st
and in West Rutland Marsh on the 23rd of September.  A COOPER'S HAWK was
sighted on September 20th in Grand Isle, and on the 3rd in West Rutland
Marsh.  A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on Grand Isle on the 18th of September.

RED-TAILED HAWKS were spotted at West Rutland Marsh and Dead Creek this
week.  An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at West Rutland Marsh on the 18th of
September.  Over a parking lot in Williston a MERLIN hunted for the entire
afternoon of September 23rd.

            A COMMON MOORHEN was seen at Dead Creek on the 18th of

            Two GREATER YELLOWLEGS were also at Dead Creek on the 18th, and
one was sighted in Charlotte on September 20th.  A rare sighting of three
young SABINE'S GULLS occurred on the morning of September 23rd.  The gulls
were spotted mid-lake off the Charlotte Town Beach, feeding on the lake

            Sixty BLUE JAYS were seen at the West Rutland Marsh on September
23rd. Birders observed several HORNED LARKS at Dead Creek on September 18th.

 An impressive 28 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen at the West Rutland Marsh on
September 23rd.

 A BROWN THRASHER was sighted in Woodstock, at the VINS Bragdon Preserve, on
September 22nd.

            AMERICAN PIPITS are starting to come through.  One was spotted
on top of Mt. Hunger in Worcester on September 18th, and a flock of about 50
were seen just south of the Vermont Teddy Bear parking lot in Shelburne on
the 20th.

            With just a few weeks of warbler watching left, birders found
the following birds on Ward Hill in Duxbury September 20th:  2 MAGNOLIA, 1

Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited above:
Dennis Abbot, Michael Cosgrove, Ann and Fred Curran, Susan Elliott, Nancy
Goodrich, David Hoag, Ted Levin, Bruce MacPherson, Matt Medler, Ted Murin
and Carl Runge.

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