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Marry Holland <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 3 Sep 2004 14:32:17 -0400
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This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, September 3, 2004 covering the
period August 27 - September 3, 2004.

            Six COMMON LOONS were seen from the Charlotte Town Beach on
August 31st, and one COMMON LOON was sighted off Grand Isle on September

            On the 27th of September, seven PIED-BILLED GREBES were observed
at the Brilyea Access at Dead Creek and five were seen on September 1st.
Two RED-NECKED GREBES were spotted from the Charlotte Town Beach on August

            A DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT was sighted at Brilyea Access on
September 1st.

            Seven GREAT BLUE HERONS were seen at Dead Creek on September
1st.  GREAT EGRETS were seen several times this week along the Connecticut
River between Bradford and Fairlee, one was sighted in Montpelier and four
were at  Brilyea Access  September 1st.    On August 27th a  SNOWY EGRET and
two BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were observed at Dead Creek.

            On August 27th sixty-six CANADA GEESE were present at Brilyea
Access, and 54 were sighted in Danby at the Smoky House Pond.  Fifteen
GREEN-WINGED TEAL were spotted in Richmond cornfields at the Conant Farm
just west of the Winooski River.

            Two OSPREYS were seen at the Brilyea Access on September 1st,
along with one BALD EAGLE.  There was a BALD EAGLE  in Irasburg this week,
and as well as along the Connecticut River in the Upper Valley.

            On the 1st of August three NORTHERN HARRIERS were spotted at
Brilyea Access, and one on Grand Isle. Three BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were seen
flying over Rutland on August 29th, and four days later, four more were seen
in the same area.  Several RED-TAILED HAWKS were reported this week.  Two
were seen on Grand Isle and one at Brilyea Access on September 1st, and
another sighting took place on Grand Isle on the 3rd of September.  Also on
the 3rd, a MERLIN was spotted on Grand Isle.  A PEREGRINE FALCON was spotted
at Brilyea Access on August 27th and again on September 1st

            A RING-NECKED PHEASANT was observed twice near the
Addision/Weybridge town line on September 1st.

            A COMMON MOORHEN and young were seen from the pull-off north of
Route 17 just before the bridge and the turn into Brilyea Access on the 28th
of August.

spotted in a wet field off of Route 2, about a mile north of Alburg on
August 31st.  Two WHIMBRELS were in a field on the south side of Nortontown
Road in Addison across from some bee hives on the 30th and 31st of August.
One SANDERLING was seen on Grand Isle on August 31st.  A SHORT-BILLED
DOWITCHER was sighted in the same field along with the BLACK-BELLIED and
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS in Alburg on August 31st.  Two LITTLE GULLS, 400
BONAPARTE'S GULLS and 8 COMMON TERNS were sighted from the Charlotte Town
Beach on August 31st.     A CASPIAN TERN was observed off Grand Isle on
August 27th.

            A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen on Grand Isle on September 2nd.

            A GREAT HORNED OWL got soaking wet while perching out in the
open for the duration of a rain storm in Shelburne on August 29th.

            Four COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen on August 29th in Norwich.

            A HORNED LARK was spotted near Stone Dam at Dead Creek on August

            On September 1st VINS biologists got excellent views of two
BOREAL CHICKADEES on Mt. Mansfield, heard eight BICKNELL'S THRUSHES singing
and mist-netted four SWAINSON'S THRUSHES.

            Two BROWN THRASHERS were seen on Grand Isle on September 2nd.

            In Duxbury  the following warblers were sighted:  BLUE-WINGED,
REDSTART, WILSON'S and CANADA WARBLER.  Among several other warblers, a
WILSON'S WARBLER was  sighted in Norwich on September 3rd.

Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited above:
Chip Darmstadt, Susan Elliott, Spencer Hardy, Larry Haugh, Patty Haynes,
David Hoag, Dick and Dottie LaVallee, Ron Payne, Bryan Pfeiffer,  Frederick
and Chris Pratt, Joe Przypek, Chris Rimmer, William Schultz, Tom Slayton,
Ruth Stewart  and Connie Zack.

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