This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, October 29, 2004 covering the
period October 22-29, 2004.
Ten COMMON LOONS were seen from Charlotte Town Beach on
October 23rd, 15 on the 26th, and 47 on October 27th. Off Grand Isle, 17
COMMON LOONS were observed on October 22nd, 38 on the 24th and 112 on the
25th. Four RED-THROATED LOONS were sighted off Charlotte Town Beach on the
23rd of October, and 6 on the 27th. A report came in of a PACIFIC LOON seen
from the Crown Point Bridge boat ramp on the 23rd of August. Only two prior
records of this species in Vermont exist.
Another rare sighting that occurred this week was an EARED
GREBE off the west shore of Grand Isle on October 27th. It was seen and its
identity confirmed three separate times. This is only the 5th documented
sighting of this species in Vermont since 1874. Seven PIED-BILLED GREBES
were reported at Dead Creek on October 23rd. On October 22nd, 5 HORNED
GREBES were sighted between Oven Bay and Charlotte. On the 23rd, 1 was seen
from Charlotte Town Beach and 2 on the 25th and 4 on the 26th. Two HORNED
GREBES were sighted off Grand Isle on the 24th of October, 3 were seen from
the Shelburne Town Beach on the 25th and 3 on the 28th from Charlotte Town
Numbers of SNOW GEESE have gone from over 15,000 on October
23rd to approximately 8,000 on the 26th at Dead Creek. Five hundred SNOW
GEESE were seen at Mud Creek WMA along with 300 CANADA GEESE on the 23rd of
October. Fifty-seven CANADA GEESE were seen on Lake Pinneo in Quechee on the
22nd and 100 at Mississquoi NWR on October 23rd. Two BRANT were spotted
between Oven Bay and Charlotte on October 22nd, and 3 were seen at Dead
Creek on the 23rd. Five WOOD DUCKS were observed at Mud Creek WMA on
October 23rd, and 20 were seen north of Herrick's Cove on October 24th. A
GADWALL was observed at Mud Creek on the 23rd of October. A huge raft of
SCAUP was off the west shore of Alburg on October 24th. Scoters were seen
in huge numbers this week, up and down the Champlain Valley. A SURF SCOTER
was sighted at Charlotte Town Beach and off Grand Isle on October 27th. Six
WHITE -WINGED SCOTERS were seen between Oven Bay and Charlotte on October
22nd. Nine hundred sixty-six WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were observed from
Charlotte Town Beach on October 27th, as well as 4,150 BLACK SCOTERS. Four
BLACK SCOTERS were seen on Lake Iroquois on October 27th, and 2 on Lake
Pinneo on the 28th of October. Eight hundred dark-winged SCOTERS were seen
from Charlotte Town Beach on the 27th of October. One hundred RING-NECKED
DUCKS were at Mud Creek on the 23rd. Six BUFFLEHEAD were spotted from
Shelburne Beach on October 27th. Fourteen COMMON GOLDENEYES were observed
at Delta Park IBA in Colchester on October 21st, 5 were seen from Charlotte
Town Beach on the 23rd, and COMMON GOLDENEYES were also present off Grand
Isle on the 27th. There were many sightings of HOODED MERGANSERS across the
state: 3 in Delta Park in Colchester on the 21st, 6 at Sumner Falls on the
23rd, 6 at Crescent Lake on the 23rd, 7 at Mississquoi NWR on the 23rd, 1 at
Whitney Creek on the 23rd, and 4 in Danby on the 24th. COMMON MERGANSERS
also were seen in several spots: 65 at Delta Park on the 21st, 1 at Sumner
Falls and 6 at Charlotte Town Beach on the 23rd, 2 at the CCC Pond at Downer
State Forest, and 2 in Danby on the 24th. Three RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS
were seen above Wilder Dam on the October 24th and 12 were spotted from
Charlotte Town Beach on the 25th.
An immature BALD EAGLE was seen working on the remains of a
SNOW GOOSE at Dead Creek on October 20th. Two immature BALD EAGLES were
observed at Dead Creek and 2 at Mississquoi NWR on October 23rd. NORTHERN
HARRIERS were reported from several spots this week: 1 in Warren on October
22nd, one at Mud Creek and 2 at Dead Creek on the 23rd, 1 in Shelburne on
the 26th, 2 in Charlotte on the 26th and 1 at Charlotte Town Beach on the
27th. Two SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS were sighted at the West Rutland Marsh and
one at Dewey's Pond in Quechee on October 23rd. A COOPER'S HAWK was seen in
Grand Isle on the 22nd of October, and at Charlotte Town Beach on the 23rd.
Ten RED-TAILED HAWKS were spotted at West Rutland Marsh and one at Dead
Creek on October 23rd. A light phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was spotted at Dead
Creek in the Stone Dam area on the 23rd of October. A MERLIN and 2 immature
PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen at Dead Creek on October 20th. A PEREGRINE
FALCON was also spotted at Dead Creek on October 23rd.
A COMMON MOORHEN was seen at Whitney Creek on the 23rd. Two
AMERICAN COOTS were seen at the Brilyea Access at Dead Creek on October 22nd
One GREATER YELLOWLEGS was spotted at Delta Park on October
21st. Five were spotted along the west shore of Alburg on October 24th and
one was seen at Charlotte Town Beach on October 26th. Three HUDSONIAN
GODWITS were seen on the Mississquoi River bank at the second boat launch,
Mac's Bend, on October 28th. One WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at
Charlotte Town Beach on a small spit near the covered bridge on the 27th and
28th of October. Two PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at Delta Park on October
21st, and 2 at Charlotte Town Beach on the 23rd. Eight DUNLINS were
observed at Charlotte Town Beach on October 23rd, 4 along the west shore of
Alburg on the 24th, 4 on Grand Isle and 2 at Charlotte Town Beach on the
26th and 28th. Two LITTLE GULLS were seen off Grand Isle on October 22nd,
25th, and 27th. Fifty-five BONAPARTE'S GULLS were spotted off Grand Isle on
the 22nd of October, 500-1,000 at Charlotte Town Beach on the 23rd, and
1,000 off Grand Isle on the 25th of October.
Two GREAT HORNED OWLS were calling back and forth from
Hartland to the other side of the Connecticut River on October 24th. Two
BARRED OWLS were also calling in Norwich the same evening.
Although very unusual outside the Champlain Valley, a
juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported (with convincing details) from
floodplain forest in Norwich on 17 October. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was
seen at a Poultney feeder and at a Brandon feeder this week.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was spotted in Rochester on October 25th.
In West Rutland Marsh on October 23rd, 521 AMERICAN CROWS
made their presence known along with 55 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS and 126
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. Thousands of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were reported
from Dead Creek on the 23rd, as well as about 1,000 at Mud Creek WMA.
HORNED LARKS were present on October 23rd at Dead Creek.
Lingering MARSH WRENS were seen both on Grand Isle on October
22nd and in the Upper Meadows north of Herrick's Cove on October 24th
On the 23rd of October, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen in
the West Rutland Marsh as well as at Dewey's Pond in Quechee.
Twelve EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were gathered in Weathersfield on
the 23rd of October.
A BROWN THRASHER was observed on Grand Isle on October 24th.
Nine AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at Dead Creek on October 22nd,
and were also present on the 23rd.
Fourteen YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen at Delta Park on
the 21st of October. One was seen at Dewey's Pond on the 23rd, and two at
Lake Pinneo on the 25th of October.
A FOX SPARROW was sighted in Shelburne on October 24th and in
South Newfane on the 29th. Three AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen in
Shelburne on October 25th and at Lake Pinneo on October 28th.
Two SNOW BUNTINGS were spotted on the rocks at Rousse's Point
Bridge on October 24th. A female DICKCISSEL was seen in the Upper Meadows
about two miles north of Herrick's Cove in a flock of SONG, WHITE-THROATED
and SWAMP SPARROWS on October 24th.
On October 23rd, thousands of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were
reported from Dead Creek, as well as about 1,000 at Mud Creek WMA and 126 in
West Rutland Marsh. One RUSTY BLACKBIRD was also spotted in West Rutland
Marsh, along with 742 COMMON GRACKLES and 55 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS. Two
EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were seen along Lake Road in Charlotte on the 23rd of
October, and 4 were sighted in North Ferrisburg on the 24th.
Twenty COMMON REDPOLLS, the first report of the season, were
seen in South Burlington near Dorset Farms on October 29th.
Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were
cited above: Lee Allaben, Greg Askew, Mona Bearor, Mike Blust, Mike
Cosgrove, Mark and Martha Coutermarsh, Sue Elliott, Bruce Flewelling, C.J.
Frankiewicz, Hector Galbraith, Larry Haugh, David Hoag, Mary Holland, Pam
Hunt, Wally Jenkins, , Maeve Kim, Dick LaVallee, Ted Levin, Kent McFarland,
Mike Medler, Arthur Mudge, Ted Murin, Chris Petrak, Chris Rimmer, Carl
Runge, Taj Schottland, Stefan Sturup, J. Sutton, Sue Wetmore, Ben Williams,
Julia Lloyd Wright, Aaron Worthley and Robert Zelley.
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