This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, January 21, 2005 covering the
period January 14 - 21, 2005.
Two RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen in Button Bay on January 15th
and one at the Burlington waterfront on the 16th. Fifteen-hundred COMMON
GOLDENEYES were observed at the Champlain Bridge, and 300 more in Button Bay
on January 15th. LONG-TAILED DUCKS were sighted at Button Bay (5 on 1/15
and 1/16), Burlington waterfront (2 on 1/16) and Vernon Dam (1/17) this
week. Four HOODED MERGANSERS were observed in Panton on January 15th.
It was a good week for BALD EAGLE sightings. One BALD EAGLE
was seen on the 14th on Grand Isle. On the 15th one was observed at
Charlotte Town Beach, 2 at the Tri-Town Water Treatment Plant, 4 at the
Champlain Bridge and 2 in Potash Bay. Three adult BALD EAGLES were observed
at Shelburne Bay, Shelburne Beach and Button Bay on the 16th, as well as 5
at Champlain Bridge and one on Mount Independence. A COOPER'S HAWK was
sighted on Grand Isle on January 14th, 15th and 16th, and in Vergennes on
the 16th. An AMERICAN KESTREL was observed in Benson on the 16th of
A rare sighting of a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL took place on
January 15th at Champlain Bridge. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Canal Bridge
in Brattleboro on the 14th of January.
A BELTED KINGFISHER was spotted in Arnold Bay, south of
Button Bay State Park on the 15th of January. A male RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKER was seen in Manchester Center on the 16th of January, and in
Wallingford on the 20th. A NORTHERN FLICKER was spotted in Middlebury on
NORTHERN SHRIKES were seen in Corinth, Charlotte and Norwich
A CAROLINA WREN was seen on Brae Loch Point in Malletts Bay
on January 15th. The Norwich CAROLINA WREN was still present as of the 17th
Three EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were sighted in Vergennes on the 16th
of January. Over 100 AMERICAN ROBINS were seen in Shelburne on January
A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was observed at Blodgett's Beach on
the 16th of January.
Thirty BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen along with 30 CEDAR
WAXWINGS in Charlotte on January 16th.
The PINE WARBLER which seems to be over-wintering in Norwich
was seen visiting a suet feeder on the 19th of January.
The FOX SPARROW, another rare winter resident, was observed
again in Thetford on the 17th of January. One LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen
among a flock of HORNED LARKS east of the road to the Tri-Town Water Plant
on the 16th of January.
EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Grand Isle and in Norwich this
COMMON REDPOLLS have arrived! Reports came in this week from
Morrisville (20), Rochester (1), Burlington (2), Underhill (100+),
Middlebury (2), Waterbury (2), Fairfax (5) and Norwich (1). Six PINE
SISKINS were observed in Morrisville on the 15th of January.
Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were
cited above: George Clark, Sue Elliott, Bruce Flewelling, C.J.Frankiewicz,
John Harbison, David Hoag, Alex Jones, Maeve Kim, Mark Krenitsky, Dotty
McCarty, Rex Meader, Ted Murin, Barbara Powers, John Sutton, Kathleen Upton,
Marianne and Michael Walsh and Sue Wetmore.
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