This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, March 11, 2005 covering the
period March 4 - 11, 2005.
An immature MUTE SWAN was seen poking its head and neck out
of the snow in Bristol on March 3rd. Four HOODED MERGANSERS were seen at
the Charlotte Ferry Landing on the 6th of March, along with 5 COMMON
MERGANSERS, l RING-NECKED DUCK and some MALLARDS and BLACK DUCKS.
BALD EAGLES were sighted in West Swanton, Panton and
Rochester this week. The Vermont Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey produced 20
BALD EAGLE sightings, 16 of which were on Lake Champlain (12 between the
Charlotte Ferry and Champlain Bridge), and 4 on the Connecticut River. This
represents the largest number of eagles seen since the survey started in
1979. A dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed at Munson Flats in
Colchester on the 8th of March. A MERLIN was seen in Westminster, just
about a year after one was last seen in this vicinity. A PEREGRINE FALCON
was observed consuming a ROCK DOVE in a field in Pawlet on March 6th, and a
report came in of several sightings of a PEREGRINE FALCON in Middlebury this
The first report of a KILLDEER came in from a birder who
heard its familiar call in Burlington on March 10th.
A BARRED OWL lingered at a feeder in Manchester Center for an
hour and a half on March 6th. The GREAT GRAY OWLS are still being sighted
at Ile Bizard.
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS were seen in Bakersfield and
Bennington this week.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE has been spotted three times this winter in
Bakersfield. During one of these observations, it tried but failed to catch
a HAIRY WOODPECKER.
Six EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were sighted in Manchester Center on
March 6th. Forty-five AMERICAN ROBINS were seen in South Burlington on the
10th of March.
A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was seen a mile south of Addison on
Large flocks of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS have been sighted in
Vermont this week, including 50 on the UVM Green in Burlington on the 9th,
and a flock of 100 in Montpelier on the 9th and again on the 10th of March,
eating the fruit of a Mt. Ash tree.
Several flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS were seen this week, among
which were 50 in Vergennes on March 6th, 10 - 30 in Shelburne on the 7th, 35
along Rte. 3 north of Proctor on the 7th and 30 in Pittsford on the 9th of
A COMMON GRACKLE has spent the winter in Bakersfield.
On March 10th a male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD was heard singing
in Hartford, and 2 females were seen in Bennington.
A flurry of COMMON REDPOLL sightings before, during and after
the latest snowstorm seems to confirm that this is an irruption year for
this species. Reports included 24 in Brookfield this week, 100 in
Morristown, 6-8 in Montpelier and 2 in Norwich on the 8th , 6-8 in Waterbury
and 2 in Huntington on the 9th, 35-40 in Milton, 100 in Morristown and 30 in
Moretown on the 10th, and 100 in Woodbury on the 11th.
Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were
cited above: Dorothy Allard, Lee Allaben, Greg Askew, Sam Barrocas, Graham
Bates, Mike Blust, Gordon Brown, Bridget Butler, Eric Cannizzaro, Deb Clark,
Greg Cushing, Michael DeCorte, Bruce Flewelling, Paula Gills, Nancy
Goodrich, John Harbison, Doug Hardy, Richard Harlow, Scott Johnson, Cindy
Kagel, John Lafayette, George Lisi, Cyndi Miller, Mike Palombo, Roy Pilcher,
Barbara Powers, Taj Schottland, Tom Slayton, Joan Thompson, Aaron Worthley
and Robert Zelley.
Birders, Save the Date!
Vermont-New Hampshire Birders Conference
Saturday, October 15, 2005, 10 am - 5 pm
(Optional field trips on Sunday, October 16)
At Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT
Presented by: The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (www.vinsweb.org)
and New Hampshire Audubon (www.nhaudubon.org)
- Topical bird conservation and research presentations
- Keynote speakers
- Workshops on bird-related activities
- Birding equipment vendor tables
- Optional field trips on Sunday
Look for full itinerary and registration information soon on what will be a
must for all New England birders!
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