This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, March 4, 2005 covering the
period February 25 - March 4, 2005.
Two HOODED MERGANSERS were spotted off Grand Isle on February
BALD EAGLES were seen in Vernon (2) and Williston (1) this
week. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was sighted in Rochester on February 25th. On
the 26th of February a GYRFALCON was spotted again (first seen on February
23rd) at the compost facility at the Intervale in Burlington. Birders could
not locate it on the 2nd or 3rd of March.
Twenty-seven WILD TURKEYS were seen in West Brattleboro on
As of March 3rd, GREAT GREY OWLS continue to be present in
Ile Bizard, outside of Montreal. Up to eleven individuals were reported on
A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER visited a suet feeder in Hartland on
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Grand Isle on the 28th of
Several sightings of HORNED LARKS took place this week,
including 30 in Vernon on February 28th, two flocks of 25-30 birds in
Shoreham on the 28th, 21 in Newfane on March 2nd and flocks in Bridport and
Addison on March 3rd.
A CAROLINA WREN was spotted in Proctor on March 1st.
On February 28th six EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen in Vernon.
A flock of 20-30 AMERICAN ROBINS were sighted in Burlington this week, with
several bursting into song.
Fifty BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were observed in Plainfield on
The over-wintering FOX SPARROW in Thetford continues to be
A RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD was seen on Grand Isle on February
A flock of 15-20 PINE GROSBEAKS were sighted between
Plainfield and Barre on February 26th.
Nine COMMON REDPOLLS AND 3 EVENING GROSBEAKS were observed in
Hardwick on March 3rd.
Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were
cited above: Carl Anderson, Mike Blust, Eric Cannizzaro, Rich Ennis, Bruce
Flewelling, Nancy Goodrich, David Hoag, Charles and Marian Marrin, Al and
Barbara Merritt, Bryan Pfeiffer, Marc Pickering, Roy Pilcher, Bill Shepard
and Ron and Norma Wiesen.
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