This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, March 18, 2005 covering the
period March 11 - 18, 2005.
A GREAT BLUE HERON was seen flying over Shelburne Bay on
Several TURKEY VULTURES were seen this week, including one on
the 12th of March at the Intervale in Burlington, on the 14th in Putney,
Rutland, Waterbury and Manchester (3) and on the 18th in Bristol (5-7).
BALD EAGLES were sighted in Benson, in a bay at the southern
end of Lake Champlain (two possibly in the act of copulation), the Intervale
in Burlington, Williston, Cornwall and Wallingford. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK
was spotted near a feeder in Duxbury on the 12th of March, and a NORTHERN
GOSHAWK was seen in Weatherfield on the 13th.
Two GREAT GRAY OWLS have been reported, but not yet
confirmed, in Vermont. One was seen at the Westford Swamp on March 14th,
and roughly three weeks ago one was observed near the Trapp Family Lodge in
Stowe. As of March 13th there were still 3 GREAT GRAY OWLS at Ile Bizard.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in Milton on March 14th.
A singing BROWN CREEPER was observed in Norwich on the 17th
A CAROLINA WREN was spotted on Grand Isle on March 13th and
one was heard singing in Norwich on the 17th and Poultney on the 18th.
On March 12th 50-60 waxwings were sighted in White River
Junction, most of which were BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS.
The first SONG SPARROW reported this spring was seen in
White River Junction on March17th.
EVENING GROSBEAKS were present in Hardwick (3), Dover (6) and
Glover (150-200) this week. The Glover EVENING GROSBEAKS have been steady
customers at Glover bird feeders all winter.
More sightings of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS came in this week.
Two males were seen in West Brattleboro on March 9th, a pair in Readsboro on
the 12th, 6 males in Woodstock on the 14th and 7 in the West Rutland Marsh
and 1 in Poultney on March 17th.
The first COMMON GRACKLE of the season was seen in Norwich
on March 17th.
Two BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS were observed in North Ferrisburg
on the 18th of March.
COMMON REDPOLLS continue to visit feeders throughout Vermont.
In addition to the 11 sighted in Glover this week, 12 were seen in Bethel on
March 12th, 1 in Norwich, one in Elmore and 20 in Hardwick on the 13th, 25
in Hardwick on the 14th, 60+ in Milton on the 15th and 15 in Hardwick on
the 17th of March. Three PINE SISKINS were sighted in Elmore on the 13th of
March, and 15 in Hardwick on the 14th.
Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were
cited above: Mary Anderson, Greg Askew, Tom Barker, Fred Bates, Mike Blust,
George Clark, Brendan Collins, Mike Cosgrove, Bonnie Dundas, Joel
Flewelling, Richard Harlow, David Hoag, Maeve Kim, Lindsay Knowlton, JoAnn
Lafayette, Michael Langlais, Susan Lybeck, Bruce MacPherson, Linda McElvany,
Kent McFarland, Rex Meader, Laurie Miner, Julie Nicholson, Peter Pappas,
Marc Pickering, Roy Pilcher, Larry Rogers, Taj Schottland, Bill Shepard,
Mary Spencer, Basil Tangredi, Pamela Tilton, Kathy Upton, Marianne and
Michael Walsh, Ron and Norma Wiesen and Ian Worley.
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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America. Visit Vermont eBird-http://www.ebird.org/vins/ for more
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