This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, April 15, 2005 covering the
period April 8-15, 2005.
A COMMON LOON was spotted on Lake St. Catherine on April
12th, the day after the ice went out, and off Grand Isle on the 13th of
PIED-BILLED GREBES were observed on Berlin Pond, at
Brattleboro Retreat Meadows and off Grand Isle this week.
The first reported AMERICAN BITTERNS of the season were
observed in West Rutland Marsh on April 9th, followed closely by a sighting
in Coventry on the 10th. Over 50 GREAT BLUE HERON nests are occupied on
Shad and Metcalf Islands in the Mississquoi N.W.R. A GREAT EGRET was seen
at Herrick's Cove as well as in South Burlington this week. Two
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were seen on the evening of April 9th at the
Brilyea Access spillway at Dead Creek. TURKEY VULTURES were observed
throughout the state, and two were observed copulating in West Haven on the
The TUFTED DUCK at the Colchester Causeway was still there as
of April 13th. The majority of the waterfowl sightings occurred off Grand
Isle this week, including 275 COMMON GOLDENEYES and 2 BARROW'S GOLDENEYES on
April 11th. A RUDDY DUCK was seen several times at the Brattleboro Retreat
Meadows this week.
The first documented active Vermont BALD EAGLE nest was
discovered this week near the Connecticut River in central Vermont. To
protect the nest, its exact location is being withheld for the time being.
BALD EAGLES were also sighted at Lake Pinneo in Quechee as well as
Brattleboro Retreat Meadows and Shelburne Bay this week. Six OSPREY nests at
Mississquoi N.W.R., including a new nest platform at Carman Marsh, are
occupied. Ospreys were also seen on a platform nest at Dead Creek, as well
as in Brattleboro Retreat Meadows this week. One NORTHERN HARRIER was
sighted on Grand Isle on April 10th, and another was seen catching and
eating a snake while being harassed by crows between Charlotte and
Ferrisburgh on the 11th. SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS were seen in Montpelier and
Shelburne Farms. COOPER'S HAWKS were sighted on Grand Isle and at Broad
Brook in Brattleboro this week. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was observed at
Shelburne Farms and in Weathersfield Center on April 9th. RED-SHOULDERED
HAWKS were spotted on Grand Isle on the 9th, and both seen and heard in
Hartland on April 14th. BRAOD-WINGED HAWKS returned to Weathersfield Center
on the 9th of April. Two RED-TAILED HAWKS were spotted with their talons
locked in Milton on the 10th of April. A GOLDEN EAGLE was observed circling
above Beacon Hill in Chelsea on April 5th.
A WHITE-TAILED KITE was reported but not yet confirmed in
Shaftsbury on April 14th.
A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in Coventry on April 10th.
A LESSER YELLOWLEGS was spotted in Orleans on April 10th. A
SOLITARY SANDPIPER was observed at the water treatment plant at Brattleboro
Retreat Meadows on April 9th. A WILSON'S SNIPE was seen at West Rutland
Marsh on April 9th. A BONAPARTE'S GULL was spotted among hundreds of
RING-BILLED GULLS at the Charlotte Town Beach on April 13th.
The season's first reported BLUE-HEADED VIREO was seen in
Brattleboro on the 9th of April.
COMMON RAVENS were observed constructing a nest in West Haven
on April 8th.
NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were spotted at Shelburne
Farms on the 9th, and at the North Hartland Dam on the 10th of April. BARN
SWALLOWS seen over the Deerfield River in Readsboro on April 10th.
WINTER WRENS were seen and heard in Norwich, Montpelier,
Woodbury, Proctor and Waterville this week.
There were many reports of RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS this week,
including sightings at Herrick's Cove, Woodbury, Wallingford, Huntington,
Charlotte, Colchester, Milton and Bristol.
A HERMIT THRUSH was observed in Hartland and Woodbury this
week, and the first WOOD THRUSH of the season was seen in Leicester on
A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was spotted at the Audubon Center in
Huntington on April 14th. PALM WARBLERS are still being seen at Herrick's
Cove. An early YELLOW WARBLER was reported in Colchester on the 13th.
CHIPPING SPARROWS arrived back in White River Junction on
April 14th. A FIELD SPARROW was sighted at VINS in Woodstock on the 12th
of April. SAVANNAH SPARROWS were seen in Herrick's Cove, South Burlington,
West Rutland Marsh and in the Champlain Valley this week. SWAMP SPARROWS
were back in the West Rutland Marsh on the 9th and in Herrick's Cove on the
An early-returning ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen and heard
in Rupert on April 13th. EVENING GROSBEAK sightings were numerous
throughout the state.
A male SNOW BUNTING in winter plumage was seen at a mudflat
in the Connecticut River at Ledyard Bridge on April 11th.
RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were spotted in Brattleboro, Charlotte and
Fort Cassin this week.
Non-avian signs of spring submitted the second week of April
include sightings of mourning cloak and eastern comma butterflies (Proctor),
garter snakes and painted turtles (Waterville and Woodstock, respectively)
basking in the sun and spring beauty in full bloom (Waterville).
. Thanks to the following contributors whose observations
were cited above: Lee Allaben, Dorothy Allard, Jeffrey Allen, Tom Barber,
Linda Becker, Bridget Butler, Eric Cannizarro, Ken Copenhaver, Cindy
Crawford, Greg Cushing, Jim Dion, Bonnie Dundas, Susan Elliott, Alex Jones,
Joel Flewelling, Hector Galbraith, Spencer and Doug Harding, David Hoag,
Mary Holland, Scott Johnson, Alex Jones, Ruth and Gene Kosche, Larry Levine,
Jen Lingelbach, George Lisi, Linda McElvany, Kent McFarland, Rex Meader, Al
Merritt, Scott Morrical, Brennan Neill, Pete Pappas, Carl Pepperman, Roy
Pilcher, Bill and Jeanne Prue, Darie Rolnick, Chris Rimmer, Taj Schottland,
Tom Slayton, Shelagh Smith, Bill Shepard, Ruth Stewart, John Sutton, Henry
Trombley, Aaron Worthley, Julia Lloyd Wright, Al 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,
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!
Birders, Join VINS for our 27th Annual Birdathon!
It's that time of year again! VINS will host its 27th Annual Birdathon on
Saturday, May 21st, helping to raise crucial funds for various VINS research
projects, education programs, and general operations. The raindate is
Sunday, May 22nd. Every year, birders from all over the state drive,
bicycle, kayak, or walk from dawn to dusk looking for birds. On this day,
wherever they choose and for however long they want, their mission is to
find and record as many bird species as possible. Pledges are collected for
every species they identify, similar to a walk-a-thon. Sponsor forms and
bird checklists can be obtained by contacting Debbie Ogden at VINS at (802)
457-2779 ext. 109 or at [log in to unmask] Forms are also available at
http://www.vinsweb.org/programs/birdathon.html. All pledges are
tax-deductible. Anyone can participate-experts and novices alike-even
We encourage you to contribute all your sightings to Vermont
eBird, an on-line database for tracking birds across Vermont and North
America. Visit Vermont eBird-http://www.ebird.org/vins/ for more
you're already a Vermont eBirder- thank you for your contributions to the
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science offers natural
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calendar, stop at one of our centers, call the office during business hours
at 802-457-2779 or visit the VINS' web site at http://www.vinsweb.org
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