This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, April 8, 2005 covering the
period April 1-8, 2005.
A PIED-BILLED GREBE was spotted near the Ledyard Bridge on
the Connecticut River on April 5th. A HORNED GREBE was sighted on the West
River in Brattleboro on the 1st of April.
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were seen in Basin Harbor,
Shelburne Bay, Grand Isle and Brattleboro this week.
There were several sightings of GREAT BLUE HERONS throughout
the state, and on April 4th at the heronry on Route 7 between Arlington and
Manchester there were 2 GREAT BLUE HERONS on each of the 11 nests.
There was no shortage of waterfowl sightings this week. On
the 1st and 3rd of April a TUFTED DUCK was seen south of the Colchester
Railroad Causeway. The only other documented sighting of this species in
Vermont was in Shelburne Bay in April of 2000. There were many sightings of
WOOD DUCKS, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, MALLARDS, RING-NECKED DUCKS, GREATER AND
LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYES, HOODED MERGANSERS AND COMMON
MERGANSERS this week. Most of these sightings occurred in one or more of
the following locations: Berlin Pond, Charlotte Town Beach, Charlotte Ferry
Landing, Colchester Causeway, Crown Point Bridge, Dead Creek, Grand Isle,
Lake Bomoseen, Lake Pinneo, Ledyard Bridge and the Newport waterfront. Two
GADWALLS were spotted in Shelburne Bay on April 2nd. A NORTHERN SHOVELER
was spotted in Panton on April 4th. AMERICAN WIGEONS were observed off
Basin Harbor Road, Grand Isle, the Connecticut River near Norwich and at the
Goose Viewing Area at Dead Creek W.M.A. this week. A pair of GREEN-WINGED
TEAL was spotted at the Retreat Meadows in Brattleboro on April 1st and 6
were seen at the Shelburne Bay boat launch on April 7th. A NORTHERN PINTAIL
was sighted below the Ledyard Bridge on the Connecticut River on April 7th.
A pair of BARROW'S GOLDENEYES was seen near the Crown Point Bridge on April
1st, and two were seen off Grand Isle on the 4th, 6th and 7th of April. Two
LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen near the Champlain Bridge on April 2nd. A
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was seen near the Champlain Bridge on the 2nd, on the
4th and 7th off Grand Isle and on the 7th one was observed on the
Connecticut River below the Ledyard Bridge.
There were several reports of OSPREY this week, including the
pair that is back on the platform west of Route 78 in Swanton and the pair
that is re-building their nest that was destroyed in a storm last year on
Basin Harbor Road in Ferrisburgh. Two immature BALD EAGLES were spotted
near the Champlain Bridge on April 4th. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen in
Brattleboro on the 1st and in Rutland Town on the 7th. RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS
are being seen and heard daily in Milton. There were many reports of
AMERICAN KESTRELS this week, including those from Colchester, Weybridge,
Orleans, Addison, Cornwall, Shelburne Farms and Shoreham. A MERLIN was
sighted in Middlebury on April 1st.
A RUFFED GROUSE was heard drumming in Coventry on April 6th.
KILLDEER were seen in Bradford, Norwich, Brattleboro,
Coventry, Waitsfield, Charlotte, Ferrisburgh, Basin Harbor, and Hardwick
this week. A WILSON'S SNIPE was observed in Sudbury, Brookfield, Waitsfield
and Grand Isle this week.
BELTED KINGFISHERS returned to Norwich and Hardwick this
week. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were sighted in Hartland, Proctor, Norwich,
Monkton, Manchester and near Lake Bomoseen. NORTHERN FLICKERS were reported
back in Norwich, Hartford, Waitsfield, Hardwick and Monkton and a
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was observed in Proctor on April 7th.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was spotted in Shoreham and West Swanton on
HORNED LARKS were singing at Dead Creek on April 1st.
TREE SWALLOWS returned to Grand Isle, Dead Creek, Northfield,
Lake Arrowhead in Milton, Shelburne, Manchester Village, South Burlington,
Huntington and Norwich.
A CAROLINA WREN was singing in Norwich on April 6th, and a
WINTER WREN was singing in Killington on the 3rd.
A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen near the Ledyard Bridge on
EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen checking out nest boxes in
Norwich and South Burlington this week.
A HERMIT THRUSH was heard singing near the shore of Echo Lake
in East Charleston on April 7th.
A pair of NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDS was seen at Retreat Meadow in
Brattleboro on the 1st of April.
Two separate sightings of PALM WARBLERS in Norwich occurred
on April 7th.
CHIPPING SPARROWS were seen in Proctor, Poultney, Brattleboro
and Leicester this week. A FIELD SPARROW was observed in Hardwick on April
2nd, South Burlington on the 2nd and 3rd, and Norwich on the 7th. A
SAVANNAH SPARROW was seen in Burlington on the 6th of April, and 4 were
heard and seen in Shelburne on the 8th. FOX SPARROWS returned to Norwich,
Newport, Wallingford, East Barnard, Grand Isle, South Burlington and Bristol
this week. WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were spotted in Middlebury, Newport,
South Burlington and East Barnard.
An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was spotted in Norwich on April 2nd,
and one was heard singing in the fields along Route 7 just north of
Vergennes on the 7th. Five RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were observed in Middlebury on
April 3rd. COMMON GRACKLES were sighted in Hardwick, Quechee, Norwich,
Monkton and the West Rutland Marsh this week, and nests were being built in
BATS woke up in East Dorset on April 1st.
Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were
cited above: Lee Allaben, Carl Anderson, Steve Antell, Gregory Askew, Bill
Barnard, Jayson Benoit, Michael Blust, Eric Cannizzaro, George Clark,
Brendan Collins, Ken Copenhaver, Greg Cushing, Bonnie Dundas, Susan Elliott,
Rich Ennis, Pat Folsom, C.J.Frankiewicz, John Harbison, Doug and Spencer
Hardy, Richard Harlow, Russell Hirschler, David Hoag, Mary Holland,
Charlotte Johnson, Scott Johnson, Marnie Lichtenstein, Jen Lingelbach, Linda
McElvany, Al and Barb Merritt, Elinor Osborn, Ron Payne, Bob Phillips, Roy
Pilcher, Barbara Powers, Bill and Jeanne Prue, Chris Rimmer, Dave Rolnick,
Bill Shepard, Shelagh Smith, Ruth Stewart, Henry Trombley, Kathleen Upton,
David Webb, Ron and Norma Wiesen, 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,
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
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