This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, April 1, 2005 covering the
period March 25- April 1, 2005.
The season's first two DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were seen
off Grand Isle on March 31st.
GREAT BLUE HERONS were seen in Florence, Lake Bomoseen
(Hubbardton) and Grand Isle this week.
There have been waves of SNOW GEESE over Grand Isle, peaking
at 4,020 on the 30th of March. They were also present in fairly large
numbers at the Brilyea Access, Dead Creek. CANADA GOOSE numbers are
increasing, with 200 seen on the West River below the Vernon Dam, 475 off
Grand Isle, and several flocks flying north over Weathersfield and Putney on
March 31st. WOOD DUCKS were sighted in North Hartland, Vernon, Dead Creek
and on the Lamoille River in Milton this week. A pair of AMERICAN WIGEONS
was seen at the confluence of the Ottauquechee and Connecticut Rivers on
March 25th, and 3 were seen off Grand Isle on the 31st. BLACK DUCKS AND
MALLARDS were sighted all over the state this week. Thirteen NORTHERN
PINTAILS were observed at the Brilyea Access at Dead Creek on the 27th of
March, and in the flooded fields along Route 125 in Cornwall on the 30th.
Sixteen GREEN-WINGED TEAL were spotted off Grand Isle on the 31st of March.
Fifty-two RING-NECKED DUCKS, 4 GREATER SCAUP and 20 LESSER SCAUP were
sighted off Grand Isle on March 31st . RING-NECKED DUCKS were also seen in
Cornwall this week. A BUFFLEHEAD was seen on the West River above Vernon
Dam on the 30th of March. On March 30th a COMMON GOLDENEYE was on Lake
Bomoseen, and 30-40 were on the West River below the Vernon Dam. Two BARROW
'S GOLDENEYES were spotted near the ferry landing on Grand Isle on March
30th. HOODED MERGANSERS were seen in Hartland, Bennington, Lake Bomoseen,
the Brilyea Access at Dead Creek, Middlebury, Cornwall and the Lamoille
River in Milton this week. COMMON MERGANSERS were sighted on Lake Bomoseen,
the Lamoille River in Milton and the Ottauquechee River in North Hartland
Three BALD EAGLES, 2 adults and 1 immature, were seen at Dead
Creek on March 30th. An immature GOLDEN EAGLE was seen flying over Victory
Bog on March 29th. SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS were spotted in Colchester, Thetford
Center, South Burlington and Jericho this week. A COOPER'S HAWK was seen in
Charlotte on the 26th and on Grand Isle on the 29th and 31st of March. Two
RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS were spotted along the Lamoille River in Milton on
March 27th. A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was circling over Leicester on the 31st.
AMERICAN KESTRELS were sighted in Fairlee and Norwich this week. A pair of
PEREGRINE FALCONS was seen copulating at the Fairlee cliffs on March 26th.
KILLDEER arrived in White River Junction, Manchester Center,
Charlotte, Dead Creek, Grand Isle, Windsor and Woodstock this week. The
first reported sighting of a WILSON'S SNIPE occurred in Shelburne on March
AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were observed performing courtship flights
in Thetford, Cornwall, Shelburne and Burlington this week.
A red phase SCREECH OWL was found in Springfield two weeks
ago, the apparent victim of a collision with a car. The GREAT GRAY OWLS
were still at Ile Bizard as of March 26th. There have been several sightings
of BARRED OWLS at bird feeders.
A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Shelburne on the 31st of
The first reported sighting of a NORTHERN FLICKER was in
Manchester Center on March 24th.
EASTERN PHOEBES were heard singing in Hartland, Bennington
and Putney on the 31st of March.
NORTHERN SHRIKES were spotted in Woodbury, near Addison,
Monkton, Fairfield and in Shelburne this week.
COMMON RAVENS are on their nest in Shaftsbury.
The first reported TREE SWALLOW sightings occurred in
Middlebury, Shelburne, South Burlington, Hinesburg and Leicester on March
AMERICAN ROBINS have definitely arrived, with some sighted as
far north as Newport this week.
A pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS was spotted in Huntington on the
29th of March.
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS continue to be present in fairly large
numbers, with 88 seen in Woodbury on March 27th, 25 in Waitsfield on March
29th, 200 in Montpelier on the 30th and in Burlington on the 30th.
There were many reports of SONG SPARROWS throughout Vermont
this week, including sightings in White River Junction, Dead Creak,
Rochester, Hartland, Sharon, Grand Isle and Woodstock.
A FOX SPARROW was sighted in Shaftsbury, as well as in
Thetford on March 31st, in the location where one was seen throughout the
winter up until March 2nd.
There was an extremely early report of a female ROSE-BREASTED
GROSBEAK in North Ferrisburg on March 27th.
COMMON GRACKLES arrived back in Fairfax, Fairfield, Hardwick
and Grand Isle this week.
PURPLE FINCHES were seen in Grand Isle, Hardwick, Hartland
and Shoreham, many in full song.
Birding herpetologists might be interested to know that WOOD
FROGS and SPRING PEEPERS were singing in Cornwall on March 30th.
Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were
cited above: Carl Anderson, Greg Askew, Marcia Baker, Bill Barnard, Bridget
Butler, Eric Cannizzaro, Christopher Ciccone, Deb Clark, Brendan Collins,
Catherine Cooper-Ellis, Marsha Coutermarsh, Ken Cox, Shawn Donovan, Bonnie
Dundas, Rich Ennis, Pat Folsom, John Harbison, David Hoag, Mary Holland,
Holly Hungerford, Brendan Johnson, Scott Johnson, Janet Klimenok, Ted Levin,
Larry Levine, George Lisi, Matt Medler, Ron Payne, Chris Petrak, Roy
Pilcher, Barbara Powers, Bill and Jeanne Prue, Taj Schottland, Shelagh
Smith, Alan Strong, Mark Suomala, Rob Woodward, Ian Worley and Jon Zurit.
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