This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, June 3, 2005 covering the period
May 27 - June 2, 2005.
A female HOODED MERGANSER was seen on Lefferts Pond in Chittenden
on May 28th, and another HOODED MERGANSER was spotted in Hartland on the
30th of May.
On May 30th a BALD EAGLE was observed at Berlin Pond.
A first-year LITTLE GULL was spotted in South Hero on May 27th.
Twenty-four BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen at the breakwater of Apple Island
Marina at the Sandbar, U.S. Route 2 in South Hero.
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS continued to be sighted (but mostly heard)
all over the state, including in the towns of Brandon, South Burlington,
Burlington, Rutland Town, Hartland, Windsor, Grand Isle, Montpelier and
Manchester Center this week.
Several WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard calling on May 30th in Rupert,
an increasingly rare but welcome sound in Vermont.
A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was observed in Benson on May 28th, and a
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen on East Mt. in East Haven on the 31st of
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was sighted at Berlin Pond on June 1st,
and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was singing on East Mt. on May 31st.
A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen and heard in East Dorset on May
Two BOREAL CHICKADEES were found on East Mt. on the 31st of May.
A nest of four CAROLINA WRENS fledged in Manchester Center on June
1st in the evening.
Ten BICKNELL'S THRUSHES were caught in the nets of VINS field
researchers on East Mt. on May 31st, two of which had been banded last
A BROWN THRASHER was observed on Grand Isle on May 31st.
On May 28th, on the Rutland County Audubon Century Count, a
BLUE-WINGED WARBLER was seen in West Rutland, and on the 31st, one was seen
in Windsor. A YELLOW-WINGED WARBLER and a LAWRENCE'S WARBLER were also
observed in West Rutland on the 28th. On May 27th and 28th, a TENNESSEE
WARBLER was sighted in Bristol. A NORTHERN PARULA was found at Foster's
Pond Fen in Peacham on the 28th, in Woodstock on the 29th, and in Hardwick
on the 30th of May. A CAPE MAY WARBLER was observed at the north end of
Ewell Pond in Peacham on May 28th, at Berlin Pond on the 30th and at North
Branch Nature Center in Montpelier on the 31st. A PRAIRIE WARBLER was found
in West Rutland on the 28th of May. On May 27th a BAY-BREASTED WARBLER was
seen in East Dorset. MOURNING WARBLERS were sighted at Blueberry Hill WMA,
East Mt. and Underhill this week. A WILSON'S WARBLER was observed at
Foster's Pond Fen in Peacham on the 28th of May, and two were observed in
Bristol on the 28th as well. A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was sighted in Bristol
on May 30th.
A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen in East Dorset and in Rupert on May
27th, and in Rupert one was also seen on May 30th.
PINE SISKINS were observed in Norwich, Bristol and Killington this
week, but the prize goes to VINS field researchers on East Mt. who captured
roughly 100 PINE SISKINS in mist nets, 52 of which were caught in one net at
one time, all but two of which were juveniles.
Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were
cited: George Clark, Sue Elliott, Paula Gills, David Hoag, Holly Hungerford,
Alan Keitt, Miriam Lawrence, Larry Levine, George Lisi, Bryan Pfeiffer,
Kent McFarland, Scott Morrical, Ted Murin, Steve Nissenbaum, Michele
Patenaude, Barbara Powers, Chris Rimmer, David Rolnick, Tom Slayton, Ruth
Stewart, Henry Trombley, Sue Wetmore, and Ron and Norma Wiesen.
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 history
trips, lectures and programs. To receive a copy of our program 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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in Woodstock with regional centers in Quechee, Montpelier and Manchester.
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