This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for Friday, September 2, 2005 covering
the period August 26-September 2, 2005.
A RED-NECKED GREBE was sighted off the west shore of Grand Isle
on August 18th as well as on September 1st
Forty GREAT BLUE HERONS were seen at Dead Creek on August 27th. Four GREAT
EGRETS were spotted at the Brilyea Access at Dead Creek on the 26th of
A BALD EAGLE was observed occupying an OSPREY's nest at Dead
Creek on August 27th and one was seen at Herrick's Cove as well as at the
Farrell Access at Dead Creek on September 1st. A MERLIN was seen at
Herrick's Cove on the 27th, on Grand Isle on the 30th and off Lake Road in
Charlotte as well as in Addison on September 1st. Two PEREGRINE FALCONS
were eyeing the fallout of shorebirds at the Farrell Access at Dead Creek on
August 27th, and one was present on September 1st as well.
Thirteen COMMON MOORHENS were spotted along Panton Road in
Swanton on August 31st.
SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS,KILLDEER, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SPOTTED
SANDPIPERS, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, LEAST SANDPIPERS, and a BAIRD'S
SANDPIPER were seen at Dead Creek on August 27th. Hurricane Katrina
produced an impressive fallout of shorebirds at Dead Creek with the
following birds sighted at the Farrell Access on August 31st : 15
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 140 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 12 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS,
30 KILLDEER, 8 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 35 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, (1 SOLITARY
SANDPIPER on August 30th), 4 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS, 3
SANDERLINGS, 300+ SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 120 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 3
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 1 BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, 80 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 2
STILT SANDPIPERS, and 10 WILSON'S SNIPE. A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen at
a farm pond near Dead Creek on August 27th and one was observed at a pond
along Goodrich Corners Road in Addison on August 31st. Smaller numbers of
shorebirds were also observed August 31st at the Charlotte Town Beach (2
GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and 1 LEAST SANDPIPER), County
Road in Swanton (93 KILLDEER and 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS) and in Panton, where
Panton Road crosses Dead Creek (13 COMMON MOORHENS AND 11 LESSER
Although numbers were fewer, shorebird sightings were still plentiful on
September 1st in the Champlain Valley: 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 6
SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, a few KILLDEER, GREATER AND LESSER YELLOWLEGS, a few
SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 3 SANDERLINGS, 120 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 12 LEAST
SANDPIPERS and 2 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS at the Farrell Access at Dead Creek; 20
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 7 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, a few GREATER and LESSER
YELLOWLEGS and many KILLDEER were observed on a plowed field off of Lake
Road in Charlotte; 20 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 20 KILLDEER, 12 PECTORAL
SANDPIPERS, 2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS and 1 adult and 2 juvenile RED-NECKED
PHALAROPES at Goodrich Corners Road in Addison and 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS off
Slang Road in Panton. Not to ignore the shorebirds of eastern Vermont on
this day, there was 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS spotted at Pompy Flats.
A juvenile PARASITIC JAEGER was seen at the Charlotte Town Beach on
September 1st. Two CASPIAN TERNS were seen at the Stone Dam at Dead Creek
on August 30th.
COMMON NIGHTHAWK migration has started in earnest. Two hundred
and fifty birds were seen flying over Brattleboro and 4 over Sharon on
August 26th, 150 near Pompy Flats on the 29th, and on August 30th 30 more
were sighted at Pompy Flats as well as a small flock in Norwich, 2 in Union
Village and 2 in Westford.
A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen in Dummerston on August
A CAROLINA WREN was singing in Proctor on August 27th and 28th
and one was observed on Grand Island on the 29th.
A BROWN THRASHER was observed at the West Rutland Marsh on
A WILSON'S WARBLER was spotted at the West Rutland Marsh on the
30th of August.
Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited: Dwight
Cargill, Wyndom Chase, Sarah Frey, Hector Galbraith, Spencer and Doug Hardy,
David Hoag, Kit Hood, Dick Lavallee, Elisabeth Maislen, Paul Miksis, Ted
Murin, Bryan Pfeiffer, Roy Pilcher, Pat and Chris Pratt, Chris Rimmer, Carl
Runge, Bill Shepard, Terry Wright
VERMONT AND NEW HAMPSHIRE BIRDERS' CONFERENCE:
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
ATTENTION ALL NEW ENGLAND BIRDERS. You asked for a birders' conference,
and we're delivering!
WHERE: the beautiful Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, Vermont (just off I91
in the valley of the Connecticut River and about 20 miles north of White
River Junction and the intersections of I91 and I89)
WHEN: Saturday October 15th with field trips on the 16th
PROGRAM: the program includes a varied mix of talks and workshops about
New England birds, how-to and where-to presentations, for all levels of
expertise. Also, we intend to organize field trips on the Sunday for
those who want to see some of the northern New England specialties.
Learn from and interact with fellow birders, including a number of
speakers who will present a wide variety of talks on New England birds,
Steve Kress. Restoring Endangered Seabirds: Lessons from Puffins and
Steve Mirick and Iain MacLeod. Documenting Rare Birds in a Digital Age:
the Use of Digiscoping and Digital Video
Bryan Pfeiffer. Becoming a Better Birder: a Workshop for Beginners and
Chris Martin. Peregrine Falcon and Osprey Recovery in NH
Erik Hanson. A 30-year Success Story: the Recovery of Common Loons in VT
Chris Rimmer, Kent MacFarland. New Insights on a Rare and Enigmatic
And many more....
FIELD TRIPS: on the Sunday We are organizing field trips for those who
wish to see some northern specialties - the thousands of snow geese at
Lake Champlain; boreal species of the northern forests, combine birding
with leaf-peeping in the beautiful Connecticut Valley.
VENDORS: birding equipment manufacturers and retailers and book vendors
will also present. Compare binoculars, scope out the scopes, and buy
that essential book!
The cost of participation for the Saturday events will be $75 (if
registered by September 15) or $95 (after September 15). Students are
($55 or $75) and members of VINS and NHA ($65 or $85). These costs
include lunch and snacks. Field trips: $20/person, $10 for those under
Don't fail to register for this unmissable event at (603) 668-2045 or at
www.nhaudubon.org <http://www.nhaudubon.org/> <http://www.nhaudubon.org/> .
See you at Lake Morey!
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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