This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for Friday, September 16, 2005 covering
the period September 9 - 15, 2005.
Two GREAT EGRETS were observed on Malletts Creek in Colchester
on September 8th, 3 at the Farrell Access at Dead Creek on the 9th and 1 on
the Mississquoi River in Swanton, next to Route 78, on the 14th. Three
TURKEY VULTURES were seen over Groton State Forest on September 11th, and 3
were circling overhead in West Brattleboro on the 12th.
Twenty-four SNOW GEESE were seen flying over Norwich on
September 10th. Thirty-one WOOD DUCKS were spotted on Lefferts Pond
September 11th, and 7 were observed off Grand Isle on the 13th. One GREATER
SCAUP was sighted off Grand Isle on the 9th of September, along with 21
COMMON MERGANSERS. One WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen off Grand Isle on
Four BALD EAGLES were observed migrating over Mt. Philo on
September 10th during their hawk watch. There were several SHARP-SHINNED
HAWK sightings this week in Vermont including one in Westford and one in
West Brattleboro on September 10th, juveniles in Westford on the 9th and
10th, and in South Duxbury on the 11th . One COOPER'S HAWK was seen in Grand
Isle on September 9th, and 2 on the 12th. An adult and juvenile
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK were sighted in Westford on the 10th of September. On
September 10th at the Mt Philo hawk watch 516 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were
observed. One BROAD-WINGED HAWK was also seen in Westford on the 10th, 2
more on the 11th, and 5 were observed in South Duxbury on the 11th and one
was seen in Groton State Forest on the 12th. Two RED-TAILED HAWKS were
sighted in Grand Isle on September 9th, and one in Groton State Forest on
the 12th. A MERLIN was seen in Burlington as well as in Red Rocks Park in
South Burlington this week. A PEREGRINE FALCON was observed at the
Mississquoi National Wildlife Refuge as well as in Long Marsh Bay at the
Mississquoi Delta on September 12th.
A RUFFED GROUSE was heard drumming in Groton State Forest on
An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, several SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and 2
RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were seen off Charlotte Town Beach on September 9th.
A SCREECH OWL was calling in Alburg on the 11th of September.
BARRED OWLS have been heard in Hartland (1) and Groton State Forest (3) this
week, and a NORTHERN SAW-WHET owl was also heard in Groton State Forest.
Two ALDER FLYCATCHERS were sighted at West Rutland Marsh on
A BROWN THRASHER was seen in Rochester on September 9th.
Warblers continue coming through Vermont in good numbers.
Sightings this week included: TENNESSEE (West Rutland Marsh), NASHVILLE,
NORTHERN PARULA (Lefferts Pond, Chittenden), YELLOW, CHESTNUT-SIDED,
MAGNOLIA, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, YELLOW-RUMPED, BLACK-THROATED GREEN,
BLACKBURNIAN, PINE (Red Rocks Park, South Burlington), BAY-BREASTED (South
Duxbury), BLACKPOLL, BLACK-AND-WHITE, AMERICAN REDSTART, OVENBIRD, COMMON
YELLOWTHROAT and WILSON'S (South Duxbury).
Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited: Bridget
Butler, Eric Cannizzaro, Ann Curran, Susan Elliott, Bruce Flewelling, Sarah
Frey, Mitch Harrison, David Hoag, Mary Holland, Juan Klavins, Dottie
Lavallee, Betsy Maislen, Ellen Martinsen, Laurie Miner, Scott Morrical, Ted
Murin, Fred and Chris Pratt, Gary Starr, Sue Wetmore and Al Zelley.
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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Institute of Natural Science. VINS is a non-profit, membership organization
located in Woodstock with regional centers in Quechee, Montpelier and
Manchester. Founded in 1972, VINS' mission is to protect our natural
heritage through education and research. Your membership supports these
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Vermont RBA Compilers
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