This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for Friday, September 9, 2005 covering
the period September 2 - 9, 2005.
Groups of 1 to 5 COMMON LOONS have been sighted off Grand Isle
Twenty-one COMMON MERGANSERS were observed off Grand Isle on
A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen flying over Mt.Philo on September
4th. A COOPER'S HAWK was sighted on Grand Isle on September 5th and one in
Milton on the 6th. A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was observed in Huntington on the
7th of September. A MERLIN was seen on September 2nd in Westford and in
Weathersfield on the 3rd.
Shorebird sightings were not as numerous this week. A
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was sighted off Grand Isle on the 2nd. A handful of
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were observed in the plowed field off Lake Road in
Charlotte on the 2nd along with 4 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 27 KILLDEER, 1
LESSER YELLOWLEGS and 3 -4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. GREATER YELLOWLEGS were also
seen at the Brilyea Access at Dead Creek on the 2nd as well as at Farrell
Access. A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen on the small pond on Goodrich
Corners Road on September 2nd.
A juvenile PARASITIC JAEGER was seen off Charlotte Town Beach on September
4th, and 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen off Schulyler Island on the 5th.
Many reports confirm that most male RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS seem to have
departed, but there were many sightings of female and juvenile birds still
visiting feeders throughout Vermont this week.
Flocks of up to 8-10 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were spotted in Westford this
Vireos are moving through, with multiple sightings of BLUE-HEADED, WARBLING,
PHILADELPHIA and RED-EYED VIREOS coming in from all over Vermont.
Six to eight HORNED LARKS were seen this week in the field at Goodrich
Corners Road in Charlotte.
TREE, BARN and CLIFF SWALLOWS are moving through.
A CAROLINA WREN was singing in Brandon on September 4th, and 3 - 4 young
CAROLINA WREN fledglings announced their presence in Swanton on the 5th.
The following warblers have been seen migrating in good numbers
through Vermont: NASHVILLE, CHESTNUT-SIDED, MAGNOLIA, BLACK-THROATED BLUE,
YELLOW-RUMPED, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BLACKPOLL, BLACK-AND-WHITE, OVENBIRD
and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. A PALM WARBLER was sighted in Westford on the 3rd
of September in South Duxbury, and on the 4th in Westford. A MOURNING
WARBLER was seen on the 7th in South Duxbury. A PINE and WILSON'S WARBLER
were seen at Red Rocks Park in South Burlington on the 6th of September.
A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was spotted in South Duxbury on September
There was a report of 3 ORCHARD ORIOLES along Kennedy Drive in
South Burlington on September 7th.
Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited: Lee
Allaben, Greg Askew, Marcia Baker, Fred Bates, Eric Cannizzaro, Carolyn
Boardman, Sarah Frey, Spencer Hardy, Angel Harris, David Hoag, Maeve Kim,
Juan Klavins, Dottie Lavallee, Laurie Miner, Scott Morricall, Ted Murin,
Fred and Chris Pratt, Shelagh Smith, Ruth Stewart, Sue Wetmore, Aaron
Worthley, Julia Lloyd Wright, Terry Wright and David Yates.
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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located in Woodstock with regional centers in Quechee, Montpelier and
Manchester. Founded in 1972, VINS' mission is to protect our natural
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