This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for January 13, 2006 covering the period
December 6 - January 12, 2006.
A COMMON LOON was sighted off Grand Isle on the 10th of January, an uncommon
observation for this time of year, as were several of this week's sightings.
A PIED-BILLED GREBE was seen in Panton and at Charlotte Town Beach on
January 7th. HORNED GREBES were observed at Shelburne Beach, the Charlotte
Town Beach and Ferry Dock as well as near the Crown Point Bridge (27) this
GREAT BLUE HERON sightings occurred in Burlington, Williston and
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was observed in Shelburne Bay on
the 6th and 8th of January, and two were seen there on the 7th. A
RING-NECKED DUCK was spotted at Kingsland Bay State Park on January 11th.
Two LONG-TAILED DUCKS were sighted at Long Point on the 7th of January.
There were many sightings of COMMON GOLDENEYES this week, including 500 at
the Chimney Point Bridge on the 7th. HOODED MERGANSERS were seen at
Shelburne Bay, the Charlotte Ferry Landing and at Cedar Beach in Charlotte
There were many sightings of BALD EAGLES this week, including at
Shelburne Bay, Burlington Waterfront, Charlotte Town Beach, Shelburne Town
Beach and Boat launch, Ferrisburg, Burlington Intervale, Kingsland Bay State
Park and 6 at Chimney Point Bridge on the 12th of January. COOPER'S HAWKS
were seen at the Burlington Intervale, Ethan Allen Park, Ferrisburg,
Burlington and Panton. AMERICAN KESTRELS were observed in Addison, Grand
Isle and Vernon this week. A PEREGRINE FALCON was spotted in Addison on the
8th of January.
An AMERICAN COOT was seen at Long Point on January 7th.
An ICELAND GULL was seen twice on January 7th, once at the Burlington
Waterfront and once at the Burlington Intervale.
There was a report of a LONG-EARED OWL in South Burlington on January 8th.
A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was observed in Montpelier on the 9th.
A BELTED KINGFISHER was spotted in Button Bay on January 8th.
A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER has been seen regularly at a Hartland feeder, and
one was observed in Pownal on the 9th. On the 6th and 8th of January a
NORTHERN FLICKER was spotted in Brandon.
Two NORTHERN SHRIKES were seen in Ferrisburg on the 7th, one in Waitsfield
on the 7th and one at VINS in Woodstock on the 11th.
CAROLINA WRENS were present in Rutland Town, Charlotte (2) and Woodstock
Two EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were observed in Tarbell on the 9th of January.
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDS were seen in South Burlington and at Vernon Dam this
An AMERICAN PIPIT was sighted in Addison on the 8th of January. Sixty-five
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS as well as some CEDAR WAXWINGS were sighted in Woodstock
The CAPE MAY WARBLER continues to visit a Rutland feeder. A YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER was sighted at the Charlotte Boat Launch on the 12th of January.
SAVANNAH SPARROWS were seen between the Crown Point Bridge and Charlotte on
January 10th. A FOX SPARROW was sighted in Panton on the 8th.
Four LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen in Addison on the 7th of January.
Two PINE GROSBEAKS were observed in Essex Junction on the 10th.
COMMON REDPOLLS were sighted in West Brattleboro, Essex Junction, Pownal,
Waitsfield and Essex this week.
Thanks to the following contributors and others whose observations were
cited: Matthew Brantner, Patricia Folsom, Heather Forcier, Kate Fredette,
Julie Hart, David Hoag, Nathan Johnson, Eric Lazarus, Linda McElvany, Kent
McFarland, Bruce MacPherson, Al Merritt, Ted Murin, Bryan Pfeiffer, Carl
Runge, Allan Strong and Sue Wetmore.
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