This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for January 6, 2006 covering the period
December 30 - January 6, 2006.
GREAT BLUE HERONS were sighted in Brandon, Dorset and Mt. Tabor this week.
A NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen on Woodstock's Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on
December 28th. A BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was spotted at Vernon Dam and also off
the Colchester Railroad Causeway, December 30th and 31st, respectively.
HOODED MERGANSERS were sighted in Salisbury on Lake Dunmore, at the
Shelburne Fishing Access and at Vernon Dam this week. A rare sighting of a
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE occurred in Shelburne Bay on New Year's Day.
BALD EAGLES were observed in White River Junction, Shelburne Point,
Burlington, at the mouth of the Winooski River in Colchester and North
Hartland (a pair) this week. A COOPER'S HAWK was sighted in Brattleboro on
January 1. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in South Burlington on the 1st as
well. An AMERICAN KESTREL was spotted in Rutland on December 30th and in
Vernon on January 2nd. A PEREGRINE FALCON was spotted in Rutland on the
Rutland County CBC on December 31st.
A GREAT HORNED OWL was observed in Ferrisburg on January 1st. A SNOWY OWL
was seen flying between Montgomery Center and Jay Peak ski area on the 4th
A BELTED KINGFISHER was sighted at the Vernon Dam on December 30th.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in Jericho, Waitsfield, East Georgia and at the
Shelburne Bay fishing access area this week.
A BOREAL CHICKADEE was sighted in Bennington on January 3rd.
CAROLINA WRENS were observed in North Hartland, Charlotte, Burlington,
Middlebury, Rutland Town, on the Woodstock CBC and the Rutland County CBC.
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were spotted in Norwich, Burlington, Plainfield and on the
Woodstock CBC. CEDAR WAXWINGS were seen in Burlington, Grand Isle, South
Burlington and on the Woodstock CBC.
Three EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were observed in South Burlington on January 2nd.
The CAPE MAY WARBLER remained in Rutland long enough to be counted on the
Rutland County CBC on December 31st.
A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen on the Woodstock CBC and one was also spotted in
Shelburne on January 5th.
Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were observed on the Rutland County CBC.
PINE GROSBEAKS were seen in Essex Junction, Huntington, Waitsfield and on
the Woodstock CBC this week. EVENING GROSBEAKS were spotted in Rochester
COMMON REDPOLL sightings took place in Huntington, Burlington, Waitsfield,
East Barnard, Elmore, Rochester and Stowe this week.
Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited: Bill
Badger, Fred Bates, Pamela Coleman, Michael Cosgrove, Mark Coutermarsh,
Susan Elliott, Edward Emery, Rich Ennis, Bruce Flewelling, Patricia Folsom,
Heather Forcier, Spencer and Doug Hardy, Larry Haugh, Brian Hawkins, David
Hoag, Kim Jensen, Jeanne Keller, Michael Langlais, Sally Laughlin, Eric
Lazarus, Larry Levine, Kim Likakis, Jen Lingelbach, Sam Longe, Linda
McElvany, Kent McFarland, Ted Murin, Michele Patenaude, Gretchen Pecukonis,
Roy Pilcher, Lynette Reep, Taj Schottland, Christopher Trammel, Robert
Turner, Sue Wetmore and Rich Wickman.
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