This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for January 20, 2006 covering the period
December 13 - January 19, 2006.
A COMMON LOON was seen off Grand Isle on January 13th.
Three HORNED GREBES were sighted at Meach Cove in Shelburne on the 14th of
A NORTHERN PINTAIL was observed at Perkins Pier on the Burlington waterfront
in amongst numerous MALLARDS on January 17th. On the 14th of January four
HOODED MERGANSERS were seen at the Charlotte Ferry Landing and 2
RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were spotted at the Champlain Bridge.
BALD EAGLES were observed in Woodstock, at the Champlain Bridge (2) and at
the Shelburne Fishing Access (3) this week. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen
in Brattleboro on the 13th. COOPER'S HAWKS were seen on Grand Isle and the
Tri-town Water Station on the 13th and 14th, respectively. AMERICAN
KESTRELS were spotted in Grand Isle, Rutland Town, Brandon and Shoreham this
week. A MERLIN was observed in Hardwick on the 13th and a PEREGRINE FALCON
was seen at the West Rutland Marsh on the 19th of January.
A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was heard in Thetford on January 18th.
A BELTED KINGFISHER was spotted at Shelburne Bay on January 13th.
A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was observed in Pownal and in Bennington this week.
A NORTHERN FLICKER was sighted in Brandon on the 16th.
NORTHERN SHRIKES were seen in Burlington, Dummerston and at the West Rutland
Marsh this week.
A BOREAL CHICKADEE was seen on the 19th of January in Bennington.
A CAROLINA WREN was observed in Rutland Town on the 15th and 16th.
On January 17th seven EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen in Pownal, and one in
There have been many sightings of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS this week in Vermont
including those in Charlotte, Montpelier, Newfane, Waitsfield and Brandon.
As many as 100 birds were seen in St. George on the 19th of January.
The CAPE MAY WARBLER was last sighted in Rutland on January 17th.
A SAVANNAH SPARROW was seen in Panton on January 14th. A SONG SPARROW was
seen repeatedly in Bennington and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were spotted in
Brattleboro and Bennington this week.
A BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD was observed in Waitsfield on January 15th as well as
in Bennington on the 15th and 16th.
Six PINE GROSBEAKS were sighted in Montpelier on the 16th and one in
Waitsfield on the 18th.
Many sightings of COMMON REDPOLLS occurred this week, including those in
Waitsfield (80), Williston, Fairfax (100), Hardwick, Rochester, East Dorset,
Proctor, Grand Isle, Norwich, Rutland Town, Dummerston, Pownal and Moretown.
A single HOARY REDPOLL was seen in West Rutland on the 17th.
Thanks to the following contributors and others whose observations were
cited: Matt Brantner, Ken Copenhaver, Bonnie Dundas, Susan Elliott, Pat
Folsom, Hector Galbraith, David Hoag, Nathan Johnson, Kim Likakis, Bruce
MacPherson, Rutland County Audubon, Bill Shepard, Mundi Smithers,
Christopher Trammel, Sue Wetmore and Ron and Norma Wiesen.
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