This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for February 27, 2006 covering the
period February 17 - February 26, 2006.
The second TURKEY VULTURE of the year was spotted in Milton on February
A GREAT-FRONTED GOOSE was seen seeking shelter in Shelburne Bay before the
storm hit February 24th. One SNOW GOOSE along with 250 CANADA GEESE were
sighted in Proctor, the same combination of geese that was seen in Shelburne
Bay a month ago. A TUFTED DUCK, a male RING-NECKED DUCK and a female
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE were observed near the Colchester Railroad Causeway,
accessed from South Hero, on February 19th. A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was
spotted off Grand Isle on the 18th of February.
COOPER'S HAWKS were sighted in Wallingford, North Ferrisburg, Montpelier,
and Grand Isle this week. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Essex Junction on
the 19th of February and in White River Junction and north of Mt. Philo on
the 25th. An AMERICAN KESTREL was spotted in Grand Isle on the 23rd of
February. A MERLIN was seen in South Burlington on February 17th. A
PEREGRINE FALCON was observed in Rutland on the 26th of February.
The winter's first documented SNOWY OWL appeared in East Warren around the
first of February, and became known to the birding community February 20th.
It was last seen near the East Warren Store on February 26th after a brief
absence. A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was observed in Thetford Center on
February 20th and in Tinmouth on the 21st.
A BELTED KINGFISHER was sighted in Ferrisburg at the Cedar Beach Boat Access
Area on February 18th, and near the Vernon Dam on the 20th.
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS were seen in Manchester Center, Wallingford and
Bennington this week. The season's first report of a YELLOW-BELLIED
WOODPECKER came from East Warren on the 22nd of February.
NORTHERN SHRIKES were sighted in East Warren, Lefferts Pond, Ferrisburg and
Waterbury this week.
CAROLINA WRENS were seen in Manchester Center and East Arlington on the 19th
of February. A WINTER WREN was singing in Thetford Center on February 16th.
Seven EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were observed in Pownal on the 19th of February and
2 were seen in East Dorset on the 23rd. Forty AMERICAN ROBINS were sighted
on Grand Isle and waves of AMERICAN ROBINS were seen moving up the West
River in Brattleboro on February 21st. They were also sighted in fewer
numbers in Manchester Center, Arlington, Bristol, Bennington, Burlington,
Danby, Hartford and the West Rutland Marsh.
A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was seen in Brattleboro on February 20th.
Large numbers of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Essex (70), Weston (200),
Williston (50), North Ferrisburg, Manchester Center, Woodstock, Burlington
and Waitsfield this week. CEDAR WAXWINGS were spotted in Manchester
Center, Arlington, Grand Isle, Bristol, Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington
and the West Rutland Marsh.
A SONG SPARROW continues to be seen regularly in Bennington as does a
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was seen in Rochester on
the 21st of February, and 2 were observed in West Brattleboro on the 26th.
PINE GROSBEAKS were observed in Essex, Corinth and East Warren this week.
EVENING GROSBEAKS were present in Bristol, East Arlington and Hardwick.
A COMMON GRACKLE was sighted in Wallingford on the 20th of February.
The first RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS of the season arrived in West Brattleboro on
February 20th, South Burlington on the 24th (1 male) and on the 25th in
Corinth (4 males). A BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD was observed in Wallingford on
the 18th and 20th.
COMMON REDPOLLS sightings occurred in Warren, Pownal, Wallingford,
Waitsfield, Jericho, Hardwick and Rochester.
Thanks to the following contributors and others whose observations were
cited: Greg Askew, Phillip Ballou, Stephanie Bellomo, Matthew Brantner,
Nancy Brown, Eric Cannizzaro, Kristin Caterer, Mike Cosgrove, Shawn Donovan,
Bonnie Dundas, Sue Elliott, Bruce Flewelling, Pat Folsom, David Hoag, Nate
Johnson, Scott Johnson, Joann Lafayette, Charlie LaRosa, Miriam Lawrence,
Ted Levin, Bruce MacPherson, Laurie Miner, Jim Moulton, Roy Pilcher, Barbara
Powers, Mundi Smithers, Ruth Stewart, John Sutton, Christopher Trammel,
Henry Trombley, Kathleen Upton, Ron and Norma Wiesen, Meg Darrow Williams
and Terry Wright.
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