This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for February 16, 2006 covering the
period February 10 - February 16, 2006.
The first sighting of a TURKEY VULTURE this year occurred in
Brattleboro on February 15th.
Two TUFTED DUCKS were seen off Vantine's Access on Grand Isle on
February 14th. A GREATER SCAUP and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were also
spotted off of Grand Isle this week.
A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen in Rutland Town on the 11th and in
Williston on the 13th of February. COOPER'S HAWKS were observed in
Middlebury and Grand Isle on the 10th and 12th, respectively. A NORTHERN
GOSHAWK was seen along the Rogers Creek Trail at Victory Basin on February
16th. An AMERICAN KESTREL was observed in Rutland Town on the 10th and on
Grand Isle on the 11th. A MERLIN was seen chasing several robins at Mt.
Independence in Orwell on the 12th of February.
A GREAT HORNED OWL was heard in East Dorset this week, a
SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at Dead Creek, and NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS were
heard in Thetford Center and Huntington.
A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was observed in Manchester Center on
February 11th and one was seen repeatedly in Bennington this week.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was sighted at Shelburne Bay on the 12th of
Two GRAY JAYS were spotted at Moose Bog in Ferdinand on February
11th and another in Ferdinand on the 16th.
After a 4 week absence, a CAROLINA WREN was back in Rutland Town
on the 11th of February.
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were present in Manchester Center, Northfield
and at Mt Independence this week.
A female YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was sighted at Mt. Independence
on the 12th of February.
A SONG SPARROW still remains in Bennington, and WHITE-THROATED
SPARROWS have been observed in Middlebury, Brattleboro (2) and throughout
the week in Bennington.
EVENING GROSBEAK sightings have occurred in Rochester, Bristol
and Huntington this week. Six PINE GROSBEAKS were seen at Moose Bog on
COMMON REDPOLL sightings remain numerous, occurring in Elmore,
Waitsfield, Westford, South Burlington, Montpelier and Huntington this week.
Thanks to the following contributors and others whose
observations were cited: Lee Allaben, Thomas Berriman, Bridget Butler, Nancy
Brown, Ann Curran, Chip Darmstadt, Bonnie Dundas, Sue Elliott, Pat Folsom,
Bruce Flewelling, Sarah Frey, Paula Gills, David Hoag, Michael Langlais,
Bruce MacPherson, Kate Olgiati, Michael Palombo, Barbara Powers, Taj
Schottland, Tom Slayton, Ruth Stewart, Christopher Trammel, Henry Trombley,
Sue Wetmore, Meg Darrow Williams and Aaron Worthley.
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