This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for March 20, 2006 covering the period
March 13 - 20, 2006.
Two GREAT BLUE HERONS were back at the heronry located off Rte. 7 near the
Arlington exit on March 12th.
Sightings of SNOW GEESE passing through Vermont in small numbers as well as
flocks between 50 and 200 have been recorded in North Ferrisburg, Victory
Basin, Dead Creek, Herrick's Cove, Manchester Center and Charlotte this
week. CANADA GEESE have been seen throughout the state, with a particularly
large number (800) seen just north of Herrick's Cove on the Connecticut
River on March 19th and 225 in Manchester Center on the 20th. WOOD DUCKS
are being seen in greater numbers this week, with birders in the towns of
Brattleboro, North Ferrisburg, Brownsville and at Dead Creek, East Creek WMA
and Herrick's Cove sending in reports. GADWALLS were spotted at the
Champlain Bridge, Addison, North Ferrisburg (6), Manchester Center, East
Creek WMA (4), Brilyea Access at Dead Creek and Herrick's Cove (1) this
week. AMERICAN WIGEONS were observed in North Ferrisburg on the 17th of
March and at Dead Creek on the 18th and 19th. Many reports of both AMERICAN
BLACK DUCKS and MALLARDS came in from all over the state. One BLUE-WINGED
TEAL was seen at the Brilyea Access at Dead Creek on March 18th and 2 on the
19th. Six NORTHERN SHOVELERS were sighted in North Ferrisburg on the 14th
of March. NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen at Dead Creek on the 14th (14), 17th
and 19th (20), in North Ferrisburg on the 17th (27) and at Herrick's Cove
on the 18th. GREEN-WINGED TEAL were spotted at Dead Creek on the 14th (2)
and on the 17th, 18th and 19th. They were also seen at Herrick's Cove on
the 18th and just north of Herrick's Cove on the 19th and in Button Bay on
the 20th. A CANVASBACK was observed on Button Bay on the 18th of March.
Four REDHEADS were spotted on Button Bay on the 14th of March and 10 on the
18th. REDHEADS were also seen off the Colchester RR Causeway on the 18th
and 19th as well as north of Herrick's Cove on the 19th. RING-NECKED
DUCKS were present at North Ferrisburg (10), Button Bay (100+), the
Colchester Causeway (20), north of Herrick's Cove, at the Champlain Bridge
and at Herrick's Cove (20) this week. One hundred GREATER SCAUP were seen
off the Colchester Causeway on March 15th and were also present on the 18th
in Button Bay. LESSER SCAUP were also present in Button Bay, as well as at
the Colchester Causeway (100)on the 15th and 20th. BUFFLEHEADS were seen in
Button Bay on the 18th of March. HOODED MERGANSERS were sighted in Danby,
Dead Creek, Colchester Causeway, Brattleboro, North Ferrisburg, Button Bay,
East Creek WMA, Herrick's Cove and the Burlington Interval this week. Two
RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were seen on Button Bay March 18th.
Another NORTHERN HARRIER was spotted in eastern Vermont in the town of
Thetford on 14th of March. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen in Danby on the
18th and 19th. A COOPER'S HAWK was seen on Grand Isle on the 16th and 19th
of March. NORTHERN GOSHAWK sightings were relatively numerous this week,
with one at a feeder in Norwich, one chasing a chicken in Thetford and one
in Montpelier. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was spotted in Castleton on March
18th. The first reported BROAD-WINGED HAWKS of the season were seen in
Leicester and Brattleboro this week. RED-TAILED HAWKS are returning in
large numbers, with sightings reported in Grand Isle, Victory Basin,
Brattleboro, West Rutland Marsh (8), Richmond, Williston, Dead Creek,
Herrick's Cove, the Burlington Intervale and in Essex. AMERICAN KESTRELS
were spotted in Plainfield, Addison, Jericho, Salisbury and at the East
Creek WMA. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen over Mt. Horrid on the 14th of
KILLDEER returned to Grand Isle, Shelburne, St. George, Poultney, Herrick's
Cove, Manchester Center and East Creek WMA this week. Two AMERICAN WOODCOCK
, the first of the season, were seen , one in Weathersfield and one at
A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was observed in Bennington and in Fairfax this
week. A NORTHERN FLICKER was also seen in Bennington on March 16th.
Five GRAY JAYS were sighted at Victory Bog IBA on March 14th.
HORNED LARKS were present at the Brilyea Access area at Dead Creek on the
18th of March.
TREE SWALLOWS were present at Herrick's Cove on the 16th of March.
A CAROLINA WREN was seen in Rutland Town on the 14th of March, and on the
16th in Brattleboro. A WINTER WREN was spotted in North Ferrisburg on the
14th of March.
EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen in Sharon, Woodstock, Bennington and Button Bay
State Park this week. AMERICAN ROBIN sightings were plentiful all over
A flock of 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was observed in Essex, an equally large
flock in Rutland and South Burlington, and smaller numbers in Addison,
Ferrisburg and Charlotte this week. A flock of 150 CEDAR WAXWINGS was seen
in Proctor on the 17th.
Some of the first FOX SPARROWS appeared in Manchester Center, Bennington,
Stow and Dummerston this week.
Returning SONG SPARROWS were sighted in Danby, Rochester, West Rutland
Marsh, East Creek WMA, Manchester Center, Brownsville and Bennington (where
one has spent most of the winter). A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was seen in
Brattleboro and Bennington, where they have been seen previously.
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS are everywhere, with the largest flock (600) being
seen in Proctor, along with 600 COMMON GRACKLES on March 15th. BROWN-HEADED
COWBIRDS were spotted in Norwich and Plainfield this week.
Vermont's first returning EASTERN MEADOWLARK was sighted at Herrick's Cove
on March 18th.
Large numbers of COMMON REDPOLLS continue to visit feeders throughout
Thanks to the following contributors and others whose observations were
cited: Jeffrey Allen, Gregory Askew, Marcia Baker, Bill Barnard, Mike
Blust, Nancy Brown, Julia Child, Don Clark, Ken Copenhaver, Noel Dodge,
Shawn Donovan, JoAnn Doyle, Bonnie Dundas, Sue Elliott, Bruce Flewelling,
Hector Galbraith, Spencer Hardy, Katherine Hood, Kim Jensen, Phyllis Katz,
Ted Levin, Bruce MacPherson, Mary Marro, Roger Masse, Matt Medler, Julie
Nicholson, Michael Palombo, Bryan Pfeiffer, Roy Pilcher, Barbara Powers,
Rick Renaud, Pip Richens, Chris Rimmer, Shelagh Smith, John Sutton,
Christopher Trammel, Henry Trombley, Marianne and Michael Walsh and Terry
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