This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for March 27, 2006 covering the period
March 20 - 27, 2006.
A HORNED GREBE was seen at Charlotte Town Beach on March 23rd.
Three GREAT BLUE HERONS were spotted in Florence on March 25th and 2 were at
Herrick's Cove on the 26th.
The WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was last seen in Roundy's Cove on March 21st.
CANADA GEESE continue to be seen in large numbers throughout the state.
A MUTE SWAN was observed briefly at Brattleboro Retreat Meadows on March
25th and two hours later one was spotted at Herrick's Cove.
Reports of waterfowl continue to outweigh all others, with Lake Champlain
locations (South Hero side of Colchester RR Causeway, Dead Creek, Button Bay
and Porter's Bay) bringing in the greatest numbers of WOOD DUCKS, GADWALLS,
AMERICAN WIGEONS, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN PINTAILS, BUFFLEHEADS,
RING-NECKED DUCKS, GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, COMMON GOLDENEYES AND HOODED
MERGANSERS. Less common sightings include the pair of TUFTED DUCKS, last
observed near the Colchester RR Causeway on March 23rd. A young male
HARLEQUIN DUCK, a RUDDY DUCK and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were seen off of
Charlotte Town Beach on March 23rd. A SURF SCOTER was spotted from South
Hero near the Causeway on March 23rd and 5 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen
there on the 24th. A NORTHERN SHOVELER was spotted at Roundy's Cove north
of Herrick's Cove on the Connecticut River on the 21st of March. REDHEADS
were seen on the South Hero side of the Colchester Causeway throughout the
week. BARROW'S GOLDENEYES were also spotted at the Causeway frequently
during this week, with as many as 5 seen on March 23rd. They were also seen
in Mallet's Bay and Grand Isle.
A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen in Danby on March 22nd. COOPER'S HAWKS were
spotted in Rutland, Charlotte, near the Porter Bay area on Lake Champlain,
Grand Isle and East Poultney this week. Returning RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS
were observed in Monkton, Castleton and Thetford this week. A BROAD-WINGED
HAWK was spotted in Leicester and AMERICAN KESTRELS were seen in Pawlet and
Benson this week. Three MERLINS were observed in and around Dead Creek on
KILLDEER sightings occurred in the towns of Manchester Center, Grand Isle,
White River Junction and Pownal.
AMERICAN WOODCOCKS returned to Woodstock, Bristol, Bennington, Thetford and
The season's first reported sighting of a WILSON'S SNIPE occurred at Tafts
Corner on March 20th.
A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at Dead Creek on March 21st. NORTHERN SAW-WHET
OWLS were observed in downtown Montpelier, Shoreham and Bridport this week.
BELTED KINGFISHERS were seen in Essex, Ferrisburg, Danby, near Fern Lake and
near the mouth of Otter Creek.
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS were sighted in Hartland, Bennington and Pownal this
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was spotted in Sharon.
TREE SWALLOWS returned to Florence on March 25th and to Pownal on the 27th
CAROLINA WRENS were observed in Woodstock, South Hero and at the Charlotte
EASTERN BLUEBIRDS are back and setting up house or thinking about doing so
in Bennington, Shelburne, Leicester, Bristol, Pownal, Richmond and South
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Charlotte and Vergennes this week. A flock
of 200 CEDAR WAXWINGS was spotted in Colchester on March 26th.
The first seasonal report of a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was submitted by a
birder in Danby.
FOX SPARROWS were observed in Bennington and Danby this week. SONG SPARROWS
were seen and heard in the towns of Danby, Bennington, Bristol, Quechee and
at Herrick's Cove. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was spotted in Bristol on the
26th of March.
A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen in Danby on March 25th.
As many as 120 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS were seen in Proctor on March 20th.
A SNOW BUNTING in near breeding plumage was spotted in Colchester on the
25th of March.
Thanks to the following contributors and others whose observations were
cited: Matthew Brantner, Nancy Brown, Deborah Clark, Ann and Fred Curran,
Noel Dodge, Bonnie Dundas, Bruce Flewelling, Hector Galbraith, David
Gusakov, Spencer and Doug Hardy, Julie Hart, David Hoag, Mary Holland, Kit
Hood, Carol Johnson, Scott Johnson, Maeve Kim, Charles La Rosa, Greg Lewis,
George Lisi, Kent McFarland, Matt Medler, Al Merritt, Kate Olgiati, Michael
Palfey, Ron Payne, Bryan Pfeiffer, Roy Pilcher, Barbara Powers, Rick Renaud,
Mike Resch, Chris Rimmer, Bill Shepard, Shelagh Smith, Mundi Smithers, Sally
and Terry, Henry Trombley, John Watson, Mike Winslow and Terry Wright.
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