This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for March 6, 2006 covering the period
February 27 - March 6, 2006.
Four TURKEY VULTURES were seen soaring over Brattleboro on March 5th, the
second sighting of this species this season.
An adult drake KING EIDER was spotted on the South Hero side of the
Colchester Railroad Causeway on the 5th of March, along with several
REDHEADS, 2 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE and several HOODED MERGANSERS. A HOODED
MERGANSER was also seen in Charlotte on March 1st.
A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was observed in Milton on February 28th and in Rutland
Town on the 1st of March. COOPER'S HAWKS were seen in Burlington, Grand
Isle and Bennington this week. The last sighting of the SNOWY OWL in East
Warren took place on the afternoon of March 5th. GREAT HORNED OWLS are
nesting near North Springfield Lake.
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS were seen in Manchester Center, Pownal and
Bennington this week.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in Waitsfield on February 27th and in East Warren
on March 1st.
COMMON RAVENS are adding finishing touches to a nest on the Exit 2 ramp on
Rte. 7 in Bennington.
A CAROLINA WREN was seen twice this week in Rutland Town.
Eight EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen in Danby on March 4th. AMERICAN ROBINS
were seen in Bennington, White River Junction, Charlotte, Brattleboro,
Norwich and Bristol this week.
A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was observed in Brattleboro on March 5th.
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were spotted in Woodstock (12), Bristol (25) and Essex
(200+) this week.
The CAPE MAY WARBLER has weathered a Vermont winter and is still visiting
Repeated sightings of the SONG SPARROW and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW took place
in Bennington this week. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was also seen in
Brattleboro. The overwintering CHIPPING SPARROW remains in Shelburne.
Last week 27 NORTHERN CARDINALS were seen at one time at various feeders in
one Shelburne location.
Three RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were spotted in Jericho last week.
COMMMON REDPOLLS were sighted in Hardwick, Waitsfield, Rochester, Bristol,
and Jericho during the past week.
EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Westford, Hardwick, Bristol and Rochester.
Thanks to the following contributors and others whose observations were
cited: Fred Bates, Stephanie Bellomo, Nancy Brown, Stephen Costello, Noel
Dodge, Bonnie Dundas, Susan Elliott, Pat Folsom, Sarah Frey, Richard Harlow,
Julie Hart, Larry Haugh, David Hoag, Bruce MacPherson, Brennan Neill,
Barbara Powers, Hugh and Bunni Putnam, Chris Rimmer, Mundi Smithers, Allan
Strong, Christopher Trammel, Henry Trombley and Ron and Norma Wiesen.
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science offers natural history trips,
lectures and programs. To receive a copy of our program calendar, stop at
one of our centers, call the office during business hours at 802-457-2779 or
visit the VINS' web site at http://www.vinsweb.org
VINS NATURALIST JOURNEYS - 2nd Annual Slideshow Series
Friday, March 10, 7pm
The Singing Life of Birds: The Art and Science of Listening to Birdsong
With Donald Kroodsma
Bethany Church, Montpelier
For centuries, the question of why birds sing and what their
songs mean has captured the imagination of scientists, naturalists, and
poets. Author and scientist Donald Kroodsma will answer that question by
taking you on a listening and viewing adventure to understand the hidden
dramas in our backyards. With absorbing detail, he'll put you inside the
mind the research scientist and the singing bird itself, exploring how and
why birds sing and how we can better understand them through their songs.
Donald Kroodsma, professor emeritus at the University of
Massachusetts, has studied birdsong for more than thirty years. He has
edited three scholarly volumes on the field of acoustic communication among
birds, and more than one hundred articles in popular magazines such as
Birder's World, Living Bird, and Natural History. In graduate school at
Oregon State, a singing wren in his backyard got Kroodsma started on a
lifelong passion for listening to birds. The Singing Life of Birds is
Kroodsma's first full-length book.
The Singing Life of Birds
A Birdsong Workshop with nationally acclaimed author Donald Kroodsma
Saturday, March 11, 7am - 11am
VINS North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier
Fee: $30 member, $35 nonmember
Why do birds sing? And what do their songs mean? University of Massachusetts
professor Donald Kroodsma has been researching birds and birdsongs for over
thirty years. Author of dozens of articles in Birder's World, Living Bird
and Natural History, he recently published The Singing Life of Birds, his
first full length book. He'll be presenting a slideshow and discussion of
his research on March 10th at the Bethany Church in Montpelier. Join us the
following morning for a fascinating, first hand exploration of bird song.
Participants will improve their listening skills, learn the basics of sound
recording, and learn how to "see" and analyze birdsongs, primarily with
Cornell's Raven-lite software. Participants will spend time outside,
listening for and recording bird calls. After those early morning hours in
the field, we'll use an indoor session to talk farther about recording
techniques and also to study sounds that we have recorded or sounds that we
can upload from published CDs. This workshop experience will change forever
the way you listen to bird song. See http://www.TheSingingLifeOfBirds.com/
for more information.
This Vermont birding report is a service of the Vermont
Institute of Natural Science. VINS is a non-profit, membership organization
located in Woodstock with regional centers in Quechee, Montpelier and
Manchester. Founded in 1972, VINS' mission is to protect our natural
heritage through education and research. Your membership supports these
goals and this reporting service. Updates are typically made on Fridays.
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sightings on Vermont eBird at http://www.ebird.org/VINS/.
Vermont RBA Compilers
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