This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for March 14, 2006 covering the period
March 6 - 13, 2006.
A PIED-BILLED GREBE was spotted in Shelburne Bay on March 12th.
GREAT BLUE HERONS were seen in Hartford on March 10th and in Norwich on the
TURKEY VULTURES sightings are increasing, with one in Pownal, Brattleboro,
Woodstock, Bristol, Fair Haven, Burlington, Westminster, Ferrisburg and Dead
Creek this week.
A male and female TUFTED DUCK were spotted amongst flocks of GREATER SCAUP
off the South Hero end of the Colchester RR Causeway on the 9th and 10th of
March. On March 7th a solitary SNOW GOOSE was spotted on Otter Creek and a
flock of 100 were observed off Grand Isle. Over 2,000 CANADA GEESE were
seen at Dead Creek on the 11th of March and 500 were observed in Meach Cove
in Shelburne on the 12th. WOOD DUCKS were spotted on Otter Creek, at
Charlotte Town Beach, Meach Cove, Dead Creek and Vernon (75) this week. On
March 12th at least one and perhaps two AMERICAN WIGEONS were observed at
Dead Creek and 10 in Vernon. NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen off Allen Point in
South Hero, Shelburne Bay, off the Colchester RR Causeway, Button Bay State
Park and Vernon (20) this week. GREEN-WINGED TEAL were observed at Dead
Creek WMA, Vernon (35) and 6 in Meach Cove in Shelburne on the 11th.
REDHEADS and RING-NECKED DUCKS were sighted off Allen Point among thousands
of GREATER SCAUP and COMMON GOLDENEYE on the 8th as well as in Button Bay on
the 7TH and 11th. REDHEADS were also seen at Dead Creek on the 12th as well
as in South Hero, Button Bay and Vernon (25). A HARLEQUIN DUCK was spotted
at Charlotte Town Beach on March 11th and 12th. Two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS
were seen from the Colchester RR Causeway on March 7th. COMMON GOLDENEYE
reports were plentiful, along with two pairs of BARROW'S GOLDENEYES off the
Colchester RR Causeway on the 7th and one individual on the 8th and 10th of
March. HOODED MERGANSERS were seen in South Hero, Button Bay, Dead Creek,
Shelburne Bay, Burlington and off the Colchester Causeway this week. .
HOODED MERGANSERS were seen off Allen Point, Brattleboro, Button Bay, Dead
Creek, Shelburne Bay and Burlington.
An unusual sighting for eastern Vermont was the NORTHERN HARRIER spotted in
the town of Hartford on March 12th. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen in Pownal
on the 7th and 10th of March. A COOPER'S HAWK was sighted at the Burlington
Intervale compost headquarters on March 4th and 5th, in Woodstock on the
10th, Brattleboro on the 12th and White River Junction on the 13th. The
season's first report of a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was submitted from Vergennes
on March 12th. Numerous RED-TAILED HAWK sightings occurred including those
in Pittsford, Grand Isle, East Dorset, White River Junction and Dead Creek.
A GOLDEN EAGLE was spotted in Woodstock on the 11th of March. AMERICAN
KESTRELS were seen in Meach Cove, Norwich and Whiting this week. A MERLIN
was seen in Vergennes on the 6th and a gray form GYRFALCON was headed north
over Allen Point Park in South Hero on March 7th.
The first KILLDEER sightings of the season were reported from Pownal,
Brattleboro and Grand Isle on March 10th and in Norwich, Brandon and
Shelburne Bay on the 12th.
Two GREAT HORNED OWLS were calling back and forth in Montpelier the night of
March 6th, and a pair is nesting in Springfield. The last reported sighting
of the SNOWY OWL in East Warren occurred on March 10th.
A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Brattleboro on March 12th.
A second-hand report of 3 RED-HEADED WOODPECKER sightings near Shaftsbury
this winter was submitted. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was seen in Bennington
on March 6th, in Fairfax on March 8th and in Pownal on the 10th. The first
NORTHERN FLICKER report of the season was of two calling back and forth in
North Ferrisburg on March 12th.
An AMERICAN CROW was seen breaking off a branch for nesting material in
Burlington on the 10th of March.
Activity around several COMMON RAVEN nesting sites was observed this week.
Eight HORNED LARKS were spotted on Grand Isle on March 6th and 12 were seen
at Dead Creek on the 11th.
The season's first TREE SWALLOWS were seen in Gifford Woods State Park near
Killington on March 13th.
A CAROLINA WREN was sighted in Rutland Town on March 8th.
In North Ferrisburg a pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS was seen checking out a nest
box on the 12th of March. EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen in Pownal and Grand
Isle, as well. The first reported HERMIT THRUSH sighting this spring
occurred in Springfield on the 6th of March. AMERICAN ROBINS are turning up
throughout the state.
A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was seen in Wilder on the 7th of March and in
Brattleboro on the 11th.
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were observed in Hartland, Norwich, Bristol, Pittsford,
Elmore and South Burlington this week.
A SONG SPARROW was seen foraging in Norwich on the 10th of March, 3 were
seen off the Colchester Causeway on the 12th and one was observed in
Bennington on the 13th. WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were present in Bennington,
Brattleboro and Rochester this week.
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS returned to Vermont this week in large numbers.
Sightings took place in Hartland, North Ferrisburg, Dead Creek, West Rutland
Marsh, Woodbury, Jericho Center, Charlotte, Huntington, Pownal, Shelburne,
Plainfield, Elmore, Brattleboro, Bennington, Westford, Rochester and
Norwich. In Bennington, both a male and female were sighted.
COMMON GRACKLE sightings were also numerous, occurring in North Ferrisburg,
Rochester, Grand Isle, Bristol, Danby, White River Junction, Westminster,
Brownsville, East Dorset and Norwich.
Thanks to the following contributors and others whose observations were
cited: Jeffrey Allen, Stephen Antell, Greg Askew, Marcia Baker, Stephanie
Bellomo, Peter Briggs, Nancy Brown, Bridget Butler, Eric Cannizarro, Julia
Child, George Clark, Ken Copenhaver, Mike Cosgrove, Ann Curran, Ann Day,
Bonnie Dundas, Sue Elliott, Evergreen Erb, Bruce Flewelling, Lynn Garrepy,
Spencer and Doug Hardy, Larry Haugh, David Hoag, Scott Johnson, Chiho
Kaneko, Maeve Kim, Juan Klavins, Michael Langlais, George Lisi, Bruce
MacPherson, Roger Masse, Paul Miksis, Cyndi Miller, Diane Pearson, Bryan
Pfeiffer, Roy Pilcher, Joe Przypek, Bunni Putnam, Sadie Richards, William
Schwenk, Mundi Smithers, Ruth Stewart, Christopher Trammel, Henry Trombley,
Nancy Turner, Ian Worely and Nathan Zalik.
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