This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for May 22, 2006 covering the period May
Two RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on the 21st of May in Vermont; one at Berlin
Pond and one at Kent Pond, near Killington.
GREAT EGRETS were spotted in Shelburne Bay, Delta Park (2) and Muddy Brook
Marsh in South Burlington this week. On May 21st 3 SNOWY EGRETS, rare
visitors to Vermont, were seen at Delta Park. Even rarer was the sighting
of a TRI-COLORED HERON at Delta Park on the 16th of May. A CATTLE EGRET was
sighted at Shelburne Farms on May 15th. A BLACK VULTURE was observed in a
flock of 25 TURKEY VULTURES at the Nature Conservancy's Buckner Preserve in
Some of the last departing WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen on May 20th at
Kent Pond (8), Molly Falls Pond near Marshfield Dam (6) and Lapham Bay (2).
A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was observed on its nest in Adamant May 15th. MERLINS
were sighted at Lake Bomoseen and Middlebury on the 15th and again in
Middlebury on the 20th of May. A PEREGRINE FALCON flew overhead in Windsor
on the 21st of May.
A SEMIPALMATED PLOVER was spotted at the Ledyard Bridge in Norwich on May
20th. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen in Brandon on the 20th. A DUNLIN was
observed at the Goose Viewing Area at Dead Creek on May 20th. A RED-NECKED
PHALAROPE was spotted on May 20th in flooded fields along Route 73 west of
Brandon. On May 14th a male RED PHALAROPE was spotted at Oxbow Lake in
Newbury, on the 16th a male was seen at Lake Fairlee and 3 were spotted at
Kent Pond on May 20th (18 were reportedly seen there the previous week).
CASPIAN TERNS were spotted at Delta Park (2 on 5/16 and 1 on 5/20) and
Button Bay (1 on 5/20) this week. A BLACK TERN was seen at Delta Park on
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were seen or heard in West Haven, Hartland, Corinth,
Norwich and Underhill this week.
A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was observed in Washington on May 20th. WHIP-POOR-WILLS
were heard in two different Brandon locations on the 20th of May.
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS were seen in Middlesex, Bennington and Washington
A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was observed in Huntington on the 19th of May.
ALDER FLYCATCHERS returned to Vermont this week, as did GREAT CRESTED
CAROLINA WRENS were sighted in Rutland, Putney, White River Junction, Delta
Park, Norwich and Middlebury this week.
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS were spotted in Pittsfield, Bennington, Herrick's
Cove and Hartland.
A SWAINSON'S THRUSH was observed on Pico Peak and in Norwich this week.
BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS were sighted in West Rutland Marsh, Rutland and Pownal.
Two TENNESSEE WARBLERS were present in Essex on May 19th and 1 on the 21st.
A CAPE MAY WARBLER was observed in Huntington on the 18th of May. Fifty
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were banded at Crown Point on the 19th of May. A
PRAIRIE WARBLER was seen in North Hartland on the 17th of May and in
Bennington County on the 20th of May. A PALM WARBLER was spotted in
Burlington on the 21st. A BAY-BREASTED WARBLER was sighted at Red Rocks
Park in South Burlington as well as in Brandon on May 16th, and in Essex on
May 21st. A CERULEAN WARBLER was spotted in Washington on May 20th. A
MOURNING WARBLER was seen in South Starksboro on the 21st of May. WILSON'S
WARBLERS were observed in Williston, Pittsfield, Delta Park, Brandon,
Rutland, Essex and Bennington this week. A WORM-EATING WARBLER was reported
in Gilman on May 15th.
SCARLET TANAGERS returned to all corners of Vermont this week.
VESPER SPARROWS were observed in Georgia and at the Franklin Airport this
INDIGO BUNTINGS arrived back in force throughout Vermont this week.
A male RED CROSSBILL was seen at a feeder in Brandon on the 16th of May.
Thanks to the following contributors and others whose observations were
cited: Jean Arrowsmith, Mike Blust, Marsha Booker, Bridget Butler, Eric
Cannizzaro, Julia Child, George Clark, Mike Cosgrove, Chip Darmstadt, Bonnie
Dundas, Marvin Elliott, Susan Elliott, Bruce Flewelling, Heather Forcier,
Doug and Spencer Hardy, Mitch Harrison, Larry Hills, Mary Holland, Carol and
Pete Johnson, Scott Johnson, Alan Keitt, Amelia Klein, Jo Lafayette, Ted
Levin, Larry Levine, Bruce MacPherson, Marian Marrin, Mary Marro, Roger
Masse, Amy May, Silas Miller, Scott Morrical, Ron Payne, Bryan Pfeiffer,
Rebecca Pfeiffer, Roy Pilcher, Rick Renaud, Chris Rimmer, Larry and Mona
Rogers, Carl Runge, Bill Shepard, Mundi Smithers, Ruth Stewart, John Sutton,
Taj Schottland, Henry Trombley, Sandy Turner, Sue Wetmore, Ron and Norma
Wiesen, Henry Wilton, Terry Wright
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