This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for May 15, 2006 covering the period May
A very rare sighting of a BLACK VULTURE occurred at Brattleboro Retreat
Meadows on May 13th.
A MERLIN was spotted on Grand Isle on May 8th and 9th, as well as in
Middlebury on the 14th.
A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER were seen at Dead Creek on
On May 10th a WHIP-POOR-WILL was calling in Corinth and 2 were heard in East
A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was seen in Bennington on the 12th of May and a
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was spotted in Victory Bog on May 14th.
GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS returned to Huntington, Bomoseen State Park,
Underhill, Benson, Shelburne, Bristol, Grand Isle and Middlebury this week.
The first reported WILLOW FLYCATCHERS were seen at Bomoseen State Park on
RED-EYED VIREOS returned to Norwich, Hartland and Hartford this week.
A CAROLINA WREN was seen in Brandon and Middlebury on the 8th and 9th of
WOOD THRUSHES returned to all corners of Vermont this week. VEERIES were
back in Rutland and Bristol this week.
A BLUE-WINGED WARBLER was seen in Pownal on May 8th and on Mt. Philo on the
10th of May. A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was spotted in Hinesburg on May 10th.
NORTHERN PARULAS returned to Underhill, Calais and Victory Bog this week.
MAGNOLIA WARBLERS were back in Bennington, Norwich, Bristol, Stowe and
Victory Bog. A PALM WARBLER was seen in Quechee on the 8th of May.
AMERICAN REDSTARTS returned to West Brattleboro, Hartford, Herrick's Cove
and Rutland this week. A WILSON'S WARBLER was spotted at Herrick's Cove on
the 10th of May. A CANADA WARBLER was seen in Jericho on the 14th.
SCARLET TANAGERS arrived back in Norwich, Pittsford, Rupert, Mt. Philo and
Rutland Town this week.
A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was observed in Rupert on the 8th of May and in Bristol
on the 12th.
INDIGO BUNTINGS were back in Rupert and Jericho, on the 8th and 9th of May,
A RED CROSSBILL was seen feeding on sunflower seeds at a feeder in Brandon
on May 14th. A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was spotted in Mt. Philo State Park
on the 13th of May.
Thanks to the following contributors and others whose observations were
cited: John Anderson, Stephen Antell, Stephanie Bellomo, Peter Briggs,
Bridget Butler, George Clark, Stephen Cramer, Bonnie Dundas, Wally Elton,
Julie Hart, Mary Holland, Susan Hindinger, David Hoag, Kim Jensen, Scott
Johnson, Roger Masse, L.Mcelvan, Al Merritt, Cyndi Miller, Mary Jean Packer,
Ron Payne, Diane Pearson, Judy Peterson, Chris Petrak, Roy Pilcher, Chris
Rimmer, Mundi Smithers, Ruth Stewart, John Sutton, Henry Trombley, Sue
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