This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for November 20, 2006 covering the
period November 13-19, 2006.
A total of 57 RED-THROATED LOONS were observed on the southern end of Lake
Champlain, between Charlotte and Potash and Oven Bays on November 18th. In
addition, 2 were seen at Brattleboro Retreat Meadows on the 16th, 1 at
Shelburne Bay on the 17th and 4 off Grand Isle on the 13th. One-hundred and
ten COMMON LOONS were spotted on November 18th on the southern end of Lake
Champlain, 26 off Grand Isle on the 18th and 36 off Grand Isle on the 13th.
Sixty HORNED GREBES were sighted from the southern shores of Lake Champlain
on November 18th, plus 17 in Potash Bay on 11/19, 5 at Charlotte Town Beach
on 11/19, 8 at Shelburne Town Beach on 11/19, 2 off Grand Isle on the 18th
and 5 off Grand Isle on the 13th. Eight RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on the
southern end of Lake Champlain on the 18th and 1 off Grand Isle on the 13th.
Waterfowl take center stage in this week's bird alert, highlighted by the
extremely rare sighting of a first year drake KING EIDER off Grand Isle on
November 15th. In addition, the following waterfowl sightings took place
this week: One CACKLING GOOSE -among 77 CANADA GEESE on Connecticut River
below Ledyard Bridge on 11/19; GADWALL - 1 off Grand Isle on 11/13; BLACK
DUCK - present off Grand Isle on 11/18, 4 in Quechee on 11/16 and 40 off
Grand Isle on 11/13; MALLARD sightings throughout the state; GREEN-WINGED
TEAL - 12 in Brattleboro on 11/16; RING-NECKED DUCK - 1 at Berlin Pond on
11/17, 35 at Stiles Pond on 11/13; SCAUP - 40 LESSER and GREATER on southern
Lake Champlain on 11/18, 32 GREATER SCAUP at Delta Park on 11/17; SCOTER SP.
- 70 in Potash Bay on 11/19; SURF SCOTER - 2 females on Potash Bay 11/19, 6
on southern Lake Champlain on 11/18, 2 off Grand Isle on 11/17; WHITE-WINGED
SCOTER - 100 on southern Lake Champlain on 11/18, 36 off Grand Isle on
11/18, 15 at Delta Park on 11/17, 65 off Grand Isle on 11/13 and present
throughout the week; BLACK SCOTER - 1 male in Potash Bay on 11/19, 170 on
southern Lake Champlain on 11/18, 55 off Grand Isle on 11/13 and present
throughout week including 11 on 11/1; LONG-TAILED DUCK - 6 in Potash Bay on
11/19, 10 on southern Lake Champlain on 11/18, 1 off Ledyard Bridge on
11/18, also seen off Grand Isle, on Lake Pinneo in Quechee and on Stiles
Pond; BUFFLEHEAD - 1 on Lake Lamoille in Morrisville on 11/16, 1 off Grand
Isle on 11/13; COMMON GOLDENEYE - 10 on Stiles Pond on 11/13; HOODED
MERGANSER -2 in Woodstock on 11/19, 4 in Brattleboro on 11/18, 5 at Berlin
Pond, 1 at Delta Park and 2 at Lake Pinneo on 11/17, 3 at VINS Nature Center
in Quechee on 11/16 and 25 off Grand Isle on 11/13.
Four PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen at the Colchester Causeway on November 13th
and 14th. They were observed feeding on zebra mussels at the bridge on the
14th. No sightings have been reported since the 14th. A LITTLE GULL was
sighted in Vergennes on November 11th.
A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was observed in Brattleboro on the 18th of
A CAROLINA WREN was seen at the West Rutland Marsh, in White River Junction
and at Delta Park this week. Two MARSH WRENS were observed at the West
Rutland Marsh on November 18th.
A HERMIT THRUSH was spotted in Rutland Town on November 19th.
Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited: Greg
Askew, Thomas Berriman, Charlotte Bill, Susan Elliott, David Hoag, Nate
Johnson, Scott Johnson, Ted Murin, Chris Rimmer, Carl Runge, Taj Schottland,
Christopher Trammel, Henry Trombley Julie Waters and Terry Wright.
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