This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for February 19, 2007 covering the
period February 12-18, 2007.
Highlights this week include a MERLIN seen taking down a DOWNY
WOODPECKER at a feeder near Lake Bomoseen, continued sightings of a
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK in Westminster and a BELTED KINGFISHER in Rutland town.
There were several HOODED MERGANSER sightings this week
including 2 in Button Bay on 2/11, 1 at Charlotte Town Beach on 2/12 and 4
at the Vernon Dam on 2/17.
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS were sighted in Brattleboro, Townshend,
Sunderland and Bennington.
CAROLINA WRENS were spotted in Wilmington, Brattleboro,
Bennington, Proctor, South Burlington, Middlebury and Rutland this week.
Seven BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were observed in Rutland on 2/16.
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and DARK-EYED JUNCO numbers were
particularly high this week.
Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were
cited: Abigail Abel, Paul Andriscin, Lynn Bevis, Ingrid Boette, Dierdre
Donaldson, Bonnie Dundas, Susan Elliott, Pat Folsom, Patti Haynes, David
Hoag, Mary Holland, Scott Johnson, Pam Kerstner, Janine Lomina, Bruce
MacPherson, Kent McFarland, Mary Ann McLeod, Lucy Marsh, Roger Masse, Robert
McMullin, Al Merritt, Ron Payne, Chris Petrak, Roy Pilcher, JoAnne Russo,
Randy Schmidt, Amy Sherburn, Justin Slade, Lane Vargas, Julie Waters, Matt
Weiner and the Winslows.
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