This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for April 9, 2007 covering the period
April 2 - 8, 2007.
Highlights this week include two BLACK VULTURES flying over Rte. 7 near
Burlington on 4/8, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE near the Champlain Bridge
on 4/5, a EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL at Herrick's Cove on 4/7, four REDHEADS
on 4/3 and a pair on 4/5 at the Champlain Bridge and two off Grand Isle on
4/6, a TUFTED DUCK south of the Champlain Bridge on 4/2 and two SANDHILL
CRANES in Bristol on 4/5.
The first COMMON LOON of the season was seen at Lake Runnemede in Winsor on
4/8. A PIED-BILLED GREBE was observed at Dead Creek on 4/2. In addition to
the migrating species of waterfowl present in previous weeks, the first
BLUE-WINGED TEALS (4) were spotted at Dead Creek on 4/8. On 4/2 two
RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were seen at the Champlain Bridge.
MERLINS were seen in Johnson on 4/2 and at Dead Creek on 4/8.
An AMERICAN COOT was sighted at the Brilyea Access at Dead Creek on 4/5.
A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was observed in Arlington on 4/4. YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKERS, the first of the season, were reported in Huntington (4/6) and
East Clarendon (4/7). A NORTHERN FLICKER was seen at Herrick's Cove (4/3)
and East Dorset (4/5).
WINTER WRENS were back in Ryegate on 4/1 and Hartland on 4/2.
HERMIT THRUSHES were seen in Ludlow on 4/5, Herrick's Cove on 4/7 and in
Windsor on 4/8.
A FIELD SPARROW was spotted at Dead Creek on 4/8, the first SWAMP SPARROW of
the season was heard singing at Herrick's Cove on 4/3 and the first SAVANNAH
SPARROW was seen in Brownsville on 4/9. DARK-EYED JUNCOS have been
gathering at feeders in very large numbers throughout Vermont this week.
EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were seen in East Warren (4/7), Waitsfield (4/7 and 4/8)
and Dead Creek (4 on 4/8).
Two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were spotted at Berlin Pond on 4/3.