This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for April 16, 2007 covering the period
April 9 - 15, 2007.
Highlights this week include the continued presence of the EURASIAN
GREEN-WINGED TEAL in Herrick's Cove, which was first seen on 4/7 and last
observed on 4/13. Other highlights include several sightings in Grand Isle:
a CANVASBACK on 4/8, a CASPIAN TERN on 4/9 and a SHORT-EARED OWL on 4/14.
The second reported COMMON LOON to return to Vermont was seen off Grand Isle
The first AMERICAN BITTERNS of the season were sighted on 4/11 in North
Derby and Grand Isle.
Another first, a GREAT EGRET, was spotted at the Intervale marsh in
Burlington on 4/9.
A BLACK VULTURE was observed soaring over Williston on 4/14, headed west.
Reports of RUFFED GROUSE drumming have come in from all over Vermont.
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were seen in Huntington and Williston this week.
NORTHERN FLICKERS were present at Herrick's Cove, Grand Isle and Wilder.
The first two BLUE-HEADED VIREOS of the season were both sighted on 4/13,
one in Huntington and the other in Warren.
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, the first two seen this spring, were in Hartford on
4/10 and at the Green Mountain Audubon Nature Center in Huntington on 4/14.
A total of five WINTER WRENS were seen during one birder's walk around
Beaver Pond in Proctor on 4/14.
The YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER that has been seen intermittently throughout the
winter at a feeder in Woodstock returned on 4/14 and 4/15. One was also
seen at the West Rutland Marsh on 4/15 along with the season's first PALM
CHIPPING SPARROWS were observed in Orleans, Brattleboro, South Starksboro
and Danby this week. A FIELD SPARROW was spotted in Rutland on 4/15.
A late-departing SNOW BUNTING was seen in East Warren on 4/10 and 4/11.
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