This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for September 3, 2007 covering the
period August 27 - September 2, 2007.
Highlights include the following shorebirds seen at the Brilyea
Access area of Dead Creek this week: one HUDSONIAN GODWIT on 8/27, WESTERN
SANDPIPERS (2 on 8/27, 1 on 8/30 and 31, 1 on 9/2), STILT SANDPIPERS (3 on
8/27, 1 on 8/28, 2 on 8/30, 1 on 8/31, 1 on 9/1, 3 on 9/2) and 2
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS on 8/28, 8/29 and 8/30.
GREAT BLUE HERONS were observed in large numbers, especially at
Dead Creek, with daily sightings of between 30 and 40 this week.
Twenty-eight BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at Brilyea Access on 8/27
and 5 immature birds on 8/29.
An early SNOW GOOSE was spotted at Dead Creek on 9/2. Large
numbers of CANADA GEESE, WOOD DUCKS and GREEN-WINGED TEAL have been seen
migrating through Vermont this week. The fall's first report of 2
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS occurred at Addison Pond.
Migrating shorebirds at Dead Creek provided good birding
throughout the week. Sightings included SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS (seen daily,
with maximum of 12 on 8/28), GREATER YELLOWLEGS (maximum of 28 on 9/2),
LESSER YELLOWLEGS (maximum of 85 on 9/2), SOLITARY SANDPIPERS (1 on 8/29, 4
on 9/2), SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, SANDERLING (1 seen daily), SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPERS (maximum of 155 on 8/29), LEAST SANDPIPERS (maximum of 25 on
9/2), WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS (1 on 8/30, 8/31 and 9/2), BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS
(3 on 8/28 and 1 on 8/30), PECTORAL SANDPIPERS (2 on 8/27, 5 on 8/28, 4 on
9/1, 6 on 9/2)) and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS (2 on 8/29, 1 on 8/31 a1 on
COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were moving through, with 20 sighted in
Richmond on 8/27 and 32 seen at the confluence of the Ompompanoosuc and
Connecticut Rivers on 8/28.
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