This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for October 22, 2007 covering the period
October 15-21, 2007.
Highlights this week include the following sightings: RUDDY TURNSTONE and
RED KNOT (unspecified numbers) at Barton River Marsh Access Area, 10/18; a
BLACK-HEADED GULL on Grand Isle, 10/15; a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER at Dead
Creek WMA, 10/17 and 10/21; a LONG-TAILED JAEGER on Grand Isle 10/21; a
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at Dead Creek on 10/17 and in Proctor on 10/18 and a
NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW at Dead Creek on 10/21.
A RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Barton River Access Area on 10/18 and in
Grand Isle on 10/20 and 21. COMMON LOONS were sighted frequently throughout
the state this week, with high numbers at the Tri-town Water District Plant
(30) and Grand Isle (30 on 10/20, 60 on 10/21).
An AMERICAN BITTERN was spotted in Danby on 10/15 and at the Barton River
Access Area on 10/18.
Large numbers of migrant waterfowl were reported this week, including 3,000
SNOW GEESE at Dead Creek on 210/22. More unusual sightings included a
CACKLING GOOSE at Dead Creek 10/21 as well as ROSS'S GOOSE (9 on 10/20, 5
on 10/21) at Dead Creek; BRANT, MUTE SWAN, LONG-TAILED DUCK and RUDDY DUCK
(unspecified numbers) at Barton River Marsh Access Area on 10/18.
A GRAY PARTRIDGE was observed at Barton River Marsh Access Area on 10/18.
A VIRGINIA RAIL sighting occurred at Barton River Marsh Access Area on
A LEAST SANDPIPER was seen at Barton River Marsh Access Area on 10/18 and a
SOLITARY SANDPIPER was spotted at Dead Creek on 10/17.
A lingering GRAY CATBIRD was spotted at Whitney Creek on 10/20.
A PALM WARBLER was seen in Norwich on 10/20.
Two LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were observed in Norwich on 10/20.
A flock of at least 1,000 COMMON GRACKLES was sighted in Rupert on 10/20.
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