This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for October 29, 2007 covering the period
October 22-28, 2007.
Highlights this week include the following sightings: 4 BLACK VULTURES in
Brattleboro on 10/22, 3 on 10/25 & 10/26 and 10/28. ( The most recent
sighting took place from the "Curves" parking lot just north of the bridge
on Rte. 5 as the birds flew in to roost at 5:15 p.m.) ; a very
late-departing WILSON'S WARBLER in South Newfane on 10/23 and two pairs of
PINE GROSBEAKS , one on Snake Mountain on 10/25 and one in South Royalton on
Between 4,000 and 5,000 SNOW GEESE were at Dead Creek on 10/25. 14 BRANT
were spotted on Grand Isle and 1 in Shelburne Bay on 10/25. A BLUE-WINGED
TEAL was seen at the mouth of the Ompompanoosuc River on 10/23 and a pair
was spotted at Miners Pond in Bellows Falls on 10/26.
A pair of PEREGRINES was seen sitting on the steeple of Grace Church in
Rutland on 10/22.
A late-departing VIRGINIA RAIL was spotted at Tinmouth Channel on 10/25.
Two EASTERN PHOEBES were sighted this week, one on 10/22 in Essex Junction
and one on 1/25 at Herrick's Cove.
NORTHERN SHRIKES returned to South Starksboro, Brattleboro Retreat Meadows
and Lyndonville this week..
High numbers of AMERICAN PIPITS were seen this week, with the largest
sightings at Herrick's Cove (150-200 birds on 10/24 and 110 on 10/28).
Seventy-five CEDAR WAXWINGS were observed at Herrick's Cove on 10/28.
Sightings of lingering warblers this week included a PALM WARBLER at
Woodside Park in Essex Junction on 10/22, 2 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS at
Herrick's Cove on 10/24 and a very late WILSON'S WARBLER in South Newfane on
A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen at Herrick's Cove on 10/24. Large numbers of
WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, DARK-EYED JUNCOS were
reported throughout the state. FOX SPARROW numbers were also high. Three
SNOW BUNTINGS, the first of the season, were seen at the Colchester Causeway
Large number of PURPLE FINCHES, PINE SISKINS and AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES were
reported this week.
EVENING GROSBEAKS were observed in Jericho, Herrick's Cove, South
Starksboro, Shelburne, Waitsfield and Lyndonville.
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