This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for November 12, 2007 covering the
period November 5 - 11, 2007.
Highlights this week include an adult ARCTIC/PACIFIC LOON in non-breeding
plumage observed from the Vantine fishing access on the west shore of Grand
Isle on 11/5, 6 & 8. There were also reports of a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
and a DOVKIE at this site on 11/7.
A GREATER GREENLAND WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen at Brattleboro Retreat
Meadows on 10/10 and eight more were sighted on a reservoir along Pond Road
in Bellows Falls on 11/11. Four RUDDY DUCKS were seen on Colchester Pond on
11/5 and a single bird was observed on Lake Bomoseen on 11/8. A SURF SCOTER
was observed off Grand Isle on 11/9.
A migrating GOLDEN EAGLE was spotted at the Helen Buckner Memorial Preserve
at Bald Mt. on 11/11.
The season's first SNOWY OWL was seen in Weybridge along Route 23 between
the Lemon Fair River and Snake Mt. Road on 11/10.
Two YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were sighted in Vermont this week, one in
Brandon (11/6) and one in West Brattleboro (11/10).
NORTHERN SHRIKES were spotted in South Hero, McCuen Slang, Norwich,
Ferrisburg and Montgomery.
It appears as if this is going to be a good year for BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS.
They were seen in White River Junction, Middlebury, Thetford Center,
Shelburne, Burlington, Norwich, Bald Mt. and Lyndonville this week.
There has been a WILSON'S WARBLER seen regularly in a yard in Newfane since
With Canada experiencing the largest seed crop failure in a decade,
sightings of finches are already unusually high in Vermont, which presumably
signals the beginning of an irruption. PINE GROSBEAKS were spotted in
Underhill (4), South Royalton (1), Burlington, Middlesex (6), Lyndonville
(1), Essex, Montgomery (2), South Starksboro (5), Grand Isle, South Hero
(1), Middlebury (8), Barnard (2) and Monkton (10). EVENING GROSBEAK
sightings occurred in South Starksboro, Marlboro (2), Norwich (1),
Lyndonville (28), Rochester and Brandon (11). Two RED CROSSBILLS were seen
in Rutland on 11/11. COMMON REDPOLLS were seen in Grand Isle, Marlboro (1),
Rutland (9), East Clarendon (1), Middlebury and Burlington (40) this week.
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understanding and conservation of birds and other wildlife. With a reach
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