This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for January 7, 2008 covering the period
December 31, 2007 - January 6, 2008.
Highlights this week include a RED-NECKED GREBE seen at the north end of
Shelburne Point on 1/1, a pair of CANVASBACKS in breeding plumage in
Shelburne Bay last seen 1/6, the continued presence of a PINE WARBLER in
Middlebury on 1/1, an unconfirmed report of a DICKCISSEL in Poultney 1/2 and
a HOARY REDPOLL in Waitsfield 12/31, 1/2 and 1/3 and in Saxton's River 1/3.
There were 5 COMMON LOON sightings on New Year's Day, 1 at Shelburne Beach,
1 at Basin Harbor CC and 3 at the Burlington waterfront.
A GREAT BLUE HERON was sighted on Grand Isle on 1/4.
A lone SNOW GOOSE was seen on Shelburne Bay on 1/5. Five LESSER SCAUP were
spotted in Shelburne on 1/1. A large flock of approximately 2,000 COMMON
GOLDENEYES were observed in White Bay in Panton on 1/1.
At least 9 BALD EAGLES were spotted at one time on the ice north of Crown
Point bridge on 1/2.
BELTED KINGFISHERS were seen at the following locations this week: 1/1 -
Addison, Button Bay, Charlotte (2), Ferrisburg, Randolph; 1/2 - Brandon; 1/3
Flocks of 20 - 60 PINE GROSBEAKS and COMMON REDPOLLS continue to be common
throughout the state..
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understanding and conservation of birds and other wildlife. With a reach
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