This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for January 21, 2008 covering the period
January 14 - 21, 2008.
Highlights this week include a SNOW GOOSE which was sighted this week in
Meach Cove in Shelburne on 1/19, a pair of HARLEQUIN DUCKS seen off
Shelburne Point on 1/20 and an out-of-season LINCOLN'S SPARROW at the
Burlington Intervale on 1/20 for which field notes were taken by observer.
A COMMON LOON was sighted at Charlotte Town Beach on 1/19.
Fourteen RING-NECKED DUCKS, 300 GREATER SCAUP and 25 LESSER SCAUP were
spotted on Hospital Creek near Chimney Point on 1/15.
An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen in Ferrisburg on 1/19.
A PEREGRINE FALCON was observed in New Haven as well as Ferrisburg on 1/19.
There were two unconfirmed reports of northern owls in Vermont this week.
One was a secondhand report of a GREAT GRAY OWL seen last week at the
Burlington Intervale. In addition, two SNOWY OWLS were reported to be
flying over Cornwall on 1/16.
A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen near the CVPS water line and East Creek in
Rutland Town on 1/16.
A NORTHERN FLICKER was spotted 1/15 and 1/20 in Brandon.
There were 12 sightings of NORTHERN SHRIKES this week.
Several flocks of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen, including 20 in Fairlee and
25 in Brandon on 1/15 as well as 125 in Norwich on 1/17. Numerous flocks of
CEDAR WAXWINGS were also seen.
PINE GROSBEAKS and COMMON REDPOLL sightings continue to occur all over the
state in large numbers.
This weekly Vermont birding report is a service of the Vermont Center for
Ecostudies (VCE). VCE is a non-profit organization dedicated to the
understanding and conservation of birds and other wildlife. With a reach
extending from northern New England through the Caribbean to South America,
our work in wildlife research and population monitoring unites people and
science for conservation. Founded in 2007 as an outgrowth of VINS, our
offices are located in White River Junction. Please visit VCE's web site at
Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to VCE, or email
reports to [log in to unmask] Better yet, enter your sightings on
Vermont eBird at http://ebird.org/content/vt/.
Vermont RBA Compilers,
Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE)