This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for May 19, 2008 covering the period May
12-18, 2008. (* = first of year sightings)
The highlights of the week were a SANDHILL CRANE at Ompompanoosuc Flats in
Norwich on 5/18; a LITTLE GULL in Grand Isle on 5/13; a male and female
ORCHARD ORIOLE* at the Farrell Access at Dead Creek WMA on 5/15 and 2 RED
CROSSBILL sightings in central Vermont on 2/15, 2 in Norwich and 2 in
A HORNED GREBE was sighted off Grand Isle on 5/18.
A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, an unusual sighting in central Vermont, was
seen at the Ledyard Bridge in Norwich on 5/18.
Two CASPIAN TERNS were sighted at Delta Park in Colchester on 5/13 and at
Donahue Sea Caves in Burlington on 5/13.
A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO* was spotted at the West Rutland Marsh on 5/15 and in
Norwich on 5/18.
WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard in Goshen and Brandon on 5/17.
A PHILADELPHIA VIREO* was observed in South Starksboro on 5/16.
A SWAINSON'S THRUSH* was seen in Middlebury on 5/16 and in Rochester on
BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS were sighted in Saxton's River on 5/13 and 5/17, West
Rutland Marsh on 5/15, Proctor on 5/17 and in Monkton on 5/18. A BREWSTER'S
WARBLER (hybrid) was seen and heard at Snake Mt. on 5/17 and in Monkton on
5/18. A BLACKPOLL WARBLER* was spotted in Rochester on 5/18. A MOURNING
WARBLER* was observed in Charlotte on 5/17 and a WILSON'S WARBLER* was
spotted in Monkton on 5/18.
A lingering AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was seen in Saxton's River on 5/13.
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