This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for October 24, covering the period
October 17 - 23, 2008.
The birding highlights of the week include a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE observed
at a small farm pond off Goodrich Corners Road in Addison as well as at Dead
Creek's banding station on 10/19 (a late sighting for Vermont) and 2
SABINE'S GULLS in Grand Isle on 10/19.
A lingering AMERICAN BITTERN was spotted at Dead Creek on 10/19.
As of 10/24 there were 3,000 SNOW GEESE at Dead Creek. Forty-one BRANT were
observed off Grand Isle on 10/22. A CACKLING GOOSE, a subspecies of the
CANADA GOOSE, was seen on the West River behind Marina Restaurant in
Brattleboro on 10/19. The first LONG-TAILED DUCKS of the season were
spotted in Oven Bay (4) on 10/19 and off Grand Isle (30) on 10/22.
AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were observed in South Starksboro (1) on 10/17 and at
Brilyea Access, Dead Creek, on 10/18 (1) and 10/19 (2). There were FOX
SPARROW sightings this week in South Starksboro, Waitsfield, Moretown,
Norwich, Rutland Town and Ludlow.
A very late sighting of a juvenile ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK occurred in
Rochester on 10/20.
There was also a late sighting of a YELLOW WARBLER at Dead Creek on 10/19
and a PINE WARBLER in Norwich on 10/21.
The first SNOW BUNTINGS (17) of the season were seen in Lowell, Vermont on
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