This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for November 14, covering the period
November 7 - 13, 2008.
The birding highlights of the week include a PACIFIC LOON spotted on 11/8 at
the South Hero end of the Colchester Causeway, in the bay to the right as
you drive in. The last sighting of a PACIFIC LOON in Vermont occurred in
May, 2005. There were two separate sightings (at different times) of a
first year female SNOWY OWL flying over Lake Champlain near Charlotte on
As of 11/14 there were 3,500 SNOW GEESE at Dead Creek WMA. Three CACKLING
GEESE were spotted in Shelburne Bay on 11/8 along with a GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE. A BRANT was seen in Shelburne Bay on 11/7 - 11/10.
Two female RUDDY DUCKS were seen at Colchester Pond Natural Area 11/7 -
Two PURPLE SANDPIPERS were observed off the Colchester Causeway on 11/10, 19
were spotted on 11/11 and 4 were seen from Grand Isle on 11/12.
SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at Dead Creek WMA (7 on 11/9 and 3 on 11/7) and
off the Colchester Causeway (1 on 11/12).
Five GRAY JAYS were spotted in North Pomfret on 11/8.
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen in Monkton (4 on 11/8), South Burlington
(12 on 11/9) and Norwich (2 on 11/10).
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. Our offices are located in White River Junction.
Please visit VCE's web site at www.vtecostudies.org .
Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to VCE, or email
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Vermont eBird at http://ebird.org/content/vt/.
Vermont RBA Compilers,
Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE)