This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for March 13, covering the period March
The birding highlight of the week was a GOLDEN EAGLE seen in Williston on
Waterfowl migration began in earnest this week, and included the following
first-sightings-of-the-season species: 4 WOOD DUCKS at Meach Cove in
Shelburne on 3/7 and 2 at Muddy Brook Marsh in South Burlington on 3/10; 4
NORTHERN PINTAILS in Charlotte on 3/7; 8 GADWALLS in Converse Bay in
Charlotte on 3/7, 5 on 3/8 and a drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL at Dead Creek on
3/7 and 2 CANVASBACKS on Mad River in Waitsfield on 3/9.
On 3/7 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were sighted in Cornwall (2), Bridport (1) and
An AMERICAN KESTREL was spotted in Calais on 3/7, the first sighting since
one was seen in Highgate on 3/11.
KILLDEER returned to Vermont this week and were reported from the following
towns: Ferrisburg (1 on 3/7), Pownal (1 on 3/8), New Haven (9 on 3/9) and
Brandon (several on 3/11).
Two ICELAND GULLS were observed at Converse Bay in Charlotte on 3/7.
The SNOWY OWL on Cider Mill Drive in South Burlington was last seen and
reported on 3/11. The NORTHERN HAWK OWL in Eden was last seen on 3/7.
The season's first NORTHERN FLICKER was observed on 3/8 in Pittsford.
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were spotted in Waitsfield, Calais, Rutland, South
Burlington, Montpelier and at Charlotte Town Beach this week. CEDAR WAXWINGS
were seen in Shoreham, Converse Bay, Rutland and Monkton.
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were sighted in Proctor (2 on 3/7), Northfield (2 on
3/12) and in Mendon (1 on 3/8).
COMMON REDPOLL and PINE SISKINS are still present in large numbers
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