This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for March 27, covering the period March
20 - 26, 2009.
The birding highlights of the week include three ROSS'S GEESE in a flooded
field in Pittsford on 3/20, two TUFTED DUCKS at the South Hero end of the
Colchester Causeway on 3/21 plus one seen on 3/22 and 3/25, a EURASIAN
WIGEON on 3/21 also at the South Hero end of the Colchester Causeway, a
GOLDEN EAGLE over Ferrisburg on 3/25 and a MERLIN in Burlington on 3/26.
The season's first PIED-BILLED GREBE was spotted in Converse Bay, Charlotte
The first DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT sightings (3) took place off the
Colchester Causeway on 3/24.
The first GREEN HERON of the year was seen at Shelburne Bay on 3/25.
The season's first AMERICAN COOT sighting occurred in Shaftsbury on 3/25.
An EASTERN PHOEBE was first seen in Norwich on 3/22 followed by a sighting
in Bennington on 3/26.
There was a sprinkling of both BOHEMIAN and CEDAR WAXWING sightings
throughout the state this week.
A first-of-the-year EASTERN TOWHEE was heard singing near Lake Hortonia last
week, and one was spotted on Grand Isle on 3/25.
A handful of COMMON REDPOLL sightings occurred this week, while there were
over 40 reports of PINE SISKINS, including one in Lyndonville collecting a
mouthful of grass.
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
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)