This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for March 6, covering the period
February 27 - March 5, 2009.
The first four TURKEY VULTURES of the season were seen in South Burlington
(2/26), West Brattleboro (2/28), Dead Creek WMA (3/1) and Colchester (3/5).
An AMERICAN WIGEON was seen at McNeil Cove in Charlotte on 3/3. On 2/27 a
GREATER SCAUP was observed at the Grand Isle ferry dock. On 3/1 nine LESSER
SCAUP were spotted at McNeil Cove in Charlotte. A pair of HOODED MERGANSERS
was seen at Meach Cove in Shelburne on 3/1. A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was
observed at the Grand Isle ferry dock on 2/27 and at Converse Bay in
Charlotte on 3/1. Seventeen RING-NECKED DUCKS were spotted at Shelburne
Town Beach on 2/28 and 21 were seen at Meach Cove in Shelburne on 3/1.
A NORTHERN HARRIER was spotted in Charlotte on 3/1 and on 3/3. A
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was sighted at Meach Cove on 3/1. A PEREGRINE FALCON was
sighted in Moretown and Mt. Horrid on 2/28.
Two juvenile ICELAND GULLS were seen in Charlotte on 3/1 and 1 was seen at
Town Farm Bay in Charlotte on 3/3 along with three GLAUCOUS GULLS.
A SNOWY OWL was last seen and reported in Whiting on 2/28. A SNOWY OWL was
observed perching on a roof top on Crispin Drive in South Burlington on 3/3,
from which vantage point he caught three rodents.
A BELTED KINGFISHER was present at Meach Cove in Shelburne on 3/3.
AMERICAN ROBIN sightings are increasing, with the largest flock (80) seen in
Saxton's River on 3/2.
There were 16 sightings of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS this week, with the largest
flocks reported from Brattleboro (400+), West Brattleboro (275), Middlebury
(180), Rutland (175) and Shelburne Town Beach (150). A few CEDAR WAXWINGS
were also present.
There was a report of a very early YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER in Chittenden on
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were sighted all over the state this week, with the
largest flock (75) seen in Tinmouth.
The first COMMON GRACKLE of the year was seen in Danby on 2/28.
One PINE GROSBEAK was spotted in Canaan on 2/28.
There were several sightings of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS this week, including
a small flock in Poultney (3/3), Shelburne (3 on 3/3), Waitsfield (1 on
3/2), Westminster (1 on 3/1) and Porter's Point area of Colchester (1 on
Large sized flocks of EVENING GROSBEAKS were present on three consecutive
days in South Starksboro this week (105 on 3/2, 75 on 3/1 and 60 on 2/28).
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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.
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