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- RBA
*Vermont
*Statewide
*06/26/02
*VTVT0206.26

    On June 12th, an unusual, large loon was videotaped from the Alburg
shoreline by the intersection of Middle and West Shore Roads. While the jury
is still out, the bill size and shape, entirely pale culman, as well as the
pale face and nape, suggest the bird is an immature YELLOW-BILLED LOON.
Pictures of the bird can be seen at the following web addresses (URL):
http://www.uvm.edu/~smorrica/Loon_Collage.JPG and at
http://www.uvm.edu/~smorrica/Loon_Collage_2.JPG. Other photos may be posted
soon. If accepted, this would be a first state record. Stay tuned!
     A search of the Alburg shoreline on the 25th produced several COMMON
LOONS (immatures and adults) as well as an out-of-season BRANT, but not the
bird in question.
    A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found on Rollo Road in Highgate on the 20th
along with both COOPER¹S and SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS and 7 BROWN THRASHERS.
    Also of interest, a survey of UPLAND SANDPIPER sites yielded 8 birds,
most in the stretch of Route 2 just east of the Rouse¹s Point Bridge.
Between Alburg and Swanton, at least 6 SHOVELERS were found, with nesting
strongly suspected in Alburg. Three GADWALLS were seen along Middle Road in
Alburg.
    CASPIAN TERNS attempted to nest on Popasquash Island this year, but
sadly, the nest with eggs was abandoned, perhaps after the extended wet and
cool weather early in the month.
    Apparently, GREAT EGRETS are nesting on the Four Brothers Islands this
year. At least two have been regularly seen at the marsh on Kennedy Drive in
South Burlington. Two were also seen in the Burlington Intervale.
    In Grand Isle, a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 2 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, a
CAROLINA WREN, and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW were present between the 17th and
19th.
    A MOURNING WARBLER continues to be found at Mount Philo State Park in
Charlotte. At Shelburne Farms, a CATTLE EGRET was observed flying overhead
on the 24th. Two VIRGINIA RAILS were among the species tallied at Leffert¹s
Pond in Chittenden. BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS were heard in Windsor, Norwich and
Saxton¹s River. A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard in East Clarendon on the 21st. In
Corinth, the weekly census produced a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, a first for the
year and unusual in the eastern part of the state away from the Connecticut
River Valley.


Wayne Scott
Compiler, VT Rare Bird Alert

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