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- RBA
*Vermont
*Statewide
*12/06/02
*VTVT0212.06

    Despite the frigid weather (or perhaps because of it), there were a
number of reports this week of extra-seasonal vagrants, seen mostly at
feeders. An adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE visited a feeder in Woodstock, at
least through the 2nd. A RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD and a FOX SPARROW were seen in
Shelburne. A NORTHERN FLICKER was in North Ferrisburgh. A pair of COMMON
GRACKLES was present in Shoreham this week. Sadly, a stunned NASHVILLE
WARBLER in Rutland subsequently died.
    A flock of about 700 COMMON GOLDENEYES was still present off of Shawnee
Shores in Panton (off of Mud Island), a single drake BARROWıS GOLDENEYE
among them. At least 1 RING-NECKED DUCK, 20 SCAUP, and a possible RED-NECKED
DUCK were also in the vicinity.
    A raptor survey conducted on the 1st in Bridport, Addison and Panton
yielded the following: 25 RED-TAILS, 37 ROUGH-LEGS (including 21 light and
13 dark phase birds), 11 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 3 AMERICAN KESTRELS, and 1 BALD
EAGLE.
    675 SNOW GEESE were counted on the ground at Dead Creek on the 1st, and
another 2000+ were seen in the air over the lake.
    COOPERıS HAWKS were present in North Ferrisburgh and Shelburne this
week.
    A dark phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was spotted in Norwich  on the 4th, and
an adult BALD EAGLE was seen over Bellows Falls on the 3rd.
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Wayne Scott
Compiler, VT Rare Bird Alert

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