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  Thank you for all your time and energy. Will we be on the overseas bird
alert list? Betty Holton


> [Original Message]
> From: JoAnn Lafayette <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
 > Date: 8/1/03 4:12:20 PM
> Subject: Re: RBA Vermont - 08/01/03
>
> Well, we will miss your postings.  Thank you for all you have done
> for birding.  I hope you will enjoy your time overseas, but come
> back for there is no place like home, there is no place like home,
> there is no place like home....best wishes  Jo Ann Lafayette
> Burlington
>
> On 1 Aug 2003 at 7:45, Wayne Scott wrote:
>
> > *Vermont
> > *Statewide
> > *08/01/03
> > *VTVT0308.01
> >
> >      This is a summary of the bird sightings in
> >      Vermont for the second half
> > of July. An informal summary of birders from both
> > Vermont and New Hampshire suggested much reduced
> > EASTERN PHOEBE numbers in the region this spring
> > and early summer. So it is reassuring to hear
> > about mid summer nesting attempts. Many bird
> > species, having already produced one clutch, are
> > working on a second. Reports of territorial
> > WARBLER species on the slopes of Camelšs Hump in
> > Duxbury include BLACK-THROATED BLUE, CANADA,
> > MAGNOLIA, BLACKPOLL, and NASHVILLE. With all the
> > tent caterpillars around, it seems to be a good
> > year for CUCKOOS. YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, not an
> > easy species to find in the state, were seen or
> > heard in Norwich and in Springfield. Finally, I
> > hear through the grapevine that the water levels
> > at Dead Creek in Addison are being lowered, good
> > news for you wader enthusiasts.
> >
> >      The Monroe, NH ­ Barnet, VT SANDHILL CRANE
> >      was reported on the New
> > Hampshire side of the river, now in its fifth year
> > roosting at night on the large sandbar in the
> > middle of the Connecticut River between the two
> > towns.
> >
> >      A LEAST BITTERN was seen at the Black Creek
> >      marsh in St. Albans.
> >
> >      At least 50 immature BONAPARTEšS GULLS have
> >      been lingering off
> > Popasquash Island north of St. Albans.
> >
> >      One or two RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS were found
> >      at Mud Creek in the large
> > forest on the right as one enters the recreation
> > trail from Route 78.
> >
> >      An adult male ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen near
> >      the intersection of Lake
> > Road and Route 125 in Bridport on the 14th.
> >
> >      At the Brilyea Access of Dead Creek off Route
> >      17, 3 SANDERLINGS and a
> > SORA were reported on the  19th.
> >
> >        At Lake Bomoseen on the 14th, the following
> >        were among the birds
> > seen: 6 GREAT BLUE HERONS, 1 GREEN HERON, 44 WOOD
> > DUCKS, 1 BROAD-WINGED HAWK, 3 MARSH WRENS, and 6
> > SWAMP SPARROWS.
> >
> >      The following were reported from the
> >      Northeast Kingdom on the 12th:
> > NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, about 4 miles in on the
> > Stone Dam Road off Route 105, BLACK-BACKED
> > WOODPECKERS, a female and immature near the west
> > end of the Moose Bog Trail, BOREAL CHICKADEE, PALM
> > WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and
> > WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL.
> >
> >      At the Union Village dam in Thetford, 47
> >      species were tallied during a
> > regular census on the 24th including the following
> > WARBLER species: 2 BLACK-AND-WHITE, 1
> > YELLOW-RUMPED, 2 BBLACK-THROATED GREENS, 12 COMMON
> > YELLOWTHROATS, 4 CHESTNUT-SIDED, and 3 OVENBIRDS.
> >
> >      On the 25th, 2 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, 2
> >      SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, and more
> > than 12 LEAST SANDPIPERS were found at the
> > Ompompanoosuc River Flats in Norwich.
> >
> >      News from Atlas includes the following:
> >      COMMON RAVENS apparently nested
> > successfully at Shelburne Farms this year. OSPREYS
> > at Sandbar have fledged. MERLINS nested
> > successfully in at least two locations statewide.
> > Be on the lookout for this species as it is
> > expanding its range southward in the Northeast.
> > Three young PIED-BILLED GREBES  were seen at West
> > Mountain Pond in the town of Maidstone.
> >
> >      As of August 1, Chris Rimmer, Roz Renfrew and
> >      Kent McFarland, all
> > scientists and staff members at the Vermont
> > Institute of Natural Science, will be assuming
> > responsibility for the Vermont RBA. My family and
> > I are moving overseas for a period of two to five
> > years at the beginning of September. Both my wife
> > and I have a great fondness for Vermont and I will
> > continue to monitor via the Internet the bird
> > activity here in the state. All the best and good
> > birding!
> >
> >      Thanks to the following contributors whose
> >      observations were cited
> > above for the period: Brian Aust, Michael
> > Cosgrove, John Harbison, David Hoag, Matthew Kemp,
> > Tom Kemp, Ted Murin, Noah Perlut, Roy Pilcher,
> > Barbara Powers, Bill and Jeanne Prue, Chris
> > Rimmer, Dana Rohleder, Bill Shepherd, Andrew
> > Stowe, John Sutton, and Sandy Turner.
> >
> >
> > __________________________________
> > Wayne Scott
> > Compiler, VT Rare Bird Alert
> >
> > 416 Hanover Center Road
> > Etna, NH 03750
> > (603) 643-0179
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