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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
>
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