This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, Nov. 21, 2003.

Bird diversity is creeping down in Vermont. A look at Vermont eBird weekly
results from mid-October to today shows 99 species reported in mid Oct.
slowly creeping down to 56 species reported this past week. But we have
winter birds to think about now......

The highlight this week goes once again to the intrepid Lake Watch clan
that suffers in the cold wind in Charlotte (One was heard saying in a rough
voice, "You can make it as cold as you want. But I'm staying, you'll have
to pry my scope from my cold dead hands."). On the 15th Nov. their teeth
chattered to 189 COMMON LOONS and 2 GOLDEN EAGLES among other typical
species for them.

Raptors appeared on west shore of Grande Isle on 17th of Nov. with a
CAROLINA WRENS.  It will be interesting to compare the later species
results on the 2nd Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas with the first as this bird
appears around the state regularly now.

An OSPREY cruised through Brattleboro on 20th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was reported from Plainfield on the 20th.

Typical waterfowl reported from most regions. Highlights include a
LONG-TAILED DUCK at Wilder Dam on the 16th and a high count of 60 HOODED
MERGANSERS and a GREATER YELLOWLEGS at Ledyard Bridge in Norwich on the 17th.

The West Rutland Marsh IBA watch noted 20 species on the 20th. Highlights

This week featured an apparent eruption of PINE SISKINS into Vermont.  Many
reports from all over Vermont - from Grande Isle to Manchester  and on both
sides of the Greens. EVENING GROSBEAKS seem to be scattering about too.
Most earlier reports were from mid-elevations, but in the last week or two
reports have been made throughout the state, including a large flock of 50
in Bridgewater.

An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was seen in Wallingford on 18th.  Always seems that
these are spring and summer birds, but they can be seen into November. Same
with HERMIT THRUSH which was observed in Woodstock at the VINS Bragdon
Preserve on the 17th. The toughest little warbler - MYRTLE WARBLER - was
observed solo along Lake Fairlee on the 15th.  SNOW BUNTINGS have been
noted from Calais to Quechee and of course in the Champlain
Valley.  LAPLAND LONGSPURS also reported from the valley, but interestingly
1 was reported in Quechee on 18th.  They are much more uncommon in the
Upper Valley and other areas east of Greens.

Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited above for
the period:

Sue Elliot, Hector Galbraith, Dave Hoag,  Tait Johanson, Kent McFarland,
Ted Murin, David Merker, Kathleen Upton, Roz Renfrew, Peter Riley, Chris
Rimmer, Stephan Sturup and many others.

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