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This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, July 30, 2004 covering the
period July 24 - 30, 2004.

            Two PIED-BILLED GREBES with seven chicks were sighted again on
July 23rd in the marshy area south of the Causeway at Brilyea Access.

            A LEAST BITTERN was observed beneath the Route 17 bridge at
Brilyea Access, Dead Creek on the 23rd of July.  A LEAST BITTERN was also
seen in the marshy area about 15 feet from the Causeway.  An immature
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was spotted at the Brilyea Access as well on July

            An updated count of GREAT BLUE HERONS at the heronry along Route
7 north of Arlington produced 19 young still on or near the nest.  Three
weeks ago 27 young were still nest-bound.  A GREAT EGRET  has been present
throughout this week just south of Cheese Factory Road on Dorset Street in
South Burlington.  Six CATTLE EGRETS were seen foraging with RING-BILLED
GULLS for the second year in a row in the recently mowed fields at Shelburne
Farms, along the main dirt road leading to the Inn on July 24th.

            Reported nest-building by BALD EAGLES was observed  near
Perkinsville this week. Confirmation has yet to be made. A nest built
earlier in the season by BALD EAGLES in this area was taken over by GREAT

            Three adult COMMON MOORHENS was observed at the Brilyea Access
at Dead Creek on the 23rd of July.

            Shorebirds are beginning to stir.  Fifteen KILLDEER, seven
Brilyea Access on July 23rd.  Unfortunately, officials at Dead Creek are not
planning a major draw down this summer.  A SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER was also
observed on Grand Isle on the 25th of July, and three BONAPARTE’S GULLS on
the 26th.

            A  LAWRENCE’S WARBLER was seen in the trees near Sanderson’s
covered bridge on Pearl Street in Brandon on July 26th, on the northeast
side of Otter Creek.  Earlier this summer a LAWRENCE’S WARBLER was sighted
about one-half mile west of this location, very possibly the same

            Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were
cited above:  Mike Cosgrove,  David Hoag, Chris and Frederick Pratt, Ruth
Steward, Christopher Tessaglia-Hymes, Marianne and Michael Walsh, Sue

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