This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, July 9, 2004 covering the period
July 3 – 9, 2004.

            A  COMMON LOON was sighted on the Ottauquechee River in Hartland
on the 6th of July.

            One PIED-BILLED GREBE was seen at the Brilyea Access at Dead
Creek on July 2nd, and one on Grand Isle on the 6th.

            Eighteen GREAT BLUE HERONS (two adults, sixteen young) were
observed on the artificial nesting platforms built by the Ascutney Mt.
Audubon Society in the Eleanor Ellis/Springweather Nature Area in North
Springfield on the 4th of July.  A GREAT EGRET            has been seen
regularly over the past two weeks at Coburn Pond in Rygate.  On July 2nd  a
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON and 21 WOOD DUCKS were seen at the Brilyea Access.

            Three OSPREY chicks were observed on a nesting platform at Dead
Creek on the 4th of July.  Also seen in this area on the 4th was an immature
BALD EAGLE being harassed by an OSPREY as it perched in a dead snag just
north of the Brilyea Access dikes at Dead Creek. A mature BALD EAGLE was
observed on the beach at North Hartland Lake, near the dam, on July 2nd.  A
COOPER’S HAWK was seen on Grand Isle on July 6th.  On the 2nd of July, a
PEREGRINE FALCON was spotted flying over Middlebury College and stooping
towards fields in Weybridge.

            A SOLITARY SANDPIPER was spotted at the Brilyea Access at Dead
Creek on July 2nd.  On the 3rd, two CASPIAN TERNS were seen at Shelburne
Bay, and a nesting pair was found on Popasquash Island in Lake Champlain on
the 6th of July.  As of July 1, our latest update, there was one egg in
their nest.

            Last week a female YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO with young in the nest
was found in South Newfane.

            A male RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER has been frequenting a feeder in
Ryegate, where he’s been storing sunflower seeds behind the bark of nearby
birch trees.  A male and female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER were sighted on East
Mt. on the 2nd of July.

            A pair of adult GRAY JAYS were seen on East Mt. July 2nd, as
well as a juvenile bird on the 1st.

Three pure white WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH fledglings were observed in the
maple trees one-half mile north of the Ripton School on the Lincoln-Ripton
Road in Ripton on July 7th and are making daily visits to a nearby feeder.

            Two CAROLINA WRENS were again sighted in Norwich on July 2nd.

            Several sightings of SWAINSON’S THRUSHES occurred this week in a
variety of locations:  one on Camel’s Hump July 5th, several singing on the
Kelly Stand Road in Sunderland and in the woods near Harriman Reservoir on
the 3rd and 4th of July, and on Ward Hill in South Duxbury on the 4th of

            A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD and a BROWN THRASHER were seen in West
Rutland, along the Pleasant Street Powerline on July 4th.

            A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was reported in Norwich on the 2nd of
July, and in Hartland on the 9th.

            Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were
cited above: Jean Arrowsmith, Tom Barber, George Clark, Kevin Cross, Bonnie
Dundas, Susan Elliott, Bruce Flewelling, Michele Guy, Jean Harrison, David
Hoag, Mary Holland, Ruth Kosdie, Mark LaBarr, Linda McElvany, Ron Payne,
Chris Petrak, Chris Rimmer, Linda Thompson, Sandy Turner, Marianne and
Michael Walsh.

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