This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, July 16, 2004 covering the
period July 10 – 16, 2004.

            PIED-BILLED GREBES continue to be sighted at Dead Creek (2 on
the 10th of July) and on Grand Isle (1 on the 9th of July).

A birder quietly floating in a canoe spotted the elusive Least Bittern among
the reeds of Dead Creek on July 14th. Observers of the GREAT BLUE HERON
heronry off Route 7 north of Arlington reported seeing 27 young in 9 nests,
with 5 young in one of the nests.  Two BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were seen
on exposed logs off Kennedy Drive in South Burlington on July 9th, and one
was also observed at the southern end of Shelburne Pond back on July 3rd.

An early migrating WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was spotted at Dead Creek, just
before the causeway, on July 10th.

The whinny of an EASTERN SCREECH OWL was heard in Killington on the 10th of

Three SEDGE WRENS were observed in the Champlain Valley south of Middlebury
this week.  These birds are endangered in Vermont, and everyone is asked to
make a special effort to keep an eye and ear out for these birds if they
find themselves birding in wet hayfields or along the swampy edges of slow
moving streams in this area.

A PALM WARBLER was seen in Island Pond on July 10th.

Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited above:
Michael Cosgrove, Michael DeCorte, Bruce MacPherson, Silas Miller, Ron
Payne, Allan Strong and John Sutton.

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