This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, January 28, 2005 covering the
period January 21-28, 2005.

               Two hundred and eighty-five CANADA GEESE were seen off Grand
Isle on the 21st of January.  Five MUTE SWANS were sighted in Converse Bay
on January 25th and 27th.  A RING-NECKED DUCK was spotted on the lake side
of Shelburne Bay on the 24th, and 1 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was seen in Shelburne
off Bay Road on the 23rd of January.

               A NORTHERN HARRIER was observed in Hardwick on the 28th of
January.  On the 24th, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was sighted in Rutland.  A ROCK
DOVE met its demise in the talons of a COOPER'S HAWK in West Brattleboro on
January 22nd.  A COOPER'S HAWK was also seen on the 22nd and 23rd on Grand
Isle.  A MERLIN was spotted at Shelburne Farms on January 26th.

               RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS continue to be sighted throughout the
state, including in Pawlet, Manchester Center, Bennington, Shoreham and
Barre this week.  (A BOBCAT also strolled past the RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER
feeder in Manchester Center!)

               Several CAROLINA WREN sightings occurred this week, including
in Norwich and Rutland Town.  Apparently peanut butter and peanut halves are
their food of choice.

               Eight EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen in Pawlet on January 25th.

               Forty-six BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were sighted in Plainfield on the
24th of January.

               TREE SPARROWS were present in Woodstock, Grand Isle, Rutland
and Bennington this week.  The FOX SPARROW is still frequenting the Thetford
feeder for the 6th straight week, and the WHITE-THROATED SPARROW is still
lingering at a Woodstock feeder.  Twenty SNOW BUNTINGS were sighted in Barre
on the 26th of January.

               Small numbers of EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Grand Isle
and Hardwick this week.

               Two yellow HOUSE FINCHES were sighted recently, one in
Hartland and one in Fairfax.

                Nine COMMON REDPOLLS were seen in Woodstock on January 23rd,
and both COMMON REDPOLLS and PINE SISKINS were consistently seen throughout
the week in Hardwick.  Three PINE SISKINS were seen in Thetford, and a flock
of 75-100 in Norwich on the 24th of January.

               Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were
cited above:  Fred Bates, Gordon and Sally Brown, Ken Copenhaver, Sue
Elliott, C.J.Frankiewicz, John Harbison, Kevin Hemeon, David Hoag, Betty
Holton, Ted Levin, Kent McFarland, Bruce MacPherson, Rex Meader, Laurie
Miner, Julie Nicholson, Bryan Pfeiffer, Barbara Powers, Chris Rimmer, Larry
and Mona Rogers, Taj Schottland, Bill Schults, Bill Shepard, Tom White, and
Ron and Norma Wiesen.

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