This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, March 25 covering the period
March 18-25, 2005.

               GREAT BLUE HERONS were seen in Shelburne from the La Platte
River Marsh Trail and in Grand Isle this week.

                TURKEY VULTURES were spotted in Milton, South Burlington,
Norwich and White River Junction.

               Two flocks of SNOW GEESE (numbering128 and 113) were seen at
Dead Creek W.M.A. on the 21st of March. A MUTE SWAN was seen crossing Route
7 in North Ferrisburgh on March 18th.  This week four WOOD DUCKS were
spotted on the Lamoille River near Milton, one in Brownsville on the 21st of
March and two on Grand Isle on the 22nd.  Also on March 22nd  GREEN-WINGED
TEAL (a week early) and RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen at the Charlotte Ferry
Landing.  The LONG-TAILED DUCK that's been present all winter was seen above
the Vernon Dam on the 21st along with 100 BLACK DUCKS AND 12 MALLARDS. A
BUFFLEHEAD and a GADWALL were sighted off Grand Isle on the 23rd of March.
One hundred and fifty-five COMMON GOLDENEYES were observed off Grand Isle on
the 22nd of March. Four HOODED MERGANSERS were seen off Grand Isle on the
21st of March, 7 were seen in Brandon on March 22nd, and 8 off Grand Isle on
the 22nd. HOODED and COMMON MERGANSERS were spotted on the Winooski River in
the Intervale in Burlington, on the Lamoille River in Milton and at the
Charlotte Ferry Landing this week.

               BALD EAGLES were sighted in Newfane, North Hartland, Milton
and Grand Isle this week.  The eagles in Vernon (Hinsdale, NH technically)
are on their nest.  A NORTHERN HARRIER was sighted in Marshfield on March
24th.  A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Milton on March 22nd.
Early-arriving BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were seen in Leicester on the 20th and
Essex on the 21st of March.  AMERICAN KESTRELS were sighted in Vernon on the
16th and Grand Isle on the 23rd.  A GYRFALCON was reported being mobbed by
crows as it perched at Red Rocks Park in South Burlington on March 21st.

               KILLDEER were spotted in Vernon, Shelburne, Grand Isle, Danby
and Poultney this week, and the first reported sighting of an AMERICAN
WOODCOCK this spring took place in Bristol on the 23rd.

               RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS were seen in Rutland and Charlotte on
March 20th.

               The first reported EASTERN PHOEBE this spring was heard in
Hartland on the 21st of March.

               A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in Shelburne on the 21st and 22nd
of March.

               TREE SWALLOWS were seen over the Connecticut River near
Vernon on March 19th.

               CAROLINA WRENS were singing in Norwich and Grand Isle this

               A pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS was checking out a nest box in
South Hero on March 20th.  Time to clean them out (the boxes, not the

                A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was seen at the Charlotte Ferry
Landing on March 21st.

               BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings took place in Waterbury (50),
Waterbury Center (20), Elmore (11), Northfield (100) and Hinesburg (50) this

                There was an unusually early report, especially for the
Northeast Kingdom, of 5 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS in the West Mt. W.M.A.

               A SONG SPARROW was seen in South Newfane on March 21st.

               A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was observed in Charlotte on March

               RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS arrived back in just about every corner
of Vermont this week, including the towns of Huntington Center, Jericho,
Underhill, Sharon, Norwich, Brookfield, Fairfield, Grand Isle, Vernon,
Wilder, Milton, South Burlington, Shoreham, Danby, Fairfax, Danby, Hardwick,
Middlebury, Shelburne, Charlotte and Dead Creek and Lake Fairlee.

               COMMON GRACKLES were spotted in Hartford, Pittsford and
Rutland this week.

               BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS were seen in Sharon, Norwich, Florence
and Grand Isle this week.

               Lingering COMMON REDPOLLS were spotted in Norwich on March
18th and in Fairfax on the 20th.

               PINE SISKINS were seen in Hartland, Manchester Center and
Hardwick this week.

               Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were
cited above:  Dorothy Allard, Greg Askew, Marcia Baker, Sam Barrocas, Graham
Bates, Kevin Caldwell, Eric Cannizzaro, Deb Clark, George Clark, Ken
Copenhaver, Marsha Coutermarsh, Cynthia Crawford, Greg Cushing, Ann Curran,
Shawn Donovan, Joel Flewelling, Paula Gills, Doug Hardy, David Hoag, Mary
Holland, Kit Hood, Holly Hungerford, Charlotte Johnson, Scott Johnson, Maeve
Kim, Michael Langlais, Miriam Lawrence, Ted Levin, Larry Levine, Bruce
MacPherson, Charles and Marian Marrin, Mary Marro,  Matt Medler, Paul
Miksis, Ron Payne, Chris Petrak, Marilyn Pillsbury, Barbara Powers, Joe
Przypek, Rick Renaud, Larry Rogers, Eleanor Russell,  Margie Scott, Shelagh
Smith,  John Sutton, Henry Trombley, Norma and Ron Weisner, Aaron Worthley
and Jon Zurit..

Birders, Save the Date!
Vermont-New Hampshire Birders Conference
Saturday, October 15, 2005, 10 am - 5 pm
(Optional field trips on Sunday, October 16)
At Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT

Presented by:  The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (
and New Hampshire Audubon (

- Topical bird conservation and research presentations
- Keynote speakers
- Workshops on bird-related activities
- Birding equipment vendor tables
- Optional field trips on Sunday

Look for full itinerary and registration information soon on what will be a
must for all New England birders!

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eBird, an on-line database for tracking birds across Vermont and North
America.  Visit Vermont eBird-   for more
information.  If
you're already a Vermont eBirder- thank you for your contributions to the

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history trips, lectures and programs.  To receive a copy of our program
calendar, stop at one of our centers, call the office during business hours
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