This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for Friday, July 22, 2005 covering the
period July 15 - 21, 2005.

            A COOPER'S HAWK was seen and heard in Ferrisburg on the 18th of

            The TRICOLORED HERON was sighted again on July 20th in the
afternoon, next to the causeway below the dam at Dead Creek's Brilyea
Access.  Twenty GREAT BLUE HERONS, mostly juveniles, and 2 GREAT EGRETS were
observed on Four Brothers Islands on July 15th.  CATTLE EGRETS have been
seen flying between Four Brothers Islands and Shelburne Farms.

            There have been several CASPIAN TERN sightings in Vermont this
week.  One was spotted near Four Brothers Islands on the 15th, 2 at the
public beach at Wrightsville Reservoir in Middlesex on the 16th and one at
Delta Park IBA in Colchester on the 19th of July.

            A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was observed in Huntington recently.

            Two possible FISH CROWS were observed in Burlington (one in the
Old North End and one near Price Chopper on Shelburne Road) this week and
another possible FISH CROW was calling in Putney on the 21st of July.

             CAROLINA WRENS were spotted in Rutland Town, Middlebury and
Proctor this week.

            Two BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS were seen at Delta Park on July 19th.

             Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were
cited:  Jean Arrowsmith, Chip Darmstadt, Susan Elliott, Matthew Medler, Ron
Payne, Noah Perlut, Rebecca Pfeiffer, Roy Pilcher, Carl Runge, Taj
Schottland, John Sutton and Aaron Worthley.

 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!

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science offers natural 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 at 802-457-2779 or
visit the VINS' web site at

            This Vermont birding report is a service of the Vermont
Institute of Natural Science.  VINS is a non-profit, membership organization
located in Woodstock with regional centers in Quechee, Montpelier and
Manchester.  Founded in 1972, VINS' mission is to protect our natural
heritage through education and research. Your membership supports these
goals and this reporting service.  Updates are typically made on Fridays.
Please report your sightings of rare or

unusual birds to VINS, or email reports to [log in to unmask]

            This message is also available by phone recording:  call
802-457-1053 and press 3.  This will put you into a menu where you will be
directed to press 5 to hear the RBA.  If you have any interesting birds to
report, you can leave a message by pressing 6, or you can send your
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 Mary Holland

Chris Rimmer

Kent McFarland

Roz Renfrew

Vermont RBA Compilers

Vermont Institute of Natural Science

Conservation Biology Department

27023 Church Hill Road

Woodstock, VT  05091