This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for Friday, July 8, 2005 covering the
period July 1 - 7, 2005.

            A PIED-BILLED GREBE with young was seen at the Mississquoi NWR
on July 3rd.

            Three GREAT EGRETS were spotted at Shelburne Pond on the 4th of

            Five OSPREYS were sighted at Sand Bar State Park on the 3rd of
July.  Two separate sightings of immature BALD EAGLES occurred at the
Mississquoi NWR on the 3rd of July.  A NORTHERN HARRIER was seen soaring
over West Rutland Marsh on July 3rd.

            A NORTHERN BOBWHITE was discovered in Corinth on July 8th.

            Ten VIRGINIA RAILS, two adults and 8 young, were assisted in
crossing the road at Berlin Pond on July 2nd.  A COMMON MOORHEN was observed
at the Mississquoi NWR on July 3rd.  A SANDHILL CRANE has been sighted this
week in the larger fields of Peacham.  No sightings of the  Cornwall
WHOOPING CRANE have occurred since June 30th.

            Two CASPIAN TERNS were feeding in Shelburne Pond on July 4th.

BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS continue to be heard throughout Vermont, including the
towns of Bristol, Brandon, Pittsford and Clarendon this week.

A CAROLINA WREN was observed on Grand Isle on the 7th of July.

            Two BICKNELL'S THRUSHES were seen on Pico Peak on July 3rd, as

            A fledgling BLUE-WINGED WARBLER and a PRAIRIE WARBLER were
sighted at the Pleasant Street power line in West Rutland on the 3rd of
July.  Seven BLACKPOLL WARBLERS were observed on Pico Peak on July 3d.  A
MOURNING WARBLER was seen in Pittsfield on July 1st.

  Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited: Ken
Copenhaver, Susan Elliott, Paula Gills, David Hoag, Bruce McPherson, John
Sutton, Henry Trombley, Sandy Turner, Henry Wilton and Terry Wright.

 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 (www.vinsweb.org)
and New Hampshire Audubon (www.nhaudubon.org)

- 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 http://www.vinsweb.org

            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
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sightings on Vermont eBird at http://www.ebird.org/VINS/.

 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