Eight COMMON LOONS were sighted in Meach Cove in Shelburne on
September 17th, and 10 were seen off Grand Isle on the 18th and 7 on the


            Twelve SNOW GEESE were spotted at Dead Creek on September 17th.
Fourteen WOOD DUCKS were observed at Delta Park on the 20th.  An AMERICAN
WIGEON was seen off Grand Isle on the 20th of September.  A BLUE-WINGED TEAL
was seen at the Brilyea Access at Dead Creek on the 17th, and  12
GREEN-WINGED TEAL were observed on the 18th off Grand Isle. A RING-NECKED
DUCK was observed off Grand Isle on the 22nd of September. On September 18th
2 GREATER SCAUP were seen in Alburg, and 6 were sighted off Grand Isle.  One
COMMON GOLDENEYE was spotted in Alburg on the 18th.


            OSPREYS were sighted in Thetford Center, Mud Pond in Thetford,
Stone Bridge in Panton, Brigham Hill in Essex (6) and 20+ from Mt. Philo
this week.  Four BALD EAGLES were seen from Brigham Hill in Essex and 4 from
Mt. Philo on the 16th of September, and one immature BALD EAGLE was spotted
at Herrick's Cove on the 17th.  One GOLDEN EAGLE was also sighted from Mt.
Philo on the 17th.  Two NORTHERN HARRIERS were sighted at Dead Creek on the
17th and 1 at Herrick's Cove, and on the 18th 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS were seen
from Grand Isle.  Four SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS were observed from Brigham Hill
in Essex on September 16th, and 2 were observed at Stone Bridge in Panton on
the 17th.  Two COOPER'S HAWKS were spotted from Grand Isle on the 18th.  A
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was observed in Milton on the weekend of the 17th and
18th, and on the 20th one was seen in Thetford Center.  On the 16th of
September, 210 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were counted by an observer on Mt. Philo
and 26 from Brigham Hill in Essex.  AMERICAN KESTRELS were seen in
Shelburne, Charlotte, Essex and Grand Isle this week.  A PEREGRINE FALCON
was seen on the 16th from Brigham Hill and from Stone Bridge in Panton on
the 17th.


            Five COMMON MOORHENS were observed at Delta Park on September
20th.  Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen off Burpee Road which is off of Monkton
Road in Bristol on September 15th.


            Twenty-two SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were seen at Stone Bridge in
Panton on September 22nd.  Several KILLDEER were seen at Meach Cove in
Shelburne, Charlotte Town Beach, Stone Bridge in Panton and on Grand Isle on
the 16th and 17th of September.  Two GREATER YELLOWLEGS were observed on
Grand Isle on the 17th.  Two LESSER YELLOWLEGS were sighted at Stone Bridge
in Panton on the 17th, along with 10 SANDERLINGS and 4 SEMIPALMATED


            A POMARINE JAEGER and a SABINE'S GULL were spotted at the
Charlotte Town Beach on September 16th.


            A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was seen at the Brilyea Access at Dead
Creek on September 18th.


            On September 17th 2 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen on Grand Isle
and one in Rochester.


            A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was sighted at Holland Pond on the
19th of September.


            A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen in the
Dummerston/Brattleboro area on the 17th of September.


             Twelve SWAINSON'S THRUSHES were spotted in South Burlington on
September 16th and one in Huntington on the 17th. 


            A BROWN THRASHER was observed in Charlotte on the 18th of


            Am AMERICAN PIPIT was sighted in the Dummerston/Brattleboro area
on September 17th.


            Last weekend produced many warbler sightings in Red Rocks Park,
South Burlington, as well as at Herrick's Cove.  The most noteworthy was an
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Red Rocks Park on the 17th of September.


            A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen in the Dummerston/Brattleboro area
on the 17th of September. 


It appears to have been a good year for MONARCH BUTTERFLIES, as many have
been seen migrating this fall, including 25 individuals sighted in Shelburne
in a 5 minute period on September 21st.


            Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were
cited:  Eric Cannizarro, Bruce Flewelling, Hector Galbraith, David Hoag,
Holly Hungerford, Ted Levin, Larry Levine, Matt Medler, Sandra Miller, Scott
Morrical, Ted Murin, Bryan Pfeiffer, Jeanne Prue, Rick Renaud, Davey
Rolnick, Carl Runge, Rutland County Audubon, Taj Schottland, Allan Strong
and Aaron Worthley.


ATTENTION ALL NEW ENGLAND BIRDERS. You asked for a birders' conference,
and we're delivering!  
 WHERE: the beautiful Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, Vermont (just off I91
in the valley of the Connecticut River and about 20 miles north of White
River Junction and the intersections of I91 and I89)
 WHEN: Saturday October 15th with field trips on the 16th 
 PROGRAM: the program includes a varied mix of talks and workshops about
New England birds, how-to and where-to presentations, for all levels of
expertise. Also, we intend to organize field trips on the Sunday for
those who want to see some of the northern New England specialties.  
Learn from and interact with fellow birders, including a number of
speakers who will present a wide variety of talks on New England birds,
Steve Kress. Restoring Endangered Seabirds: Lessons from Puffins and
Steve Mirick and Iain MacLeod. Documenting Rare Birds in a Digital Age:
the Use of Digiscoping and Digital Video
Bryan Pfeiffer. Becoming a Better Birder: a Workshop for Beginners and
Chris Martin. Peregrine Falcon and Osprey Recovery in NH  
Erik Hanson. A 30-year Success Story: the Recovery of Common Loons in VT
and NH 
Chris Rimmer, Kent MacFarland. New Insights on a Rare and Enigmatic
Species: Bicknell's

 And many more....
FIELD TRIPS: on the Sunday We are organizing field trips for those who
wish to see some northern specialties - the thousands of snow geese at
Lake Champlain; boreal species of the northern forests, combine birding
with leaf-peeping in the beautiful Connecticut Valley.
VENDORS: birding equipment manufacturers and retailers and book vendors
will also present. Compare binoculars, scope out the scopes, and buy
that essential book! 
The cost of participation for the Saturday events will be $75 (if
registered by September 15) or $95 (after September 15). Students are
($55 or $75) and members of VINS and NHA ($65 or $85). These costs
include lunch and snacks. Field trips: $20/person, $10 for those under
Don't fail to register for this unmissable event at (603) 668-2045 or at <>  <> .
See you at Lake Morey!  

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


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