This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for February 3, 2006 covering the period
January 27 - February 2, 2006.


COMMON LOONS were seen off Grand Isle (1), on Lake Willoughby (2), at
Charlotte Town Beach (1) and in Addison (5) this week.


A GREAT BLUE HERON was sighted at the Burlington Intervale on February 2nd.


The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was last seen and reported on January 28th
in Shelburne Bay, and a SNOW GOOSE was spotted there several times this
week.  A REDHEAD was seen in Shelburne Bay on the 28th and 29th of January.
Six hundred and fifty SCAUP were observed off the Colchester Railroad
Causeway on January 29th along with 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS.  A WHITE-WINGED
SCOTER was also sighted in Addison on the 29th.  Five hundred COMMON
GOLDENEYES were seen off the Colchester Causeway on the 29th, as well as 1
male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE.  Three hundred COMMON GOLDENEYES were spotted at
Chimney Point on the 29th as well.  A  BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was seen on the
Connecticut River in Vernon on the 28th, and at the Shelburne Fishing Access
on the 28th and 29th of January. 


Four species of owls were heard and/or seen in Vermont in the last week and
a half: an EASTERN SCREECH OWL in Ferrisburg on the 24th and in Addison on
the 29th; a GREAT HORNED OWL in Addison on the 29th; a BARRED OWL in Rutland
on the 24th and a SHORT-EARED OWL in Grand Isle on the 24th and in Addison
on the 28th.


A BELTED KINGFISHER was sighted in Vernon on January 28th and 2 were seen in
Addison on the 29th.


NORTHERN SHRIKES were spotted in Monkton, Panton and Jericho this week.


Two GRAY JAYS were observed in Moose Bog on the 28th of January.


Seventy HORNED LARKS were present in Clarendon on the 26th of January.


EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen in Ferrisburg (2), Pownal (5), Vernon (1) and
Addison (4) this week.


Both CEDAR and BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings were plentiful this week, with the
most CEDARS in Addison (200) and the most BOHEMIANS (80) at Button Bay State



The overwintering CHIPPING SPARROW was last seen in Shelburne on January


A SONG SPARROW was seen in Bennington on the 29th and 30th of January.


WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were spotted in Bennington, Reading, Brattleboro and
Rochester repeatedly this week.


One PINE GROSBEAK was spotted in Brattleboro on the 26th of January and 15
were seen in Hardwick on the 31st.


One COMMON GRACKLE and six BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS were seen in Shelburne on
January 29th.


COMMON REDPOLLS continue to be seen in large numbers throughout the state.


 Thanks to the following contributors and others whose observations were
cited: Tom Barber, Fred Bates, Bonnie Dundas, Sue Elliott, Bruce Flewelling,
Patricia Folsom, Heather Forcier, Julie Hart, Larry Haugh,  David Hoag,
Scott Johnson, Trish Kargman, Bruce MacPherson,  Betsey Maislen, Ted Murin,
Ron Payne, Davie Rolnick, Taj Schottland, Mundi Smithers, Allan Strong, Ruth
Stewart, John Sutton, Christopher Trammel, Henry Trombley, Sue Wetmore and
Ron and Norma Wiesen.


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