This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for February 10, 2006 covering the
period February 3 - February 9, 2006.


A GREAT BLUE HERON was seen in Manchester on February 2nd and in Bennington
on the 8th.


The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE as well as the SNOW GOOSE were still in
Shelburne Bay as of the 6th of February.


Two REDHEADS were seen off Grand Isle on February 4th.  A BARROW'S GOLDENEYE
was spotted on the West River in Brattleboro on 3 separate days this week,
the last being February 7th.  A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was observed off the
Colchester Railroad Causeway on February 4th.


A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was sighted in Brattleboro on February 5th.  COOPER'S
HAWKS were spotted in Westminster, Grand Isle, Wilder and Huntington this


On the 4th of February a GREAT HORNED OWL and a SHORT-EARED OWL were
observed in Addison.


A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Shelburne and in Westford on the 4th of


A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was sighted in Vernon and in Bennington this week.


Two CAROLINA WRENS were seen off the Colchester Causeway on the 4th of
February, and other individuals were seen in Brattleboro, Shelburne and
Rutland this week.


Three EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were observed in Cornwall on February 7th.


A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was seen in Burlington on the 4th of February.


There were several sightings of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS this week, including 35 in
Waterbury, 60+ in Fairlee, 71 in Shelburne, 130 in Charlotte, 20 in Bristol
and 60 in Waitsfield.


A SONG SPARROW was spotted twice in Bennington this week.  A WHITE-THROATED
SPARROW was seen several times in Brattleboro and in Bennington.


Thirty EVENING GROSBEAKS were present in Bristol on the 5th and 6th of


COMMON REDPOLLS continue to be seen throughout the state, often in large
numbers, including flocks of 200 in Huntington, 150 in Thetford and 100 in


Thanks to the following contributors and others whose observations were
cited: Tom Barber, Bridget Butler, Mark Council, Bonnie Dundas, Pat Folsom,
Sarah Frey, Linnea Garrepy, Paula Gills, Larry Haugh, David Hoag, Mary
Holland, Scott Johnson, Ted Levin, Mary Marro, Matt Medler, Al Merritt,
Cyndi Miller, Bryan Pfeiffer, Barbara Powers, Taj Schottland, Bill Shepard,
Mundi Smithers, John Sutton, Christopher Trammel, Henry Trombley, Norma and
Ron Wiesen, and Aaron Worthley. 


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