This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for July 31, 2006 covering the period
July 24-30, 2006.


A LEAST BITTERN was seen on the West Rutland Marsh 5th Anniversary
Monitoring Walk on July 29th.  Two GREAT EGRETS were spotted on Lake
Champlain's Four Brothers Islands on the 23rd of July.


Four juvenile BALD EAGLES were seen flying over the fields at Dead Creek's
Goose Viewing area on the 29th of July.


An unconfirmed report of a very rare PIPING PLOVER sighting on the
Burlington breakwater was submitted on July 24th.  Burlington birders are
asked to keep an eye out for this bird, for there are only two confirmed
state records of this species.  Over 80 BONAPARTE'S GULLS were observed from
the Essex-Charlotte ferry at the mouth of the bay near the Charlotte ferry
dock on July 29th.  An adult CASPIAN TERN was spotted carrying food at Four
Brothers Islands on July 23rd.


An adult YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen feeding a juvenile with another
juvenile close by just south of Otis Cemetery on Old Otis Road in Danby on
July 30th.


 CAROLINA WRENS were sighted in Middlebury, Brandon and West Rutland Marsh
this week.


Several hundred CEDAR WAXWINGS were observed feeding on a hatch of black
flies at the North Bennington Wastewater Treatment Plant on July 28th. 


An immature male RED CROSSBILL was seen eating sunflower seeds at a feeder
in Norwich on July 28th.   


Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited: Nancy
Brown, George Clark, Sue Elliott, Lynne Matthews Matt Medler, Ron Payne,
Carl Runge, Lance Tanino and Sue Wetmore.


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