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


Two GREAT EGRETS were sighted off  Kennedy Drive in South Burlington on July


A MERLIN was spotted consuming a freshly-caught tree swallow in a tree on
Bragg Hill Road in Norwich on the 3rd of July.


A pair of SANDHILL CRANES was heard making their trumpeting call as they
flew up out of a marsh on the southwest edge of Winona Lake near Bristol on
July 3rd.  No subsequent sightings have been reported.


A LESSER YELLOWLEGS was spotted at the Goose Viewing Area at Dead Creek July


A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was heard in Mendon on July 9th.  YELLOW-BILLED
CUCKOOS were observed in Killington (1), West Haven (1) and in the vicinity
of Danby Pond (2 pairs) this week.


The Middlebury CAROLINA WREN was observed twice this week.


A plethora of BICKNELL'S THRUSHES were in evidence this week:  8 were seen
on Mt. Mansfield on July 6th and 17 on Killington Peak on the 8th of July.


An ORCHARD ORIOLE was observed on Grand Isle on July 5th.


A male RED CROSSBILL was spotted at Groton State Forest in Marshfield on
July 8th.  


Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited: Greg
Askew, Nancy Brown, Chip Darmstadt, Susan Elliott, Steve Faccio, Nancy
Goodrich, Doug Hardy, Henry, David Hoag, Kent McFarland, Ron Payne, Chris
Rimmer, Lance Tanino and Chris Wilson.


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