This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for November 13, 2006 covering the
period November 6-12, 2006.


                   Six BLACK SCOTERS were spotted off Grand Isle on 11/6.
Expected species of waterfowl this time of year, including BRANT, GADWALL,
COMMON GOLDENEYES, were spotted this week.


A GOLDEN EAGLE was observed passing through Essex on 11/5.


Five AMERICAN COOTS were at Mud Creek WMA on 11/9.


Four late-migrating KILLDEER were seen in the Hubbardton marshes of Lake
Bomoseen on 11/10. WILSON'S SNIPE were spotted at Shelburne Bay Park (1 on
11/8) and  Jericho (2 on 11/11).  


A CAROLINA WREN was sighted in Colchester on 11/11.


A lingering SWAINSON'S THRUSH was observed feeding on yew berries in South
Newfane on 11/4.  


A GRAY CATBIRD was sighted in South Newfane on 11/4.


On 11/6 a female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBER was spotted in South Newfane and
a PALM WARBLER in Woodstock.


Two SWAMP SPARROWS were present at Dead Creek on 11/8 and 9.


An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was spotted in Norwich on 11/9. 


Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited:
Stephanie Bellomo, Charlotte Bill, George Clark, Richard Foye, C.J.
Frankiewicz, Ron Payne, Chris Petrak, Roy Pilcher, Rick Renaud, Chris
Rimmer, William Schwenk, Karen Willard and Nathan Zalik. 

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