This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for November 27, 2006 covering the
period November 20-26, 2006.


            Two RED-THROATED LOONS were spotted at Shelburne Point on 11/25.


            HORNED GREBES were observed at Shelburne Town Beach (35) on
11/25 and at Charlotte Town Beach (40-50) on 11/25.  Twelve RED-NECKED
GREBES were sighted at Shelburne Point on 11/23.


            A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was sighted in Lyndonville on 11/20.


            Waterfowl continued to be seen in large numbers, with the
highlight being a drake HARLEQUIN DUCK that was first seen at Shelburne
Point on 11/22 feeding with a BARROW'S GOLDENEYE.  Both were last sighted
there on 11/25.  Ten BLACK SCOTERS were spotted off Grand Isle on 11/21 and
11/22 and 1 was seen on 11/26.


            Eleven AMERICAN COOTS were observed at Berlin Pond on 11/18.


            A PURPLE SANDPIPER was seen at Shelburne Bay on 11/25.


            Three BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were observed at Moose Bog 11/19.


             NORTHERN SHRIKES were spotted in Stowe, Richmond, Williston,
Florence and Milton this week.


            Seven GRAY JAYS were seen at Moose Bog on 11/19 and 3 in Island
Pond on 11/25.


            Eight BOREAL CHICKADEES were sighted at Moose Bog on 11/19.


            A CAROLINA WREN was seen in White River Junction on 11/23 and a
late-departing MARSH WREN was observed at Dead Creek on 11/22.


            Between one and two dozen WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were spotted
at Moose Bog on 11/19 along with 18 PINE SISKINS.


            Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were
cited: Stephen Antell, Thomas Berriman, Deb Clark, Steve Farrow, Sarah Frey,
Larry Haugh, Scott Johnson, Juan Klavins, Roger Masse, Scott Morrical, Ted
Murin, Michael Palombo, Alan Strong, John Sutton, Terry Wright, Nate Zalik.


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