This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for July 16, 2007 covering the period
July 9 - 15, 2007.

This week's highlights include two GREAT EGRETS, one at the LaPlatte River
Marsh in Shelburne on 7/10 and the other at Muddy Brook Marsh in South
Burlington on 7/12, and a CASPIAN TERN in Grand Isle on 7/15. 


A MERLIN was spotted at Northwood Park in Rutland Town on 7/10.  A PEREGRINE
FALCON was seen chasing four crows in Brandon on 7/15, only to be later
harassed by a red-winged blackbird.


A BONAPARTE'S GULL was seen in Grand Isle on 7/12.  


Twenty-five KILLDEER and 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen in Charlotte on


A TENNESSEE WARBLER, likely a migrant, was heard singing at Roy Mt. WMA in
Barnet on 7/11.


Twelve GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, including a number of juveniles, were seen at
the Franklin County Airport on 7/15.


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 Mary Holland


Chris Rimmer


Kent McFarland


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Vermont RBA Compilers


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