This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for July 9, 2007 covering the period
July 2 - 8, 2007.

This week's highlights include a female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER at
Brattleboro Retreat Meadows on 7/7 and three CASPIAN TERNS on Grand Isle on

Two GADWALLS were sighted off Grand Isle on 7/3 and 7/6.

Two LEAST BITTERNS responded to recordings played in the cattails at the
edge of the Connecticut River in Vernon on 7/7, across the river from those
spotted in Hinsdale, NH.

The last of the five MERLIN chicks fledged from their Middlebury nest on
7/5.  A MERLIN was also spotted in Victory Basin on 7/3 and at Northwood
Park in Rutland Town on 7/5.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was present at Lefferts Pond on 7/3.

Two PALM WARBLERS were observed in the Silvio Conte NWR on 7/8.

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 Mary Holland


Chris Rimmer


Kent McFarland


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Vermont RBA Compilers


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