Quoting Michael Blust <[log in to unmask]>:

> While birding the southern Lake Champlain vicinity from West Haven   
> up to Bridport, we had the following noteworthy species:
> Swallow sp. - caught us by surprise, flew past and had an pale   
> buffy/orange rump -Cliff?  Cave?! Unfortunately, just kept going.   
> (along Lake St. in Bridport area)

Interesting bird-- Actually Cave Swallow is more likely than Cliff  
Swallow in New England from November - March.  Here are some nice  
reminders about late season birds that appeared recently on MASSBIRD  
(posted by Marshall Iliff):

1) A November “Great Crested Flycatcher” in Massachusetts is more  
likely an Ash-throated
2) A November “Cliff Swallow” in Massachusetts is more likely a Cave Swallow
3) A November “Least Flycatcher” in Massachusetts is at least as  
likely to be a western species­Hammaond’s, Dusky, or Gray
4) A November “Mourning Warbler” in Massachusetts is more likely a  
5) A November “Black-throated Green Warbler” should be carefully  
checked for Townsend’s or Hermit (or even Golden-cheeked!)
6) A November hummingbird could be practically anything, with Rufous  
most likely
7) A November Western Kingbird is probably a Western Kingbird, but  
should carefully eliminate Cassin’s, Couch’s, and Tropical Kingbirds  
as well
8) A November “Purple Martin” is probably not a Purple and could be a  
Brown-chested or Southern, or even something more exotic.
9) A November “Common Nighthawk” could be a Lesser Nighthawk
10) A November “Rose-breasted Grosbeak” could be a Black-headed Grosbeak
11) Any November swift, nightjar, or pewee needs to be very carefully  
12)   This is only a partial list- -­do not assume that the likely  
summer species is the likely winter species!

(Note: These rules apply well beyond November and would be better  
written “November to March.  Also these rules are based on  
Massachusetts” records but could reasonably be assumed to apply  
throughout New England.)

Scott Morrical
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South Burlington

> Redpolls - about 150 total in 4 sites including a flock of about 100  
>  at the above "swallow" site
> Bohemian waxwings - flock of 36 (Torrey Lane - Shoreham)
> Northern shrikes 2 - 1 adult, 1 immature
> Bald eagle - 3 adults
> Rough-legs - 2 light phase, 1 dark phase
> Hooded Mergansers - 150
> Scaup (lesser?) - 40
> Gadwall - 3
> Bufflehead - 3
> Ring-necked ducks - 5
> Pintail - 1 probable flyover
> Snow geese - many flights.  One multiple vee formation of about 600
> Pileateds - 3
> Mike & Barry Blust
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> Michael Blust
> Dept. of Natural Science
> Green Mountain College
> Poultney, VT   05764
> 802-287-9981