This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for April 14, 2008 covering the period
April 7-13, 2008.


Highlights of the week include the first SNOWY EGRET sighting of the season
at Bristol Pond (Winona Lake), a BLACK VULTURE at the Bennington dump on
4/8, four SCOTERS (species undetermined) off Grand Isle on 4/11, a SANDHILL
CRANE seen the morning of 4/12 flying over Beaver Creek in Shelburne and in
the afternoon near the Shelburne/South Burlington line and two pairs of FISH
CROWS calling in full view at Red Rocks Park in Burlington.


Seasonal first sightings include 4 RED-NECKED GREBES on Grand Isle on 4/12,
an AMERICAN BITTERN in Springfield on 4/7, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET in
Manchester on 4/12 and in Allen Brothers Marsh on 4/13, a HERMIT THRUSH in
Huntington on 4/9, WINTER WRENS on Durway Island (4/7), Fayston (4/8),
Waitsfield (2 on 4/12) and in Burlington on 4/13,  three GRAY CATBIRDS in
Burlington on 4/7, an EASTERN KINGBIRD at the North Branch Nature Center in
Montpelier on 4/14, a BARN SWALLOW at Berlin Pond on 4/11 and on Grand Isle
on 4/12, four AMERICAN PIPITS in Fairfax on 4/10, a PINE WARBLER in Rutland
on 4/11 and in West Brattleboro on 4/13 (2), a SWAMP SPARROW at Bristol Pond
(Lake Winona) on 4/11 and in Manchester on 4/12, a VESPER SPARROW at
Franklin County airport and a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW in Bristol on 4/7.


BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen in Grand Isle on 4/10, 4/11 (2) and 4/12 (2), in
Manchester on 4/12 (1) and on Lake Bomoseen on 4/12.


The following sightings of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS took place this week: Poultney
(9), Eden (30), Technology Park, South Burlington (270+, 160) and West
Brattleboro (150, 100).


A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was spotted in Waitsfield on 4/12.  


There were only two reported sightings of PINE GROSBEAKS this week, both
from Eden (7 on 4/7 and 3 on 4/11).  COMMON REDPOLLS are still being seen
throughout the state although in much smaller numbers than previous months.


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Mary Holland

Chris Rimmer

Kent McFarland

Roz Renfrew

Vermont RBA Compilers,

Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE)