This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for April 28, 2008 covering the period
April 22-27, 2008.


The highlights of the week were a CASPIAN TERN at South Slang in Ferrisburg
and the following first sightings: GREEN HERON (Herrick's Cove, 4/21), SORA
(West Rutland Marsh, 4/26), LEAST FLYCATCHER (Richmond, 4/27), RED-EYED
VIREO (South Burlington, 4/27), BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER (West Haven (1) and
Essex Junction (6) on 4/23), MARSH WREN (2 at West Rutland Marsh, 4/26),
YELLOW WARBLER (Hinesburg and West Haven, 4/26), BLACK-THROATED GREEN
WARBLER (Woodbury, 4/25), BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER (Hartland, 4/21), OVENBIRD
(Saxton's River, 4/23), NASHVILLE WARBLER (4/24, Hartland) and PINE WARBLER
(Burlington, 4/17).


GREAT EGRETS were seen in Mississquoi NWR, Bennington, Salisbury Station
(2), Ferrisburg (2) and South Shaftsbury this week.


MERLIN sightings occurred in Rutland, Little Otter Creek WMA, Burlington
waterfront, Centennial Woods, Burlington, Proctor (1 on 4/21, 2 on 4/27) and
Dead Creek WMA.


LESSER YELLOWLEGS were observed in Salisbury (1) and West Salisbury (4) on


Two AMERICAN PIPITS were seen in Fairfax on 5/25.


Two lingering COMMON REDPOLLS were sighted in East Hardwick on 4/23.


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Mary Holland

Chris Rimmer

Kent McFarland

Roz Renfrew

Vermont RBA Compilers,

Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE)