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


The highlight of the week was the Montpelier Bioblitz, a project of the
North Branch Nature Center, in which, during a 24-hour period 7/11-7/12, 86
species of birds were recorded in this first-ever inventory of an entire
state capital.


Sixty-two WOOD DUCKS (at least 27 of which were ducklings) were seen at the
Lake Bomoseen/Hubbardton marshes on 7/11.


A MERLIN was present in Proctor on 7/13.


Nine VIRGINIA RAILS, including young, were spotted in Tinmouth Channel on


Two YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS were observed at Lefferts Pond on 7/11.


This weekly Vermont birding report is a service of the Vermont Center for
Ecostudies (VCE).  VCE is a non-profit organization dedicated to the
understanding and conservation of birds and other wildlife.  With a reach
extending from northern New England through the Caribbean to South America,
our work in wildlife research and population monitoring unites people and
science for conservation.  Our offices are located in White River Junction.
Please visit VCE's web site at . 


Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to VCE, or email
reports to [log in to unmask]  Better yet, enter your sightings on
Vermont eBird at


Mary Holland

Chris Rimmer

Kent McFarland

Roz Renfrew

Vermont RBA Compilers,

Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE)