This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for September 1, covering the period
August 25 - 31, 2008.  


The highlights of the week include the juvenile BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
sighting at Shelburne Bay on 8/31, the BLACK-HEADED GULL sightings on 8/27
at Charlotte Town Beach (1) and on 8/25 in Grand Isle (1) and the 4
PHALAROPES (species undetermined) at Charlotte Town Beach on 8/25.


Eighteen GREAT EGRETS were seen in Cornwall on 8/29.


Five SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were spotted at Salisbury Station on 8/29, along
at Dead Creek on 8/31.  SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were seen on 8/29 at Lake
Bomoseen (1) and Tunbridge (1).  


On 8/25 1,000 BONAPARTE'S GULLS were observed at Charlotte Town Beach and
240 in Grand Isle.


Two CASPIAN TERNS were sighted at Charlotte Town Beach on 8/25 and BLACK
TERNS were spotted in Grand Isle (2) and Charlotte Town Beach (52) on 8/25.


COMMON NIGHTHAWKS are migrating through and several sightings were reported:
17 in West Brattleboro on 8/28, Saxton's River on 8/28, 46 in Norwich on
8/28, 3 in Essex on 8/27, 2 at Dead Creek on 8/26, and 1 in Morrisville on


A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was spotted in Brandon on 8/31 and in Norwich on 8/30.


Wood warblers are also coming through Vermont and include the following
highlights:  BLUE-WINGED WARBLER - 1 at Charlotte Town Park on 8/31, 8/30
and 8/29; TENNESSEE WARBLER - One in Norwich on 8/30 and 1 in Ripton on
8/29; CAPE MAY WARBLER - 1 on Ward Hill in South Duxbury on 9/1 and 8/30, 1
at Charlotte Town Park on 8/27; BAY-BREASTED WARBLER - 3 in Norwich on 8/30,
1 in South Duxbury on 8/30 and 1 in Ripton on 8/29; WILSON'S WARBLER - 2 in
Norwich on 8/30, 1 in South Duxbury on 8/30, 1 in South Starksboro on 8/30,
1 in Waitsfield on 8/29, and 2 at Charlotte Town Park on 8/29.   


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Mary Holland

Chris Rimmer

Kent McFarland

Roz Renfrew

Vermont RBA Compilers,

Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE)