Good to see continued activity at Red Rocks. It's a bit sad that so 
many birds have started migrating south. Not only reflected in reports 
but my quiet walks through the woods since Labor Day. It was like a 
switch was turned off.

This past Sunday I walked through Niquettes Bay State Park (Colchester) 
down to the lake where I watched a family of Mallards feeding within 
stone's throw of the shore. After sitting for a while I was treated to 
a lone male Belted Kingfisher making repeated plunges from an 
overhanging tree branch making impressive splash downs. Was able to see 
a minnow flailing in its bill before being swallowed, up on the branch. 
The show lasted for about 1/2 hour.

I also saw the Turkey Vultures gliding in gusty wind this morning, 
mostly in pairs. Perhaps 14 in total from Winooski to Shelburne on my 
way to work.

Kevin Plant

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From: Scott W. Morrical <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 11:36 am
Subject: [VTBIRD] Red Rocks 9/12/08

A quick check of the south side of Red Rocks Park (entrance to pumping 
station) this AM turned up a few interesting birds but no large flocks 
of migrants. Highlights included: 
1 imm. Bald Eagle-- soaring over the cliffs. 
2 Carolina Wrens-- thickets near the entrance. 
1 Swainson's Thrush 
2 Red-eyed Vireos 
2 Black-t
hroated Blue Warblers 
1 Magnolia Warbler 
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 
Increased numbers of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Red-breasted Nuthatches. 
Many Turkey Vultures passing through. 
Scott Morrical 
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South Burlington