This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for October 31, covering the period
October 24 -30, 2008.  


The birding highlights of the week include two BLACK VULTURES seen in
Bristol on 10/24 and 10/26.


A total of 130 COMMON LOONS were sighted off Grand Isle on 10/26, and 50
were seen on 10/27.


There were 3,000 SNOW GEESE at Dead Creek as of 10/31.


The season's first NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in Waitsfield on 10/30.


A late-migrating TREE SWALLOW was spotted at Dead Creek on 10/25.


An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was observed in Dorset on 10/26.


The first COMMON REDPOLLS of the season were seen at a Pownal feeder on


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
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Vermont eBird at


Mary Holland

Chris Rimmer

Kent McFarland

Roz Renfrew

Vermont RBA Compilers,

Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE)