This is the Vermont Rare Bird Alert for November 21, covering the period
November 14 - 20, 2008.  


The birding highlights of the week include the following sightings: 1 CAVE
SWALLOW at Charlotte Town Beach (first state record), 11/15-17; 1 HUDSONIAN
GODWIT at Dead Creek on 11/17 and a GOLDEN EAGLE in Vergennes on 11/17.  A
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER report at the Burlington Waterfront by the Boathouse
on 11/19 has not been confirmed - a second sighting would be welcome.  


Two late-departing GREAT EGRETS were seen at the mouth of Dead Creek on
Basin Harbor Road on 11/16.


6,000 SNOW GEESE were sighted off Grand Isle on 11/15.


An AMERICAN COOT was spotted on Lake Bomoseen on 11/17.


A PURPLE SANDPIPER was observed at the Shelburne Boat Access on 11/18.


A late SWAMP SPARROW was sighted in Pittsford on 11/16.


Twenty-four WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen in Moretown on 11/16 and one
COMMON REDPOLL was spotted in South Starksboro on 11/16.


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)