2017 VBRC Report.pdf (1.71 MB)
Thirty-seventh Annual Report of the Vermont Bird Records Committee
journal contributionposted on 2017-12-08, 15:51 authored by Kent McFarlandKent McFarland, John Sutton
The Vermont Bird Records Committee (hereafter VBRC or the Committee) held its annual meeting on 11 November 2017 at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies in Norwich, Vermont. The 37th annual report of the VBRC covers the evaluation of 46 records involving 28 species and 3 subspecies or ‘identifiable subspecific forms’. Forty records were accepted (87%) with the majority decided unanimously. There were no first state records for any species during this period. The first fully documented subspecies record for Northern Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis abieticola) observed in Springfield, Vermont and two Eastern Willet (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus semipalmatus) at the mouth of Charcoal Creek in Swanton, Vermont were accepted. The first breeding record of Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina) was accepted with a male well documented carrying food and then feeding a fledgling in Hinesburg, Vermont by several observers (see below for more details).