17 people joined today's monitoring walk at West
Rutland Marsh - some nice birds, a lot of laughs
and one weasel (not one of the group).
Highlights included 1 Cooper's hawk circling to
the top of the ridge over the marsh and then
perching on a dead tree; 3 hermit thrush feeding
on berries; 12 white-crowned sparrows; 1 rusty
blackbird (one year a day since the last one seen
during a marsh walk); and about 140 American
Also: 53 mallards; 2 red-tailed hawks; 6 common
ravens; 4 marsh wrens (one still singing
repeatedly); 1 pileated woodpecker; 1 northern
flicker; 11 swamp sparrows; 10 song sparrows; 27
white-throated sparrows; 4 purple finches; and 3
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