14 people participated in this morning's monthly
monitoring walk at West Rutland Marsh. 50 species
were tallied. Bird song was everywhere.
Of particular note were a male and female
northern harrier soaring over their usual spot. 4
red-tailed hawks and 8 turkey vultures were also
Marsh birds included 4 American bittern, 4 great
blue heron, 18 swamp sparrow, 2 Virginia rail and
1 sora. At a the end of the walk, while
discussing the arrival date of the marsh wren and
consulting our field card, 1 marsh wren
obligingly popped out to be counted.
Also heard or seen, were over 1 killdeer, 30 tree
swallows, 3 barn swallows, 1 rough-winged
swallow, 1 house wren, 2 belted kingfishers, 1
gray catbird, 1 brown thrasher, 1 ruby-crowned
kinglet, 1 yellow-bellied sapsucker. Turkeys were
heard gobbling up on the hillsides.
It was a great day to be out welcoming the birds
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