19 participants from near and far joined Rutland
County Audubon in its annual Century County this
past Saturday. A shortfall in number of species
was more than made up by the new species added to
previous years' lists.
Starting at one of our favorite spots, West
Rutland Marsh, we began the day with
ruby-throated hummingbird, belted kingfisher,
alder and willow flycatchers, warbling vireo,
gray catbird, yellow warbler, swamp sparrow, and
The Pleasant Street powerline in West Rutland was
the site of veery, brown thrasher, chestnut-sided
warbler, prairie warbler, common yellowthroat,
indigo bunting (sitting in a tree with a northern
cardinal made a pretty sight), and field sparrow.
Another swing through West Rutland Marsh brought
the best gift of the day as we stood,
open-mouthed, at the sight of a LEAST BITTERN
flying the length of the marsh - a life bird for
most of us and not an everyday sight for the
rest. Virginia rail, sora, marsh wren as well as
an American bittern flyover added to the stop. An
eastern kingbird sitting on a nest on Water
Street was a bonus.
The Route 4 rest area brought us ruffed grouse
with young, eastern wood-pewee, least flycatcher,
wood thrush, blue-winged warbler, chestnut-sided
warbler, magnolia warbler, black-and-white
warbler, American redstart, ovenbird, common
yellowthroat, scarlet tanager, another indigo
bunting, and another field sparrow.
The north end of Lake Bomoseen added wood duck
with young, northern waterthrush, bobolink, and
The picnic area at Bomoseen State Park provided a
warm and sunny spot for lunch as well as lots of
bird entertainment. A warbling vireo nest
(occupied) was, by raided by a Baltimore oriole
for nesting material, a fight ensued, ending in a
draw, but with the vireo enscounced in her nest.
Not many yards away, a yellow-throated vireo was
also sitting on a nest. A view through a spotting
scope was one of the highlights of the day.
Double-crested cormorant, blue-headed vireo and
more American redstarts were also seen and heard
at this stop.
River Road in West Haven brought us red-tailed
hawk and turkey vulture, a bank swallow in it's
nest hole, eastern towhee, and a pair of
affectionate rose-breasted grosbeaks. Thanks to
sharp ears, a Tennessee warbler was also heard.
Wilson's snipe was added at the Lake Hortonia
fishing access as well as killdeer.
Hollow Road in Brandon was a pleasant stop for
creat crested flycatcher, eastern towhee, indigo
bunting as well as some butterflies. A Savannah
sparrow was also added in Brandon.
12 and a half hours later brought us to Lefferts
Pond in Chittenden. There veery, hermit thrush,
Swainson's thrush provided a nice concert. The
elusive white-throated sparrow of the day also
chimed in. Blackburnian warbler and yellow-rumped
warbler concluded the day.
Many thanks to Roy Pilcher for planning a great
trip, Regina DeCorte for delicious coffee cakes,
Davie Rolnick and Bill Alexson for providing all
sorts of information about cool stuff like bugs,
caterpillars and plants, and everyone for making
it one of the highlights of Rutland County
Audubon's birding year.
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