There were signs of spring despite the cold
weather for the eight participants at today's
West Rutland Marsh monthly monitoring walk.
Downy woodpeckers were drumming, northern
cardinals were in full song and a small flock of
American robins was foraging in a field.
Eight red-tailed hawks were spotted of which six
appeared to be migrating.
Also of interest were black-capped chickadees,
hovering like hummingbirds at the tips of what
looked like icicles hanging from a maple tree.
Frozen sap from a broken limb, perhaps?
In another spot four black-capped chickadees were
engaged in a mid-air battle, with their fierce
21 species were tallied compared with 15 species
one year ago. They included two Canada geese, two
mallards, two ruffed grouse, one pileated
woodpecker, two red-breasted nuthatches, two song
sparrows and two dark-eyed juncos.
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