Rutland County Audubon tallied 107 species in
Rutland County on its annual Century Count
yesterday. The weather and the early hour worked
in our favor as we had 76 species by 10:15 a.m.
The West Rutland Marsh was productive as usual
with American bittern, great blue heron, green
heron, Virginia rail, black-billed and
yellow-billed cuckoo, alder and willow
flycatcher, marsh wren and swamp sparrow. The
Whipple Hollow Road side of the marsh produced
Nashville warbler, black-throated green warbler,
Blackburnian warbler and Canada warbler among
The Pleasant Stree powerline in West Rutland was
active with blue-winged warbler, chestnut-sided
warbler and three, possibly four, prairie
warblers. American kestrel, brown thrasher,
eastern towhee and field sparrow were also
relatively easy finds here.
The Route 4 rest area/Blueberry Hill WMA added
eastern wood-pewee, another blue-winged warbler
and blackpoll. Yellow-throated vireo was heard
here as well as two other spots during the day.
Tree, northern-rough-winged, bank, cliff and barn
swallow were all seen at various locations.
Of great interest was an olive-sided flycatcher
heard along Black Pond Road between Half Moon and
Bomoseen State Parks.
A Virginia rail was heard in a marshy area of at
Leffert's Pond added the last five species of the
day including Wilson's snipe, American woodcock
and a pair of mourning warblers. The second
Canada warbler of the day was also heard here.
Great crested flycatcher, American redstart,
scarlet tanager and indigo bunting were numerous
throughout the day.
Thank you to Roy Pilcher for leading a great trip
All sightings reported to eBird.
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