15 people enjoyed a leisurely walk around West
Rutland Marsh this spectacular morning on Rutland
County Audubon's monthly monitoring of the marsh.
The first highlight came when a least bittern
flew up and across the road in front of us and
then proceeded to call several times in the
Then we watched a peregrine falcon fly past in
hot pursuit of a bird. It dove, seemly straight
down, but came up empty.
Also of note were an American bittern, a Virginia
rail, an American kestrel, a willow flycatcher
feeding young, a male yellow-bellied sapsucker
with four young in tow (no mom in sight), several
very young marsh wrens, and a brown thrasher.
Good numbers of eastern kingbirds (12), gray
catbirds (12), and common yellowthroats (18) were
observed with a total of 49 species.
All sightings have been reported to eBird.
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