A wide variety of birds, warm temperatures and
the beautiful foliage made it a great day to be
in the Champlain Valley! Rutland County Audubon
tallied 66 species today.
32 species were noted at Whitney Creek alone.
Highlights were one peregrine falcon, six
northern shovelers, nine greater yellowlegs and
one gray catbird.
Across the way at McCuen Slang were a pair of
greater scaup, 13 white-winged scoters and one
pied-billed grebe and several white-crowned
At Tri-Town one surf scoter was observed among
the white-winged scoters. Six hooded mergansers,
numerous common loons and two red-necked grebes
were spotted. Thanks to Jim Osborne and Ted Murin
for showing us the Little Gull and making sure
everyone had a good look at it!
Two rough-legged hawks were seen in Addison.
Finally birds at Dead Creek included the family
of six Ross's geese among the snow geese. An
adult bald eagle was seen there earlier in the
Numerous northern harriers were seen including
six in one area in Orwell.
Several participants had life birds today. Many
thanks to Roy Pilcher for leading a great trip!
Rutland County Audubon Christmas Bird Count -
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