Despite an early afternoon downpour, it did not
rain on Rutland County Audubon's parade through
Rutland County for Century Count XIII yesterday.
Seventeen participants saw and/or heard a
respectable 104 species with some notable
observations. A full list follows.
A Louisiana Waterthrush nest with eggs was
discovered at the wildlife management area behind
the Rte 4 rest area. The nest was located near a
small, now dry streambed. Two adults were nearby.
A Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was heard along the
wooded trail behind Castleton State College.
The whole group had good looks at an Olive-sided
Flycatcher on Black Pond Road near the
Hubbardton-Castleton line north of Lake Bomoseen.
This was nearly the same spot it was observed on
the Century Count two years ago.
The darker side of birding was seen near this
area as a Common Raven attacked an Baltimore
Oriole nest. The four male orioles and one female
who came to the rescue appeared to be
A Brewster's hybrid backcross (blue-winged x
golden-winged) was observed on Stage Road near
the Benson-West Haven line.
The group had a magnificient look at a Eastern
Meadowlark sitting on a shrub in the
late-afternoon sun on the grounds of the old
Brandon Training School. A Northern Mockingbird
was observed there as well.
The day ended appropriately with the sighting of
two Common Nighthawks hunting over a small field
near Lefferts Pond.
A total of 24 checklists was submitted to eBird
for the day.
Great Blue Heron
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler