Montana and I joined the Rutland County Audubon for their Century Count and
for the next 15 hours we explored the back roads of Rutland County trying to
locate 100 species of bird in a day. I personally was hopping to find a few
birds to add to my 2008 Birding Big Year, which currently stood at 183. The
weather was good most of the day and as we (the group) moved along, I
started to realize that instead of 3 to 5 new birds for the list that in all
likelihood I had a very good chance of getting very close to my 2008 Birding
Big Year gold of 200 birds. At 3 o’clock in the afternoon the count for the day
stood at 89 and as anyone who has ever done a Birding Big Day or Bird-o-thon
knows that the first 9 hours were ez with 89 birds found as compared to
finding 11 more birds over the next 6 hours. However the members of the
Rutland Audubon group had done their homework well and know where to go
and at what time of day for the best chances of finding the last 11 birds we
needed to get to 100 for the day. We ended the day in a mad dash across
Rutland County to certain locations in hopes of finding very specific target
birds, this took us to a field near Leffert’s pond as the sun was going down
and my 200th bird of the year a Common Nighthawk. As for the group, 104
birds for the day is a good days work, Birding! It was great fun.
Weather your driving the back roads of Rutland County or walking through
the woods with the Rutland County Audubon, you will find them very generous
with their knowledge. Not only did we learn about Birds and their habitant, but
also Wildflowers, Trees, Butterflies, Dragonflies etc. On a day when everyone
was looking in the trees for birds, two of the nicest finds of the day were on
the ground. As Sue Elliott mentioned earlier a Louisiana Waterthrush nest with
eggs was found in a bank about 16 inches of the ground and later someone
located a Hummingbird Moth clinging to a plant about 6 inches of the ground.
Great eyes on that one Roy and Sue W.
If anyone is on the fence about joining this group on one of their outings I
would highly recommend it because the experience is very rich and enjoyable,
one that Montana and I will not forget. They also have a Butterfly survey
next month which the first time Montana and I did was a real eye opener, we
do them every year now. If you like butterflies and would like more info about
this event contact Roy Pilcher <ShamwariVT AT AOL.COM> or Sue Elliott at
<ovenbird14 AT YAHOO.COM> they will help.
Thanks to the Rutland County Audubon members for the fun day of birding
and my 200th bird.
and my son Montana