14 turned out for the 12th consecutive monthly
monitoring walk of West Rutland Marsh today
(including 2 junior birders and 2 birders named

47 species were tallied with two new species for
the walk: scarlet tanager (1) and yellow-throated
vireo (3).

Other highlights included: American bittern (1);
great blue heron (3); green heron (3); northern
harrier (3); American kestrel (4 including 2
adults defending their territory and 2 young
huddled together on a snag); willow flycatcher
(3); alder flycatcher (1); marsh wren (8); veery
(3); swamp sparrow (15); and field sparrow (1).

Warbler numbers were down from the previous month
with Nashville warbler (1); yellow warbler (2);
American redstart (4); and common yellowthroat

The walk concluded with a refreshing shower
(torrential downpour). Needless to say, no ducks
were seen.

The next marsh monitoring walk will be Thursday,
August 8 at 7:30 a.m.

Sue Elliott

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