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Seven observers from Rutland County Audubon had a productive morning at Atiken State Forest in Mendon as part of its ongoing monitoring there. Forty-five species were observed with lots of breeding activty evident.

Ruffed Grouse  11  (two family groups observed)
Wild Turkey   1
Red-tailed Hawk   1
Mourning Dove  5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Black-billed Cuckoo  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  13
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  6
Least Flycatcher  7
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  38
Blue Jay  10
Common Raven  4
Black-capped Chickadee  14
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  8
Brown Creeper  1
Winter Wren  4
Veery  9  (adult observed carrying food)
Hermit Thrush  11  (adult observed carrying food)
Wood Thrush  5
American Robin  12
Cedar Waxwing  4
Nashville Warbler  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler  25 (adult male feeding young; another carrying food; two other fledglings observed)
Yellow-rumped Warbler   3
Black-throated Green Warbler  11
Blackburnian Warbler  6
Black-and-white Warbler  1
American Redstart  11
Ovenbird  29  (distraction display observed; another pair very agitated)
Mourning Warbler  3  (adult observed carrying food; another pair agitated)
Common Yellowthroat  1
Scarlet Tanager  10 (adult observed carrying food)
Chipping Sparrow  2  (adult observed carrying food)
Dark-eyed Junco  31   (two adults observed carrying food)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2
Brown-headed Cowbird   1
Purple Finch   1
American Goldfinch  4

Sue Elliott
http://www.rutlandcountyaudubon.org