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Four members of Rutland County Audubon tallied 40 species at Aitken State Forest this morning as part of our ongoing monitoring there this year. Sixty-five species have been observed to date.

Although birdsong has somewhat diminished (except for the red-eyed vireos!), there is still plenty of evidence of breeding as noted by the number of young and adults carrying food.

Date: Thursday, July 17, 2008, 8:44 PM
Location:   Aitken State Forest
Observation date:   7/17/08
Notes:   group split in two, one going to top of Bald
Mountain, the other saying on the lower trails
Number of species:   40

Mourning Dove  5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  5
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  8
Least Flycatcher  1
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  42
Blue Jay  7 (adult feeding young)
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  14
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  9
Winter Wren  7
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Veery  7
Hermit Thrush  12
Wood Thrush  6
American Robin  14
Cedar Waxwing  5
Nashville Warbler  4 (adult feeding young)
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler  18 (adult female carrying food)
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1  (adult male carrying food)
Black-throated Green Warbler  9
Blackburnian Warbler   3
American Redstart  9
Ovenbird  12
Louisiana Waterthrush   1
Mourning Warbler   4
Scarlet Tanager  9
Chipping Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  14 (one adult seen carrying food; another adult seen feeding young)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  4
Baltimore Oriole  3
American Goldfinch  2

Sue Elliott
http://www.rutlandcountyaudubon.org