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Thirteen observers tallied 46 species at today's Rutland County Audubon walk around West Rutland Marsh. This marks seven years of consecutive monthly monitoring. Forty-eight species were tallied in July 2007.

136 species have been seen to date with by 1,080 observers (obviously with quite a few repeat participants).

Today's list as reported to eBird:

1 American Bittern  
2 Great Blue Heron  
1 Turkey Vulture  
1 Northern Harrier (male)    
1 Red-tailed Hawk  
1 Virginia Rail  
2 Rock Pigeon  
34 Mourning Dove 
2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird  
3 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  
1 Downy Woodpecker 
1 Hairy Woodpecker 
4 Alder Flycatcher  
5 Willow Flycatcher  
1 Eastern Phoebe  
10 Eastern Kingbird  
2 Red-eyed Vireo 
9 Blue Jay  
4 American Crow  
3 Common Raven  
5 Barn Swallow  
10 Black-capped Chickadee  
3 Tufted Titmouse  
2 Carolina Wren  
4 House Wren  
5 Marsh Wren 
6 Veery  
1 Wood Thrush  
15 American Robin  
11 Gray Catbird  
45 European Starling  
20 Cedar Waxwing  
3 Yellow Warbler
1 American Redstart  
20 Common Yellowthroat (feeding young)
1 Canada Warbler 
2 Chipping Sparrow  
15 Song Sparrow  
11 Swamp Sparrow 
4 Northern Cardinal  
4 Rose-breasted Grosbeak (feeding young)
29 Red-winged Blackbird (feeding young)
8 Common Grackle  
5 House Finch  
27 American Goldfinch (one observed carrying nesting material)
6 House Sparrow 

The next marsh walk is scheduled for Thursday, August 14. Year No. 8!

Sue Elliott
http://www.rutlandcountyaudubon.org