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It was a phenomenal morning at West Rutland Marsh today in terms of number of participants (23), number of species (50, compared with 40 one year ago), numbers of individual birds, and the perfect weather.

Highlights included a sharp-shinned hawk, a Cooper's hawk and an American kestrel interacting in mid-air, a Philadelphia vireo accompanied by blue-headed vireos, warbling vireos and a red-eyed vireo, a northern parula (new to the list), and a rusty blackbird.

7 Wood Duck  
2 American Black Duck  
3 Mallard  
1 Ruffed Grouse (drumming)
5 Turkey Vulture  
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk  
1 Cooper's Hawk  
4 Red-tailed Hawk  
1 American Kestrel  
6 Rock Pigeon  
10 Mourning Dove  
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird  
2 Belted Kingfisher  
5 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  
6 Downy Woodpecker  
5 Hairy Woodpecker  
6 Northern Flicker  
9 Eastern Phoebe  
4 Blue-headed Vireo  
2 Warbling Vireo  
1 Philadelphia Vireo     
3 Red-eyed Vireo  
79 Blue Jay  
7 American Crow  
4 Common Raven  
33 Black-capped Chickadee  
2 Tufted Titmouse  
4 Red-breasted Nuthatch  
2 White-breasted Nuthatch  
2 Carolina Wren  
1 House Wren  
6 Marsh Wren  
2 Hermit Thrush  
5 American Robin  
23 Gray Catbird  
1 European Starling  
4 Cedar Waxwing  
1 Northern Parula  
1 Magnolia Warbler  
3 Yellow-rumped Warbler  
3 Black-throated Green Warbler  
13 Common Yellowthroat  
1 Scarlet Tanager  
9 Song Sparrow  
29 Swamp Sparrow (several singing)   
1 Northern Cardinal  
73 Red-winged Blackbird  
1 Rusty Blackbird  
4 House Finch  
28 American Goldfinch 

Sue Elliott
http://www.rutlandcountyaudubon.org

Next marsh walk: Thurs, Oct 9, 8 AM.