RUTLAND COUNTY AUDUBON COUNT # 110/36 SPECIES Canada Goose 485 Boxing Day proved to be an unfortunate choice of date for our 36th annual Christmas Bird Count. American Black Duck 11 Observer participation was negatively impacted. The traditional 8 field teams was reduced to 7, and Mallard 474 proportionally, the number of observers dropped fom 29 to 19. However, the 9 feeder watchers held Common Merganser 16 their own. Bald Eagle 1 The anticipated sleet and rain did not materialize but winds of from 10-15 mph with gusts of Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 30-35 mph appeared to depress avian ativity. Cooper's Hawk CW 6333 individual birds were recorded, considerably less than the ten year running average of Red-tailed Hawk 11 9103. The species count of 43 (with 5 on Count Week) was well below the ten year running average American Kestrel 1 of 49.5. Peregrine Falcon 1 Mallard and Common Merganser numbers set new highs. Ruffed Grouse 7 Wild Turkey 181 Ring-billed Gull 2 Rock Pigeon 356 Mourning Dove 215 Barred Owl CW Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Downy Woodpecker 47 Bold print indicates new highs. Hairy Woodpecker 20 Pileated Woodpecker 3 Blue Jay 258 American Crow 1167 Common Raven 14 Black-capped Chickadee 749 Tufted Titmouse 104 Red-breasted Nuthatch 9 White-breasted Nuthatch 86 Brown Creeper 4 Carolina Wren 4 Golden-crowned Kinglet CW Eastern Bluebird 9 American Robin 1 Cedar Waxwing 116 Northern Shrike CW European Starling 1246 Northern Cardinal 45 American Tree Sparrow 56 Chipping Sparrow 1 Song Sparrow 2 White-throated Sparrow 2 Dark-eyed Junco 142 Snow Bunting 26 Red-winged Blackbird 2 House Finch 88 Pine Siskin CW American Goldfinch 104 House Sparrow 264 INDIVIDUALS 6333 Running 10-year average of INDIVIDUAL BIRDS: 9,103 SPECIES 43 + 5 CW Running 10-year average of SPECIES: 49.5 Cheers, Roy Pilcher The Gables at East Mountain, Rutland, Vermont Speaking the same language.