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          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.