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RUTLAND COUNTY AUDUBON COUNT #  110/36   

Boxing Day proved to be an  unfortunate choice of date for our 36th annual 
Christmas Bird  Count.   
Observer participation was  negatively impacted. The traditional 8 field 
teams was reduced to 7,  and   
their  own.   
The anticipated sleet and rain  did not materialize but winds of from 10-15 
mph with gusts of     
30-35 mph appeared to depress  avian activity.   
6333 individual birds were  recorded, considerably less than the ten year 
running average of     
9103.  The species count of 43 (with 5 on  Count Week) was well below the 
ten year running average     
of  49.5.   
Mallard and Common Merganser  numbers set new highs.  
SPECIES  



Canada  Goose  
485  
American Black  Duck  
11  
Mallard  
474  
Common  Merganser  
16  
Bald  Eagle  
1  
Sharp-shinned  Hawk  
1  
Cooper's  Hawk  
CW  
Red-tailed  Hawk  
11  
American  Kestrel  
1  
Peregrine  Falcon  
1  
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  
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  


SPECIES  
43 + 5  CW  


Cheers,
Roy Pilcher
The Gables at East Mountain, Rutland,  Vermont

Speaking the same language.