Seventeen participants kicked off Rutland County Audubon's tenth year of marsh monitoring with 53 species (compared with 45 species one year ago and 45 species on the first marsh walk in 2001).

A juvenile Common Moorhen was observed, the species making an appearance this season after many years of absence. A single, appropriately, Solitary Sandpiper was seen. 

A good number of Red-eyed and Warbling vireos were present along with one Blue-headed Vireo. Four species of swallow were observed.

Warblers included Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Green, American Redstart, and a good number of Common Yellowthroat.
Wood Duck     3
American Black Duck     6
Mallard     12
Wild Turkey     2
Green Heron     1
Turkey Vulture     2
Common Moorhen     1
Solitary Sandpiper     1
Rock Pigeon     3
Mourning Dove     8
Chimney Swift     2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird     4
Belted Kingfisher     1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker     2
Downy Woodpecker     2
Northern Flicker     1
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Eastern Phoebe     7
Eastern Kingbird     6
Blue-headed Vireo     1
Warbling Vireo     5
Red-eyed Vireo     11
Blue Jay     8
American Crow     8
Common Raven     2
Tree Swallow     5
Bank Swallow     1
Barn Swallow     22
Cliff Swallow     1
Black-capped Chickadee     18
Tufted Titmouse     2
White-breasted Nuthatch     2
Marsh Wren     1
Veery     3
American Robin     5
Gray Catbird     20
Cedar Waxwing     31
Chestnut-sided Warbler     2
Black-throated Green Warbler     1
American Redstart     5
Common Yellowthroat     16
Eastern Towhee     1
Song Sparrow     4
Swamp Sparrow     10
Northern Cardinal     5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     4
Red-winged Blackbird     156
Common Grackle     2
Baltimore Oriole     2
Purple Finch     1
House Finch     3
American Goldfinch     25
House Sparrow     2

The next marsh walk is scheduled for Thursday, Sept 23, at 7 a.m. An article on marsh monitoring can be found at the RCAS website:

The article includes a link to a short video created by the West Rutland Media Camp and featuring Roy Pilcher.

Sue Elliott