Six participants enjoyed a fine St. Patrick's Day morning at West Rutland Marsh for Rutland County Audubon's monthly monitoring walk. Twenty-eight species were tallied. This compares with 31 one year ago, but still beats our ten-year average of 23 species for March.

Highlights included a Northern Harrier (adding one new species to the County Quest for Rutland) and singing Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren, and Song Sparrow.

Along with the many Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles, the Canada Geese are back despite the still frozen water.

Forty-four Wild Turkey were in the farm field on Pleasant St., where 46 were observed during last month's count. Perhaps this flock is faring better than many of the turkeys this hard winter.

Canada Goose     12
Wild Turkey     44
Turkey Vulture     1
Northern Harrier     1
Sharp-shinned Hawk     1
Mourning Dove     10
Downy Woodpecker     4
Hairy Woodpecker     3
Blue Jay     13
American Crow     9
Common Raven     5
Black-capped Chickadee     33
Tufted Titmouse     4
White-breasted Nuthatch     5
Brown Creeper     1 
Carolina Wren     1
Eastern Bluebird     2
American Robin     10
European Starling     6
American Tree Sparrow     4
Song Sparrow     2 
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)     1
Northern Cardinal     7
Red-winged Blackbird     63
Common Grackle     39
House Finch     6
American Goldfinch     14
House Sparrow     4

Sue Elliott