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Despite the foggy morning, there were signs of spring for the 16 participants at the 128th monthly monitoring walk around West Rutland Marsh this morning. Twenty-eight species were tallied, compared with 28 species last year and our average of 23. 

With most of the water now open Canada Geese are setting up territories. Two pairs of Wood Duck were observed. Two Wilson's Snipe were heard winnowing and were also seen. Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles were making plenty of noise.

A highlight of the walk was a male Purple Finch singing atop a tree. Three Brown Creepers were heard singing as well.
 
Canada Goose  23
Wood Duck  4
Mallard  15
Wilson's Snipe  2
Rock Pigeon  2
Mourning Dove  18
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  23
American Crow  7
Common Raven  3
Black-capped Chickadee  17
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown Creeper  3
American Robin  17
European Starling  3
American Tree Sparrow  7
Song Sparrow  16
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  16
Northern Cardinal  10
Red-winged Blackbird  42
Common Grackle  24
Purple Finch  1
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  11
House Sparrow   4

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Sue Elliott