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   Rutland County Audubon’s42nd Annual Christmas Bird Count took place on Saturday, January 2.  Weather conditions for the count werefavorable with dry roads and temperatures a degree or two below freezing.
     Countstatistics reverted to the running ten year averages for both individual birdsand bird species.  Count Day produced8437 individual birds as compared to the ten year running average of 8480.  Count Day species numbered 53 with an extra 2during count week.  This compares with aten year running average of 51 species. A Northern Harrier and a Rough-legged Hawk were observed during CountWeek.
     New recordswere set for Great Blue Heron with a sighting of 4 birds, Canada Geese thattallied 1444 birds and Song Sparrow that came in with 12 individuals.  The larger than normal number of Canada Geeseresulted from unusually large numbers that happened to be moving south on CountDay.
     It wasgratifying to welcome several new observers to the count and to the traditionaland enjoyable count down pot luck supper that concluded the day.


Cheers, Roy Pilcher