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west rutland marsh - november monitoring report

American Tree SparrowA stiff wind greeted three hardy participants in the monitoring walk at West Rutland Marsh, making the seasonable temperature feel frigid. Despite the weather the count was a respectable 19 species. The average for November is 18 (the high was 27 in 2001). This was our 160th consecutive monthly walk.

Appropriate to the season, 26 Wild Turkeys were spotted. The day’s lone raptor was a Red-tailed Hawk. American Tree Sparrows have returned to the feeders near the boardwalk. (A Fox Sparrow spotted the prior day was a no-show).

Two Red-breasted Nuthatches, not always reliable at the marsh, were seen along Whipple Hollow Road.

Good humor is always a part of our walks - a distant gray blob, hoped to be a northern hawk owl, turned out to be a paper wasp nest! One can always hope.

The next marsh walk is scheduled for Saturday, December 20, at 8 a.m.


Wild Turkey  26
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  13
American Crow  7
Common Raven  2
Black-capped Chickadee  30
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
American Robin  1
American Tree Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  14
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  7
House Sparrow  4


seed sale and membership drive: thank you!

Thank you to all for making our annual seed sale and membership drive a success! Birds will be flocking to feeders around the county because of the hard work of our sponsors, Blue Seal Feeds in Brandon and Garland’s in Rutland, and all the volunteers who donated their Saturday morning to fill orders and lug bags of seed.

And welcome new members! If you haven’t already done so, take a look around our website to see what we do. We hope to see you at an event soon! You can also find us on Flickr and Facebook by typing in Rutland County Audubon.

A special thank you to board member Renee Warren for promoting Audubon and bringing in eight new members. 


RCAS annual seed sale and membership drive - November 1

You've probably noticed a change in the cast of characters in your yard and at your feeders. White-throated Red-bellied WoodpeckerSparrows and Juncos (aka snowbirds) are around again and the number of chickadees, titmice and nuthatches have increased after the nesting season.

That means it's time again to stock up on seed! Support RCAS by buying seed at one of two locations on Saturday, November 1. We'll be at Blue Seal Feeds on Route 7 just south of Brandon and Garland's Agway on Park Street in Rutland. The sale at each location runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Once again seed prices are good and there is no sales tax if you purchase from us on that date. Cash or check only please.

Dark-eyed JuncoThe seed sale is open to all - members and non-members alike. If you aren't a member, we'd love to have you join us and, if you sign up at the seed sale, you'll receive a free birdhouse.

Please stop by and see us! We'd love to talk about birds with you!

Reminder: If you live in an area where bears have been spotted, delay feeding until December 1.


RCAS on Flickr

Prairie WarblerLooking at bird photos can be as enjoyable as looking at the birds themselves (well, almost). Did you know RCAS maintains a Flickr page where you can view pictures of the many species that can be found in Rutland County and elsewhere in the state? Butterflies too! Click here to get the overview.

We would love to see some of your photos! If you're willing to share a picture of a bird or butterfly from Rutland County or elsewhere in Vermont, contact us at birding@rutlandcountyaudubon.org. Of course we'll give you credit.

For those of you are are new to Flickr, our photos are organized into albums. By clicking on the individual photos in each album you can find out when and where they were taken and maybe an interesting tidbit about that species. Our albums include the following:


Rutland County Birding Hotspots:

Aitken State Forest

Bomoseen State Park

Cadwell Loop/Pittsford

CCC Road/Shrewsbury

Diamond Run Mall Nature Trail

Kent Pond

Lefferts Pond

Pleasant St power line

Pomainville Wildlife Management Area

Rutland Community Garden

Tinmouth Channel Wildlife Management Area

West Rutland Marsh

Other albums:

Birds Around Rutland County

Birds Elsewhere in Vermont

Rutland County Rarities

Vermont Rarities

Year of the Snowy Owl

RCAS Annual Program

And we also have a place to share photos of those other beautiful flying objects:

Butterflies of Rutland County

Be sure to check often for new photos! You can access it directly from www.flickr.com and typing Rutland County Audubon into the search box or you can access the pictures directly from our website here. Hope to see some of your photos here soon!


west rutland marsh - october monitoring report

A day for ducks and birders! Rain, heavy at times, did not deter seven participants in the 159th monitoring walk around West Rutland Marsh. Fortunately it was warm and not windy. Nevertheless umbrellas and hoods made it difficult to hear and so, no doubt, some birds were missed.

The total for the day was 23 species, significantly less than our October average of 31 and our high of 39 in October of 2007.

Appropriately, Mallards were seen, 14 in all. Two Great Blue Heron and one Belted Kingfisher were observed flying over the marsh.

Hermit Thrushes, American Robins and Cedar Waxwings were taking advantage of the abundant fruit. Four Yellow-rumped Warblers and two Ruby-crowned Kinglets were moving quickly through the trees despite the heavy rain.

A large flock of approximately 750 Red-winged Blackbirds were alternating between a corn field and the tree tops.

The next walk is scheduled for Thursday, November 20, at 8 a.m.

Today’s list:

Mallard  14
Great Blue Heron  2
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  9
Black-capped Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Hermit Thrush  3
American Robin  17
Cedar Waxwing  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  4
Song Sparrow  8
White-throated Sparrow  16
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  8
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  750
Common Grackle  3
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  2