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West Rutland Marsh - September 2019

It was a spectacular day at West Rutland Marsh with bright sunshine, warm temperatures and foliage turning on the hillsides. Fourteen observers turned out for the walk. Forty-one species were tallied, quite a bit more than last year’s 28 and our average of 36 for the month of September.

Waterfowl species included Canada goose, mallard and wood duck.

A few raptor species were seen with the highlight being an immature bald eagle soaring over the ridge accompanied by turkey vultures. An American kestrel and a broad-winged hawk were also observed.

exploring the new trailNine northern flickers were seen with several on the road on Marble Street. Other woodpecker species included hairy and downy and one yellow-bellied sapsucker.

Gray catbirds were numerous and two brown thrashers were a treat along Marble Street.

Warblers were scattered here and there and included common yellowthroat, magnolia chestnut-sided, palm, yellow-rumped, and black-throated green warblers. 

A Lincoln's sparrow was seen as well as several swamp sparrows and four song sparrows.  A lone purple finch was singing atop a tree on Pleasant Street.

Another highlight was the opportunity to explore Phase I of the new trail off of Whipple Hollow Road. 

The next walk is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, at 8 a.m.

The list: 

Canada Goose  13
Wood Duck  3
Mallard  5
Wild Turkey  5
Mourning Dove  2
Turkey Vulture  4
Bald Eagle  1
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  9
American Kestrel  2
Eastern Phoebe  7
Blue Jay  10
American Crow  11
Common Raven  1
Black-capped Chickadee  19
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Marsh Wren  2
Carolina Wren  1
European Starling  1
Gray Catbird  14
Brown Thrasher  2
American Robin  1
Cedar Waxwing  15
Purple Finch  1
American Goldfinch  12
Song Sparrow  4
Swamp Sparrow  8
Red-winged Blackbird  13
Common Yellowthroat  7
Magnolia Warbler  3
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  4
Northern Cardinal  4


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