Both Alder and Willow flycatchers can be observed along with Great Crested Flycatcher Eastern Kingbird. Yellow Warbler and Common Yellowthroat are common throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons. American Redstart nests in the area. Veery, Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing Cedar Waxwing are frequently present. Black-capped Chickadee and House Wren use the nesting boxes.
Update: Since the mall was abandoned, the trails have not been maintained. Also, illegal activities have been taking place around the old mall so if you go, be aware of your surroundings.
Diamond Run Mall Nature Trail is a good place to stop for a quick birding break if you happen to be at the mall or in the Rutland area. It is also a fun spot to bring kids as there are several short trails to explore.
Rutland County Audubon members have counted 68 species here during informal visits over the years. Green Heron has been observed in the wet area adjacent to the mall road just south of the Rutland Field House. The month of May can be an excellent time to look for migrating warblers, which have included Nashville, Magnolia, and Canada warblers.
There is no trail map. Although the trails may seem confusing, the area is too small to get lost.
Diamond Run Mall is located along VT-7 just south of Rutland, across from where VT-4 separates east from VT-7. Park in the rear of the mall behind the Sears Automotive Center. There is a small sign at the entrance to the trails.
Restrooms on site
Wheelchair accessible trail
Content from Susan Elliott, Rutland County Audubon Society
Last updated October 6, 2023