Eastern Kingbird

Participants of this month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park  and the Hurd Grassland enjoyed what could only be described as perfect weather. We also enjoyed some very nice bird activity starting right off with an Eastern Kingbird coming in close and perching on a sign in the parking lot at the park. Green Herons were seen flying around the marsh and making quite a lot of noise squawking. As we moved down the boardwalk, a Virgina Rail flushed out from underneath it, giving us close but brief looks at it as it slipped between clumps of reeds. Cedar waxwings were seen carrying nesting material while nearby a Northern Rough-winged Swallow perched and preened on a branch in clear view. We felt unbelievably lucky to come across a group of three River Otters cavorting in the creek nearby, making this the second walk in a row we have found them.

At the Hurd Grassland the early highlight was a recently fledged Eastern Bluebird being fed by its parents. Tree Swallows were also busy nesting in several of the birdhouses nearby. In the fields we enjoyed the song of an Eastern Meadowlark, and after looking for a while spotted it at the top of a tree. Agitated Red-winged Blackbirds we very cross at us as we walked along the trail, the reason for which was revealed when we flushed two fledglings out of the grass. Also, an American Kestrel was seen overhead searching the grass for a meal. Just as we were about to leave the grassland and lamenting the fact that we hadn’t seen a Bobolink, a male popped up and crossed the field to perch on a hedge. Finally at the end of our walk we watched a Brown Thrasher as it sang from some shrubs.

All our bird sightings have been submitted to eBird. Full checklists can be viewed at the following links:
Otter View Park
Hurd Grassland

Our Next walk will take place Saturday, July 14 at 8:00 AM. Meet at the parking area of Otter View Park at the intersection of Weybridge St. and Pulp Mill Bridge Road.

– Ron Payne