Looking at Goslings

Looking at Goslings

This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland started off with some nice action when a Merlin zipped over the OVP parking lot and attempted to catch a small unidentified bird in a nearby tree. The little bird evaded the Merlin’s attack by inches by simply dropping down out of the path of the raptor leaving it to fly away empty handed. Down in the marsh, a Northern Waterthrush, a species that are regular visitors to the park in spring migration, was heard singing. A Virginia Rail very conveniently walked out in the open for everyone to see in the very same spot Gary Starr photographed one on May 6. Three Spotted Sandpipers were seen along the Otter Creek, and a Solitary Sandpiper was scoped out further down the river. Also down that direction we observed Canada Goose pair tending a group of six fuzzy yellow Goslings.

At the Hurd Grassland we got another quick look at a Merlin as it zipped overhead to the alarm of the local Red-winged Blackbirds. All the grassland species the fields at the property are managed for were present. A Bobolink doing a display flight, a singing Savannah Sparrow and a Meadowlark, which after needing to be scoped from across the road, flew overhead and dropped into the field giving everyone a good look. A beautiful male Kestrel also gave us a nice flyby. Two Red-tailed Hawks were seen soaring overhead, one of them drawing the negative attention of a Crow  which sortied up after it multiple times in an attempt to chase it from the area. Things were very quiet at Gale Hurd’s feeders, though before we left a trio of American Goldfinches did make an appearance at them.

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

Other wildlife sightings have been submitted to the Vermont Atlas of Life.

Our Next walk will take place Thursday, June 11 at 7:00 AM. Meet at the parking area of Otter View Park at the intersection of Weybridge St. and Pulp Mill Bridge Road.

– Ron Payne