The October Otter View Park and Hurd Grassland walk took place under partly cloudy skies with mild temperatures and little wind. Six participants found 18 species at Otter View Park, The best sightings there were of a Chestnut-sided Warbler, later than expected , and an immature Black-crowned Night Heron that flew across the Middlebury River in front of us. A local resident who knows her birds spotted a Virginia Rail, but by the time we reached the right spot on the boardwalk the bird had vanished.

At the Hurd Grassland the 23 species observed included Yellow-rumped Warblers, which were apparent wherever we went. The group also found a Northern Harrier, five White-crowned Sparrows, a Northern Flicker, the only woodpecker of the day, a Cooper’s Hawk, and a garter snake.

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 Saturday, November 9 at 7:00 AM. Meet at the parking area of Otter View Park at the intersection of Weybridge St. and Pulp Mill Bridge Road.

– Warren King