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Our group at the end of an iced over OVP boardwalk

This month’s wildlife walks at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland took place on a day when the birds probably had more sense to stay out of the rain than the birders did. Though it was rather warm, we were confronted with sometimes steady rain and treacherously icy trails that made  just staying upright difficult at times. As alluded to before, not many birds were visible out and about in the weather, the best sightings being a passing flock of American Robins. Two Cottontail Rabbits were also seen scrambling through the brush, much more sure-footed on the ice than we were. After our slide around Otter View Park, we decided that given the conditions it would be best not to venture down into the fields of Hurd Grassland lest we not be able to make it back up the hills again. Instead, we enjoyed Gale Hurd’s hospitality and saw what we could around her feeders, but even this usually busy spot was light on birds. Hopefully our February walk will have weather conditions more enjoyable to both the birders and the birds.

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

Our Next walk will take place Saturday, January 11 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

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