This month’s  wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland started off with a nice musical greeting to everyone who arrived at the park by the Field Sparrow who has set up a territory in the parking lot. Down in the marsh we found the expected set of returning species including Baltimore Oriole, Common Yellowthroat and Yellow Warbler. From the end of the boardwalk we were able to see a Canada Goose nest on the opposite bank, and Wood Ducks and Mallads down river give hope that they are nesting in the area as well. On our way back up the boardwalk we teased out the call of Virginia Rail which did it’s regular heard but not seen routine. When we came back around to the parking lot we were pleased to have spotted a pair of Green Herons fly into a bit of an odd spot, across the road in trees behind houses.

At the Hurd Grassland from the end of Meadow Ln, we enjoyed seeing and hearing White-crowned Sparrows. Also from a nearby hedge, a Brown Thrasher could be heard singing for much of our time there. It was very breezy in the fields, so if any grassland birds that might have been present were likely hunkered down out of site. But making use of that wind effectively was a passing Broad-winged Hawk. We had good looks at another Canada Goose nest set along side a small stream, the mother crouching down over her eggs as we passed. Another good raptor sighting was a female Norther Harrier cruising along above us. And finally, while enjoying a snack with Gale Hurd, we had fun watching a Ruby-throated Hummingbird visiting her feeders.

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 are submitted to the Vermont Atlas of Life.

Our Next walk will take place Saturday, June 13 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

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