Last Saturday, OCAS and MALT held our annual beginning birders walk at Wright Park. With around thirty people of all ages in attendance, we broke up into three groups led by Josh Phillips, Ron Payne and Craig Zondag, and headed out along different trails around the park. On our way we did our best to spot birds, listened to bird songs, and pointed out the various bird habitats we were moving through. All paths crossed at the Wright Park Quest goal box where we were treated to a mid-walk snack of trail mix. Then it was on to visit an educational station manned by Carol Ramsayer who showed us a display of bird feathers. We then worked out way back to the start looking and listening for more birds along the way. Among the best sightings were Belted Kingfishers, Gray Catbirds, Common Yellowthroats, Red-eyed Vireos, singing Wood Thrushes among many other things. Back at the parking area we received a second treat of watermelon provided by MALT. Thanks to all who helped organize, and to everyone who came to this enjoyable event. And if you missed it, beginning birders are always welcome at our monthly wildlife walks, the second Saturday of every month at Otter View Park in Middlebury.

– Ron Payne