This months wildlife walks at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland featured beautiful autumn weather and lovely fall foliage. We also had abundant and active groups of birds. At the start, feeding on the edges of the parking lot at the park was a nice group of Chipping Sparrows. Also in nearby shrubs were a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a Yellow-rumped Warbler, the latter of which were found scattered around the park throughout our walk. On the water at the end of the boardwalk we spotted two Wood Ducks and a good flock of Canada Goose adding their number to the many flocks we saw high in the air that morning. As we worked out way back, we “pished” out a group of White-throated Sparrows in the bushes.

At the Hurd Grassland, one of the best sightings of the day came right at the beginning of the trail when we spotted an majestic adult Bald Eagle soaring overheard. Along the path through the grassland we flushed a Savannah Sparrow which briefly popped up then disappeared into cover again. Along the hedgerow we “pished” out another group of White-throated Sparrows and Yellow-rumped Warblers, but also contained in this group was a Common Yellowthroat. At the end of the walk while we were enjoying warmed apple cider in Gale Hurd’s kitchen we added five more species to our tally including White-crowned Sparrows, and a first-time sighing at this property, a Rusty Blackbird.

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, Nov. 14 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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