Eight people assembled this past Saturday for our monthly wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland, and despite the chilly morning, had some excellent bird sightings. Among the highlights at Otter View Park were two Common Ravens, two Northern Flickers, a Winter Wren and a remarkable 14 Purple Finches.

Over at the Hurd Grassland, an Eastern Bluebird was a nice find as were 24 American Robins who are now getting together into foraging winter flocks. An American Tree Sparrow was an expected sighting for this time of year. And the regular Red-tailed Hawk was present. After retrieving the OCAS trail camera, we found video of foraging Chikadees and Cardinals captured not long after the end of the walk.

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, Dec. 12 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