Nine people came out to participate in this month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland. There were unseasonably warm temps, but it didn’t seem like that given the wind. These kind of windy conditions not being the favorite for birds, they were noticeably sparse. Highlights at the park were a calling Carolina Wren and a flock of twenty-three Canada Geese. 

A higher species count was obtained over at the Hurd Grassland, but total numbers were still low. The big sighting was a Sharp-shinned Hawk, which might explain to a degree the lack of visible songbirds in the area. A White-throated Sparrow was another nice find. Fox tracks were seen in the remaining snow, likely Gray Fox, as they showed long toenails. Not surprising since we recently caught a Gray Fox at the Hurd property on our trail camera. The walk ended with warmth and and hot apple cider provided by Gale Hurd.

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, Feb. 13 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