Twelve participants came out for this month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland to help us monitor birds and other wildlife. Beginning at the Park’s parking lot, and right throughout the morning, it seemed like we couldn’t go anywhere without seeing or hearing Yellow-rumped Warblers. From the end of the boardwalk we puzzled over the calls of a hidden raptor in trees across the river from us which was being mobbed by crows. After checking with some birding apps for the sounds of the usual suspects, we discovered what we were hearing was a Cooper’s Hawk. After this, we enjoyed the antics of a trio of River Otters seen further down the river from us.

Over at the Hurd Grassland, the most abundant species we came across were White-throated Sparrows. Two different Red-tailed Hawks, a juvenile and an adult were seen flying overhead, and a Sharp-shinned Hawk was briefly seen buzzing by. As we headed back we looked into some of the birdhouses that line the property and found Jumping Mice inside them filling the boxes up with insulation for the winter. And at the end of our outing, while enjoying snacks with Gale Hurd, we got great looks at a flock of White-crowned Sparrows that obligingly let us parse out the difference between the adults and juveniles of that species.

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, Oct. 8 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