Immature Cooper’s Hawk

This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland was led by OCAS volunteer and walk regular, Jim Phillips. Cold temperatures hovering in the single digits likely kept more people away, but the three observers on hand tallied 17 species at the park. Highlights were a Cooper’s Hawk that flew in and posed for the group at the beginning of the walk. A good flock of Robins perched in trees. A Piliated Woodpecker was observed, and a Red-tailed Hawk which was spotted in a tree next to the river.

Things hadn’t warmed up much at the Hurd Grassland where the group decieded to cover the route relatively quickly. Still, they managed to tally 13 species. A good sized flock of House Finches mixed with House Sparrows was a good find for the trek. More pleasant viewing of Blue Jays and two American Tree Sparrows were had while enjoying refreshments in Gale Hurd’s kitchen.

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. 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