Seasonably pleasant weather was a feature of this month’s wildlife walks at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland, a far cry from the sub-freezing conditions of our March walk. Newly arrived migrants were another good feature too. At the park, an Eastern Phoebe seen flitting from branch to branch, flicking its tail was a first of year bird for many on the walk. A Swamp Sparrow singing from the cattails  in the marsh was another recent returnee. Probably the best sighting of the day was a group of three uncommon Rusty Blackbirds.

At the Hurd Grassland an Eastern Bluebird is always a pleasant find. One of the local Red-tailed Hawks made its presence known. And though White-throated Sparrows overwintered on the property, we are now at the point where knowing whether or not the three seen on the walk are those birds, or if they are migrants headed north.

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, May. 13 at 7:00 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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