On Saturday, June 17, OCAS and the Middlebury Area Land Trust held our annual beginning birder’s walk at Wright Park in Middlebury. Beginning birder’s of all ages, many equipped with OCAS’s binoculars, broke into three groups led by OCAS President Ron Payne, board member Craig Zondag and former MALT Executive Director Josh Phillips and searched for birds around the various trails of the Park. Birding highlights were a Merlin zooming over the parking lot as we get started, an up-close look at some Veerys, and two groups seeing a usually elusive Black-billed Cuckoo.

Carol Ramsayer was set up half way through our routes set up for us to play “who’s nest is this?” where our groups broke into pairs and described a nest, then the other groups had to guess which nest was which based on the description. There was also stop by the Wright Park Quest box for snacks. And at the end, Salisbury Community School teacher Amy Clapp handed out copies of the Naturally Literate booklets which you can help get into the hands of more area schoolchildren at this Gofundme Page.

If you missed the walk, remember that beginning birders are always welcome at our Monthly Wildlife Walks at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland on the second Saturday of every month. And another dedicated walk for beginning birders will take place during Dead Creek Days in Addison on October 1st. Please see our Calendar of Events for more information.

– Ron Payne