Nine people came out for an excellent walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland this past Saturday. One of our best finds of the day came early on at the park when we saw an immature Chestnut-sided Warbler in an apple tree. Down at the end of a boardwalk we had two Belted Kingfishers fly right past us giving their rattling call. A Northern Flicker spent a long time perched in an ash allowing us all looks at it. Also from the boardwalk we spied a pair of Wood Ducks down the Creek. And as we made our way back around the trail, we found Jagged Ambush bugs lying in wait for prey in the flowers of Queen Anne’s Lace.


Over at the Hurd Grassland, we had couple of overflights from birds we would be more likely find near the river than open fields. First a Great Blue Heron went by spiraling once and heading north, then a couple of Osprey went overhead, the trailing bird calling while trying to keep up with leader. In the shrubland section of the property we found a Field Sparrow, and we also spished a young Common Yellowthroat out of some bushes that would only spend a short time in view before disappearing into cover again. But the bird of the day was an extremely cooperative Black-billed Cuckoo that sat long enough for most of us to see it through a spotting scope. We ended our outing in Gale Hurd’s kitchen eating snacks telling stories of the day, and then after as we were leaving, we saw a Cooper’s Hawk zoom by being harassed by a pair of Eastern Kingbirds.


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, Sep. 9 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