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This month’s wildlife walk took place on a morning with the beginnings of some very nasty weather. Even so, we did manage a good group of attendees as well as a good group of birds. Most of the action at Otter View Park was happening down on the river, where two Pied-billed Grebes were spotted diving on the creek. There were also Wood Ducks flying up and down the river and Common and Hooded Mergansers on it. Another good observation was a recently returned Belted Kingfisher. And as the group was walking back along the lower part of the meadow, they all heard a Virginia Rail calling from the marsh.

Over at the Hurd Grassland, the wind had picked up making things fairly unpleasant for birds and birders. A couple of Eastern Bluebirds were present and a Piliated Woodpecker made itself know. The best sightings at the property came as the group walked up the trail through the hedges. Working the trees in there was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. And also in the same area, we got an overflight by a Coopers’s Hawk

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. 12 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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