This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland was led by OCAS board member, Craig Zondag, on a very cold morning. Temperatures started below zero, but with a shining sun and no wind, it was surprisingly comfortable. The park didn’t serve up a large list of birds, but there were some good ones to be seen. Five Eastern Bluebirds, a species usually found in larger fields were present there. Dark-eyed Juncos aren’t usually a very exciting find this time of year, but there have been so few of them this winter, seeing seven of them was quite remarkable. A Common Raven was also observed, always a good addition to any bird list.

Over at the Hurd Grassland, a walk around the field showed more hoar frost just like we had last month, and also more Bluebirds. A Cedar Waxwing was a good find, as was an American Tree Sparrow, another species that has been in unusually short supply this winter. The biggest excitement of the day came at the end of the walk when abundant Goldfinches and other birds at Gale Hurd’s feeders were scattered by the arrival of a Sharp-shined Hawk which was nice enough to perch long enough for a nice picture.

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, Jan. 12 at 8:00 AM. Meet at the parking area of Otter View Park at the intersection of Weybridge St. and Pulp Mill Bridge Road.

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