This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland took place on a cold and windy morning. A participant who took part in last month’s walk when it was -7 F at the start, claimed this morning in the teens felt colder due to the wind. Of course when it’s windy, the birds become hard to find. The persistent calling of a Tufted Titmouse, and a lone Goldfinch were about the only birdy excitment we had until the end of the Park trail. From there we got to witness the aerobatics of a pair of Common Ravens as they evaded an aggressive escort from a flock of American Crows.

Over at the Hurd Grassland, the we had a bit more variety, with three woodpecker species, Downy, Hairy and Red-bellied all together in the same tree right at the start of our walk. We had a very brief look at an Accipiter, but didn’t see enough of it to tell if it was a Sharp-shinned or a Cooper’s Hawk. Down in the shrubland section we found a set of Wild Turky tracks solidity frozen in the snow. A flock of Cedar Waxwings accompanied by a few American Robins was another good sighting. As were the Blue Jays and Dark-eyed Juncos we saw while warming up with hot cider in Gale Hurd’s kitchen.

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, Mar. 9 at 8:00 AM. Meet at the parking area of Otter View Park at the intersection of Weybridge St. and Pulp Mill Bridge Road.