This month’s walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland couldn’t have happened on a nicer March morning—sunny and seasonably warm and thoroughly enjoyable. And the birds seemed to be out enjoying the weather too. At the park, Northern Cardinals were belting out their territorial songs and Starlings were already investigating holes in trees. One of Eastern Bluebirds that have been in the neighborhood all winter was heard and seen. Another excellent sighting was a Purple Finch, which again, was also heard singing its warbly song.

Over at the Hurd Grassland, a dusting of snow from the night before made for excellent tracking conditions, and we saw some great examples of Wild Turkey, skunk and Bobcat tracks, among others. The best sifting of the day a very cooperative Cooper’s Hawk which was perched in some tangled branches, and feeling secure enough to let us observe it through a spotting scope for about ten minutes. Other good birds found around the trails were a tooting Tufted Titmouse, House Finches and a singing Carolina Wren.

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, Apr. 13 at 8:00 AM. Meet at the parking area of Otter View Park at the intersection of Weybridge St. and Pulp Mill Bridge Road.