Barn Swallows

Six people came out to this month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland on what was one of the most beautiful days of the spring s far. On the songbird side of things, a recent arrival at the park was the Eastern Phoebe, and an Easter Bluebird was also seen hanging around. Down on the river there was a good variety of waterfowl with Wood Ducks, Mallards and Common Mergansers present, as well as a highlight of the day, a Pied-billed Grebe. A persistently calling Northern Flicker was tallied along with a Red-bellied Woodpecker. And another good sighting was a Cooper’s Hawk.

Over at the Hurd Grassland, Barn Swallows and Tree Swallows had come back in number. Also interesting was seeing two Norther Harriers, and an America Kestrel is always great to see. The highlight of this porting of the walk was heard rather than seen. A Virginia Rail gave its grunting call from the flooded area adjacent to the field near the pond.

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 11 at 7:00 AM. Meet at the parking area of Otter View Park at the intersection of Weybridge St. and Pulp Mill Bridge Road.