This month’s wildlife walks at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland took place on a seasonally warm morning. Our crew this time out were all walk regulars which made for a companionable outing.

At the park, a Catbird was keeping up a constant racket while we gathered in the parking lot. Along the trail we spotted an Eastern Cottontail Rabbit that quickly dived for cover when it saw us. At the end of the boardwalk we saw thee families of Wood Ducks that we tallied at twenty in total of both adults and ducklings. A female Mallard was doing its best impression of a piece of wood, sleeping standing in front of a log, only her slight movements and orange legs giving her away. A Baltimore Oriole perched in a tree and a Green Heron flying over the river were also nice sightings.

The big feature at the Hurd Grassland was Dragonflies. Along the paths we saw several Widow Skimmer, a Common Whitetail and many unidentified Meadowhawks. A Monarch Butterfly was also seen visiting the milkweed in the field. Down in the shrubby section we had two Field Sparrows countersigning with each other. A Brown Thrasher flew across the trail in front of a pair of participants who had fallen behind and a Ruby-throated Hummingbird was seen visiting Gale Hurd’s flower garden.

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, August 10 at 7:00 AM. Meet at the parking area of Otter View Park at the intersection of Weybridge St. and Pulp Mill Bridge Road.