Eight people came out for this month’s walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland on what could be only described as a perfect August day. Sunny and cool and lacking the high humidity we had been having recently, it mad for a pleasant outing.

Song Sparrow were the early greeters along as we started off at the park, and would be a theme throughout the morning. Along the boardwalk we noticed some new beaver work, extending their dam further and retaining a lot of the three inches of rain we had in the previous days. A pair of Marsh Wrens kept teasing us with their scolding while hidden in the cattails, finally revealing themselves to some persistent watcher. Down at the river we watched three Green Herons fly up and land at the tops of trees. On our way back we spotted an Empidonax flycatcher that sat long enough in one place for us to definitively identify it as a Least Flycatcher.

Over at the Hurd Grassland we watched Barn Swallows zooming back and forth over the newly mowed field. Song Sparrows again were conspicuous dotted around the trails alone and in family groups with youngsters — we tallied 22 of them in all. A Common Yellowthroat and Swamp Sparrow briefly popped up where they could be viewed, but were otherwise only heard. An Eastern Towhee was observed in the shrubland section of the property singing its “drink your tea” song. Field Sparrows weren’t singing, but one of them did pop up to give us great looks at it. An Osprey was seen flying overhead as were several Turkey Vultures. We ended our morning in Gale Hurd’s kitchen enjoying a snack and some Ruby-throated Humming birds visiting her feeders.

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, September 14 at 7:00 AM. Meet at the parking area of Otter View Park at the intersection of Weybridge St. and Pulp Mill Bridge Road.