This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland was cancelled. That’s because it was in the mid thirties, and bucketing rain, and no one in their right mind would want to go birding in that, so wisely no one showed up. However, the purpose of these walks are not just to be social occasions, they are also about accumulating data from these locations, so on the next free morning I had, I took a walk, the report from which follows here.

When I arrived at Otter View Park there were the usual groups of European Starlings hanging out in the tall trees on the roads surrounding the parking lot. There were also a very active and vocal group of American Goldfinch flying around the property the entire time I was there. Chickadees and Titmice were active in the shrubs along the trail. Down on the boardwalk I found a feather stuck standing upright in one of the beaver dams, and have not definitively identified what it might be. A picture of it is included in this post, so if you have any thoughts on it, leave a comment below. Coming back around the trail I spotted and managed to get a fairly good picture of a White-throated Sparrow. And finally, as I was getting in my car to leave, I saw a Red-tailed Hawk fly over.

Over at the Hurd Grassland, one “quorking” Raven aside, things were quiet on the trails until I got around to the West side of the field. There I saw an Eastern Bluebird perched in a tree above one of our new birdhouses, and while I was watching, three more of them came out of the box and flew across the field. It’s nice to know that these boxes are being used as winter roosts as well as nesting locations in the breeding season. For the rest of the walk, my highlights was a flock of Cedar Waxwings feeding on red cedar berries, and a group of four House Finches.

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