Four people came out on a misty wet morning for the April Monthly Wildlife Walk at Otter View Park and The Hurd Grassland. The walk was mostly a tale of expected returns. Song Sparrows were back in good numbers around the trail. Female Red-winged Blackbirds had joined their male counterparts, who where displaying vigorously in the marsh. A flock of Canada Goose were seen winging their way to points further north. The best sighting from this portion of the walk was probably an Eastern Phoebe seen hunting for bugs in the cattails. On our way out, we met a neighbor of the park who told us a story of seeing a Peregrine Falcon kill a Ring-billed Gull over the meadow a couple of days before. Some of the feathers from the unfortunate gull were still in evidence.

Over at the Hurd Grassland Tree Swallows were seen zooming over the field when we arrived, and were later seen already staking out a birdhouse to move into. Eastern Bluebirds were also taking an interest in our nest boxes. White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos were heard singing from the hedgrows. While we were at the park we didn’t see any ducks on the river, but at the grassland we saw both Wood Ducks and Mallards flying by overhead. Down in the shrubby section we heard a mysterious bird song, probably from a sparrow, but failed to get a recording of it, so its ID will forever remain unknown.

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