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This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland took place on a lovely mid-summer morning with nine people in attendance to search for birds and other wildlife. Along the trails at the park we found ourselves distracted by insects, particularity a Leaf-footed Bug and a Milkweed Bug, appropriately enough found on Read the rest of this entry »



This month’s wildlife walks at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland on a morning with occasional spitting rain, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of our participants. One of the biggest features of Otter View Park in July is the large Mulberry tree that grows south of the boardwalk which is full of fruit at this time. Among the birds we saw coming Read the rest of this entry »



On Saturday, June 23, OCAS and the Middlebury Area Land Trust held our annual beginning birder’s walk at Wright Park in Middlebury. Beginning birder’s of all ages, many equipped with OCAS’s binoculars, broke into three groups led by OCAS President Ron Payne, board member Craig Zondag and MALT Executive Director Jamie Montague and searched for birds around the various trails of the Park. Birding highlights were Read the rest of this entry »


June is the peak time of bird breeding activity so most of our highlights from this month’s walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland revolve around that theme. One of the best sightings of the day was the Warbling Vireo nest at the park we had previously posted about. Nearly two weeks later, and the chicks were big enough to be Read the rest of this entry »

On Saturday, June 9, in partnership with Audubon Vermont and The Middlebury Area Land Trust, we held a bird banding event at the Bob Collins Conservation Farm in Weybridge. Audubon Vermont’s Mark LaBarr brought his mist nets and banding gear in hopes of catching Blue-winged and Golden-winged Warblers at what is s probably the best publicly-accessible shrubland habitat for these species in Addison County.

Luck was with us as one representative of each species was caught, given uniquely numbered leg-band, and best of all, show up close to our many attendees before being released. Other birds caught that morning included an Empidomax Flycatcher, Gray Catbird, Song Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Gray Catbird and American Goldfinch. And helping release the birds was a great treat for the youngsters in attendance.

– Ron Payne



Fifteen people came out for this month’s walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland taking advantage of the good weather to do some peak spring birding. Our walk began with a good look at a Baltimore Oriole from the parking lot. Further down we were serenaded by the beautiful fluting song of a Wood Thrush, and later got a look at the bird Read the rest of this entry »

This past Sunday twenty-eight people came out to our annual Warbler Warm-up walk at the Waterworks Property in Bristol. The weather couldn’t have been better and we managed to have the ideal situation of there being a lot of birds while there weren’t many leaves on the trees. Some of the highlights were a Pine Warbler seen foraging Read the rest of this entry »


This month’s wildlife walk took place on a morning with the beginnings of some very nasty weather. Even so, we did manage a good group of attendees as well as a good group of birds. Most of the action at Otter View Park was happening down on the river, where two Pied-billed Grebes were spotted diving on the creek. There were also Wood Read the rest of this entry »

This month’s wildlife walk featured a checklist of early signs of spring. Right of from the parking lot at Otter View Park we had territorial Red-winged Blackbirds singing from prominent perches, House Finches singing their pretty warble, and Song Sparrows calling from a tiny cattail-filled drainage. Throughout our entire morning walk we saw Read the rest of this entry »

This month’s wildlife walks at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland happened on a snowy morning leaving us responsible for walking in fresh tracks on the trails. Things were in general very quiet at the park until we made our way down to the boardwalk where we scared up a flock of Robins that were making use of the flowing water in the Read the rest of this entry »

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