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On Saturday, June 17, 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 former MALT Executive Director Josh Phillips and searched for birds around the various trails of the Park. Birding highlights were a Merlin zooming over the parking lot as we get started, an up-close look at some Veerys, and two groups seeing a usually elusive Black-billed Cuckoo. Read the rest of this entry »

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This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland on a lovely early summer day and featured many fun early summer sightings. At the top of the Otter View Park boardwalk, a first-year American Redstart might have confused viewers by looking like a female and singing like a male. Green Herons were seen moving about the park, Read the rest of this entry »

The May monthly wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland is frequently one of the most interesting walks of the year, and this year’s did not disappoint. One of the most interesting sightings of the day was a female Baltimore Oriole sees down on the ground picking out pieces of grass to use in building a nest. A very cooperative Common Read the rest of this entry »

This year’s Warbler Warm-up walk at The Waterworks Property in New Haven, took place a week earlier than our traditional Mother’s Day date. And though we were earlier, and the weather was a bit wet and dreary, we did manage a very respectable list of  42 species of birds. Warblers were in short supply with only 7 species on hand including Read the rest of this entry »

Reports of amphibian migration are pouring in from across the state, including those parts of the state that had been taking a long time to thaw out.  When Warren King, Barry King, and I arrived at Morgan Road in Salisbury at 8 PM to get set up for a public crossing event last night, the roads were barely damp, and we feared we had just invited Read the rest of this entry »

Seasonably pleasant weather was a feature of this month’s wildlife walks at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland, a far cry from the sub-freezing conditions of our March walk. Newly arrived migrants were another good feature too. At the park, an Eastern Phoebe seen flitting from branch to branch, flicking its tail was a first of year bird for Read the rest of this entry »

This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland took place on a bitterly cold morning featuring single digit temperatures and sub zero wind chills. It was so cold in fact, that the leader was surprised to amass a group of five participants. Still, birds were fairly active, if in small numbers. Cardinals were belting out their territorial Read the rest of this entry »

This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland took place the morning after a fresh coating of snow. This meant a couple of things; that participants showed up late and had to chase down the leader, and that it was very easy to spot fresh animal tracks. We noted Northern Cardinals singing from their well spaced territories, had close encounters with Black-capped Chickadees and spotted an American Tree Sparrow in Read the rest of this entry »

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Immature Cooper’s Hawk

This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland was led by OCAS volunteer and walk regular, Jim Phillips. Cold temperatures hovering in the single digits likely kept more people away, but the three observers on hand tallied 17 species at the park. Highlights were a Cooper’s Hawk that flew in and posed for the group at the Read the rest of this entry »

Twenty seven people came out on an a beautiful New Year’s Day morning to Button Bay State Park in Ferrisburgh to search for winter birds as part of our First Day Walk. This new annual tradition which we started taking part in last year happens around the country at State and National Park gets people kicking off their year right enjoying exercise and Read the rest of this entry »

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