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This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland was postponed a week due to a blizzard that blew through on the originally scheduled morning and all seven people who came to the delayed walk agreed we were doing it on a much better day. Fairly fresh snow made for great conditions to spot tracks, the best of these being a Read the rest of this entry »

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Given temperatures in the minus teens at our start time, it’s unsurprising that only eight people came to this years First Day Hike at Button Bay State Park, but it was a hardy, group well dressed for the weather, ready too look for birds. Read the rest of this entry »

The story of this month’s wildlife walks at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland is the story of all birding in our region in the past few months: A marked dearth or birds. Still we did manage some good sightings. Warm weather has kept the Otter Creek flowing so far this December, so flushing a Great Blue Heron away from the end of the boardwalk Read the rest of this entry »

 

This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland started off amid cold, wind and snow flurries, giving us the first real bite of winter for the year. And the birds seemed to be feeling the weather too as they were hard to come by as we walked the park. As frequently happens though, one of our first observations was a singing Read the rest of this entry »

This month’s wildlife walks at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland began pleasently with the sound of a Carolina Wren singing near the parking lot. As we went down the trail we had a nice bit of drama as there was a three-way altercation between a Red-tailed Hawk, an immature Cooper’s Hawk and an American Crow. They circled together Read the rest of this entry »

This past Sunday Otter Creek Audubon held our annual hawk watch at Buck Mountain in Waltham. As always scheduling this event is a bit of a gamble because we can never predict the weather far enough in the future to know whether or not the conditions will be good. Last year for example we were rained out. But this year lucked into a sunny and Read the rest of this entry »

 

 

This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grasland started off under beautiful waning moon still hanging in an early morning sky. In the plants along the trail we notices a large number of dew-covered spider webs, many with Banded Garden Spiders sitting in the middle of them. As we reached the boardwalk we discovered a Read the rest of this entry »

 

Nine people came out for an excellent walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland this past Saturday. One of our best finds of the day came early on at the park when we saw an immature Chestnut-sided Warbler in an apple tree. Down at the end of a boardwalk we had two Belted Kingfishers fly right past us giving their rattling call. A Read the rest of this entry »

Thirteen people showed up for this months wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland and were treated to some classic mid-summer sightings. Down on the boardwalk we watched a Bullfrog expanding its throat to make its booming call, one of many Bullfrogs calling from the marsh. A family of Northern Rough-winged Swallows had their fledglings perched on a downed tree across the river and were bringing them food. Not far down stream Read the rest of this entry »

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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