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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 »

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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 »

 

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 »

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 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 »

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