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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 »

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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 »

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 »

It was a brisk, breezy morning for this month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland. The first thing we noticed  when we set out were the large numbers of Robins moving around in flocks going all directions. We tallied 190 in all at the Park. When we reached the boardwalk, we spotted a dark hawk soaring above. Initially we identified it Read the rest of this entry »

This month’s wildlife walks at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland was a bit of a special one as we were joined by Audubon chapter leaders from around the state as a prelude to a chapter assembly meeting later in the day. We got an exciting start when a Sharp-shinned hawk flew by the parking lot of the park escorted by a pair of noisy Blue Read the rest of this entry »

Twelve participants came out for this month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland to help us monitor birds and other wildlife. Beginning at the Park’s parking lot, and right throughout the morning, it seemed like we couldn’t go anywhere without seeing or hearing Yellow-rumped Warblers. From the end of the boardwalk we Read the rest of this entry »

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