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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 »

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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 »

At this month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland, we were pleased to have a nice mix of regulars and new people in attendance to search for birds and other wildlife at these two properties. As we entered the top of the boardwalk we had a  brief look at a Sharp-shinned Hawk jet overhead. Further down we got a good look at a Red-eyed Vireo, which are easy to see this time of year as they come down from the tops of Read the rest of this entry »

Our August monthly wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland took place on a wet and misty morning, but eleven people still turned out to search of birds and other wildlife. Right from the parking lot we were given the nice ID challenge telling female Purple Finch from female House Finch, one of each having been sighted at the top of the Read the rest of this entry »

The occurrence of this month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland was  in some doubt up to the evening before due to some ominous weather forecast, but when the morning came, we discovered we had nice window of placid weather in which we cold get our walk in. As we started off we noted a very agitated Song Sparrow which has Read the rest of this entry »

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