This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland took place on a lovely mid-summer morning with nine people in attendance to search for birds and other wildlife. Along the trails at the park we found ourselves distracted by insects, particularity a Leaf-footed Bug and a Milkweed Bug, appropriately enough found on Read the rest of this entry »



This month’s wildlife walks at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland on a morning with occasional spitting rain, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of our participants. One of the biggest features of Otter View Park in July is the large Mulberry tree that grows south of the boardwalk which is full of fruit at this time. Among the birds we saw coming Read the rest of this entry »


On Saturday, June 23, 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 MALT Executive Director Jamie Montague and searched for birds around the various trails of the Park. Birding highlights were Read the rest of this entry »


June is the peak time of bird breeding activity so most of our highlights from this month’s walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland revolve around that theme. One of the best sightings of the day was the Warbling Vireo nest at the park we had previously posted about. Nearly two weeks later, and the chicks were big enough to be Read the rest of this entry »

On Saturday, June 9, in partnership with Audubon Vermont and The Middlebury Area Land Trust, we held a bird banding event at the Bob Collins Conservation Farm in Weybridge. Audubon Vermont’s Mark LaBarr brought his mist nets and banding gear in hopes of catching Blue-winged and Golden-winged Warblers at what is s probably the best publicly-accessible shrubland habitat for these species in Addison County. Read the rest of this entry »

On a recent evening visit to Otter View Park in Middlebury, I ran into a friend who told me they knew the location of a Warbling Vireo nest. They took me to where it was, and it couldn’t have been in a more convenient place to view it. Just off the main trail, in a Maple tree below a berm, putting the nest nearly at a reasonable height in relation to a viewer. Read the rest of this entry »


Two Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were found June 5 in Shoreham on Richville Pond, an impounded portion of the Lemon Fair River, by Wesley Butler who posted them in an eBird checklist. The normal breeding range of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks is in Florida, Texas and Mexico along the coasts, but eBird shows they go vagrant all over the east, as Read the rest of this entry »


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 »

Once again this May teams of OCAS birding volunteers will spend a 24-hour period scouring Addison County to find as many species as we can for our annual Birdathon fundraiser. All the money raised will go to support our educational and outreach programs. For example, this year, we have committed to give $5404 to 10 Addison County schools to fund field trips and class projects. We are also assisting with sending a local High School student to the National Audubon Society’s Hog Island camp in Maine. Money from Birdathon also goes to support our Cabin Fever Lecture Series, Otter Tracks Newsletter and many other programs, none of which would be possible without your financial support. You can help us out by either pledging an amount for each species found, giving us a flat gift, or by creating your own Birdathon team.


This past Sunday twenty-eight people came out to our annual Warbler Warm-up walk at the Waterworks Property in Bristol. The weather couldn’t have been better and we managed to have the ideal situation of there being a lot of birds while there weren’t many leaves on the trees. Some of the highlights were a Pine Warbler seen foraging Read the rest of this entry »

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