Sunday, November 21, 2010

No swans but more Red Crossbills

Red Crossbills, Quabbin Park, November 21, 2010

Red Crossbills-six of thirteen present, Quabbin Park, November 21, 2010

Red Crossbill, Quabbin Park, November 21, 2010

Quabbin Tower at dawn from Gate 5, November 21, 2010

I decided to try for the Tundra Swans first thing in the morning at Gate 5 without any luck. According to a post on Massbird I read after getting home this morning the swans left at dusk yesterday evening and headed south. Although I missed out on the swans today the sunrise was beautiful. I then decided to check various spots around Quabbin Park to see if perhaps the swans moved elsewhere in the local area. The breeze out of the north kicked the water up a bit but I still managed to find a few waterfowl about including a few Common Loons, Horned Grebes, a single Common Goldeneye and a few Hooded Mergansers and Wood Ducks on Rt 9 marsh. I also decided to check the area where I have been having Red Crossbills and sure enough I found them again. This time I had a group of 13 actively feeding and being quite vocal through the several minutes I had them in view. The group consisted of an even mix of males and females which was different from the previous flock last week of fourteen that was mainly males. It would be interesting to know exactly how many Red Crossbills there indeed are in this area.


  1. Wow, Larry! What beautiful dawn pink and purple! Great images of the crossbills, particularly the first one. Would have liked to enlarge the third one, but couldn't.

  2. Glad you liked the photos. The color of the dawn only lasted a few minutes.