Thursday, November 11, 2010

Quabbin east side scouting trip for Hampshire Bird Club trip

Horned Larks, Quabbin fishing area 3, November 11, 2010
Bald Eagle, Quabbin-Graves Landing, November 11, 2010

Bald Eagle, Quabbin-Graves Landing, November 11, 2010

Snow Buntings, Quabbin Fishing Area 3, November 11, 2010

I spent the day along with Tom Gagnon scouting the route we will take next week when we lead a Hampshire Bird Club trip into the east side of Quabbin. We found a total of 43 species of bird with some nice sightings including White-winged Crossbill, Greater Yellowlegs, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Pine Siskin, Red-breasted Merganser, etc. It was interesting to compare the Red-breasted Mergansers with the Common Mergansers they were with. I will include the list for the day as its easier than recounting the entire day. Suffice it to say it was a nice day to be out exploring Quabbin and we will keep our fingers crossed that we will have as much luck when we lead the trip next week.
Red-breasted Merganser, Quabbin Fishing Area 3, November 11, 2010
Red-breasted Mergansers, Quabbin Fishing Area 3, November 11, 2010
Red-breasted Merganser with Common Mergansers, Quabbin Baffle Dams, November 11, 2010
Red-breasted and Common Mergansers, Quabbin Baffle Dam, November 11, 2010

Canada Goose 38
Wood Duck 1 male
American Black Duck 56 seen throughout day
Mallard 16
Ring-necked Duck 26 all on one small pond
Bufflehead 6 all female
Common Goldeneye 3
Hooded Merganser 121 good day for this species, seen in many areas
Common Merganser 90
Red-breasted Merganser 4 seen with common mergansers
Ruffed Grouse 4 one drumming
Wild Turkey 11 group of 4 and 8
Common Loon 32 seen throughout day, at times several in view at once
Horned Grebe 6 five in north part of reservoir
Bald Eagle 10 up to five in view at once
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Accipiter sp. 1 large Coopers or Goshawk, seen very briefly, leaning toward Goshawk
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Greater Yellowlegs 1 working shoreline in sheltered cove
Ring-billed Gull 17
Barred Owl 2 one seen very well, other calling
Belted Kingfisher 2
Downy Woodpecker 5
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 35
American Crow 12
Common Raven 3
Horned Lark 6 together near fishing area
Black-capped Chickadee 42
Tufted Titmouse 8
Red-breasted Nuthatch 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 8
Brown Creeper 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 17
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 25
American Tree Sparrow 1
Fox Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 34
Snow Bunting 22 one group at fishing area
White-winged Crossbill 2 flybys near gate 45
Pine Siskin 4 flybys
American Goldfinch 6

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