Saturday, November 6, 2010

Waterfowl at Quabbin

Long-tailed Ducks, Quabbin Park, November 6, 2010

Long-tailed Ducks, Quabbin Park, November 6, 2010

I started the last morning of daylight savings time by visiting Quabbin Park to see if there was any waterfowl around. As dawn was breaking I began the day at the Route 9 marsh and had a pair of Great Horned Owl hooting back and forth. The reservoir itself had a fair number and variety with two separate groups of Black Scoters totalling 31 birds,a single male Surf Scoter, an even dozen Long-tailed Ducks with eleven in one group, eleven Black Ducks, ten Wood Ducks, a group of 77 Mallards, four Horned Grebes, seven Common Loons and a few Canada Geese. There were a few other notable birds including a Ruby crowned Kinglet, several Golden crowned Kinglets, an Eastern Phoebe and many robins moving at dawn.

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