Monday, March 28, 2011
With the Quabbin Reservoir still almost completely frozen I decided to travel a bit yesterday to get a taste of waterfowl at other spots around the Connecticut Valley. I picked up a friend at first light and we headed up to Turners Falls. We started at Barton's Cove and then to the Rod and Gun Club, power canal and downtown. Some nice waterfowl with highlights being a continuing male Redhead, 225+ Ring-necked Ducks, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common and Hooded Mergansers, Wood Ducks and Black Ducks plus the other usuals. We struck out on Bohemian Waxwings in downtown Turners Falls but did find 120+ Cedars. Next we went down to Great Pond in Hatfield and had more nice birds there with Pied billed Grebe, Green winged Teal and Northern Pintail being new additions to the day. Sadly the best access to this spot will probably not be available next year as the land is up for sale and the area is already staked out as a building lot. We finished up with various fields around and returned back to UMASS. A really nice day despite the cool temps and strong winds.