Saturday, April 2, 2011

Spring continues...slowly

Eastern Phoebe, Covey WMA
Tree Swallow, Covey WMA
Blue Jay, Covey WMA
Blue Jay, Covey WMA

I spent the morning at Quabbin Park and Covey WMA checking on new spring arrivals. Most of the snow from yesterday has already disappeared. The main Quabbin continues to be almost totally frozen but there were a few small open areas of water and these contained some groups of Common Mergansers (total of 62). The Bald Eagle continues on the nest and seemed to be moving around quite a bit so perhaps there are hatchlings in the nest. The numbers of migrants continues to be low but given the weather conditions that is not surprising. A handful of calling Eastern Phoebes, a few Tree Swallows, a singing Winter Wren and Fox Sparrow added some flavor to the morning as did a successfully hunting female American Kestrel, a flyby male Northern Harrier and a group of three Cooper's Hawks together moving north. It appeared that some sparrows were on the move today as well as groups of crows and jays. Spring appears to be arriving, even if it is a bit slow.

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