Sunday, October 16, 2011

No rarities today but some nice pockets of birds

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Quabbin Park,Oct 16, 2011

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Quabbin Park,Oct 16, 2011

Winter Wren, Quabbin Park,Oct 16, 2011

Song Sparrow, Quabbin Park,Oct 16, 2011

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Quabbin Park,Oct 16, 2011
The windy weather continues for today with temperatures starting around 50 again.  I visited Quabbin Park and Covey WMA again today.  No out of the ordinary birds but I did have some waterfowl on the reservoir including a couple each of Horned and Red-necked Grebe, a few Common Loons and a few other species.  There was some movement of raptors with several Red tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles, Cooper's Hawk and an Osprey.  Passerine flocks seemed to be almost absent until I found a nice flock feeding in dense undergrowth, grape vines and various fruiting plants near the entrance to Quabbin Park.  This small area contained 20+ Ruby-crowned Kinglets, five species of warbler,a Blue-headed Vireo, several Hermit Thrush's, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and several other species.  The kinlgets seem to be everywhere with over a dozen in a couple small apple trees at the same time.  Covey WMA was relatively quiet with the only oddity being a Northern Bobwhite that somehow had escaped the hunters over the past few days.

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