Thursday, October 20, 2011

The wind continues...and delivers Brants

The winds have continued with a short let up yesterday to allow some heavy rain to fall.  I managed to make brief stop at Winsor Dam in Quabbin Park on my to and home from work today to make a quick check for waterfowl.  This morning there was a single Common Loon as well as a group of five White-winged Scoters and a single Surf Scoter.  My evening stop found three White-winged Scoter still out on the water and just as I was packing up the scope I noticed the surprise of the day...a group of eight Brant moving south fighting the strong winds.  They disappeared over the dam not to be seen again.  I have only seen Brant here on one other occasion several years ago.  Timing is everything!

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