Sunday, November 20, 2011

Hampshire Bird Club trip Gate 35-45 and Winsor Dam

Common Loons, gate 43, Nov 20, 2011

Common Loons, gate 43, Nov 20, 2011

I spent a pleasant late fall day leading a Hampshire Bird Club trip up the east side of Quabbin starting at Winsor Dam and then travelling to Gate 45 and going up to Gate 35.  Despite the extensive tree damage caused by the storm a few weeks ago the roads were in very good shape.  The number and variety of waterfowl was quite low with some usually productive areas having no birds at all.  There were however some nice birds found throughout the day with a handful of Pine Siskins, a male Northern Harrier migrating through, a late Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Belted Kingfisher, a Barred Owl seen by a few as they arrived at Winsor Dam as well as a large flight of American Robins leaving a roost in the early AM.  I have included the list below to illustrate what we did see today.  We had a total of 46 species of bird.

Quabbin -Winsor Dam and Gate 45-35

Canada Goose 8
American Black Duck 30
Mallard 5
Common Goldeneye 4
Ring-necked Duck 2 pair
Hooded Merganser 38
Common Merganser 14
Ruffed Grouse 1
Wild Turkey 2
Common Loon 11
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Horned Grebe 7 all northern part of reservoir
Bald Eagle 5
Northern Harrier 1 adult male migrating past fishing area
Accipiter sp. 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Ring-billed Gull 11
Herring Gull 4
Barred Owl 1 seen by a few on arrival
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 6
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 9
American Crow 10
Common Raven 1
Black-capped Chickadee 46
Tufted Titmouse 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
Brown Creeper 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 13
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 529 (510 leaving roost heading southeast at winsor dam AM)
European Starling 130
Cedar Waxwing 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1 seen and heard near fishing area
White-throated Sparrow 1
American Tree Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 53
Northern Cardinal 1
Purple Finch 2
Pine Siskin 4
American Goldfinch 11

In addition a Cooper's and Sharp-shinned Hawk were seen between Winsor Dam and when we went into gate 45.

River Otter-1
Red Squirrel-12
Gray Squirrel-4
Eastern Chipmunk-3

Clouded Sulpher-1

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