|Mallard with ducklings, Lake Wallace, August 5, 2012|
Besides the Red Crossbills I did not have anything too noteworthy. At Lake Wallace the numbers of Mallards (118) and Wood Ducks (59) is still impressive. I added a Black Duck for the first time at this location this season. I'm still waiting to come across something very unusual here, maybe next time. Lake Wallace continues to be a productive spot for waders with a single Great Egret, three Great Blue Herons and six Green Herons. After spending quite a bit of time tracking down crossbills I moved fairly quick through the rest of Quabbin Park as it was getting busy with the weekend crowd. Little in the way of bird song this morning but the dozen plus Eastern Wood Pewee's continue to be vocal. Another decent bird here was a Black-billed Cuckoo. Along the land trust trail the highlight was a group of three very vocal Broad-winged Hawks.