|Northern Saw-whet Owl, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, Dec 2, 2012|
|Dark eyed Junco, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, Dec 2, 2012|
I then headed back through the fog to Quabbin stopping at Winsor Dam to see if I could once again catch up with Pine Grosbeaks there. I immediately found them feeding on the ground and in the crab apple trees. As the fog made viewing the water nearly impossible I spent some time just admiring the grosbeaks. As I stood there watching them several dropped in around me and walked right up to me. One even came and and walked over my feet as I stood there...amazing to see! Pine Grosbeaks can be so much fun to watch as they are usually so oblivious to people. There were birds out on the water as I could hear Mallards, Ring billed Gulls and loons but only the loon was ever visible in the dense fog.
I also took a walk with Wilson along the Jabish Canal but the birds were very few and far between there.
A return trip to Winsor Dam in the early afternoon found the fog starting to lift but the grosbeaks gone. There were a handful of birds out on the water including a couple Common Loons, four Hooded Mergansers, four Black Ducks and a Mallard. A flyby adult Bald Eagle also made a short appearance.
|Pileated Woodpecker, Belchertown, MA, Dec 2, 2012|