|Blue winged Teal (two right side birds) with Mallard, Lake Wallace, Belchertown, MA, Aug 31, 2012|
Another cool morning with temperatures in the 50’s and sunny skies found me stopping briefly at Lake Wallace before work. A nice selection of waterfowl around for the last day of August with a total of at least 10 Blue-winged Teal! There was a group of six together as well as two more groups of two. They were a bit difficult to see at times and had disappeared into the reeds by the time I left. Other waterfowl included a single Hooded Merganser, a Black Duck, a Pied-billed Grebe (in juvenile plumage), Wood Ducks (77) and Mallards (146). There were still several Green Herons around as well as a couple Eastern Kingbirds plus others.