|Ring necked Duck (with Mallards and Canada Geese), Connecticut River, Hadley/Northampton, Jan 26, 2013|
|Rough legged Hawk, Honeypot, Hadley, Jan 26, 2013|
I next headed through the Honeypot and Aqua Vitae Road. Aqua Vitae Road was fairly quiet with only a couple of Savannah Sparrows noteworthy. At the Honeypot I had a light morph Rough legged Hawk teed up in a small tree right near the dike. It then flew to one of the large trees near the transfer station were I got a few digiscoped photos. The rest of the Honeypot was fairly quiet so I headed over to the Mill Valley Road/South Maple St/Moody Bridge Rd area. Fairly quiet here also but I did find a new species for the year when I found four Brown headed Cowbirds (#83). Also had an adult Red winged Blackbird in the area of Moody Bridge.
|Bufflehead (poor photo but the bird was hardly ever on the surface...and it was damn cold!), Quabbin Park, Jan 26, 2013|
|Horned Grebes (2 of 12), Quabbin Park, Jan 26, 2013|
|Hanks Meadow at Quabbin Park, Jan 26, 2013|
In the early afternoon I headed over to Quabbin Park and the road was open. The reservoir is starting to freeze up with the Goodnough area totally frozen, the Hank's Meadow area 3/4 frozen and the area below Enfield Lookout frozen solid. The area at Winsor Dam is mainly ice free at this point but due to the strong winds I didn't have too much here beyond a few Mallards and Common Mergansers. Hank's Meadow was the most productive (and coldest) with a dozen Horned Grebes, a Bufflehead, a Hooded Merganser and seven Black Ducks.