|Ring necked Duck, Connecticut River, Northampton, MA, Jan 27, 2013|
|Canada Geese (one with neck tag "18MA"), Connecticut River, Northampton, MA, Jan 27, 2013|
I next headed upriver to Northampton stopping back over in the East Meadows to scan the nearly frozen river for waterfowl. A male Ring necked Duck was in one of the few open spots of water as were around 20 Common Mergansers, a few Mallards and 1068 (at least) Canada Geese. Among the Canada Geese were two with yellow neck tags. The one I could read was "18MA" and I have sent in this information and I will update the background on the bird when I get the info. Brief stops along Aqua Vitae Road, the Honeypot and South Maple Street did not produce anything too noteworthy.
Both in the morning and evening I had Great Horned Owls hooting here at home. Hopefully some additional owl species will join them soon.