|Canada Goose with neck tag "18MA", Connecticut River below Coolidge Bridge, Northampton, MA, Jan 27, 2013|
I just got back the details from the USGS on the neck banded Canada Geese I saw a few days ago below the Coolidge Bridge in Northampton. The two yellow neck tags labeled “34MA” and “18MA” belong to geese that were tagged in Massachusetts. The bird with tag “34MA” is a female banded in Springfield on July 5, 2005 and hatched in 2004 or earlier. It was tagged by the Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife. The goose with tag “18MA” is also a female and was banded in Colrain on July 7, 2005 and the bird hatched in 2005. As always, interesting to see the information on any tagged/marked birds I have come across.
Meanwhile around here the first day of February started off windy and cold and stayed windy all day. I stopped briefly at a location overlooking the Connecticut River below the Coolidge Bridge again to check on waterfowl. With the warm temperatures and rain all the ice was gone and the concentrations of waterfowl were no longer around. There were a few hundred Canada Geese, a few dozen Mallards, a few Black Ducks and a single female Northern Pintail.
As far as I know there was only a brief flyby sighting of the Gyrfalcon today despite the efforts of many. I'm sure there will be lots of people looking for it this weekend. Hopefully their efforts will be met with success.