|Killdeer, East Meadows, Northampton, MA, Mar 2, 2013|
|Ring necked Ducks and Hooded Merganser, South Hadley Canal Park, South Hadley, MA, Mar 2, 2013|
With the thawing of the various bodies of water the waterfowl have started to spread out and are no longer concentrated in just a couple areas. At Holyoke Dam the only waterfowl around included a single Hooded Merganser, four Common Mergansers and a Canada Goose. Up above the dam I had another Hooded Merganser, a lucky 13 Ring necked Ducks, plus a pair of Mute Swans and more Canada Geese. Near the dinosaur footprints in Holyoke I had nine Common Goldeneyes. Working up to Northampton I checked out the old Mill River and had a handful of Black Ducks, Mallards and Canada Geese.
|Mixed flock of blackbirds, grackles, cowbirds and starlings, East Meadows, Northampton, MA, Mar 2, 2013|
|Wood Duck, Connecticut River, Hadley, MA, Mar 2, 2013|
The Coolidge Bridge proved to be unproductive but a brief stop along Aqua Vitae Road turned up the continuing Vesper Sparrow. I also made a brief stop at the Honeypot with the best bird being a Rough legged Hawk plus a Bald Eagle sitting on the nest there. A stop along the Connecticut River produced the third new county bird of the year when I found a male Wood Duck (#93) in among a large group of Canada Geese, Mallards and Black Ducks. My attempt to find some snipe along East Hadley Road produced no good results. I then headed back toward home to hit a little of Quabbin before the morning ended.
|Bufflehead, Quabbin Park, MA, Mar 2, 2013|
|Common Mergansers, Quabbin Park, MA, Mar 2, 2013|