|Wood Ducks, Quabbin Park, Oct 26, 2013|
|Hanks Meadow looking toward Gate 52, Quabbin Park, Oct 26, 2013|
|Spotted Sandpiper, record shot of late record, Quabbin Park, Oct 26, 2013|
|Ring necked Ducks (L) and White winged Scoter (R), Quabbin Park, Oct 26, 2013|
|Black Ducks, Quabbin Park, Oct 26, 2013|
|Herring Gull (L) and Ring billed Gulls, Quabbin Park, Oct 26, 2013|
|Northern Harrier (male), Quabbin Park, Oct 26, 2013|
|View near Winsor Dam as fog lifted, Quabbin Park, Oct 26, 2013|
|American Crow, Quabbin Park, Oct 26, 2013|
|Wild Turkeys, Quabbin Park, Oct 26, 2013|
|Wild Turkey, Quabbin Park, Oct 26, 2013|
As the sun came up I started my way around Quabbin Park once again looking for waterfowl. I made a quick stop at Winsor Dam but it was just too foggy to see anything yet so I headed over to the park itself with a stop at Hanks Meadow and then a brief stop at Goodnough Dike and then the Route 9 marsh. The fog was a bit of a challenge in spots while other spots were already getting windy...very odd weather! Hanks Meadow featured a group of 100+ individuals of various species on the water (I'll give the totals later) plus a couple of hooting Great Horned Owls and a somewhat late Spotted Sandpiper. Goodnough was too foggy to see much early on. The route 9 marsh featured more waterfowl with the expected species there. I then headed to Winsor Dam just as the fog was lifting and stayed there for about an hour before heading back to one area near Goodnough Dike. The only waterfowl at Winsor Dam were all flying by and featured nothing unusual. Yet again I had an adult Northern Harrier flying by, moving southwest. The trip back to the area of Goodnough Dike produced some more waterfowl but again, nothing too unusual. My totals for waterfowl included a White winged Scoter, 15 Ring necked Ducks, 99 Black Ducks (some seen flying later in morning may have been repeats seen earlier), 21 Wood Ducks, a couple Hooded Mergansers, 4 Horned Grebes, 8 Common Loons, a Double crested Cormorant, 40 Mallards and 41 Canada Geese.
The morning got progressively more windy with a strong southwest breeze with gusts approaching 30 MPH. With the strong south winds that originate in the deep south the chance is always there for some bird to get caught up and pushed north.
A year ago Hurricane Sandy was moving through the Caribbean on her way to the Atlantic seaboard. Quite a change from last year with no tropical activity and a quiet season overall so far.