Saturday, November 16, 2013

Quabbin Park early morning


Red breasted Merganser, Quabbin Park, Nov 16, 2013
Red breasted Merganser, Quabbin Park, Nov 16, 2013
Red breasted Merganser, Quabbin Park, Nov 16, 2013
Red breasted Merganser, Quabbin Park, Nov 16, 2013
Common Loon, Quabbin Park, Nov 16, 2013
Common Loon, Quabbin Park, Nov 16, 2013
I spent a few hours this morning once again at Quabbin Park primarily looking for waterfowl but given the southerly winds I didn't expect to find too much. I started before dawn at Winsor Dam where I had a flyby group of nine Ring necked Ducks but little else so I headed into the park with stops at Hanks Meadow, the area near Goodnough Dike and the Route 9 marsh. Waterfowl included four Black Ducks, 9 Mallards, two Hooded Mergansers, 71 Common Mergansers in a single flock, a Red breasted Merganser, four Common Loons, 14 Horned Grebes and 7 Canada Geese. Besides the waterfowl I had a flyby Snow Bunting and an American Woodcock.
Black Duck, Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, Nov 16, 2013
Mallards in flight, Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, Nov 16, 2013
Common Loon, Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, Nov 16, 2013
Common Loon, Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, Nov 16, 2013
Common Loon, Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, Nov 16, 2013
Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, Nov 16, 2013
Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, Nov 16, 2013
Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, Nov 16, 2013
Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, Nov 16, 2013
A stationary count at Winsor Dam produced a handful of waterfowl including a Common Loon, a pair of Wood Ducks, a Black Duck, seven Mallard and three Common Mergansers. Other notable birds included a flyover group of a dozen Snow Buntings, a group of 13 Wild Turkeys eating crab apples (with a few in the trees), four Bald Eagles and a somewhat late flyby Yellow rumped Warbler.  The calm conditions made viewing easy as the water was like glass.



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