|Merlin, Honey Pot, Hadley, MA, Mar 14, 2014|
|Lapland Longspur, Honey Pot, Hadley, MA, Mar 14, 2014|
|Mink carrying Muskrat, Honey Pot, Hadley, MA, Mar 14, 2014|
|Bufflehead, Wood Duck, Mallards, Holyoke Dam, South Hadley, MA, Mar 14, 2014|
|Red necked Grebe, Hadley Falls Canal Park, South Hadley, MA, Mar 14, 2014|
|Connecticut River at dawn, Honey Pot, Hadley, MA, Mar 14, 2014|
Below are the waterfowl numbers and other highlights (some spots I stopped at twice...totals are highest count from most productive stop).
North Lane Conservation Area- 16 Canada Geese, 8 Ring necked Ducks, 2 Common Goldeneye, 2 Hooded Merganser and 3 Common Merganser.
Honey Pot- 4 Wood Ducks, 2 Black Ducks, 270 Mallards (most put up by eagle), 3 Ring necked Ducks, 2 Hooded Merganser, 6 Common Merganser, 3 Bald Eagles, a Merlin, 80 Horned Larks, at least two Lapland Longspurs, 6 Snow Buntings and a FOY Fox Sparrow.
Connecticut River near Coolidge Bridge- 191 Canada Geese, 4 Wood Ducks, male Gadwall, pair of American Wigeon, 4 Black Duck, 418 Mallard, 3 Ring necked Duck, 5 Hooded Merganser and 3 Common Merganser.
Hadley Falls Canal Park- 4 Mute Swan, 3 Wood Duck, 2 Black Duck, 2 Mallard, 14 Ring necked Duck, 7 Hooded Merganser, 5Common Merganser and a Red necked Grebe.
Below Holyoke Dam- 17 Canada Geese, 5 Wood Duck, 11 Mallard, 4 Bufflehead, 20 Common Goldeneye, 12 Hooded Merganser and a Common Merganser
Mitch's Way- 14 Canada Geese, 2 Black Duck, 2 Common Goldeneye and 6 Common Merganser.
|Bald Eagles on carcass, Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, MA, Mar 14, 2014|
|Turkey Vulture, Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, MA, Mar 14, 2014|
|Bald Eagles, Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, MA, Mar 14, 2014|
|Great Blue Heron, state fish hatchery, Belchertown, MA, Mar 14, 2014|
After my time along the Connecticut River I headed home and picked up Wilson to go for a walk at Covey WMA. After our walk we stopped briefly at the fish hatchery in Belchertown and I found another new species for the year when I found a Great Blue Heron walking along the hatchery ponds looking for a meal. The Great Blue Heron becomes species #99 in Hampshire County for the year. We then made a brief stop at Winsor Dam and immediately saw a deer carcass on the ice with a few Bald Eagles in attendance. I eventually had four eagles but couldn't stay too long as I had some errands to run. After running my errands I stopped back by Winsor Dam and watched the carcass for more activity (mainly hoping for a Golden Eagle). After an hour of watching, no Golden Eagle showed up but I did manage to have at least seven Bald Eagles plus a Common Raven and three Turkey Vultures moving northeast. I also spotted another carcass way out that had at least two coyotes partaking in the bounty of dead deer.
|Winsor Dam at dusk, Mar 14, 2014|