|Hooded Merganser, Swift River, Ware, MA, Mar 2, 2014|
|Black Ducks, Beaver Brook, Ware, MA, Mar 2, 2014|
|Common Mergansers, Beaver Brook, Ware, MA, Mar 2, 2014|
|Winsor Dam, Mar 2, 2014|
With some other stuff to get done today I stayed close to home instead of venturing further away. Luckily the predicted snow never materialized beyond a few snow flurries...always nice when the forecast is wrong and it doesn't snow. I started off predawn checking a few areas for any early woodcocks displaying or perhaps an owl calling. No luck with any woodcocks (or owls) today but given the amount of snow cover I was not too surprised. The strangest sighting of the morning occurred when I was near the Cold Spring Orchard scanning the fields and noticed a few Mallards and Black Ducks take off from the field, then more and then even more. I ended up seeing 21 Black Ducks and 27 Mallards come out of a very small pool of water along a drainage ditch. Amazing where birds will end up to roost when their options are limited. I then headed down to the Swift River near the end of River Road and had a couple Black Ducks, 26 Mallards, 24 Hooded Mergansers and a couple Common Mergansers. A trip over to the marsh below Beaver Lake in Ware produced 7 Black Ducks, 17 Mallards, 8 Hooded Mergansers and 7 Common Mergansers plus a kingfisher hunting successfully and loads of robins and bluebirds picking insects off the ice. The lake itself is still frozen solid. A few stops at the similarly frozen solid Quabbin Reservoir produced little of note.