Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Quabbin finally thaws out and an update on a neck tagged goose

Winsor Dam with most of the ice gone, Apr 9, 2014
Ring necked Ducks, Connecticut River, Hadley, MA, Apr 9, 2014
Greater Scaup, Connecticut River, Hadley, MA, Apr 9, 2014
A major step toward spring occurred today when the majority of ice finally disappeared from Quabbin!  It has been frozen solid since late January and thanks to some warm weather lately as well as a strong wind the ice has broken up.  Now I will finally be able to catch up with some waterfowl there...I have been having serious withdrawals!  Before work I made a brief stop along the Connecticut River in Hadley and found some waterfowl in among the flooded trees of the rapidly rising river.  The waterfowl there included at least 8 Wood Ducks (likely many more hidden from view), 8 Mallards, 53 Ring necked Ducks and a male Greater Scaup.
Canada Goose with neck tag, UMASS Pond, Mar 25, 2014
An update on the neck tagged Canada Goose (Y3R7 red/orange with white writing) seen on a few separate occasions in the valley between March 16 and March 25.  I got the information back on the bird a few days ago and here are the particulars on the individual.  The female goose was tagged as a young bird on July 3, 2010 in Varennes, Quebec, Canada.   Always fun to see the journey a bird makes over its lifetime.


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