|Hooded Mergansers, Lake Wallace, Belchertown, MA, June 14, 2014|
|Great Blue Heron, Quabbin Park, MA, June 14, 2014|
|Hooded Mergansers, Quabbin Park, MA, June 14, 2014|
|Looking north toward baffle dams, Quabbin Park, MA, June 14, 2014|
I spent the morning around the south Quabbin area with stops at Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park and Lake Wallace. The low clouds and fog made visibility a bit poor at times but at least most of the water at quabbin was viewable (even if there was not much on it). Although I had faint hopes of finding something unusual brought down by the rain yesterday or overnight, even those hopes were too high. I spent some time trying to track down a Sharp shinned Hawk I'm fairly certain is nesting in Quabbin Park but didn't have any luck. It is becoming the time of year to find waterfowl families and I had some luck finding Hooded Merganser, Wood Duck, Mallard and Canada Goose young. As I was stopped along the Swift River checking out some Mallards I heard an odd sounding bird that I'm still trying to ID....I have a couple ideas but it doesn't sound exactly right for either of them. I managed some recordings but never was able to view the bird. The mammal highlight of the day were a couple River Otters at the route 9 marsh.