Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Morning visits to Quabbin Park the last couple mornings

American Coots, Quabbin Park, MA, Oct 28, 2014
American Coots, Quabbin Park, MA, Oct 28, 2014
American Coots, Quabbin Park, MA, Oct 28, 2014
Black Ducks and Common Mergansers, Quabbin Park, MA, Oct 28, 2014
Dawn, Quabbin Park, MA, Oct 28, 2014
As the anti gull patrols at Quabbin started yesterday I didn’t have much hope of finding anything at Winsor Dam this morning but thought I would try anyway. I stopped just as it was getting light and had a couple flyover Killdeer plus a Great Horned Owl hooting. I set up the scope to scan the partially fogged in waters and then had three American Woodcocks fly past very low heading southwest followed by one more a minute later headed in the same direction. As expected no waterfowl at Winsor Dam so I decided to take advantage of the calm conditions and make a quick run over to Hank’s Meadow to try my luck there. Although limited on time I still managed to find a nice assortment of birds including four American Coots that initially were swimming around and occasionally diving before they came up on shore (quite unusual in the county and not a species I see every year). Video link here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/54277284@N05/15468156468/Other waterfowl included 22 Black Ducks, two Hooded Mergansers, 11 Common Mergansers, four Common Loons and ten Horned Grebes.
Surf Scoter (L), Bufflehead (R) and Common Loons (rear), Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, MA, Oct 27, 2014
I made a brief stop by Winsor Dam on Monday before dawn and found a Surf Scoter, a group of nine Bufflehead that flew in and settled on the water near the scoter, eight Black Ducks flying southwest and five Common Loons. Also a large group of gulls numbering 120+ that all appeared to be Ring billed Gulls. A stop at the dam on the weekend turned up well over 300 gulls but they were too distant to identify. The anti gull patrols started on Monday evening which makes finding unusual stuff on the water at Winsor Dam a lot more difficult.

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