Thursday, December 4, 2014

More morning stops produce more waterfowl

Northern Pintail, Connecticut River, Hadley, MA, Dec 4, 2014
American Coot, UMASS campus pond, Amherst, MA, Dec 4, 2014
I once again had a little time before work and made a few stops today which produced some decent stuff but nothing extreme. I made a brief stop at a very quiet Winsor Dam before moving on to the Connecticut River in Hadley where I ran across a nice gathering of waterfowl that included 868 Canada Geese (my biggest gathering yet this fall), 9 Black Ducks, 268 Mallards and three male Northern Pintails. Despite a lot of looking for something else unusual in among the large flock I had no luck. I then made a ride through the Honey Pot but it was also quiet but I really didn't spend much time there. A final stop today at the UMASS campus one found the American Coot that has been there on and off (mainly on) for weeks now plus 94 Canada Geese and 29 Mallards.  Oddly coots can be really tough to find some years but this year I have had great luck finding them.
Northern Pintail. UMASS campus pond, Amherst, MA, Dec 3, 2014
Wood Duck (rear) with Hooded Mergansers, Lake Warner, Hadley, MA, Dec 3, 2014
Stops yesterday morning before work included a stop at the UMASS campus pond which held  a Northern Pintail, 73 Canada Geese and 108 Mallards but no sign of the coot that had been around.  A Peregrine Falcon was also up and about and being quite vocal.  A brief stop at Lake Warner in Hadley produced a couple Mute Swans, a female Wood Duck and a pair of Hooded Mergansers.

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