|East Meadows, Northampton, MA, May 28, 2015|
|Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, MA, May 28, 2015|
With the rain showers that arrived early yesterday evening and the murky, low cloud conditions this morning I had hopes of finding something brought down by the weather. I started at Winsor Dam but did not find anything noteworthy. I then headed over to check out the Connecticut River in Hadley but only managed to find lots of mosquitoes. Without much luck so far I then headed over to the East Meadows, were the roads were just a little muddy but thankfully not extremely dusty for a change. I made several stops to scan the large expanse of fields and on my second stop past the red barns I had a flyby, calling Black bellied Plover which I was never able to get a look at in the fog and low clouds (so there may have been more than one). Other shorebirds included a single Solitary Sandpiper and five Killdeer. Other notables included a group of 78 adult Canada Geese (odd to have such a large group around here so late in the season), a flyby Green Heron and other expected species. Heading out tonight to conduct the first of my two Eastern Whip Poor Will surveys.
|Turkey Vultures, Moody Bridge Rd, Hadley, MA, May 27, 2015|
|Bobolink, Moody Bridge Rd, Hadley, MA, May 27, 2015|
|Yellow billed Cuckoo, rail trail, Amherst, MA, May 27, 2015|
|Eastern Kingbird on nest, rail trail, Amherst, MA, May 27, 2015|
I made a few stops yesterday morning including a brief stop at Winsor Dam then onto the newly repaved rail trail in Amherst and finally to the vulture roost on Moody Bridge Road. Winsor Dam was fairly quiet with a couple of Double crested Cormorants on the water and two adult eagles at the nest. The rail trail was a bit buggy so my stop there was rather brief but I still managed to get some good stuff including a Sora calling, a Yellow billed Cuckoo and two pairs of Eastern Kingbirds nesting plus many other typical species and a handful of Snapping Turtles laying eggs along the bike path. The vulture roost contained at least 14 Turkey Vultures but no Black Vultures (at least that I could see).