Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A warm week in early November with southerly winds

Canada Goose with white speckling on neck, Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Nov 3, 2015
Mallards and Black Ducks, Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Nov 3, 2015
Despite the calendar showing it is early November the weather so far this week (and likely through the end of the week) has been anything but November like with sunny skies and temperatures warming into the upper 60's to low 70's every day.  I cannot remember having a run of such warm and sunny weather in November.  The warm weather and southerly winds have kept waterfowl numbers quite low but I assume this will change once a cold front comes through Friday evening which will cool us down and switch the winds around to a more northerly direction.  I have made brief stops on the way to work at various locations including Winsor Dam, Arcadia and the river in Hadley.  Winsor Dam has been quiet but given that the anti gull patrols have started that is not too surprising (although five Common Loons this morning was nice to see).  Arcadia was a bit active on Tuesday morning but nothing too unusual but the numbers of Wood Ducks is high for this time of year.  I also had a Canada Goose in among the ever growing flock of geese there that had quite a bit of white speckling on the neck.  The river has also been quiet too but again that will likely change by the weekend.  Although the warmer than normal weather has kept the waterfowl numbers down it has been enjoyable to have early fall like temperatures in November.  It will be interesting to see if any unusual birds arrive via the southerly winds this week (perhaps a Cave Swallow or an unusual flycatcher of some sort?).

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