Saturday, November 14, 2015

Another Franklin's Gull and some waterfowl on a windy, cold day

Bufflehead, Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, MA, Nov 14, 2015
Bald Eagle, Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, MA, Nov 14, 2015
Long tailed Ducks, Black Scoter and Bufflehead, Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, MA, Nov 14, 2015
Northern Pintail, Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, MA, Nov 14, 2015
Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, MA, Nov 14, 2015
The invasion of Franklin's Gulls continued today as I found yet another one at Winsor Dam at first light. It appeared to be an adult (or near adult) in flight along with a number of Ring billed Gulls. Even with the anti gull boat patrols in place last night there were still a couple hundred gulls around although most were well to the north and could not be easily identified but most were likely Ring billed Gulls. The Franklin's Gull stuck out among the closer group of Ring billed Gulls by its size, flight style, partially visible hood and wing markings. I last had it in view moving to the west along with a large group of gulls. I then spent the next couple hours hoping that the strong westerly winds would bring something else rare past the dam but it was not to be. There was a decent movement of both waterfowl and raptors but nothing really unexpected. The winds were strong and occasionally would come out of the northwest but mainly the winds stayed west. It certainly felt like the middle of November with temperatures around 40 and winds up to 30+ MPH. I have included the full list from the morning below with additional photos embedded here: With no gull patrol on the reservoir tonight hopefully a Franklin's Gull or two will make it into the roost there and will be visible a first light tomorrow. I'll be there for just a little while in the morning before heading out but hopefully it will be a productive brief stop.

A link from eBird regarding this major incursion of Franklin's Gulls can be found here:

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