After a couple days of some ice and snow and very cold temperatures (near zero)
the weather changed dramatically yesterday with some sun and highs into the
50's. Today continued a brief January thaw with record high temps in the mid
50's along with some rain. Nothing extremely out of the ordinary as far as birds go
but I did find a Hermit Thrush yesterday along the Jabish Canal and today I added a Green winged Teal in among 500+ Mallards and 21 Black Ducks along the Connecticut River, a Fish Crow calling in among a group of American Crows leaving their roost near the Holyoke Dam and a Swamp Sparrow and flyby Pine Siskin along the land trust trail in Belchertown. I hoped to run across more waterfowl at Quabbin but it was very quiet there. Winter will return starting tomorrow with strong winds out of the northwest and lows tomorrow night near zero.