Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The warm up continues

Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, MA, Feb 22, 2017
Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, MA, Feb 19, 2017
Killdeer, fish hatchery, Belchertown, MA, Feb 22, 2017
After arriving home just over a week ago and spending the better part of two days digging out from a couple feet of snow following a few major snow storms while we were gone the weather here has changed completely with temperatures continuing well above normal and snow slowly disappearing.  We have already hit the mid 50's a couple times and the forecast for the next three days call for temperatures up to around 60...very unusual for the end of February but very welcome.  The warm temperatures have spurred a few early migrants to start moving in even with a decent amount of snow on the ground.  I have run across Red winged Blackbirds at a number of locations as well as an American Woodcock at Winsor Dam this morning as well as an early Killdeer at the nearby fish hatchery in Belchertown.  Both Turkey and Black Vultures have started arriving and I finally managed to see a Turkey Vulture cruise past the house this afternoon.  The woodcock record beat my previous earliest county record ever (set last year on Feb 28).  Although I'm sure winter still has a few more storms to throw at us, spring feels like it is rapidly approaching.

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