Monday, March 27, 2017

Below average temperatures and rain continues

Common Goldeneyes, Quabbin Park, MA, Mar 25, 2017
Hooded Mergansers, Quabbin Park, MA, Mar 25, 2017
Ring necked Ducks, American Wigeon and Mallards, Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Mar 19, 2017
Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, MA, Mar 17, 2017
The weather continues to be cooler than normal with occasional rain the last several days.  We actually had record cold a few days ago with lows in the single digits.  Given the conditions migration has slowed but stuff is still moving through with the majority being waterfowl (13 species in the last week).  In addition I did have my first Eastern Meadowlark early this week, my first Great Blue Heron yesterday and also had an apparent migrant group of five Eastern Phoebes moving through the yard this afternoon.  Several other species (Tree Swallows, Pine Warblers, etc) are due to show up at any time but will probably not show up for a few more days when migration conditions improve a bit.
Eggs in duck box (Hooded Merganser?), home, Belchertown, MA, Mar 24, 2017
I also have my first eggs of the season in my duck boxes at home with a few eggs in one of the boxes as of a few days ago

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