|Clay colored Sparrow, Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Nov 15, 2017|
|Baltimore Oriole, Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Nov 15, 2017|
|Rusty Blackbird, Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Nov 15, 2017|
|Black Ducks, Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Nov 15, 2017|
|Canada Goose with extensive white on face, Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Nov 15, 2017|
|MacGillivray's Warbler, Honey Pot, Hadley, MA, Nov 15, 2017|
|Red throated Loon, Beaver Lake, Ware, MA, Nov 14, 2017|
I once again found a number of rarities in the last couple days, as well as seeing some continued ones. Despite some rain and snow showers yesterday I made it out to a few spots in the local area with the best rarity being a Red throated Loon on Beaver Lake in Ware (eBird list Beaver Lake). Today I headed back over to areas along the river starting off at the Honey Pot where I had the continued MacGillivray's Warbler as well as a singing White crowned Sparrow. The warbler was quite vocal at times but then would stay quiet for extended periods. All the views this morning were fleeting and I only managed a few marginal photos...a real skulking bird (full list: Honey Pot). Once I finished up at the Honey Pot I headed over to Arcadia where one of the first birds I saw was a Baltimore Oriole working its way down a hedgerow in the meadows. It was a dull first year bird that had me hoping for a Bullock's Oriole but no luck...still a great bird for mid November! No luck finding the White eyed Vireo in the area of the old orchard but I did have a Clay colored Sparrow and a Gray Catbird. Elsewhere at Arcadia I had a flock of 28 Rusty Blackbirds moving past together, nearly three hundred Mallard and 33 Black Ducks. Full list here: Arcadia.