Thursday, November 7, 2019

The end of the first week of November

Peregrine Falcon, Honey Pot, Hadley, MA, Nov 7, 2019
Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, MA, Nov 7, 2019
Before the rain associated with our upcoming storm arrived in late morning I headed over to the Honey Pot area of Hadley where I explored a couple areas (along with Ted for part of the time).  It was very quiet at the now open That's a Plenty Farm which was probably due to a combination of less than perfect weather and a feral cat on the property.  The only notable species for the time there was a calling Gray Catbird.  I hit a couple other spots in Amherst but the rain started to arrive so I headed back toward home with a brief stop at Winsor Dam where I had a Red throated Loon, a raft of 11 Bufflehead and half a dozen Common Loons.  The forecast calls for continued rain overnight perhaps briefly changing to snow before ending with tomorrow looking to feature strong northwest winds and the coldest temperatures of the season so far.  Hopefully some waterfowl will be moved in on the winds.
Yellow rumped Warbler 'myrtle', Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Nov 5, 2019
On my way to work on Tuesday I stopped off at Arcadia briefly and found a decent size flock of Yellow rumped Warblers as well as a flyover Snow Bunting and a flock of 14 Rusty Blackbirds.
Brant, Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, MA, Nov 4, 2019
Brant, Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, MA, Nov 4, 2019
Brant, Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, MA, Nov 4, 2019
Bufflehead,  Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, MA, Nov 4, 2019
After work on Monday morning I hot a couple spots briefly as I worked my way home without anything too out of the ordinary.  I decided to make one last stop at Winsor Dam and during just a short stop turned up some good stuff including a flyover Brant that passed close, circled around and briefly landed on the grass near the parking lot plus my first Bufflehead and Red necked Grebe of the fall.

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