Saturday, October 24, 2009
MA - Black Scoters - 10/24
Cloud and heavy rain throughout much of the day. Matan and I 'escaped' during a brief respite in mid-morning. Conditions felt good for inland scoters, and Quabbin Park seemed like as good a place as any to try for them. Viewing from the admin buildings close to Winsor Dam we found a nice tight flock of 16 Black Scoters, most of them males. Otherwise, the reservoir seemed relatively devoid of waterfowl apart from about 5 Common Loons.
Checking various listserves, it appears that today produced at pretty good, broad arrival of passage scoters to many inland water bodies especially in Connecticut and to some extent New Hampshire.
On the same theme, here's a blog post from fall 2008 concerning passage Black Scoters at the Quabbin.